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Old 08-10-2012, 07:58 PM   #741
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He is really built for the 400 and there have been many coaches and athletics commentators who have long held that the 400 would be his best discipline if he actually ran it. Would be interesting to see, in any event. He could probably also be spectacular in the long jump - in fact there was somebody who built a computerized model based on Bolt's running speed, size, length of legs, etc and maintained that he'd be easily be the world record holder if he tried.
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).
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Here's a great photo of Bolt near the finish

 
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i think they should have to play the soundtrack to "E.T." during the BMX.
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just saw the women's 4x100. damn!
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:41 AM   #745
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I'm trying to find a clip of The Late Show's Istanbul Olympic bid but it's not on youtube

Table tennis is awesome to watch. "Walking" is a fucking joke. The judges are like the parking inspectors of the Olympics.
all they're showing on 9 is the fecking walking it's not even good in a point and laugh way ~ just awful; my 'I'll watch anything remotely sports related' hublet is struggling with it tonight, just said he'd rather watch the diving !
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Fifth gold to New Zealand, in the women's K1 200m sprint! Can't believe how sensationally good these games have been to us. We've now got 13 medals, equal with 1988 as our largest haul ever. Shame that I don't think we've got any more medal hopes left to take it to an outright first with 14. Marc Willers would've surely been on the podium for the men's BMX if he hadn't crashed out. Stoked that Sarah Walker got the women's BMX silver yesterday, especially since she nearly didn't even make it to the Olympics after a recent injury.

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It looks as though Ireland will finish with our best medals tally since 1956, and possibly best ever. Which sounds great except when we discover that our total medals tally of 5 isn't so hot when compared to New Zealand's 12 medals - plus there was some element of home advantage for us, I assume. In the eight Olympic games since 1984, New Zealand have averaged almost 9 medals per games, compared to an average of just 2 for Ireland.

I think NZ is the best model for Ireland if seeking to building on our 2012 tally and set those 5 medals as the new minimum threshold benchmark, with a target of, say, 12 - we have very similar population, similar stage of economic development, are island nations somewhat in the shadow of larger (and, obnoxious and arrogant to go with it ) neighbouring island nations, culturally relatively similar, and minority sports face huge challenges in competing with massively popular field team codes - rugby for you, GAA games + soccer, and rugby in recent years also, for us.
I was just looking at Ireland's medal tallies and wow, I'm stunned to see the disparity between Ireland's results and New Zealand's - especially that Ireland got no medals at all in 2004. New Zealand's worst Olympics since our boycott of 1980 (hence zero medals, though about four or five Kiwi athletes did go and compete independently) is when we only got four in Sydney. Don't know what government investment in minority sports is like in Ireland, but we have been pouring a fair bit of money into our realistic medal chances. In fact the poor performance of our velodrome cyclists this year might prove controversial given the money invested in them.

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I think Istanbul is almost guaranteed. No way does Tokyo get it after the winter games in South Korea and that soon after Beijing. Madrid is from a country that might need 3 bailouts before now and then so unless the Germans want to pay for those Olympics, don't see it happening.
Agree with this and I think it'd be great for the Olympics to be held in Istanbul. Though I'd like Tokyo just for my own timezone convenience.

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all they're showing on 9 is the fecking walking it's not even good in a point and laugh way ~ just awful; my 'I'll watch anything remotely sports related' hublet is struggling with it tonight, just said he'd rather watch the diving !
Wish they'd stop chopping between the walking and diving - the diving's actually entertaining. Thank god Sydney vs Collingwood just began, so I could flee Channel 9.
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Jason Byrne put it best - "you know the Olympics are nearly over when they start showing the silly walk event"
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Wish they'd stop chopping between the walking and diving - the diving's actually entertaining. Thank god Sydney vs Collingwood just began, so I could flee Channel 9.
true true! quietly devastated for Matthew Mitcham, he's just such a lovely guy. Le sigh

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Man. Gutted for Mitcham
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:46 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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The diving needs more triple lindy's

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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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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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