Monday 16 July, 2018

Bolt's London Olympic spikes stolen

Jamaica's Usain Bolt removes his spikes after winning a 200-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Jamaica's Usain Bolt removes his spikes after winning a 200-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

A signed pair of running shoes worn by eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has been stolen from an address in Derbyshire, England.

The white, blue and red spikes were used by the Jamaican great in a 100 meters heat at the 2012 Games, Derbyshire Police said.

"The spikes are part of an extensive collection that I have built-up over the last 10 years," the victim said. "There are only four or five pairs of spikes that have been signed from the London 2012 Olympics, they are absolutely irreplaceable."

The victim did not want to be named.

A 35-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft. The shoes have yet to be recovered.

Bolt, 31, who retired after the 2017 world championships in London, won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, although he later lost the 2008 relay gold after a team-mate was disqualified for doping.

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