Usain Bolt Gets Paid How Much Per Second Of Sprinting?

Usain Bolt $300,000 appearance feeJamaican superstar Usain Bolt won his second consecutive European 100 meters event in Rome on Thursday, winning the race with a time of 9.76 seconds. This impressive performance took place one week after Bolt won a 100-meter race in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where he ran a relatively slow for Bolt time of 10.04 seconds, well ahead of Kim Collins of St. Kitts, who finished second at 10.19. 

For each race, Bolt earned his normal appearance fee of $300,000 for 10 seconds of sprinting, or about $30,000 per second. 

Leading up to the London Olympics, Bolt plans to also compete in meets at Oslo and Monaco, which will earn the Lightning Bolt a cool $600,000 or so.

In addition to his event earnings, Bolt possesses multi-year global sponsorship agreements with companies such as Puma, Visa, Gatorade, and Swiss timepiece Hublot, while also ranking third on the list of most Googled athletes in the world, behind only Tiger Woods and David Beckham. 

A triple gold medal winner in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt should easily become the first track athlete ever to earn more than $10 million in one year.