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Jamaica names highway after Usain Bolt


Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, is to be accorded the nation’s fourth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced yesterday in a statement to Parliament.

This award will make Bolt the youngest-ever recipient of the Order of Jamaica. Bolt recently celebrated his 23rd birthday.

In making the announcement, Golding noted that when the honour was bestowed on the world-record holder in both the 100 and 200 metres, he would be referred to as ‘The Honourable’ Mr Bolt.

comp_pic5In recognition of the outstanding record-breaking performance by Bolt at both the Olympics in Beijing, China, and his recent mind-boggling run at the World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, Golding said Highway 2000 would be renamed after the sprint sensation.

The roadway along which the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt crashed his car a few months ago will be renamed in his honor.

The road connects the capital of Kingston in the east with Montego Bay in the far west of the country.

Only three Jamaican prime ministers – Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Manley, Michael Manley have had highways named after them. Olympians Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint have also had roads named after them.

The road connects the capital of Kingston in the east with Montego Bay in the far west of the country.

Only three Jamaican prime ministers – Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Manley, Michael Manley have had highways named after them. Olympians Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint have also had roads named after them.

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All Natural: Why do Jamaicans run so fast ?

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In all fairness, Spanish producer Fernando Garcia-Guereta starting filming the 61 minute documentary Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? prior to the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

The film is presented at this year’s American Black Film Festival June 24-27 in Miami Beach, Florida. It is the only non-American film nominated, which says a lot. The film also premiered on Spanish television last January.

In all fairness, Spanish producer Fernando Garcia-Guereta starting filming the 61 minute documentary Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? prior to the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

The film is presented at this year’s American Black Film Festival June 24-27 in Miami Beach, Florida.  It is the only non-American film nominated, which says a lot.  The film also premiered on Spanish television last January.

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Jamaican Athletes Admit To Banned Substances

Img214031588Four Jamaican athletes have admitted to taking a banned substance.

The four are Yohan Blake and Marvin Anderson, who train with triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt, as well as Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence.

Jamaican Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal (Jadco) chairman Ransford Langrin said the athletes have admitted they took a banned substance.

He added that the minimum sanction is a reprimand or up to a two-year ban.

Relay runners Blake, Fothergill, Spence and Anderson as well as Sheri-Ann Brooks were withdrawn by Jamaica from the World Championships in Berlin last month.

They tested positive for methylxanthine at Jamaica’s championships in June, but were initially cleared by a disciplinary panel on the basis it was not on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) banned list.

But Jadco then appealed against the verdict stating the substance had a similar structure to tuaminoheptane, a banned stimulant according to Wada.

Blake, who won bronze in the 100m at the world junior championships in 2006, is Olympic champion Bolt’s training partner and has recorded the fifth-fastest time over 100m this year.

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Usain Bolts claims the 4th fastest 200m in history- Brussels

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Usain Bolt claimed all the attention again with the fourth fastest 200 metres in history.

Because of a wet track and cold conditions at the Van Damme Memorial, Bolt never got close to his world record of 19.19 seconds in Berlin last month. But when it came to performing in bad conditions, nobody’s done better than his 19.57 yesterday.

With clouds overhead as black as the shirt he wore, Bolt didn’t have the perfect start but once he mastered the smooth curve on the brand-new Mondo track, it was as if he was racing alone.

Even if such times become mundane by his standards, all of the 50,000 fans braving the damp conditions and 16-degree C (61 F) cold in King Baudouin Stadium knew they saw something special.

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Usain Bolt on September Issue of Sports Illustrated

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On the Cover: Usain Bolt, Track and Field, Jamaica
Photographed by: Bob Martin / SI

His performances are unthinkable, but also seemingly self-evident. Usain Bolt is a sprinter, after all; his work is timed to the thousandth of a second. Within five days last week at the world track and field championships in Berlin—a deeply significant site in the sport’s history—Bolt crushed his own year-old world records while winning both the 100 and 200 meters. The numbers speak in track’s most eloquent tongue.
by Tim Layden|SI

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Jamaica achieves best-ever World Championship performance


Regardless of the performance of Jamaica’s women in today’s 4x400m relay final, the country has already created World Athletics Championship history.

