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by ENT (U1753292) 18 August 2008
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Xiang has just not started in the 110m hurdles heats as he is injured. Just heartbreaking, the favourite in his home Olympics injured.

Also spare a thought for the American who pulled his hamstring in his heat - 4 years training gone just like that.

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comment by U3542571

posted Aug 18, 2008

This is far from heart-breaking. The humorless robotic chinese athletes should accept this as an unfortunate risk, take it on the chin and move on. I have been sick and tired with this Olympics actually. On the one hand we have the arrogant humorless robotese expecting to win every event they enter, and if that is not enough insult, the judges have been guilty of unfairly favoring Chinese athletes and gymnasts with their scoring and so on. I have been particularly impressed with the incredible sportsmanship of the USA, UK and other countries, but the Chinese, unless they have won, they can be barely crack a smile and ackowledge their opponent (to whom they have lost) is better than them. Forget the loss of face stupidity, be human, show some humility and good sportsmanship.

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posted Aug 18, 2008

Kconfire, I guess this story concurs with your county's support for its' olympians or is it just the headline people that count?



"Beijing - China's state broadcaster has come under fire after a veteran Olympic shooter was interrogated on TV for only getting bronze. Beijing's ruthless demand for perfection was highlighted when Tan Zongliang was made to squirm on China Central Television after missing out in the men's 50m pistol competition. Even though it was his first ever Olympic medal, he was harried until he bowed his head and admitted he had ''let his country down'' for not getting gold."


Sounds like positive backing to you?

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posted Aug 19, 2008

The poor gymnast last night couldn't hold back her tears, Sheng Fea: however it is spelled.

Yes, it's tough: they've gone all out there, all peoples have their sensitivities. I understand.

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posted Aug 19, 2008

Its such a shame for an individuals efforts to be worthless after something like this happens, also for the American Tremmell. When i watched it on tv I was nearly in tears for the guy, this one indivudal with so much expectation and hope on him and in the end he couldnt even race, he must be utterly heartbroken.

In regard to China itself there were stories floating around saying he was faking it because he thought the American would beat him when actually people were bitter because they had spent so much money on tickets and weren't going to get to see him. I understand they are upset about "losing" alot of money but it was clear to everyone it was genuine and instead of making him feel worse they should maybe offer him some support it cant exactly be easy for him, i understand though is only likely to be a small minority but still. I have also heard stories of athletes being made to feel like they have let their country down, i understand China has alot of great athletes and wishes them to win but getting a medal of any colour is an achievement and I wish their athletes could be respected rather than berrated for their achievement

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posted Aug 19, 2008

kconfire - if the story about the Chinese Olympic shooter having to practically grovel on live TV and apologise to the nation about 'only' getting a bronze is true then it is absolutely shocking and just re-enforces the wests perception of China as being overly ruthless and lacking in humility.It is true though that 'the cult of the individual' doesn't really exist in China like it does in western countries as people are not taught to be individuals but act in the common good of the the country in the name of progress. For this reason it's hardly surprising that they are behaving like they are.

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posted Aug 19, 2008

To vrystaat-please do some serious research before ever referring to Darfur and Tibet, these are not some simple and convenient excuses for you to condemn China with, but highly complicated and intellectually challenging issues. And in case you are oblivious, please go back to your own history books to find what your imperialist empire had done to the rest of the world over the last two centuries before pointing your fingers at our country.
To Rugby-Will-I have to applaud your comments because they truly reveal how naive I have been in holding a higher expectations for the Brits, whom I had sincerely believed would be much smarter and more fair and less bigoted than the Americans (or unfortunately, maybe you are just another ignorant American?smiley Your comments show all the signs of a biased arrogance, produced with both ideological vilifications and racist illusions. The "humorless Chinese", as you so 'indignantly' named, actually do have their own sense of humor, only that it might be different from your own and it might be interpreted and practiced in a different way. And just in case you have not noticed, besides the US and the UK, this world today has other cultures and lifestyles and people who have their own way of interpreting their lives. And please, with my most sincere inquiry, before you condemn the Chinese of lacking sportsmanship, go and check all the media in the US and check how they are employing a different medal chart that always put the US on top. As a "brain-washed and pro-communist" person like me, (I guess this will be the label you have already applied to me anyway), I guess that is true sportsmanship...smiley

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posted Aug 20, 2008

"comment by metronorth (U13105792)
posted 18 Hours Ago

To vrystaat-please do some serious research before ever referring to Darfur and Tibet, these are not some simple and convenient excuses for you to condemn China with, but highly complicated and intellectually challenging issues. And in case you are oblivious, please go back to your own history books to find what your imperialist empire had done to the rest of the world over the last two centuries before pointing your fingers at our country."

I'm in no doubt Britain regrets a lot of what it did all over the world over the past centuries. But we aren't talking about the past two hundred years but what is happening on the ground now. Why are you in Darfur, go on explain? Why does your country block action against the racist regime in Zimbabwe, explain? Why does your government thugs have to protect the Olympic flame through almost every country that it passed through, even cancelling the procession on occasion? Why does it crush protest in Peking at this moment in time even if it goes against the Olympic charter? Why does Chairman Mao's picture festoon your streets when he was responsible for the deaths of millions of Chinese when he was in power? Why has your country closed down thousands of internet sites to prevent access with the outside world during the run up to the games?
I don't just criticise your country alone. Being British and free allows me to display my disatisfaction at my governments actions in Iraq or the price of food. Can you do the same? Incidentally, I can read about my country's crimes of the past in almost any library in the UK. Do you stock history books about China in your own country, or are the libraries also controlled by the state? Or do they simply pay lip service to the truth which you conveniently ignore? Are you all brainwashed?

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posted Aug 20, 2008

Some interesting stories arise that we don't see in the mainstream media out of China: http://en.epochtimes.com/n2/t/2008-olympics-human-rights/ . Maybe some of the stories are not totally so. It's for the reader to evaluate.

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comment by kerryi (U9896112)

posted Aug 21, 2008

The withdrawal of Liu has united the whole country better than a gold medal would have done.

We Chinese also see the problems of our government,we aren't blind.But the difference between us and the foreigners is that we also see the improvements of our country.

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