Category Archives: Athletes

200m Final – Bolt to Showboat?

Bolt will be hot favourite to make it a golden sprint double at the Olympics Games in Beijing after cruising into the 200m final.

After winning the 100m in a world record 9.69 seconds, he jogged next to rival Shawn Crawford in the last 60m to win his semi-final in 20.09 secs.

BBC Video.

I think Bolt should run ‘through’ the line this time without celebrating during his race. You know what they say, ‘pride comes before a fall.’

I would hate to see Bolt trip over because he is trying to watch himself on the big screen while running…

I say go for the record – smash it – set a record that will never be beaten!

Current 200m WR holder, Johnson said “I’m ready to kiss it goodbye … if he keeps on doing what he’s doing.”

See 200m videos of Bolt and Johnson here.


Was Sotherton Lying?

The limits of prediction.

Great Britain’s heptathlete comes fifth.

I am no expert on lie detectors but what if someone genuinely believes something which is wrong?

I am sure many politicians would be found to be telling the ‘truth’ but this is different as we have seen from being ‘right.’

See Sotherton polygraph test here.

Patriotism – Why I love the Olympics

Most people will agree with me – they love the Olympics because it brings out a love for their country and the pride of being selected to represent their nation or to be able to support those selected.

I have had the privilege of wearing a Great Britain vest.

But, some people just don’t get it…

I would far rather patriotism being expressed through sport rather than war.

From the WSJ.

Assorted TV commentators keep opining that the Olympics are all about the brotherhood of man, rather than national ambition or patriotism. But don’t tell that to the fanatically nationalist Chinese — or to Kobe Bryant, the NBA star who is playing with Team USA in Beijing.

In an interview Friday on NBC, the world’s most famous basketball player told Chris Collinsworth how he got “goosebumps” when he received his Olympics uniform. “I actually just looked at it for a while. I just held it there and I laid it across my bed and I just stared at it for a few minutes; just because as a kid growing up this is the ultimate, ultimate in basketball.” The Los Angeles Laker went on to call the U.S. “the greatest country in the world. It has given us so many great opportunities, and it’s just a sense of pride that you have; that you say, ‘You know what? Our country is the best.'”

Mr. Collinsworth seemed either startled or impressed by such sentiment, and asked, “Is that a cool thing to say in this day and age? That you love your country, and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by.”

To which Mr. Bryant replied: “No, it’s a cool thing for me to say. I feel great about it, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I mean, this is a tremendous honor.”

No 4.

4. Liu Xiang

Hurdles, China
Age: 25

When Liu Xiang claimed victory in the 110-m hurdles in Athens, delivering China its first ever sprint gold, you could almost sense the alarm in the announcers’ voices. Few had heard of this mystery athlete, much less knew how to pronounce his given name. What a difference four years make. In Beijing, Liu, 25, along with basketball star Yao Ming, will be the poster boy for China’s mighty Olympic squad. Here’s a quick language guide: his name (pronounced Sheeahng) means “to soar” in Chinese.