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Puma splashes out on sponsorship deal for Bolt

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Puma splashes out on sponsorship deal for Bolt
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21:15 CEST+02:00
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has renewed his sponsorship contract with German sportswear giant Puma through until the end of 2013, making him the best paid person in athletics.

Puma said that while the specific terms of the contract were undisclosed, the deal apparently puts the reigning 100m and 200m world record holder and double world and Olympic champion in his own class financially, as well.

"The figure is by far the largest ever given to a track and field athlete, positioning Bolt as a top earner in the world of sport, a further acknowledgment of his astonishing achievements over the past two years," Puma said.

The German company first signed with the Jamaican in 2003 when he was just 16 years old.

But Bolt has brought an early end to his season this year because of a nagging back problem.

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