While Usain Bolt is promoting the 2016 Olympics with a 150m race on the beach in Rio, Powell is spend Easter weekend running in the Stawell Gift, a century-old 120m race on grass where entrants are handicapped by their speed. Not surprisingly, Powell won’t be given a head-start.
The former world record holder says he’s fully healed from the hamstring tear he suffered during the 100m final in London, and that he, Yohan Blake, and the rest of the Olympic field aren’t done chasing Powell’s famous compatriot.
“Everyone is improving,” Powell told Australia’s Herald Sun Friday. “There’s a lot of development going on. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know people can run very fast. I don’t know if the record will be lower. I know my best is yet to come… I just need an injury-free year.”
Of course, he’s not denying Bolt’s talent:
“He is very strong and he is very fast. He is the man right now, he is the man to beat, he is the world record holder … everyone wants to be No.1.”
For all his accolades, Powell has never won an individual gold at worlds or the Olympics, and he’ll be 33 when Rio rolls around. But after recovering from his injury, Powell is happy just to see if he can become only the third man in 131 years to win the Stawell Gift starting from scratch.
Great Britain track cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were married on Saturday, according to their social media. Together the couple has won 10 Olympic gold medals, including five at the 2016 Rio Games.
Trott referred to her wedding day as “the happiest day of my life” on Instagram.
“With all my family and close friends I married my best friend,” she wrote. “We had the most amazing day and I’m so pleased to finally be able call Jason my husband.”
The couple’s romance became public at the 2012 Olympics, when they were photographed kissing in the stands behind David Beckham at the women’s beach volleyball finals, according to Sky News. By December 2014, they were engaged. They plan on returning to training after the honeymoon.
Kenny owns seven Olympic medals, including six golds. He has helped Great Britain win team sprint gold medals at every Olympics since 2008.
Trott won gold medals in team pursuit and omnium in Rio, after claiming gold medals in the same events in London. She became the first British woman with four career Olympic gold medals.
Instead of asking for gifts, the couple set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Dementia UK. You can donate here.
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Brad Snyder, who took home three swimming gold medals from the Rio Paralympic Games, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday.
Snyder, who lost his vision while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is a native of Baltimore.
He pitched alongside fellow Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan, who also claimed three gold medals in Rio.
The Orioles honored two more Paralympians, track and field sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden, before Saturday’s game.
Tatyana won six medals in Rio, which tied her with swimmer Jessica Long for the most for a U.S. athlete.
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