Helsinki, Finland, in 1983 was where it all started when Bert Cameron pocketed gold in the men’s 400m, running an impressive 45.05 seconds. The outstanding Merlene Ottey took the baton and collected back-to-back 200m gold medals in 1993 and 1995.

After that, the country experienced a drought of individual gold medals until Trecia Smith’s triple jump gold in 2005.

Jamaican superstar Veronica Campbell-Brown added the 100m title in Osaka, Japan, in 2007.

Team Jamaica did, however, win a gold medal in the women’s 4x100m in 1991.

The 2001 women’s 4x400m relay team finished second but was awarded the gold medal after the United States team was disqualified.

Before this awesome performance, Jamaica had won overall seven gold, 29 silver and 30 bronze medals at the World Athletics Championships but no more than a single gold came at any one meet.

The country’s best medal haul came in Osaka, Japan, in 2007, where athletes took home one gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

With one day left in the 2009 Championships, Team Jamaica has already grabbed 12 medals, seven gold, three silver and two bronze.

But even more impressive was the performances in victory.

It’s the first time Team Jamaica has grabbed the men’s 100m and 200m, women’s 400m and 100m hurdles, along with the men’s 4x100m relay.

It is a performance which has been hailed by Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

“The performance of our athletes at the Berlin games and the victories they have brought to our country almost on a daily basis confirm that this country is destined for greatness.

“We are blessed, our people are blessed and we now need to translate this energy, this determination, discipline and drive into all spheres of our lives,” Golding said.

According to Golding, “The athletes have outdone themselves, bringing with them a nation that is bursting with pride and joy, beyond words.”
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Usain Bolt 200m World Record 19.19!

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Usain Bolt’s extraordinary world championships continued as he broke his own 200m world record, running in a time of 19.19sec that slashed 0.11sec off the time he set in Beijing last year. Earlier this week he ran a time of 9.58sec to break his own 100m world record by exactly the same margin.

“I can definitely say I didn’t expect that because I was a little bit tired,” Bolt said after the race. “I said ‘Let’s try because people are really looking out for this’. I said ‘It won’t hurt to try’. So I tried really hard and now I’m really tired.

“Maybe next time I should just run the 200m or the 100m alone,” he added. “My form was going backwards. I wasn’t running upright. It wasn’t a good race but it was a fast one.”

Bolt was in relaxed mood before the race, showing off to the cameras and wearing a t-shirt bearing the phrase “Ich Bin Ein Berlino”, in reference to Berlino the bear, the event’s mascot. After one false start, Bolt got off the blocks quickly and opened up an easy, early lead. He had time, towards the end of the race, to appear to check the stadium clock before he crossed the finish line. His nearest competitor was Alonso Edward, who finished with a time of 19.81sec while the American Wallace Spearmon finished third with 19.85sec.

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Vybz Kartel – “Lightning Bolt” Tribute 2 Usain


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Vybz Kartel “Lightning Bolt”

Jamaican Usain Bolt set a world record for the 100-meter dash on Sunday, speeding to the finish in an unprecedented and nigh absurd 9.58 seconds—which inspired Vybz Kartel to immediately hit the studio and memorialize the freakish sprinter. The song is only two minutes long so it feels nearly as quick as Bolt’s record, but it’s notable that Vybz sounds audibly STOKED, singing with a glorious wail and proudly repping the Jamaican flag. The Times writes, “Jamaica is the cradle of sprinting now, and all those curious to know just how fast Bolt might have gone if he had not stopped trying 20 meters before the finish in Beijing now have a much clearer answer. Assuming ratification, the time to beat is 9.58 seconds. And for now, only one man appears capable of playing this game.” Bolt also dragged his feet at the start of this one. Vybz puts it more succinctly: “The fastest man in the history of the worrllllllldddddd!”

