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TRACK NOTEBOOK: Bolt anchors gold-medal relay

on August 03, 2014 1:05 AM

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — On a soggy track following torrential rain, Usain Bolt gave the Commonwealth Games a display of showmanship and speed to anchor Jamaica’s 4x100-meter relay team to gold and glory on Saturday.

Jamaica finished ahead of England in a games-record 37.58 seconds as the six-time Olympic gold medalist became a Commonwealth champion for the first time, enhancing the status of an event that can appear an anachronism in the modern world.

Many doubted whether Bolt would turn up in Glasgow, having skipped the last two editions and being sidelined with a left foot injury earlier in 2014. The individual sprints were avoided, but the world’s fastest man made it clear that he craved a Commonwealth gold in his already-illustrious medal haul.

 

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Alejandro Valverde rebounded from missing the podium at the Tour de France by winning the San Sebastian Classic on Saturday.

The Movistar rider neutralized a late attack by rival Joaquim Rodriguez before breaking away on a downhill stretch with just over three kilometers (about two miles) to go while arriving to the Basque coastal city.

Valverde had time to raise both fists in victory as he finished the 219-kilometer (139-mile) mountainous trek in 5 hours, 31 minutes.

Bauke Mollema finished second followed closely by Rodriguez 14 seconds behind.

Valverde finished the Tour de France in fourth place six days ago after struggling in the final stages.

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