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Old 08-11-2012, 07:46 AM   #751
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Didn't see it myself but just read The Age's write-up - sounds heartbreaking for him.

From what I saw earlier, the Mexicans have got a couple of very impressive divers in action.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:34 AM   #752
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The diving needs more triple lindy's

If anyone here knows what I'm talking about, +1,000 internets for you.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:47 AM   #753
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just saw the women's 4x100. damn!
Yes, that was impressive. Glad to see one of the women's world records from the eighties finally broken, and bonus that it was an East German record. Even with Jeter this US team is cleaner than that East German team. I just hope I live long enough to see Flo-Jo's totally tainted 100M record (from both doping and wind-aided) go down. The fact that a doped up Marion Jones couldn't touch it says a lot. Women's track has a hard time getting attention when they have no chance of setting a WR in the sprints. People know Usain Bolt could set a record every time out and they want to see it. Not so with the women.

Speaking of Bolt, for the sake of the future of track & field I really, really hope he is clean. My gut feeling, based on his career trajectory, tells me that he is. He was setting records at an early age and won junior championships. He has shown a natural progression of his natural talent, unlike those who get suddenly, suspiciously better. With his height, his body, his stride and acceleration, he just looks like he should be faster than the rest of them.
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I think he is too. Maybe I just love sport too much and have too much faith in my athletes. But I think he is. He's a beast, scientifically.
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Only 15 minutes until the hockey final starts. Netherlands - Germany, that'll be an interesting match.
And just after half time there's also the 4x 100m. I'm hoping the Dutch team can get a medal there, though their chances are slim.
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What time does the Closing Ceremony start? NBC is streaming it live online, a reversal from the Opening Ceremony. I'm assuming it starts at 2 or 3pm ET?
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holy shit! that was faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast!


and kinda heartbreaking for canada ~ wow.
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Totally unreal. Wow.
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It was to be expected, but still amazing of course.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:21 PM   #760
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Great run by the US team too. Ryan Bailey almost stayed with Bolt on the final leg. It seemed like Bolt wanted to keep the baton as a souvenir but they wouldn't let him. Is there a rule that the officials have to collect them after the race?
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they also scooped up the baton's after the women's race. i was nervous for the one who came up and got it from jeter.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:29 PM   #762
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caught a replay on bbc. nice to see bolt run through the finish line.

had he done that thursday, he probably breaks his record.

he was perfect over 2 olympics. 6 golds, 4 world records.
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caught a replay on bbc. nice to see bolt run through the finish line.

had he done that thursday, he probably breaks his record.
Maybe, but he was looking at the timer before he slowed down so he must have thought he wasn't going to get the record.
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Maybe, but he was looking at the timer before he slowed down so he must have thought he wasn't going to get the record.
And he felt back pain around the curve in the 200m, so he didn't push it. No reason to risk injury in that case.
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He split 43.58 in the 4x400 in a Jamaican meet back in 2010. You'd probably want to add 1.2 seconds or so to that for estimating his (more or less untrained) time in an open 400, but even so it's certainly suggestive of potential for greatness. He famously loathes 400 training though (who doesn't!), so my guess is he'd put seriously working on it off until he and his coach figure he's past his peak for the shorter sprints. I had read that he's expressed interest in the long jump, and he would indeed seem to have the assets for it. He'd be in some very good company expanding into either or both events, too (Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, Michael Johnson, FloJo).
I got to believe he has given the long jump a try or two when no one was looking. I am sure his camp knows where the competition is at in these other events, and where he could expect to eventually place.

He is very impressive and likable.
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