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Usain Bolt Runs Fast

Overheard in the media area as Usain Bolt set a world record in the 200-meters.

"[Expletive]."

"That was the most ridiculous thing I've seen in my life."

"That was sick."

"Oh my God."

"Um, did I really lose my BlackBerry again?"

I'll let you guess who said that last one.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 20, 2008; 10:27 AM ET
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Comments

Is losing your BlackBerry code for "Damn, that dude is fast?"

Posted by: StetSports.com | August 20, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Damn! That man is golden!!!

Posted by: N | August 20, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Bolt really is lightning!

Posted by: msjamaica1 | August 20, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

My rule of thumb is that if a guy seems superhuman, you just have to wonder about performance enhancing drugs. Hope it doesn't apply to this guy.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

We know the drug cheats are ahead of the testers. We'll just have ot wait and see if Bolt's urine samples survive the test of time. Until then:

Congratulations.*

Posted by: Castulo Guerra | August 20, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

please stop trying to downplay his achievements bolt is not on drugs. he has always been a talent. ive seen this man run since he was 16 in the junior championships. plus, not trying to start stuff, but jamaica doesnt have a reputation for using drugs like american sprinters. really outside of the us its not that common

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Congrats on setting a new Washington Post record:

Number of Times a Reporter/Blogger loses his Blackberry during an Olympics game assignment.

Posted by: Kim | August 20, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

oh and bolt was tested so many times before the olympics it was ridiculous. i even think he complained about it once or twice

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

maybe he complained, BECAUSE HE'S USING!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

wow please thats pathetic it really is sad that there are people that wont give credit to one of the greatest sprinters of all time. You dont need to hate. There has never been any signs of bolt using drugs. thats really pathetic for you to suggest that. stop being jealous test him all you want it just makes all of you haters look stupid

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Just because we're jealous doesn't mean he's not using.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

As an american im really embarrassed of how we act like such sore losers when it comes to track and field. Everytime we lose we always try to make excuses and blame other circumstances. Do we not have any humility in this country??

Posted by: J | August 20, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

If it makes you feel better J, we're sore losers at everything, not just Track and Field.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I agree J and anonymous it is kinda sad. No wonder nbc rather replaying how phelps over came getting bullied on the bus to win 8 golds than show us getting our asses handed to by the jamaicans live. I mean phelps and bolt are the two biggest stars of the olympics but come on lol hes a fantastic athlete but dont make up adversity for him to overcome. Thats nonsense and im american and from baltimore too.

Posted by: Mike | August 20, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

he makes running an enjoyable thing to watch and I'm glad he slowed down at the end (100M) to do silly victory outstretches!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

haha definitely love watching bolt. pure excitement.

Posted by: silver spring | August 20, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Marion Jones was exciting to watch too.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Well you can waste energy on that anonymous the lightening bolt is freggin fast. My new favorite athlete baby!!!!!

Posted by: like this blog | August 20, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

To all those saying Bolt must be doped up...what about Phelps!? Why isn't there more of a cloud of suspicion over him? Are you just saying Bolt is doped up because he is not American? Or is it because he is ridiculously fast and most Americans have NO concept of being able to run that fast, so they assume he is on something?

Like Anonymous said above, to those who follow T&F religiously, what Bolt is doing is not new. He, Gay, Dix and others are a joy to watch, respect each other and I hope to see all of them battle for years to come.

BTW, you HAVE to feel so bad for Wallace Spearmon..to find out you were DQ'ed after thinking you won bronze for something as silly as stepping on a lane, five steps into your race..Wallace and his dad are class acts, I had the opportunity to meet both of them out in Oregon at the Trials.

Posted by: JonInVB | August 20, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

well said JonInVB and yea i feel terrible for wally spearman. great guy and quality sprinter very unlucky

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm a little late to the party, but Anonymous attempting to make the claim that PED use outside the US isn't that common? That's straight dumb. Someone hasn't been paying attention to cycling recently. And for an historical example, how about the East German women's swim teams in the '80s? Get a clue before you make such silly arguments.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Correct JonInVB, I believe Bolt ran 19.9something in the 2004 junior championships as a 16 or 17yo as anonymous mentioned earlier. Hes a phenomenon and hes reaching his potential and cleaning up his races. Hes always had the natural speed.

