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Usain Bolt to play charity football match amid pro contract hint

After his retirement from the track, Usain Bolt is making strides towards a new career. The Jamaican sprint great will captain a star-studded side in charity football match and has hinted at a professional contract. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Usain Bolt is set to make a return to the sporting world in a charity football match which has previously attracted such luminaries as Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho, actor Will Ferrell and pop star Robbie Williams. The eight-time Olympic gold medallist announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he will be joining the Soccer Aid World XI - a motley crew put together to help raise funds for the United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef. Since retiring from athletics he's also flirted with playing cricket and been pictured at the US Grand Prix. Read more: Untouchable Usain Bolt bows out in London Bolt, long linked with trials at Borussia Dortmund thanks to both parties' relationship with Puma, will captain the side, with Williams skippering the English XI that will line up against them. "Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won't be going easy on them," said Bolt, who also claimed he has a "special celebration" planned should his side win. Thee announcement came hours after Bolt, 31, had sent out a tweet suggesting that he'd signed for a team before South African Premier Soccer League outfit Mamelodi Sundowns put out a tweet of their own featuring Bolt in their training gear and a knowing hint about his future. But it seems Bolt's tweet was only related to the charity match, with the Puma logo on the Mamelodi Sundowns kit probably explaining their part in the somewhat confusing series of events. The Soccer Aid match will take part on June 10 at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.

After his retirement from the track, Usain Bolt is making strides towards a new career. The Jamaican sprint great will captain a star-studded side in charity football match and has hinted at a professional contract. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Usain Bolt is set to make a return to the sporting world in a charity football match ... Read More »

Rio 2016: Usain Bolt completes unprecedented third straight sprint double

Usain Bolt has completed an unprecedented third straight sprint double after storming to victory in the 200m. Thursday's win follows the Jamaican's 100m victory earlier in the Rio Games. Bolt, as relaxed as ever, performed a jig as the cameras panned across the athletes before the race but as soon as the starter's pistol fired, he was all business. He flew out of the blocks and was never seriously challenged as he crossed the line in 19.78 seconds, comfortably ahead of his Canadian rival Andre de Grasse. Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre was awarded third after a photo finish also involving Britain's Adam Gemili. Bolt even had time to glance at the clock as he crossed the line but a wet track meant it was always going to be tough for him to break his own world record of 19.19 seconds, a task he'd set himself earlier in the Games. In fact, he seemed a little aggravated at the finish line, tearing off the number 6 pinned to his shorts, but Bolt later admitted that an eighth gold medal will provide more than a little consolation in what he has suggested will be his last Olympics. "No, I can't grasp what I've achieved, definitely not," said Bolt. "You work so hard for years and then you just hope it pays off. It is a brilliant feeling." Bolt admitted that he hadn't felt great down the back stretch, recording what was the slowest 200m of all his individual victories. "I wasn't happy with the time," he acknowledged. "My body just wouldn't respond in the straight. I'm getting older and my body is ageing. Personally I think this is my last 200 but my coach may beg to differ." After the brief moment of frustration at his time, the more familiar sight of Bolt playing to the crowd took over, as he threw a Jamaican flag over his shoulders and acknowledged the adulation and chants of his name. Should Bolt win another gold in the 4x100m relay on Friday he will have won three sprint golds in each of the last three Games, another feat that has never been achieved. Bolt was the most decorated Olympic sprinter of all time before the 200m win but it further cements his reputation as a true great. Bolt's compatriot Elaine Thompson won the women's 100m a day earlier, meaning Jamaica have won every 100m gold available in the last three Games. Bolt's Jamaican relay team were even able to do without him in their heats on Thursday as they qualified for Friday's final, meaning their star man should be fresh for to make history once again at 03:35 CET.

Usain Bolt has completed an unprecedented third straight sprint double after storming to victory in the 200m. Thursday’s win follows the Jamaican’s 100m victory earlier in the Rio Games. Bolt, as relaxed as ever, performed a jig as the cameras panned across the athletes before the race but as soon as the starter’s pistol fired, he was all business. He ... Read More »