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Bolt runs easy 9.91 to win at Crystal Palace

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Usain Bolt Vs Tyson Gay – Berlin showdown Aug 15 – 23

81973351WJ178_Olympics_Day_In the real world, sprint stars Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay would have already raced against each other three times this season. That is the number of meets held so far in the Golden League series, the elite event in the sport of athletics offering a jackpot of 1million (R8,28million) . Formula One drivers compete against each other 17 times a year, the best footballers, basketball players, golfers and tennis players meet on a regular basis .

It is only the world’ s fastest men who prefer to meet as rarely as possible, which appears to be part of the hype. Triple world champion Gay and 2008 gold medallist Bolt are yet to meet this year. The next showdown will not come until the August 15 to 23 World Championships in Berlin. A hyped Olympic duel last year in Beijing never materialised because Gay limped out injured in the semifinals. Jamaican Bolt redefined the sprint world in China when he bettered the 100m world record to 9,69 seconds and the 200m mark to 19,30 seconds. Gay has a personal best of 9,7 seconds in the 100m and 19,58 in the 200. Gay equalled his 9,77 result on Friday with a big win at the Golden League meet in Rome, which underlined that he is not ready to simply hand over the world titles to Bolt in Berlin. “I feel that I’m improving,” said Gay after the race. “I was working really hard for this, but I’m still training and I feel good.” Bolt says: “I’m in good shape, but I’m not fully ready yet. “I still need to work on a few technical things.” Gay leads the 2009 lists with the 19,58 and 9,77 times while Bolt has so far clocked 9,86 and 19,59 seconds this year. A closer look reveals that the American had the better conditions, a tail wind, on both occasions (0,4 metres per second in the 100m and 1,3 in the 200m). Bolt, by comparison, ran his 9,86 into a slight head wind of 0,2 and the 19,59 in a 0.9 head wind, the latter on a wet track in Lausanne, Switzerland, in cool conditions on Tuesday. The last time the two faced each other, Bolt set his first 100m world record of 9,72 seconds in New York in May last year.

Whether or not this is an indication for Berlin remains to be seen. – Sapa- DPA


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Tyson Gay defeats Powell in men’s 100m Golden League Rome 2009

Tyson Gay gave notice to world-record holder Usain Bolt by running the fastest 100 meters of the year in 9.77 seconds at the Golden Gala on Friday in Rome.

Gay swept past previous record-holder Asafa Powell 40 meters from the finish in a time that would have been good enough to equal the world record less than two years ago.


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Usain Bolt takes 200M in Lausanne- July 7th 2009

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The newly crowned fastest man alive redefines speed and reignites the sport.

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Why do Jamaicans run so fast?

81973351WJ178_Olympics_Day_Filming months before the Olympics and continuing the journey from Beijing and back, the 61-minute documentary is the only non-American film nominated at this year’s American Black Film Festival.

It is one of three films nominated in the documentary category at the festival, which is slated from June 24-27 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Garcia-Guereta strives to find the answer to Jamaican athletes’ speed in the film and in the process, beautifully captures the spirit and zeal of Jamaicans.

The owner of Nice Time Productions, a music label and film production company in Portland, Garcia-Guereta said he fell in love with Jamaica at the tender age of 15 when he heard reggae legend Bob Marley for the first time. His love for his second home and its people drove him to document one of the nation’s greatest achieve-ments – a record 13 Olympic medals, including six golds.

After making an overseas call to director Miquel Galofré, the two followed the sport from July of last year with the National Trials, through to the Olympics while in Jamaica and awaiting the athletes as they returned to the Norman Manley International Airport.

As the athletes wowed audiences each week, the two filmmakers hit the streets, capturing the reaction of the public and interviewing a wide array of persons, including Yendi Phillipps, Lisa Hannah, Big Youth, Etana, Vybz Kartel, LA Lewis, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and his family, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker and her family, Shericka Williams, as well as Bruce James and Glen Mills.

