Pearson edges Americans in hurdles

Pearson edges Americans in hurdles

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Sally Pearson of Australia fought off a trio of Americans Tuesday and won the Olympic 100-meter hurdles and give her country its second gold medal of the day.
Bolt to sit out rest of track season

Bolt to sit out rest of track season

MUNICH, Germany, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- World-record Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said he will miss the rest of the 2010 track season because of a lower back injury.
Americans sweep in 400 hurdles

Americans sweep in 400 hurdles

BEIJING, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Angelo Taylor led an American sweep of the Olympic 400 hurdles medals Monday, giving some life to the struggling United States track and field effort.

Sunday's Olympic Highlights

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Sunday's Olympic highlights:

Saturday's Olympic Highlights

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Saturday's Olympic highlights:
Bolt sets world record in 100 meter dash

Bolt sets world record in 100 meter dash

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Usain Bolt of Jamaica confirmed Saturday he is the fastest man on the planet, winning the Olympic 100-meter dash in world record time.
Olympic Medal: M 100

Olympic Medal: M 100

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the Olympic gold medal Saturday in the men's 100-meter dash, lowering the world record in the process.
Tyson Gay reaches 100 semifinals

Tyson Gay reaches 100 semifinals

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Tyson Gay survived two rounds of 100-meter qualifying on his recently injured hamstring Friday to kick off the 10 days of Olympic track and field action.
Sprinter Tyson Gay says he is healthy

Sprinter Tyson Gay says he is healthy

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- American Tyson Gay, who suffered a hamstring injury during the U.S. Olympic trials, said Monday he is fully recovered.

Gay sets U.S. 100-meters record

EUGENE, Ore., June 28 (UPI) -- Sprinter Tyson Gay set an American record in the 100-meters Saturday with 9.77 seconds in the first quarterfinal heat at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore.
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Usain Bolt
Jamaica's Usain Bolt smashes the 100m world record with a time of 9.69 to win the Olympic men's 100m final in Beijing August 16, 2008. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)

Bolt at Berlin World Championships 2009

Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ, C.D. (pronounced /juːˈseɪn/; born 21 August 1986), is a Jamaican sprinter and a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the world record for the 100 metres, the 200 metres and, along with his teammates, the 4x100 metres relay. He also holds the Olympic record for all three of these races. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Bolt became the first man to win three sprinting events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984, and the first man to set world records in all three at a single Olympics. In 2009 he became the first man to hold the 100 and 200 m world and Olympic titles at the same time.

Bolt distinguished himself with a 200 m gold medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships, making him the competition's youngest-ever gold medalist. In 2004, at the CARIFTA Games, he became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under 20 seconds with a time of 19.93 s, breaking Roy Martin's world junior record by two-tenths of a second. He turned professional in 2004, missing most of his first two seasons due to injuries, but he competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In 2007, he beat Don Quarrie's 200 m Jamaican national record with a run of 19.75 s. In May 2008, Bolt set his first 100 m world record with a time of 9.72 s. He set world records in both 100 m and 200 m events at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: his 100 m record time of 9.69 s broke his own previous record of 9.72 s; with a record time of 19.30 s in the 200 m, he broke the previous record of 19.32 s by Michael Johnson at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In August 2009, a year after the Beijing Olympics, he lowered his own 100 m and 200 m world records to 9.58 s and 19.19 s respectively at the 2009 World Championships. His record breaking margin in 100 m is the highest since the start of digital time measurements. His achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname "Lightning Bolt".

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