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In Winning 100 Meters, Usain Bolt Does the 'Unreal'

He does it in 9.81 seconds

(Newser) - "Unreal," proclaimed ESPN . Usain Bolt on Sunday won an unprecedented third Olympic gold in the 100 meters, defeating Justin Gatlin of the US by .08 seconds. Bolt became the first person (man or woman, notes the New York Times ) to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing... More »

Olympic Bottle-Tosser Pleads Not Guilty

Happened to be sitting next to judo's bronze medalist. Oops.

(Newser) - An Olympic spectator accused of hurling a plastic bottle onto the stadium track seconds before the men's 100-meter final pleaded not guilty today to creating a public nuisance. Ashley Gill-Webb spoke only to deny the charge and confirm his personal details during a brief appearance at Stratford Magistrates Court.... More »

Beer Bottle Hurled Close to Usain Bolt

Abuse-spewing fan busted

(Newser) - In an extremely un-Olympics move, a spectator hurled a beer bottle close to gold-medalist Usain Bolt yesterday just moments before the 100-meter final, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . As Bolt and the other runners crouched before the start, someone in the first row "shouted abuse" and tossed the bottle—... More »

Bolt: 'A Sprinting Prodigy From Another Planet'

Usain Bolt is a delightful mystery

(Newser) - Usain Bolt became the fastest man in the world, ever, yesterday—without even appearing to try. “His run was mind-boggling. Freakish. Revolutionary,” writes Joe Posnanski in the Kansas City Star. “He coasted his last seven strides, and all day he’d only eaten chicken nuggets, and his... More »

Gay Is Fastest Man, Ever*

*Except that track, unlike any other sport, factors in the weather, columnist writes

(Newser) - Tyson Gay might have used the Olympic trials yesterday to cover 100 meters faster than any human in history, but he is not the world record-holder because track, unlike any other sport, attaches asterisks to records, Jim Caple writes on ESPN.com. Strong tailwinds propelled Gay to victory, but his... More »

Jamaican Sets World Record in 100 Meters

Bolt's 9.72 second mark comes in only 5th pro race at the distance

(Newser) - Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, a 200 meter specialist who only recently began running against elite competition at 100 meters, raced to a new world record of 9.72 seconds at the shorter distance last night in New York City's Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island. Cheered by a partisan crowd waving... More »

Maurice Green Retires From Sprinting

Former world champ and Olympic medalist dogged by injuries

(Newser) - Decorated sprinter Maurice Greene announced his retirement yesterday, ending a career that included two Olympic gold medals and several world titles. "It's a little sad for me, but I've had a great career. Because of my injuries, it's better to call it quits," said Greene. The decision leaves... More »

Gay Tops 100m Record-Holder to Claim Gold

Powell hears footsteps, takes 3rd behind new Olympic favorite

(Newser) - American Tyson Gay blazed past the world co-record holder in the last 20 meters of the 100m dash to take gold in the World Championships today in Tokyo. Jamaican Asafa Powell was faster out of the blocks, but "I panicked," he said. "I felt him coming on.... More »

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