“Everybody is asking why Jamaica, as such a little country and reach so far, unlike America where they have their big stadiums and fancy doctors,” he said. “But I think the main answer is from school competitions. We looked at how the athletes started running, how difficult it was for them and how some had to walk to training each day to try to make it into a big track star. How strong the culture in schools is and the competition among students of who is better than who and the readiness to compete.”

Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? premiered on Spanish television station Canal (plus) in January.


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Usain Bolts home burglarized in Jamaica

The home of triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt was burgled on Tuesday night while the Jamaican sprinter was competing in the Czech Republic, police revealed here on Thursday.

The burglars entered the property in the St Andrew area of Kingston between midnight and four o’clock in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Bolt’s half-brother, Sadeke Bolt, was asleep in the house at the time.

The thieves took around 1,000 US dollars’ worth of electrical goods, including a camera, a laptop and mobile phones.

The robbery was reported to the police by Sadeke Bolt and confirmed by Usain’s mother, Jennifer.

“That’s all they took,” she said.

Bolt, the undisputed star of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, was in action in the Czech city of Ostrava on Tuesday and set a year’s best time of 9.77sec in the 100 metres.

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Usain untouchable in Canada

Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt easily won the men’s 100 metres at the Festival of Excellence track and field meeting last night.

he 22-year-old Bolt accelerated away from his rivals over the second half of the race and won in 10.00 seconds, chased by the Americans Shawn Crawford (10.26) and Ivory Williams (10.28) at the University of Toronto, Varsity Centre.

It was the first international 100-metre run this season for Bolt, a triple Olympic gold medallist last year, who is targeting the sprint double at the IAAF World Championship in Berlin in August.

On a rainy evening at the 7,000-seater Varsity Stadium, the race was delayed by two false starts, the second resulting in the disqualification of the Jamaican Marvin Anderson.

Run against a minus 0-9 metres per second wind, the event was competitive until the 6-foot-5-inch Bolt got into full stride and pulled clear of Crawford and Williams for an easy win a day after he was named 2008 Laureus Sportsman of the Year.

Co-main event

American Bernard Williams was fourth in 10.47 seconds and Jamaican Mario Forsythe fifth in 10.48.

In the co-main event on the programme, Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep edged 2003 World Champion Perdita Felicien in a Canadian one-two finish in the 100-metre hurdles which was contested in a minus 1.8 mps head-wind.

Lopes-Schliep won in 12.86 seconds ahead of Felicien (12.88) with American Damu Cherry third in 13.01.

Jamaicans Nickeisha Wilson (13.14) and Andrea Bliss (13.45) were fourth and seventh, respectively.

American Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt won the men’s 400 metres in 44.83 seconds.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Ato Stephens was second in 45.34 seconds followed by Bahamian Andrae Williams (45.72) and Jamaican Sanjay Ayre (45.81).

Other Jamaicans in the race Jermaine Gonzalez (46.41) and Ricardo Chambers (46.59) were seventh and eighth, respectively.

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Bolt runs fastest 150m in history

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Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt ran the fastest ever 150m on Sunday in a street race held in a chilly and windy Manchester City Centre.

Bolt came home in 14.35sec, beating the previous best recorded by Italian Pietro Mennea of 14.8 in 1983. Britain’s Marlon Devonish was second in 15.07sec.

In the women’s race, American Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie clocked 16.54sec to beat Britain’s Olympic 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu, who ran 17.10sec.

Jamaican Bolt, 22, had earlier predicted he would smash his own world 100m record this year.

He said bettering his world record of 9.69 seconds that he set in Beijing last August “shouldn’t be a problem” this year.

“My coach expressed his views in Beijing, saying I could run 9.54, and I can definitely do that,” he told the BBC.

“I still feel goose bumps when I hear or watch the Beijing 100m, it feels good to know I’ve done such a wonderful thing.

“But the 100m final was just another day for me. I knew I was going to win – I was feeling good, my starts were better and that was my main concern, so I wasn’t really worried.

“I don’t really think about (breaking the record again) but I think it’s possible if everything goes well in training.”

