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Usain Bolt shines bright, wins another Olympic 100 gold

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If there were any doubts, it took less than 10 seconds – 9.81, to be exact – for Usain Bolt to erase them. He is the Olympic champion once again. On a muggy Sunday night in Rio, the Jamaican superstar won the signature event in track and field in a runaway and added this line to his already gleaming resume: first person to capture three straight 100-meter titles at the Olympics. The 6-foot-5 sprinter/celebrity overcame his typically slow unfurling from…

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Usain Bolt chases Olympic history in men’s 100 meters

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As Usain Bolt churned down the Olympic track, his main rival was trying to get in front of a TV monitor to catch a quick glimpse of the race. Justin Gatlin missed the Jamaican’s first-round heat. That’s OK; the American sprinter has seen plenty of Bolt to know exactly what to expect. Bolt is a huge favorite to win an unprecedented third straight Olympic title in the 100 meters on Sunday. And that’s despite pulling out of the Jamaican trials…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Sunday

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Day 9 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, gymnastics, tennis, golf, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD The title of world’s fastest man goes on the block when Jamaican Usain Bolt, American Justin Gatlin and the other sprinters take to the track. The 100 meter final is at 10:25 p.m. following three rounds of semifinals that start at 9 p.m. Bolt won his first heat of…

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Usain Bolt makes the Olympic Stadium his stage, again

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Usain Bolt finally got his party started at the Olympics on Saturday. He put his finger to his lips to ask for quiet at the starting block, rubbed his closely shaved head, crouched down for the start, then grinded through an opening round in the 100 that was routine as making the bed. “It’s always to win,” he said. “That’s what I’m here for.” He did just that in a first-round heat that was, typically, entertaining, given the low-pressure semi-sprint…

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Empty seats give track a decidedly blue feel

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The pools at the diving venue are green. The seats at the track stadium are blue. Blue, as in, empty. Runners and throwers played to a 60,000-seat stadium that wasn’t half full on the opening day of track at the Olympics on Friday. AP Photo/Matt Dunham The fans missed some good stuff. In the morning session, running in front of a quarter-filled stadium, Ethiopian Almaz Ayana broke the world record at 10,000 meters by more than 14 seconds. In the evening, where…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Saturday

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Day 8 of the Rio Games features medal action in swimming, track and field, tennis, fencing, track cycling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): SWIMMING The final day of swimming at the games will likely give us our last look at all-time record medalist Michael Phelps in an Olympic competition. While the team is not yet set, plan to see him swim in the mens’ 4×100 meter medley relay final at 11:04 p.m. He took…

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Time to start talking about Simone Biles as the best ever

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The first one was for the team. This one was a little more personal. The next three for Simone Biles could be for the record books. Where to start judging Biles after her romp to gold in the gymnastics all around? Perhaps by beginning the conversation with talk about the best in history. She already owns three world championships, and now has two Olympic golds. Before an appreciative crowd Thursday at the Olympic gymnastics arena, she capped off her latest…

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