Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett welcomed their first child on Sunday May 17 – a baby girl.
The couple have shared moments from their journey to becoming parents with the public, starting with a pregnancy reveal on social media in January.
Jamaicans and sprinting fans around the world were ecstatic about the announcement of “Baby Bolt” on the way and even gave suggestion on baby names. Well-wishers including Bolt’s former running mate, Asafa Powell, who joked that Usain’s first child was long overdue.
In March, the couple had an elaborate gender reveal in Jamaica, where it was revealed that the Jamaican sprinter would become a “#GirlDad” in short order.
Via social media, Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness congratulated the couple on the birth of their first child.
Bolt and Kasi Bennett, an entrepreneur who runs a marketing agency, have been together for over five years, but it wasn’t until 2016, when Bolt confirmed their relationship, saying they had just “gotten really serious.”
In 2018, the 33-year-old opened up about their relationship in an interview with Australia’s STELLAR Magazine. Bolt revealed that he was ready to start a family “in the near future”.
“It’s never a good time to have kids. It took me a while to figure that out. You just have to buckle down and do it. It’s in the near future, so, hopefully. We’ll see”, he said.
The athletics star, who retired from running in 2017, is the only male sprinter to win Olympic 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Games.
Following his retirement from Tracks, he went on to pursue his dream to become a professional footballer, training with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and turning down a deal with Maltese club Valletta before joining Australian club Central Coast Mariners.
However, his A-League career lasted just eight weeks and in January 2019 he announced he was taking a step back from sport to focus on a business career.
Since then, Bolt has dabbled in various endeavours including producing dancehall and now Soca music. He also has s string of partnerships with G.H. Mumm Champagne, Hubolt, Alpro, Xoom, among others.