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Video: Usain Bolt races virtual cheetah

Usain Bolt has accomplished pretty much all there is in sprinting, but it’s unlikely he’ll ever beat a cheetah.

As part of “Big Cat Week,” Nat Geo Wild studied what would have happened if a cheetah took part in the 2009 World Championships 100m final, where Bolt set the world record of 9.58 seconds.

Bolt’s time equaled 23 miles per hour (though Nat Geo says 28 mph, which Bolt probably reached or got close to at his peak speed). A cheetah can sprint nearly 70 mph, according to Nat Geo.

In the video, a virtual cheetah is placed between Bolt and Doc Patton. What happens when the gun goes off is predictable. The cheetah zooms past the field, including Bolt, and crosses the finish in 5.95, obliterating the world record.

Nat Geo determined that Bolt would need at least a 40-meter head start to beat the cheetah.

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Tessanne safely through to ‘The Voice’ top eight

Jamaican singing sensation, Tessanne Chin is now one of the final eight on season five of NBC’s hit talent show, The Voice after surviving a tense results show Tuesday night.

Tessanne The Voice Top 8One of the favorites to win the competition, Chin had to sweat it out as her compatriot on Adam Levine’s team, James Tolbert received the most fan votes of all the top 10 contestants while fellow teammate, Wil Champlin finished with the fourth most votes.

After being made to wait for half the show, Tessanne’s name was finally called by show host, Carson Daly after receiving the fifth most votes for her performance Monday night.

Said performance during the top 10 live performance show saw Chin take on Gladys Knight and the Pips’ soulful classic, If I Were Your Woman. The lower octave tone of the song proved no sticking point for the Jamaican songstress, as her range and transitions throughout verses were relatively smooth.

Competition on season five of The Voice promises to become even more intense going forward, meaning Tessanne will have to step up her game that much more. The unpredictable nature voting also will be a factor to pay attention to as proven when Caroline Pennell, the multi-talented 17-year-old prodigy mentored by Cee’Lo Green, went from receiving the most votes on the show last week to being saved by a last-minute fan vote near the end of Tuesday night’s show.

The top eight on The Voice will perform on next Monday as they compete for the final six spots, which will be revealed the following night.

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Usain Bolt named one of three finalists for IAAF World Athlete of the Year

Usain Bolt 2013Jamaican sprinting legend, Usain Bolt has once again been nominated for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year award, set to be awarded on November 16 in Monaco.

On Monday, the world’s governing athletics body announced the three male finalists for the award, which included Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, as well as British long-distance runner, Mohamed Farah and Ukranian high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko.

The men were selected after a month-long process involving the World Athletics Family. Female nominees for the same award will be announced on Tuesday.

Bolt, who completed the sprint double and helped retain Jamaica’s 4 by 100m relay title at this past summer’sIAAF World Championships in Moscow, has won theIAAF World Athlete of the Year the last two years and four of the last five, with 2010 being his only near miss, losing out to Kenyan 800m maestro, David Rudisha.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who also achieved the sprint double at the worlds, is on a shortlist for the femaleWorld Athlete of the Year. No Jamaican female athlete has won this honor since Merlene Ottey copped it in 1990.

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Usain Bolt to retire following 2016 Olympics

Usain Bolt 2013Arguably the greatest sprinter in history, Usain Bolt has left an indelible mark on the sport with his talent, charisma, and a plethora of records along the way. The summer of 2016 will be the last chance for the world to see the Jamaican legend showcase his unique skill set.

On Wednesday morning, Bolt announced that he is set to retire following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil. The six-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning world champion in the 100m and 200m signaled his intent to win gold at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing and the 2016 summer games before calling it quits from a spotlight that has shone on him since he made waves as a teenager.

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Aidonia records Usain Bolt tribute song

Usain Lightning BoltWith today marking the 27th birthday of legendary Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, Dancehall star, Aidoniahas given the six-time Olympic champion a gift in song after releasing a tribute song in his honor with a special remix of his hit single, Run Road.

The tribute, which features his Jag One Productions(J.O.P) protégé, Deablo was recorded the night prior to Bolt’s defense of his 200m title at the IAAF World Championships in Russia on Saturday. Additionally, Bolt rebounded from his false start during the 100m at the 2011 edition of the world championships to take gold in that event last week while helping the 4 by 100m relay team retain their title.

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Specialized Usain Bolt spikes being auctioned

Usain Bolt running spikesJamaican sprinting legend, Usain Bolt is literally giving his fans the opportunity to walk a mile in his shoes as his personal running spikes are now be auctioned.

These sneakers were custom made by popular shoe brand, PUMA for the six-time Olympic gold medalist, bare his autograph and are not available in any stores worldwide. Bolt has exclusively worn these sneakers in preparation for the ongoing 2013 season as well as the upcoming IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow in August.

Bolt’s custom-made shoes feature a lot of personal imprints from the highly-revered sprinter, such as personally-inserted spikes and laces as well as blue dye taken from his training track on the University of the West Indies (UWI) campus. Additionally, these unique spikes feature Bolt’s ‘Ugo’ moniker as well as his saying ‘there can only be one.’

The shoes are being auctioned on eBay, with the bidding starting at US$1,000. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Kingston chapter of the Lays Magistrates Association of Jamaica (LMAJ) to help fund their social projects, including a mentorship program at the Tower Street Correctional Programmein downtown Kingston.

