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July 7, 2011

Jamaican Olympian and coach Pablo McNeil dies aged 71

Jamaican Olympian and coach Pablo McNeil dies aged 71

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Jamaican Olympic athlete and coach Pablo McNeil has died at the age of 71. The cause of death was a long illness he suffered since a stroke in December 2007.

A sprinter since childhood, McNeil competed at two Olympic Games. In the 1964 Tokyo Games he reached the semi-final of the 100 meters, finishing sixth. He also appeared in the 100 meters at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, but failed to make it past the first round. He was part of the relay team that won a silver medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

After a career of competing in athletics, McNeil turned his attention to coaching. He became the sprint coach at the William Knibb High School where he met Usain Bolt. He convinced Bolt to make the switch from cricket to track and trained him up until the age of 16, when Bolt joined the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association-administered High Performance Training Centre in Kingston.

Bolt, through his publicist, said that “Coach McNeil was a part of my early track and field life. I appreciate all he sought to pass on to me. I would like to offer my condolences and sympathies to his family and close friends.”

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange paid tribute to McNeil in a statement saying “Pablo McNeil has left a mark on Jamaican and world sports. He was a good competitor for Jamaica and went on to nurture, mentor, inspire and coach some of our fine young athletes at William Knibb High School – including Usain Bolt who has been such a success and inspiration. On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I offer sincerely condolences to Pablo McNeil’s family, friends, and the entire Track and Field fraternity who will be saddened by his passing.”



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December 14, 2009

Ryan Giggs named BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Ryan Giggs named BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs was named as the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year in a ceremony Sunday night. The 36-year-old Manchester United and Welsh international player has won a record eleven Premier League titles in his career, and made over 800 appearances for his club.

Giggs holding the Premier League trophy in 2008

The award is given in December each year to a British sportsman or woman, and is voted for by the public. Giggs is only the fifth footballer to win since the award started in 1954, the most recent being David Beckham in 2001.

Formula One driver Jenson Button was runner-up, and heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis came in third.

Giggs said that winning came as a shock. “I grew up watching this programme. To see the people that have won it and to be here is unbelievable,” he said in his acceptance speech.

“I am playing for the greatest manager that has ever lived and I’m playing for the greatest club,” Giggs said. “Perhaps I’ve become more appreciated as I have got older. It’s unusual for a 36-year-old to be playing with a team like Manchester United for 20 years but I am enjoying it and long may it continue.”

Through his career United is the only club Giggs has played at. This year he made his 800th appearance and scored his 150th goal, and in April he also won the PFA Player Of The Year award.

Seve Ballesteros won the event’s Lifetime Achievement award. The Spanish golfer, who is suffering from a brain tumour, was unable to attend the event, but received a standing ovation. His award was presented at his home in Padrena by fellow golfer José María Olazábal.

“It’s a pity I’m not there. I’m very sorry, I know I’m missing a good show, thank you very much to everyone,” Ballasteros said.

15-year-old diver Tom Daley won Young Sports Personality of the Year for the second time, as well as being one of the ten contenders for the main award. “It’s been a good year for me and I would just like to thank everyone who has helped me,” Daley said.

Comedian Eddie Izzard received a special award for his contributions to the charity event Sport Relief. Earlier this year he completed 43 marathons across the United Kingdom in 51 days, running a total of 1,100 miles. Izzard said that he decided on the challenge as “a health idea”. He trained for only five weeks before setting out.

“Everything was painful. People asked me if I enjoyed the running, but I enjoyed the stopping! I staggered, I ran and I crawled,” he admitted when accepting the award. His efforts netted over £200,000 for charity.

The awards were presented at the Sheffield Arena, in front of 11,000 people.

Full list of awards

Sports Personality of the Year Ryan Giggs, footballer
Team of the Year England cricket team
Coach of the Year Fabio Capello, England football coach
Young Sports Personality of the Year Tom Daley, diver
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Usain Bolt, sprinter
Helen Rollason Award Major Phil Packer, for charity work
Sports Unsung Hero Doreen Adcock, swimming coach
Special Award Eddie Izzard
Lifetime Achievement Seve Ballesteros, golfer



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August 22, 2009

Usain Bolt breaks 200m and 100m sprint records at championships

Usain Bolt breaks 200m and 100m sprint records at championships

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt set a new world record in the 200 metres, Thursday evening at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Usain Bolt at the Olympics in 2008.
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Bolt sped through the 200m in a time of 19.19 seconds, breaking the 19.32 mark set by Michael Johnson of the United States in 1996.

“I was trying, I was dying,” Usain Bolt said after the race. “It wasn’t a good race I can say but it was a fast one.”

“Unbelievable — a ridiculous race. The bend is unbelievable,” commented the aforementioned former record-holder Johnson while working for the BBC. “No one has ever run a bend like this and probably never will.”

At 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall, Bolt is uniquely tall among sprinters to have held record times.

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“I definitely showed people that my world records in Beijing were not a joke,” Bolt said on BBC television. “I keep telling you guys my aim is to become a legend. I don’t think about records. I don’t put myself under pressure. I know what to do and I go and execute … I did well for myself and I am on my way to becoming a legend so I am just happy.”

“We call him ‘Insane Bolt,'” commented Wallace Spearmon of the US, the third-place finisher.

Usain Bolt winning the 100m final at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
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Last Sunday, with a time a 9.58 seconds, the Jamaican runner set a new world record in the 100 metres, besting his own prior 9.69 second record, which he set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the race, he beat his main contender, Tyson Gay, who was ahead for 10m until the Bolt reached his full stride.

After the 100 metre race, Bolt said, “I was ready. I was feeling good after the semi-finals, feeling good in myself, I felt good. So I knew it was going to be a great race, I just came out here and executed it. It’s a great time, I felt I did well. I just feel good to know that I went out there and executed it.”

Even before his exploits at the World Championships, Usain Bolt was chosen as Laureus World Sports Awards‘ Sportsman of the Year for 2009.



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March 19, 2009

Usain Bolt to run 150 metre race in Manchester

Usain Bolt to run 150 metre race in Manchester

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Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica will run in a 150 metre street race in Manchester, England on May 17. The race will be conducted as part of the inaugural “Great Manchester 150.” Bolt won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay race in the 2008 Olympic games held in Beijing, China. He set world records in both the 100- and 200-meter races.

This will be the first time Bolt will be running in Europe. This will also be the first time he will be running a distance of 150 metres. The race will be held on a specially built tartan track. This event will be followed by Bolt’s participation in the August World Athletics Championships 2009 in Berlin, Germany.

“I am very excited to compete for my first time in Manchester, my first time in a 150 m race and my first time in a street race outside the stadium,” Bolt said. “I love competing in the UK, it is like my second home as I usually stay in London during the European racing season. When I heard about the idea I thought it would be great fun and something new and exciting”.

According to the tournament organizer David Hart, apart from Usain Bolt, top British sprinters and a few other international athletes are also expected to compete in the 150 metre race.



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