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Usain Bolt loses millions of dollars to fraud

A company that was tasked with taking care of Usain Bolt’s investments has come under fire after it was revealed that the former sprinter might have lost millions of dollars to fraud. The 36-year-old had been associated with the financial company for over the past decade.

Nugent Walker, Bolt’s manager, told the Jamaican Gleaner that the country’s Financial Investigations Division and Financial Services Commission are currently looking into the case and that Stocks and Securities Ltd (SSL), the company in question, is co-operating with the police.

“All the relevant steps have been taken to come to the bottom of this,” Walker said. He also added that because there was an ongoing case, he would be unable to reveal the sum of money that was missing. Apparently, Bolt had realised that massive amounts of money were missing from his accounts on Wednesday.

“He’s been with this entity for over 10 years…His entire portfolio is being reviewed,” Walker added. The employee in question has been implicated by the company already, and may be at the bottom of a widespread fraud, including Bolt’s. The employee’s lawyer, who said she had been working with him over the past two weeks, said that talks were ongoing. “My client is in discussion with SSL and the lawyers representing SSL,” she said.

While Bolt may have retired from the world of track and field in 2017, he is still a recipient to many endorsements and sponsorship deals. Just in 2016, Bolt ended up earning a whooping $33 million dollars from his sponsors. These deals included sponsorship agreements with Puma, Hublot, Gatorade and Virgin Media – with the Puma deal netting him $10 million annually at the time.

In 2016, Bolt was earning roughly ten times more than what other track and field athletes were making financially.

Source: indianexpress.com

Usain Bolt wins BBC lifetime Award

Usain Bolt, widely considered as the greatest sprinter of all time, will be recognised with a special award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022.

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the annual ceremony in Salford on Wednesday 21 December.

Athletics legend Bolt retired in 2017, but the Jamaican superstar remains the fastest human being on record. The legendary sprinter holds the world records for the 100m and 200m sprints as well as the 4x100m relay, transcending his sport with his mesmerising achievements at both the Beijing and London Olympics. Bolt’s 9.58 seconds 10

The 36-year-old has already picked up Sports Personality awards, winning the Overseas Sports Personality gong on three occasions during an illustrious 13-year career.

And five years on from retiring from his sport, Bolt will now be duly recognised for his incredible success on the track with a lifetime award.

The 36-year-old has already picked up Sports Personality awards, winning the Overseas Sports Personality gong on three occasions during an illustrious 13-year career.

And five years on from retiring from his sport, Bolt will now be duly recognised for his incredible success on the track with a lifetime award.

The ceremony at Media City in Salford takes place just a short distance away from Old Trafford, the stadium of his beloved football club Manchester United. And Bolt will join esteemed company when he claims his latest accolade.

Bolt follows in the footsteps of United greats David Beckham and Bobby Charlton, as well as Pele, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Billie Jean King, Chris Hoy and last year’s winner Simone Biles.

And the electric Bolt, a feature at the annual Soccer Aid charity football match, is a more than worthy recipient for his impact on athletics and sport in Jamaica. He is the only sprinter to win both the 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Olympics (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016) and goes down as one of the greatest to ever grace the running track.

Meanwhile, England star Beth Mead is the overwhelming favourite to claim the Sports Personality of the Year prize after leading the Lionesses to European Championship glory this summer. Seven-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is also a contender, alongside England cricket hero Ben Stokes.

 

Source: express.co.uk

Breakthroughs, Broken Records and Beating Usain Bolt

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Michael Norman were on record-breaking form in the sprints in 2022, while Noah Lyles beat the fastest man in history at the Wanda Diamond League Final in Zurich.

2022 was an unforgettable year for the sprinters on the Wanda Diamond League circuit, with the Jamaicans pushing new boundaries in the women’s events and the Americans toppling years-old records in the men’s. In the first part of our “Best of 2022” series, we take a look back at some of the year’s most memorable performances in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Norman surpasses Van Niekerk – Men’s 400m, Eugene

For five years, Wayde Van Niekerk had maintained a firm grip on the 400m Diamond League record, with almost nobody getting within a sniff of the South African’s 43.62 in Lausanne in 2017. That all changed this year, however, as Michael Norman soared around the new Hayward Field to clock 43.60 and hurl down the gauntlet ahead of the World Athletics Championships. He would be crowned world champion on the same track a few months later, and while he failed to claim the Diamond Trophy in Zurich, Norman could still look back on a successful Diamond League campaign come September. A new series record and a victory on home soil to boot, his brilliant run in Eugene made him one of the standout performers in the 400m.