This is not the first time Bolt has auctioned a pair of his running shoes. In 2010, a pair of Bolt’s signed shoes sold for US$2,000, which he later donated to the charity of Ivory Coast and former Chelsea star footballer, Didier Drogba.

Last July, that bid was shattered when a signed pair of his spikes sold for £25,000 at a live charity auction in Birmingham, England, just days before the start of last year’s Olympics in London.

You can bid for Usain Bolt’s exclusively worn custom-made spikes here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Usain-Bolt-Personal-Used-and-Autographed-Running-Shoes/111070091187

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Gay men clash with revelers during action-filled road march

Tifa at carnivalThe conclusion of Bacchanal season with the traditional road march on Sunday had everything: Beautiful women all-round, countless celebrities and colorful costumes. Unfortunately, it also saw a clash break out amongst revelers after a group of alleged homosexual men started dancing with each other in the crowd.

At least three people were injured after a group of revelers raised objection to the sight of men sexually gyrating on each other near the conclusion of the march, which took place across various section of Kingston, including Constant Spring, New Kingston and Half-Way-Tree. The alleged gay men and others in the crowd soon exchanged words, leading to stones and other missiles being hurled at the men and one of them being beaten.

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Shaggy to launch new record label in Kingston

ShaggyGrammy-winning Dancehall/Reggae musician, Shaggy will be launching his newly founded Ranch Entertainment record label in his native Kingston on February 26.

The highly-revered entertainer originally launched the Reggae-fusion entity in 2011 and held a function commemorating this venture inside the Santos Party House in New York City last June. Now, Shaggy is set to host a Jamaican launch at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records restaurant on Tuesday at their weekly, Behind The Screen event.

Shaggy has been hard at work building the Ranch Entertainment brand ever since splitting from long-time manager, Robert Livingston and his Big Yard label following an 18-year stint. Many of his colleagues at Big Yard are working with the singer at his new outlet as they try to introduce new and veteran artiste to the mainstream market overseas.

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Ex-politician, Kern Spencer producing new reality shows

After his temporary disappearance from the spotlight following his controversial exit from politics, Kern Spencer is trying his hand in the world of entertainment.

The former Member of Parliament (MP) for northeast St. Elizabeth remains a forlorn figure within Jamaican politics following the highly debated Cuban light bulb scandal that first emerged in 2007. Following years of criticism and ridicule, Spencer looks to start anew in a different field as part of Super K Studios, a public relations, production and marketing company that operates Best of Jamaica (BOJ) TV.

A founding member of the entity, Spencer hopes to revolutionize the local TV landscape as he and his Super K team are set to produce a number of reality shows that promise to entertain and educate viewers on the people and issues going on in local society.

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Usain Bolt cops World Athlete of the Year award

Two-time defending Olympic champion, Usain Bolt can add more gold to his already rich collection as the Jamaican sprinting legend has been named World Male Athlete of the Year.

Bolt received the award on Saturday morning during a special awards ceremony by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) this morning. The world athletics governing body celebrated their 100th year of existence during that ceremony, which took place in Barcelona, Spain.

Bolt beat out Olympic 110m hurdles champion, Aries Merritt and Kenyan middle-distance runner, David Rudisha, who won the 800m title at London 2012.

Bolt’s World Male Athlete of the Year award caps off a highly successful 2012 for Bolt, who retained his 100m and 200m titles in London while anchoring Jamaica to a second straight 4 by 100m men’s relay medal, in which they broke their own record by 21 seconds. He became the second man to win back to back 100m titles (Carl Lewis) and the first to repeat as the 200m champion.

Meanwhile, the World Female Athlete of the Year award went to prominent American sprinter, Allyson Felix, who scored gold in the 200m for women. Felix also helped the United States’ 4 by 100m women’s relay team to record-shattering success during the summer games in London.

Felix eclipsed Olympic heptathlon champion, Jessica Ennis of Great Britain, as well as Olympic shot-put champion, Valerie Adams of New Zealand.

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Jamaican athletes to get ‘Heroes’ welcome on Monday with special concert

Given the many fetes that Jamaica’s sporting heroes accomplished during this summer’s Olympics, it’s only fitting that the island’s athletes will be honored for their commendable efforts on National Heroes Day.

Just over two months after Jamaica completed their most successful Olympic games to date (12 medals – 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze), all of the island’s athletes will be commemorated during a litany of special events during Heroes Day weekend (October 13-15). Announced earlier this month by Jamaica’s sports minister, The Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, four special activities will occur this weekend to recognize the achievements Jamaica’s 59 athletes earned during the Olympics. Additionally, all of Jamaica’s Olympians and team officials will receive monetary prizes for their efforts.

On Sunday morning, a church service will take place at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Kingston while a cocktail reception for the athletes will occur at Jamaica House later that day. On Monday (Heroes’ Day), a new headstone will be unveiled honoring late Jamaican sprinting legend, Dr. Herb McKinley at National Heroes Park in Kingston.

All of these festivities will be capped off on Monday with a special concert which features Jamaica’s Olympians as well as performances from many of the island’s top musicians. The free concert, dubbed Jamaica’s Musical History Honouring Our Olympic Journey, will take place at the National Arena, starting at 7 p.m. and traces back Jamaica’s Olympic and musical transformation since 1948, when the island participated in the summer games for the first time.

