Bolt tests positive for COVID-19

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt attends a news conference after a zero gravity conditions flight in a specially modified plane above Reims, France, Sept. 12, 2018.
REUTERS / Benoit Tessier, File

World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is self-isolation at his home in Jamaica after weeks of celebrating his 34th birthday with a big bash mask-free.

Jamaica’s Health Ministry confirmed last week that Bolt who holds world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprint, had tested positive after he posted a video on social media saying he was waiting to hear about his results.

The only sprinter to win the 100-meter and 200-meter gold medals at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012, and 2016) said he did not have any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus or the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Bolt said he took the test after he celebrated his birthday at a bash where partygoers danced to the hit “Lockdown” by Jamaican reggae singer Koffee.

Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, wrote on Instagram posting a photo of himself holding his daughter, Olympia, who was born in May.

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