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Bolt strikes in Toronto! (June 11th, 2009)


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  • Bolt strikes in Toronto! (June 11th, 2009)

    I just received news from my alma mater that Usain Bolt will compete later this summer at the "Festival of Excellence," hosted by the University of Toronto, on June 11th, 2009. The meet will be held at the recently inaugurated Varsity Centre. This is a fantastic facility that will provide Bolt with an enormous amount of potential for an excellent performance! The U of T media release is include below.


    The University of Toronto today confirmed that Varsity Centre will host a world-class track and field meet on June 11th featuring Olympic triple gold medallist and world record holder Usain Bolt. Regarded as the “world’s fastest human,” Bolt will headline the marquee event of the evening, the men’s 100 metres. Observers are keen to see if the Jamaican-born sprinter will better his 9.69 second world-record time.

    Dubbed the “Festival of Excellence,” this landmark event will return Varsity Stadium to glory in the world of track and field. The original stadium, demolished in the summer of 2002, was the site of some of Canadian track’s best moments, including Bill Crothers’ defeat of world champion Peter Snell in a memorable 880-yard race in 1965, and David Bailey’s first Canadian four-minute mile on Canadian soil in 1967.

    The “Festival of Excellence” falls between two other major championships in a month of exciting competition at Varsity Centre. The OFSAA Track and Field Championships, the biggest athletics event for Ontario high school track athletes, will take place June 3-5. The 2009 Canadian senior track and field championships will run June 25-28.

    The breadth of this summer's line-up runs in conjunction with a playground to podium philosophy in sport and physical activity at U of T. The approach fosters long-term development for all students and athletes, from the elementary school student to the international competitor. The “Festival of Excellence” embodies this approach. In attracting top talent to Varsity Centre, U of T hopes to inspire students and athletes at all levels and abilities to participate in sport for fun, competition and health.

    “We are entering a new era at U of T in terms of our ability to host outstanding athletic competition,” says Liz Hoffman, U of T’s director of athletics. “The University’s involvement with high performance sport has never been greater, and our plans to reach higher are continuing to build.”

    Another example of the university’s goal to take high performance sport to the next level through the playground to podium model is the proposed construction of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on Devonshire Place immediately across the street from Varsity Stadium. The project has received approval in principle from the University and will feature a world-class sport medicine clinic, sport science research and teaching labs, and the 2,000-seat Kimel Family Field House for basketball and volleyball. The Goldring Centre will serve as a major nexus for innovation in sports science research, sports medicine and the training of coaches.

    Bolt’s appearance at Varsity Centre is linked to Ontario’s “Run Like Lightning” program that raised funds for a UNICEF HIV/AIDS project in the Caribbean. Tickets for the “Festival of Excellence” will go on sale through in the coming weeks.

    "Usain is delighted to confirm his participation in the Festival of Excellence in Toronto,” says Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms. “It has been six years since he last competed in Canada in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke where, at 16, he won gold in the 200m and broke the Championship Record. We hear good things about the Varsity Centre and hope this will become one of the top meets on the circuit in years to come.”

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    • #3
      Originally posted by guru
      Oops. I searched "Bolt" in the recent headlines, but found nothing. Apparently, others aren't as excited about this as myself. Too bad for the sport.


      • #4
        I read the title and assumed that he was refusing to run unless they paid him more.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Daisy
          I read the title and assumed that he was refusing to run unless they paid him more.
          That would have been "Striking Bolt Bolts from Toronto!".


          • #6
            By the way, I think Bolt is running his first 100m race of the season tomorrow. I am very very curious as to what he will run. In his 4x100 relay it almost looked like the guy in second place gained on him slightly in that anchor leg, but the video quality wasn't the greatest, and I don't know how hard he was really trying. So like I said, should be interesting to see what kind of time he runs tomorrow in the 100.


            • #7
              I say he slips in just under 10.


              • #8
                Well I mean, obviously his time will depend enormously on wind speed/direction and his reaction time, and whether he shuts down early or not, but I meant I was curious to see what he runs taking all that stuff into account (we won't be able to take any of that stuff into account until tomorrow obv).

                I mean, a 10.15 running into a 2m/s headwind, with a .220 reaction time shutting down 10 meters early is a considerably faster run for example than a 9.95 with a 2m/s tailwind, a 0.120 reaction time, running to the tape. So we'll have to wait and see what he actually does pretty much before we can decide how much all his slacking off during the off season slowed him down. Fortunately we only have to wait a few more hours. Weeeeeee


                • #9
                  Bolt will be chasing the Canadian Open record of 9.82 set by Maurice Greene in Edmonton 2001. That will be a tough challenge, running solo.