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Mihir Bose | 10:11 UK time, Monday, 18 August 2008

Just before I left London for Beijing my godson asked me: "Who will win the 100 metres?"

I was more than a little surprised to hear the question.

My godson, although not involved professionally with sport, has great interest in it and runs his own basketball team.

But I was surprised because it had been a long time since anyone had asked me about the 100m sprint.

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Clearly the arrival of Usain Bolt and the prospect of his rivalry with Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay had sparked an interest in the event which we have not had since the 1988 Olympics.

Remember that before the event unravelled on that shameful night in Seoul, there were three potential rivals who promised a memorable race: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and Linford Christie.

We did not know how awful that race would be, nor suspect that with Johnson's cheating, the 100m would die as a race where the anticipation would always be about athletic prowess not drugs.

One of the main achievements of Bolt may have been to make us believe that the 100m is once again the greatest event of the Olympics bar none, the event everyone looks forward to.

The honour of being the fastest man on earth has once again acquired some real meaning.

If added proof was needed of the impact Bolt has made, this came from the reaction of the women participating in the heptathlon.

They had just finished their event and with arms linked, jogged round the track receiving the crowd's acclaim.

Then they lined up in the stands, trying to squeeze into what space they could, to watch this remarkable race and this remarkable runner.

It was like girls at a school sports day gathering to watch the school sports star. Rather touching and part of the special appeal of the Olympics and the excitement generated by Bolt.

Bolt, of course, is well aware of this.

Twenty four hours after his feat, as he collected his medal, he posed on the stadium as if he was drawing on a large Cuban cigar.

Jamaicans who know him say this is not sign of an inflated ego but of the child in him.

Great moments in sport resonate long after the event is over.

You play it back in your mind, retell stories to friends and colleagues who have witnessed it, tell each other where you were when the event happened, analyse it from different angles and search for new ways of interpreting it.

All this has has been going in Beijing ever since 10.30pm on Saturday.

And the first voices were from the world of athletics saying Bolt with a single run had put Michael Phelps in his place.

Yes, Phelps has broken Spitz's record, which had stood for 36 years.

But while not too many people will recall individual moments of Phelps swimming - Bolt showboating 15m from the finish of a 100 metres race is now part of sporting legend.

The last week may been all about the deeds on the water. Now with a single race lasting less than ten seconds Bolt has regained the crown that in the Olympics always belongs to the track.

But unfortunately the drugs history of Olympics past still casts a huge shadow.

We live in sceptical, disbelieving times and this means in hailing Bolt's extraordinary achievement questions are also asked that reflect people's doubts and fears.

I'm not for a minute suggesting that he has cheated in any way but this is, of course, the burden Bolt, a clean athlete who has never failed a drug test, carries.

The burden of Olympics drug history destroying public credibility in the Games. Indeed when you raise this issue with Jamaicans they get very angry.

Bolt has been tested three times since he came to Beijing.

There have been over 32 tests conducted on the Jamaicans and twenty of their 49 athletes have been tested. Of course all have been found to be clean.

But if this is a legacy he has to live with because of the Olympics failure to catch cheats, there are other questions raised by the very manner of his victory.

Why did he not put his head down and smash the world record? Why showboat 15m before the end?

The theory, as advanced even in the Jamaican camp, is he is that he is following Sergei Bubka's example.

Bubka broke the pole vault record incrementally, every time he broke it it meant more money for him.

Bolt has more races to run, more opportunities to break it again and again and every time he does so he will increase his market value.

Olympics may not be about money, only medals, but can you blame any athlete for trying to convert gold into hard cash as often as he can.

And, of course, Bolt is well aware of how coveted he is by the world.

About two weeks ago when he arrived in Beijing, few people on his flight recognised him, he carried his own bags and he came in to the city unheralded.

On Sunday afternoon I, along with some of the world's media, waited in a posh Beijing hotel for a glimpse of him.

The occasion was a launch to promote Jamaica as a destination by the Minister of Tourism and launch plans for a 100m beach sprint event on the island.

The Jamaican Tourism ministry had laid on a buffet where the minister hoped to welcome Bolt.

But Bolt was too tired to come, and the minister had to make do with Miss World instead.

It is a measure of Bolt's status that hardly anyone looked at her and everyone wanted to know when Bolt would come and how they could meet him.

It was a case of speed, and the manner in which the speed was displayed to the world, winning over beauty, which, after all, is only skin deep.

Bolt has more to offer than what we saw on Saturday night.

And for that matter so do the Jamaicans whose women had a remarkable 1-2-3 in their 100m on Sunday night.

There could well be more golds on the track for the Jamaicans who are threatening American dominance, and have already eclipsed them in the sprints.

Even now the Jamaican success raises questions of how an island of 2.6m people can be so successful.

The Jamaican answer is that they believe in harnessing young talent and nurturing it through school with teachers and coaches prepared to devote their spare time to do so.

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  • 1. At 11:32am on 18 Aug 2008, thinkstuff wrote:

    Would contend the theory which you advance that people believe "even in the Jamaican camp, is he is that he is [sic] following Sergei Bubka's example." Admittedly, you don't state explicitly that you subscribe to it, but it seems too absurd to countenance, and it would have been better to disregard it.

    There's a reason that great pole vaulters can make a huge profit from repeatedly breaking the record - namely, they are in total control of the bar height. The increments at which they raise it are up to them.

    Bolt could slow off deliberately, I suppose - but let us not forget that this was an Olympic final and he knew he'd won. The same man who drew the imaginary bow when the cameras panned to him at the start, who we saw throw shapes as preparation, who isn't yet 22 - is he so calculating in his enjoyment of the 100m that he was thinking about the bigger world records to come?

    In his interview immediately afterwards he said he had no idea that he'd run the world record. And why would he? He stormed around the track without so much as turning around.

    Lowering his arms into a wind-resistant position and then beating his chest will reside with me for far longer than if he'd sprinted the last metres and dipped on the line at 9.6x. But the magic of the moment derived from his evident enjoyment, and there was not a fibre in him cynically thinking of bigger records to come.

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  • 2. At 12:56pm on 18 Aug 2008, Moutarde wrote:

    I am astonished that you can sit there and talk about drugs and Bolt in the same sentence. He has never been caught using drugs. Why bring it up now? Perhaps to justify an utterly pointless and incredibly difficult to read blog? Seriously, do you ever read your own Blogs, Mihir? I think the child-like nature of your writing style might surprise you if you did.

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  • 3. At 1:05pm on 18 Aug 2008, KeithHill_Revolution wrote:

    "In his interview immediately afterwards he said he had no idea that he'd run the world record"

    Bolt also said in his post-race interview that he was not interested in beating the world record, and only wanted to win the gold medal. So when he saw how far ahead he was, and knew he was going to win, he celebrated. The idea that he is beating the record incrementally is nonsense.

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  • 4. At 1:16pm on 18 Aug 2008, Rocketastic wrote:

    I gotta agree with Mihir vehently on mentioning drugs. WADA has been on the Jamaican authorities to step up their drug testing procedures and they are by no means up to speed yet. Let's look at Greece, a nation with a deeply flawed system of drugs testing that only got on to a proper testing system thie year since when 18 of their athletes have failed tests icluding one track Olympic champion and not including those jokers Kenteris and Thanou.

