`Sprint King` Bolt scoops record sixth IAAF Athlete of Year award

`Sprint King` Bolt scoops record sixth IAAF Athlete of Year award

Monaco [France], Dec. 3 : Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is set to retire after the World Championships in London next year, has been named the IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year, thereby lifting the coveted prize for a record sixth time.

The 30-year-old, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, was announced as the winner at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 at the Sporting Monte Carlo here last evening.

Usain recently created an unprecedented record, a triple treble by bagging gold in 100 metres, 200m and 4x100m relay for the third successive Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Sprint King, who also won gold in all three relays in Beijing 2008 and London Olympics 2012, bid farewell to Olympics with nine sprints Gold medals to his name.

Bolt says will run 4x100m relay heats at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Usain BoltLondon, July 27 - Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has said that he would run in the heats of the 4x100 metre relay at the Commonwealth Games going on at Glasgow.

Bolt is yet to run competitively this season and has never before competed in Commonwealth Games, but the sprint legend ended weeks of doubt about his plans after flying into host city Glasgow on Saturday.

Bolt said that he would be running in the heats, adding that he needs the runs really and he needs to get it going, The BBC reported.

The relay heats would get under way at Hampden Park on Friday, August 1.

Don’t worry over late start: Bolt

Usain-BoltKingston (Jamaica), May 6 : Sprint sensation Usain Bolt is seeking to allay the fears of his fans who may be worried over his late start to the 2014 track and field season.

Bolt is yet to make his debut for the season with a quarter of the year already elapsed, reports CMC.

"There is never anything to worry about," Bolt said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

"For me, I take my time throughout my seasons and you know the season is never perfect -- niggles here, niggles there, but the coach will decide when I start and hopefully I'll start very soon."

Some facts about drug over which Powell banned

Asafa PowellLondon, April 11 : Oxilofrine, found in the dietary supplement of former world record holder in the 100 m Asafa Powell, is a stimulant drug banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Jamaican tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine at the National Senior Championships last June and has been slapped with an 18-month ban by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.

The substance is an amphetamine found in some dietary supplements and it was developed to treat low blood pressure, reports BBC.

Asafa Powell fails drug test, banned for 18 months

Asafa PowellKingston (Jamaica), April 11 - Jamaica's former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has been slapped an 18-month ban for failing a dope test.

Powell, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year's national championships, but the suspension has been backdated and will end Dec 20, reports BBC.

Powell described the decision "unfair and unjust", and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated.

He plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Fellow sprinter Sharone Simpson was also banned Tuesday by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel.

6,000 athletes to compete at inaugural European Games

6,000 athletes to compete at inaugural European GamesBaku, April 5 - The 2015 European Games will have around 6,000 competitors from the 49 Olympic nations of Europe, the Coordinating Commission of the European Olympic Committee said in the Azerbaijan capital Friday.

The Games will encompass 19 sports including aquatics, archery, track-and-field, basketball 3x3, beach football, boxing, canoe sprint, gymnastics, judo, karate, shooting, taekwondo, volleyball and wrestling, Xinhua reported.

World Indoors: Fraser-Pryce, Campbell-Brown in sprint semis

Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceSopot (Poland), March 9 - Reigning World and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stormed into Sunday's semi-finals of the women's 60m sprint, when she won her heat at the World Indoor Championships here.

Running out of lane three in heat two, the dynamic pint-sized sprinter easily brushed aside her competition to cross the line in 7.12 seconds, with the British Virgin Islands' Tahesia Harrigan-Scott finishing second in 7.20 seconds, reports CMC.

Mexican long jumper disqualified from indoor championship

Mexican long jumper disqualified from indoor championshipTartu (Estonia), Feb 24 - Mexican long jumper Luis Rivera was disqualified from the National Indoor Athletics Championship here, the national sports commission (Conade) announced.

In a statement Sunday, Mexico's sports ruling body said Rivera committed three fouls in three attempts, preventing him from advancing to the finals, reports Xinhua.

The heat was won by the US' Tyron Stewart, with an 8.22-metre jump. (IANS)

Kirani James sets new 400m record in Ostrava

Kirani-JamesOstrava (Czech Republic), June 28 : World and Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James lived up to expectation to win the event at the Golden Spike Meet in Ostrava on Thursday.

James thrilled a capacity crowd by racing to a new meet record of 44.49 seconds on the track where he was first noticed as a 400m prodigy when he competed as a 14 year-old to win silver at the World Youth Championships six years ago.

The Grenadian athlete successfully chased down another outstanding quarter-miler's achievement - the meet record of 44.70 set by Cuban Alberto Juantorena in 1976.

Kim Collins to be honoured by a Texas university

Kim-CollinsTexas (United States), June 20 : Caribbean sprint legend Kim Collins is to be inducted into the Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Hall of Fame during an official ceremony later this year.

Collins, who competed for the TCU Horned Frogs and received six All-America honours, will be inducted into their letterman’s Hall of Fame along with six other former TCU athletes.

The 37-year-old former World Champion attended TCU between 1999 and 2001 and became one the school’s top sprinters.

