'Olympia Lightning': social media melts down over Usain Bolt's 'fitting' baby name

Usain Bolt and daughter Olympia. Instagram
Usain Bolt and daughter Olympia. Instagram  

Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt revealed the name of his baby daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt earlier in the week - and the internet agrees that it's perfect name for the daughter of an eight-time gold medallist!

Bolt posted a heartfelt tribute to his partner Kasi Bennett's on her birthday which featured photos of the mum with their newborn and introduced her to fans in the caption.

In the post the Olympic sprint champion said "now we have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt I look forward to what the future will bring for us" the 33-year-old continued, saying "but be reassured that I will be the ROCK for this family"

Bolt and his long-time girlfriend Kasi Bennett welcomed their daughter into the world in May but hadn't yet shared her name. 

Once the couple's baby name news was revealed, it immediately blew up on social media with majority of users agreeing it's the best name that the fastest man in the world could gave called his daughter.


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Serena Williams, who named her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in 2017 commented on Bolt's post with a series of love heart emojis.

 "Can the two Olympia's PLEASE have a playdate?" one user commented, while others joked about the two Olympia's facing off in the Olympics one day.


Others were convinced that they're already looking at a future Olympic champion.

"Her second name is lightning...you know she will be on the tracks 2035" one user predicted.

"This baby will run before it walks" joked another.

"That's the coolest f---ing name I've ever heard" one user declared.

"There couldn't be a more fitting name than that!" someone else agreed.

Some users speculated what Bolt and Bennet would call a boy, with someone jokingly writing 'Thunder Bolt?'.

"She is so adorable! And Olympia is a beautiful name!" another gushed, cheekily writing "*adds to baby name list*".

Bennet also posted a photo of Olympia to Instagram, captioning it "My gift... Olympia Lightning Bolt".

Bolt currently holds world records in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay, retiring in 2017.