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  • One one-hundredth of a second kept the United States men's medley relay team from winning at the world championships on Sunday in Spain. Though the team handily won the race, they were disqualified for Kevin Cordes leaving the blocks .01 of a second too early.

    At 1:10 in the video, Cordes' error happens. As backstroker Matt Grevers came in to touch the wall, Cordes made a fast dive into the water to swim the breast stroke. Sensors on the blocks monitor the switch between legs of a relay. They allow for a swimmer to leave as early as .03 of a second, but Cordes jumped

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  • Usain Bolt in front, as usual. (Getty Images)

    So Angry Birds has Star Wars characters? That's nice. Temple Run 2, the app that's one of the primary reasons for the decline in American productivity, has added the world's greatest runner to its roster. Yep, you can now run Usain Bolt through Temple Run 2. Bolt, the fastest character in the game, is available as a 99-cent add-on in the iTunes store, if you're so inclined.

    "It’s an honor to be a part of such an established game," Bolt told the LA Times. "Many of my fans have told me that I should be a playable character in Temple Run, so when this opportunity was put before me, I had to say YES!"

    Here, via Larry Brown Sports, is video of Bolt in action in the game:

    I know everybody wants to keep wrestling in the Olympics, but I gotta be honest: if they moved out wrestling, gymnastics, swimming and pretty much everything else to make room for a real-world Temple Run, I'd be just fine with that.

    -Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

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  • (Getty)Usain Bolt is at the top of his game. The six-time Olympic gold medalist has mastered the sprint, holding the world records in both the 100m and 200m. What else could challenge the Jamaican star?

    British gold medalist Mo Farah thinks he has the answer. Farah, who won gold in London in the 5,000m and 10,000m runs, wants Bolt to try distance running.

    "It'd be great to be able to do a distance where people vote in what distance will be suitable, and then get a judge and then come in the middle with that distance and train for it," Farah said to the Associated Press after winning the 3,000m at the Anniversary Games. "Bolt, are you up for that? Come on, you got to do it."

    (Getty)Bolt, who made his entrance at the Anniversary Games in London in a rocket ship, said he's up for it.

    "That sounds fun. It's going to be hard, but for me it's charity, so it's just all about fun and enjoyment," Bolt said. "For me, I'm up for anything if it's possible."

    With three years until the next Summer Olympics, there is time for the two Olympians to have a little fun on the track. It would also be a way to bring interest back to track and field after the sport has experienced a rough patch.

    Several stars of the sport, including American Tyson Gay, and Jamaican gold medalists Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown, have been suspended for doping allegations. Injury is keeping Yohan Blake, Caster Semenya and possibly Jessica Ennis-Hill from the world championships starting Aug. 10 in Moscow.

    While the decision on distance may take some negotiation, the two could help both their sport and a charity. Make it happen, gentlemen.

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  • Michael Phelps in Barcelona, with boot. (AP)

    Clearly, Michael Phelps is getting older. The latest evidence: he hurt his foot playing golf.

    In Barcelona over the weekend at the world championships, Phelps was sporting a big black boot at the dedication of the mural you see above. He indicated that he'd worsened an existing stress fracture while playing golf, perhaps while stepping into a hole.

    "He hit his foot somehow in the house and then he did that tournament when he walked about 20 miles and got a little stress fracture," Phelps' coach Bob Bowman told the AP.

    "Golf really is a dangerous sport," Phelps laughed afterward. "The good thing is, I only have to pack one shoe."

    Phelps is the world's greatest Olympians, with 22 career medals. There's speculation that he'll return for a swan song in 2016 at Rio. Bowman doesn't believe this will have any impact on that whatsoever, and according to Golf Channel laughed at the idea: "I think he'll be fine. He can wait that out. I don't think that's imminent."

    Phelps spent a few weeks

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  • A look at what Olympic medalists will receive in February (R-Sport)On Feb. 15, 2013, a meteor entered Russian air space and crashed into Chelyabinsk. Nearly 1,500 people were injured after the blast from the impact broke so many windows. It left behind a reminder of its impact with pieces of meteor sprinkled over Chelyabinsk.

    On Feb. 15, 2014, Russia will be in the middle of hosting the Winter Olympics. Any medals awarded that day will have chunks of the meteor embedded in them.

    “We will hand out our medals to all the athletes who will win gold on that day, because both the meteorite strike and the Olympic Games are the global events,” Chelyabinsk Region Culture Minister Alexei Betekhtin said, according to R-Sport.

    Host cities and countries are known to leave their mark on the medals handed out. Beijing's medals used jade, a stone identified with China. Lilliehammer, Norway's gave medals of sparagmite in 1994. The stone is native to Scandinavia.

    Seven medals will be awarded on the 15th of February, with medals in events in Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, skeleton, ski-jumping and speedskating. Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is expected to compete that day, so she could home with a super-special meteor medal.

    Thanks, Olympics Talk.

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