Something From The Weekend: Usain Bolt's blistering speed; Bolton Wanderers crumble; Fernando's dismissal
The Good, The Bad and The Odd
Monday 07 May 2012
The Good: Bolt's blistering speed
Did the world really need reminding of Usain Bolt's threat ahead of the Games? The triple Olympic gold medallist, who is expected to shine in London this summer, ran the fastest time of the year in his first 100-metre race of 2012 at the Jamaica International Invitational yesterday, clocking 9.82 seconds in a Jamaican one-two-three in Kingston. And his post-race confidence will have doubtless made medal-chasing rivals shudder. "I feel better than last year," opined Bolt. "So I'm definitely happy with myself. I don't think my execution was perfect, but for my first race it was good."
The Bad: Bolton crumble
Choking during decisive moments of a relegation dog-fight is a manager's worst nightmare and Bolton found themselves in that state yesterday, relinquishing their two-goal advantage to draw at home to West Bromwich, leaving them languishing in the drop zone with just one game to go. Concentration and focus simply eluded Owen Coyle's side at the Reebok Stadium and they must now prevail at Stoke on "Survival Sunday" to have any chance of staying up.
The Odd: Dancing dismissal
Has a footballer ever been grateful for being sent off? Fernando, of Porto, gave that impression on Saturday evening. During his team's 2-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon, Fernando was brandished a red card for an innocuous challenge on Diego Rubio. Instead of expressing indignation, the midfielder was rather pleased, jubiliantly waving his arms in the air and even doing a little jig as he made his way off the field.
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