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THE ridiculously fast Usain Bolt achieved the fourth fastest 200m time ever in Lausanne on Tuesday.
Even more impressive was that Bolt did it in very poor conditions of high wind and torrential rain.
Bolt won the race at the Athletissima meet in 19.59sec, one hundredth of a second outside this year’s world best set by Tyson Gay in New York at the end of May.
“I’m in good shape but I’m not fully ready yet,” said the 22-year-old.
“I still need to work on a few technical things.”

Is Bernie A Nazi Peice of Work?

FORMULA ONE: Bernie Ecclestone has praised Hitler as someone “who got things done”, in one of those unbelievably stupid comments which has already led to him being dragged over coals of several different temperatures.
Hmm, there was always something fishy about F1 anyway, what with their cars based on technology used in V8 missiles and their never ending pursuit of a perfect race. He had to apologise for these comments.
“In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done,” said Eclestone.
We could comment on this, but it’s best to just let Ecclestone dig his own grave…
“I prefer strong leaders. Margaret Thatcher made decisions on the run and got the job done. She was the one who built this country up slowly. We’ve let it go down again. All these guys, Gordon and Tony are trying to please everybody all the time… Max would do a super job, he’s a good leader.
“Politicians are too worried about elections.
“We did a terrible thing when we supported the idea of getting rid of Saddam Hussein, he was the only one who could control the country. It was the same with [the Taliban.]”

RUGBY: Jonny Wilkinson is back in the fold for England at the expense of Danny Cipriani – who is no longer flavour of the month.
The 21-year-old has been dropped to the Saxon squad. Which is a pain in the balls for him really. There’s not other way to put it.
Wilkinson has been added to the squad in preparation for November’s tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand. The 30-year-old has struggled with fitness for the last few years, picking up 13 injuries since England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003.
“We have had extensive discussions with the French clubs who have recruited English players,” said Martin Johnson.
“We will continue to monitor the form and fitness of those players now in France who were involved with England last season.”

• “ABRAMOVICH came to our [CSKA Moscow] dressing room to congratulate the team on winning the Russian Cup final in May 2006. Then, he suddenly turned to me and said ‘Yuri, start learning English’.
“I didn’t say anything, just smiled. Unfortunately, I still have not learnt the language. Now I know I should have taken his advice more seriously,” – New Chelsea player Yuri Zhirkov gives an insight into the determination of Chelsea’s ruler, er, we mean owner.

• “WHAT the fuck would he do at Sunderland? You have heard him say he will only sign for a big English club.
“I don’t want to insult Sunderland, but I don’t even know where they finished last season,” – Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has rubbished rumours that Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh is off to Sunderland.

• “THIS is an urban myth. I never actually got on it,” – Andrew Flintoff tells Laura Barton of the Guardian not to believe everything she reads about the St Lucia pedalo.

• “WE haven’t got his number yet, which might have had an effect, [but] we are not expecting a big demand even when that is known. As far as I know, no one has asked for [it]” – a Manchester United megastore employee reveals the lack of interest in Michael Owen shirts.