Botswana’s 19-year-old Letsile Tebogo is drawing comparisons to a young Usain Bolt for not only breaking a world junior sprint record but also for how he did it—by beginning his celebration some 20 meters before the finish line.
Bolt pulled off the celebration in 2008 as he won the Olympic 100m final in 9.69 seconds.
According to an article filed by World Athletics, Tebogo said, “He’s (Bolt) my idol – the person I look up to.”
On Tuesday, Tebogo lowered his U20 world record in the 100m from 9.94 seconds to 9.91 at the world U20 track and field championships in Cali, Colombia. The world record remains in the hands of Usain Bolt at 9.58, established in 2009.
The 19-year-old burst onto the screen last year when he ran the 100m in 10.14 at the age of 18 before being crowned for the first time at the Junior World Championships in Nairobi in 10.19.