Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt is now a proud father to a baby girl.
The Jamaican sprinter and long partner Kasi Bennett had announced that they were expecting a child back in January and hosted a grand gender reveal party in March.
Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness confirmed the news after tweeting out his congratulatory message for the couple.
Usain Bolt, who became a father for the first time, has always said he wanted three children.
“I definitely want a family,” he had said in an interview with the People website a few years back. “For me, over the years, I’ve waited because I want to make sure it’s the right person.
“I’ve always said I want three kids,” he added. “The other day I hung out with my buddy who has three kids and it was crazy. I was like ‘Hmm, do I really want three kids?’ But yes, yes I do. I’m sure of it.”
The couple is yet to announce the name of their child.
The Bolt legacy
An 11-time world champion, Usain Bolt also holds the world record in both 100m and 200m. He achieved both at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, clocking 9.58 seconds in the shorter format and 19.19 seconds in the 200m.
Usain Bolt also shares an illustrious history with the Olympics. After an underwhelming maiden outing at the Games in 2004, the Jamaican made himself an integral part of the Olympics folklore.
He clinched golds in the 100m and 200m in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 - the latter two Games also being part of the Jamaica team that won 4x100m relay gold.
Bolt retired from track and field in 2018 but had a brief stint as a footballer after that.