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Old 08-07-09, 10:58 AM   #1
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The Athletics Thread (... but predominantly about Bolt)



Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt ran the fourth-fastest 200m time in history as he stormed to victory in appalling conditions at the Lausanne Grand Prix.

Bolt ran 19.59 seconds despite a strong headwind and heavy rain in Switzerland.

Olympic 400m champion Lashawn Merritt was second with Shawn Crawford fourth, while Asafa Powell won the 100m.

Asked if he would have broken the world record in better weather Bolt said: "I don't even think of it in those terms, I was just trying to test myself."

The 22-year-old Jamaican admitted that there was still room for improvement ahead of next month's world championships, but was otherwise pleased with his form.

"I'm in good shape, but I'm not fully ready yet. I still need to work on a few technical things," said the 100m and 200m world record holder.

Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser continued Jamaica's domination in the sprints as they won the men's and women's 100m respectively.

Powell finished comfortably ahead of compatriot Steve Mullings in a time of 10.07 seconds, with American Mike Rodgers third.

Fraser won the women's 100m in 11.03, ahead of American Carmelita Jeter.

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What a performance by Bolt, 19.59 on a wet track and into a headwind!

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BBC Radio 5 Live's athletic's correspondent Mike Costello said Bolt's stunning performance showed that "any Beijing hangover is beginning to dissolve".

"The sport's greatest attraction showed that he is now back to his best," added Costello.

"The time was one-hundredth of a second slower than American Tyson Gay ran in New York five weeks ago.

"But whereas Gay had the conditions very much in his favour, Bolt ran in driving rain and a strong headwind.

"Bolt versus Gay at the world championships in Berlin next month will be contests to savour."

Costello added that Powell's display in the 100m meant he "could frighten even Bolt and Gay" in Germany.
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Old 08-07-09, 11:09 AM   #2
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Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt ran the fourth-fastest 200m time in history as he stormed to victory in appalling conditions at the Lausanne Grand Prix.

Bolt ran 19.59 seconds despite a strong headwind and heavy rain in Switzerland.

Olympic 400m champion Lashawn Merritt was second with Shawn Crawford fourth, while Asafa Powell won the 100m.

Asked if he would have broken the world record in better weather Bolt said: "I don't even think of it in those terms, I was just trying to test myself."

The 22-year-old Jamaican admitted that there was still room for improvement ahead of next month's world championships, but was otherwise pleased with his form.

"I'm in good shape, but I'm not fully ready yet. I still need to work on a few technical things," said the 100m and 200m world record holder.

Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser continued Jamaica's domination in the sprints as they won the men's and women's 100m respectively.

Powell finished comfortably ahead of compatriot Steve Mullings in a time of 10.07 seconds, with American Mike Rodgers third.

Fraser won the women's 100m in 11.03, ahead of American Carmelita Jeter.

606: DEBATE
What a performance by Bolt, 19.59 on a wet track and into a headwind!

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BBC Radio 5 Live's athletic's correspondent Mike Costello said Bolt's stunning performance showed that "any Beijing hangover is beginning to dissolve".

"The sport's greatest attraction showed that he is now back to his best," added Costello.

"The time was one-hundredth of a second slower than American Tyson Gay ran in New York five weeks ago.

"But whereas Gay had the conditions very much in his favour, Bolt ran in driving rain and a strong headwind.

"Bolt versus Gay at the world championships in Berlin next month will be contests to savour."

Costello added that Powell's display in the 100m meant he "could frighten even Bolt and Gay" in Germany.
Given his track record in major events, unless he's running in one of those 'Scream' masks I think that's unlikely.

Anyone know if the athletics is going to picked up by anyone now Setanta have biffed out? My wife is doing her nut. There were rumours that BBC were looking into taking it on but wouldn't decide until after Wombledon, but I've heard nothing .
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Old 08-07-09, 11:58 AM   #3
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Wont be long til he sets new records for both the 100m and 200m IMO. He's an absolute phenomenon.

He'll smash the 400m record too in the next few years.
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Old 08-07-09, 12:07 PM   #4
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A living legend. Totally defies common expectations of sprinters (short, stocky etc..)
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Old 08-07-09, 12:33 PM   #5
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A living legend. Totally defies common expectations of sprinters (short, stocky etc..)
He's a freak of nature, he's like a supersized Carl Lewis.

Lewis relied on rapid leg speed, long stride pattern, and the ability to seemingly cut through air faster than his stockier, more powerful opponents.
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Old 08-07-09, 12:49 PM   #6
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Wont be long til he sets new records for both the 100m and 200m IMO. He's an absolute phenomenon.

He'll smash the 400m record too in the next few years.
Yeah I cant wait to see him have a proper go at the 400m.
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Old 08-07-09, 02:25 PM   #7
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He's the Mark Cavendish of running.
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Old 08-07-09, 08:26 PM   #8
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His first love is cricket just imagine if he stuck with it and became a pace bowler!
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Old 08-07-09, 10:27 PM   #9
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His first love is cricket just imagine if he stuck with it and became a pace bowler!
I think i read somewhere that he was firsted spotted by an athletics scout chasing a cover drive to the boundary and saving a certain four whilst playing for his local team.
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He stopped his own cover drive?

