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In brief: Bolt signs up to kit bonanza

Athletics

Published 25/08/2010 | 05:00

The fastest man in the world signed the fattest track and field contract ever yesterday, with Usain Bolt extending his sponsorship with German apparel company Puma through 2013.

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The world-record holder at both the 100m and 200m will be tied to the company through the 2012 London Olympics, when he is expected to attempt to retain his gold medals in both sprint events.

"It's good, man. I'm happy. I'm very happy with the figure," Bolt, who turned 24 on Saturday, said.

The Jamaican triple Olympic champion has also hinted that he could compete in the long jump or over 400m at the 2013 Moscow World Championships.

Tennis

CONOR NILAND clinched a place in the second round of the US Open qualifying at Flushing Meadows, New York, last night.

After the frustration of a rain delay, having romping into a 4-0 lead in the opening set, 154-ranked Niland went on to record a 6-0 6-4 victory over Spain's 254-ranked David Marrero.

After losing the first set to love in 35 minutes, Marrero made a better fist of things in the second, breaking once, before Niland reasserted his authority at 4-4 to close out the match.

Boxing

IRISH coach Jim Moore has expressed confidence that Ryan Burnett can win gold for Ireland in today's Youth Olympic final in Singapore.

Burnett, from the Holy Family BC in Belfast, meets AIBA World Youth light flyweight champ Salman Alizida of Azerbaijan in today's 48kg decider.

The clash is a repeat of last May's World Youth final in Baku, Azerbaijan, which Alizida won 9-4. He also controversially beat Burnett on a countback in the President's Cup in Baku last December following a 3-3 draw.

"The last two bouts were in Azerbaijan and I believe that if Ryan gets fair play in the final, he will win it as he's the better boxer," said Moore.

Cycling

Mark Cavendish was yesterday confirmed in the HTC-Columbia squad for the Vuelta a Espana, which begins on Saturday.

The 25-year-old from the Isle of Man plans to use his first appearance in the Tour of Spain, the year's final grand tour, to advance his preparations for the October 3 International Cycling Union World Championships road race in Melbourne.

Irish Independent

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