    I'm afraid the recent laws of averages dictate Jamaica WILL have drug cheats within their ranks inspite of a wealth of national talent. However, in Bolts case I think (like Michael Johnson) he benefits from a freakish physiological advantage. Johnson had his brillaint and unique running manner and Bolt is the first 'co-ordinated' giant sprinter.

    Remember testing out of season on a regular basis with neutral and relaible testers is the key to catching the cheats. Jamaica has NOT had this in place properly yet.

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  • 5. At 1:18pm on 18 Aug 2008, Rocketastic wrote:

    I gotta agree with Mihir vehently on mentioning drugs. WADA has been on the Jamaican authorities to step up their drug testing procedures and they are by no means up to speed yet. Let's look at Greece, a nation with a deeply flawed system of drugs testing that only got on to a proper testing system this year since when 18 of their athletes have failed tests including one track Olympic champion and not including those jokers Kenteris and Thanou.

    I'm afraid the recent laws of averages dictate Jamaica WILL have drug cheats within their ranks inspite of a wealth of national talent. However, in Bolts case I think (like Michael Johnson) he benefits from a freakish physiological advantage. Johnson had his brillaint and unique running manner and Bolt is the first 'co-ordinated' giant sprinter.

    Remember testing out of season on a regular basis with neutral and reliable testers is the key to catching the cheats. Jamaica has NOT had this in place properly yet.

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  • 6. At 1:18pm on 18 Aug 2008, raincheck123 wrote:

    Much as I admire your stewardship of BBC Sport, Mihir - and believe me, I do - I find myself agreeing with Moutarde's comment ("the child-like nature of your writing style"). I find it baffling that BBC writers seem to feel the need to dumb-down their writing to Sun-editorial levels, where a paragraph with more than one sentence would be deemed too taxing for the readership, and where an argument that does anything more than skim the surface would be mistaken for philosophy. Can you please raise your sights above the lowest common denominator, please?

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  • 7. At 1:31pm on 18 Aug 2008, Mesna reject wrote:

    agree with modstake on this one... Bolt's celebrations 15metres out were because with all the pressure heaped on him as overwhelming favourite, he knew that he had won

    it was only natural therefore for him to celebrate and I disagree with any theories that he was being disrespetful or looking to protect a time

    this was no different to Nicole Cooke or any other cycler doing the same but the only reason this is now an issue as like MJ said on BBC, there has never been such a talent to be so far ahead that he can "shut it down" and celebrate before the race has finished

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  • 8. At 1:55pm on 18 Aug 2008, BigShifty wrote:

    It is a shame that he must be scrutinized and linked with potential drug taking. Not the fault of the Olympics, the testers or Mihir Bose, and certainly not the fault of The Lightening Bolt, whose youthful exuberance set the entire world alight.
    Everyone I have talked to since the event has spoken of it with misty eyed enthusiasm, and I still get shivers in my spine when I remember watching it.
    The cynics will call him a showboat, get over it fools,
    its not his fault he was having a completely great time.

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  • 9. At 2:08pm on 18 Aug 2008, SudaNim wrote:

    I will never forget Bolt's performance on Saturday night.

    Firstly, he's a man who shouldn't be in that event. Tall and long-legged, he has torn-up the sprinting coaching manual. Everyone knows that with that body, he should be a 400m runner not a 100m runner! I can't help wondering if he'll go one better than Lewis and try for a sprinting clean sweep in London.

    Secondly, in showboating he gave us a statement that he could go even faster.

    I don't think he chose to break the world record only 'a bit'. In the 100m the records are typically broken by only a few hundredths of a second. It would frankly be a miracle if he could identify that celebrating early meant that he would knock off only 3/100s. Sure, he could win the gold whilst showboating as he can SEE he is in the lead, but the WR? No, he'd not be able to tell that was in the bag.

    On the drugs issue, sure I'll admit that it crossed my mind, and my wife said the same thing out loud on Saturday. I said to her that until we hear something to the contrary, we should assume that all the athletes are clean, and applaud their achievements. It's hard not to be cynical after Ben Johnson though.

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  • 10. At 2:53pm on 18 Aug 2008, Sanfardo wrote:

    For me, the best observation for me in the article above is that

    'Bolt with a single run (has) put Phelps in his place'

    I couldn't agree more. After days of hysterical coverage of the 'Greatest Olympian ever'- its lovely to read a sense of perspective most people probably sense.

    Just because Bolts don't come along every year or even every Olympics, doesn't mean we should try to substitute any convenient story for 'The Real McCoy'.

    In my opinion Phelps is a naturally talented, fast swimmer, with confidence in his ability and great consistency- but he is also appears to be an unremarkable guy with no obvious charisma, or star quality. He races in an sport that, rightly or wrongly, dishes out medals like sweets for essentially doing the same thing in many different ways. I'm sure if many truly 'great' Olympians could compete in 8 different events at the same Games, stripping off the tracksuit the second the latest medal ceremony is done, they would do. I know I'm not the only person who lost interest after the first two or three golds. If it was so great, why was he collecting medals like trinkets?

    You don't need to be told what a great moment in sport or anything is, nobody needs a running commentary, you just know it when it comes along.

    Bolt, this genial giant, with great natural talent, put in an effortless performance so at odds with the labours of those beside him it was truly a beautiful thing to watch, a work of art. The very fact it was effortless and totally enjoyable to him (ath that moment) made it unforgettable. If the guy never runs a race ever again, it will still be unforgettable.

    No, everyone knows what is truly 'great', you feel it when you witness it- so please, no more pretenders being pushed forward as being in the same bracket. I for one am happy to wait for the real thing.

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  • 11. At 3:01pm on 18 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "I am astonished that you can sit there and talk about drugs and Bolt in the same sentence. He has never been caught using drugs."

    It has to be said I'm afraid. There have been many runners who have been convicted of using drugs who have run times between Bolt's 9.69 and the second place man's 9.89. Work the logic out there.

    The manner of Bolt's last thirty metres also stretched credibility to breaking point in a sport that hasn't enjoyed much good will over the years. It certainly beat Ben Johnson's raised arm over the finishing line.

    Jamaica's own drugs testing regime leaves an awful lot to be desired, and there are still parts of drug testing you can drive a lorry through. Out of competition testing in third world countries still contains many loopholes.

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  • 12. At 3:25pm on 18 Aug 2008, Moutarde wrote:

    "It has to be said I'm afraid. There have been many runners who have been convicted of using drugs who have run times between Bolt's 9.69 and the second place man's 9.89. Work the logic out there."

    There haven't been any who are 6'5"...

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  • 13. At 3:55pm on 18 Aug 2008, algomajoker wrote:

    I, for one, believe that Bolt was showboating at the end of the race, and I found his behavior to be crass and disrespectful. There are events where athletes can get away with that type of behavior-- the NBA is certainly an example of that-- but it doesn't belong in the Olympics. Athletes from around the world go to the Olympics to give their complete effort to their events. They respect the Olympic movement and what it stands for. With all its flaws, the Olympics are still an ideal that we all should strive for.
    But not Bolt. With his chest thumping and slow down, he not only tarnished his achievement and his reputation, he showed his complete disrespect for all the other Olympic athlete who gave 100% to their events, from start to finish, win or lose.
    As for the argument that he's only 22 and showing a youthful exuberance, I can only say that it's time he grew up.
    I believe that the IOC should strongly express thier disapporval to the Jamaican Olympic Committee, and make it clear that such behavior isn't welcome in the games.

