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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 reps for Man U

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

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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Usain Bolt wins the men's 100m

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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