Asked how long he hoped to remain a force in world athletics, Bolt forecast he would be a threat until at least 2015.

“I can be at the top for six years if I want,” he said. “That’s the aim for me. My main goal is to make myself a legend and I’m going to work really hard to do that.”

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie comfortably won the Great Manchester Run by 34 seconds with Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot’s winning the women’s race.

However, Gebrselassie failed in his bid to reclaim his world 10km record as gusting winds made his task impossible.

The 36-year-old – holder of 26 world records during his career – eased to victory but found a strong headwind in the final five kilometres impossible to overcome as he failed to better the world best mark of 27 minutes one second run by Kenya’s Micah Kogo at the end of March.

Gebrselassie, whose major target this year is the Berlin Marathon in September, timed 27minutes 39seconds ahead of Ali Zaied of Libya (28:13) and Ukrainian veteran Sergiy Lebid (28:36).

The two-time Olympic 10,000m champion said that he had felt confident in the first-half of the race but realised as the contest entered the final 5km that he would not succeed.

“Today it was wonderful in the first half but on the way back the wind was horrible,” said Gebrselassie, who nevertheless posted the fourth fastest time in the world this year.

“I wanted to run a world record, but in the second half it proved too difficult.”

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Bolt seeks to out-earn Carl Lewis…

But how can Bolt’s marketability today match up to that of Lewis’ during the mid 1980s to early 1990s?

For some, such as MVP Track Club president Bruce James, the answer to that question lies in performance. In his opinion, Bolt has the advantage because he accomplished the more impressive feat.

“He has achieved what Carl Lewis did not achieve which is three gold medals and three world records at the Olympics,” James told Sunday Finance last week, referring to Bolt’s historical performance in the 100 meters, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay.

For others, however, like financial consultant Dennis Chung, athletic ability is merely the first step and Bolt’s on-the-track performance in Beijing was just a small stepping stone for him in his quest for riches.

By no means is Bolt’s Olympic performance just a “small step” in the grand scheme of things when assessing financials. That performance gave Bolt on-the-track earning power that nobody in track and field has enjoyed for a long time – an almost guaranteed six-figure US dollar pay cheque for each race. Organisers of the ExxonMobil Bislett Games IAAF Golden League meet in Oslo, Norway, for instance, said they were prepared to pay Bolt more money than any other athlete has ever been paid to appear if he races there on July 3 this year. In 2001, those same organisers agreed to pay Olympic 100 metres champion Maurice Greene a US$75,000 appearance fee, so one can just imagine the amount that will be put on the table for Bolt. In addition to appearance fees, the prize for winning a race at a Golden League meet is US$16,000, so in hindsight, Bolt, at worst, is extremely comfortable financially.

However, despite the lofty sums of money on the Mundo, it is said that the bulk of an elite athletes’ earnings comes from off the track.

Chung said that while Bolt’s feat undoubtedly created unlimited potential for off-the-track business opportunities, his financial dreams will never be realised without an effective marketing team pulling the strings behind him.

“Bolt is far superior to Lewis in terms of his potential but the fact of the matter is that a lot was created around Lewis because of marketing,” noted Chung.

“We must understand that it’s not just about running,” he continued. “The (majority of the) money is not going to come from the performances.”

Chung doesn’t believe that Bolt is being marketed properly.
“When you look at a man like Bolt, who did such an amazing feat, the truth is that I don’t think he is being marketed (adequately),” said Chung. “If you look at Bolt (at the Olympics) and you look at him now, he really is still living off the accomplishment of that time and there is no real marketing around him.”

Bolt currently has endorsement deals with German apparel company Puma (worth US$1.5 million a year), mobile firm Digicel and Gatorade, the popular sports drink manufactured by Pepsi. The Boston Globe reported that he was recently in that northeast US city doing a photo shoot for Italian fashion label, Gucci. However, critics are not impressed and have openly questioned why Bolt is yet to endorse licencing his image for products such as food, games and toys.