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  • 14. At 4:17pm on 18 Aug 2008, birdseyeview wrote:

    Bolt is a phenomenon not seen in sprinting. I don't think he had a 'Bubka' moment on Saturday. He has the record. He didn't have a gold medal. 100m runners earn the most anyway.
    Facts are though that it is incredibly hard to control speed over 100m and at anyway at 21 he has time to do smash it properly.
    I agree with you Mihir, it's great to see the Olympics regain some focus on the blue ribbon event. I was blown away.It's all about Bolt now. Forget Gay and Powell. He is miles ahead. I am suprised people think he would run 9.6. I think 9.5's are closer. No one will touch him for some time now. Bring on the 200m record!

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  • 15. At 4:56pm on 18 Aug 2008, worthingwire wrote:

    Not sure about him getting the 200m record this week. Johnson's time still stands as phenomenal, and while Bolt may get it in time, the chances are he'll be so far clear of the rest again that an encore of his Martin Offiah impression with 20 metres left seems likely.
    I hope he breaks it, though, if only to see Johnson's reaction...

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  • 16. At 5:00pm on 18 Aug 2008, alisopinion wrote:

    Dear algomajoker - hate, anger and bitterness really does not suit you unless of course your intention was to put a smile on my face, then it’s perfect!
    Usain Bolt is an incredible young runner from humble un-hyped beginnings; that and his agility adds to what make him an exceptional athlete. Referring to him as Great doesn’t seem just. He sang and danced before the start of the race because he was relaxed and he seemed to know he could easily do well, and, at the same time I really do not believe he realizes his own ability. The only thing he was concerned about, he commented, and the only reason he wanted to really win the Gold in Beijing was because he would remain the Olympic champion until the next Olympics. Unlike a World Champion where someone else could easily break the WR at any time (and he believes a WR is easily broken) he can remain an Olympic champion for the next four years. He saw firsthand how Asafa Powell his Jamaican counterpart standings quickly slipped after he broke Asafas’ WR when he competed in the 100m race for the SECOND time this year.

    What where you doing at 21? If you got up today picked up a sport you kind of liked second to dancing and playing cricket and became an Olympic Gold Medalist that same year what would you do to celebrate apologize?
    Quite notable, did you happen to see the Jamaican women create history in the 200M race? Kerron Stewart as she was warming had quite a long display of bandages on the back of her thigh from the blood she as well as all athletes have drawn for drug testing after EVERY race. Perhaps if the Jamaican authorities didn’t “catch those Jamaicans” the Olympic authorities will. I’m sure you will hope for the best.

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  • 17. At 5:15pm on 18 Aug 2008, highthief wrote:

    Are people serious about him "showboating" - that this is somehow disrespectful? Or that he deliberately slowed down so that he can set more records and make more money?

    It doesn't work that way. Unlike a pole vaulter (Bubka) who has ample time and three attempts to break a record every meet, the 100 is over in a flash - there is no time for thinking in that way.

    As for his celebration - yeah, God forbid athletes show spontaneous joy and happiness at the defining moment of their career. (end sarcasm)


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  • 18. At 5:18pm on 18 Aug 2008, andbon95 wrote:

    I didnt actually note the author of this piece prior to reading it, but wasnt surprised to see mihir boses name in the comments at the end. Every article Ive ever read of his is full of the same totally non-insightful moronic rubbish. Where were you in 1992? Everyone was Christie mad! Incremental world records? Ridiculous, and completely wrong. It certainly wouldn't increase his market value like running a Flo-Jo like 9.5 would

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  • 19. At 5:37pm on 18 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "There haven't been any who are 6'5"..."

    If you knew much about sprinting you'd know that just raises even more questions.

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  • 20. At 5:43pm on 18 Aug 2008, josefall wrote:

    You people who are suggesting that Bolt use drugs to win the 100m have a nerve, because we are not big like you we are going to be bad mouthed, no wonder the world is the way it is because some of you people just believe you are better than others, we do not need drugs, we use our God given talent to achieve what we have.

    We are poor people we dont go about experiementing like you do, thinking you have to be at the top of everything, no wonder you people cheat.

    Leave us alone, we are who we are, a decent, God-fearing, loving, jovial people who do not cheat our way to the top, we serve God and live right.

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  • 21. At 5:55pm on 18 Aug 2008, josefall wrote:

    I hear no complain about Phelps and his 8 gold world record medals, yet Bolt win the 100m and there is a bunch of people having the nerve to suggest his performance is drug enhanced.
    I am not for one minute suggesting that Phelps is doing drug now, I am just comparing the two phenominal event that took place at the olympics.

    Are you people going to say too that the three jamaicans who sweep the 100 female race are on drugs too!!!! the nerve of you haters, but guess what, whatever you say, when you badmouth us that only give us the drive to make you all look more like a fool. Who are more show-boaters than the Americans was in the similar event at the last olympics, and they could not even do what Bolt did and they were on drugs, look at the way they behave then, their problem is now, they have seen how tight the drug testing body is and they have all slacken off the drugs so they cant perform as well.

    Leave us alone we are not like you people are, we have raw talent which are nurtured from our youths, we walk miles to go to school we do not feast on fast food, our foreparents had to run like crazy and work like mad under the slave masters whip and we take those attribute from them, thats why we are how we are, you people make us what we are.. you enslaved us and we rise above it all, do your research.

    We dont do drugs we have natural born talent

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  • 22. At 6:33pm on 18 Aug 2008, peter2o6 wrote:

    Whatever Jamaica's testing regime, the ICC have been extensively and independently testing atheletes during these olympics.
    His performance to those in the athletics fraternity is not unbelievable as many of his counterparts have commented.

    He is clean and that could be the most phenomenal atheletic feat I will ever witnness for the following reasons:

    1. He is so confident at 21

    2. He is 6'5

    3. He's relaxed - taking naps and eating fast food before the race (we'll take his word)

    4. He showed up for the race acting as if it was a mid-season practice session.

    5. Ran the race with his shirt untucked

    6. There was no tail wind like the previous two record-setting races

    7. He celebrated 80% into the race

    8. Set a new world record

    If that doesn't do it for you, you hate sports.

    If the kid doesn't win another race for the rest of his life, that performance was still legendary.

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  • 23. At 7:36pm on 18 Aug 2008, A Hyena Joins wrote:

    "And the first voices were from the world of athletics saying Bolt with a single run had put Michael Phelps in his place.

    Yes, Phelps has broken Spitz's record, which had stood for 36 years.

    But while not too many people will recall individual moments of Phelps swimming - Bolt showboating 15m from the finish of a 100 metres race is now part of sporting legend."

    Nonsense. What about Phelps' wild celebrations at the end of the 4x100 Freestyle relay?

    Or the stare-out and subsequent hundredth-of-a-second win over Kavic during the final of the 100m 'Fly?


    Pfft, journalists...what do they know anyway?

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  • 24. At 8:03pm on 18 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "I hear no complain about Phelps and his 8 gold world record medals, yet Bolt win the 100m and there is a bunch of people having the nerve to suggest his performance is drug enhanced."

