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Jul 10, 2012

Olympics-Bolt could break nine-second barrier says Tommie Smith

LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) – World 100 metres record holder
Usain Bolt could break the nine-second barrier if he gets a
start as fast as his training partner Yohan Blake, according to
the former world 200 metres record holder Tommie Smith.

Bolt, who was beaten by Blake in both the 100 and 200 at
this year’s Jamaican trials, set his world record of 9.58
seconds at the 2009 Berlin world championships. He also reduced
his own world 200 record to 19.19 in Berlin.

Jul 3, 2012

Britain select two former drug offenders

LONDON (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and shot putter Carl Myerscough, who have served doping bans after testing positive for anabolic steroids, were named on Tuesday in the British athletics team for the London Olympics.

The pair are the beneficiaries of a Court of Arbitration ruling which overturned the British Olympic Association’s lifetime Games bans for drug offenders.

Jul 3, 2012

Olympics-Britain select two former drug offenders

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Sprinter Dwain Chambers and shot
putter Carl Myerscough, who have served doping bans after
testing positive for anabolic steroids, were named on Tuesday in
the British athletics team for the London Olympics.

The pair are the beneficiaries of a Court of Arbitration
ruling which overturned the British Olympic Association’s
lifetime Games bans for drug offenders.

Jul 2, 2012

Bolt struts a London catwalk

LONDON (Reuters) – Reggae pounded and rum flowed at a darkened Shoreditch nightclub in east London during an afternoon fashion launch for the Jamaican Olympic team kit.

Senses may have been dulled by the beat, the heat and the booze as models paraded the team uniform designed by Bob Marley’s daughter Cedella to the strains of “One Love”.

Jul 2, 2012

Olympics-Bolt struts a London catwalk

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – Reggae pounded and rum flowed at
a darkened Shoreditch nightclub in east London during an
afternoon fashion launch for the Jamaican Olympic team kit.

Senses may have been dulled by the beat, the heat and the
booze as models paraded the team uniform designed by Bob
Marley’s daughter Cedella to the strains of “One Love”.

Jun 29, 2012

Times edge closer to perfection point

LONDON (Reuters) – A mythical athlete from the Caribbean clocks 8.99 seconds over 100 meters in the year 2909. Some centuries earlier, in 2245, a Kenyan runs the marathon in one hour, 57 minutes, 58 seconds.

These fictitious case studies, according to John Brenkus in his book “The Perfection Point” which calculates ultimate limits for a host of sporting achievements, contain the fastest times humanly possible for the shortest and longest events on the Olympic athletics program.

Jun 29, 2012

Olympics-Times edge closer to perfection point

LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – A mythical athlete from the
Caribbean clocks 8.99 seconds over 100 metres in the year 2909.
Some centuries earlier, in 2245, a Kenyan runs the marathon in
one hour, 57 minutes, 58 seconds.

These fictitious case studies, according to John Brenkus in
his book “The Perfection Point” which calculates ultimate limits
for a host of sporting achievements, contain the fastest times
humanly possible for the shortest and longest events on the
Olympic athletics programme.

Jun 28, 2012

Royalty set course of epic 1908 marathon

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal enthusiasm at the height of the golden Edwardian summer helped to determine first the course and then the length of the epic 1908 London Olympic marathon.

The race concluded with a potential fatality when Italian Dorando Pietri collapsed after entering the stadium on a stiflingly hot July afternoon. His disqualification after he was helped to his feet led paradoxically to an astonishing explosion in marathon racing.

Jun 28, 2012

Olympics-Royalty set course of epic 1908 marathon

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Royal enthusiasm at the height
of the golden Edwardian summer helped to determine first the
course and then the length of the epic 1908 London Olympic
marathon.

The race concluded with a potential fatality when Italian
Dorando Pietri collapsed after entering the stadium on a
stiflingly hot July afternoon. His disqualification after he was
helped to his feet led paradoxically to an astonishing explosion
in marathon racing.

May 9, 2012

Torch relay pioneered at Nazi Games

LONDON (Reuters) – Mist clears to reveal white marble images from classical Greece culminating in Myron’s celebrated statue of an athlete poised to launch a discus in the prologue to Leni Riefenstahl’s remarkable documentary film “Olympia”.

The statue rotates and melts into an identical image of a contemporary discus thrower. It is succeeded by further paeans to the sculptured Greek ideal of physical beauty with pictures of a shot putter, a javelin thrower and rhythmic gymnasts.

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