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Track and Field

Usain Bolt reportedly lost $12 million in Jamaican financial scandal

Usain Bolt points

Aug 18, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Usain Bolt (JAM) celebrates after winning the men’s 200m final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Usain Bolt is threatening to sue a Jamaican financial institution that allegedly lost him over $12 million.

Bolt is one of over 30 clients who invested with Stocks and Securities Limited, which is said to have lost over $1.2 billion after a recently-fired wealth advisor siphoned off funds from clients.

Bolt claims he had about $12.7 million in his accounts as of Oct. 31, 2022. His accounts were down to $12,000 when he checked on January 11 after being alerted to the fraud.

The attorney for the 36-year-old former track star sent a letter on Monday threatening a lawsuit if funds are not returned to Bolt’s accounts within 10 days.

Jamaica’s regulatory authority, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) has since cracked down and stopped Stocks and Securities Limited from taking on new deposits or making any trades.

Bolt seemed to address the situation with a tweet sent on Monday in which he said money was the root of evil.

Bolt retired in 2017. He won 8 gold medals during his track and field career. Bolt is the world record holder in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 × 100 meters relay.

Usain Bolt files to trademark his signature celebration pose

Usain Bolt points

Aug 18, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Usain Bolt (JAM) celebrates after winning the men’s 200m final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Usain Bolt has not raced since retiring in 2017, but he is remaining active in the business realm.

The Jamaican sprinter filed an application on Aug. 17 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The application was to trademark his signature lightning bolt celebration.

“The mark consists of the silhouette of a man in a distinctive pose, with one arm bent and pointing to the head, and the other arm raised and pointing upward,” Bolt’s application says of the mark.

Bolt is listed as the owner of the mark. According to the application, he is looking to use the logo on clothing, shoes, jewelry and restaurant, among other things.

The 36-year-old sprinter is known worldwide for his exploits on the track. He is credited with winning eight Olympic gold medals. He won the gold medal at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games for the 100 m, 200 m, and 4×100 m relay. His team was later disqualified for winning the 4×100 m relay in 2008.

Bolt remains the world record holder in both the 100 m (9.58) and 200 m (19.19).

Italian decathlete suffers major wardrobe malfunction during race

Alberto Nonino has a wardrobe malfunction

An Italian decathlete suffered a major wardrobe malfunction during a race on Monday.

Alberto Nonino competed in the decathlon at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia during the week. He seemed to be doing just fine until experiencing some embarrassing issues while running the 400 meters on Monday.

Nonino was running in the second heat and had a middle lane. He was passing some of his competitors until he started grabbing at his shorts because his junk was falling out. Rather than keep running and let it all hang out, Nonino started slowing down to tuck in.

What a shame. He seemed like he would have made good time otherwise.

Nonino finished last in his heat and 23rd of 25 competitors with a time of 51.57. Imagine what his time would have been with some proper shorts.

Nonino addressed the matter later via his Instagram story.

“I just want to talk to you a little bit about the rumpus there’s been on blogs and social media in general. I’m conscious it was obviously an accident and I’d like to tell you I’m aware of the reaction and you don’t need to send me the links to the blogs out there,” Nonino wrote. “I’m trying to laugh about it now but immediately afterward I felt terrible and I’m thankful to my friends and family for helping me get over what happened a few hours later.”

What a shame. Now go get some new shorts, Alberto.

Video: Cameraman causes incident on track during steeplechase

Cameraman stands in front of the field

A cameraman capturing the 3000m steeplechase at the World Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. on Monday got a little too involved in the action.

Early in the race, the competitors were coming down the track and encountered a cameraman standing with his back to the runners. The cameraman was standing in between lanes 1 and 2, causing competitors to pick which way they would run to avoid the man.

Luckily there were no collisions or injuries as a result of the rogue cameraman.

You’re probably asking how this could happen. Well, there are often multiple events going on at the same time during track meets. In this case, the cameraman was capturing the women’s triple jump nearby.

Here are a few photos of the incident:

Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali won the event with a time of 8:25.13.

Devon Allen reacts to his stunning disqualification

Devon Allen in the blocks

Devon Allen was rightfully disappointed after he was disqualified from the finals of the 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Sunday night.

Allen, who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, got called for a false start. His reaction time was just .001 faster than the .1 second threshold. Allen’s violation could not even be seen with the naked eye (video here).

After the race, Allen said he was “very surprised” to learn he had been flagged. He told reporters there is no way he reacted before hearing the sound of the gun.

A lot of people were upset that Allen was disqualified over something that could not even be seen by anyone watching the race. That is why the block sensors exist, however.

Allen is a three-time U.S. national champion in the 110m hurdles. He has finished 5th and 4th in the event at the Olympics. The 27-year-old also played football at Oregon from 2014-2016. He visited with the Eagles in April and was signed to a rookie deal.

Eagles WR Devon Allen controversially disqualified in finals of 110m hurdles

Devon Allen in the blocks

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Devon Allen was disqualified from the finals of the 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Sunday night in a controversial decision.

Allen was in lane 3 for the race and got called for a false start. His reaction time was .001 faster than the .1 second threshold, so he got disqualified.

