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American Carl Lewis questions Bolt’s Olympic performances

Posted by Dresonic on September 13, 2008

https://i0.wp.com/i.a.cnn.net/si/2006/writers/arash_markazi/09/29/on.scene/p1_lewis.jpgMIAMI, USA (CMC) – American Olympic legend Carl Lewis has raised stern doubts over Usain Bolt’s recent stunning performances but has stopped short of accusing the Jamaican sprint marvel of doping.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Lewis also lashed out at Jamaica’s drug-testing programme, saying that it too needed to be examined in light of the fact there was no random drug-testing of athletes.
“When people ask me about Bolt I say he could be the greatest athlete of all-time. But for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period,” Lewis contended.
“I’m proud of America right now because we have the best random and most comprehensive drug-testing programme. Countries like Jamaica do not have a random programme so they can go months without being tested.
“No one is accusing Bolt, but don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. How dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport?”
Bolt raised eyebrows in Beijing last month when he jetted to World Record times in capturing three gold medals at the 29th Olympiad.
He clocked 9.69 seconds to win the 100 metres and returned to break American Michael Johnson’s 12-year-old, 200 metres record of 19.32 seconds with a new time of 19.30. In the process, Bolt became the first athlete in 24 years – Lewis was the last in 1984 – to win the coveted the sprint double.
The 22-year-old then crowned a fine outing with his third gold as a member of the Jamaica sprint relay team.
Bolt, along with the other Jamaican sprinters, were tested repeatedly at the Beijing Olympics but none of the results returned positive.
Lewis, the star of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with four gold medals, said he also questioned Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown’s failure to make the 100 metres team for the recent Olympics.
“Veronica Campbell-Brown lives in the United States and has been transparent and consistent,” Lewis pointed out.
“She won the Worlds last year in the 100 metres and this year can’t even make the team. Are you going to tell me that shouldn’t be questioned?”
Dr Herb Elliott, the Jamaican team doctor who is also a member of the IAAF anti-doping commission, hit back saying: “They still think we don’t know anything down in Jamaica.
“I am the person who tests in Jamaica, and I tested Bolt 15 times between last November and December.”

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Bolt, Tyson, Powell to clash in 100m!!! – Powell is fully focused, Bolt is on fire and Tyson is seeking redemption

Posted by Dresonic on September 4, 2008

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Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres in the fastest field ever assembled at the Van Damme Memorial tomorrow, seeking to break the world record for the third time this season.

The Olympic champion will face Asafa Powell, the former record-holder who matched the second fastest 100 of all time on Tuesday, and Tyson Gay, the world champion seeking to recapture his form after a hamstring injury.

“It is my last race” of the season, Bolt told reporters. “I’m definitely going out there to compete at my best.”

They are the three fastest men ever and have posted the 10 fastest 100 dashes ever run. Meet organizer Wilfried Meert said such a select field is unique. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaicans destroy Super Grand Prix – Bolt, Powell, Fraser and Walker win big at Athletissima Super GP

Posted by Dresonic on September 3, 2008

Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser (left) Sherone Simpson (second left) and Kerron Stewart (second right), as well as Lauryn Williams of the US, run the women’s 100m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday. (Photo: AP)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (CMC) – Jamaica’s Beijing hero Usain Bolt led a plethora of Jamaican victories at the Athletissima Super Grand Prix track and field meeting yesterday.

Easing considerably as he neared the finish, Bolt ran a fast 19.63 seconds to win the men’s 200 metres, while Asafa Powell delivered a blistering 100-metre victory and Olympic champions Melaine Walker and Shelly-Ann Fraser also recorded wins at the meet.

It was a Caribbean one-two in the men’s half-lap sprint as Churandy Martina, of the Netherlands Antilles, chased Bolt home in 20.24 seconds. American Wallace Spearmon was third in 20.54 seconds.

Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men’s 200 m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday.

Bolt’s time equals the fourth fastest time ever over the distance, but was well off his own world record 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics last month.

Powell had logged a fast career-best 9.72 seconds earlier to win the men’s 100 metres.

Jamaican Asafa Powell (right) runs to win the men’s 100m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday. At left runs Trinidad’s Richard Thompson. (Photos: AP)

His time equals the second fastest ever run – matching Bolt’s effort at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York in May – over the distance, and was only 0.03 seconds outside Bolt’s current world mark of 9.69 seconds.

Powell had held the world 100-metre record from June 2005 – with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds – until Bolt’s sudden rise this year.

Powell’s superb run brought again into sharp focus his brilliance on the circuit compared to huge flops at major meets.

Britain’s Tasha Danvers (left), Jamaican Melanie Walker (centre) and US Tiffany Williams-Ross run the women’s 400m hurdles race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday.

Just two weeks ago at the Beijing Olympics, Powell lined up as one of the gold medal favourites in the men’s 100-metre final, but finished fifth.

