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Bolt curious about who will replace him as fastest man
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic --- Us-
ain Bolt is curious as to who will
replace him as the world's fastest
He's confident nobody will know
at his last major race, at the world
athletics championships in August
Bolt was unperturbed when asked
yesterday if he was afraid of losing
his last race before retirement.
"My coach always finds a way
(for me to win)," he said. "I'm not
As for his successor, he was look-
ing forward to the years ahead.
"I'm definitely excited just to see
sit and watch and to see who's go-
ing to be the next Olympic champi-
on in the 100, 200 meters," he said.
"There're a lot of young stars coming
up. It's exciting to see who is really
going to step up to be a champion."
Bolt has dominated the sprints
for nine years, and won all of the
major titles there are to be won.
But knowing he'll be finished rac-
ing in less than two months makes
He's competing in his ninth and
last Golden Spike on Wednesday,
running the 100 meters in the eastern
Czech city of Ostrava.
"Every meet will be emotional,"
he said. "I know it will be my last
time competing. It's an emotional
He likes the Golden Spike because
it's a fast track, and the stands are
always packed, no matter if it's rainy
The only other race he's scheduled
before the worlds is the Diamond
League meet in Monaco on July 21.
He's undecided about other races.
He won't leave athletics after his
last race. He intends to remain part
of his racing group in Jamaica.
"When it comes to coaching, my
coach really pushed me hard to try to
get into coaching," he said. "Maybe
next season I'll be at the track a lot. I
won't be a coach but I'll oversee and
Team New Zealand routs
Oracle Team USA 7-1
HAMILTON, Bermuda --- Redemp-
tion for a gutty crew of five New
Zealanders and one Australian
came on the turquoise waters
of Bermuda's Great Sound, four
years and 3,000 miles removed
from one of the most brutal col-
lapses in sports.
With a mixture of ingenuity and
national pride, Emirates Team New
Zealand got back up after a gut punch
for the ages and came to the Bermu-
da Triangle and ripped the America's
Cup right out of tech tycoon Larry
"We're on top of the world,"
helmsman Peter Burling said yes-
terday after steering the Kiwis'
incredibly fast 50-foot foiling cat-
amaran to the clinching victory in
the 7-1 rout of two-time defending
champion Oracle Team USA.
As soon as the red-and-black Kiwi
cat crossed the finish line, the nor-
mally reserved crew began whooping
and jumped up onto the trampoline
netting and into a joyful group hug.
Magnums of champagne arrived
and Burling and crewman Blair Tuke,
who won Olympic gold and silver
medals together, sprayed the crew.
They later enjoyed beers together
before going ashore.
About an hour later, with the
America's Cup set on a podium,
Burling and Ashby grabbed it togeth-
er and lifted it over their heads. As
the silver trophy was passed around,
some team members poured cham-
pagne into it and took swigs.
At 26, Burling becomes the
youngest helmsman to win sailing's
greatest prize in a competition that
dates to 1851.
The only non-Kiwi on the crew is
Australian Glenn Ashby, 39, a multi-
hull wiz and Olympic silver medalist
who serves as skipper and controls
the space-age wingsail.
There were no Americans on
Oracle Team USA's crew, which
included five Australians and one
Ellison, the Silicon Valley maver-
ick worth an estimated $62 billion,
watched the humbling defeat from
a chase boat and later shook hands
with his crew. He was joined by New
Zealander Russell Coutts, the CEO
of Oracle Team USA who suffered
his first defeat in six Americas Cup
finals. It was Coutts who first won
the America's Cup for the small sail-
ing-mad island nation, skippering
Team New Zealand to a five-race
sweep of Dennis Conner off San
Diego in 1995.
Team New Zealand started this
match with a negative point because
Oracle won the qualifiers, forcing the
Kiwis to win eight races to return the
Auld Mug to the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron in Auckland for the
first time since 2003.
It was sweet atonement for the
Kiwis. In 2013 on San Francisco Bay,
Team New Zealand, then led by Dean
Barker, reached match point at 8-1.
Oracle then staged one of the biggest
comebacks in sports, winning eight
straight races to retain the Auld Mug.
Ashby is the only member of the
sailing crew who returned from that
"It was absolutely brutal for the
team. It was a hard pill to swallow,"
Ashby said. "For myself and a lot
of the other guys that are with the
team this time around, it is a great
redemption and just a relief to right
the wrongs of the last campaign. We
obviously learned a lot from that
"For all the guys involved, I think
there will be a lot of proud yachties
from New Zealand, a lot of proud Ki-
wis today with what's been achieved
over the past few years."
Thousands of sleepy New Zea-
landers got up at 5 a.m. to watch
the race on television.
