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No messing around, Bolt buys Olympics starting blocks

Usain Bolt has taken a massive step in his preparation to defend his Olympic Games sprint titles after the World record holder purchased one of the starting blocks that will be used in London.

Bolt has been complaining of having problems with the new blocks being used on the international circuit – revealing that they are a little bigger than normal.

The Jamaican has struggled all season to get things right from the blocks and now The Fast Life is reporting that he has become the first athlete to buy the new athletics starting block system from Omega.

According to the article, Omega Timing Board Member Peter Hurzeler revealed that Bolt’s management team informed them that “he would buy one as soon as possible.”

Hurzeler then added: “The next day we had the money in the bank and we sent it to him, to London for testing.”

Bolt is currently with the Jamaica team in London and his still working with his coach Glen Mills to finalized some of the things he needs to work on to get it right for the Games.

The world’s fastest man was beaten in both the 100m and 200m at the Jamaica trials in June by training partner and world 100m champion Yohan Blake, who has been in top form this season.

It is believed that Blake stand a great chance of winning both the 100m and 200m in London, but most of the world’s top pundits believe a fit Bolt will have no problems repeating.

But only if he is fit.

Usain Bolt: Gatlin needs to worry about Gay, Blake before testing me

ROME — Usain Bolt has laughed off comments from American sprinter Justin Gatlin – which suggested that the 2004 Olympic champion was ready to take down the world record holder in London.

Gatlin, who has been in great form this season, following his return to the track from a four-year suspension – believes that he could be the man to dethrone Bolt of his title at the London Olympic Games in August.

“They have watched the Bolt show for a couple of years and they want to see someone else in the mix as well,” said Gatlin, after his 9.87 seconds performance to beat Asafa Powell in Doha, recently.

“I’m glad to come up and step up and take charge with that.”

However, Bolt, who won the sprint double in world record fashions in Beijing, China in 2008, says Gatlin needs to get past the likes of Tyson Gay of USA and world champion Yohan Blake, before he can make him worry.

“I don’t want to sound rude or anything, but I think Gatlin had his chance,” Bolt was quoted as telling the Associated Press.

“That’s a funny thing he said. You can’t count out Tyson Gay, and Yohan Blake is back. I think (Gatlin) has a few guys to get past before he worries about me.”

Bolt, who owns the 100m world record, at 9.58 seconds, leads the world with a time of 9.82secs, a time which is faster than Gatlin’s personal best of 9.84secs.

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Results from Golden Spike Ostrava 2012

100-1, Usain Bolt, Jamaica, 10.04 seconds. 2, Kim Collins, St. Kitts and Nevis, 10.19. 3, Darvis Patton, United States, 10.22. 4, Lerone Clarke, Jamaica, 10.26. 5, Dwain Chambers, Britain, 10.28. 6, Justyn Warner, Canada, 10.30.

200-1, Wallace Spearmon, United States, 20.14. 2, Marvin Anderson, Jamaica, 20.41. 3, Michael Mathieu, Bahamas, 20.45. 4, Jared Connaughton, Canada, 20.80. 5, Pavel Maslak, Czech Republic, 20.85. 6, Jonathan Astrand, Finland, 20.92.

400-1, LeShawn Merritt, United States, 45.13. 2, Luguelin Santos, Domincan Republic, 45.76. 3, Nery Brenes, Costa Rica, 45.84. 4, Edino Steele, Jamaica, 46.37. 5, Marcell Deak-Nagy, Hungary, 46.74. 6, Josef Prokop, Czech Republic, 46.97. 7, Chris Clarke, Britain, 47.50. 8, Oscar Pistorius, South Africa, 47.66.

800-1, Adam Kszczot, Poland, 1:44.90. 2, Andrew Osagie, Britain, 1:45.24. 3, Abraham Rotich, Kenya, 1:45.52. 4, Hamid Oualich, France, 1:45.96. 5, Jakub Holusa, Czech Republic, 1:46.63. 6, Paul Renaudie, France, 1:47.45.

