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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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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 : 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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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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