Usain Bolt has become a father for the first time after long-time partner Kasi Bennett had a baby girl.
The news was announced by Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness on
Monday, although the name of the child is yet to be confirmed.
“Congratulations to our sprint legend Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett on the arrival of their baby girl.”
Bolt and Bennett hosted an extravagant gender reveal party in March which
featured fireworks and a huge celebrity guest list, after which the world record
holder for both 100m and 200m posted a social media video in which he announced:
“I just did the reveal and I’m a girl dad.”
Usain Bolt also confirmed by posting a congratulatory message on his Instastories:
The Jamaican is an 11-time world champion and the only man in history to win golds at three successive Olympics, doing so in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
He retired after the 2017 World Championships in London after suffered a hamstring injury in what was the final race of his career
Bolt, 33, has said in the past that he isn’t sure whether he would push any future
child of his towards athletics, feeling that their father’s legacy could be too tough a cross to bear.