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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Robot makes speed record

Tuesday - Mar 06, 2012, 06:56pm (GMT+5.5)
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London - A four-legged robot known as the Cheetah has set a new land speed record for legged robots by running at 29 kmph on a treadmill in Massachusetts.

The Cheetah, being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the US military's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, is part of a programme aimed at achieving theoretical and experimental advances in the science of robotics, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

The Cheetah broke a land speed record for legged robots that was set in 1989 when a two-legged robot at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ran at a speed of just over 21 kmph, the Boston Dynamics said in a statement.

Alfred Rizzi, chief robotics scientist at Boston Dynamics, said the goal is ultimately to get the Cheetah running much faster and in an outdoor environment.


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