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Usain Bolt ‘will not be ready to race’ upcoming meets

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Usain Bolt will miss his first scheduled meets this year on June 17 and July 5, saying he hasn’t had enough training after a foot injury in late March and early April.

“Thankfully my foot is 100% healthy now and I am back in full training,” read a statement on Bolt’s website. “Unfortunately due to the training that I missed I am behind where I am at normally at this time of year and will not be ready to race.”

The six-time Olympic champion is skipping meets in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on June 17 and Paris on July 5. His last race was against a bus in Buenos Aires on Dec. 14.

It was revealed in March that Bolt suffered a foot injury and went to Munich for treatment. Bolt called it a setback in April but said it was nothing serious.

His next scheduled meets are in Warsaw, Poland, on Aug. 23, and Zurich, Switzerland, on Aug. 28.

This will be the latest Bolt, 27, has gone before making his season debut in his senior international career. There are no Olympics or World Championships this year for the only time in the Olympic cycle.

“I hope to be back in competition soon but how soon will depend on my training in the next few weeks,” Bolt said in his website statement. “It is important for me to take my time this year as I have three tough years ahead in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as I attempt to defend my World and Olympic titles.  I definitely plan to compete this season.”

The fastest man in Bolt’s absence this year, Justin Gatlin, will replace Bolt in the Ostrava meet, according to The Associated Press.

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Ida Keeling, 100 years old, sets world record at Penn Relays (video)

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Ida Keeling electrified the Penn Relays crowd with her 100-meter dash in 1 minute, 17.33 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

Keeling set a world record for fastest 100m by a woman 100 years and older. There is no data on USA Track and Field and masters athletics websites for a previous record holder.

“I’ll be 101 in a couple of weeks,” Keeling pointed out to NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno after the race, a mixed-gender event for athletes 80 and older. “I’ve never seen nothing like this crowd. Maybe that’s what the excitement was.”

Keeling’s advice?

“Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she said. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

More on Keeling is here.

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U.S. sprinters past, present trade relay barbs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only loss for the Americans at the Penn Relays came in the men’s 4x100m, as the U.S. team bobbled its victory away on a bad baton handoff between Tyson Gay and Isiah Young for the final leg, which led to a disqualification.

Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin gave the Americans an early lead in the race, and things were moving along well during Gay’s third leg. But the muffed handoff for the final leg cost the Americans. Both the winning Jamaican squad and the second American team surpassed them.

Young finished third, but the team was disqualified because the handoff occurred outside the pass zone. The second U.S. team of Sean McLean, Wallace Spearman, Calesio Newman and Remontay McLain finished in 39.02.

The mistake led to some inflammatory comments from U.S. great Leroy Burrell about continued problems with handoffs by U.S. relay teams.

“Well, I think we’ve got to put our team together a little earlier, possibly,” Burrell said in a television interview. “I think, we’ve had the same coaches working with these guys for many years, and we’ve had failure after failure. So it’s possible that, you know, it might be time for a bit of a regime change with the leadership.

“I think the athletes have to be the catalysts that make that happen. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the stick around. I saw thousands of relay teams yesterday — maybe not thousands, but hundreds of relay teams get it around. But the professionals can’t. That’s just not good for our sport.”

Rodgers didn’t take kindly to those remarks.

“People keep pointing their fingers and downing us, but nobody has ever tried to come out there and help us,” he said. “Nobody from the past. Not Carl [Lewis] or Leroy. They haven’t been out there. I can’t really respect their opinions because they’re supposed to be leaders in our sport and in the USA, and they’re not coming out there to drop some knowledge on us, so I don’t care what they have to say.”

Lewis criticized U.S. relays in March.

Gatlin was equally critical of Burrell.

“I’m tired of people who have been part of Team USA take shots at Team USA,” Gatlin said. “To put us in the same boat as high schoolers is insulting.”

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