Posted by: RickFromJA | August 20, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I was making the argument for sprinting in recent times. Specifically talking about Jamaica. Why dont you educate me on that one my friend? I only believe its one sprinter to my memory.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

sorry again if it didnt seem obvious that i was talking about sprinting. To clarify I was talking about sprinting everybody feel better??

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, I sure hope Dan feels better--only possible, I think, if he has found that wayward Blackberry, though.

Posted by: Bobbie | August 20, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

From the Jamaica Observer:

The list of those barred from competing is long and includes Jamaica-born sprinters who trained elsewhere, for example Ben Johnson in Canada, Linford Christie and Dwain Chambers in England. Jerome Young and Patrick Jarrett (who were coached in the United States by another Jamaican expatriate Trevor Graham) also fell foul of the authorities. Merlene Ottey failed a steroid test in 1999, while training in Europe. But this was later ruled a laboratory error. Patrick Jarrett failed a steroids test in 2001 and Steve Mullings tested positive for testosterone in 2004.
Trevor Graham (a 1988 relay silver medallist for Jamaica) started a track camp in North Carolina featuring Marion Jones, who had passed more than 160 drug tests before finally acknowledging steroid use. In San Francisco in May, Graham was convicted on one felony count of lying to federal agents and awaits sentencing September 5.

Other Jamaican stars, including Asafa Powell's older brother Donovan, have tested positive for stimulants.

The problem is that Jamaica is not a signatory to the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) and has not yet set up its own national anti-doping agency.


http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20080726T190000-0500_138319_OBS_RUNNING_IN_THE_FOOTSTEPS_OF_WINT_AND_MCKENLEY_.asp

Posted by: anon7 | August 20, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Marion Jones was running 11.1-11.2 as a 14/15 year old. She always had plenty of natural speed too.

Posted by: ddt | August 20, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse


you should assume everyone could be dirty, no matter their nationality.

that's just the way it is when designer drugs can be beat any known test.

Posted by: odessasteps | August 20, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I admit I believed Marion Jones for the longest time since I followed her coming out of high school(didn't Alyson Felix break her high school national record in the 200m?), but once again there is no reason to suspect Usain Bolt of any wrong doing. He is a freak of nature and has trained hard for years. This season more than ever he has been seeing the results, but it is not too much of a surprise to followers of the sport. NBC's problem with their T&F coverage isn't that it is too US-centric, it is that they have idiots who can't speak for the sport doing commentary. I don't care who you are or what you used to do, but that crew is horrible for the sport. They are out of touch and don't know the athletes or what should be expected from them. They've been downplaying Angelo Taylor all year and even when he won Gold it was a story to them that it wasn't one of the other Americans. The producers are taking cues from the commentators. If they don't appreciate things or understand the significance of accomplishments, then it is not going to be seen in the broadcast. If Bolt's accomplishments are great, but ... . NBC is going to cover the "but," however insignificant it is. Ato complaining about Bolt's celebrating was ridiculous. They acted like Queen Harrison, a rising Junior and collegiate athlete at Virginia Tech who made the Olympic team after an amazing final two hurdles at the Trials was a disappointment for not advancing to the finals of the 400m hurdles at the Olympics... It was amazing that she made it as far as she did and should have been covered that way and seen as a sign of the bright future that the US has in sprinting and hurdling.

Regarding the protest, it did not involve Bolt and the US is within their rights to file a complaint. The US even conceded that Spearmon went out of his lane so Crawford got the bronze instead. For what it's worth, I thought the US had a credible complaint about the women's 100m dash as well. The false start was very obvious. Both races were great races and the winners were deserving. Having a problem with the officiating is not done to discredit the accomplishments of the athletes.

Posted by: sitruc | August 20, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Having watched the NBC coverage... I wish Ato would STFU. I don't care about what he could've done in the 100m. That's irrelevant. He won gold and set a world record. Why did BBC get Michael Johnson and why was NBC using an old quote from him? Also, the rule isn't one step on the lane and you're disqualified.

Posted by: sitruc | August 20, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm the poster above who originally wondered about Bolt using performance enhancing drugs. I hope Bolt's not using anything, because then watching him over the next few years will be tons of fun.

But over and over the past decades, when we have seen "superhuman" athletes, eventually we learn they used. Marian Jones, Ben Johnson, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Flo Jo, etc. (Actually, Flo Jo's use was never confirmed, but I don't think many doubt it given the dramatic change in her appearance.) There are serious suspicions about Lance Armstrong, too.