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Supreme making strides since winning Usain Bolt’s talent contest.

Envied by every athlete in the world and adored by a strong legion of fans, Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt makes no secret of his love for dancehall music. He ‘Sweeps’ the floor after every victory, ‘Gully Creeps’ to the podium and ‘Nuh Lingas’ for the cameras. The fastest man on the planet proudly celebrates one of his country’s biggest exports – reggae music – at every opportunity.

Born and raised in the closely knit countryside parish of Trelawny, Jamaica (Population 74 000), Usain Bolt has always paid homage to his community and his beloved Dancehall/Reggae music. In April 2009, a few months after achieving Olympic glory and cementing his place an international sensation, Usain brought his newly-found fame back home and held a talent contest. Thousands of hopefuls brought their best stage performances in hopes of being picked by Trelawny’s most famous resident as the winner.

At the end of the grueling judging, only one clear favorite stood out. The winner was a young hopeful, also born and raised in Trelawny, going by the name Supreme. Supreme (real name, Tyrel Mclean) had accomplished something so huge that it would have been enough of an achievement for others to cherish. However, this wasn’t so for Supreme as he wanted to take his talents to new heights.

Fast-forward three years later and a move to Toronto, Canada and you find Supreme as one of the hottest up-and-coming dancehall reggae artists worldwide. Now an artist on the Spreez Music Group label in Canada, Supreme has managed to:

It is safe to say that Usain Bolt would be proud of what his fellow countrymen is achieving today.

You can listen to his latest track, Proud To Be Jamaican on the Overtime Riddim (Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels, JA Productions) via Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/tyrelsuprememclean/supreme-proud-to-be-a-jamaican

To book Supreme, contact PR North Music at (647) 688-0123 or through [email protected]

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Usain Bolt could suit up for Manchester United in friendly

After conquering the Olympic track in London by retaining his sprinting titles in fine style, Usain Bolt will be changing his sporting interests, for a day anyway.

Bolt, a life-long fan of English Premier League club, Manchester United could finally get the chance to suit up for his favorite club as he may play for the 19-time English champions in a charity match against a team of legends representing world-renowned Spanish club, Real Madrid. According to English newspaper, the Daily Mail, Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson plans to invite Bolt to play in the annual charity match after the world-record holding sprinter publicly pleaded to earn a chance to play for his favorite club.

Ferguson told Manchester United’s magazine, Inside United that he’s intrigued about the possibility of giving the Jamaican track legend a run with the ‘Red Devils.’

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Usain Bolt clocks 19.58 in 200 meters at Lausanne meet; Yohan Blake wins 100 in 9.69

Usain Bolt clocks 19.58 in 200 meters at Lausanne meet; Yohan Blake wins 100 in 9.69

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Video: Usain Bolt Interview On The Olympics On The Jonathan Ross Show!

Video:  Usain Bolt Interview On The Olympics On The Jonathan Ross Show!

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Black, Green and GOLD: Jamaica’s true colors show in London

After 4 world records, 11 medals and the birth of a sprinting legend in Beijing, you’d figure that Jamaica’s chances of improving on their last Olympic performance were as small as a red rose. But like England’s national flower, Team Jamaica oozed the sweetest smell, of success that is, as they managed to do one better during the summer games in London.

In the land where the Royal Family reigns supreme, Jamaica’s greatest track product solidified his place on the sport’s throne as Usain Bolt achieved unprecedented success by successfully retaining his 100m and 200m titles. Despite criticisms from fans and pundits following an uncharacteristically lethargic performance at the Jamaican National Trials last month, Bolt has never been one to let down his guard on the biggest of stages.

After 4 world records, 11 medals and the birth of a sprinting legend in Beijing, you’d figure that Jamaica’s chances of improving on their last Olympic performance were as small as a red rose. But like England’s national flower, Team Jamaica oozed the sweetest smell, of success that is, as they managed to do one better during the summer games in London.

In the land where the Royal Family reigns supreme, Jamaica’s greatest track product solidified his place on the sport’s throne as Usain Bolt achieved unprecedented success by successfully retaining his 100m and 200m titles. Despite criticisms from fans and pundits following an uncharacteristically lethargic performance at the Jamaican National Trials last month, Bolt has never been one to let down his guard on the biggest of stages.

Given that Yohan Blake teased many of us with his blistering run of form in the last year, it was logical to think that some fans (including myself) would roll with the hot hand. Unfortunately, Bolt ensured that we got burned badly for making that switch as his mystique and uncanny ability to accelerate at ease during the second half of any sprint proved that he not only hails as a master of sprinting but at deception as well.

For all the times that people have doubted Bolt, it always seems as if Bolt intentionally tries to toy with us at every turn just for the purpose of entertainment and intrigue as he’s by far track and field’s most attractive draw. It’s as if Bolt’s 100m defense was just a warm-up act for his usually appealing show as he turned up the heat in the 200m and 4 by 100m relay; forever assuming his place as one of the greatest Olympians of all time, if not, the greatest given the ease that he’s managed to defend his titles.

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Usain Bolt, fellow Jamaicans fire back at Carl Lewis following 200m triumph

Nine-time Olympic Gold medalist, Carl Lewis may be learning the hard way never to make Jamaicans angry as the island’s greatest sprinting product and several of his fans have fired back at the highly revered American athlete.

