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Track: Bolt Sets WR in 100

Usain Bolt of Jamaica eased up at the end of the 100 meters, even slapping his chest, and still set a world record of 9.69 seconds Saturday night at the Bird's Nest.

Bolt, 21, looked at the track-side clock several times during the quick race and visibly slowed a few meters from the finish line. He broke his own record of 9.72, set in May in New York.

The race was expected to be a three-man showdown between Bolt, his teammate Asafa Powell, the former world record holder, and Tyson Gay of the United States, the world champion at this distance. But Gay failed to qualify for the final and Powell faded to fifth place.

Richard Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago was second in 9.89 and American Walter Dix won the bronze in 9.91.


By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 11:15 AM ET
 
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Who is the genius that decided not to have the 100 m final live- on TV or on nbcolympics.com? Instead we get a live blog. That is a complete joke. This is more or less the original olympic race (the distance of the stadia (176 m) is no longer constested). And the result is everywhere on the internet. What a joke.

Posted by: JimDandy1 | August 16, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

It's a bit of a shame that we live in a sports era where struting and taunting is more important than the event itself. Bolt could have run a 9.63 or 9.64 if he hadn't eased up so early to show his superiority. But then again, a good bit of that world record time belongs to the technology that has been used to increase the speed of the track over the years, so maybe it doesn't matter at all.

I wonder what percentage of the new world records in track and field and swimming over the years belongs to the technology and not to the athletes?

Posted by: Mark | August 16, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

seriously, I'm sitting here watching the basketball team destroy Spain when I could have been watching the first person in history beak the 9.7 second mark? NBC has been dropping the ball all week on what they have been showing. They think that just because we are in America, all we want to watch are Americans. Not true Bob Costas, we want to watch world competition and want to see world records fall, not a group of basketball players do what they aer expected to do.

Posted by: Jason deBruyn | August 16, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

seriously, I'm sitting here watching the basketball team destroy Spain when I could have been watching the first person in history beak the 9.7 second mark? NBC has been dropping the ball all week on what they have been showing. They think that just because we are in America, all we want to watch are Americans. Not true Bob Costas, we want to watch world competition and want to see world records fall, not a group of basketball players do what they aer expected to do.

Posted by: Jason deBruyn | August 16, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The guys at NBC failed viewers in the US. Shocking and disappointing.

Posted by: shirish | August 16, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I live close enough to the Canadian border to view CBC coverage of the Olympics. What a difference, you actually get to see events that may not have a US star in them. They also report on events that do not have a Canadian star. Their coverage is vastly better. So much for NBC.


Posted by: Beric Deane | August 16, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

NBC doesn't get it. The 100 meter finals is a premium event. It needs to be shown live period. If it was swimming or gymnastics, it would be live. I guess there were too many brothers in the finals for the NBC execs to think it should be a live event.

Posted by: John P | August 16, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I agree that NBC has dropped the ball again! Thank goodness 4 the Internet, which will make NBC's coverage redundant. I don't know y bolt pulled back but it was his race 2 win r lose and won in fine style and made his country and the caribbean proud!

Posted by: jamdownlover | August 16, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

According to BBC's live internet coverage he pulled back because, "I wasn't worried about the world record. I didn't even realise I had the record until I did my victory lap." quoth the Bolt.

Coverage in Japan is pretty much the same. I'm watching the Japanese Men's volleyball team get clobbered by Venezuela. What a shame. I live in a decent time zone to watch the good events and they don't even show 'em.

Posted by: johnny lunchbox | August 16, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Bolt was AWESOME.... It looked he had his arms by his side wide open with 15m to go and was literally coasting to a world record in the Olympic 100m !!! I have never seen anything like this in my life....

Posted by: Kaushik | August 16, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hey NBC, you SUCK.

Posted by: JC | August 16, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I am utterly disappointed. I have been watching the Olympics the whole time and was wondering what happened to the Men's 100m finals. Why was the 100m finals not shown as a live event as other events that were shown since the Olympics started.

We have seen records erased and new ones set since the Olympics started and everyone would have loved to see this event live, as we all know this event was one of the highlights of the Olympic and all J-cans knew Usain "Lightning" Bolt would have shattered his own world record. Come on!!!

Usain Bolt - "YOU DE BEST!"

Posted by: Visha | August 16, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Does "fastest man in the world" mean nothing? NBC's failure to show live the men's 100M final in track is irresponsible journalism, at best.

Posted by: Wayne Matten | August 16, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Luckily, I was able to see the record-breaking 100m by Bolt thanks to NTA - the Nigerian TV channel. By the way they also carried the opening ceremony live. Thanks, NTA for showing us what the Olympics is all about - a Global event, not just an American show.

Posted by: Edwin Tucker | August 16, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Strut and Taunt them Bolt! Show them your superiority! JAMAICA! 100% Natural God given talent.

Posted by: JAHMIN | August 16, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

So frustrating! I'm just cruising along the Post website and can't help but read the giant headline spoiling the outcome of this race. Bad enough that NBC is not showing this live but now I get the end ruined when they show the taped event tonight, acting like it's all live and a surprise. Arghhhh!!!!