 Jackson stuns the big guns – Women’s 200m, Rome

Shericka Jackson was certainly no small fry when she launched her 2022 Diamond League campaign in May, but it wasn’t until the Pietro Mennea Golden Gala in Rome that she began to establish herself as an undisputed favourite for the Diamond Trophy. In a highly anticipated 200m which included Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah. US legend Allyson Felix and multiple Diamond League champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, it was Jackson who prevailed with a dominant 21.91, a meeting record and a statement victory early in the season. She would go on to establish herself as one of the greats of an incredible Jamaican generation, claiming World Championship gold in Oregon and a first Diamond Trophy in Zurich.

 Fraser-Pryce and Ta Lou make history – Women’s 100m, Monaco

It took three meetings for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to pick up her first points-scoring win in the 2022 Wanda Diamond League, but once she got points on the board, there was no looking back as the Jamaican legend notched up three separate meeting records on her way to a fifth Diamond Trophy in the second half of the season. The fastest of them came in Monaco, where she clocked 10.62 to pick up a world lead, meeting record and the third-fastest time in Diamond League history. Behind her in third place, Marie-Josée Ta Lou also made history with an African record of 10.72, the Ivorian clutching her head in disbelief as she crossed the finish line at the Stade Louis II.

 Lyles breaks Bolt’s record – Men’s 200m, Zurich

Perhaps one of the most impressive performances of the season came in the men’s 200m in Zurich. Noah Lyles had promised something special ahead of the Wanda Diamond League Final, and he delivered in style at the Letzigrund Stadium, jetpacking away from the rest of the field as he came out of the bend to win a fifth Diamond League title and break a meeting record which had been previously held by the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt. It was not just a historic victory, but an emphatic one, as Lyles shaved a full 0.14 seconds of Bolt’s previously unbeatable 19.66, set at Weltklasse in 2012.

 

Source: diamondleague.com

Olympic champion Michael Johnson had to learn how to walk again after stroke

Olympic legend Michael Johnson has opened up on the toughest battle of his career after suffering a stroke.

Johnson, 55, is regarded as one of the finest sprinters in history and won four gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games, setting the world record in the 200m with a time of 19:32, which was later broken by Usain Bolt.

But in 2018, doctors feared he may never walk again after he suffered a stroke that impacted his complete left side, losing all mobility and co-ordination.

The American, who is now part of BBC’s athletics coverage, made an incredible recovery though and within two months he claims he was almost back to normal.

“I had a huge advantage after a stroke, having been an athlete – that recovery, and trying to get my strength back, to walk and run again,” he told Performance People, a new podcast from Ben and Georgie Ainslie.

“The first day I could leave my bed, I had a walker and the therapist took me around the hospital floor to get me started. While I was doing it, he was coaching me, teaching me how to walk.

“There was no difference to coach explaining to me on the track every day. ‘Michael, you need to do this’. I looked back and I realised I had probably walked 200m in 20 minutes not 20 seconds. But I wasn’t discouraged.

“They didn’t know if I would walk again but I told my wife I was going to make a full recovery and faster than anyone else had.”

Johnson is now able to continue his hobbies, including cycling, rowing and of course running, and admits he had to dig deep to overcome the setback

“You spend a lot of time looking at yourself in the mirror for some symmetry. What I would see some days was a shell of a person I used to be,” he added.

“Prior to my stroke, I would avoid being vulnerable at all costs and avoid being dependent on anyone else. I wanted to be the one everyone else could depend on

“But two months after my recovery, I was running again. It was because of learning those skills as an Olympic athlete, to be your best.”

Asafa Powell hangs his running shoes

Jamaican Asafa Powell, who held the men’s 100m world record before Usain Bolt, has retired from track and field.

Powell held a 40th birthday and retirement party on Wednesday. Bolt filmed a video to wish his countryman well upon retirement.

Powell last raced in May 2021, according to World Athletics, and did not compete at Jamaica’s Olympic Trials last year.

He raced at the Olympics in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, earning 4x100m relay gold in Rio. His best individual finish was fifth in the 100m in 2004 and 2008.

Powell owns the record of 97 career sub-10-second 100m performances, the last coming on Sept. 1, 2016.

Powell lowered the 100m world record to 9.77 seconds on June 14, 2005. He held the mark until Bolt broke it on May 31, 2008, for the first of three times. He is the fastest man in history without an Olympic or world 100m title.

In 2004, Powell had the fastest semifinal time at the Athens Games, then placed fifth in the final won by Justin Gatlin.

In 2008, after injuries early in the year, Powell had the second-fastest semifinal time in Beijing. He placed fifth in the Olympic final again.

In 2012, Powell pulled up in the 100m final and was the last finisher. In 2016, he made the Jamaican Olympic team strictly for the relay.

