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#London #Olympics - The 'Muhammad Ali of athletics' - TODAYonline

LONDON - Calling Usain Bolt (picture) "the Muhammad Ali of athletics", Sebastian Coe predicts the Jamaican sprinter will steal the show again at the London Olympics. Coe, himself a former middle-distance running great and Olympic champion, heads the organising committee of the 2012 Games. He was in Daegu, South Korea, for the World Athletics Championships where Bolt won the 200m and anchored Jamaica to a world record (37.04sec) in the 4x100m relay. "It was the return of Beatle-mania," Coe said of the crowd's reaction to Bolt in Daegu. "The Muhammad Ali of athletics is on his way to an Olympic Stadium near you. "There really is an Ali-like aura about this guy that is now transcending all sports." Bolt false-started and was disqualified in the 100m at the world championships but clocked a blistering 19.40sec in winning the 200m. Bolt's final leg in the 4x100m relay was prepo...

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