Take a look:

Here is a closer look:

Did Allen seem to break early or earlier than his competitors? Not at all, which is why so many people were upset.

Those are the rules though, and Allen was punished for being too fast out of the block.

Allen is a three-time U.S. national champion in the 110m hurdles. He has finished 5th and 4th in the event at the Olympics. The 27-year-old also played football at Oregon from 2014-2016. He visited with the Eagles in April and was signed to a rookie deal.

Sha’Carri Richardson posts gross video message to her haters

Sha'Carri Richardson at a track event

May 9, 2021; Walnut, CA, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (USA) celebrates after winning women’s 100m heat in 10.74 during the USATF Golden Games at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sha’Carri Richardson posted a gross message on Instagram to her haters.

Richardson failed to qualify to represent the United States at the World Championships in July. She had poor finishes in both the 100m and 200m sprints and didn’t even make the finals in qualifying for either event.

Richardson lashed out at the media afterwards.

In her Instagram story, Richardson thanked her supporters. For her haters, she shoved her crotch towards the camera and flipped the double bird.

“I would say ‘kiss my a–‘, but y’all can’t afford it,” Richardson said.

A year ago, Richardson was looking like the next great American female sprinter after she placed first at the Olympic Trials in the 100m. Now she is looking like a bitter washout.

Sha’Carri Richardson lashes out at media after bad race

Sha'Carri Richardson at a track event

May 9, 2021; Walnut, CA, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (USA) celebrates after winning women’s 100m heat in 10.74 during the USATF Golden Games at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sha’Carri Richardson lashed out at the media on Sunday after her latest disappointing finish.

Richardson finished with a time of 22.47 and placed 10th in the semifinals of the women’s 200m final at the 2022 U.S. Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Sunday. She failed to qualify for the finals and will not represent Team USA at the World Championships in July.

The disappointing finish in the semis of the 200m came days after Richardson ranked 23rd out of 31 competitors in the 100m event and failed to advance to the semis. Richardson avoided the media after that showing.

After being eliminated from the 200m event on Sunday, Richardson initially avoided reporters. But she later returned to the media area and delivered a terse message about being disrespected. Then she walked away.

“What I have to say, you all can take this interview and do whatever you want with it. I’m coming to speak not on just my behalf, but all athletes’ behalf … that when you guys do interviews, y’all should respect athletes more,” Richardson said. “Y’all should understand them coming from whether they’re winning, whether they’re losing, whatever the case may be … athletes deserve way more respect than what y’all just come and throw cameras into their faces. Understand how an athlete operates and then ask your questions. Then be more understanding of the fact that they are still human … no matter just of the fact that y’all are just trying to get something to put out an article to make a dollar. Thank you.”

Richardson’s actions are more evidence of poor sportsmanship and someone who doesn’t know how to process her failings. Richardson finished first in the 100m at the United States Olympic Trials last year. Now she’s not even making the finals of the 100m or 200m a year later.

Richardson used to love all the attention when she was performing well. Now she’s taking aim at the media when things aren’t going well for her.

Keep in mind, this is the same woman who also demands attention on the track.

“Whenever I step on a track, win, lose or draw, I want all eyes on me,” Richardson said in a past interview.

You can’t demand attention and eyeballs when things are going well and then complain about receiving negative attention when things are going poorly. But Richardson appears to want to have it both ways and scolds the media for not following along.

Sha’Carri Richardson avoids reporters after disappointing showing

Sha'Carri Richardson at a track event

May 9, 2021; Walnut, CA, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (USA) celebrates after winning women’s 100m heat in 10.74 during the USATF Golden Games at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sha’Carri Richardson looked to bounce back this week after losing her berth in the Olympics last year, but that’s not what happened.

In a moment that left the athletic world in utter shock, Richardson failed to advance in the women’s 100 meter at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on Thursday. She finished with a time of just 11.31, which was well short of her finish earlier this month in New York (10.85).

Following the race, the 22-year-old Richardson wasn’t interested in speaking with the media. She rushed past a group of reporters without even acknowledging they were there, according to the New York Post.

While some may view that as a bad look, Richardson was undoubtedly dealing with an intense level of personal frustration. She’s a far better athlete and runner than she displayed on Thursday, and she likely just needed a few moments to herself.

The good news for Richardson is that she can still quality for worlds by finishing top three in the women’s 200 meters on Saturday, which she had won in New York with a time of 22.38.

Eagles WR nearly sets world record in track event

Devon Allen

The Philadelphia Eagles have quite the athlete on their hands judging by Devon Allen’s performance at Sunday’s NYC Grand Prix.

Allen, a two-time Olympian already, participated in the 110m hurdles on Sunday and won the event with the third-fastest time ever. Allen ran the race in 12.84 seconds, just shy of the world record of 12.80.

Allen signed with the Eagles in April to pursue a full-time football career. The 27-year-old does intend to compete in the world championships in July before devoting himself to the NFL permanently.

Allen might have some tips for another NFL Olympic hopeful. That might go both ways, as Allen surely knows there are a lot of challenges in the NFL that he doesn’t face in track and field. Still, if he and the Eagles can figure out how to take advantage of his world-class athleticism, they might have a valuable player on their hands.