Bolt focused on Rio .. Sprinter cops intl awards, sets sights on Olympic success

first_imgHaving secured two new, glistening post-season accolades, Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt says he is fully focused on ending next season like the last: on top. Bolt, like he did in 2008, 2009, and 2012, followed up another triple gold-medal-winning season by topping tennis star Novak Djokovic for his record fourth Champion of Champions award, handed out by French media outlet L’Equipe. The sprinter was also named the Male Athlete of the Year by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Americas (a grouping of Latin American-based sports journalists). This follows the 29-year-old receiving the top award from the Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association. Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. “I am always happy when my hard work is recognised, and so I am pleased to have received these awards. It’s also pleasing to have come out on top over so many other global sporting superstars,” said Bolt, who bettered the likes of Lionel Messi, Steph Curry, and Lewis Hamilton, among others for the L’Equipe award. SERENA WILLIAMS American tennis star Serena Williams won the female Champion of Champions award, while Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva Rodriguez was the AIPS’ Americas Female Athlete of the Year. “I want to thank the organisations for this honour and all the fans for continuing to support me,” Bolt told The Gleaner before going on to underline his ambitions heading into the next season, when he will look to defend his Olympic sprint titles. “Last year was a good year for me, and I am thankful for what I was able to accomplish. However, I am working hard to achieve my goals for the coming season,” said Bolt. “The 2016 Olympic Games represent a major point in my career and ambitions, and I am putting in the work to ensure I will be in top shape in Rio.” Bolt, a six-time Olympic and 11-times World Championships gold medal winner and world record holder in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m, has so far confirmed one appearance in 2016, the Anniversary Games in London, which takes place a couple weeks before the start of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The five-time National Sportsman of the Year, has also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award (2009, 2010, 2012); the IAAF World Athlete of the Year (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013); the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (2008, 2009, 2012); and the Jamaica Gleaner Man of the Year award (2008 and 2009).last_img read more

Writers get help from friends

first_imgBy Raquel Maria Dillon For The Associated Press Jay Leno rolled up to a picket line on his motorcycle with doughnuts for striking writers at NBC. Julia Louis-Dreyfus marched with writers at Warner Bros. in the shadow of a giant billboard advertising her CBS show, “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Even Democratic presidential candidates weighed in Monday to give writers a little help during the first day of their strike against movie studios and TV networks. Barack Obama said he stands with the writers and urged producers to work with them to end the strike. Hillary Clinton called for a contract that recognizes the contributions writers make to the entertainment industry. Each candidate has received more than $2 million in campaign contributions from the entertainment industry. In Burbank, Louis-Dreyfus wore a cap, sunglasses and Screen Actors Guild T-shirt as she joined strikers chanting, “Hey, hey, pencils down. Hollywood’s a union town.” “How this is resolved will directly affect our union, too,” she said, referring to the actors guild contract that expires next year. In New York, Tina Fey of “30 Rock” joined strikers outside Rockefeller Center, the headquarters of NBC. Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t spotted on the picket lines, but her publicist Kelly Bush said she took the day off in support of the writers on her daytime talk show. Noise and other disruptions caused by a picket line interfered with filming at a location being used for the CBS show “Cane.” About 20 writers chanted, screamed and used a bullhorn outside a cafe near the CBS lot in Studio City, causing the production to move back onto the nearby CBS lot. Tom Hogan, a location manager for the show, said filming began hours before the picketers arrived and involved a script that was finished several weeks ago. “But you know what? I support them,” said Hogan, a member of Teamsters Local 399, which represents truck drivers, casting directors and location managers. Strikers near Universal Studios marched across a freeway bridge and waved signs at passing motorists. Outside the landmark gate of Paramount Pictures on Melrose Avenue, drivers honked their horns in solidarity with writers. Despite the support, the financial reality of a work stoppage loomed large for many striking writers. Michelle Mulroney, 40, and her husband both write feature films. “I’m fortunate. I can strike for a while,” she said. “But most people I know will feel the crunch today.” Zoe Green, 26, certainly will. She sold her first pilot, but the strike is preventing her from writing the script. “This will be very tough for me personally, but I 100 percent support our cause,” said Green, who was on the picket line. “I’m going to be struggling on $6,000 until this ends.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more