The Agony Of The D.Q.


Usain Bolt wins the 200m. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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By the time I got home last night, I already knew Usain Bolt, Jamaican track phenom, had broken Michael Johnson's record in the 200-meter and earned the gold medal. It was a little disappointing to know the outcome before watching the race, but I still leaned forward in my seat when the runners assumed the position in the Wednesday night telecast. Somehow, knowing Bolt would win didn't affect my enjoyment in the least — watching that man run, and buckle down and run the whole race (unlike the 100-meter, when he practically danced to the finish, so far ahead of the field he could've bunny-hopped), was witnessing history*. And his buddy, American Wallace Spearmon, came in third! Just as Spearmon, wrapped in the American flag, grabbed Bolt, wrapped in green and gold, for a bear hug, the news spread around the stadium: Spearmon had stepped on the line. Disqualified. The post-DQ interview with Spearmon was one of the most awkward things I've seen in my life. And then, on the replay, it became clear 2nd-place-finisher Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles had run a similarly tainted 200, and suddenly 2 more Americans, who originally ran in 4th and 5th, earned medals. Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix took silver and bronze, respectively, but there was no triumphant flag-wrapped victory lap around the track for them. In fact, when Dix's agent ran up to him with a smile and a hug after learning of his medal, Dix, nonplussed, stated simply, "I still lost." Ugh. What an awful way to finish a race that started with so much promise.

*In case you missed it, it'll go down in Olympic and sports history as the race where Usain Bolt broke Carl Lewis's record of winning the 100 and 200 in one Olympics, and broke both world records at the same time, which has never been done before.



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Man, I don't like people that are cocky. A true winner is someone who is humble, they don't need to shine the light on themselves but let others shine the light.

Let's be honest, what true impact has he had on making the world a better place by breaking a world record. Mother Teresa is still the girl in my book for making a difference for world gold medals.....

Their is so much more to life than winning or losing. I say it's about the positive impact you had on those within your sphere of influence.


Sent by Beth Patterson | 10:33 AM | 8-21-2008


These athletes train a lifetime for the opportunity to race on a stage for their country.

Please don't belittle them. I don't understand Bolt's actions, but then again, I'm not under the pressure he is. Imagine being in a position that requires you to win in that atmosphere; who knows how you would react?

And another way to think about it. Just because Bolt wins both races doesn't make Mother Teresa's efforts any less.

Sent by PoliticalHick | 11:54 AM | 8-21-2008

In my opinion Usain Bolt did not "break Carl Lewis's record of winning the 100 and 200 in one Olympics," because it's not really a record, but rather a distinction that Mr. Bolt equalled by becoming the first sprinter since Carl Lewis in 1984 to win the 100m/200m double at an Olympics. Lewis also won gold medals in both the long jump and the 4 X 100m relay at the same Olympics (Los Angeles, 1984) -- thus duplicating the performance of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics -- a feat that Mr. Bolt cannot surpass even if he helps to win a gold medal for Jamaica in the 4 X 100 relay on Friday night.

In winning four gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics, Mr. Lewis happened to set an Olympic record in the 200m dash and broke his own world record in the 4 X 100 m relay, however, I think Mr. Lewis might object to any interpretation that has him "surpassing" Jesse Owens. In addition, Carl Lewis holds the distinction of having won 10 Olympic medals (9 gold and one silver) including four consecutive titles in an individual event: the long jump, at the Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, and Atlanta Olympic games.

I wish Usain Bolt all the success in the world in someday equalling or surpassing Carl Lewis's stellar Olympic accomplishments, but it won't be easy.

Sent by Mike | 5:19 PM | 8-21-2008

It is un fair to tell a person who has achieved the most important goal in their life how to celebrate it. The onus is on us to try to understand a persons behaviour before critisizing them.
I believe that women were once critized for wearing pants and in some countries they are still not allowed.
Mr Bolt was not show boating he was happy maybe if the camera was no so intrusive we would not be privy to his exercises before and after races.
I know that these are just his relaxation techniques that the press has deliberately miss represent as show boating. thats not fair!!!!!
Being ignorant of Jamaican culture makes us less than an authority to judge a persons character.
Bolt is a humble young man who under any other circumstances is quite likeable and even funny. those actions that are mis interpreted as cocky is actually his attempt at humor and livity.
let it rest..... Jamaica to the world

Sent by ren | 6:00 AM | 8-22-2008

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