As expected, Usain Bolt cemented his legendary status at the Olympic games in London by repeating as the 200m champion in a time of 19.32 seconds. Bolt, along with Jamaican teammates, Yohan Blake (Silver – 19.44s) and Warren Weir (Bronze – 19.82s) ensured that London’s medal stand was proverbially painted in black, green and gold; completing an unprecedented sweep of the high-profile event.

However, the attention turned to Usain Bolt as he had a verbal go at Carl Lewis for comments that the American sprinting legend made a few days ago in light of Bolt’s defense of his Olympic 100m title on Sunday. During an interview, Lewis implied that Jamaica’s drug testing procedures and doping controls needed to be strengthened compared to other countries.

At a press conference on Thursday, Bolt addressed Lewis’ comments; intimating that he has no respect for the former American champion and eight-time World champion.

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Asafa Powell hits back at critics following Olympic performance

Despite the unprecedented success of our growing sprint legends during these Olympic games in London, it appears that the failure of another Jamaican athlete has somewhat overshadowed the achievements accomplished by the island’s track stars in recent days.

Former world-record holding sprinter, Asafa Powell has taken loads of criticism from fans after pulling up during the highly anticipated 100m final on Sunday. Despite the fact that fellow sprint superstars, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake won gold and silver in the event respectively, giving Jamaica 1-2 in an Olympic 100m final for the second straight summer games, most of the talk surrounded Powell and his unfortunate set of circumstances during the final, when he injured his groin and finished last in the event.

Since Sunday’s race, much ire has been directed towards Powell, with many fans expressing their frustration on social media; pointing to his past shortcomings in major events as they lashed out against the man who was once branded ‘Afasa.’ Some fans later speculated that Powell faked the injury while others insisted that he’s chock full of excuses.

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Video: Usain bolt – Ready for LONDON 2012 Olympic Games

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Usain bolt – Ready for LONDON 2012 Olympic Games

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Video : Yohan Blake pulls a stunner, beats Usain Bolt in 100m

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The Fastest Man in the World wasn’t the fastest man in Jamaica.
That honour goes to Yohan Blake, who got out of the blocks fast and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset world-record holder Usain Bolt by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials.
A shocker? Well, that’s for the world to decide. One thing for sure, however, is that the calculus for the London Olympics has changed dramatically.
Blake is the reigning world champion but that victory, last year in South Korea, came with an asterisk because Bolt didn’t run that night after being disqualified for a false start. This was their first rematch, their first real race since then. Bolt was considered the favourite, not only because of his world record – 9.58 seconds – but because Blake, his training partner had never run below 9.84 in his life.

Well, now, he has.
The 9.75 seconds goes down as the best time this year and also breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record; both marks were 9.76 – both held by Bolt.
As much as the numbers, though, it was all that daylight between Blake and Bolt at the finish line that told this story. Blake, the man known as “The Beast,” let out a primal scream when he crossed. Bolt just sort of pulled up – no “To the World” pose or anything else to celebrate.
Asafa Powell will join them at the Olympics, after finishing in 9.88. In the women’s 100, defending Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won in a Jamaican record 10.70 seconds, with Veronica Campbell-Brown in second and Kerron Stewart in third.

Blake beats Bolt.. the fastest man in the world.. by 0.11.
Jamaica National Olympic Trials 100m Finals
1 Yohan Blake, Racers Track Club 9.75
2 Usain Bolt, Racers Track Club 9.86
3 Asafa Powell, Mvp Track Club 9.88
4 Kemar Micheal Frater, Mvp Track Club 9.94
5 Bailey-Cole, Racers Track Club 10.00
6 Nesta Carter, Mvp Track Club 10.01 1.1
7 Lerone Clarke, Unattached 10.07
8 Jacques Harvey, Mvp Track Club 10.17

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Usain Bolt may face charges following car accident

Two days after world record holding Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt was involved in a one vehicle accident in Kingston, local police are implying that the megastar athlete could face charges as a result of the incident.

On Sunday morning, Bolt crashed his black BMW into a guard rail in Half Way Tree as he was returning from a popular party around 5 a.m. local time. Bolt escaped the crash unhurt and his publicist, Carole Beckford later confirmed that the 100m and 200m record winning track star was resting at home.

However, Bolt may not hear the last of this incident as law enforcement officials in Kingston suggest that the reigning Olympic champion could be charged regarding his accident; claiming that he may face legal ramifications should he be deemed at fault for the car crash following ongoing investigations.

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Usain Bolt uninjured, resting at home following car accident

Multiple world record holding Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt is resting comfortably at his Kingston home following a car accident that took place early Sunday morning in the island’s capital.

The Olympic gold medal winning athlete was involved in a minor car accident in Half-Way-Tree where his BMW crashed into a guard rail shortly after 5 a.m. as he was making his way from a popular party in Kingston. However, Bolt escaped unharmed and according to his publicist, Carole Beckford, the 100m and 200m record holder is resting well at home.

“There were no injuries at all. He is fine and resting at home,” Beckford told the Associated Press.

Reportedly, the police are still investigating the crash.

