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Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Olympic superstar Usain Bolt are planning on having a running race for charity, but they have yet to decide a distance.  Johnson had a record time at the NFL combine at 4.24 seconds, and Bolt is the world record-holder for 100m so they are hoping to find some common ground: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4794525

 

The world’s fastest man officially met the world’s fastest animal recently and the two have been friends ever since.  Usain Bolt recently adopted a cheetah and named him Lightning Bolt, in an effort to nurture the survival of the species.  For those of you who think it would be a novel idea to follow in Bolt’s footsteps, you might want to reconsider because Bolt spent nearly $14,000 to simply adopt the cheetah and will spend an additional $3000 annually for care accomodations to the faster “Bolt.”  Here is the article:  http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iTvtvKc42L1W4CRkF0g_2eIkHv3Q

Yet, even if your pockets are not as deep as Mr. Bolt, you can still find a way to make an impact by supporting the Zeitz foundation: http://www.zeitzfoundation.org/

Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder Usain Bolt is playing cricket for charity this Sunday.  While he’ll be sticking with sprinting for 2012, he does speak of his strong interest in cricket:  http://blog.taragana.com/sports/2009/10/14/sprint-star-uasain-bolt-set-for-charity-cricket-match-37619/

While Usain Bolt claimed the title of the “World’s Fastest Man” with his world-record-breaking 9.69 second time in the 100-meter dash, there was another track and field superstar at the Beijing Olympics who was staking his claim on “World’s Greatest Athlete.”

His name is Bryan Clay, 29-year old American decathalete.  At the Beijing Games in August of 2008, he wasn’t even picked to win the decathalon.  Heading into Beijing, Clay had already broken former American great, Dan O’Brien’s Olympic Trial record of 8,726 points.  Still, the Czech Republic’s Roman Sebrle, defending Olympic and world champion, was supposed to win the gold over Clay, who finished runner-up in the Athens Olympics of 2004.  However, at the end of the two day event, Sebrle wasn’t even in contention for a medal, while Clay won the United States’ first Olympic Gold in the Decathalon since Dan O’Brien did it back in 1996 in the Atlanta games.

“Put me on a Wheaties box,” said Clay at the end of the 1500 meter run, the tenth and final event of the decathalon.  Along with US Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Nastia Liukin, Clay certainly got his wish:

Clay on Wheaties Box

Clay on Wheaties Box

http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=148/bio/

http://trackfield.teamusa.org/athlete/athlete/111


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