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They are of course, warren, dropping like flies because their systems must get use to athletic stress without enhancers. I mean, is that so hard to figure out?

I am a patriotic american but I am patriotic first and foremost to me and my integrity and I will not support cheating in any form. I'm an Old Glory American - standing up for what is right!

Accusation, accusation, accusation. Come back when you have real evidence.

Kthxbye.

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Well, let me say this also. I think that of all the developed countries, Canada in general and Mr. Dick Pound, in specific both need to be recognised and congratulated formally by the IOC for the tireless work they have done in fighting the scourge of Doping in international sport. Sure, Canada doesn't medal nearly as high as we do and canadians congratulate their athletes for placing 29th out of 30 in an event but the thing is, of all the devloped countries, they have demonstrated the most respect for the Olympic ideals of fair and clean participation. I just wish the USA could have such a glistening record also.

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I'm not encouraging gambling, but I thought I must share my good fortune.

I put £1000 on Usain Bolt to break the World Record just after his first heat. The odds were still pretty good and the man was on Fire!. I was convinced the record would be broken. The rest is history, and as we all know he broke the record and made me a tidy profit.

However, I must say that his decision to slow down in the last 10 metres did have me pulling out my hair, whilst screaming at the television. Stupid man! What kind of athlete slows down in a final? :o

Anyways, I've decided to donate half of the profits to my local Athletics club: Newham & Essex Beagles. They're based not a 10 minute ride from the London 2012 site and have an excellent program for developing young talent in schools. It's not thousands of pounds, but if it can make a small difference in any capacity then I'll be happy.

*Disclaimer* Gambling is naughty. Don't do it. Buy food instead, it's tastier. Never gamble more than you can afford, or attempt to sell any relatives of a pensionable age to supplement gambling habits. We love Usain Bolt. He's the man. God Save The Queen and all that Jazz. :wacko:

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Anyways, I've decided to donate half of the profits to my local Athletics club: Newham & Essex Beagles. They're based not a 10 minute ride from the London 2012 site and have an excellent program for developing young talent in schools. It's not thousands of pounds, but if it can make a small difference in any capacity then I'll be happy.

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I cannot believe that you people can be so racist! Are these statements being made about the Jamaicans because they are black and because the American were "flushed out"?

Why is this somehow a matter of race? I can't remember which poster said it but they were right when they said nobody is above suspicion anymore. It's a sad reality of where athletics is at the moment, but it is the reality we have to face.

Somebody asked me today whether I thought Usain Bolt was 'on something'. I answered that I didn't know but that I also hoped and prayed that he is not. Athletics needs that kind of positive figure now more than ever. And given that he was running 20.5 for 200 metres when he was 15 and 45 seconds for 400 metres as a junior, it is only the cynicism in me that would lead me to be remotely suspicious.

Does Bolt need more scrutiny than Michael Phelps?

In an ideal world, every athlete would be properly scrutinised and tested. However, you also have to remember that Bolt is 21 and this is the first time that he has really emerged on the world stage. Phelps has been there, seen it and done it all already.

If there is any of the thousands of athletes of the Beijing games who should face narrow eye suspicion it is Michael Phelps. However, because he is white and an american, he is not being suspected. I find it strange that his muscle development has been so phenomenally rapid.

Phelps isn't that old, though, so surely there has still had to be have been at least some natural growth between Athens and now. I'm not saying that is the sole explanation but I don't think you can just assume the worst on what appears to my mind to be fairly flimsy ground.

Jamaica does not have the resources to support any form of doping! It doesn't have the money to pay off the testers and conceal the true findings of urine samples as the americans are able to do.

I'd be interested to see any evidence to back up that claim. I suspect law enforcement and anti-doping authorities both inside and outside America would be as well.

It doesn't even have the clout in IOC circles to pull off something like that. So the question of doping by Jamaican athletes is absurd to say the least.

As I said earlier, it is the unfortunate reality of where athletics is that there is going to be suspicion after the high-profile scandals of recent times. I hope and pray Bolt is clean because if it turned out that he wasn't, I fear that would be a blow from which the sport might never fully recover.

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Nice to see Christine Ohuruogu looking so strong in the 400m heats although Sanya Richards looks very strong too.

Checking the start list on the official Games website, Ohuruogu has been drawn in lane 4 with Richards outside her in lane 7. I think that is a big advantage for Ohuruogu.

