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    • Athletics-I could have won more if I'd got serious - Bolt

      * Bolt named athlete of the year for sixth time * I'm carrying on for the fans, says Jamaican (Updates after awards) By Mitch Phillips MONACO, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Looking back at his astonishing career on the night he was named Athlete of the Year for the sixth time, Usain Bolt said his only real regret was not taking his sport more seriously at an earlier age. "Maybe I would have been at four Olympics," the superstar Jamaican sprinter told reporters on Friday before being crowned IAAF male Athlete of the Year again on the back of his amazing Rio de Janeiro Games sprint triple-triple in August. More »

      Reuters - 4 minutes 18 seconds ago
    • L.A. won't lose money if awarded 2024 Games - officials

      (Reuters) - Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid officials unveiled a "no surprises" $5.3 billion balanced budget on Friday, boasting they will not need money to build any new permanent venues. The bid committee, which is up against Paris and Budapest for the right to host the summer Games, said in a statement its budget includes a $491.9 million contingency in case costs escalate. An Olympic village that already exists, no new permanent competition or non-competition venues needed specifically for the Games and previously approved funding for the airport and transit that was not related to the Olympics all helped to keep costs down, officials said in a statement. More »

      Reuters - 2 hours 4 minutes ago
    • Olympics-L.A. won't lose money if awarded 2024 Games-officials

      Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid officials unveiled a "no surprises" $5.3 billion balanced budget on Friday, boasting they will not need money to build any new permanent venues. The bid committee, which is up against Paris and Budapest for the right to host the summer Games, said in a statement its budget includes a $491.9 million contingency in case costs escalate. An Olympic village that already exists, no new permanent competition or non-competition venues needed specifically for the Games and previously approved funding for the airport and transit that was not related to the Olympics all helped to keep costs down, officials said in a statement. More »

      Reuters - 2 hours 8 minutes ago
    • Athletics-I could have won more if I'd got serious, says Bolt

      (Repeats, fixing repetition in first paragraph) By Mitch Phillips MONACO, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Looking back at his astonishing career Usain Bolt says his only real regret is that he did not take his sport more seriously at an earlier age. "Maybe I would have been at four Olympics," the superstar Jamaican sprinter told reporters on Friday. With nine Olympic golds in the drawer, Bolt plans to hang up his spikes next year after a farewell tour of his favourite venues, running the 100m only, and culminating in the world championships in London where he will be gunning for his 12th and 13th world titles if he goes in the relay. More »

      Reuters - 3 hours ago
    • I could have won more if I'd got serious, says Bolt

      I could have won more if I'd got serious, says Bolt

      By Mitch Phillips MONACO (Reuters) - Looking back at his at his astonishing career Usain Bolt says his only real regret is that he did not take his sport more seriously at an earlier age. "Maybe I would have been at four Olympics," the superstar Jamaican sprinter told reporters on Friday. With nine Olympic golds in the drawer, Bolt plans to hang up his spikes next year after a farewell tour of his favourite venues, running the 100m only, and culminating in the world championships in London where he will be gunning for his 12th and 13th world titles if he goes in the relay. More »

      Reuters - 3 hours ago