Usain Bolt runs his slowest 100m final ever; Brazil TV simulates Bolt’s dream 100m race

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Usain Bolt‘s first 100m race of the season did not sit well with the fastest man of all time.

Bolt won in 10.12 seconds in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, over U.S. Olympian Ryan Bailey, Netherlands Olympian Churandy Martina and a Brazilian.

“I think it was poor execution overall,” Bolt said, according to Reuters. “I am sure my coach isn’t going to be too happy. The good thing is that I won.”

It’s his slowest recorded 100m time in a finals race. He’s been slower in preliminary heats at major championships, where he could get away with shutting it down early and still advance to the next round.

“My start’s been letting me down, hasn’t been consistent,” Bolt said in a post-race interview. “I just need more runs, and I’ll be OK.”

Bolt was perhaps slowed by faulty starting blocks. Check out the 1:55 mark in this highlight of the race, as one of Bolt’s blocks flew up after he propelled from it.

Bolt, 28, only ran 400 meters total in competition last year, his season starting late due to March foot surgery and ending early as a precaution. In two 100m races last year, his best time was 9.98 seconds. His world record, from 2009, is 9.58.

On April 11, Bolt ran a 200m race in 20.20 seconds in Kingston, Jamaica. That was more in line with his usual early season times for sprints.

Bolt is next expected to race at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, in May. He could go head-to-head on relay anchor legs with U.S. rival Justin Gatlin, who was the fastest man in the 100m and 200m last year.

Also Sunday, Brazilian TV aired an interview with Bolt (may be geoblocked) where he was asked to pick two sprinters across history he would like to race against. Bolt picked retired 2000 Olympic champion Maurice Greene and, surprisingly, disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who was stripped of a 1988 Olympic 100m gold medal for doping.

The broadcaster then put together a simulation of a potential Bolt-Greene-Johnson race, with Bolt winning in a world record 9.4 seconds.

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South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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