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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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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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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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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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