- Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago
Usain Bolt predicted that he wouldn't lose his favorite event at the world championships and, as is usually the case when the Jamaican steps onto a track, he went out and backed up his words.
Bolt faced another showdown with American Justin Gatlin in the 200-meter final in Beijing on Thursday and did not blink as he captured his record 10th world title in a time of 19.55, the fifth fastest 200 ever.
On Sunday, Bolt edged Gatlin in the 100-meter final by just one hundredth of a second. Both cruised to victories in Wednesday's semifinal heats to set up the rematch.
"Justin Gatlin was saying he was ready to go and was going to do something special. And for the 100 I don't mind people talking a lot because it's the 100 meters," Bolt said. "But when it comes to my 200, I take it really personal."
Gatlin came off the curve running step for step with Bolt, but that's when Bolt kicked it into another gear. Down the back stretch, he easily put distance between himself and Gatlin and coasted across the finish line all by himself to the world's best time of 2015.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal5 days ago
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There's no event in sports that carries a speed-to-drama ratio quite like the 100-meter dash. Years of hopes, dreams, ambitions validated or dashed in less time than it's taken you to read this paragraph.
On Sunday at the world championships in Beijing, the United States' Justin Gatlin and Jamaica's Usain Bolt faced off for the first time since 2013. Gatlin, heavily favored, was riding a streak of 28 straight unbeaten 100m races, but lost to Bolt by one-one hundredth of a second.
Gatlin had come into the race the favorite, carrying a season best of 9.74 seconds. Bolt's time of 9.79 seconds would not have beaten Gatlin's earlier semifinal time of 9.77 seconds. Gatlin appeared to have control of the race early, starting even with Bolt and gaining an edge on the Jamaican. But Gatlin seemed to start his lean an instant too early, and Bolt was able to power across the finish line in an edge too narrow for the naked eye.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal9 days ago
Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian convicted of killing his girlfriend, had been slated for release from prison this Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence. However, South Africa's justice minister has asked for a review of that decision.
Pistorius was convicted last year of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He had contended that her death was an accident, and that he had believed a burglar was in his house when he fired through a closed door. Pistorius was acquitted of the charge of murder, but nonetheless convicted of culpable homicide.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal21 days ago
Both China and Russia have spent billions of dollars on recent Olympic Games, virtually pricing every other nation out of the market. Will this runaway spending continue? Will anyone want to bother with hosting the Games in the future? Come 2035, will there even be such a thing as the Olympics?
That's one of our Friday Five topics today on Yahoo Sports' Grandstanding podcast. Other ideas we're kicking around:
• If you had to abandon your favorite city's sports teams, which city would you adopt as your new sports mecca? (Bandwagoners who root for the Cowboys/Yankees/Cavaliers need not apply.)
• In light of allegations against the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, what do you do when a player on your favorite team has (allegedly) done something horrible? How do you keep rooting for them afterward?
• Which player currently in the game will you miss most once he (or she) retires?
• The Republican presidential debate. That was crazy, huh?
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Fourth-Place Medal23 days ago
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro begin on Aug. 5. Who will qualify? Here are some of the key dates to determine the athletes who will compete in the XXXI Olympiad:
Women's Artistic Gymnastics • 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: July 8-10, 2016 in San Jose, Calif.
Men's Artistic Gymnastics • 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: June 24-26, 2016 in St. Louis, Mo.
Track and Field • U.S. Olympic Trials: July 1-10, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon
Swimming • U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: June 26-July 3, 2016 in Omaha, Neb.
Diving • FINA Diving World Cup: February 19-24, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Men's Soccer • CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship: October 1-13, in U.S. • CONCACAF/CONMEBOL Playoff: March 21-29, 2016 in Brazil
Women's Soccer • CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament: January 21-31, 2016 (Location TBA)
Boxing • Olympic Qualifying Event – Americas: March 8-20, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wrestling • Pan-American Olympic Qualification: March 4-6, 2016 in Dallas, Texas
Men and Women's Beach Volleyball • 15 highest ranked teams as of June 13, 2016, earn automatic berth in 2016 Olympic Games (maximum of two per country)
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal24 days ago
Beijing has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, even though it's a city not known for its winter chill. Even so, Beijing organizers have created a wonderland of multimedia productions designed to put everyone in mind of snow and ice ... in one case, by evoking the most famous depiction of cold in popular culture since Hoth.
"The Snow and Ice Dance," a song off a new collection of Beijing anthems, begins slowly, with a single voice over a gentle piano theme before building to a crescendo. If you've read the headline, you know where we're going with this one, but play this for a friend andsee if this song reminds them of anything:
Sound familiar? If you're not singing along, any nearby kids sure are. The Chinese song is awfully close to "Let it Go," the omnipresent anthem from "Frozen" that's the bane of karaoke and carpools everywhere:
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal28 days ago
Beijing, China has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in a vote over Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, and becomes the first city to host both Summer and Winter Games. China's representative city defeated Kazakhstan's by a 44-40 vote.
“Just as with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic family has put its faith in Beijing again to deliver the athlete-centred, sustainable and economical Games we have promised,” Beijing Olympic officials said in a statement. “This will be a memorable event at the foot of the Great Wall for the whole Olympic family, the athletes and the spectators that will further enhance the tremendous potential to grow winter sports in our country, in Asia and around the world.”
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal1 mth ago
The city of Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
Boston had been the United States' selection in the ongoing bidding process for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but on Monday, Boston's mayor threw the brakes on the city's bid plans. Soon afterward, the United States Olympic Committee announced it is ending its bid to bring the Games to the city.
Boston mayor Marty Walsh had said he cannot automatically commit to signing the host city bid should Boston win the right to host the Games. Walsh expressed concern about a provision which requires the host city to cover any cost overruns, a requirement which could prove financially burdensome to Boston.
"I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk," Walsh said in a Monday morning press conference. While Boston's Olympic organizing group had pledged an insurance policy would cover cost overruns, Walsh said his office has been unable to conclude whether such a policy would be feasible and would sufficiently protect the city.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal2 mths ago
Four events will premier at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The International Olympic Committee announced Monday that snowboard big air, mixed doubles curling, mass start long-track speed skating, and an alpine skiing team event will make their debut.
It will be the first time that there are 100 medal events at a Winter Olympics, according to NBC. The total is now 102. The alpine skiing team event and mixed doubles curling bring the co-ed event total to seven.
The IOC also voted to remove snowboard parallel slalom, which was competed for the first time at the Sochi Olympics.
Big air snowboarding will bring a lot of tricks to the Olympics, with snowboarders completing tricks similar to those in slopestyle. While only men compete in snowboarding big air at the X Games, it has been approved for men and women to compete in Pyeongchang.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal3 mths ago
Michael Phelps turned in his worst performance since the 2000 Olympics over the weekend. He placed third, seventh, ninth, ninth, and 11th in his five events at a Pro Swim Series stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to NBC, it was the first time Phelps has not placed first or second in any events at a single meet since the 2000 Olympics. Failing to make the final heats in the 100m free or 200m individual medley, he told media at the event that he missed swimming against his usual rivals.
“What I want most is to be racing the competition I need to be racing,” Phelps said. “Not taking away anything from the B heat, but I want to race Ryan [Lochte] and those guys.”
Phelps said he was frustrated, that he felt like his legs weren’t connected to his upper body, his dolphin kicks were “horrendous,” his freestyle stroke was “pretty garbage” and that he had to reassess “a bunch of stuff.”