Usain Bolt and girlfriend Kasi Bennett welcomes first child... a baby girl

Usain Bolt and long-time girlfriend Kasi Bennett becomes a parent for the first time after giving birth to a baby girl on Monday.

Though the couple is yet to announce the name of their daughter, but news of the delivery was announced by Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness.

In his tweet, Holness wrote - "Congratulations to our sprint legend Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett on the arrival of their baby girl!", alongside a photo of the athlete.

The 33-year old sprinter first revealed that he and Bennet were expecting on January 23 with a photo of from her maternity shoot.

“I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE. @kasi.b,” he captioned the photo.

Bolt and Bennett, who are both originally from Jamaica, have been dating for almost seven years.

In February, the retired Olympian revealed had said in an interview that it doesn't matter to him if his child decides to follow in his footsteps as a professional track star or not.

“People always say, ‘Are you going to put your kids in sports?’ ” Bolt said at the Bolt24 By Gatorade pop-up studio in Miami during Super Bowl weekend. “But for me, if they want to be in sports, fine, I don’t really care. But, I won’t push them to do track and field. I think it’s going to be hard.”

“I think it’s the hardest thing when you have a dad that is a superstar in a supersport, I don’t think you should do that sport,” he added. “I think you should do something else because there is so much pressure on you to live up to expectations.”

The nine-time gold medalist also admitted that he is “more nervous” than Bennett to become a first-time parent.

“My girlfriend is really excited, she’s excited to be pregnant, and I’m like, ‘What am I going to do, I’m about to be a dad.’ You know? I’m that guy.”

Bolt then added that becoming a father may be a new and difficult hurdle, but revealed he was "excited" about the challenge.

“The good thing about it is that I have a lot of experience with my friends’ kids and my aunts’ kids and stuff like that, so I kind of understand but I’ve never had a kid 24/7,” he said. “You know what I mean? This is 24/7, so it’s going to be challenging but I’m so excited.”

The Jamaican holds world records in the 100m and 200m events having clocked 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds respectively at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.


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