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  • World's fastest man will be determined tonight


    08/16/08

    BEIJING - The excitement continues to build for Saturday night's world fastest human showdown on the track at the Beijing Olympics.

    The final two rounds of the men's 100 meters at the Bird's Nest track take place tonight. There were no disappointments in the qualifying rounds. American record-holder Tyson Gay will meet former world record-holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica in one semifinal tonight. New world record-holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica goes in the other semi.

    Bolt (9.72), Powell (9.74), and Gay (9.77) are the top three all-time performers. Nine of the top 10 all-time are from the Americas. All of this year's top 10 sprinters are from the USA or the Caribbean.

    The fastest man in the water is Cesar Cielo Filho of Brazil. He won the 50-meter freestyle Saturday morning at the Water Cube in an Olympic-record 21.30 seconds. Stanford grad Ben Wildman-Tobriner of Palo Alto failed to grab a second Olympic medal, finishing fifth in a personal-best 21.64. He does have a gold medal from the 400-meter free relay.

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    Around the Rings Magazine reported that a pair of $15 tickets for Sunday's final swimming session sold on ebay for $3,876.


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