Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt a character in Temple Run 2 video game, also eyes world record at world championships

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In 2008, Ato Boldon said Usain Bolt had taken track and field into the era of “video game times.” The video games finally caught up.

Bolt is reportedly a limited-time character in Temple Run 2, the mobile device game released earlier this year.

Bolt is seen in his Jamaican national team colors, and he is quite fast in the above video.

“It’s an honor to be a part of such an established game,” Bolt said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. “Many of my fans have told me that I should be a playable character in Temple Run, so when this opportunity was put before me, I had to say YES!”

Bolt will compete at the world championships in Moscow, which run Aug. 10-18. He’s the two-time defending world champion in the 200 meters, and he hopes to win back the 100-meter world title after false starting out of the final in 2011.

He said he’s never been to Russia before, according to Spikes magazine.

“I’ve been listening to a few Russian words, but it’s definitely not an easy language,” he told the magazine. “It’s very different to the way we speak in Jamaica, that’s for sure.”

Bolt said he doesn’t think about the false start in Daegu in 2011 anymore.

“At the time it was very disappointing because I was in great shape and knew that if I had started and run well I would have got a gold medal,” Bolt said. “But that’s behind me now, I learned from it and moved on. Right now, I’m only focusing on Moscow and preparing well for that.”

He also said a world record is possible in Moscow, even though his best times this year (9.85 and 19.73) are nowhere near his top marks (9.58 and 19.19).

“It would require a near-perfect race technically and for the weather conditions to be good, but I’m focused on getting myself in a physical condition where I’m capable of doing it,” he said. “The 200m world record would be the one I’d really love to break again, to see if it’s maybe even possible to get under 19 seconds. That would be something special.”

Video: Usain Bolt learns Russian

WATCH LIVE: London Marathon

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Watch the world’s best distance runners chase world records at the London Marathon, live on NBCSN and commercial free on the NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass” for subscribers on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET.

NBCSN coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

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Sunday’s race start times (ET)
3:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
4:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
4:15 – Elite Women’s Race
5:00 – Elite Men’s Race, Mass Race

The men’s field features arguably the two greatest distance runners of all time — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.

Kipchoge, the Rio Olympic marathon champ, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded — 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour attempt last May in non-record-eligible conditions.

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history under legal conditions, having run six seconds shy of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto‘s world record of 2:02:57 from 2014.

In the women’s race, Kenyan Mary Keitany, already the world-record holder in a women’s-only race, looks to take down Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers set in London 15 years ago. That time is 2:15:25.

Keitany is challenged by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the third-fastest female marathoner in history behind Keitany and Radcliffe.

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Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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