Sprinter Usain Bolt, a world-record holder and eight-time Olympic gold medalist, tested positive for the coronavirus after celebrating his birthday Friday at a mask-free party.
Christopher Tufton, Jamaica’s minister of health and wellness, confirmed the runner’s condition at a news conference Monday night, The Washington Post reported.
Bolt’s positive test was first reported by Nationwide News Network, a Jamaican radio station.
Bolt, who owns world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter track and field events, posted video on social media Monday afternoon noting that he had been tested Saturday and was awaiting the results. He added he did not have any symptoms for COVID-19.
“Be safe out there,” Bolt said in the video.
Bolt, who retired from competition in 2017, won gold medals in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at three consecutive Olympic Games from 2008 to 2016. He was the first Olympian to accomplish the feat, ESPN reported. Bolt added gold medals as part of Jamaica’s relay teams during the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
Bolt set the world record in the 100 meters with a time of 9.58 seconds in 2009, a mark that still stands.
Several pro athletes, including soccer stars Raheem Sterling of Manchester City and Leon Baily of Bayer Beverkusen, attended the party, the Post reported.
After Saturday’s party, Bolt posted a photo on Instagram showing him holding his newborn daughter, Olympia Lightning Bolt.
“Best birthday ever,” Bolt wrote.
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