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Reveal About Usain Bolt's Stride Upends Sprinting Science

Jamaican runner has an uneven stride, perhaps due to scoliosis

(Newser) - You'd think a smooth, even gait would ensure the fastest running speeds for elite athletes—but researchers who studied the world's fastest man have found that, at least in his case, symmetry doesn't matter. Per the New York Times , scientists from Southern Methodist University in Dallas released... More »

Bolt Loses Gold Medal, Treble Record

Teammate doped during Beijing relay race: IOC

(Newser) - Usain Bolt has lost his claim to having won three gold medals at three separate Olympics—through no fault of his own. Bolt will be forced to return his gold medal won in the 400-meter relay in Beijing in 2008 because his Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for doping,... More »

10 Best Olympic Moments

Simone Biles' jaw-dropping performance makes the list

(Newser) - The 2016 Olympics came to an end when Rio officially handed things over to 2020 host Tokyo Sunday night in a jubilant closing ceremony that featured, among other things, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rising from a pipe dressed as Super Mario. A look back at some of the... More »

Ellen Insists She's Not Racist After Controversial Bolt Tweet

She tweeted picture of herself riding the sprinter

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres is in hot water after tweeting a photo Monday showing her riding on the back of Usain Bolt. The photo of the Jamaican sprinter grinning back at his competitors as he won gold in the 100-meter dash in the Rio Olympics quickly got turned into quite a few... More »

Usain Bolt Could Lose One of His Gold Medals

2008 teammate allegedly tested positive for banned substance

(Newser) - Usain Bolt could lose one of his three gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics thanks to another member of Jamaica's 400-meter relay team from that year. Amid a crackdown during which Olympic officials have been re-testing samples from the past two Summer Games with new technology, Jamaican team... More »

Usain Bolt Taken Down —by a Segway

Runner appears unhurt after taking a tumble

(Newser) - Usain Bolt took gold in the men's 200m final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing today, but while he was still reveling in the victory and waving to the crowd, he got taken down ... by a Segway. A cameraman on a Segway was following Bolt when he lost... More »

Thieves Steal $34K Pair of Sneakers

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

(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'... More »

I Ate 1K McNuggets During 2008 Olympics: Usain Bolt

Reveals crazy diet in new book

(Newser) - One benefit of being an Olympic athlete: You can eat tons of Chicken McNuggets and not feel guilty about it, since you need a lot of calories to fuel your intense training. Just how many McNuggets could you get away with? In Usain Bolt's case, as many as 100... More »

Physicists Unravel Mystery of Usain Bolt's Speed

He uses astonishing power and energy to overcome drag

(Newser) - Usain Bolt is a big guy as far as sprinters go, and his 6-foot-5 frame doesn't exactly make him a model of aerodynamic perfection. But as his time of 9.58 seconds in a 100-meter race in 2009 proves, he is the fastest human on the planet. Even... 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 »

Williams Sisters Once Again Win Gold

Meanwhile, Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia wins the women's marathon

(Newser) - Tennis and running are set to be the big Olympic sports of the day, and the Williams sisters are the day's early stars. In a repeat of 2000 and 2008, Serena and Venus took the women's doubles gold, beating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic... More »

Usain Bolt Leaves Girlfriend to Focus on Olympics

World's fastest man 'will have plenty of time for relationships'

(Newser) - The fastest man on the planet has one thing on his mind, and it's not romance. Usain Bolt has broken up with his girlfriend in order to focus on the Olympics, reports the Sun . "He will have plenty of time for relationships," says its source. "At... More »

Math Proves It: Usain Bolt Could Be Even Faster

Statistician shows how Bolt could beat his record time

(Newser) - Sure, Usain Bolt is probably the fastest man to ever live, but one Cambridge math professor doesn't think he's achieved his full potential. In a new study, John Barrow shows that Bolt could shave 0.13 seconds off his world record 9.58-second 100-meter time without doing a... More »

Can Your Name Influence Your Job Choice?

Experts say yes in new study

(Newser) - Ever noticed how perfect the name Wordsworth is for a poet, or wondered whether Usain Bolt's last name prompted his running career? Researchers are currently investigating whether one's name can influence one's choice of job, with one study already suggesting it can. Indeed, it's become a... More »

Redemption: Usain Bolt Takes Gold in 200 Meters

He wins at World Championships one week after default

(Newser) - Yep, he's still fast. Usain Bolt didn't get a chance to prove it last week when a false start disqualified him from the 100 meters at the World Championships. He didn't make the same mistake today in the 200 meters, blowing past the field with the fourth-fastest... More »

Usain Bolt Booted as 'Bladerunner' Steals Show

Jamaican jumped the gun, while Pistorius advances in men's 400 meter

(Newser) - The fastest man on the planet was disqualified today from the event he's dominated for three years, while the most unlikely runner on the planet advanced to the semis at today's track world championships. Usain Bolt's false start in the men's 100-meter final automatically booted him... More »

Bolt Signs Running's Biggest Sponsorship Ever

'It's all about fashion,' sprinter says of Puma deal

(Newser) - Usain Bolt has just signed the biggest sponsorship deal in track-and-field history—and one of the biggest in sports history, period. The deal extends Bolt’s long-standing relationship with Puma, which has sponsored him since he was 15. Puma hasn’t released the exact figures, but sources tell the Guardian... More »

Humans Capable of 40mph Run

Pace would be faster than Bolt, slower than a lion

(Newser) - New research suggests that human beings are biologically capable of running close to 40 miles an hour, a pace that's approximately 12mph faster than Usain Bolt and just 10mph slower than a lion. A man able to run at this speed would cross the finish line of 100 meters as... More »

Time Names Ben Bernanke Person of the Year

Beats out Usain Bolt, Nancy Pelosi, and Stanley McChrystal

(Newser) - Time has named Ben Bernanke its “Person of the Year” for 2009, crediting him with saving the world’s financial system and dubbing him “the most powerful nerd on the planet.” This year was all about the economy, explains Michael Grunwald in his voluminous feature, “and... More »

Most Influential Man of 2009 Is... Don Draper?

The winner isn't even real, and Usain Bolt leaves Obama in his dust

(Newser) - The most influential man of 2009—at least in the eyes of AskMen.com readers—isn't actually a man. He's a fictional creation, none other than Don Draper of Mad Men. "In a turbulent 2009, men are seeking the stability of tradition in the masculine qualities that they imagine... More »

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