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Instead of Synchronized Swimming, You Get To See Usain Bolt!

January 5, 2012 1 comment

In an awesome gaffe, London organizers accidentally oversold tickets to the Synchronized Swimming competition to the tune of, oh, 10,000 tickets. I am assuming this means they sold a total of 10,010 tickets, but I digress. (the actual mistake was about twice more than should have been sold). So instead, they’ll get upgrades to events they previously applied for but were unsuccessful:

The alternate tickets will come from the pot of 1 million for all events that are to go on sale in May once the seating configuration has been finalized at all venues.

Some ticket buyers took to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal their delight at the administrative blunder.

“Just exchanged our Olympics synchronized swimming tix for men’s & women’s medley finals & freestyle finals,” London-based author Stella Duffy tweeted. “Sorry synchros, but woo hoo!”

About 200 more people will get to see the 100m dash final, which, given that it lasts under 10 seconds, doesn’t seem like a major upgrade, but what do I know.

This isn’t the first ticket snafu, as in July 2011 around 700 people were charged twice for tickets they had purchased.

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Usain Bolt to Take the Rest of 2010 Off

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The world record holder in the 100 and 200 meter dashes will be taking the rest of the year off in an effort to heal his ailing back and achilles.

Bolt lost his most recent race in Stockholm to American Tyson Gay.

This hiatus appears to be just a precautionary measure as a Bolt spokesman said this injury causes Bolt to overcompensate and could lead to leg injuries in the future.

It appears that much like how a football player says he’d be able to play if it were the playoffs, Bolt would be able to run if it were a major meet. Sadly those will have to wait until 2011 for Bolt.

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Tyson Gay Beating Usain Bolt: Fluke or Challenge?

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week in Stockholm, Tyson Gay exploded out of the blocks and then held off Usain Bolt to win the 100m in their first race since the Olympics. Gay ran a 9.84 while Bolt only barely broke 10 seconds, running a 9.97. But Bolt probably didn’t have his mind or feet terribly interested in this meet. He got a reported $250,000 just to run and Stockholm is a pretty minor meet. Secondly, Bolt has been bothering health problems: he is recovering from an achilles injury and can’t run more than 200 meters.

Lastly, it must be pointed out that Tyson Gay was undoubtedly more motivated to win that race, owing to his disastrous Olympics, and Bolt’s achilles must have been bothered by the racers having to stand up from the blocks twice before the race even started.

When at peak form, Tyson Gay has a chance, but only if Bolt is off his game like he was in Stockholm.

Christophe Lemaitre Wins European 100m

Photo courtesy of Universal Sports

Just a month after becoming the first white person to break the 10 second  barrier in the 100m dash, Christophe Lemaitre has a European title to go with it. He clocked in at a time of 10.11 seconds, defeating four others who had tied with a 10.18 second time.

The 20 year old got off to a slow start but pulled away near the end to win fairly comfortably.

Hot off the blocks were a pair of Brits: Dwain Chambers, who had tested positive for doping in 2002, and Mark Lewis-Francis.

Lewis-Francis took the silver, and Frenchman Martial Mbandjock won the Bronze.

Caster Semenya will compete in Berlin, Milan

South African runner Caster Semenya will begin her comeback in earnest in late August at the ISTAF meet in Berlin. Her appearance and her rapid improvement in her 800 metre times led to whispers and then open questions about her gender.

She was cleared on July 6th by the IAAF, Track and Field’s governing body, to continue competing as a woman.

Semenya recently began her comeback in Finland after an 11 month layoff, where she won both her races.

After Berlin, she will compete at the meet in Milan.

Olympic Champ Fails Drug Test

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Defending 400 meter Olympic and world champion LaShawn Merritt has failed a drug test and will accept a provisional suspension

Merritt tested positive for DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which is a steroid legally allowed to be sold in the US. However, it has long been banned from Olympic competition. Merritt said he used the product for “personal reasons,” which are believed to be “male enhancement” reasons. Merritt has flunked three tests since October.

Merritt announced that he was withdrawing from competition, pending the outcome of the case.

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Rawlinson Removes Implants

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Australian hurdler Jana Rawlinson had her breast implants removed in hopes that it will help her win a medal. Rawlinson said about her implants:

I absolutely loved having bigger boobs, but finally I’ve grown up enough to know myself; to be honest about who I am when I look in the mirror, I don’t want to short-change Australia either — I want to feel the most athletic I can, to know that I’m standing on the track in London the fittest I can be.

Rawlinson has won the 400m hurdle championships in 2003 in Paris and in 2007 in Osaka. She has said that she got her implants because of her unhappiness with her manly figure, and noted that a lot of runners look like men, which she didn’t want.

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