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Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt (born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter and reigning Olympic championover 100 m. He is the current world record holder in the 100 m (9.69 s), world junior recordholder in the 200 metres (19.93 s), and Jamaican record holder in the 200 m (19.67 s). Hisname and achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname "Lightning Bolt".Bolt was born in Trelawny, Jamaica and educated at the William Knibb Memorial HighSchool. At the age of 15 he won a gold and two silver medals at the 2002 World JuniorChampionships in front of ahomecrowd in Kingston, becoming the youngest world juniorgold medalist ever. He won another gold medal at the 2003 World Youth Championships,running the 200 m in 20.40 seconds. Usain Bolt and retired Jamaican sprinter Michael Greenare the past students of William Knibb.In 2004 Bolt ran the 200 m in 19.93 seconds, becoming the first junior to break the 20-second mark; breaking Lorenzo Daniel's world junior record.At the 2007 Jamaican Championships, Bolt ran 19.75, breaking the 36-year-old nationalrecord held by Don Quarrie by 0.11 seconds. At the World Championships in Osaka, Boltwon a silver medal in the 200 m behind American Tyson Gay.On 3 May 2008, Bolt ran 9.76 (+1.8 m/s) in the 100 m at the Jamaica Invitational, then thesecond fastest legal performance in the history of the event, behind compatriot AsafaPowell. Later that month, on 31 May 2008, Bolt ran 9.72 (+1.7 m/s), establishing a newworld record in the 100 m at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, breaking the 9.74-secondrecord of Powell. This was only his 5th senior run over the distance. On the 13 July 2008 inAthens, Greece Usain once again broke the 200 m national record by running 19.67.As the new 100m world record holder, Bolt arrived at the Beijing Summer Olympics as thefavorite in both the 100 m and 200 m. After finishing his quarterfinals and semifinals in 9.92and 9.85, on 16 August 2008, Bolt won the Olympic 100 m final in 9.69 (+0.0 m/s), farahead of second place finisher Richard Thompson (who finished in 9.89), and shattering hisown world record. Not only was his mark made with no tailwind, indicating the quality of hisperformance, but amazingly he appeared to slow down and celebrate near the finish lineafter realizing he had secured the gold medal. Bolt warmed up wearing shorts, in contrast toconventional wisdom to keep the athelete's legs warm before a race, indicating his relaxeddemeanor and confidence. Curiosly, during the final, his right shoelace have come undoneHe is coached by Glen Mills and currently attends theUniversityof Technology, Jamaica.Bolt has 6 sub-10 seconds in 100 m and 12 sub-20 seconds in the 200 m
Caster Semenya was born on January 7, 1991 in Pietersburg. She is a South African middle-distance runner.Semenya participated in the 2008 World Junior Championships, but did not advance pastthe 800 metres heats. Later that year, Semenya won gold in the 800 m at the 2008Commonwealth YouthGameswith a time of 2:04.23 in the final.Semenya won the 800 m and 1500 m at the 2009 African Junior Championships with timesof 1:56.72 and 4:08.01 respectively. The 800 m time was the fastest in 2009 when it wasset.Semenya won gold in the 800 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, with a timeof 1:55.45 in the final. Amidst much speculation, it was revealed that the InternationalAssociation of Athletics Federations had demanded to conduct a gender verification test onSemenya in the weeks before the race, the results of which are not yet known.

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