Six time gold medalist Usain Bolt didn’t break any records Sunday during a 150m race down in Rio, but, like always, he easily ran away with it.
“It was my first sprint race, definitely a good start for the season,” Bolt to the Associated Press. “I’m looking forward to coming down here in 2016.”
Bolt fell just shy 0.07 seconds shy of the 14.35 seconds world record, but held off Daniel Bailey of Antigua, Bruno Lins of Brazil, and Alex Quinones of Ecuador on a special four-lane track built along the coast of the Copacabana beach.
Bolt said he’s not sure he’ll compete at the Diamond League meet in London this July, which will celebrate the anniversary of the Olympics, but agent Ricky Simms says negotiations are going well.
“It will be great for him to go back there a year after everything that happened last year,” Simms said. “It’s going to be a good event. We’ve just got a few things to finalize.”
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.