Meanwhile, former world record holding Jamaican sprinter, Asafa Powell was travelling in another car at the time of the crash and later tweeted, “My friend and countryman [Bolt] is ok after a fender bender.” Additionally, Powell intimated that he was not injured nor was he inside Bolt car as the crash occurred.

Bolt and Powell had only just returned to the island earlier this week after finishing first and second respectively at the 100m during a Diamond League meet in Oslo, Norway. Bolt clocked in at 9.79 seconds while Powell registered a time of 9.85 seconds.

This isn’t the first time that Bolt has been involved in a car crash. In 2009, the internationally acclaimed track superstar crashed his BMW into a ditch along a highway. Following that accident, Bolt underwent minor surgery on his left foot after stepping on thorns while escaping from the wreckage.

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Usain Bolt splits from girlfriend

It appears as if a relationship involving the world’s fastest man has reached the finish line sooner than expected as he’s reportedly parted ways with his latest girlfriend.

Multiple Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt has ended his six month relationship with Jamaican based Slovakian fashion designer, Lubica Slovak. According to media reports, sources close to Bolt insist that this move was made so that Bolt could focus his attention towards defending his 100m and 200m titles at this year’s Olympic Games in London, England and avoid possible distractions.

Bolt and Slovak were reportedly introduced to each other by prominent Jamaican Reggae singer, Tami Chynn shortly before last Christmas.

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Usain Bolt features on new single

Internationally renowned sprint runner, Usain Bolt can do it all on the track. But now, the legendary track star may be trying his luck at a different type of record.

The Jamaican-born Olympic and world record holding athlete has been featured on a new track fittingly dubbed, Faster Than Lightning, a catchy house music single mixed by prominent American disc jock/producer, Steve Porter.

Faster Than Lightning features a music video of the highly regarded athlete; compiling different clips the Bolt running at track meets and practices dating back to his high school days, as well as footage  of Bolt showing love to fans as well as a fans reciprocating the appreciation.

In Faster Than Lightning, he raps lines such as, “No matter who you are, no matter what you’re doing, you’re not gonna catch me, you’re not gonna beat me.”

The DJ Steve Porter created mash-up has already earned Bolt close to 75,000 views on the disc jock’s official YouTube page as well as an additional 5,000 plus on the Jamaica Gleaner’s YouTube channel.

Porter is no stranger to doing such videos. He’s previously done similar mash-ups for prominent American based public figures like veteran comedian, Charlie Sheen, Taiwanese-American NBA star, Jeremy Lin as well as hip-hop power couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Meanwhile, Bolt will participate in his first individual race of the year in the lead up to this summer’s Olympic Games in London, England as the sprint phenomenon will line up on Saturday in the 100m at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston.

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Bolt to run 100m at Czech event in May

Jamaica’s world 100-metre record holder Usain Bolt will run the main sprint at the Golden Spike event in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on May 25, organisers said on Thursday.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt pcitured after winning the men’s 100m during the Diamond League athletics meeting in Brussels in September 2011. The world 100-metre record holderwill run the main sprint at the Golden Spike event in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on May 25, organisers said on Thursday.

They said the Golden Spike was likely to be this year’s first start in Europe for Bolt, who is set to defend his Olympic 100-metre and 200-metre gold in August in London.

The news came in the wake of Bolt’s withdrawal from the Camperdown Classic event in Kingston, Jamaica last Saturday that sparked concerns about his health which were later denied by Bolt’s coach.

The Golden Spike organisers earlier confirmed Cuba’s world record holder Dayron Robles for the 110-metre hurdles race at Ostrava.

Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown is expected on the 200-metre track, and US runner LaShawn Merritt will run 400 metres at the event, the organisers said.

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Usain Bolt aims to get four golds in London 2012

Usain Bolt wants to compete in four separate events at the 2012 Olympics to match a record that’s older than he is!

Carl Lewis set the record for a male athlete to get four gold medals in track and field at the same Olympics.

That was in Los Angeles in the USA, way back in 1984 – two years before Bolt was born.

Bolt, from Jamaica, says he will run the 4x400m relay for the first time, as well as defending his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.

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Video:Olympic Games Sportswear 2012 by Cedella Marley ft Usain Bolt

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Watch the creative process of fashion designer Cedella Marely – daughter of Reggae artist Bob Marley – creating the sportswear for Jamaican National Team for Olympic Games 2012, with Usain Bolt (fastest man in the world)

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Video: World Championships Daegu 2011 4×100 meters Usain Bolt New world Record 37.04

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Video: World Championships Daegu 2011 4×100 meters Usain Bolt New world Record 37.04

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Video: Usain Bolt gets disqualified in the 100m Final in 2011 World Championships

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PUMA Fragrance “Jam” Photo-shoot feat. Usain Bolt – Behind The Scenes

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Video: Usain Bolt 200m Diamond League

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Usain Bolt Unfazed By Gatlin Return

Usain Bolt says he is happy to compete against Justin Gatlin, who has just returned from a four-year doping ban.

United States sprinter Gatlin was banned in 2006 after a positive test for testosterone.

Jamaican Bolt, the Olympic and world champion, told BBC Sport: “If he is there, I will run against him.”

Gatlin, a 100m gold medallist in Athens in 2004, has always insisted that he has never knowingly taken a performance-enhancing substance.

He regained his eligibility to compete in July and has won both of his comeback races.