    Phelps might well be, but there are a lot of variables in swimming (hydrodynamics for one) and swimming doesn't have quite the history of advantage through drug use that sprinting has. The returns are just so high in sprinting.

    Additionally, Phelps is part of a national set up that at least has some organised out-of-competition testing programme, if not perfect.

    "Are you people going to say too that the three jamaicans who sweep the 100 female race are on drugs too!!!!"

    They wouldn't be the first women sprinters to fall under suspicion or ultimately fail later, let's put it that way.

    Marion Jones NEVER failed a drugs test like Bolt (her A sample was positive but her B sample was negative), and like Bolt, she had a history of success at junior level. Her 200 metre youth record still sands. Florence Griffith-Joyner was similar. We all know she was clean at races, right?

    Merlene Ottey was banned for testing positive for nandrolone (both samples) and was cleared - by the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association having never tested positive before. Work that out.

    "Who are more show-boaters than the Americans was in the similar event at the last olympics, and they could not even do what Bolt did and they were on drugs"

    What might that tell you?

    "We dont do drugs we have natural born talent"

    That's great, but unfortunately the Jamaican athletics association still refuses to set up a body to regulate out-of-competition drug testing where an athlete can train and push their body with the use of drugs, but be totally clean when in competition.

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  • 25. At 8:05pm on 18 Aug 2008, nickcica wrote:

    The comments on drug taking demonstrate a tragic misunderstanding. People want to divide athletes into the evil drug takers on one side (Ben Johnson), and the "natural talents" (Usain Bolt) on the other who don't need it.

    This is extremely naive and the reality is far more subtle. The natural talents take drugs because other natural talents do. Carl Lewis was a phenomenal natural talent. Had he not taken drugs, how would he have competed with Ben Johnson? Or Linford Christie? (to name two who failed drugs tests). And if Lewis and Christie were taking drugs, what choice does anyone else have? You either join them or lose to them.

    Yes, Usain Bolt is a fantastic natural talent. But I am very reluctant to believe he is clean. WADA knows what is going on in Jamaica and I don't believe that Bolt's natural gifts exclude the possibility (or likelihood) that he is doing what most of the other Jamaicans are clearly doing.

    If all the world were clean, then I have no doubt Bolt would be winning like he did on Saturday. But the world's sprinters are most certainly not clean. Let's not be naive. Justin Gatlin, Marion Jones, Butch Reynolds ... the list of gifted athletes who subsequently were shown to be on doping programmes is just too long to give us confidence that Bolt isn't doing exactly the same.

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  • 26. At 8:16pm on 18 Aug 2008, worthingwire wrote:

    #22

    You could add another one:

    The laces were undone on one of his shoes.

    LOL.

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  • 27. At 8:21pm on 18 Aug 2008, Ecofish wrote:

    The comments on drug taking demonstrate a tragic misunderstanding.

    i agree, but for a different reason - viz winners are tested because they stand a chance of winning; and it didn't take a genious to guess that mr bolt might win.

    why then wd we expect anything else?

    by the way, I enjoyed the above blogging

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  • 28. At 8:45pm on 18 Aug 2008, DrCajetanCoelho wrote:

    Hearty Congratulations to Usain Bolt. What a run ! Top quality athletes are coming out of tiny Jamaica in good number all the time.




    Dr. Cajetan Coelho

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  • 29. At 9:03pm on 18 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "Whatever Jamaica's testing regime, the ICC have been extensively and independently testing atheletes during these olympics."

    Unfortunately, in-competition testing is useless, and only an idiot would have substances left in their system now. Pre-season training is the key. Out-of-competition testing is something that needs seriously tightening up on in certain countries like Jamaica (and everywhere), and the Jamaican Athletics Association has refused to do so.

    This has happened in cycling. Country A cracks down on testing and suddenly they do less well. Plucky country B then starts putting in performances where people run out of superlatives.

    When Jamaica starts testing, I start believing. It is within the power of athletes like Usain Bolt and athletics federations like Jamaica to put this to bed completely.

    It's not just Jamaica and it's not personal. This is simply a product of what has surrounded the sport in lots of countries for twenty years.

    "He is 6'5"

    The laws of physics are against him. As a human being, he will have as much strength, explosive power and acceleration as other athletes putting in the training an bench presses, but he's managing to do that with inches more in height, more body mass and weight.

    It doesn't take a genius to work out that Usain Bolt needs to be able to convert more stored energy into more movement than anyone else to accelerate as fast, and significantly more strength and power to keep that pace up than anyone else. A taller person does not have more strength and power than others in relation to the proportion of the height difference of others, which is why sprinters tend to be within a height range. Not too short where they don't have enough power, but not too tall where that power is being wasted via extra weight and aerodynamic disadvantage.

    In theory, if you can get a taller sprinter with a longer stride pattern then he will be faster in the manner Bolt is, but he'll need to have proportionately more strength and power than his shorter competitors in relation to his height. That strength and power has to be significant, and has to come from somewhere.

    "There was no tail wind like the previous two record-setting races......He celebrated 80% into the race.............Set a new world record"

    Yes, and he raced a time faster than anyone who has ever been using drugs in the history of the 100 metres. Basically, Usain Bolt isn't winning races in the first thirty metres or the last thirty metres. He's winning all his races in the middle forty metres and it's then game over.

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  • 30. At 9:16pm on 18 Aug 2008, peter2o6 wrote:

    cilurnum - 29

    Wonderful scrutiny, the kid is clean.

    What a load of rubbish, why aren't there any other 6'5 atheletics greats.

    If you were to offer the same ridiculous scrutiny Mr Phelps, you would find him to be a cronic drug user.







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  • 31. At 9:42pm on 18 Aug 2008, akahemi wrote:

    I think the BBC Radio 5 line on Saturday morning in my mind was shameful broadcasting .
    What I heard from Nicky Campbell , Mat Williams and Alan Green was so unbalanced and without any evidence that it was shocking .
    They were all being very sinical about usain Bolt and were almost saying that this guy had almost certainly taken drugs to run like that .
    What concerns me are 2 things :

    1. There is no evidence that he has taken drugs.
    2. If you are going to be sinical about Usain Bolt , how about also being sinical about Phelps with his unbelievable 8 gold medals . Afer all there is more drug taking history in American athletes in the past then Jamaica .
    I think these commentators need to report the facts rather then comment on their own personal bias towards an athlete .

    I think in these days when we are trying to turn black kids away from knife crime , to come out with this sort of broadcasting will not help the situation.

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  • 32. At 9:56pm on 18 Aug 2008, jaqt08 wrote:

    Even if Jamaica did have a testing body or facility it would be criticised for being of inferior quality and biased. Jamaica is a country of limited resources. The elite runners still have to seek out international facilities in neighbouring US or Europe to train and bring themselves up to world class level.

    It does not have the funding, technology or facilities to test for the sophisticated drugs that have been developed for these athletes to use.

    That does not equal advocacy for no testing, but at this time a well equipped, internationally reputable, independent body is conducting testing on Jamaican athletes and the results are good, is this not enough to satisfy the scrutiny of the world?

    There have been Jamaican born athletes, who ran for the flags of other nations and were found positive, why did those flag nations not discover the drug use? Why did Canada and GB fail to adequately police their athletes? Certainly they had better resources to do so.

