Bolt ready for swansong heading into last four races

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Ready for London: Bolt.

Usain Bolt has no regrets as he prepares to hang up his spikes in August and says he is looking forward to watching the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a spectator.

“For me it will just be a joy,” the world’s fastest man told AFP on Thursday. “It will be a joy to sit back and watch it and remember, and get that feeling about all those athletes competing at the Olympics.

“I look forward to just being an outsider and helping anyway I possibly can.”

The reigning Olympic and World champion in the 100m and 200m will run his last race on Jamaican soil at the second annual Racers Grand Prix on Saturday at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Bolt has four events left before retirement – this weekend’s Kingston meet, Ostrava on June 28, Monaco on July 21 and the August 4-13 World Championships in London.

Bolt, 30, drew the curtain down on his Olympic career in August by sweeping the 100m and 200m sprint titles for a third successive Summer Games.

He has a reputation as a free spirit and as a prankster and that joy of life – which comes out in his victory celebrations – will be on display Saturday for what he intends to be a party.

“For me I am going to miss the crowd,” says Bolt, who is known for his signature lightning pose in Olympic stadiums after winning gold. “I enjoy playing with the crowd and the high energy. That is what I will miss about track and field.”

A who’s who of track and field stars will pay tribute at the Racers in an emotional Jamaican farewell for Bolt, who many deem to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

Jamaica is considered the sprint capital of the world over successive Olympics and World Championships and the National Stadium is the venue where Bolt launched his international career, competing and winning as a 15-year old at the World Junior Games in 2002.

“The last time in front of my home crowd. I know it will be loud,” he said.

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Meet 14-year-old UAE-based British skier Robyn Leslie

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For Robyn Leslie, skiing was just a hobby that started off with family outings around Europe, but little did she know that her stellar skills would eventually lead her to win major competitions.

The British national moved to Dubai with her family five years ago, but despite the vast expanse of the UAE desert, Robyn's passion for skiing was influenced by the presence of Ski Dubai, a place that gave her ample opportunities to hone her skills.

After a successful season, Sport360 caught up with the 14-year-old to get to know more about her passion for the sport and even ask her father, Murray Leslie, about what he thinks of his daughter's venture into professional skiing.


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Nike's Breaking 2: Testing the limits of sports science with ground-breaking compression clothing

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With 500 metres to go along the final stretch at Monza's Formula One track, Eliud Kipchoge knew breaking the sub-two hour feat was slowly drifting away, but as each second passed he would also become part of history.

The Kenyan would run the world’s fastest marathon, shaving an incredible 2:32 off the current world record set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya at the Berlin Marathon in 2014.

He stood on the track after the race, hugging the pace makers and organisers, people who made the Nike Breaking 2 dream possible over the last number of months.

As Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese crossed the line minutes after, it was noticeable the distinguished clothing that each athlete wore – designed by a team of scientists to help create a comfortable uniform in order to reduce the number of distractions during their world record attempt.
The clothing was a vast contrast to the normal split short and loose vest that is sported by most marathon runners worldwide on a weekly basis, a choice of attire that is believed to create friction and distraction during long runs.



With this knowledge gathered in the months building-up to the Breaking 2 event, the team of scientists opted for an innovative design of a fitted vest, compression short, and compression bands for the arms.

The clothing was designed to unlock human potential and as Kipchoge’s scintillating time of 2:00:25 indicates – marginal gains prevailed.

Kipchoge, Tadese and Desisa run during Nike's Breaking 2. Kipchoge, Tadese and Desisa run during Nike's Breaking 2.

What was striking about the project was how Nike were able to appoint the services of some of the biggest names in sports science and help make the 42.195km distance as smooth as possible.

One of the men at the helm of the operation was Steve Jackson, Commercial Business Manager at Nike, who has been integral to the development of the Nike clothing over the preceding year.

A man who eats and breaths running just like the athletes themselves, Jackson told Sport360: “This was certainly one of our most challenging styles because we were taking on scientific evidence and applying what we learnt to elite running.

“As you’ve seen from marathon running, the tradition is to run the split short. There’s a huge amount of excess baggage flapping around and creating wind resistance from it. With our new compression style, there are a lot of benefits.

“Not only does the new style of shorts offer much comfort, but the compression bands around the front of the shorts meant the athletes were provided with a level of warmth that they normally wouldn’t get from the split short.”

With average temperatures at Monza around 12 degrees Celsius on race day, the compression shorts and vest were incredibly beneficial to helping the athletes stay comfortable and warm during the run.

As Kipchoge, Desisa and Tadese battled through the intense speed set by the pacemakers, the clothing was critical in assisting them to attempt to reduce the sub-two hour barrier.

“The challenge is how we provided the level of compression in the main muscle area of the leg but not restrict the movement through the hip,” said Jackson.

“One of the benefits of the split short is that it gives runners maximum freedom through the hips. That was something we had to dial in, and with the use of the engineering hit machine, we were able to provide a high level of compression through the short and lighten up the compression level through the hips.”

The uniform worn by each athlete was a significant factor in Nike’s quest to, not only attempt to break the record, but also to prove nothing is impossible.

In marathon running, every second is crucial – and as Nike’s new innovative clothing shows – this could be a ground-breaking transformation going forward.


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