Powell is the fourth-fastest man in history with a personal best of 9.72 seconds, trailing contemporaries Bolt (9.58), Tyson Gay (9.69) and Yohan Blake (9.69).

Bolt retired in 2017. Gay, also 40, last raced in May 2021. Blake, 32, ran 9.85 in June, his best time since 2012, when he took Olympic 100m and 200m silver behind Bolt.

Usain Bolt logo is on its way

Michael Jordan has one. Roger Federer, too, owns one. Why should Usain Bolt be left behind? We are talking of logos of iconic sportspersons and Bolt, a living legend in the world of athletics, has moved to trademark a logo showing his signature victory celebration pose.

The application for the logo, which depicts Bolt pointing skywards in silhouette, was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office last week. The former Olympic and world 100m champion is known globally for his signature celebration. The world has seen him innumerable times leaning back and gesturing to the sky. Bolt’s every gold medal or world record was almost incomplete without his favourite pose afterwards.

On Tuesday, Bolt himself tweeted a picture of him in that pose, the caption reading — “To The World” TM. That’s what the logo will be called, “To The World”.

The first time the world witnessed Bolt striking that pose was at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he won the 100m, 200m and relay gold medals and also set a 100m world record. To talk of records, Bolt is still the fastest man in history as he holds the world records for the 100m and 200m sprints. He won eight Olympic gold medals in three Games between 2008 and 2016. He retired in 2017.

According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, Bolt filed his application for the trademark on August 17. As per the application, “The mark consists of the silhouette of a man in a distinctive pose, with one arm bent and pointing to the head, and the other arm raised and pointing upward”.

Bolt intends to use the image on his brand of items, including sunglasses, clothing, jewellery, bags and sporting goods. It will also be used at restaurants and sports bars, the application states. “Given that Bolt is now retired from racing, it makes sense that he would look to expand his business empire,” Josh Gerben, a Washington DC-based trademark lawyer, was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“The silhouette of his victory pose is recognised around the world. This trademark registration would enable him to offer the items listed in the application himself, or license the right to use the trademark to third parties,” Gerben said. It is not the first time that Bolt has applied to register a trademark. He had done so 12 years ago as well, but that has since lapsed under US law.

Bolt’s glittering career did not end in golden hues. He could only manage a bronze in his penultimate race — the men’s 100m — before pulling up injured just as he began to hit top speed at his final event, the 4x100m relay, at the World Athletics Championships in London in 2017. The world of sports has many such logos in use.

The most famous one perhaps is the “Jumpman” logo, which is owned by Nike to promote the Air Jordan brand of former basketball superstar Michael Jordan. Jordan’s logo first came in 1988 and has since evolved phenomenally to be a lifestyle brand across the world.

Golf czar Tiger Woods has had more than one logo. Woods has a logo for his foundation as well and occasionally uses his ‘Frank the Tiger’ logo on his apparel. Federer’s logo features his initials and it’s quite famous, just like its owner. It was originally designed — with help from his wife — for a bottle of cologne.  Will Bolt’s trademark be a trendsetter in the world of business like he was on the track? If it does, it won’t be a Bolt from the blue.

 

Source: telegraphindia.com

Usain Bolt’s 100m World Record: Scientists reveal whether it will ever be broken

Usain Bolt famously won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a shockingly exceptional time of 9.69 seconds, ironically jogging to the line after obliterating the field in the early stages of the race.

A year on from that, he broke the world record with a 9.58 second time in Berlin, showing us just how fast the Jamaican really was. So far, 13 years on from that historic day, no one has even managed to come close to that time with Bolt himself not even being able to replicate anything like that, setting an obscene record whilst finally being at full tilt for the full race.

A fair few sprinters have managed to join Bolt in posting times below 10 seconds, but can anyone get close to the record Bolt set and become the first athlete to post a time under nine seconds? A study has been done by Sport Biomechanics at the University of Bath to see if a sub-nine second time will ever be achieved.

The 100m is normally the most watched event at any athletics competition or the Olympic Games and is over in the blink of an eye.

It took until the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City to see the first below 10 seconds 100m race thanks to Jim Hines when he clocked a 9.95 seconds time.

So clearly, the times are generally getting quicker and quicker, with sprinters going to places we never thought we’d see.

However, a sub-nine second race seems beyond the realms of possibility, with this scientific study from Polly McGuigan and Aki Salo working out if it will ever be possible.

Their findings were: “A combination of genetics and training would need to produce bum, thigh and calf muscles which are a little bit stronger and faster than the current best sprinters.

“A muscle with a high proportion of large, fast twitch muscle fibres will be able to generate larger amounts of force more quickly than a muscle with a lower proportion.”

They believe the times will start to plateau, with the record becoming harder and harder to match, although the sub-nine seconds is on they think: “It’s safe to say that someone will break the nine second barrier – not necessarily in our lifetime, but it will happen one day.”

