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Usain Bolt talks new baby boy twins, lack of sleep, what he's afraid of, and why Trayvon Bromell is one to watch

The eight-time Olympic champion sprinter from Jamaica spoke to @Olympics during an Instagram Live on Olympic Day. Here are the key takeaways.
By Ed Knowles

Usain Bolt might be one of the biggest stars the world of athletics has ever seen.

But despite the glory, medals, fame, and fortune – he’s still suffering the fate of all parents with new born children – lack of sleep, following the birth of his twin boys.

“Sleeping is much better. I was so nervous [with first child Olympia]. With the boys, I've definitely got help, from the grandparents and so forth”, he told Olympics.com during a two-part Instagram Live for Olympics Day.

"None of us have twins in our family, so it was crazy, but it's been good, it has been exciting, a new journey."

Usain Bolt: New father to twins

Bolt, and partner Kasi Bennett, announced the birth of twin sons via Instagram on Father’s Day.

The post included a full family photo with new twins: Thunder and St Leo.

The pair welcomed their first child, Olympia, in 2020.

He also revealed that the new baby boys are seven weeks old and their big sister has been looking out for them.

“[Olympia’s] very independent, she does her own thing. She kisses them every day. She looks and checks and then leaves.”

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Bolt retired from athletics and won’t be competing at Tokyo 2020.

Fellow Olympic champion and Jamaican teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is still competing, and he'll be watching her progress closely.

“The women's 100m is one race I’m definitely looking forward to. Everyone showing such high levels.”

Shelly-Ann became a mother and came back to become world champion in 2019. She looks to be one of the favourites in the 100m for the Olympics in Tokyo.

“I told Shelly-Ann, ‘For you to come back, and dominate…. When you see it up close [the challenge of being a mother]… I have to tip my hat to these women, I have nothing but respect for them.”

Usain Bolt: Olympic Day message

Alongside Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, Bolt featured in a video on behalf of the Olympics.

“We are stronger together and… that’s what we want people to understand. It was a lot of fun running in the streets with the kids,” he told us.

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He also shared that he refused to go surfing in Australia due to the threat of sharks in the water.

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Even though Bolt isn’t competing at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021, he will be watching the events with a keen eye, and is excited to see the Olympics taking place after a one year delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I miss competition. But I am excited with the fact that’s it’s on. For me, it’s big and I know it’s big for a lot of these athletes.

"It will be strange to watch the 100m finals, and I’m not there, but I’m excited to watch." - Usain Bolt to Olympics.com

He also thinks that the USA’s Trayvon Bromell is one to watch for the 100m title in Tokyo.

“He was one of the young stars who was [coming up]. I am really keeping my eye on him and what he’s going to produce.”

The men’s 100m final will be on Sunday 1 August.