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Bolt keen on staying close to sport after London farewell

first_imgMONTE-CARLO, Monaco (CMC) – Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt says he hopes to remain involved in athletics even after retiring following the London World Championships next month.The Jamaican will compete in his final Diamond League here today before also bringing an end to his glittering career at the August 4-13 showpiece at the Olympic Stadium.“There are a lot of directions I could go, but one thing I know is that I’ll definitely be close with track and field,” the 30-year-old told reporters here.“I’ll try my best to stay as close as possible to sport, stay in sports and try to educate young athletes coming up and what it’s all about to be a champion.”Bolt will walk away from the sport as the most decorated sprinter ever after dominating every Olympic Games and World Championship since shooting to international stardom in 2008.And after winning unprecedented double sprint titles at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympiads and also having similar success at the Berlin, Moscow and Beijing World Championships, Bolt said it was time to call it quits.“I’ve done everything that I possibly can in this sport,” he said, before recalling a conversation he had with great former American track star Michael Johnson.“I asked (him) because I was surprised when I heard he retired. I said, ‘Why did you retire? You were dominating so much.’ And he said, ‘I’ve done everything I wanted to do, I’ve accomplished all my goals.’ And that’s how I feel at this point. I decided that it’s just time.”Bolt’s retirement has coincided with the rise of the exciting South African Wayde van Niekerk, the reigning World and Olympic 400 metres champion and record-holder.van Niekerk is tipped to dominate the 200 metres in the future but Bolt said the 25-year-old had arrived on the scene too late to forge a rivalry.“I think that’s one of the most disappointing things in my career now. He came along at this late stage and I didn’t get to compete against him, because I think he’s one of the best now,” Bolt said.“I’m never afraid, I live for competition. But for me it’s too late now, I’m at the end of my career. We’ll never know what could happen.”last_img read more

Men’s and women’s tennis round out regular season

first_imgThe No. 15 Trojans will face perhaps their toughest test of the season when they take on a UCLA team desperate for revenge after USC upset the Bruins on their home court in March. The Trojans will need some help this weekend from the Arizona schools to move back into first place and lock up the regular season title along with the top seed for the Pac-12 tournament in Ojai, Calif. “We need to treat it as any other match,” said redshirt senior Tanner Smith. “I definitely don’t want to make it about myself or the seniors, I want to make it about creating momentum for the team,” Heading into the final two matches of the regular season, the No. 10 men’s tennis team is seeking two wins over Arizona and Arizona State along with a loss by UCLA to win the Pac-12 regular season title. “Our goal is to just stick together,” freshman Bradley Frye said. “We’ve had some tough losses, especially the one against UCLA, so we just need to stand together and protect our house.” There is more on the line than just dominance over Los Angeles. Both teams sit at 7-2 in conference play and will fight for the best positioning behind Stanford in the Pac-12 standings. The Bruins and Trojans are in a three-way tie with Washington for second place heading into rivalry weekend. This weekend’s results are imperative for seeding in the Pac-12 tournament. Freshman Bradley Frye has a 9-5 record for the season and is currently on a three-match win streak. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) The women’s team hosts the Bruins 11 a.m. Saturday. The women’s team also continues its impressive season. After losing consecutive matches for the first time this year against Pepperdine and Washington, it bounced back to pummel Washington State 4-1 in Pullman, Wash.center_img The Trojans need to use the home court advantage, where they have a dominant 7-2 record. They will need to continue to play the type of tennis they displayed last weekend when they swept both Washington and Oregon, as they close out the regular season. Both teams still have a lot to play for in the final weekend of the regular season — championships, seedings and bragging rights are all on the line as they near the postseason. This weekend will not be as easy as the victory earlier this season as the Bruins have rounded into form and are seeking to return the favor. The Trojans will need to be sharper than ever to avoid a loss and carry their momentum in the Pac-12 tournament. Coming into the home matchups, the Trojans are on a two-match win streak and currently sit at 15-7 overall. The Wildcats are 17-4 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-12 with three consecutive wins, including an upset over Oregon. Meanwhile, the Sun Devils head into the weekend on a six-match win streak and are 4-2 in Pac-12 play. The men’s team takes on Arizona at 3 p.m. Friday. USC will then face Arizona State Saturday at 3 p.m. The 4-3 loss to UCLA on April 5 put the Trojans in second place behind the Bruins in the Pac-12 standings. “I think for this year there are no expectations, it’s just been about jumping in and seeing what we can do,” junior Angela Kulikov said. “Every time we set an expectation, honestly, we exceeded it, so I’ve learned better than to set a new limit.” last_img read more

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