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Bolt retired after the 2017 World Championships, when he finished third in his last solo 100m race.
Mc Neil soon became his primary coach, and the two enjoyed a positive partnership, although Mc Neil was occasionally frustrated by Bolt's lack of dedication to his training and his penchant for practical jokes.
Bolt is one of only nine athletes (along with Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels, David Storl, and Kirani James) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. The 2002 World Junior Championships were held in front of a home crowd in Kingston, Jamaica, and Bolt was given a chance to prove his credentials on a world stage.
By the age of 15, he had grown to 1.96 metres (6 ft 5 in) tall, and he physically stood out among his peers.
He gained worldwide popularity for his double sprint victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in world record times.
Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 20); this is a feat referred to as the "triple double" that will be very difficult for anyone to duplicate.
The 200 m also yielded a silver, as Bolt finished in 21.81 s.
Bolt was increasingly unfocused on his athletic career and preferred to eat fast food, play basketball, and party in Kingston's club scene.
In the absence of a disciplined lifestyle, he became ever-more reliant on his natural ability to beat his competitors on the track.
Bolt still did not take athletics or himself too seriously, however, and he took his mischievousness to new heights by hiding in the back of a van when he was supposed to be preparing for the 200 m finals at the CARIFTA Trials.
He was detained by the police for his practical joke, and there was an outcry from the local community, which blamed coach Mc Neil for the incident. Patterson recognised Bolt's talent and arranged for him to move to Kingston, along with Jermaine Gonzales, so he could train with the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) at the University of Technology, Jamaica.