A year ago, after a shockingly disappointing third-placed finish at the Osaka World Championship, Powell returned to the circuit to smash his own 100-metre world record with a 9.74 run at in Rieti. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaican Olympians under fire by Sports Illustrate’s article

Posted by Dresonic on September 3, 2008

 5049990 ATHLETICS-WORLD-INDOORS-400-RELAYI have just read an article on the Internet that claims to have evidence of banned substances being used by Jamaican Olympians Adrian Findlay and Delloreen Ennis-London. The article was co-written by Luis Fernando Llosa and L Jon Wertheim which stated that SI (Sports Illustrate) obtained documents of transactions for the banned substances by the athletes. Llosa, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Toronto in Canada, is an investigative reporter for Sports Illustrated and told the Observer that he had been involved in a two-year investigation of the use of steroids in sport, especially baseball and said former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield had also been part of his investigations.

Now take a step back and think before say another word. Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics Jamaica has become a target for the international media and those sceptics who up to this day do not believe that Jamaica has naturally talented athletes who train hard with great pride and determination to represent their country. When I see stories like the Sports Illustrate’s article I just shake my head in disbelief and great disgust. People in the media don’t give a damn about people’s life and family, a story like this just makes things even worse for us Jamaicans. I don’t care what people want to say about Jamaicans we dominate the sprints and now everyone is acting surprise when we break records and take gold medals. Thanks a lot Sports Illustrate for upsetting thousands of Jamaicans especially Dresonic readers.

On a more positive note Delloreen Ennis-London won the women’s 100m hurdles at the Super Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Keep yu head up Delloreen and Adrian!!!!!

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Jamaica Destroys 4x100m World Record To Take Gold – Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, Nester Carter and Usain Bolt

Posted by Dresonic on August 22, 2008

8-22-2008 6-21-07 PM8-22-2008 6-17-30 PM The Jamaican men’s 4x100m relay team that consists of Asafa Powell (former 100m world record holder), Usain Bolt(current 100m world record holder), Nesta Carter and long time sprint sensation Michael Frater finished first in the finals of the 4x100m relays to claim the golden position with a world record breaking time of 37.10. There was almost no competition for the Jamaican super sprint team as they blew away the rest of the field and won by some estimated 15 meters. Jamaica was the favorite going into the finals but they proved to be more than that. With such an unspeakable performance the question is ask: where is the limit for Jamaica? Answer: No limits!!!!!!

Nesta Carter who did not get to participate in the 200m or the 100m rounds showed his commitment to Jamaica by rising to the occasion when duty calls and is now one of the 4 gold medalist. Michael Frater who came behind Asafa Powell in the 100m finals is now a proud gold medal holder as well, Frater is one of those athletes you can never hate. He is always there for Jamaica through thick and thin and we really respect that from him. Frater had his rein in the sprinting realm for Jamaica when sub 11 were the times to have, but he showed great deliverance at this year’s 2008 Olympics as he broke his personal best record in the sub 11 region.

8-22-2008 6-21-45 PM We are all happy to see that Asafa can smile now with ease as he came through for Jamaica on the anchor leg. If Asafa ran the 100m finals the way he ran the anchor leg of the 4×100, there is no doubt in my mind that he and Bolt would be battling neck and neck for the 100m title. But as they say, that’s in the past. I am very happy to see Asafa bringing home a gold from this year’s Beijing Olympics because he truly deserves it. We all have our personal thoughts about him in the 100m but lets forget that and focus on the future, don’t pressure Asafa he is still the man that putted Jamaica on the map.

Jamaica has shown its strength to the world, and now many teams will go back to the drawing boards to try and beat us, there is only one problem with that, they can’t beat what is naturally in our blood and God given. Our little island of Jamaica is blessed and we should realize it. We have many of the elite athletes in track and field that proves to the world over and over; Jamaica a Numba One!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Melanie Walker wins 400m hurdles for Jamaica – The Golden Rein Continues

Posted by Dresonic on August 22, 2008

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Melanie Walker took gold in the women’s 400m hurdler to beat out rival Sheena Tosta of the United States. Up to 300m Sheena Tosta looked good but Melanie Walkie who was the favorite coming into the race put out a great fight to surge pass Tosta in great Jamaican sprinting style. Tosta who ran out of lane 5 had the advantage of pacing Melanie Walker who ran out of lane 6. Melanie now joins the already outstanding performances for Jamaica and had now added her gold medal to bring up the gold medal count for our little island of Jamaica.

Jamaica has been dominating sprinting events since the beginning of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has shown great talent and heart in all specific events.

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Bolt demolishes 200m world record and sets his own – Astounding performance!!!

Posted by Dresonic on August 21, 2008

The win in the Olympic 200 meters was a given, his second gold medal of the Beijing Games assured.
Usain Bolt sets another world record in the 200m final. Americans Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix get silver and bronze, respectively.

