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Olympic champion runs stunning 150m only 19 days after car crash

Bolt offers tips to Ronaldo at Manchester United training

The world's fastest man offered running tips to football's world player of the year today as Usain Bolt dropped in on a Manchester United training session.

Bolt recovers from crash for Manchester street dash

Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will be heading to Manchester this week to compete in his first race on British soil since his triple gold medal-winning feats at the Beijing Olympics.

Bolt to get back on the road as Manchester hosts special 150m race

The Lightning Bolt is coming to Manchester on a double mission in May. It was announced yesterday that Usain Bolt, the Jamaican who won the Olympic 100m and 200m in world record time last summer, is to compete in a special 150m street race as part of the Great City Games on Sunday 17 May.

Bolt to run in Manchester street race

Triple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt will compete in a 150-meter street race in Manchester as part of his buildup to the European outdoor season and world championships.

Fraser gets back on track for Turin

If all had gone to plan, Donna Fraser would have been putting those impossibly long legs of hers up in front of the television set at her south London home next weekend, watching the European Indoor Championships as a recently retired athlete. Instead, the 36-year-old veteran will be pulling on a Great Britain vest and cranking her spidery limbs into action in the Oval Lingotto in Turin.

Compass faces $200m racial discrimination suit

Compass, the British catering giant, will be served with a $200m (£130m) class-action lawsuit today alleging systemic racial discrimination against black workers in the United States.

Powell blasts back at Bolt with second-fastest 100m time

Asafa Powell equalled the second-fastest time over 100 metres when he clocked 9.72 seconds here last night.

Jamaica smash relay world record

Usain Bolt earned a triple-triple of sprint gold medals and world records today.

'I let country down' laments Pickering

Craig Pickering is nothing if not honest, so it was hardly surprising that he brushed aside all well-meaning attempts from his team-mates to take joint responsibility for the dropped baton that put an end to Britain's defence of the 4x100m relay title almost as soon as it had begun here on a night of heats which, bizzarely, saw 11 countries come to grief.

Shot across the bows for exuberant Bolt

Usain Bolt was at it again yesterday, striking another 'bow and arrow' pose as he stood on the top step of the rostrum in the Beijing National Stadium at the men's 200m medal ceremony. The crowd loved it.

Bolt: 'Everything came together tonight. I blew the world's mind!'

Usain Bolt ran to the limits of his ability last night to become sprinting's new Superman, writes Mike Rowbottom

Bolt breaks world record

Jamaica's Usain Bolt has become the first man to win the Olympic sprint double for 24 years with his second world record in five days in Beijing.

Idowu leaps ahead as Rutherford medal quest fails

Phillips Idowu's prospects of winning the Olympic triple jump title came on in leaps and bounds here yesterday as he reached Thursday's final with his first qualifying effort of 17.44 metres, a full 34cm further than the mark required.

Bolt advances to semi-finals

Usain Bolt has advanced to the semi-finals of the Olympic men's 200 meters, finishing his quarter-final heat in 20.29 seconds and keeping alive his hopes of the first 100-200 sprint sweep since 1988.

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