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Friday, August 10, 2012

Drama Marks Historic Day At The Olympics

It’s day 14 at the summer Olympics in London.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt made history yesterday when he blew away the field in the men’s 200-meter final by beating his rivail Yohan Blake just like he did in the 100 meters last Sunday.

Bolt has taken to calling himself “a living legend,” which has begun to irk some sports commentators.

“Usain Bolt is unquestionably a living legend but I finally got a little tired of telling me that for the 19th time last night,” said Phil Hersh of the Chicago Tribune.

Also on the Olympic Stadium track, American Ashton Eaton won the decathlon and Kenya’s David Rudisha broke his own world record in the 800-meters by completing the two-lap race in 1-minute-40-point-1-second.

Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated said Rudisha’s performance is nothing short of amazing.

“For the entire globe Usain Bolt is a  bigger deal than David Rudisha will ever be. For people that really have a passion for track and field what  Rudisha did last night may have even been more impressive than what Bolt has done throughout the entire games,”  Layden said.

Meanwhile, the games have been good to American women teams.

The US women won water polo gold when they beat Spain in the final match.

At Wembley Stadium, the US women’s soccer team edged Japan 2-1 to win the gold medal, avenging last year’s loss to Japan in the World Cup.

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  • Charles R. Warren

    Concerning the question, is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian to date?  One of your guests suggested that it was easier to win medals in swimming, that it was like if Mr. Bolt ran the 100m, 125m and 150m.  I do not think the analogy is valid.  It is more like if Mr. Bolt ran the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in addition to doing the long jump and high jump, or trying the decathlon (the truly great all-around athletes).  On this note, I accept the Carl Lewis ranks higher because he did medal in different disciplines.  Consider that the type of runner that runs sprints is a different body type than one that runs the 800m and 1500m, which is what makes the 400m so tough for a sprinter as it is the “borderline” distance.  Michael Phelps not only won in the “crawl” events, but also in the backstroke and butterfly- events the require different body types-as well as the medley events that require proficiency in all four swimming strokes.

  • Charles R. Warren

    Please replace my previous comment with this corrected version.  Sorry for not proofreading better.Concerning the question: is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian to date?  One of your guests suggested that it was easier to win medals in swimming, that it was as if Mr. Bolt ran the 100m, 125m and 150m.  I do not think the analogy is valid.  It is more as if Mr. Bolt ran the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in addition to doing the long jump and high jump, or trying the decathlon (the truly great all-around athletes).  On this note, I accept that Carl Lewis ranks higher because he  medaled in different disciplines.  Consider that the type of runner that runs sprints is a different body type than one that runs the 800m and 1500m, which is what makes the 400m so tough for a sprinter, as it is the “borderline” distance.  Michael Phelps not only won in the “crawl” events, but also in the backstroke and butterfly- events the require different body types-as well as the medley events that require proficiency in all four swimming strokes.

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