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Usain Bolt named United States Sports Academy's Athlete of the Month

11 June 2008
www.world-track.org

By Gary Smith

World 100m record holder Usain Bolt was been named the United States Sports Academy's Male Athlete of the Month for the month of May.

The Jamaican was rewarded for his 9.72-seconds world record performance achieved at the Reebok Grand Prix meet in New York City, on May 31.

Bolt, 21, improved fellow countryman Asafa Powell's previous world mark of 9.74, set in Italy during an IAAF Grand Prix meeting last September.

The World 200m silver medallist from Osaka, Japan also had two other world-class performances in the month - running 9.76 at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston, before traveling to Trinidad to run 9.92 at the Hampton Games in Port-of-Spain.

Among the stars Bolt beat out for the award was Los Angeles Lakers star NBA player Kobe Bryant, who led his team to the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.

Each Academy Athlete of the Month is selected by a national voting committee comprising former athletes and members of media organizations and sport organizations and governing bodies. At the end of each year, the Athlete of the Month contest culminates in the Athlete of the Year worldwide fan vote, hosted by USATODAY.com and MSNBC.com. Each month's winners are automatically added to the Athlete of the Year ballot.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.



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