Bolt still considering 400m, long jump

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Phew, we were concerned Usain Bolt might be getting boring there for a second.

Earlier this week the Jamaican sprinter, who holds world records in the only three events he runs, said he’d probably just attempt a repeat of his Beijing and London gold medal performances in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay instead of trying anything new. Now it sounds like he’s changed his mind.

“It’s just to find something else now to strive towards,” Bolt told reporters in Tokyo. “There’s a few things I’ve thought about. I could try another event. Maybe the long jump or the 400 meter.”

He also discussed playing soccer and referred to himself as a legend at least twice.

Bolt had success in the 400m on the youth and junior circuits, and still holds the sixth fastest under-18 time, but decided to focus on the shorter events for the Olympics. His personal best of 45.28, set in 2007, wouldn’t have even got him in the London final, which Greneda’s Kirani James won with a world record 43.94.

As far as the long jump goes, world record holding American Mike Powell, who jumped 8.95m in 1991, said after the 2009 world championships that he thinks Bolt could be the first man to break 9.00m (nearly 30 feet) because the event is perfectly suited for his speed and height. Hopefully we’ll find out if that’s true in Rio.

Six more Olympic medalists stripped in Beijing 2008 retests

BEIJING - AUGUST 08:  The Olympic flame is lit by Li Ning, former Olympic gymnast for China, during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nine more athletes, including six medal winners, have been retroactively disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing retests of their doping samples.

The International Olympic Committee announced the decisions on Wednesday in the latest sanctions imposed on athletes whose stored samples came back positive after being retested with improved methods.

Four athletes from former Soviet countries were stripped of silver medals, and two of bronze medals. The medals were in weightlifting, wrestling and steeplechase.

The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years to allow them to be reanalyzed when enhanced techniques become available.

The IOC recorded a total of 98 positive cases in recent resting of samples from Beijing and the 2012 London Olympics.

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Rory McIlroy says Olympic participation still ‘complicated,’ ‘difficult’

HAINAN ISLAND, CHINA - NOVEMBER 23:  Graeme McDowell (R) and Rory McIlroy of Ireland walk behind a flag bearer during the Opening Ceremony of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at the Mission Hills' Blackstone Course on November 23, 2011 in Hainan Island, China.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy has said he was proven wrong about golf’s place in the Olympics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s keen on the 2020 Tokyo Games after skipping Rio.

The four-time major champion was asked Wednesday if he had any plans to play in the next Olympics and called it a “tough question.”

“The participation in the Olympics for me, it’s just a little more complicated I feel for me than some other people from where I’m from and the whole politics of the thing,” McIlroy said. “It’s a difficult subject for me.”

McIlroy is from Northern Ireland, which does not have a separate delegation at the Olympics. That led to a scrutinized decision for McIlroy, who had to choose in 2014 between representing Great Britain and Ireland for golf’s Olympic return in Rio.

McIlroy opted for Ireland, which he represented at the World Cup of Golf in 2009 and 2011.

“I don’t know whether it’s been because the World Cup has been in Brazil and I’ve been thinking a couple of years down the line,” McIlroy reportedly said in June 2014. “Thinking about all the times that I played as an amateur for Ireland and as a boy and everything, I think for me it’s the right decision to play for Ireland in 2016.”

Golf’s place in the Olympics is not guaranteed beyond 2020, so Tokyo may be McIlroy’s last opportunity.

“Four years’ time is a long ways away, so we’ll see what happens,” McIlroy said Wednesday. “Right now, I’ll concentrate on the 16 majors that we have between now and then and try to get a few more of those and go from there.”

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