Usain Bolt fears daughter following his footsteps into athletics as ‘she will always be compared to me’

USAIN BOLT fears his daughter will always be compared to him if she decides to follow in his giant footsteps.

The eight-time Olympic gold-medallist shared the first snap of his daughter earlier this month after she was born in May.

Usain Bolt admitted the burden of living up to his legacy could discourage his kidsCredit: Instagram / @usainbolt

Usain Bolt achieved legendary status as he dominated the world of athleticsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Even though she has been named Olympia Lightning, Bolt will not force her into athletics.

Speaking to Codelist, the Jamaican legend said: “I’ll try not to push her into athletics.

“It is not for everyone.

“Also, it will be more difficult for her, because she will be in comparison with me.

“But if she wants to do it, I’ll support her.”

Bolt welcomed his new arrival to the world with long-term partner Kasi Bennett.

He has been dating Bennett since 2014, but the pair did not go public with their relationship until 2016.

The sprint legend confirmed she was pregnant in January with a post on his Instagram page.

And Bolt, who retired in 2017, admitted he has been enjoying his first few months as a father.

“My goal has always been to be one of the greatest; to be the best model to follow.

“For me, being a father is new, but in reality, I’m just having fun and I’m learning with my daughter, just seeing her grow.”

Bolt remains the only track star to win gold medals at three successive Olympics – in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

He holds worlds records in the 100m and 200m having clocked 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds.

Usain Bolt alongside Kasi Bennett during her pregnancy Credit: Instagram / @usainbolt

Piers Morgan congratulates Usain Bolt on birth of his baby daughter

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