Gatlin won the 100m and 200m sprint double at the 2005 World Championships to add to his 2004 Olympic 100m title but has been out of action since June 2006, although he still hopes to race at the 2012 Olympics in London against Bolt.

“This is my job and if anyone tries to dethrone me or tries to beat me then I’m definitely going to be stepping up to the plate and competing against them no matter who they are and what they’ve done,” continued Bolt.

Bolt has ruled out competing for the rest of 2010 after suffering a back injury. It has been an injury-plagued season for the Jamaican.

The 23-year-old suffered his first 100m final defeat in two years when he was easily beaten by Tyson Gay on 6 August at Stockholm’s Diamond League meeting.

Bolt is the current world record holder, running 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, and believes he can go even faster.

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Usain Bolt loses to Tyson Gay 6/8/2010 Stockholm IAAF Diamond League 100M Men

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Olympic champion Usain Bolt wins 100M at Diamond League in Paris

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World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt out-paced fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell to wil the men’s 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

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Usain Bolt joins star-studded list of Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt today became the latest high-profile athlete to sign on as a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador, joining a star-studded list that also includes Olympic champions swimmer Michael Phelps and pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.
Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who holds the World and Olympic records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m-relay events, will encourage young people around the globe to become more active in sport in his role as Ambassador for the Youth Olympic Games, the inaugural edition of which is scheduled to take place from 14 to 26 August in Singapore.

Bolt said: “I know how important it is to have mentors and role models when you are young to help give you focus and dreams to aspire to. I couldn’t be happier to be an Ambassador for the first Youth Olympic Games and to provide inspiration and encouragement to the young athletes participating in Singapore this summer and to kids everywhere.”

IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “We are very pleased that Usain will now join Michael and Yelena as Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors. These athletes are at the very top of their respective sports and they know the importance of having inspirational figures in their lives. Children around the world look up to Usain and it is wonderful that he has decided to motivate young people to become more active by joining the Youth Olympic Games team.”

The mission of the Youth Olympic Games is to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values. The first edition of the Youth Olympic Games will be held this summer in Singapore, with the first winter edition to take place in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012.

For more information on the Youth Olympic Games, visit: www.olympic.org/youtholympicgames

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Asafa Powell races to a world leading time at IAAF Diamond League, the Golden Gala in Rome

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Ostrava GOLDEN SPIKE 2010 – 300m Men – USAIN BOLT won in 30.97 sec MR!

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Asafa Powell 9.83 Meet Record 100 meter at Ostrava GOLDEN SPIKE 2010 Meet
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Usain Bolt wins in Shanghai

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Usain Bolt Sets World Lead in Debut 100m of 2010 – Daegu

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Brilliant Bolt! J’can star clocks world-leading 19.56

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DOUBLE sprint world record holder Usain Bolt produced a scintillating world-leading mark of 19.56secs in a negative wind of (-0.8 m/s) to win the men’s 200 metres to highlight the 7th JN/Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium last night.

Kenia Sinclair, Carmelita Jeter, Novlene Williams-Mills and Chaunte Howard also posted world leading marks in the 800m, 100m, 400m and high jump events in the hotly contested IAAF Area Permit Meet.

Triple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt powers to victory in the men’s 200 metres in a world-leading 9.56 seconds at the National Stadium last night. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Watched by a capacity crowd of 30,000 cheering spectators, Bolt exploded from the blocks and took the lead by the 60m mark before opening up a 10-metre gap on his closest rival Wallace Spearmon.

The triple Olympic and World Championship gold medallist bettered his own stadium record of 19.75 done in 2007.

Former World championship medallist Spearmon, who had the previous world-leading mark of 20.20, was second in 19.98. American Ryan Bailey was third in 20.43.

Jamaica’s two-time Olympic gold medallist Veronica Campbell Brown obliged in the women’s equivalent in 22.60. Campbell Brown took an unassailable lead at the 70m mark before pressing home to victory.

A fast-finishing Cydonie Mothersill of Cayman was second in 22.70 ahead of America Bianka Knight, 22.77.

Jeter produced a late burst to catch World and Olympic silver medallist Kerron Stewart at the line to take the women’s 100m in 10.94secs.

Jeter, who clocked a career-best 10.64 last year to become the second fastest women in history behind world record holder Florrence Griffith-Joyner (10.49), was elated with her effort.

Stewart clocked 10.96, while American Marshevet Myers was third in 11.13. The men’s equivalent went to Olympic Relay gold medallist Nesta Carter, who shrugged off a false start to win in 10.09.

World Champs finalist Darvis Patton was second in 10.23 ahead of Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago with 10.25. Yohan Blake had earlier false-started.

2006 World Indoor silver medallist Kenia Sinclair produced a brisk world-leading 1 minute 58.62 to win the women’s 800m in a meet record.

Niesha Bernard Thomas of Greneda placed second in 1:59.60, while American Hazel Clarke was third in 2:0.45. Khadevis Davis of the USA won the men’s race in 1:47.57 ahead of Jamaica’s Aldwin Sappleton in a close finish.

2007 world championship 400m bronze medallist Novlene Williams-Mills was impressive in posting a world-leading 50.32 to top Monica Hargrove (51.42) and Dehasha Trotter (51.52).

