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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 : 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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UsainBolt: Face of Puma’s latest Cologne

Usain Bolt has become the latest athlete to become the face of a fragrance. In a natural fit for the world’s fastest man, sports-centered brand Puma has chosen the Jamaican sprinter as the first celebrity face for its fragrances. He will appear in the ads for Animagical, a new fragrance line for both men and women. Both scents will have zebra-themed packaging and fresh and fruity notes. Puma Animagical Man has notes of African Kei Apple, cardamom oil, rosemary and pineapple with white ironwood. Puma Animagical Woman adds floral notes of Cape Town freesia and water lily to pink grapefruit and Caribbean lime anchored by South African Tamboti Wood. The scent and the ad campaign will launch in June.

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Watch Usain Bolt’s season opening 400m

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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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Tanya Menoni

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 and Tyson Gay will clash at World Championship…

usainSprinter Tyson Gay appears set to lead the charge as the United States bid to make up for Beijing disappointment at the 2009 athletics World Championships, their sights set on Usain Bolt and Jamaica.

Both Gay – owner of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay world titles – and Bolt – who captured the same treble in sensational style at the Beijing Olympics – secured their places in the August World Champoinships in Berlin in their national trials at the weekend.

Gay, who has a bye as defending champion into both individual sprints, raced just once at the US championship in Eugene, but made it count with a wind-aided 9.75sec in the first round of the 100m.

“It lets me know my wheels are there,” said Gay who deemed his technical performance in his first 100m of the season “horrible”.

If he improves on that, particularly on his start, Gay said, Bolt’s world record of 9.69sec is within his power.

“Pretty much when I become more technically sound out of the blocks,” Gay said when asked when he might challenge the mark. “You have got to run 9.59 to beat him, that’s how I look at it, I have the mechanics. I have the coaching. It’s all there.”

Bolt shot back that he thought Gay, whose 2008 Olympic campaign was derailed by a hamstring injury suffered at the US trials, would have a hard time beating the record.

However it all pans out in Berlin, Gay said, “I’m looking forward to a fast race.”

While Gay chose to skip the 200m at Eugene, he had already sent a clear signal in that event with his 19.58 performance – the third-fastest in history – in New York in May.

The US trials also showcased some new faces, who will be hoping to help the Americans ease the memory of a sprint flop in Beijing. Not only did Jamaica’s men and women sweep the gold in the 100m and 200m, the United States botched both 4x100m relays.

Mike Rodgers, who was on the verge of giving up the sport two years ago, won the 100m. He had already made his presence felt this season with solid victories at the Reebok Grand Prix and Prefontaine Classic grand prix meeting.

Charles Clark in the 200m also punched his first World Championships ticket, as did 400m hurdler Johnny Dutch.

Dutch will be on a team that includes the Americans who swept the event in Beijing, gold medallist Angelo Taylor, silver medallist and defending world champion Kerron Clement and bronze medallist and current world leader Bershawn Jackson.

Veteran Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic 200m champion, notched a convincing win in the 200 and insisted the issue in Berlin wouldn’t be revenge against Jamaica.

“We don’t have a revenge team,” he said. “We just have a USA team that’s going to compete at the best level we can. It’s not about revenge.

“It’s all about perfecting it, getting rid of those little mistakes we’re making – focusing, keeping your mind on the prize.”

Allyson Felix, the two-time defending world 200m champion who was relegated to silver in Beijing, admitted the sting of Olympic defeat was a motivator.

“I think we’re going to be really strong,” Felix said after winning the 200m US title. “I think everyone’s spirits are up. We’re looking to do well off of a difficult last year. I think everyone is really excited to get another chance to compete on a world stage.”

By Rebecca Bryan (AFP)

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