Campbell-Brown leads Caribbean contingent in Diamond League

Veronica-Campbell-BrownNew York, May 18 : Three-time Olympic gold medallist and four-time World champion Veronica Campbell-Brown will lead about three dozen Caribbean athletes in the Adidas Grand Prix here next week.

The Grand Prix, the third meet of the glitzy, multi-million dollar Diamond League, will be held May 25 at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island here, reports CMC.

It will feature dozens of international superstars, including 2012 Olympic gold medallists David Rudisha, Jenn Suhr, Aries Merritt, and Brittney Reese.

Hurdler Merritt gears up for new Diamond League season

Aries-MerrittShanghai, May 18 : American hurdler Aries Merritt, who won his first Olympic gold in London and set a world record in the men's 110m hurdles last year, has geared up for the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League Shanghai leg.

"I will try to start the season in my best form and hopefully I'll be in my best so I won't disappoint the fans that come to watch the competition," said Merritt, 27, here Friday, reports Xinhua.

Merritt began the 2012 campaign by altering his approach to the first hurdle from eight to seven steps.

Bolt wins at Cayman Islands track meet

Usain-BoltKingston, May 9 : Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt won the 100 metres in an invitational track meet in the Cayman Islands.

Bolt secured the victory in 10.09 seconds after edging teammate Kemar Bailey-Cole in a photo finish Wednesday.

Bailey-Cole, who finished with the same time, is one of Bolt's training partners. Antiguan Daniel Bailey finished third in 10.23, Xinhua reports.

In the women's events, American Carmelita Jeter became the first to finish in under 11 seconds in the 100 metres, winning with a time of 10.95. (IANS)

Boston Marathon wheelchair winner to race in London

Tatyana-McFaddenLondon, April 20 : Boston Marathon women's wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden has confirmed she will be racing for the people of the city at the London Marathon Sunday.

The 23-year-old American was back at her hotel when two bombs killed at least three spectators at the Boston finishline Monday, reports Xinhua.

"I'll be carrying them in my heart as I am running through the course in London," McFadden said.

Japan's Hiroyuki Yamamoto, who won the men's race in Boston, will also take part in London.

A total of 24 wheelchair racers who competed in Boston will be racing in London.

Kirani James records world leading time in season opener

Kirani-JamesNassau (Bahamas), April 16 : World and Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James registered a world leading time of 44.72 seconds as he launched his 2013 campaign at the inaugural Chris Brown Bahamas Invitational here over the weekend.

James, who added an Olympic gold medal to his World Championship title, ran a comfortable opening 200m but then pulled away from his challengers to win easily in 44.72.

"It's my first open 400m and it's good to go out there and put a time on board," James said.

Record not on Rudisha's mind in Moscow world meet

David-RudishaNairobi, April 10 : Kenya's David Rudisha, the Olympic and World 800m champion, will not be attempting to run under the 1:41-minute mark when he competes at the World Championships in Moscow in August.

Rudisha has always started his season down under in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, but he has changed his preparations for the year and will be heading to Qatar for the Doha Diamond League May 10 for his season debut, reports Xinhua.

Lins' chance to face Bolt in Rio sprint

Lins' chance to face Bolt in Rio sprintRio de Janeiro, March 31 - Brazil's Bruno Lins earned the right to challenge Usain Bolt in Sunday's 150-metre exhibition sprint on Copacabana beach by winning heat for the last remaining starting berth.

Lins clocked 15.08 seconds Saturday to finish ahead of Alison Feitosa (15.30) and Sandro Viana (15.67). Apart from Bolt and Lins, the final will also feature Ecuador's Alex Quinones and Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey, reports Xinhua.

Bolt to run 100 metres in Rome

Usain-BoltRome, March 19 : Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres at Rome's Golden Gala in June, organisers announced Tuesday.

The six-time Olympic champion will race June 6 in the opening European meet of this year's Diamond League.

Bolt has also committed to run the 200m in Oslo, Norway, June 13; the 4x100m relay in the Czech city of Ostrava June 27; and the 200m again in Paris July 6, as part of his preparations for the World Championships.

The world championships will take place Aug 10-18 in Moscow.(IANS)

Jessica Ennis fears own ‘kids will face pressure to be good sportsperson as her’

/Jessica-EnnisLondon, Jan 22 : Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis said that she feared that after she has her own children they will face the pressure to be as good in sports as her.

Jessica, 26, said that while her parents put no pressure on her as a child she believed her own offspring will be judged by her achievements.

According to express. co. uk, she told the February issue of Reader's Digest that people often ask whether she want them to be sporty.

Bolt will only talk to Fergie about football future if he dines with him in Nandos

/Usain-BoltLondon, Jan 16 : Champion sprinter Usain Bolt has revealed how he snubbed Sir Alex Ferguson's offer to talk about his football future in some fancy restaurant since he prefers dining at Nandos.

Bolt reiterated his desire to play for United but is focusing his efforts on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, the Sun reports.

After his Olympic victory last year Bolt begged Ferguson for a trial and the Old Trafford chief suggested he play in a charity friendly.

Bolt said Ferguson wants him to play and told him to talk about it over dinner next time he was there in London.

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