Usain Bolt: the greatest show in Rio

The spectators in the Olympic stadium for the final of the men's 100-meter dash were treated to a great show, even if it isn't completely new. Usain Bolt's message is almost better than his race. Usain Bolt enters the arena with outstretched arms, striking a pose that reminds you of the Christ the Redeemer statue. As the cameras click away from all angles, he almost seems as large as the giant statue of Jesus Christ, which is Rio's trademark. Usain Bolt steps lightly as he approaches the tartan track. As he greets the crowd, the cheers just keep getting louder and it seems as if everyone in the Olympic stadium is on their feet. Bolt smiles as he moves. Everything about him oozes confidence. There is not a trace of doubt. There is no sign of the hamstring injury that held him back during qualifying in Jamaica in mid-July. His unmistakable body language shows that Bolt is fully fit. But is he good enough for gold? Arrogance or psychological weapon? The first indicator is the semifinal. Running in the second heat, Bolt easily records the best time of the semis, letting up in the final few meters as he so often does. This is a psychological trick, meant to show his competitors that he is taking it as easy as he would in training. Over the course of his career, some have interpreted this as arrogance - and not without reason. But Bolt is a master of his craft and in a sport in which scientific studies have shown that the psychological side of things can have a major impact, such mind games can be effective. During the warm-up for the final, the spectators cheer for Bolt as if he had already won the race. He plays to the crowd, gesturing to them, demanding that they applaud even louder. Bolt is a master showman. Seconds before the start, he flirts a little with the camera. This too is familiar; it is all part of the show. "The crowd loves this energy, the people want it. They want to be a part of it," Bolt says later, sounding more like an analyst than a clown. Turbochargers not firing like they used to Then it gets quiet in the Olympic Stadium, which on this evening is (yet again) not sold out. The starter's pistol breaks the silence, the spectators shout and Bolt gets off to poor start - as usual. However, with his long strides he quickly begins to make up time on this opponents. By the 50-meter mark he is already up to second place, with only the American veteran Justin Gatlin left to catch. This is the point at which his turbochargers would normally kick in and he would leave everyone else in his dust. But they aren't firing like they used to. Bolt works his way up to Gatlin and just manages to overtake the American, who has twice been suspended for doping. This time he can't let up in the last few meters but has to push himself until the very end. As usual though, he wins. "Anything else would have been a disappointment," Bolt says. "Anything less than three gold medals here in Rio would be a disappointment," he adds, as he sets his sights on the 200 and the relay. Days before his 30th birthday, Bolt is still the dominant force in sprinting, despite the fact that his time of 9.81 seconds is well off his world-record of 9.58, which he set in Berlin in 2009. There is a reason for this; the final is scheduled unusually soon after the semifinal, and the short break between the two races isn't good for his legs. "My start wasn't very good, I felt dead. I need more time to recover, especially now that I am getting old." Perhaps time is even starting to catch up with this exceptional athlete. You have to give your all These are almost certainly his last Olympic Games, which is one reason that he fully savors the moment. He celebrates with a victory lap, clutching a stuffed Olympic mascot in one hand (something that no doubt pleases Rio's marketing department). He puts on a baseball cap and starts shaking spectators' hands. Everybody wants to touch the fastest man on the planet. Everybody wants to be like him. But is this even possible? Can people emulate the world's ultimate sporting role model? Bolt thinks about it for a second and starts his answer in an uncharacteristically modest manner. "It is an honor to inspire people," he says. "You need the will, to be prepared to give everything, to do your best, to work hard on yourself. If you do this, you will reach your goals and push your boundaries," he says. This too is part of the show. Of course he is unique, genetically blessed and not to be duplicated, no matter how determined anyone might be to try to do so. Still, many believe his message, and this is what counts. Then he stands up and again, everybody wants to have their picture taken with him. Usain Bolt is not just an athlete, he is an attraction - just like Christ the Redeemer.

The spectators in the Olympic stadium for the final of the men’s 100-meter dash were treated to a great show, even if it isn’t completely new. Usain Bolt’s message is almost better than his race. Usain Bolt enters the arena with outstretched arms, striking a pose that reminds you of the Christ the Redeemer statue. As the cameras click away ... Read More »

Rio 2016: Usain Bolt rewrites history books with third 100m Olympic crown

Usain Bolt becomes the first man in history to win three 100m Olympic golds, beating rival Justin Gatlin. He adds to the titles he won in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Jamaica's Usain Bolt won an unprecedented third 100m gold medal with a stunning run, beating US rival Justin Gatlin into second. Bolt clocked 9.81 seconds in the showpiece race of the Games, coming from behind and showing no signs of a recent hamstring injury. He flew past American rival Justin Gatlin who had to settle for silver again in 9.89 seconds. Canada's Andre de Grasse took bronze in 9.91. The fans delighted in Bolt's latest triumph and he went on his lap of honour with a stuffed Games mascot as reggae music echoed around the arena. Gatlin was jeered by many fans in the packed stadium before the start, with his history as a two-time doping offender still hanging over him. Bolt, who turns 30 on the day of the Rio closing ceremony, August 21, famously claimed 100m, 200m and 4x100m trebles at the 2008 and 2012 Games, a feat never achieved before. In Rio, the 11-time world champion and world record holder is in search of an unprecedented third treble in a row, with the 200m final Thursday and the relay Friday. "It was brilliant. I didn't go so fast but I'm so happy I won. I told you guys I was going to do it," said Bolt, who stands alone in the 120-year history of sprinting in the modern Olympic games. "Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal," Bolt added. Bolt has not been beaten on the track in a major race since coming second behind American Tyson Gay in the 200m at the 2007 world championships.