However, other experts have disputed this, with Dr Sam Allen believing the contrary, with a time below nine seconds time beyond the realms of possibility.

Source: givemesport.com

Sprinting Legends Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake Combined To Produce ‘The Greatest Race Ever’

Usain Bolt was the dominant force in sprinting during the late 2000s and early 2010s as he broke records and won medals for fun to become a global sporting icon.

Bolt, along with another of Jamaica’s sprinting stars, Yohan Blake was part of a 4x100m relay team that produced arguably the greatest race the world has ever seen.

The 4x100m relay is often billed as the centre piece of any athletics championship as it requires both tremendous speed and tight team work in order to get the baton around the track. The hardest part of the race is the handovers and the fact that all four members of the relay team has to perform to their best in order to win the race.

In the 2012 London Olympics, two of the world’s best sprinting nations, the United States and Jamaica lined up as they battled for Olympic gold.

The Americans were represented by a strong team of Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey and they were up against the Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Blake and Bolt. The two teams went on to produce a great spectacle for the fans.

The first three legs of the race were extremely close as neither team managed to gain any big lead. As the race approached the last leg, the Americans had the narrowest of leads, but the Jamaicans had the world record holder Bolt on the anchor leg.

Blake handed over to Bolt whilst Gay handed over to Bailey for the US. A monumental finish was required in order for Jamaica to clinch the gold medal and of course, Bolt produced the goods.

He ran one of the fastest 100 metres ever to secure the gold medal for his country, and with it smashing the world record after registering 36.84 seconds.

The previous world record stood at 37.04 seconds whilst the Olympic record was slightly slower at 37.10 seconds. Both were convincingly smashed by the amazing performance of the Jamaican team.

America’s quartet were close and pushed the Jamaicans all the way as they matched the previous world record of 37.04 seconds but that was not enough as Bolt and co. cemented themselves in history.

Fans reacted to the Jamaican team’s stellar display.

One fan said: “Blake received the baton at 19.1, gave it to bolt at 28.1. He ran 9 sec. Bolt received at 29.1, finished at 36.84, he ran 100m at 8.74!”

Another added: “Can we all take a moment to appreciate Yohan Blake who made up so much ground in the 3rd leg. That is probably the best 3rd leg run I’ve ever seen. INSANE!!!”

And a third said: “Blake to Bolt… The two fastest humans ever handing the baton to one another… Spectacular!”

More than 10 years on from that special night, the world record still stands as no teams have managed to get close to breaking the record.

Source: sportbible.com

Noah Lyles breaks Michael Johnson 200m record in Oregon

Olympic 200m bronze medallist, Noah Lyles broke the USA All-Comers record, by beating the mark of Michael Johnson at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Lyles became the third man to defend his World Championship title in the 200m, after Usain Bolt (2009-15), and Calvin Smith (1983-1987).

The 25 year-old broke Johnson records of 19.32 that he had set in Atlanta Olympics by lowering it to

19.31.

Lyles led a United States podium sweep as he was followed by Kenny Bednarek who crossed the line in second in a time of 19.77 with Erriyon Knighton closing the podium three finishes in 19.80.

Erriyon Knighton’s bronze medal, at 18-174 old, makes him the youngest medalist ever in the men’s 200 and the 2nd youngest in an individual event at the World Championships, after Kenya’s Richard Chelimo in the 1991 10K at 18-127.

Knighton’s time of 19.80 equals the best mark-for-place at the World Championships, set by Christoph Lemaître of France in 2011.

Elaine Thompson-Herah withdraws from Birmingham Diamond League

Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Olympic 100m and 200m champion, withdrew before what would have been her Diamond League season debut on Saturday after discomfort in training.

Thompson-Herah pulled out of the meet in Birmingham, Great Britain, out of an abundance of caution and plans to return to competition “in short order,” according to her management agency.

She was due to race the 100m against a field including Olympic bronze medalist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, world silver medalist Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain and Americans Gabby Thomas (Olympic 200m bronze medalist) and Cambrea Sturgis, who ranks third in the world this year.

Last year, Thompson-Herah joined Usain Bolt as the only sprinters to sweep the 100m and 200m at multiple Olympics. She ran the second-fastest times in history in the 100m and 200m, trailing only Florence Griffith-Joyner‘s world records from 1988.

Thompson-Herah ran her 100m personal best at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, a 10.54 that is five hundredths off Griffith-Joyner’s record. As a Nike-sponsored athlete, she is expected to race at Pre again next week, if she’s healthy.

Thompson-Herah could get another crack at a fast time on the Eugene track at the world championships in July.

Source: olympics.nbcsports.com