Usain Bolt is faster than a bus.
The six-time Olympic champion sprinter took to the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in an 80m exhibition race with a bus televised by Argentina TV on Saturday.
The race was a bit of a dud (video here). Bolt, in a green top and black shorts in the South American spring, appeared to take it seriously going in. He stretched for several minutes beforehand.
He was smiling from a standing start. Very early into the race, he realized the bus had no chance and began jogging only to pick up his pace before crossing the finish line as the yellow bus sped up.
Bolt shook the bus driver’s hand, knocked on the windows and posed in front of it in his famous “To Di World” style for photos.
Bolt then raced other sprinters on the same street, 9 de Julio Avenue in central Buenos Aires, and won that just as easily. The 9 de Julio Avenue is billed as the widest in the world with at least seven lanes in each direction.
Video: Bolt and the great tortoise race
With a slalom win today in Aspen, Colo., Mikaela Shiffrin broke some of the barriers she had been chasing.
En route to her fourth consecutive slalom World Cup title – which would tie the record for the most with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider from 1992-95 – she became the first female skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a row since Austria’s Marlies Schild did it in the 2011-12 season.
In addition, Shiffrin became the first female skier from the U.S. to win a slalom World Cup race in Aspen. And she’s now tied with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall with total slalom World Cup victories.
“I was pissed after I made that ridiculous mistake yesterday,” Shiffrin said to media, referencing yesterday’s giant slalom crash. Both her and Lindsey Vonn crashed and did not finish in Aspen’s giant slalom. “I tried to use that anger today.”
Shiffrin called the mistake a “brainfart” and Vonn dismissed it because “giant slalom isn’t [her] strongest event.”
Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second behind Shiffrin, followed by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.
By finishing behind Shiffrin in Aspen, Zuzulova extends her slalom World Cup podium finish streak to four.
Hansdotter has the second-most second place World Cup slalom finishes at 13 total, including today’s race. Only Pernilla Wiberg, of Sweden, has more with a total of 14.
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TURIN, Italy (AP) – Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali has failed to qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.
The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet Saturday, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.
Vezzali won at least one gold at the last five Olympics in either individual or team foil. She has a total of nine Olympic medals and 25 at world championships.
Her second son was born in 2013, the year in which she also became a member of Italy’s parliament.
Vezzali told the Gazzetta dello Sport this week that “I had another son and it was really difficult to come back. … I don’t think I have anything else to prove.”
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