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Usain Bolt reveals he is expecting his first child with girlfriend Kasi Bennett

Athlete Usain Bolt has confirmed he is expecting his first child with his girlfriend of five years, Kasi Bennett.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday morning, the sportsman, 33, shared a stunning snap of Kasi, 30, cradling her bump while adding the caption: 'I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE.'  

The mum-to-be added captions on a series of images reading: 'Our golden child. Coming soon... Our greatest celebration... Our biggest blessing'.

Prior to the announcement, Usain revealed hopes to have children with his longtime girlfriend 'in the near future', following years of enjoying a low-key romance. 

He said: 'Something I've learnt is it's never a good time to have kids,' he said. 'It took me a while to figure that out. It's never a good time. You just have to buckle down and do it. It's in the near future, so, hopefully. We'll see.'

Chatting about his love-life last year, he told Daily Mail: ‘I’m not a single man but I just don’t put my love life out there that much.’  

Happy days: Athlete Usain Bolt has confirmed his girlfriend Kasi Bennett is pregnant

Back in 2016, he discussed his romance in an interview with People magazine.

He said: 'We just got really serious, we are taking it one step at a time. I definitely want a family, though. For me, over the years, I've waited because I want to make sure it's the right person.' 

‘I’ve always said I want three kids. The other day I hung out with my buddy who has three kids and it was crazy. I was like, “Hmmmm do I really want 3 kids?” But yes, yes I do. I’m sure of it.’ 

Hurrah! Jamaican former sprinter Usain is a world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay and is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time

Hurrah! Back in 2016, he discussed his romance in an interview with People magazine (pictured in 2017)

He's been enjoying his retirement from competitive athletics for the past two years.  

Kasi lists her work on social media including her role as founder of Project Kase, which is described as 'a non-profit organization that supports the development of Jamaica's children.'

She is also Managing Director of Elevate Marketing House Ltd.

In 2016 their relationship hit a rough patch when pictures emerged showing Usain kissing a second woman in a Rio nightclub just hours before he spent the night with a 20-year-old student who shared WhatsApp images of them in bed.

His love: The couple delightedly revealed the news on social media (pictured in August last year)

Despite being in a couple with Kasi at the time, Usain was seen at a club in the Barra de Tijuca suburb of Rio where he racked up a £1,000 bar bill.

He was celebrating his 30th birthday in style after claiming an historic ninth gold medal and was pictured with the mystery brunette, who was wearing a lanyard with Olympic branding, in the VIP area at the venue.

On the same night, a video posted to Twitter showed him twerking enthusiastically with a second woman during his evening out.