“It really goes back to Usain Bolt and his management team to make that type of money by making the right decisions and choices,” said Hall of Fame former athlete Juliet Cuthbert. “I really don’t know everything that they’ve done, but I don’t think they’re making the right choices.”

Cuthbert, a three-time Olympic medallist, said based on Bolt’s potential, he should have already procured several US multimillion dollar endorsement contracts. But a major part of the problem, she believes, is the man himself – Bolt.

“With his personality, he could be making way more than what he’s earning now but he needs to polish up his act,” opined Cuthbert. “He needs to understand his marketability and until he does, he will never earn that US$10 million.”

Last week, Bolt escaped serious injury after he wrote off his J$15.3-million 2009 BMW M3 Coupe on the Vineyard Toll section of Highway 2000 in St Catherine, just three weeks after making controversial comments to a German newspaper on youthful marijuana use. But as Cuthbert pointed out, the market of sports endorsements is one where money and squeaky-clean public images go hand-in-hand. While performance is a prerequisite, looks, personality, lifestyle and communication skills are integral parts of the résumé companies seek when searching for product spokespersons.

“If he wants to earn US$10 million a year, he cannot be wreckless in anything that he is doing and he has to think before he goes out there in the public eye so he doesn’t do anything that can ruin his career,” Cuthbert said.

“Marion Jones, for example, was polished,” continued Cuthbert, in reference to the now disgraced US runner who was heavily endorsed before drug allegations surfaced. “That girl could talk and she was pretty, so people would make her endorse things.”

Indeed, Bolt’s fellow Olympic headliner Michael Phelps was dumped by cereal company Kellogg’s after photos surfaced of him smoking marijuana from a pipe. It is even argued by US sports marketers that Lewis, who won nine Olympic gold medals and a record eight World Championship titles, lost out on some valuable endorsement deals because of questions about his private life and his perceived ‘over-cockiness’ (His agent infamously claimed he was bigger than Michael Jackson).

Still, Lewis raked in a solid – if not impressive – range of endorsement contracts, from gracing the cover of Wheaties to selling burgers for McDonald’s. He was especially popular in Europe where he reportedly sold millions of copies of a recording album he produced. Against that background, it will be no easy feat for Bolt to shatter Lewis’ achievements financially, especially due to the fact that his emergence coincided with a downturn in the global economy.

“One of the things that is working against him is the fact that demand and economic activity is contracting,” noted Chung. “Therefore, the market that was out there for endorsements will not be there for a little while.”

The fact that Bolt is not American will also act as a constraint, explained Cuthbert.

“Bolt will have to do exceptionally well for Americans to endorse him,” she reasoned. “I think European companies will probably endorse him faster.”

However, all agree that Bolt is certainly in a position to raise the bar above that of ‘King Carl’, and, indeed, indicators are rife of Bolt’s far reaching and revolutionary marketing potential for the sport of track and field. For instance, in a new Gatorade commercial, he shares centre stage with the likes of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Mia Hamm and other sports’ greats. Perhaps even more amazing, three-time Kentucky Derby winning US horse trainer Bob Baffert reportedly emulated Bolt’s ‘To di worl’ pose after his thoroughbred won a famous Cup.

“He can earn far in excess of the US$10 million he desires,” said Chung of Bolt, “if marketed effectively he should be getting all types of endorsement, movie contracts, watch deals etc”.

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Usain Bolt wrecks car…

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Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt was in a car crash Wednesday in Jamaica, but police and his manager said he was not seriously injured.

Bolt apparently was speeding on a rain-slicked highway when he lost control of the BMW M3 and it went off the road, police Sgt. David Sheriff told the Associated Press. Sheriff was the first officer to arrive at the scene in St. Catherine parish and found the car heavily damaged.

An official at Spanish Town Hospital confirmed Bolt appeared to have only scratches. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of privacy concerns, said Bolt was “very calm” and that doctors were examining him to make sure there were no other injuries. Bolt and an unidentified female passenger were taken to the hospital, though neither was seriously hurt, Sheriff said.

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