• Camera That Usain Bolt Used to Take Pictures and Symmond's Spikes in Auction

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 A Swedish photographer says he hopes to raise money for charity by auctioning off a camera that Usain Bolt used to take pictures, after winning the 200-metre final at the London Olympics. 

Bolt grabbed the camera from Jimmy Wixtrom, of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, and snapped shots of the crowd and teammate Yohan Blake, who finished second. He then carved his name on the camera before handing it back to Wixtrom. 

Aftonbladet later published Bolts pictures as part of its coverage of the race. Wixtrom put the camera up for sale this week on e-Bay, saying the proceeds will go to the Swedish Cancer Society and Bolts own foundation for children in Jamaica. The starting price was $500 but bids climbed above $7,000 on Wednesday. The auction ends next week.  
 
Nick Symonds Auctions His Spikes
 
In an effort to raise money for one of his favorite charities, the Smile Train, Nick Symmonds is giving the shoes he raced in during the 2008 season to the highest bidder. The mens 800m was one of the shinning moments of the 2008 Olympic Trials and has been said by many to be one of the most exciting races in Olympic Trials history.
 
Nick was the winner of that event with a time of 1:44.10, earning him a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team. As Nick writes in the auction summary, "these shoes carried me to a win during the 2008 Olympic Trials...I liked these spikes so much that I continued to wear them during my competitions in Beijing. I still love these spikes, but they have sat in my closest for four years. It is time for them to be enjoyed by someone else and, in the process, change a childs life for the better." 
 
After only a few minutes the auctions reserve price of $250 had been reached. The auction is set to expire at 6:33 PM Pacific on October 21, 2012. 
 
Used Sources:AP/runnerspace.com
 
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