Usain Bolt becomes the first man in history to win three 100m Olympic golds, beating rival Justin Gatlin. He adds to the titles he won in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won an unprecedented third 100m gold medal with a stunning run, beating US rival Justin Gatlin into second. Bolt clocked 9.81 seconds in the ... Read More »

Japan’s 105-year-old ‘Golden Bolt’ makes world record

In a stunning feat, a 105-year-old Japanese sprinter claimed the world record for his age category in the 100 meter dash. Social media users have called "Golden Bolt" - the runner's alias - a source of motivation. Hidechi Miyazaki - better known by his alias "Golden Bolt" after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt - made it into the Guinness World Records on Wednesday after running 100 meters in 42.22 seconds. That equates to an average speed of just over 5 miles per hour, or 8.5 kilometers per hour - less than one-quarter of the pace 29-year-old Bolt sustains. The 105-year-old sprinter from Japan's tea-growing Shizuoka prefecture set the record in the over-105 age category, an age division that had no previous record. According to national daily newspaper Sankei Shimbun, Miyazaki was born in 1910, and had no experience with sports prior to turning 92 years old. Miyazaki struck Bolt's famous pose after crossing the finish line on Wednesday, a month ahead of the Japanese Masters Championships, which he will be competing in. "My brain might not be the sharpest but physically I'm tip-top. I've never had any health problems. The doctors are amazed by me," Miyazaki told AFP news agency after claiming the victory. "I can definitely keep on running for another two or three years," Miyazaki said after setting himself the target of completing the 100-meter dash within 35 seconds. Social media users commended "Golden Bolt" with some calling him a source of motivation. Japan has the highest life expectancy of major countries around the world, and is struggling with its aging population, with one out of four citizens aged 65 and over .

In a stunning feat, a 105-year-old Japanese sprinter claimed the world record for his age category in the 100 meter dash. Social media users have called “Golden Bolt” – the runner’s alias – a source of motivation. Hidechi Miyazaki – better known by his alias “Golden Bolt” after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt – made it into the Guinness World Records ... Read More »

World Athletics Championships: Bolt does it again

Is there no stopping Usain Bolt? As part of the Jamaican relay team, the world's fastest man sprinted his way to another gold medal at the world championships. The Jamaican women also won their relay competition. Usain Bolt powered his Jamaican team to the men's 4x100-meter relay title in 37.36 seconds at the world championships in the Chinese capital. The United States finished second with a time of 37.77, but were disqualified for a late baton change. So hosts China stole a surprise silver, clocking 38.01 seconds, ahead of Canada's 38.13 bronze time. The 29-year-old Bolt, who had already won the 100 and 200 meters events, ran the anchor leg as the Jamaicans put in a dominant performance at the Bird's Nest Stadium. Bolt joined teammates Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade in clinching a sixth consecutive major global title. It's Bolt's third triple gold at world championships in a row. He has now won 17 of 18 world and Olympic gold medals since 2008. Before the men's event, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce anchored a Jamaica team that recorded the second-fastest time in history of the women's 4x100-meter relay: 41.07 seconds. The United States took silver in 41.68 seconds, with Trinidad and Tobago collecting bronze and set a national record of 42.03. Farah roars again Britain's Mo Farah turnd on the jets on the final turn and stormed down the home stretch to retain his 5,000 meters world title. It was his unprecedented third successive distance double at major global championships. The 32-year-old Olympic champion, who won the 10,000m last weekend, clocked a time of 13 minutes 50.38 seconds. It was Farah's seventh successive major distance crown since winning the 5000m at the 2011 world championships. Elsewhere, Olympic champion Ashton Eaton of the United States set a world record in the decathlon. Eaton threw a season's best 63.63 metres in the javelin before clocking four minutes, 17.52 seconds in the 1500m to finish with a new world best total of 9,045 points, eclipsing his previous mark by six points. Also, Poland's Piotr Malachowski finally broke through for world discus gold with a throw of 67.40 metres.

