Thieves Steal $34K Pair of Sneakers

Gone are Usain Bolt's cleats he wore setting 100M world record

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 7, 2014 12:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – A pair of Usain Bolt's orange cleats were on display in London—until someone stole the signed shoes, which are reportedly worth $34,000. The Jamaican athlete wore the cleats when he set the world record in the 100-meter race in 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports. Now, he's asking for the shoes to be returned. "I know u love me..but please why u had to go stealing that signed Usain Bolt spikes?" he tweeted yesterday. "I know u going to return it. Right?" Bolt, it seems, is kindly replacing the shoes, Business Insider notes: He tweeted a photo of himself signing another pair, which he will "FedEx straight to London later."

The shoes Usain Bolt wore when setting a 100-meter world record in 2009 have been stolen.
The shoes Usain Bolt wore when setting a 100-meter world record in 2009 have been stolen.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Usain Bolt reacts after winning the men's 100-meter race during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting in in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Usain Bolt reacts after winning the men's 100-meter race during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting in in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, August 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell react after Bolt set a new 100m World Record during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell react after Bolt set a new 100m World Record during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses beside the sign indicating board after setting a new men's 100m World Record on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses beside the sign indicating board after setting a new men's 100m World Record on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line of the final setting a new men's 100m world record.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line of the final setting a new men's 100m world record.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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