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Breaking News - Bolt running at Stawell

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1 Breaking News - Bolt running at Stawell on Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:43 am



Usain to make a Bolt for Stawell

* by: Benjamin Johnson
* From: Herald Sun

THE world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, is headed to Australia and will launch his Olympic campaign at this week's Stawell Gift.
Usain Bolt

In a massive coup for the 131st edition of Australia’s most famous footrace, Bolt stunned organisers when he asked to be added to the start list, saying he'd always wanted to pay homage to one of his heroes - Cliff Young.

Bolt said Young was an inspiration to him as a young man when growing up in the potato fields of Jamaica.

It follows the announcement that his Jamaican relay teammate Michael Frater would join 2005 world champion Kim Collins to race for the $40,000 winner’s cheque at Stawell this Easter.

Bolt shocked the athletics world when he raced to victory in the 100m in world record time at the Beijing Olympic Games, before smashing his own record at the world championships in Berlin in 2009 with a time of 9.58 seconds. He then went on to smash the 200m world record, recording an incredible 19.19 seconds.

Bolt and Frater have been teammates on the world record setting Jamaican 4x100m relay teams at both the Beijing Olympic Games and world championships in Korea last year.

Stawell Gift promoter David Culbert said the club was stunned to receive word from Bolt that he wanted to join Frater in a flying visit down under.

“Usain said he wanted to join Michael on the start line, which was amazing. However we had already gone over our budget and there was no way we could afford to bring him to Stawell,” Culbert said.

A secret call out to local farmers, many of whom have had bumper crops over the past 12 months revealed an unlikely benefactor who is privately funding Bolt’s visit.

Stawell Athletic Club president William Millard said the local pastoralist doesn’t want to be identified, but had presented the Club with a cheque to cover Bolt’s appearance.

“The irony is that this bloke won’t even be able to get to Central Park to watch Bolt run, as he’ll be on the harvester all Easter,” Millard said.

“After a few shockers during the drought, this year’s crop was a cracker and with grain prices riding high he did very well. He stepped up and said he was happy to help get a Cliff Young fan to Stawell.

“Even though he can’t watch him run, hopefully we can get Usain to drop by and say hello,” Millard said.

Bolt’s appearance will cause havoc for the handicapper, who is expected to raise the Gift handicaps from the current 11 metre limit out to close to 30 metres to accommodate the world’s fastest man.

The 2012 Stawell Gift kicks off on Saturday with the heats of the Gift. The semi-finals and final will be held on Easter Monday.

2 Re: Breaking News - Bolt running at Stawell on Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:58 am


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Hilarious!!!! April fools

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