"It's David and Goliath. We beat
the biggest and the best in the world,
so that's just fabulous," said Roger
Foley, who watched with dozens of
others at the Royal Port Nicholson
Yacht Club in the capital, Welling-
Many felt relief as well as elation
after the heartbreak of the 2013
The nation's Prime Minister, Bill
English, posted a short video of him-
self celebrating at home: "We are so
proud of you," he wrote on Twitter.
The Kiwis' fast boat was powered
by a revolutionary grinding system
in which they replaced traditional
arm power with leg power. They
installed four stationary bikes in
each hull, with the "cyclors" pow-
ering the hydraulic systems used to
trim the wingsail and control the
daggerboards that are tipped with
Among the crew was Simon van
Velthooven, who won a bronze
medal in track cycling at the Lon-
"We knew with this format that
we had to be extremely innovative
and extremely aggressive with our
design philosophy," Ashby said. "We
sort of all as a group agreed and rec-
ognized, I guess, where the bar will
eventually get with our sport and
we tried to fast-track that learning
process as fast as we could.
"It was a big risk, I guess, but we
knew we had to risk in order to ul-
timately win this America's Cup."
In Race 9, skipper Jimmy Spithill
put Oracle in the lead rounding the
first mark. But the faster Kiwi cat
overhauled the American-flagged
boat and sailed into the lead on the
downwind second leg. The Kiwis
won by 55 seconds.
In 2010, Spithill became the
youngest skipper to win the Ameri-
ca's Cup, at 30. That was the first of
two Cup victories for Ellison.
"Full credit to Team New Zea-
land. I mean, man, what a series,"
said Spithill, an Australian. "They
made fewer mistakes and they ful-
ly deserve it so our hats are off to
by vote to
USA Cricket Association president
Gladstone Dainty has urged USACA and
its members to "continue to fight" after
the organisation was expelled by the ICC
on Thursday as the Associate member
governing body in America.
"USACA is disappointed by the vote of the
ICC membership to expel USACA but not sur-
prised," Dainty told ESPNcricinfo via email.
"The ICC has spent years trying to find a basis
to expel USACA and replace it with an organ-
isation the ICC controls."
USACA had made a desperate final plea
last Monday by sending a letter to the ICC's
member boards asking them to vote no in the
resolution that had been tabled for USACA's
expulsion. Both in that letter and in Dainty's
statement to ESPNcricinfo, the organisation
says the ICC's initial claims of "financial irreg-
, which were a contributing factor to
USACA's suspension in 2015, "were false". Ac-
cording to Dainty, even though USACA acqui-
esced to some of the demands made by the ICC
regarding the shape of
a new constitution,he
says USACA should
have had the auton-
omy to make its own
final decision rather
than bow to the ICC.
"The ICC tolerates
no dissent," Dainty
said. "They made it
clear that if USACA
did not do as the ICC
wanted and adopt a
new constitution exactly as written by the
ICC, USACA would be expelled. This week
the ICC made good on that threat, with the
backing of an arbitration process governed by
rules the ICC wrote and an arbitrator it picked
and paid for."
Dainty also claimed the ICC's main motiva-
tion for chucking USACA out was to exploit the
financial potential in the USA. However, Dainty
says that rather than USA benefiting, it is only
the outside entrepreneurs who are doing so.
"The US cricket community is diverse and
noisy - two things the ICC does not understand
and cannot tolerate," Dainty wrote. "The ICC
is spending $2.4 million this year to set up a
new national governing body - that is 8 times
the annual budget the ICC previously allotted
for USACA. What are the ICC's motives all of a
sudden to throw so much money at the US? The
only purpose of this money is to buy loyalty, to
stifle dissent and to ensure that the ICC staff
- few of whom look like, or even come from,
the US cricket community - remain firmly in
charge of US cricket.
"The USA is the largest untapped market
for cricket in the world. The ICC wants to
make sure that the ICC and its powerful Full
Member nations control and profit from that
community - at the expense of those of us who
are actually here."
USACA had previously threatened to take
the ICC to court in the event of expulsion.
Although Dainty did not explicitly state that
those plans will be followed through, he hinted
that USACA will not give up just yet.
"USACA will continue to fight for the US
cricket community and its diversity," Dainty
wrote. "We urge all members of the US cricket
community to do the same - to insist that those
who lead US cricket going forward reflect our
diverse community and are committed to US
cricket - and not the ICC and its allies."
Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling, left, and
teammate Glenn Ashby hold the America's Cup aloft as they celebrate
with teammates after defeating Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup
sailing competition yesterday, in Hamilton, Bermuda. AP PHOTO
Jamaica's sprinter Usain Bolt gestures during a press conference prior
the Golden Spike Athletic meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, yesterday.
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