At least from the spectator’s point of view, life’s a beach for Usain Bolt. So it was fitting that the superstar sprinter’s victorious first 100-meter race of 2014 took place on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro Sunday.
Bolt cruised to victory in 10.06 seconds on the standard four-lane track that was purpose-built for the race, dubbed Mano a Mano. The Jamaican topped Great Britain’s Mark Lewis-Francis, Brazil’s Jefferson Liberato Lucindo and American Wallace Spearmon, but after finishing nearly a full half second off his world-record pace of 9.58 Bolt said he felt ‘sluggish’ and that he needs to compete in races more frequently, according to the AP. Bolt had predicted before the race that he would run a time lower than 10 seconds.
“I felt a bit heavy, and I need to compete in more races… I will be in better shape after that,” Bolt said, according to the Telegraph.
Bolt, who is expected to return to Brazil for his third and final Olympic appearance in the 2016 Rio Olympics, took time before the race to samba with local children and play footvolley – a sport that blends soccer and volleyball – on the iconic Copacabana beach.
Brazil’s Rosangela Santos won the women’s race in 11.33 seconds, beating Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert and Americans Carmelita Jeter and Cleo VanBuren.
British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.
Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”
Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.
If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.
It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.
At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.
An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.
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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.
It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.
Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.
Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.
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