    Certainly any athlete who stuns the world with a display such as BOLT put on opens himself/herself to questions and speculation but let us not become so jaded that we can no longer believe in the ability of man to amaze, to electrify and to take the human race to a higher level of achievement.

    If we dare to believe he is clean what does that mean? It means that one of us has achieved something that no-one thought was possible. It means that one of us has made the previously unthinkable now possible. It means that we still have not reached the limit of our capabilities, we still dont know just exactly what is impossible and thats a great great feeling.

    Its what makes the olympics great because mankind can look on and see his fellow man conquer limitations and show that anything is possible

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  • 33. At 9:59pm on 18 Aug 2008, Gensportfan wrote:

    I have heard some banwagonist comments and some real haters in this blog. It started from the bloggers through to some of you haters who only wish you had and athlete with such talent. Let me tell you why Jamaican born and trained athlete will never take drugs.

    1. If you are caught taking drugs(especially like most of our major athletes parents are christian) your parents/friends would kill you. And i might that literal in some instant.

    2. Have a look at the Jamaica high school atheltic events and you see why the good talents come through....


    Jamaican atheletes have always been performing, it's just the the drugs up american/germany and sometime british athletes have prevented them from shining.

    Let me name a few Jamaican Athlete who have performed exceptionally well for other country......

    Sanya Richards (USA 400m)
    Donovan Bailey(Can 100m)
    Inga Miller (USA 100 and 200 metres).

    Are all those drugs cheats as well; just as you are suggesting Bolt is....

    AS FOR ALL YOU TALKING ABOUT WADA, CHECK THE RECORDS........ JAMAICAN ATHLETES ARE TESTED AT ALL IAAF SANCTIONED EVENTS, OUT OF COMPETITION ARE DONE WHY THE JAAA AND SENT TO A LAB IN THE UK FOR TESTING. CHECK THE FACT HATERS BEFORE LOOKING LIKE A FOOL WITH HEAR SAY....... FOR THE RECORD THE JAAA HAVE NOW PUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE TO SET-UP OUR OWN TESTING SYSTEM.


    USAIN GO FOR THE 200M..... LET THEM HATE AS DEM CAAN STOP WI... DEM A GO DISAPINTED WHEN DEM FINE OUT WI A NUH CHEAT......

    JAMAICA HAVE THE FASTEST MAN IN A LIFE, HIM FASSA DAAN CAAR AND BIKE 9.69 AND DI RECORDS GAAN....

    OOUT AN BADD........ BOOM BLASS JAMAICA GAAN A LEAD.

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  • 34. At 10:33pm on 18 Aug 2008, boromunnsmogg wrote:

    gensportfan id be able to take what you are saying seriously if you could spell correctly

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  • 35. At 10:34pm on 18 Aug 2008, boromunnsmogg wrote:

    and is it really that bad to be so cynical about usain bolt? I mean he really has defied the laws of physics and during his races he seems a bit too at ease if you ask me..........

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  • 36. At 00:06am on 19 Aug 2008, pineapple wrote:

    He has the leg speed to go with his long stride pattern. This gives him an instant advantage over the rest of the field.

    We probably wont see another person with such leg speed and a long stride pattern for a long time.

    The guy is a freak of nature, a once in a lifetime occurence.

    I dont think we'll see another like him in my lifetime.

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  • 37. At 01:21am on 19 Aug 2008, jafallon wrote:

    When are you people going to grow up and stop the envy, we may not have a testing body, we may not have the money for it, but our athletes are tested very often, they are in school and people from the international body just pounce on them for testing, they are at home and the same thing happen, grow up, not only first world country can win medals, gosh!!!!

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  • 38. At 01:29am on 19 Aug 2008, manta_is_here wrote:

    Post 34: Some of post 33 is written in patois...

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  • 39. At 05:40am on 19 Aug 2008, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    I am in the USA. I have heard NBC talk down Bolt for celebrating too early, saying he took the shine off his win. They then said that children should not try to emulate this man, as he is not showing sportsmanship, or Olympic spirit. They say he was demeaning to the other runners. May I be struck down if I am reporting falsehoods. In fact, they have dedicated about 2 minutes to the subject every time Bolt is mentioned, and he is not mentioned much.

    I need not comment much on this. I am sure you will say the same I say. Personally, Bolt has taken all the international attention away from Phelps. I was not only impressed with his time, obviously, but blown away by the way he did it. Never will that be forgotten, and dare I say it, it will remembered as much as Jesse Owens' jump 1936.

    NBC have also commented on the gymnastics, and they have called the anyone who has beaten the Americans "Cheats". They have done this about 4 times now, and dedicated at least 3 minutes of vitriol to this each time they cover it. This is straight up.

    To remind you, this is America saying someone is over celebrating and not celebrating with humility. Yup.

    This is America calling other gymnasts cheats when last year Paul Hann was given the gold medal by mistake (they didn't add it up properly), and yet they refused to give the gold back, even though he lost fair and square.

    What planet are NBC on? Would they say the same thing if he was from the USA? You decide. For me, Bolt's performance was that of total Olympic legend, from preparation, to jogging over the line. If there were no such things as TV cameras, it would have become an unbelievable myth.

    There is no "but" in any praise for this. Just "wow, did he really just do what I thought he did?".

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  • 40. At 05:43am on 19 Aug 2008, johnsemlak wrote:

    While I broadly agree that the 100 m is far more of a draw than swimming, I'll disagree that Bolt's run immediately reduces the significance of Phelps 8 medals. Phelps has set a record that will stand for 30 years or longer in all likelyhood. In the 100 m, records fall all the time, and Bolt's is likely to fall fairly soon as well, if only because he clearly can run faster himself.

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  • 41. At 05:53am on 19 Aug 2008, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    Let them do their drug tests, and if they pass, they pass.

    Phelps broke 7 world records, and won 8 golds, in a competition where thelevel of attainment is much greater than in Spitz day.

    Who is questioning that?

    Did he even give a sample?

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  • 42. At 06:44am on 19 Aug 2008, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 43. At 09:41am on 19 Aug 2008, pmatson wrote:

    I for one am disgusted at Bolt and have no time for him. I realize this comment is going to annoy people but the reasons I make this comment are thus:
    I find it very insulting to the other sprinters that he slowed up with 15 meters to go and started celebrating. Keith Hill made the point that Bolt is only interested in winning the gold medal and is not interested in the world record and therefore started celebrating with 15 minutes to go. I completely disagree with this point. For the sack of the race he should have held off his celebration for 1 second and finished the race running flat out. What Bolt did by slowing up with 15 meters to go showed and complete lack of respect for the other sprinters, for the Olympic games, and to the spectators in the stadium that paid their hard money for the privilege of been in the stadium to watch this race. I for one would have felt cheated if I had paid into the stadium to watch these athletes try their very best and run flat out only to witness this showing boating fool purposely slow up. The race lasts less than 10 second so it’s not asking too much of him to run flat out for it’s entire duration.
    I for one hope Bolt is beaten in the 200 meters as he doesn’t deserve another medal.
    For these reasons the suggestion that Bolt is a better athlete than Phelps is absurd. Phelps is 10 times the athlete the Bolt will ever be. You don’t see Phelps purposely slowing up in final races. On a final note Bolt has completely quenched my interest in the 100 meter sprint.