3,000-1, Isiah Koech, Kenya, 7:37.14. 2, Cornelius Kangogo, Kenya, 7:39.73. 3, Andy Baddeley, Britain, 7:39.86. 4, Japheth Korir, Kenya, 7:40.37. 5, Tigabu Gebremariam, Ethiopia, 7:41.02. 6, Elroy Gelant, South Africa, 7:41.38.

110 Hurdles-1, Dexter Faulk, United States, 13.13. 2, Jeff Porter, United States, 13.29. 3, Ryan Wilson, United States, 13.35. 4, Andy Pozzi, Britain, 13.36. 5. Lawrence Clarke, Britain, 13.42. 6, Andy Turner, Britain, 13.48.

400 Hurdles-1, Brent Larue, Slovenia, 49.61. 2, Josef Prorok, Czech Republic, 50.25. 3, Vaclav Barak, Czech Republic, 50.58. 4, Richard Davenport, Britain, 51.54. 5, Jussi Heikkila, Finland, 52.33. 6, Niall Flannery, Britain, 52.46.

Pole Vault-1, Renaud Lavillenie, France, 19 feet, 4 1/4 inches. 2. Karsten Dilla, Germany, 18-9 1/4. 3, Steven Lewis, Britain, 18-9 1/4. 4, Jan Kudlicka, Czech Republic, 18-5 1/4. 5, Przemyslaw Czerwinski, Poland, 18-5 1/4. 6, Jerome Clavier, France, 17-9½.

Shot Put-1, Dylan Armstrong, Canada, 69-10 1/4. 2, Tomasz Majewski, Poland, 68-11 1/4. 3, Justin Rodhe, Canada, 68-4½. 4. David Storl, Germany, 67-3 1/4. 5, Ladislav Prasil, Czech Republic, 64-10 3/4. 6, Antonin Zalsky, Czech Republic, 64-0½.

Javelin-1, Vitezslav Vesely, Czech Republic, 281-1. 2, Andreas Thorkildsen, Norway, 277-11. 3, Dmitriy Tarabin, Russia, 266-11. 4, Tero Pitkamaki, Finland, 258-9. 5, Till Woeschler, Germany, 254-10. 6, Jakub Vadlejch, Czech Republic, 247-11.

Women

200-1, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica, 22.38. 2, Bianca Knight, United States, 22.85. 3, Tiffany Townsend, United States, 23.18. 4, Tsholofelo Thipe, South Africa, 23.40. 5, Francena McCorory, United States, 23.53. 6, Sheri-Ann Brooks, Jamaica, 23.57.

400-1, Sanya Richards-Ross, United States, 50.65. 2, Christine Ohuruogu, Britain, 51.19. 3, Patricia Hall, Jamaica, 51.75. 4, Kseniya Zadorina, Russia, 51.81. 5, Denisa Rosolova, Czech Republic, 52.10. 6, Muriel Hurtis, France, 52.13.

800-1, Pamela Jelimo, Kenya, 1:58.49. 2, Caster Semenya, South Africa, 2:00.80. 3, Fantu Magiso, Ethiopia, 2:01.03. 4, Yekaterina Kostetskaya, Russia, 2:01.52. 5, Marilyn Okoro, Britain, 2:01.70. 6, Tamsyn Manou, Australia, 2:01.87.

100 Hurdles-1, Tiffany Porter, Britain, 12.65. 2, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, Canada, 12.80. 3, Lolo Jones, United States, 12.94. 4. Queen Harrison, United States, 12.96. 5, Nikita Holder, Canada, 12.99. 6, Phylicia George, Canada, 13.06.

