Usain Bolt’s obsession with ‘Call of Duty’

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For all of Usain Bolt‘s recent worldwide adventures, his home life is fairly common.

“My evening routine is usually just me playing ‘Call Of Duty,'” Bolt told FHM, according to the Telegraph. “I’m OK at it.”

One would hope he’s better than OK, given the copious hours he’s spent playing the gun-shooting video game series over the past few years.

Bolt plays “Call of Duty” against online foes using a gamer tag that keeps him anonymous.

“Once I heard a guy say, ‘I’m trying to kill this dude, but he’s as fast as Usain Bolt,'” Bolt told FHM. “I was laughing.”

Players can talk to one another over microphone while playing the game, but Bolt tries not to speak.

“The people I play against online have no idea they’re shooting Usain Bolt,” he said.

Bolt passed time at the London Olympics by playing FIFA and “Call of Duty.” He was reportedly given a widescreen TV at Jamaica’s pre-Games training base in Birmingham to use his PlayStation.

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“If I lived in Europe, I’d shut the curtains, play ‘Call of Duty’ on my PlayStation 24/7 and never go out,” he said last year, referring to his celebrity status overseas, according to Runner’s World.

He’s played the game with England soccer star Wayne Rooney and with friends, family and online strangers. An Esquire writer watched Bolt play “Call of Duty” on the edge of his king-sized mattress in 2010.

They began playing soon after they woke up, at 10:00 A.M., and by 1:00 P.M., neither has moved, even to go to the bathroom, though Bolt has occasionally shifted his position, loosening his shoulders, stretching his back, switching from playing while sitting up to playing while lying on his stomach or his side.

Bolt told the Sun in England that he was playing “Call of Duty” when he heard about Tyson Gay‘s positive drug test in July. (Gay, too, has been reported to play “Call of Duty”)

“I had to put down the controller and stop playing, that’s how badly it affected me,” he told the newspaper.

He also said the “main room” in his Kingston home is a game room.

“I spend most of my time in there, playing ‘Call of Duty,'” Bolt told the Telegraph

Bolt took Instagram video of his purchase of “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” which was released last week.

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Ironman Kona World Championships return for first time in three years, live on Peacock

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The Ironman Kona World Championships return after a three-year hiatus with a new format, live on Peacock on Thursday and Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world championships made a one-time-only stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to make up for the 2021 cancellation. The winners were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who bagged her fifth Ironman world title.

Both are entered in Kailua-Kona, where the races are now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men.

An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon — totaling 140.6 miles of racing. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

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Ryf, 35 and a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, can tie retired countrywoman Natascha Badmann for second place on the women’s list at six Ironman world titles. Only Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser has more with eight.

The field also includes German Anne Haug, the 2019 Kona champ and only woman other than Ryf to win since 2015. Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, the Kona runner-up in 2017, 2018 and 2019, returns after missing the St. George event due to a stress fracture in her hip.

Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will try to become the youngest male champion in Kona since German Normann Stadler in 2005. His top challengers include countryman Gustav Iden, the two-time reigning Half Ironman world champion, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona winner.

Also racing Saturday is Dallas Clark, a retired All-Pro NFL tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, and Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion who completed the 2011 Kona Ironman in 12 hours, 52 minutes, 40 seconds.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic marathon champ in 1984, runs London Marathon at 65

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, ran her first 26.2-mile race in three years at Sunday’s London Marathon and won her age group.

Benoit Samuelson, 65, clocked 3 hours, 20 minutes, 20 seconds to top the women’s 65-69 age group by 7 minutes, 52 seconds. She took pleasure in being joined in the race by daughter Abby, who crossed in 2:58:19.

“She may have beaten me with my replacement knee, but everybody said I wouldn’t do it! I will never say never,” Benoit Samuelson said, according to race organizers. “I am a grandmother now to Charlotte, and it’s my goal to run 5K with her.”

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Benoit Samuelson raced the 1987 Boston Marathon while three months pregnant with Abby. Before that, she won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, plus the Boston Marathon in 1979 and 1983 and the Chicago Marathon in 1985.

Her personal best — 2:21:21 — still holds up. She ranks sixth in U.S. women’s history.

Benoit Samuelson plans to race the Tokyo Marathon to complete her set of doing all six annual World Marathon Majors. The others are Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

“I’m happy to finish this race and make it to Tokyo, but I did it today on a wing and a prayer,” she said, according to organizers. “I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything, but I feel I owe my sport.”

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