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  • 44. At 09:59am on 19 Aug 2008, Gensportfan wrote:

    "Boromunnsmogg."

    You just prove to me you don't know nothing about JAMAICA, so you are not qualify to talk about our athletes or our systems.

    If you had any know about JA you would realise apart of my post was written in PATIOS........ Boom Bam Bam Connect.........

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  • 45. At 10:06am on 19 Aug 2008, Gensportfan wrote:

    Pmatson... I bet you really feel so cheated... Oh poor you, we will survive without you watch another 100m race... Oh i just realise, you will watch once Craig Pickering, Tyrone Edgar or one of the other loosers can do the same..... Oh my God, i just remembered they are not good enough. I guess that mean you will never be watching another 100m again.....

    Oh well bye bye Pmatson...... Long live the 100m while you are not watching

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  • 46. At 10:27am on 19 Aug 2008, pmatson wrote:

    Thank you Gensportfan for your completely useless waste of time brain dead comment. Instead of getting sarcastic why don't you try and exercise a small degree of intelligence (which I doubt you have) and try countering my points. Although as my points are all valid I guess you can't. Truth hurts doesn't it?
    Also, as I'm not British I don't really care how Craig Pickering or Tyrone Edgar do. Although after seeing the cocky Bolt in action I will now support them over Bolt.

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  • 47. At 10:39am on 19 Aug 2008, jhfgdsaw wrote:

    Usain Bolt is tall, fast and strong.... Rumour has it, Harry Redknapp is trying to sign him

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  • 48. At 1:42pm on 19 Aug 2008, algomajoker wrote:

    The people who are criticising Bolt's behavior during the race, aren't 'haters'; We don't like poor sportsmanship. It's as simple as that, and no more complicated.
    I was gratified to hear Bob Costas echo my concerns about being respectful to his fellow athletes and to the Games themselves. I believe they are justified.
    I've been glued to my TV, every four years, since Montreal, and I don't care who it was running, Edwin Moses, Valery Borzov, or Alberto Jauntorena, or where they were from. I rooted for them because they were showing me how great you can be. I am thrilled by Bolt's gifts, and I don't hope he loses in the 200. I hope he's faster than ever. I will celebrate with him, all day long, but after the race is over, not during the last 15 meters of the race. The fact that he's loose and relaxed before the race, or he celebrated after his 100m win, isn't, and shouldn't be, at issue. And neither should the drug speculation. Why denegrate his achievement just for the sake of speculation? Innocent until proven guilty, remember?

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  • 49. At 1:44pm on 19 Aug 2008, spaniel77 wrote:

    I watched your BBC News report last night (18 August) with some surprise. You contrasted the medal haul of the British rowers/ sailors/ cyclists with the track and field contestants and said that something was clearly wrong with management structure of track and field.
    Personally, the obvious explanation is the relative lack of competition in the sports we were successful in. Just about anyone with a pair of shoes can run, so the competition is significant. Investing in rowing/ sailing/ cycling excludes the vast majority of planet, so it is relatively easier to win. You can certainly say we have invested our money wisely. Whether our lead is sustainable is a moot point but it has little to do management, just successful lobbying for money in the first place.

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  • 50. At 1:50pm on 19 Aug 2008, iGlad wrote:

    Pmatson oh how I laughed at your dribble of a post, so filled with envy and spite. Bad sportsmanship, I think not entertainment yes, the greatest 100m ever in my lifetime yes, will it be beaten probably not. The fact that he slowed down, which he had been doing in the heats is how he runs, he knows he's won he slows up. Also Bolt has to run the 200m, which is his favourite event, so no point in overdoing it even if it is a 100m final. I have watched his final over and over again in slow motion and also backwards and either way it's breathtaking. He's a freak of nature perhaps who knows and who cares but the man makes the sprints exciting again because it isn't a drug cheating yank who's winning it.

    Also with regard to drug taking athletes in Jamaica who are medals winners, they would be shot and I mean shot, which would mean they could never go back to the island, it's as simple as that.

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  • 51. At 1:56pm on 19 Aug 2008, pmatson wrote:

    Well done algormajoker for a good comment! I will second your point that there is nothing wrong with celebrating a victory as long as it is done after the race is over and not 15 meters before the end. Especially in a race that is only 100 meters long and lasts less than 10 seconds.
    Bolt would do well to gain a little more respect for the games, the spectators and his fellow sprinters.

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  • 52. At 2:13pm on 19 Aug 2008, pmatson wrote:

    Glad4me, you are another in a long line of fools. First of all I'm neither envious of spiteful and I will not deny that Bolt is a brilliant sprinter. I do recognize his talent.
    Your point about overdoing it in the 100 meters is absolutely the stupidest comment I've ever read. If he ran flat out as he should have for the last 15 meters it would not have hampered his chances in the 200meters in the slightest. Your point is so absurd its plain stupid and shows you haven't a clue about what you're commenting on.

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  • 53. At 2:17pm on 19 Aug 2008, iGlad wrote:

    spaniel77 it's quite obvious from your comments you know little if anything about the world of cycling/rowing. Sure not everyone in the world competes at cycling but it has a global audience around the world and to assume it's easy to win a gold medal isn't doing justice to all the cycling/rowing competitors at the olympics.

    The lack of competition in cycling? have you not heard of the tour de france/italy/britain and other international track meets indoor/outdoor held all over europe/world?

    Athletics is so easy to get funding for its a joke, win a few junior championships, get lottery funding, train full-time and then just get personal best at major events and you'll still be treated as a star in the UK. Never win anything but make the final 8 and you can guarantee a nice living for the next 8-9 years. UK athletics have been made to look like a joke by the cycling and rowing teams.

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  • 54. At 2:20pm on 19 Aug 2008, Gensportfan wrote:

    Pmatson, oh how i smile each time i see your post.... Why are you hating on Jamaica. By the way you are talking about me getting a small degree of intelligence.. smile smile. Show the the valid points backed up with facts and i will show you super intelligence..... Get off it mate i care not if you support the british athletes.

    By the way Bolt isn't cocky; i have watched this guy from he burst unto the scene running barefooted because he wasn't comfortable in spikes until now....... I can tell you all he is the most relax playfull and down to earth guy..... Asafa and Michael are his good friends and they were in the race he would be disrecpectful to them.


    By the way Great Briton as just won silver in the high Jump. Guess whats the funny thing Jermaine Mason is a Jamaican who, infact Jamaica national high record holder.

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  • 55. At 3:12pm on 19 Aug 2008, pmatson wrote:

    Gensportfan, do me a favor and read over my comments and tell me where I said I hated Jamaica. I've never been to Jamaica, I don't know any Jamaican people, in fact I don't recall ever meeting any Jamaican people so why would I possible hate Jamaica??? I can confirm that I have absolutely doing against Jamaica or its people. My comments were questioning the sportsmanship of Bolt. The fact that he is Jamaican is neither here nor there. If he was, French, American, Irish, Greek or any other nationality I would still be questioning his sportsmanship.
    As for my valid point, you're really are a fool and you showing any intelligence would be a miracle. My point about Bolt slowing up in the last 15 meters of the race is fact. Look at the race. It's obvious! I don't know how much more obvious this needs to be to you.

