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Jamaican sprint dominance

by shivfan (U2435266) 24 August 2008
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This has been a great performance by the Jamaicans in the sprint events at the Beijing Olympics. It was the Usain Bolt show, with him securing the 100 metres and 200 metres titles with world records. Then, combined with former record-holder Asafa Powell, and other top speedsters in Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, they obliterated the sprint relay record!

Add to that their exceptional performance at Brussels, where the four relay record-breakers took the top four places in the 100 metres, and we see how dominant the Jamaicans are in that event....

But the women were not to be left out. Shelly Ann Fraser won the 100 metres, but it was a Jmaaican 1-2-3 in that premier women's event, with Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart also getting silver medals. It's a pity they missed up the sprint relay final. A record was there for the taking too....

And Veronica Campbell, who came fourth in the Jamaican trials in the 100 in jamaica, despite being world champion in Osaka, was left out of the Jamaican team for the 100! But she put her head down, focussed on the 200, and blew away Allyson Felix on her way to another gold in her more favoured event. She retained her Olympic title....

And not to be left out is Malanie Walker, who left all her rivals in her wake, as she stomred to victory in the 400 hurdles for women, repeating the feat of Deon Hemmings in 1996.

But Jamaica's dominance is not an accident. Read this article in the Independent:

The influence of Boys and Girls Champs, since 1910, and the establishment of athletics in the school and university curriculum have created the powerful tradition of sprinting that Jamaica can boast about to the world now. The rest of the world, including Britain, can learn from this....

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posted Sep 22, 2008

Looking at Bolt's progressions, I think it is interesting to see how rapidly his times were falling during his teenage years - a 21.81 at age 15 became a 19.93 at the age of 18. That certainly does predict some impressive times later in his career. An 18-year old who runs 19.90 is quite conceivably a 22 year old running sub-19.5 seconds...could he have been on drugs at that age already? Even the hardest sceptic would not think it likely.

Lewis may have been cleared but Bolt's never had to BE cleared. How many people knew about Gatlin's first indiscretion? Or all those suddenly needing some (cloaking?) stuff to sort out their asthma?

Would have thought that an external body doing the testing would've suited even more people than having our national body doing it? Surely the sceptics would put more faith in the IAAF than in JADCO?
Analogy to our having Privy Council (external body) as the final arbiter in serious crime cases - rather than a local body?
So how soon before people start criticising JADCO as anybody on the board could have a link with someone else involved in local track? We're after all a small nation - like JADCO-UTech and UTech-MVP? There's nothing wrong but the same people who're dissing the local regime won't stop there...nothing will be good enough...
Anyhow, now it's setup, don't think that will shut them up anyway...

Bolt initially used the 100 as sharpener for the 200 - remember there was possibility of him doing the 400 which he didn't want to...he was still unsure he was doing the 100 at Olympics...if you take a thing on 1 year with massive potential to do it well your INITIAL times will be rough - then once you hone it, times should fall...

Certainly, Clyde Hart thinks he could do very well at 400...and Michael Johnson doesn't have the same opinion as that Lewis geezer...and I'd more listen to the more balanced less egotistical one...

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posted Sep 22, 2008

Bolt is currently coached by sprint guru Glen Mills, who guided Kim Collins to gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2003 World Championships. Previously, he received instructions from 1964 Olympian Pablo McNeil and Dwayne Barrett at William Knibb high school and from experienced Fitz Coleman during 2004, when the world junior record was set.

Bolt says he likes watching tennis when Serena Williams plays.

Yearly Progression
200/400: 2001 21.81, 48.28; 2002 20.58, 47.12; 2003 20.13, 45.35; 2004 19.93; 2005 19.99; 2006 19.98; 2007 19.75 (NR), 45.28.

Personal bests
100: 10.03 (2007)
200: 19.75, NR (2007)
400: 45.28 (2007)

Career Highlights
2001: 2nd, Under 17 Carifta 200/400
2002: 1st. World Junior Championships 200;
2002: 1st, Under 17 Carifta and CAC Juniors, 200/400
2003: 1st, World Youth Championships 200
2003: 1st Pan-Am Junior 200
2003: 1st Carifta, 200/400
2004: 1st Carifta 200 (WJR19.93)
2005: 1st CAC senior, 200

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posted Sep 23, 2008

Is this Lewis' backhanded way of admitting his own guilt?

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posted Sep 23, 2008

Personally speaking i dont think there is anything wrong with what carl lewis said. Im sure there were millions of people saying the same thing when they saw the 100metre final on TV. Im sure 100% of the people on this forum questioned his gold medal in their heart of hearts. But at the same time i dont think BOLT is on drugs. I think he is a clean athelte. I also say CARL LEWIS himself has been clean all his life. If you look at drug cheats, their build is like heavyweight boxers, Carl Lewis has had almost the same body since his teens. Thats the reason why i say BOLT is clean as well. They dont look like they are on drugs...

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posted Sep 23, 2008

Pre '88
"Sorry, Mr. C, there's a problem with your test results"
"O, it's that dashed cough syrup I took. Let me take another one"
"That one's a problem too"
"Let me take another one"
"That one's a problem too"
What's that Wilde quip, once might be careless but thrice? Anyhow, sure it was all ok...they retracted the Bild article stuff...

BTW, Maid Marion wasn't bulky either.

Anyhow, "to the world"...Mr. Bolt will prob do the "nuh linga" on Letterman tonight!

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comment by amo (U8086838)

posted Sep 24, 2008

Carl Lewis failed 3 drugs tests in 1988 to substances which are NOT BANNED in todays athletic world.

Also he was cleared in 1988 of any wrongdoing.

Guys here are talking as if he took anabolic steriods like Ben Johnson.

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posted Oct 8, 2008

Eight athletes have been banned during Olympic Games for taking the substances that Lewis took (as recently as 2000 when it was proven that it was given by a doctor as a cold remedy).

These substances are still on the WADA list and if the rules had been followed he would have been banned in '88 regardless of how they were taken (herbal remedy doesn't sound likely) as you are guilty if it is in your system no matter how it got there.

This doesn't mean that there shouldn't be random test for Jamaicans, there should, but Carl Lewis is not the person to call for them.

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posted Oct 8, 2008

The suspicion that greeted Bolt's stunning victories is sad but thoroughly understanable. To take so much time off world records will always raise eyebrows in this day and age. But for Carl Lewis to be the one to voice them positively reeks of hypocrisy and for him to hold up the US as a bastion of drug testing is staggering.

With the resources they US have at their disposal, the whole Jones/Montgomery scenario should have never happened but it did and the fact it went on for so long without it being detected or punished is shameful. Certailny not something to be proud of Carl.

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posted Oct 8, 2008

Lewis may have sinned but he raised doubts about Ben Johnson and came off best.
I felt sorry for Johnson he deserved a better deal

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