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New start blocks too small for my feet, Usain Bolt says …after running 100m in 9.79 sec



Usain Bolt scorched to his third 100m victory on his European touras part of his warm-up for the Jamaican Olympic trials, but was left bemoaning a change to the starting blocks which he says slows him down.

Bolt, who stands 1.96m (6’5″) tall and boasts a whopping UK size 13 shoe size, said his feet were just too big for the altered blocks, provided at all Diamond League meets and next summer’s Olympics by Swiss timing company Omega.

That said, it did not stop him reeling back in compatriot Asafa Powell in the last 20 metres of the race, winning in 9.79 seconds.

“The race was okay as a whole,” the 25-year-old world record holder in the 100 and 200m said. “My execution wasn’t perfect, but I can’t complain.”

The reigning double Olympic sprint champion also played down his having to graft for victory against Powell, who clocked 9.85sec, his 77th sub-10sec time.

Bolt, who boasts a whopping UK size 13 shoe size, said his feet were just too big for the altered blocks

“People forget Asafa’s a 9.8sec runner, he runs 9.8 all the time, so it’s not a surprise,” he said.

“It’s good for someone to push me and I can show I still got it, I normally come from the back to win.”

Bolt added: “When I came out of the blocks, I reacted good, but the execution from the blocks to 30 metres was not good because I was not comfortable.

“Asafa got into his running way quicker than me and got the top speed.

“I had to work a little harder to get into my stride, but the good thing is I’ve still got it and I passed him, so I’m happy.

“I need to get consistency in my race. My start is letting me down slightly, but overall it was okay and I’m on the right track for the Olympics.

“I’m not in the shape where I can say nobody can beat me, so I’m working to get into that shape so I can feel more confident when I run.”

Bolt kicked off his European tour with a sluggish 10.04sec in Ostrava, the slowest time in his senior career, blamed on lack of sleep and the cold, blustery conditions.

But he rebounded with a 9.76sec in Rome last week to set himself up nicely for the Jamaican trials, never easy when the competition counts not only Powell but the likes of tyro Yohan Blake in its midst.

“I don’t send messages to people,” he chuckled after his victory on Thursday. “It’s always for the crowd who’ve come out to watch me run fast.

“I’m always confident. I’m never worried about losing and I’m not worried about any one person.”

There was one complaint from Bolt, however, and that was with the starting blocks, which will be the same for all Diamond League meets and the Olympics, but not the Jamaican trials.

“The blocks have changed from last season. They’re new models. Personally I think they need to go back to the old blocks. I’m not very pleased with the new blocks they have, they’re a little short for me,” he said.

“I’ve been kind of guessing my steps because my foot is kind of big.

“I guessed in Rome and got it right, I guessed here and I didn’t get it that good so they need to go back to the old blocks so I can execute right.”

Bolt explained that the blocks were smaller than they usually were, and the plates where sprinters place their feet were “a little bit longer than usual”.

“I’m hoping there’re not the same blocks as we’re using here” for the London Olympics, he said, although Omega have already been confirmed as the official timekeepers in the British capital.

“Hopefully, they’ll change them or adjust them. I’m not too hot about them right now.”

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Donald Duke: Security Operatives Selling Weapons To Boko Haram



Donald Duke: Security Operatives Selling Weapons To Boko Haram

Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has claimed that the Boko Haram terrorist group gets most of its weapons from security operatives.

Speaking on Channels Television, the former governor called on the President Muhammadu Buhari government to investigate the nation’s security forces and flush out the bag eggs.

He said: “Boko Haram insurgents who have been responsible for most heinous crimes, get their weapons from the security operatives.

Also Read: Boko Haram: ‘Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead’, Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

“Most of the weapons used by Boko Haram come from our armoury, we will need to look into that. Why are we selling weapons to the enemy?”

Speaking further, Donald Duke pointed out that the Nigerian military and police in the northeast must be adequately motivated to achieve results.

He also called for the use of intelligence to combat insecurity such as kidnapping across the country.


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Insecurity: Restructuring Not As Critical As Hunger And Poverty – Amaechi



Insecurity: Restructuring Not As Critical As Hunger And Poverty – Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is more concerned with getting rid of hunger and poverty than restructuring.

Amaechi a former Rivers State governor stated this on Sunday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

The minister, however, admitted that there is nothing wrong with calls for the restructuring of the country.

Also Read: Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

Amaechi said: “If to you what is important is restructuring, I don’t see anything wrong with restructuring. But I’m saying it is not the most critical problem we have.

“The most critical problem we have is hunger and poverty, which is breeding insecurity.”


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Insecurity: Buhari Can’t Protect Nigeria – Moghalu



Insecurity: Buhari Can't Protect Nigeria - Moghalu

Kingsley Moghalu

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has expressed that President Muhammadu Buhari is not capable of protecting Nigerians or confronting the security challenges facing the nation.

The former presidential candidate made this remark in his reaction to the killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday.

Also Read: Boko Haram: ‘Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead’, Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

He described the incident as a national tragedy which is a pointer to the fact that Nigeria is becoming a failed state under the leadership of President Buhari.

He also lambasted the government and security agencies, accusing them of intimidating and arresting peaceful #EndSARS protesters demanding better governance but unable to do anything to insurgents terrorizing the entire country.

He wrote:

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