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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 Runs 9.63 to Win Gold in 100-Meter Dash

'Blade Runner' Pistorius fails to make final in 400 meters

(Newser) - Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his second straight Olympic gold medal in the men's 100 meters today, crossing the line in an Olympic-record 9.63 seconds. Bolt joined Carl Lewis as only the second man to go back-to-back in track's biggest race. Bolt's training partner and fellow... 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 »

Bolt's So Good, You Have to Ask: Is He Clean?

(Newser) - Usain Bolt doesn’t even bother running through the tape at full speed. By the end of his sprints—even his mind-boggling, record-breaking 200-meters in Berlin—he’s mugging for the cameras. “Every race he leaves us wondering, ‘How fast could this guy go?’” writes Michael Wilbon... More »

Lighting-Fast Bolt Smashes 100-Meter Record

(Newser) - Jamaica's Usain Bolt shattered the world record for the 100-meter race today, shearing more off the previous best time—his own—than anyone in recorded history, reports the Chicago Tribune. With a 2 mph tailwind, the 22-year-old clocked in at just 9.58 seconds—0.11 seconds faster than the... More »

Usain Bolt Crashes Gift Car, Walks Away

Bolt has only minor scratches

(Newser) - Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt walked away from a car accident in Jamaica with no apparent injuries except a thorn in his foot. The world champion sprinter crashed his BMW M3—a gift from sponsor Puma for his performance in Beijing—after speeding down a wet highway, the Guardian reports.... More »

Carl Lewis Hints at Bolt Drug Connection

US great says Jamaica's testing policy puts Olympic feats in question

(Newser) - US Olympic great Carl Lewis says Jamaica needs to toughen its drug policy before he’ll take Usain Bolt’s sprinting feats seriously. “I think there are some issues,” Lewis tells Sports Illustrated. “No one is accusing anyone. But don’t live by a different rule and... More »

Bolt Claims 3rd Gold, Record

(Newser) - Usain Bolt earned a triple-triple of sprint gold medals and world records today, an unprecedented Olympic feat. With his giant strides, he ran a lighting final bend that set anchor Asafa Powell on the way to a record 37.10 seconds in the 4x100 meters, chopping a massive .30 off... More »

Speedy, but Disrespectful: IOC Chief

IOC chief criticizes sprinter's winning attitude

(Newser) - Usain Bolt has reached the level of track great Jesse Owens, but the 22-year-old Jamaican needs to show more respect to fellow competitors, says the head of the IOC. Although Jacques Rogge expects more amazing feats from Bolt, whom he calls "another dimension in sprint," he censured the... More »

Golden Bolt Breaks 200 Record

Jamaican sprinter first since Carl Lewis to win 100 and 200 meters

(Newser) - Usain Bolt of Jamaica raced to a gold medal and a world record of 19.30 seconds today in the 200 meters, becoming the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to sweep the 100 and 200 gold medals at an Olympics—and the first to ever break world records... More »

Jamaicans Spell Speed 'D-N-A'

Sprinters' success a combination of nature and nurture

(Newser) - Jamaicans sprinters are cleaning up in Beijing, thanks to both biology and their backgrounds. Runners of West African descent—including Jamaicans—have more "fast-twitch" muscle fibers, the kind that generate quick bursts of energy, Slate explains. But nature alone didn't propel 100-meter champ Usain Bolt to his record-breaking, chest-thumping... More »

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