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Usain Bolt Sends Unbeaten Warning To Rivals

The World’s Fastest Man ambled into a heaving club called Fiction in Kingston, Jamaica, just after 2.30 last Sunday morning. Usain Bolt showed none of the blistering speed which has made him an outrageous phenomenon.

The Olympic and world champion in both the 100m and 200m, who has swept aside preconceptions about how fast a human might run, strolled through the booming waves of sound so coolly he might have been on his way to pick up an early edition of the Sunday Gleaner.

“I’m now on a six-week programme to get into shape because my main goal is to stay unbeaten this year. I saw [fellow Jamaican] Asafa Powell in training and he’s looking good. But this year I want to take it as easy as possible.

Of course, if I need to run as fast as 9.5 to stay unbeaten I have to do it. But if I just have to run 9.9 to win every race, then that’s what I want – because next year is different. I have to get back to 9.5 next year.”…..Read More

Bernard Lagat makes 3000m win look easy

Is there a cooler guy in athletics than Bernard Lagat? The US athlete regained the title he last won six years ago with a totally dominant display and after opening up a 10m lead on this well beaten rivals had the time midway down the home stretch to raise an arm in acknowledgment to the crowd. Beautiful.

It may have been one of the most competitive races in the programme, but as soon as Lagat took the lead from long-time leader and defending champion Tariku Bekele with a little over 200m remaining it was a demonstration.

The last lap was a mere formality as the silky-smooth Lagat, 35, became the oldest man in history to win gold at a World Indoor Championships – he is some 22 days older than the previous eldest – Gerard Lelievre of France, the 1985 5000m walk champion…..Read More

Runner's Tribe NCAA Recap

Few meets can rival the NCAA Championships for drama, intrigue, and upsets. It combines elite, world-leading performances with tight team competitions in which the difference between 6th and 8th can make or break a team. And this year, the men’s competition came down to the final event, the 4x400m relay, before it was decided.

Amazingly, before the 4x400m race went off, there was potential for a 4-way tie for the men’s team title…..READ MORE

Vlašic beaten by German star in Berlin

BERLIN — German sensation Ariane Friedrich handed Blanka Vlašic a defeat on a day when American Sanya Richards ran the fastest women’s 400m of the season in the opening IAAF Golden League meeting here at the Olympic stadium in Berlin Sunday afternoon.

In a thrilling women’s High Jump competition, Friedrich produced the unexpected of 2.06m – A German outdoor record, world-leading and personal record – to excite the home fans and defeat world champion Vlašic (2.03m).

After cruising through the early heights, Vlašic failed on her very first attempt at 2.06m, after Friedrich decided to pass and raised the bar to the winning height.

The Croatian missed and the German star cleared on her very first attempt to seal the victory, as both jumpers missed at the world record mark of 2.09m, and even there Friedrich looked impressive and could have finished with a new world mark, if it not for her calm that clipped the bar on her second try.

"This feels good. I didn’t expect this, but I am very happy," the winner said.

Superb Richards

Richards started fast and finished quick to produced a sizzling 49.57secs to win improve her own previous world-leading mark, set a week ago in Eugene.

"I came here to run fast, I didn’t even go shopping before the race, so I saved all my energy for this race," joked the American.

"I am really looking forward to coming back in August and leaving Berlin with gold."

Bailey, Stewart win 100m

Daniel Bailey took the men’s 100m with an impressive run in the last 40m to win in 10.03secs

"I came here to win this race, so I can’t be disappointed," said Bailey after his win.

"I came here sick and I am recovering from ‘flu, so my time is alright.

"The track feels fast and I am sure I can go faster at the world championships."

In the women’s race, Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart posted 11.00 seconds even to claim victory despite a stumbling start.

"That feels so good, I didn’t expect to run that fast and I even stumbled out of the blocks, so I have no complaints," said the 25-year-old who won two gold medals in Beijing.

Bekele starts with a win

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, the Olympic champion and world record-holder at both the 5,000m and 10,000m, held off a strong Kenyan challenge to win the 5,000m here in a world leading time of 13 mins 00.76secs.

The double Olympic and world champion again finished well clear of the field and has few rivals with two months to go before the world championships.

World lead here

Kenya’s Augustine Choge led a Kenyan clean-sweep in the men’s 1500m when he ran the fastest time in the world since 2006 to claim victory in 3 mins 29.47 from compatriots Haron Keitany and William Biwott in third.

It was Choge’s third 1500m win in Berlin after success in 2006 and 2008.

Beijing Olympic finalist Damu Cherry opened her Golden League season in style when the United States sprinter won the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.76seconds from Jamaica’s Lacena Golding-Clarke.

Olympic silver-medallist and world indoor champion Godfrey Mokoena of South Africa won the long-jump with a leap 8.33m, while Germany’s European indoor record holder Sebastian Bayer finished back in seventh after jumping 7.95m.

Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki, the 2007 world champion, came out on top in his titanic tussel with double Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway who beat him in Beijing.

The Finn threw a season’s best 86.53m while his Norwegian rival threw 85.48m to finish second.

Russia’s pole-vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva started the season where she left the last one as the world’s best with a leap of 4.83m.

In the men’s 110m hurdles, the United States went 1-2-3 with Dexter Faulk winning in a time of 13.18secs from compatriots Ryan Wilson and David Payne.

 

Bolt has turned rivals into spectators

When Usain Bolt broke the world record in the 100 meters a year ago in New York, he was still just another sprinter from Jamaica, making a case to his coach that this was the event for him. He was two months away from his force-of-nature performance in Beijing and life as an icon.

Even though he will not line up for the Reebok Grand Prix meet at Icahn Stadium on Saturday, on the same track he covered in what was then a world-record 9.72 seconds last June, it is impossible for his rivals to avoid him. The 6-foot-5 Bolt casts a long shadow. ….READ MORE