Is there no stopping Usain Bolt? As part of the Jamaican relay team, the world’s fastest man sprinted his way to another gold medal at the world championships. The Jamaican women also won their relay competition. Usain Bolt powered his Jamaican team to the men’s 4×100-meter relay title in 37.36 seconds at the world championships in the Chinese capital. The ... Read More »

World Athletics Championships: Yego makes history, Krause surprises

A new day in Beijing and more history has been made. Kenya set a record in the javelin, but wrote the wrong headlines elsewhere. Germany's Gesa Krause won a surprise medal in the 3,000 meters. Julius Yego of Kenya recorded the longest javelin throw in 14 years with a mark of 92.72 meters to win his first world championship gold medal on a day of competition marred by the news that two athletes from his country tested positive for doping. Yego was in eighth position before his third attempt in the final, when he landed chest-down behind the line after unleashing the world-leading throw. It was the first time in history five throwers recorded marks beyond 87 meters in a championship final. Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed of Egypt took silver (88.99), with Tero Pitkamaki of Finland, the 2007 world champion, took bronze at 87.64, followed by Germany's Thomas Röhler in fourth. South African Wayde van Niekerk scorched to a remarkable victory in the men's 400m, becoming South Africa's first world sprint champion in the process. van Niekerk stormed around the one-lap race in 43.48 seconds, becoming the fourth fastest athlete in the event and the quickest non-American. Defending champion Lawshawn Merritt, who also won the world title in Berlin in 2009, timed a personal best of 43.65 for silver, while Grenada's Olympic champion Kirani James claimed bronze in a season's best of 43.78. Krause picks up surprise medal Cuba's Yarisley Silva won gold in the women's pole vault title. Silva, the silver medalist at the London Olympics, vaulted a best of 4.90 meters ahead of Fabiana Murer of Brazil, who set a new South American record of 4.85m and Greece's Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou. Martina Strutz and Lisa Ryzih, who is German champion, both finished in eighth and 12th respectively. In the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase, Kenya's Hyvin Jepkemoi won an exciting race in a time of, but the real winner was Germany's Gesa Krause who won bronze. It was Germany's first medal in this event and Krause finished only 0.01 seconds behind silver and 0.14 behind gold. Olympic finalist Alysia Johnson Montano was in the leading bunch when she tripped and tumbled to the track with 200 meters to go, ending her chances of advancing in the 800 at the world championships. Montano, who always competes with a flower in her hair, appealed but the IAAF rejected the protest after reviewing video of the race. Justin Gatlin breezed through in the 200 meter semifinals on Wednesday, winning in a time of 19.87. As comfortable as the American was, Usain Bolt went one step further securing a season best of 19.95 to win his heat even though he was able to power down from around the 120-meter mark.

A new day in Beijing and more history has been made. Kenya set a record in the javelin, but wrote the wrong headlines elsewhere. Germany’s Gesa Krause won a surprise medal in the 3,000 meters. Julius Yego of Kenya recorded the longest javelin throw in 14 years with a mark of 92.72 meters to win his first world championship gold ... Read More »

World Athletic Championships: Bolt beats Gatlin by smallest of margins

Usain Bolt failed to impress in the semifinals, but he saved his best until last. In the highly anticipated 100 meters final in Beijing, he produced a stunning display to seal an important win for him and the sport. Usain Bolt shocked the world, as he produced his season-best time of 9.79 seconds to beat rival Justin Gatlin and win the men's 100 meters final on Sunday in the World Championships in Beijing. Gatlin finished just 100th of a second behind the Jamaican, with a time of 9.80. "I understand why," said Bolt afterwards, referring to the importance of beating Gatlin, "but I did it for myself," added the Jamaican. Fellow American Trayvon Bromell and Canadian Andre De Grasse shared bronze in third after finishing in exactly the same time (9.92sec). Bolt had a better start than the American, but Gatlin caught up only to stumble near the 70-meter mark leaving Bolt the chance to take advantage and produce a stunning display. Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion has now not been beaten in the 100m or 200m in six major world championships going back to 2007, although he was disqualified from the shorter race at the Deagu world championships in 2011. The 29-year-old will go for successive world championship sprint sweeps in Beijing when he competes in the 200 meters final on Thursday. Earlier on in the day, Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill completed an incredible comeback by winning her second world heptathlon title on Sunday. Ennis-Hill, returning to the sport after giving birth last year, was all but gift-wrapped the gold medal after fellow Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson failed to post a mark in the long jump. The 29-year strolled to victory in the 800 meters race to clinch her gold medal. Poland's Pawel Fajdek continued his dominance of the men's hammer in 2015, with two throws over 80 meters as he retained his world title in style on Sunday afternoon. American Joe Kovacs won the men's shot put with a best of 21.93 meters to dash David Storl's bid for a hat-trick of world titles, the German claiming silver.

Usain Bolt failed to impress in the semifinals, but he saved his best until last. In the highly anticipated 100 meters final in Beijing, he produced a stunning display to seal an important win for him and the sport. Usain Bolt shocked the world, as he produced his season-best time of 9.79 seconds to beat rival Justin Gatlin and win ... Read More »

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