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He was on Top Gear tonight - nice bloke and drove very well too. Although the picture of the M3 that he rolled while driving bare-footed () would say otherwise.
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He won't beat Michael Johnson's record.
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In the four, you mean? As he already snatched Johnson's two record. I don't see any reason why he can't do the four if he wants. The only problem is he's so in demand running the one, and mounting a serious attempt on the four will probably mean dropping the one for at least a season. The dude is a freak though. Nobody else has run within a quarter second of Johnson in the two, and Bolt took ran 19.3 into a fucking headwind in Beijing. If the motherfucker said he wanted to go in the forty-two points in the four, I wouldn't say shit to him.
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he said he didn't like the 400 as the training was hard, but my money's still on him breaking that too.
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Old 13-07-09, 08:39 AM   #15
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Bolt's a class above any other. I'll never forget that 100m record, and I'll probably never see anything like it again.

He can break the 400m if he wants to in my opinion.
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I see Gay is only running the 200m in Crystal Palace, with Bolt only running the 100m.

Why do they keep dodging each other, its absolutely pathetic!
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Do you really think Bolt is dodging Gay? Can't see any reason for it myself.
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Do you really think Bolt is dodging Gay? Can't see any reason for it myself.
To a certain extent yes I think he is. They are both dodging each other, albeit Gay perhaps more than Bolt. They clearly dont want to race each other until the World Champs.

This has been happening for years now. Michael Johnson and Maurice Greene used to avoid meeting in the 200m. I assume its a pride thing so they can both remain unbeaten etc.

Only being able to see the top 2 sprinters in the world race against once a season is pathetic
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Possibly, but i honestly don't think that Bolt is scared of losing his unbeaten record, the way he can move over the last 40m of a race more or less means he can overcome any deficit...double that for the 200m...i just think Gay is dodging him.
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he said he didn't like the 400 as the training was hard.

He said he was much happier training 3 hours a day for sprinting.....slacker
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It's about money. It builds up the rivalry, hence the money they get, both by remaining unbeaten for long periods and for when they do actually meet.

The result though is that they tend to meet more at major championships and the odd 'big race' (which is a big race because they're both running it - see above) rather than devaluing their rivalry.

If they're mainly racing each other at major championships, then that's a good thing for athletics really, isn't it?
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Bolt's a class above any other. I'll never forget that 100m record, and I'll probably never see anything like it again.

He can break the 400m if he wants to in my opinion.
I think it was the moonwalk as he crossed the line that made it.
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Powell is taking him on at Crystal Palace now!

Gay you big well.....gay!
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Powell is taking him on at Crystal Palace now!

Gay you big well.....gay!
When's that due?
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I used to go to Crystal Palace every year for the athletics meet.

But now I don't.

True story.
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I used to go to Crystal Palace every year for the athletics meet.

But now I don't.

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Olympic star Usain Bolt runs a time of 9.79 seconds for 100m at Golden League meeting in Paris
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Olympic star Usain Bolt runs a time of 9.79 seconds for 100m at Golden League meeting in Paris
On a soaking wet track, into a head wind, after a very poor start too, ridiculous, just ridiculous.
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A total phenomenon. I'd be sooooooooooooooooooo disappointed if he ever proved to be a cheat.
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A total phenomenon. I'd be sooooooooooooooooooo disappointed if he ever proved to be a cheat.
Me too Shaggy but I just cant see it, its the physical attributes he has that make him so quick, he's fucking massive, he makes eveyone else look like midgets. Now I now thats not traditionally ideal for sprinting but he makes it work. To me he is evolution personified.
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Bolt is phenomenal. That time tonight is just unbelievable given those conditions.

I am confident he is clean, but I wonder even with performance enhancing drugs there must be a limit as to how fast the 100m can be run by a human.
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Was tyson gay in the 100m olympic final?
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No he never made the final, he was injured leading up to the Olympics and not 100% fit. Make no mistake about it hes the main challenger to Bolt in the Worlds though, he's in sensational form now too.
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Was tyson gay in the 100m olympic final?
Think he was injured IIRC.

He's a bit unlucky to be around at the same time as Bolt.
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No he never made the final, he was injured leading up to the Olympics and not 100% fit. Make no mistake about it hes the main challenger to Bolt in the Worlds though, he's in sensational form now too.
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Think he was injured IIRC.

He's a bit unlucky to be around at the same time as Bolt.
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I wonder where he could take the 100m record - 9.5 seconds perhaps!?
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I wonder where he could take the 100m record - 9.5 seconds perhaps!?
Yep, possibly the first man sub 9.5, if not it will be very very close to that mark.
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It seems inevitable that when he runs on a fast track in perfect conditions, runs the perfect race (ie a good start) and to the line he can push his world record further back. Whether he can run sub 9.5 remains to be seen but he'll get closer than anyone else ever has that's for sure.
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