    As for you not caring about whether I support British athletes or not. You’re the very person who assumed in an earlier comment that I did support British athletes. I was merely informing you that your assumption was incorrect as I’m not British.
    Please Gensportfan stop commenting as you haven’t made and intelligent comment yet and have proven yourself to be completely incapable for doing so.

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  • 56. At 3:43pm on 19 Aug 2008, anglocdn wrote:

    The Olympics has always been about the 100metres. Phelps collecting ribbons for doing butterfly, backstroke, sidestroke and whatever is nothing special. I believe in Sydney is was some Aussie named Thorpe and a few years it will be some other fish.

    Now onto more pressing matters. Jamaica has always produced world class sprinters - Ottey(Slovenia) Bailey and Johnson(Canada) Christie (GB) and athletes that did not run for other "home" countries like Quarrie, Powell and now the greatness that is Bolt. Yes, they may not have the drug testing programme like other countries, but what does that matter. The USA had the best drug testing programs but did not bother to use it.
    How quickly people forget the East Germans in the 72 games winnning everything and a few years ago the Chinese were cleaning up in numerous events.

    The article is about Bolt and the share brillance of him winning the race (200m gold to follow). All the sour grapes about him showboating or whatever.

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  • 57. At 3:55pm on 19 Aug 2008, spaniel77 wrote:

    Glad4me, thank you for telling me that I know little about the world of rowing/ cycling.

    Yes, I have heard of the tour de france. I believe that 28 countries took part this year and the final was exclusively European with the exception of the USA. There are over 190 countries in the world – wikipedia has a helpful map (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:2008_Tour_de_France_representation.png) to show you that cycling at this level isn’t exactly a global phenomenon.

    I hope that Mihir Bose is able to reply. Perhaps then we could examine the empirical evidence for my hypothesis rather than complaining that we’re not “doing justice to all the cycling/rowing competitors at the Olympics”.

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  • 58. At 4:44pm on 19 Aug 2008, rotbot wrote:

    Mihir says...

    It was like girls at a school sports day gathering to watch the school sports star. Rather touching and part of the special appeal of the Olympics and the excitement generated by Bolt.

    Mihir, you win the prize for the most patronising, condascending Sports journalist I have ever read. Do you have any respect for female sports at all, or are they mere decoration for the 'real' sport that men do. Have you heard of Rebecca Adlington. At 19 she's won two gold medals and smashed a world record. Does she impress you slightly or are you too busy obsessing about the 'fastest man in the world,' like some 12-year-old blinded by bling and stardust

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  • 59. At 7:43pm on 19 Aug 2008, ute2524 wrote:

    Hello people! nothing has ever moved me to enter any kind of forum but I missed the race.watched it on i player STUNNED.read the blogs and was shocked at the comments. Let me start by saying i'm a proud English son of a proud jamaican now deceased. my o'le man would have slapped his massive thigh with his equally massive hand.BOLT is massive well done my son,he was not showboating .As we say in golf TAKE YOUR PUNISHMENT
    Drugs pah! bway dun good ya no

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  • 60. At 9:16pm on 19 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "Wonderful scrutiny, the kid is clean........What a load of rubbish, why aren't there any other 6'5 atheletics greats."

    You answered your own question sweetheart. Why haven't we? I explained why we don't have sprinters over a certain height, and why no one that tall has been able to run anywhere near that fast.

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  • 61. At 9:25pm on 19 Aug 2008, ks1967 wrote:

    "I was gratified to hear Bob Costas echo my concerns about being respectful to his fellow athletes and to the Games themselves. I believe they are justified."

    Unless I missed it, I didn't hear Bob Costas take American polevaulter Jenn Stuczynski to task for trash talking about world champion Yelena Isinbayeva before their competition. I didn't hear the American commentators talk about the need for Stuczynski - who was put in her place by Isinbayeva - to also respect her competitors. Especially after Costas has pontificated about Usain Bolt's "poor behaviour".

    Also, NBC's nightly "we wuz robbed" at the gymnastics routine is getting tiresome. Strangely, Bela Karolyi, who claims this every night in an overwrought fashion, thought the result was suddenly fair when it was a Romanian girl, and not a Chinese girl, who beat the Americans in the floor final.

    And I wonder if those who assume Usain Bolt's astonishing performance - even though he has never tested positive - must automatically be drug-fuelled are also going to question the surprise win by British 400m runner Christine Ohuruogu, a person who was banned for missing out-of-competition drug tests?

    Let's at least apply the same standards to all the athletes, whether it's accusations of bias by judges/accusations of arrogance by athletes/immediate accusations of drug use by athletes.

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  • 62. At 9:56pm on 19 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    33 - Gensportfan

    "If you are caught taking drugs(especially like most of our major athletes parents are christian) your parents/friends would kill you. And i might that literal in some instant."

    I've heard that theory before, and it doesn't hold water. All you get is a small group of people who are willing to stick together and believe their own lies, and that is certainly what happened in the case of the judgement against Merlene Ottey. The JAAA closed ranks and simply declared the test wrong. Many Jamaicans simply said that the positive test was a conspiracy by the IAAF. I didn't see the strong stance against drugs there that you say exists there.

    The Brits did the same thing with Linford Christie, and the US have done the same with their athletes in the past, but they've got to a stage now where athletes are being exposed more readily.

    "OUT OF COMPETITION ARE DONE WHY THE JAAA AND SENT TO A LAB IN THE UK FOR TESTING."

    Yep. That's not open to tampering at all, and is really impartial.

    "CHECK THE FACT HATERS BEFORE LOOKING LIKE A FOOL WITH HEAR SAY....... FOR THE RECORD THE JAAA HAVE NOW PUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE TO SET-UP OUR OWN TESTING SYSTEM."

    Hmmmmm. So the JAAA are going to set up their *own* system for out-of-competition testing rather than letting an independent group of testers do it? The testing is also very ad-hoc. That was actually the point, and shouting and using capitals isn't going to change that.

    Even as a Brit I remain sceptical about Christine Ohuruogu, but at least she was punished for missing regulated out-of-competition tests.

    It's hilarious that some people see this as anti-Jamaica or something, which is just what happened after the Merlene Ottey thing. The regulated testing of athletes has really been a joke in lots of countries thus far, but Jamaica has been far, far further behind than anyone else. It still is. It's just insulting that we get a lot of simpletons telling is that Jamaica is somehow above all this and we should take peoples' word for it on how honest they are.

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  • 63. At 10:18pm on 19 Aug 2008, lizzy82 wrote:

    I totally understand what you are trying to say, but why is it that we are quick to analyse, instead of congratulating someone on their achievement.

    Bolt has got his energy from eating real Jamaican food..NO DRUGS!!!!!..

    Others might have used drugs to go faster.
    He ate well, rested well and TRAINED EXTREMELY HARD.

    I AM A PROUD JAMAICAN AND AM PROUD OF BOLT AND HIS ACHIEVEMENT.

    Showboating..he deserves it. He has acomplished a task in a life time.olympic champion and he broke his own record. He had to celebrate even before he finshed the race, why, because he saw clearly that he had it and he did what he went to bejing to do get the GOLD and make his country PROUD!!!


    Sometimes, instead of trying to find all the negative things to say. Let us take the time to say positive things about our runners.

