An eleven-time World Champion, he won consecutive World Championship 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 metres relay gold medals from 2009 to 2015, with the exception of a 100 m false start in 2011.
Running in the 200 m event, he failed to qualify for the finals, but he still set a new personal best of 21.73 s.
Bolt still did not take athletics or himself too seriously, however, and he took his mischievousness to new heights by hiding in the back of a van when he was supposed to be preparing for the 200 m finals at the CARIFTA Trials.
He was detained by the police for his practical joke, and there was an outcry from the local community, which blamed coach Mc Neil for the incident. Patterson recognised Bolt's talent and arranged for him to move to Kingston, along with Jermaine Gonzales, so he could train with the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
Bolt's runs were a significant improvement upon the previous records, beating the 200 m best by more than half a second and the 400 m record by almost a second.
This performance attracted interest from the press, and his times in the 200 m and 400 m led to him being touted as a possible successor to Johnson.