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Ohuruogu to train with Bolt group in warm Jamaica

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ATHLETICS-WORLD/British Olympic and Commonwealth Games 400 metres champion Christine Ohuruogu is escaping the cold weather of London for the next three weeks to work in Jamaica with Usain Bolt’s training group, the Racers Track Club.

“I have never been to Jamaica before and am very excited about the trip,” Ohuruogu said in a statement. “Jamaican athletics is very strong at the moment and I want to go and experience their passion and excitement first hand.”

The Londoner will be training with triple Olympic champion Bolt and other members of Coach Glen Mills’ Racer Track Club group, Ricky Simms, who represents both Bolt and Ohuruogu, told Reuters.

“It will be great to see Usain again and do some training together,” said Ohuruogu, who plans to skip the indoor season.

Ricky Rubio and the Sportswrap speed special

 

Ricky Rubio is the one that got away from the NBA. The number five draft pick opted to spend another year or two in Spain rather than join the Minnesota Timberwolves and FC Barcelona are understandably elated to have got him.

Click the video above to see Rubio celebrate his 19th birthday by helping Barcelona demolish Fenerbahce in the Euroleague. We also take a look at Jenson Button’s homecoming after his Formula 1 world title victory, and why batsmen the world over should be glad a certain Usain Bolt opted for track and field over cricket.

Bolt shatters his own 100 metres world record in Berlin

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt obliterated his own world record on Sunday as he won the men’s 100 metres final at the world athletics championships in an incredible, mind-boggling 9.58 seconds.

One year to the day from his world record breaking victory in the Olympic final in Beijing, Bolt blew away the field on the blue track in Berlin. American Tyson Gay ran 9.71 to take silver, and Asafa Powell was third after running 9.84.

Bolt v Gay to light up Berlin

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boltUsain Bolt versus Tyson Gay is the sort of showdown that would grace any era of athletics and with a bit of luck the world championships in Berlin should give us two takes – in the 100 and 200 metres. 

The match-up between the Jamaican and the American was supposed to be the highlight of the Beijing Olympics but it wasn’t meant to be. Bolt stole the show with three golds and three world records while Gay failed even to make the 100 final. Bolt was in such crowd-pleasing form that in truth you hardly noticed the other seven runners on the track.

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