The men’s equivalent went to 2007 World 100m and 200 champion Tyson Gay in 45.05. Former Commonwealth bronze medallist Jermaine Gonzales was second in 45.22.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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Usain Bolt Runs 8.79 seconds In The 2010 Penn Relays 4×100

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Usain Bolt’s Girlfriend Reality Star “Lava” maybe pregnant

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Michael Johnson suggests Usain Bolt switching to 400m

Sprint legend Michael Johnson believes Usain Bolt should consider moving up to 400m after an impressive relay display. Bolt clocked a 43.58-second split in a 4×400 relay at a local meet in Jamaica 10 days ago.  American Johnson’s world record from a standing start is 43.18 sec and his best split time in a relay – from a rolling start – was 42.94.  “He has the ability to be a world record holder. If it were me, I would move to the 400 now,” said Johnson.  Bolt set world records for the 100m and 200m last year and was part of the Jamaica 4x100m relay team that set a world record and won Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008.

However, no athlete has ever held the world record in the 100, 200 and 400 metres.Last month, running the anchor leg for the Racers Lions team, Bolt collected the baton in fourth position, 20 metres behind the leader, and managed to close the gap to just 0.44 sec at the finish line. Johnson recently visited Bolt in Jamaica while filming for a forthcoming BBC Inside Sport documentary.

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“It’s not surprising to me. He understands, though, that it will take a lot more work training for the 400 than for the 100 and 200,” he said. Bolt regularly runs the 400m as part of his stamina work early each season. He has said in the past that he will only seriously consider attempting the event after defending his world and Olympic 100 and 200 titles. But he dropped a strong hint last September that he may change his position on the event depending on what his coach advises. “The 400, I don’t want to do. But I think I’ll do it in the future because my coach can be very convincing. And he’ll find some argument for me to do it,” he said at the time. “I think I would be pretty good at it, as I have tried it when I was young, just messing around.” Johnson believes the man who beat his long-standing 200m world record at the Beijing Olympics, then lowered it to a staggering 19.19 at the World Championships in Berlin, would benefit from a new challenge. “I think ultimately he will have to choose another event because eventually there will be no motivation to continue at 100 and 200 since he has already achieved everything there,” he said.
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Usain Bolt’s Dating a Reality Star?

One of the stars of the popular VH1 reality show, For The Love of Ray J, yesterday announced on television that she and Jamaican Olympic star, Usain Bolt, are a couple.

The woman, Taneish Simpson, was a cast member of the dating show’s second season, but was eliminated on episode three. The show is centred around actor and singer Ray J’s search for love and features him living in a house with a group of women who vie for his attention and ultimately his heart. Ray J is the brother of singer Brandy.

Simpson, 24, was named Lava on the show and is originally from Portland, but now lives in Florida. Various Internet sources list her occupations as a model and make-up artist.

On the show’s reunion special which aired on the United States music channel, VH1, yesterday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., Simpson claimed she was now over Ray J and had moved on with her life.

She said Bolt ‘googled’ her and made contact. She said, “We made it official on New Year’s. I actually spent New Year’s in Jamaica because he requested that I come down so we could spend New Year’s together.”

Lava’s exit from the reality show was controversial as she was eliminated because Ray J felt she was too demanding and controlling.

When contacted, a publicist for the sprinter and world-record holder said she would not talk about the runner’s private life.

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Bolt and Richards win at IAAF world athlete of the year in Monaco


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The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and United States 400 metres runner Sanya Richards have won their second IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.

Bolt retained the honour for winning the 100m and 200m finals in world record times at the World Championships in Berlin, matching his sprint double at the Beijing Olympics.

“It’s been an amazing year for me,” said Bolt, whose training was hampered by a foot injury after he crashed his car in April. “I had to refocus my goals and put in a lot of hard work. I did extremely well and I’m proud of myself.”

Richards, the 2006 winner, won her first individual gold medal at a major championships in Berlin. She also won at all six Golden League meetings in Europe to claim a share of the $1m jackpot (£605,000) offered to athletes who swept their event.

“I am so excited and overwhelmed,” said the Jamaican-born Richards. “You work so hard to be a world champion. It’s right up there with winning the title in Berlin.”

Lamine Diack, the president of the International Association of Athletic Federations, praised Bolt for raising his performances to “an unimaginable level”. “We need stars in the sport,” he said. “He brings a lot of prestige to our sport and is one of the best-known people on the planet.”

The 23-year-old Bolt said he aimed to go unbeaten through the 2010 season, when he will compete at seven of the 14 meets which make up the new global Diamond League circuit.

He has signed a contract to race against Tyson Gay, of the US, and his fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell. “A lot of people are going to watch out for the showdowns,” Bolt said.

Gay said he wanted a 100m rematch with Bolt at the New York City meeting on June 12. “That would make track and field huge again in the United States,” Gay said at a Diamond League launch.

Richards credited Bolt and other Jamaican sprinters for inspiring her in Beijing with their obvious love of the sport.

“These athletes were just having so much fun,” Richards said. “I was so focused on winning, the medals and the money and everything that came with being a champion that I forgot the simple enjoyment and fun of track and field.”

Richards said she watched videos with her parents of her running as a child aged seven and began to relax during races. “I just felt like I was running a lot lighter, the races became a lot easier,” she said.

Richards said her goal for 2010 is to break the US record of 48.70 she set in Athens three years ago.

Her next main event is marriage to the New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross in Austin, Texas, on her 25th birthday in February.

