Usain Bolt went under 10 seconds in his second 100m of the season, winning in 9.98 in Warsaw on Saturday night (video here) after he entered the stadium in a Humvee (video here).
The six-time Olympic champion was untested on a makeshift straight track inside a soccer stadium, despite his final being delayed 15 minutes with the hammer throw competition finishing up.
Bolt got a late start to his season due to a foot injury he announced in late March. He told Sport magazine he was tempted to not compete at all this year, adding that he required crutches for the first time in his life after the surgery.
“Constant pain; constant pain,” before the surgery, Bolt told Sport. “I trained through it for a couple of weeks, and it would not go away. I went to see my doctor, and he said: ‘You can treat it, and it’s gonna stop. But then it will come back, so it makes sense to do a surgery.’ So we had to do a surgery.”
He debuted at the Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay as Jamaica’s anchor leg on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, winning gold in Glasgow, Scotland. Bolt then ran a 100m race on a Brazilian beach last Sunday, winning in a pedestrian 10.06 seconds.
He next races in Zurich on Thursday.
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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ROME (AP) — Rome’s city council will vote Thursday whether to support Mayor Virginia Raggi‘s rejection of the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The motion is expected to pass easily since Raggi’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement holds a majority on the city council.
Raggi announced her formal opposition of the candidacy in a news conference last week, citing concerns over high costs given the city is barely able to have its trash picked up.
Raggi’s rejection occurred four years after then-Premier Mario Monti stopped Rome’s plans to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics because of financial concerns.
If the motion is approved, it would leave only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in the running for 2024. The International Olympic Committee will decide on the host city in September 2017.
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