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Bolt shapes up for big-three battle

Usain Bolt was a man of few words when he arrived here in the Swedish capital yesterday ahead of the first head-to-head-to-head of the year between the big three of the sprint world. "What's up?" the 100m world record holder said to Swedish television on arrival at Arlanda Airport. "I'm here. I'm in good shape."

Christmas comes early for born-again Lewis-Francis

Unlikely 100m silver rewards fresh attitude after years of underachievement

Bolt to take on Powell and Gay

Usain Bolt is set to compete against Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay for the first time this season in the 100m at the DN Galan Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on 6 August.

Dwain Chambers: 'It's a new era for me. Doing it right is so much more rewarding'

A drug-free Chambers wants gold next week – but France's young master stands in his way, he tells Simon Turnbull

Government considers tax waiver for Bolt

The sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, has said he could intervene after the Olympic and world 100m and 200m champion Usain Bolt decided not to compete in London next month for tax reasons.

Bolt snubs England over tax laws

Usain Bolt will not compete at next month's London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace because of Britain's tax laws.

Powell aims to thrive in Bolt's absence

While one Jamaican speed machine undergoes running repairs, another has a 100m record in his sights at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo tonight. Having been shunted into the shadows by Usain Bolt over the past two years, Asafa Powell has an opportunity to add further sparkle to his already impressive early-season form while his compatriot recovers from an Achilles tendon injury.

Bolt rules out 400m as 'training is too hard'

Usain Bolt will only step up to the 400m if it is what he needs to become an athletics legend – but is in no danger of losing his hunger for shorter sprints he announced yesterday.

Quick as a flash, Lightning is now a phenomenon

Four months down the line, in the chill of a bleak British midwinter, the memory remains warmingly vivid. It is the Olympastadion in Berlin on the evening of Thursday 20 August 2009 and the World Championship men's 200m final is fast approaching. Usain Bolt enters the arena. The crowd roars with laughter at his every clowning move, relayed by the trackside cameras on to the giant screens at either end of the stadium.

Usain Bolt: Running away with it

Poll of the Decade: In a decade of magical sporting feats one man stood out from the rest. The winner of <i>The Independent's </i>'Moment of Genius' is Usain Bolt, who raced to glory and into the record books

Jessica Ennis: 'After I'd won, I sat back and watched Bolt run 100m in 9.58sec'

Continuing a series of interviews with the year's pace-setters, Simon Turnbull speaks to Jessica Ennis about swapping Olympic heartbreak for World Championship gold &ndash; and a new life on the red carpet

Bolt says no to NFL

Triple Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica said today he expects years of fast feats to ease doping doubts in athletics and has no plans to play American football.

Isinbayeva&rsquo;s vaulting puts Bolt in shade

Russian breaks world record as the fastest man on earth eases to another 100m win

'Electrified' Dobriskey powers her way to final

It rained down cats-and-dogs-style on the Olympiastadion last night. It was so heavy the javelin throwers had to run for cover and the action was temporarily suspended on day seven of the World Championships. When it resumed, some 40 minutes later, it was no damp squib. Not for Lisa Dobriskey, at any rate.

The Greatest: Usain Bolt

He's broken a host of sprinting records and thrust athletics back into the mainstream &ndash; all on a diet of chicken nuggets
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