Bolt topped a shortlist that included his sprint rival Gay and three other world champions: the 5,000m and 10,000m winner Kenenisa Bekele, of Ethiopia, the pole vaulter Steven Hooker, of Australia, and the Norwegian javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen.

Richards beat her fellow world champions Valerie Vili, the shot putter from New Zealand, the Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic, Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, who set a world record winning the hammer, and the Russian pole vault world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva.

Votes were cast by nearly 1,800 athletes, officials and journalists.
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Usain Bolt has received a diplomatic passport

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Triple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt has received a diplomatic passport from Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding.The 23-year-old received the document, which allows him to travel overseas as an ambassador-at-large, during a brief ceremony at Golding’s Jamaica House office.

“This is a big thing for me and I will try to do my best and will live up to your expectations,” Bolt told Golding after accepting the document.

Golding praised Bolt as a role model who can continue to make Jamaica proud.

“We have a great athlete, a great icon, someone who can help to strengthen Jamaica’s image right across the globe,” Golding said.

The Prime Minister said the presentation of the diplomatic passport was not an award but a way of asking Bolt to help promote Jamaica’s image overseas.

“We want the world never to forget for one moment that he is Jamaican to the bone and he has so strengthened our image and is such a powerful symbol of what Jamaicans can become,” he said.

“We are asking him in his travels, whatever he does and wherever he goes, that he be Jamaica’s ambassador and continues to bring glory to the country and makes sure that everyone understands that respect is due,” Golding added.

Bolt smashed world records in the 100 and 200 metres at last year’s Beijing Olympics and at this year’s World Championships in Berlin where he also won gold in the sprint relay.

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Usain Bolt on Jimmy Fallon late night show

Wearing a pair of short red shorts and glittery tennis shoes, Jimmy Fallon challenged Usain Bolt to a race walk through NBC studios last night on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.’ Bolt has wowed the running world at the Beijing Olympics and again at the IAAF World Championships, where he set new world records for the 100- and 200-meter races. While he completely dominates at his races on the track, how will he fare during a race walk?

Jimmy Fallon explains the course and they both limber up in anticipation of the race. While Usain Bolt looks like he’s barely moving during the race, he pretends to wipe sweat off his brow and does a moonwalk across the finish line:

Usain Bolt doesn’t say much during the segment, but Fallon asks him if ever imagined he would be the fastest man alive. The segment focuses mainly on the race walk, but it would have been interesting if Fallon had done a sit-down interview with the track star.

Usain Bolt’s
appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ is just the latest stop on his whirlwind media tour in New York City. So far in his visit, Bolt has attended a Yankees game, appeared on numerous local radio programs, spoken at Walt Whitman College and even “raced” against 11 ESPN staffers: While his track season is over for the year, Usain Bolt is making the
most of his worldwide fame. He is apparently considering several multi-million dollar endorsement offers, and his current trip to the United States will only help to increase his visibility among Americans who don’t follow track and field.
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Wearing a pair of short red shorts and glittery tennis shoes, Jimmy
Fallon challenged Usain Bolt to a race walk through NBC studios last
night on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.’ Bolt has wowed the running
world at the Beijing Olympics and again at the IAAF World Championships,
where he set new world records for the 100- and 200-meter races. While
he completely dominates at his races on the track, how will he fare
during a race walk?

Jimmy Fallon explains the course and they
both limber up in anticipation of the race. While Usain Bolt looks like
he’s barely moving during the race, he pretends to wipe sweat off his
brow and does a moonwalk across the finish line:

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Usain Bolt Playing With Fire In Gaza vs. Gully War?

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Usain Bolt is Jamaica’s sprint super hero, a man who will soon become the youngest ever recipient of one of Jamaica’s highest national honors – the Order of Jamaica – and a man who was recently named Jamaica’s Ambassador-at-Large with full diplomatic status; among other accolades. The on-going Gaza (Vybz Kartel) vs. Gully (Mavado) saga is never far off the radar of most young people here in Jamaica, and in many past interviews where he has been asked the question, Usain Bolt has not been afraid to state his preference for Vybz Kartel (i.e. the Gaza). In a recent television interview, he reiterated that he’s a passionate Vybz Kartel/Portmore Empire/Gaza fan, but highlighted that as long as both artistes “kept the war lyrical”, he had no problem.

Last night was Bolt’s welcome home party at his favorite place to party – the Quad Night Club in New Kingston – but he reportedly made statements on the microphone to the packed club that can only lead you to question the sensibility of his actions. According to eyewitness reports, the party was in full swing and an extended segment of Mavado songs was being played when Bolt appeared in the DJ’s booth and announced on the microphone that this is the end of the ‘Gully tunes’ and that “a gaza mi seh, and anybody nuh like dat jump inna gully.“

Knowing his famous personality, there is no doubt that his words were said in jest, but given recent violent incidents involving ‘Gaza’ and ‘Gully’ fans, and given how notoriously easy it is to incite violence here in Jamaica, his words seem a bit over the top – because ultimately this Gaza vs. Gully war is no joke. From his own perspective as well, he should recognize that by drawing lines and making statements (unsolicited), he may be playing with fire, as his almost demi-God status here in Jamaica may mean nothing to some die hard ‘Gully’ fan who decides to take him on physically or verbally because of his words

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