400 Hurdles-1, Vania Stambolova, Bulgaria, 54.15. 2, Zuzana Hejnova, Czech Republic, 55.28. 3, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Britain, 55.82. 4, Angela Morosanu, Romania, 56.15. 5, Zuzana Bergrova, Czech Republic, 56.70. 6, Lashinda Demus, United States, 57.43.

Javelin-1, Barbora Spotakova, Czech Republic, 222-4. 2, Mariya Abakumova, Russia, 211-1. 3, Kathryn Mitchell, Australia, 211-1. 4, Martina Ratej, Slovenia, 204-8. 5, Sunette Viljoen, South Africa, 202-11. 6, Kara Patterson, United States, 196-10.

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Usain Bolt disappointed with 10.04 time in Ostrava

Ostrava, Czech Republic — Double World record holder Usain Bolt won the men’s 100m dash, but his time was less than impressive at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on Friday (May 25).

The Jamaican who leads the world with time of 9.82 seconds, fell asleep in the blocks and had to play catch-up in the latter parts of the race. In the end he stopped the clock at 10.04 seconds (-0.8 m/s) headwind, much to his own disappointments.

“I’m not happy with that time, but happy to get the win,” Bolt said after his victory.

Bolt had spoken about his intentions of running in the 9.7s, but after the poor start his only focus was truly on not losing.

Kim Collins from St. Kitts and Nevis was second, with American Darvis Patton taking third in 10.22.

Veronica Campbell-Brown flashed off the corner and then opened up a big lead to take the women’s 200m in new seasonal best of 22.38 (-0.3 m/s) in a slight headwind.

The Olympic five time medallist and reigning 200m champion, however, missed the targeted meeting record of 22.07, but finished with the third quickest in the world this season.

American Bianca Knight was second in 22.85, with another USA athlete, Tiffany Townsend, third in 23.18.

USA’s Wallace Spearmon won the men’s 200m in 20.14secs.

Kenyan sensation Pamela Jelimo showed why she will be hard to beat when she defends her Olympic title in London, later this summer, following another dominant performance to win the women’s 800m.

The World Indoor champion got away from the field at her regular 500m mark and raced home unchallenged to win in 1:58.49.

South African Caster Semenya was a distant second in 2:00.80, with Ethiopian rising star Fantu Magiso taking third in 2:01.03.

Dexter Faulk ran a fast second half of his race to win the men’s 110m hurdles, on his way to equalling his personal best of 13.13secs.

Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter signalled her Olympic gold medal intentions with 12.65 second winning performance in the women’s 100m hurdles.

Second place went to Canada’s Priscilla Lopes-Schliep in 12.80, with American Lolo Jones taking third in 12.94.

Sanya Richards-Ross timed her run very well to win the women’s 400m in 50.65, beating Briton’s Christine Ohuruogu, who ran 51.19 and Jamaica’s Patricia Hall (51.75).

American LaShawn Merritt won the men’s race in 45.13.

In other results, Renaud Lavillenie of France cleared a world-leading 5.90m to win the men’s Pole Vault, while Dylan Armstrong (21.29m) of Canada beat Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski (21.01m) of Poland to win the men’s Shot Put.

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Usain Bolt opens with 9.82 at Jamaica Invitational

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt opened his quest to defend his titles in London with a world-leading 9.82 seconds performance to win the men’s 100m at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium Saturday night.

Bolt, who looked in good form could have easily broken into the 9.7s, but opted to ease down towards the end of the race.

Finishing second was Michael Frater, who ran 10.00secs, while Commonwealth Games champion Lerone Clarke was third in 10.03.

The women’s event went to the speedy Carmelita Jeter from the United States and she produced a world-leading mark of 10.81secs. Second place went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly Ann Baptiste in 10.86, while Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart finished third with 10.98

Olympic champion Melaine Walker won the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 55.28 seconds. The Jamaican, who is stepping up her preparation to try and defend her title in London later on this summer, got home ahead of American Tiffany Williams, who ran 55.80 for second and Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey, who was third in 56.62.