This was now about a world record. About racing against history.

Showing just what he can do when he goes all out start to finish, Bolt forged the greatest race ever run Wednesday night under the hazy lights at the Bird’s Nest, heaving his chest toward the finish line — not simply to beat someone for the gold, but to become a part of track’s glorious, and sometimes troubled, lore.

He finished in 19.30 seconds to break Michael Johnson’s 12-year-old world record, one of the most venerable in the books.

“I just blew my mind and blew the world’s mind,” Bolt said.

Insane, Usain.

Officially, he won by an astounding 0.66 second over American Shawn Crawford, the defending Olympic champion. Crawford won the silver medal when Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles, who had finished 0.52 behind Bolt, was disqualified after a U.S. protest for running out of his lane. “It feels like a charity case,” Crawford said.

Either way, it was about four body lengths, the biggest margin in an Olympic 200. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bolt cruises into 200m semi-finals

Posted by Dresonic on August 19, 2008

19sprint_600 I heard the commentator say: if there was a record for making a race look easy Bolt would also have that record…!!! that is true wouldn’t you say so yourself?

The lanky 21-year-old, who is reported by the Financial Times to have boosted Puma’s sale of sneakers by two million pairs in the first hour after taking the 100m title on Saturday, was diplomatic when asked if he would go after Johnson’s 12-year-old record. “I’ll leave it all on the track,” he said.

For the record, Namibian legend Frankie Fredericks, who placed second to Johnson in that world record race in Atlanta, has joined the list of top class sprinters to tip Bolt to surpass the 19.32secs clocking.

“19.2, he’ll run 19.2,” Fredericks told the Observer following Sunday’s 100m medals ceremony.

American Johnson, who is commentating at these Olympic Games for the BBC and Jamaican-born Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey, whose Olympic record of 9.84secs, which Bolt erased, both tipped Bolt to take the 200m record to a new dimension prior to the start of these Games.

Yesterday, Bolt cruised into the semi-finals of the half-lap event, barely working up a sweat to the surprise of the 91,000 spectators and thousands of accredited international media covering these Games. Bolt first returned 20.64secs for second in the fifth of eight preliminary heats, before literally strolling to 20.29 in the quarter-finals, making defending champion Shawn Crawford, who was drawn in the lane ahead of him, look ordinary.

“I just went out there to qualify and that was my first aim and I did just that,” the Glen Mills-coached sprinter said after his sixth race at these Games. Asked if he would be going for Johnson’s record of 19.32, Bolt replied: “I’m just going out there to lay it all on the track because this is my last (Individual) race and hope for the best,” he said, noting that he was a little tired after six races.
“But, I’m OK, I just need some rest ahead of the semi-final and final.”

Bolt, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday on August 21, has been drawn to run in lane six of semi-final two (today) along with the American pair of Wallace Spearmon and Crawford, Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, Jaysuma Saidy Ndure of Norway and Antigua’s Brendan Christian.

Jamaica’s Chris Williams, the 2001 World Championship silver medallist, will run in lane nine of the semi-final along with 100m silver medallist Walter Dix and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles. The third Jamaican, Marvin Anderson, who contested last year’s final in Osaka, pulled up injured after about 120 metres in his quarter-final with a left hamstring injury. The final is scheduled for tomorrow.

Bolt crowned himself the best sprinter of all time on Saturday by winning Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold in the blue riband event by shaving 0.03 seconds off his previous world record of 9.72 established in New York on May 31.

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Danny McFarlane edged put for Olympic Medal

Posted by Dresonic on August 19, 2008

ATHLETICS-WORLD BEIJING, China – IT was a case of “So close, but yet so far” for Jamaica’s Danny McFarlane and Kenia Sinclair on yesterday’s fourth day of track and field competition in the final of the men’s 400m hurdle and women’s 800m at the Olympic Games at the Bird’s Nest Stadium here.

Both athletes were within medal contention with 100m metres remaining in their respective events as they sought to increase Jamaica’s tally of medals from two golds and two silvers, but failed.

McFarlane, the 2004 silver medallist from Athens, who occupied third position in the one-lap obstacle race with one hurdle to clear, was passed by Bershawn Jackson (48.06secs) in the dying moments of the race to sweep the medals for the United States.

McFarlane crossed the line in a season best 48.30secs in fourth behind Sydney 2000 champion Angelo Taylor 47.25 and 2007 world champion Kerron Clement 47.98.

“The last hurdle momentum kind of messed me up,” McFarlane said after the race. “I could tell from three strides out that my body was a little bit too (leaned) back and for a split second I kind of lost focus, which threw me off,” the 36-year-old added.

Olympic debutante Markino Buckley, who produced career best times of 48.65 and 48.50, respectively, in the heats and semi-final, finished seventh in the championship race with 48.60 seconds. Read the rest of this entry »

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