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:angry: Well done, Beijing!!

Some flaws cannot be tolerated in the most important sporting event in the world. The athletics competition organizers managed to L O S E one of the poles of brazilian athlete Fabiana Murer just before her jumps. Murer had world's 3rd best result this year. She had to jump with an inadequate pole and of course she was completely pissed off and got nervous. She couldn't make it. The pole just vanished and wasn't found yet.

BOC protest to IAAF but they refused to compensate Murer in any manner.

Myself and my country are very disappointed with the lack of respect and attention of these organizers with one of our best athletes and medal hopes. I'm pretty damn sure if an incident like this happened in a competition here in Brazil, the media and international federations would humilliate us right away!

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I just watched the replay of Bolt and listened to the commentary by Ato Boldon.

It is entirely possible the Bolt is one of those people who come along occasionally who have the height that is unusual for sprinters (he's really tall) that have longer strides than the shorter sprinters. I'm just going with that for the time being.

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:angry: Well done, Beijing!!

Some flaws cannot be tolerated in the most important sporting event in the world. The athletics competition organizers managed to L O S E one of the poles of brazilian athlete Fabiana Murer just before her jumps. Murer had world's 3rd best result this year. She had to jump with an inadequate pole and of course she was completely pissed off and got nervous. She couldn't make it. The pole just vanished and wasn't found yet.

BOC protest to IAAF but they refused to compensate Murer in any manner.

Myself and my country are very disappointed with the lack of respect and attention of these organizers with one of our best athletes and medal hopes. I'm pretty damn sure if an incident like this happened in a competition here in Brazil, the media and international federations would humilliate us right away!

Isn't it the athlete's responsibility to make sure that everything is in order?

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Canada finally broke the medal drought in athletics with a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles.

Congrats Canada and Australia too! They both clocked the same time. The American is the clear winner, but from 2nd to 6th it's only a 0.02sec difference.

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Congratulations Australia and Canada for taking Silver and Bronze. You have to feel sorry for poor Lolo Jones...it just goes to show you how cruel the Olympics can be.

Also, a big Congratulations to Christina Ohorogou for winning GB's 1st track and field Gold. Yay!

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Congrats Canada and Australia too! They both clocked the same time. The American is the clear winner, but from 2nd to 6th it's only a 0.02sec difference.

To be honest, watching the race live I would have never guessed we would get a medal. Great to see Canada FINALLY winning another medal on the track!

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I watched the race for the first time earlier on tonight and I've just watched it another couple of times. It is not clear at all to me that Richards was in any kind of distress coming up the home straight. I'm not saying she wasn't struggling at all. I'm not qualified to make that sort of assessment. But it really does appear to me that she just went out far too quick and paid the penalty for it.

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I watched the race for the first time earlier on tonight and I've just watched it another couple of times. It is not clear at all to me that Richards was in any kind of distress coming up the home straight. I'm not saying she wasn't struggling at all. I'm not qualified to make that sort of assessment. But it really does appear to me that she just went out far too quick and paid the penalty for it.

Well, your assessment was what Michael Johnson said as he was commentating for the BBC. In fact, he said that was what she would do BEFORE the race... He really does rate Christine O, by the way.

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I know he rates her highly, but it seems that certain other people didn't, even after last year. Last year, the excuse was that Ohuruogu won the gold medal because Richards wasn't there. Well she was there tonight and she didn't deliver, as she hasn't done in the past. Christine Ohuruogu is a proven championship performer. Sanya Richards is not.

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She had a leg cramp near the end of the race. Shame, really.

r u sure it wasn't i virus - the beijing belly maybe - or was it the go faster roll-on sleeves she was wearing? come on she took the race out to fast -belived all the hype and lost!

always sad to see someone lose but christine put in a championship performance - ran her own race and is the olympic champion! wonderful - was watching the live streaming at work and it was like the scene from harry met sally when she won - truely wonderful!

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I know he rates her highly, but it seems that certain other people didn't, even after last year. Last year, the excuse was that Ohuruogu won the gold medal because Richards wasn't there. Well she was there tonight and she didn't deliver, as she hasn't done in the past. Christine Ohuruogu is a proven championship performer. Sanya Richards is not.

Which is also what Michael Johnson has said on many occasions... ;) Christine ran her own race at the same pace, and is a strong finisher. If they go out too fast with Christine about, that is what will happen!

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