There have been exceptions, however. Michael Johnson comes immediately to mind. I hope Bolt falls into his category, but when someone shows such dramatic improvement over a short period of time, and jogs to a gold medal and world record in the 100, don't you just have to wonder a little?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

One of the points of my rambling post was that Bolt's performances weren't out of nowhere. He began focusing on the shorter event more this year and that helped his sprint speed for the 200 as well. He has been one of the top 200m runners for a few years now. Many have thought the 200m record would be in jeopardy in the coming years by a handful of Americans as quite a few have come withing .2-.3s. We've been fortunate to see Bolt emerge as a 100m runner this season. Regarding Marion Jones who actually had produced elite times before going pro... she was just a dumbass and didn't need to use.

Posted by: sitruc | August 21, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Bolt and all Jamaicans around the world and all other nations that support Bolt and us Jamaicans. Regarding the negative comments about the usage of drugs,the only drugs you will find in him is some good yellow yam,dasheen,green banana,chicken back,ackee, etc .. no fast food.We eat good so we dont need no drug for enhancement like some other nations which they are so famous for.
I MUST BIG UP TO BOLT AND ALL OTHER JAMAICAN ATLETE OUT THERE WHO MADE US JAMAICANS VERY PROUD.... OONU FI MEMBA SEY - OUT OF MANY WI A ONE PEOPLE.....MEMBA DAT.
ONE LOVE
CHRIS from Aruba

Posted by: Chris | August 22, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

WE DONT NEED DRUGS IN JAMAICA. WE ASPIRE TO GREATNESS OUT OF PURE TENACITY AND PERSEVERANCE. WE RUN IN JAMAICA. WE RUN TO SCHOOL. WE RUN TO CHURCH. WE RUN TO THE POST OFFICE. WE RUN TO THE BUS STOP. WE RUN EVERYWHERE. WE EVEN RUN ACROSSTHE ROAD. IN JAMAICA NOBODY IS GIVEN A FISH. YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO CATCH FISH FOR YOURSELF. wHEN JAMAICANM STUDENTS GO TO THE US AND EXCEL IN THEIR UNIVERSITIES ARE THEY ON DRUGS TOO. WE ARE JUST WHO WE ARE. WE ARE THWE BEST PERSONS ON GOD'S EARTH. WE ARE JAMAICANS. mY OPINION IS THAT THE ONLY CLEAN ATHLETE IN AMERICAN TRACK AND FIELD IS LAURYN WILLIAMS. USA COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERY THING. THEY LOSE AT GYMNASTISC, THE CHINEES ARE TOO YOUNG. THEY COMPLAIN TOO MUCH. THEY NEED TO COME TO JAMAICA AND LOOK AT US FOR A MONTHAND TAKE AN EXAMPLE FROM US.

Posted by: Ronnie B | August 24, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

narrow minded people. If you watched our Boys Champs from Bolt was 14yrs onward you'll realise that this kid is pure talent and effort. This is not an overnight thing. Go to google and type in Jamaica boys champ / Usain Bolt.

Posted by: Joseph | August 24, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ronnie B:
1) Stop yelling
2) Most don't think Bolt or the other Jamaicans were using drugs and most who do question his accomplishments question track and field in general and not one nation.
3) Most track followers know Bolt didn't come out of nowhere and that he has worked hard(please ignore the ignorant tv commentators and announcers)
4) You hurt your argument when you accuse all but one American of cheating. There is absolutely no reason to believe the other elite runners are using drugs. Like Bolt, most have posted elite times since high school. LeShawn Merrit, one of a few Virginia natives who represented the US at the Olympics was a Junior World Champion in 2004 following a successful career at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. Meanwhile, the youngest member of the US team sent to Beijing also had a successful career in VA and has been the #1 junior in the 400m hurdles, Queen Harrison. Why should one think they are not doing things the right way?
5) Since Americans complain too much, I'll complain about your complaining. You complain that the US breaks the rules although you can't back it up, while the US says that the Chinese broke the rules and there is some evidence of that...

Notice I didn't have to put Jamaicans down or dredge up bad apples who have failed drug tests or have been questioned in the past to make my points.

Posted by: sitruc | August 25, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

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