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  • 64. At 11:24pm on 19 Aug 2008, quitemerryblue wrote:

    I don't know much about track - but like every Jamaican I was glued to the TV to watch the 100M Men's Final. In Jamaica, we like things fast and furious.

    Bolt's run was fantastic. Showboating? Cockiness? Sure! But being disrespectful or calculating? Come on. Approriate ? Professional? Maybe not. Bolt was 18 at his last olympics and 21 when he won the gold this time around. Youth, much to our great sufferance, is allowed indiscretion. And, Good Ole Fashion Bragaduciousness!

    I was disappointed that Bolt did not push through to the finish, and I am sure no one will be more critical than Bolt, when he is past his prime and another young buck upstages his record.

    To all those who wonder about the talent in this small island: Jamaica's size is disproportionate to our impact on the world stage and our "natural mystique" comes in many forms, for example, Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley.

    There's something about this island-home. So much potential and such crushing poverty. Breathtaking beauty and shocking brutality. When Bolt thumped his chest before crossing the line, it was a declaration that he owned the race [translation: AH ME MAN!]. That chest-thumping reverbarated in the breast of thousands of poor, Jamaican youths crammed around someone's TV or whatching the big screen displays in Half- Way-Tree, who in that moment, felt like winners too. For that, I will be forever grateful to Bolt.


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  • 65. At 11:33pm on 19 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    Jamaican food? I'm afraid he needs something a bit stronger than that:

    Victor Conte tells it like it is:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/2008olympics/2008/08/18/2008-08-18_conte_world_antidoping_agency_needs_to_b.html?page=0

    "On December 12, 2007, I advised WADA's Dick Pound to routinely send disguised drug testers to Jamaica, and to begin doing so immediately. I had received information about a specific drug supplier - WADA received this person's name, address and phone number - who was allegedly working with elite track athletes."

    "The offseason is when athletes use anabolic steroids in conjunction with intensive weight training and develop the explosive strength base that serves them throughout the competitive season."

    "The IAAF - track's governing body - claims to rarely collect offseason samples for drug testing in Caribbean countries, mainly collecting out-of-competition (OOC) samples between competitions during the European track circuit from May until September of each year. In my opinion, this is basically a waste of funds and the same as in-competition testing because there is no routine offseason testing from October to January, when athletes who are cheating use steroids in combination with intensive weight training."

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  • 66. At 3:17pm on 20 Aug 2008, Polyglot47 wrote:


    German sprinter Tobias Unger is claiming Bolt has cheated. Go to : www.bild.de/BILD/news/bild-english/sport-news/olympics-2008/08/20/olympic-100m-farce/german-sprinter

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  • 67. At 3:34pm on 20 Aug 2008, alisopinion wrote:

    Ah another great morning to wake up and see the bigots, hypocrites and haters are up and about doing their thing today.
    I decided to do some research after this article was first posted, in an effort to end some doubt as to the objective of those who have commented here implying that Usain Bolt may possibly be on steroids.
    My first act was to search for your member names in articles related to Phelps. Didn't find it! I didn’t see you guys over on NBC or CNN blogs passing for truth your ignorant beliefs as truth and gospel that it is possible that Phelps the other history maker takes drugs - now why is that?
    It is quite true that steroid pushing persons from overseas have approached Jamaican athletes. All our athletes were tested prior to not only coming to the Olympics but before the Olympic trials. One Athlete tested positive and no word from him since.
    Sorry I habve git to go haters and hypocrites he’s about to set the record STRAIGHT AGAIN – WELL MORE LIKELY BREAK IT ?
    We don’t need you, your negative regard or your steroids peace bigots!

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  • 68. At 4:00pm on 20 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "My first act was to search for your member names in articles related to Phelps."

    Yer. That's really going to clear up the discussion. Your efforts were well used there.

    Could Phelps be juicing? Of course. However, at least he is a part of some structured drugs testing programme that at least goes some way to allaying fears and helping his sport. Bolt and other sprinters are not. There is no structured and independent drugs testing programme in the Caribbean at the best of times, but it is non-existent between October and January when the real training is done. Lo and behold, all of the Caribbean based athletes then seem to have improved their times dramatically for this season by huge margins.

    That's why people suspect sprinters like Bolt, and especially other Caribbean based athletes more than they do someone like Phelps.

    "We don?t need you, your negative regard or your steroids peace bigots!"

    Yay. That's what we need. More ignorance. That's really going to help athletics.

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  • 69. At 7:04pm on 20 Aug 2008, kshview wrote:

    Mihir Bose talks about drugs when Usain Bolt wins a gold. Why not raise the same thing for Michael Phelps ?

    This is not to diminish the achievements of either of them. What they have achieved is amazing... the result of the tremendous hard work, dedication, discipline to channel the huge talent that they had. It is not easy to achieve these results, especially on such a competitive and high pressure stage.

    But when people talk about the possibility of drugs when one athlete wins and do not raise the same possibility when another athlete wins, it makes you wonder about the mindset of the people who write such columns... are they prejudiced against certain people ?

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  • 70. At 8:48pm on 20 Aug 2008, alisopinion wrote:

    cilurnum you and a choice of very few others are the only ones unhappy here - hush!
    The Athletes are still tested after every race and their samples are going to be stored for future reference when advanced testing procedures become available.

    I think it must suck not to be able to now dwell not to ever dwell on Bolts NEW 200m record breaking accomplishment, but on your own true feelings in regard to Jamaicans/West Indians/people of color - i dont know? Take the time to ponder it why dont you.

    The rest of us will continue to bask in USAIN and the fellow Jamaican athletes glory. Perhaps you should visit Phelps blogs instead and go praise him - just go in search of truth and happiness.

    I wonder if they are going to give Merlene her medals hmnn now that it has been discovered that her competitors were doping?

    Also, if you should visit Jamaica don't do drugs / bring drugs or try to take them with you when you leave ok. Its possible to have fun and enjoy life on a natural high Peace!

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  • 71. At 8:50pm on 20 Aug 2008, alisopinion wrote:

    ... Am Yer Im pomdering your mindset lol

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  • 72. At 9:55pm on 20 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "Mihir Bose talks about drugs when Usain Bolt wins a gold. Why not raise the same thing for Michael Phelps ?"

    That's been addressed above.

    Also, it is important to note that other swimmers have actually broken world records behind Phelps coming in second or third. No one has got anywhere near to the Jamaican sprinters and their times.

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  • 73. At 11:30pm on 20 Aug 2008, drivingTheBounder wrote:

    It wasn't actually as impressive as Ben Johnson's win in 1988. I don't know why, but it wasn't.

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  • 74. At 11:10am on 21 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 75. At 12:53pm on 21 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "but on your own true feelings in regard to Jamaicans/West Indians/people of color"

    Yer. When people question something, you just stick the race card in the air. Oh, and you do realise that people who bring up colour are racist themselves? ;-) I never did.

    I don't see any reason to bring up race in this discussion.

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  • 76. At 2:14pm on 21 Aug 2008, jacobkeif wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 77. At 3:11pm on 21 Aug 2008, cilurnum wrote:

    "I wonder if they are going to give Merlene her medals hmnn now that it has been discovered that her competitors were doping?"

    Merlene Ottey actually tested positive for doping, just in case you didn't know.

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