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Born in Port-of-Spain, Boldon left for the United States at age fourteen, and became a football player. There, his sprinting capacities were discovered, and he quit playing football in the early 1990s.
Boldon won his first international medal at the 1995 World Championships, taking home the bronze in the 100 m. He repeated that performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where he also placed third in both the 100m and 200m events. In 1997, he won his first title, taking the 200 m at the World Championships, his country's first title in that competition.
The following year Ato picked up gold in the 100 m 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, recording a time of 9.88 seconds beating Namibia's Frankie Fredericks (9.96) into silver and Obadele Thompson (10.00) Barbados bronze.
A silver medal in the 100 m and a bronze in the 200 m were the result of the 2000 Summer Olympics, after he had been hampered by injuries the year before.
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