World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus and is self-isolating at his home in Jamaica after last week’s celebration of his 34th birthday.

Jamaica’s health ministry confirmed late on Monday that Bolt, who holds world records in the 100m and 200m distance, had tested positive after he posted a video on social media around midday saying he was waiting to hear back on his results.

“Just to be safe I quarantined myself and just taking it easy,” Bolt said in the message that he appeared to have taped himself while lying in bed. It was posted with the caption “Stay safe my ppl”.

Bolt is the sprinter to win the 100m and 200m gold at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016). He said he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.


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