As a kid growing up in the tiny Jamaican village of Sherwood Content, which offers little in the way of traffic lights or reliable running water, it was the game of cricket, not track, that became Usain Bolt’s first love. Early in the morning he’d watch the sport live on TV with his father, huddled around a tiny set in his bedroom, then spend hours on the cricket pitch after school. So when Bolt’s high school cricket coach broke the news to him early on that his preternatural speed might be better suited for the track, it took some convincing, and long talks with his father, for Bolt to put aside his dreams of cricket glory and give running a shot.
A 70-year-old grandmother became the first woman over the age of 70 to finish the100-mile Western States ultramarathon over the weekend. Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley, Washington just barely completed the grueling race with just six seconds to spare before the clocks shut off.