BBC One will broadcast a special one-hour documentary profiling the world’s most famous athlete ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

‘Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive’ is an intimate portrait of the fastest man on earth, and will give viewers an insight into what

The documentary forms part of a series of programmes that the BBC will screen in the build-up to the Olympic Games.

Made with his complete cooperation, Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive (July 16, 10.35pm) shows Bolt in his home environment away from the cameras.

This summer in the London 2012 Olympics ,Usain Bolt will try to retain his three Olympic titles and his three world records.

On the night of the 100m final, more than four billion viewers will watch him as he bids to become the first man ever to retain the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold medals.

French producer/director Gael Leiblang has been filming him over the last 12 months as he prepares for the biggest races of his life.

It also features all of the people who have helped get Bolt to the top of his profession – his relatives, his best friends and the Jamaican national coach.

Then on Tuesday 17th July, BBC Three will examine whether the Jamaican sprint king can be beaten at this summer’s London 2012 Games.

Can Anyone Beat Bolt? follows the fortunes of the world’s best sprinters as they prepare for that ultimate showdown at London 2012, from the supremely confident superstar Bolt to his focused, sometimes shy, rivals, determined to prove that Bolt is human.

Five of his closest rivals include compatriots Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin of the United States, and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre.

The film witnesses the sacrifice and growing self-belief of these athletes as they push themselves to the limit physically and mentally to claim the greatest prize in sport.

Narrated by Reggie Yates and with expert contribution from sprinting icon Michael Johnson.

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Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive
Monday 16th July – 10.35pm-11.35pm – BBC One / BBC One HD
 
Can Anyone Beat Bolt?
Tuesday 17th July – 9pm-10pm – BBC Three

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