Usain Bolt to sprint into theaters with upcoming doc

The Jamaican sprinter (pictured) will star in a feature doc about his preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and his retirement in 2017.
April 30, 2015

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (pictured) will star in a feature documentary about his preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and his retirement in 2017.

The film, which will receive a theatrical release, is being produced by Fulwell 73 and directed by Ben and Gabe Turner, the brothers behind Manchester United doc Class of ’92 and One Direction: This Is Us.

Private investment firm the Doyen Group is funding and executive producing the project. Sports agent Ricky Simms and Bolt’s manager Nugent Walker are also exec producing.

The yet-to-be-titled film will also cover the runner’s career and feature people who have been instrumental in his success.

“Ben and I had a real interest in looking at the life of an athlete competing in an individual sport,” said Gabe Turner in a statement. “When the opportunity arose to do so with the greatest athlete of all time, we leaped at the chance. Usain’s journey over this next year and what he achieves in Rio, will define his legacy and redefine what is possible in his sport. We cannot wait to be with him every step of the way.”

Dubbed ‘the fastest man alive,’ Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting. He is the first man to hold world records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, and is also an eight-time world champion.

He previously featured in the documentary Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive, which was produced for France 2 by Elephant Doc and directed by Gael Leiblang.

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