Posted by: Melanie | August 16, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I am at work so cannot comment on today's coverage but I have to say overall on the other channels (not NBC but CNBC, MSNBC) coverage has been good. I have seen a ton the more random yet interesting sports that often are not filled with Americans(badmitton, archery, fencing, team handball, indoor volleyball etc) vs the stuff that is overdone every year (basketball, gymnastics, swimming, etc.) I have found that DVRing Msnbc/Cnbc for the day and watching that later (fast forward is always nice)ignoring the crappy commercial filled NBC coverage at night. Silly that the premiere track and field event was not show today though.

Posted by: Chark | August 16, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I am at work so cannot comment on today's coverage but I have to say overall on the other channels (not NBC but CNBC, MSNBC) coverage has been good. I have seen a ton the more random yet interesting sports that often are not filled with Americans(badmitton, archery, fencing, team handball, indoor volleyball etc) vs the stuff that is overdone every year (basketball, gymnastics, swimming, etc.) I have found that DVRing Msnbc/Cnbc for the day and watching that later (fast forward is always nice)ignoring the crappy commercial filled NBC coverage at night. Silly that the premiere track and field event was not show today though.

Posted by: Chark | August 16, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

How is the Post spoiling this? They are reporting what has happened. If you don't want anything to spoil your re-broadcast enjoyment, stay off the web.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I am from jamaica but i recently moved to florida. The 100m raced is one of the most look forward to races in jamaica so when i was watching TV i was stunned that they couldnt show it live. I suspect that the only reason they didnt show it live was because their american no longer had a chance to win a medal....especially not the gold because that was defiently already going to Bolt. but yeah i just think its disgusting and selfish and immature to not show an event just because america ha no chance. its not just track and field either its every other sport. but when America has a definite chance of winning thats all you see on TV being covered. Its not the America Olympics it the WORLD Olympics!!!

Posted by: Asha | August 16, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I am at work so cannot comment on today's coverage but I have to say overall on the other channels (not NBC but CNBC, MSNBC) coverage has been good. I have seen a ton the more random yet interesting sports that often are not filled with Americans(badmitton, archery, fencing, team handball, indoor volleyball etc) vs the stuff that is overdone every year (basketball, gymnastics, swimming, etc.) I have found that DVRing Msnbc/Cnbc for the day and watching that later (fast forward is always nice)ignoring the crappy commercial filled NBC coverage at night. Silly that the premiere track and field event was not show today though.

Posted by: Chark | August 16, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

All those complaining about NBC's coverage of the Olympics should know that it quit covering the Olympics like an international event that it is, long time ago. It wants to only cover the popular sports in the USA, with the U.S. teams, if USA has a chance to medal. It shows the early round U.S. beach volleyball matches practically everyday - live or recorded - while the medal rounds of other, more exciting events are going on live at that time. NBC has completely turned its Olympics coverage into one of marathon commercials, American jingoism, and American medal events, ever since it bought the rights to cover it. So, it's nothing new. NBC = Nothing But Crap. (And don't even get me started on Costas the Jerk!)

Posted by: Matrixman | August 16, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I guess it's more important to show a 25 point blowout of USA men's basketball over Spain - in pool play, no less... stupid stupid stupid.

Posted by: sportsbabe21 | August 16, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I live in Japan. I saw the men's 100 meter final. It was broadcast live on a commercial network (TBS).

Posted by: Mikio Sakamoto | August 16, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Until the Olympics itself dictates coverage (as is could), we'll continue to suffer the stupidity of the NBC "suits." It' even worse here on the West Coast, where it seems nothing is covered live and I watch nothing. Best cure--a massive viewer boycott, but that's not happening.

Posted by: stuck_in_Lodi | August 16, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with all who are feed up with nbc's coverage of this once in four year event.NBC has blown it again and again and again. This is not the USA against the world, it's the world against the world.
Beach vollyball is the last thing i want to spend the few hours i have to watch. At my job there is a tv in the waiting room and we set it to the games. As i walk by what do i see... Vollyball!!
I want to say this is the worst but it really is no worst than the last one coverage wise. Maybe the cartoon network will buy the rights and we can see some archery or shooting. 1-10 I give it a 1.5.

Posted by: Richard | August 16, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with several others, NBC has dropped the ball on a lot of events....even continually mispronouncing the name of the capital of China....Bei JING not Bei zhing.....

Posted by: Charlie | August 16, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The NBC coverage of track and field is such a disappointment so far. I understand they cannot show every event in its entirety or live but give me a break. The men's 100 meter final is always one of the biggest events of the olympics and instead of getting to watch it I have the results ruined for me by every news agency with a website because NBC wants to delay everything 12 hours. When they do this to one of the premier track events you can imagine how the coverage of the other events has and will be. Yesterday I was excited to watch the Women's 10k with a couple of American women who had a real shot at medaling. I was dissapoinnted not to be able to watch it live, but I understand its not everyone's favorite event. I saw that it would be broadcast on a 15 hour or so delay at 12:30 according to the NBC site. I stayed up to watch the event that came on just before 2:00 am and they showed probably less than 5 minutes of the event! What the heck. If they're only going to show a couple of minutes of it, show it during a normal hour or show the whole thing in an off hour. Or they could provide online coverage of the track events online like they do for the other sports, but NBC has zero online coverage of track and field. Next olympics I'll make sure I have access to television coverage from the CBC or BBC sport where they have much better coverage of all olympic events.

Posted by: Kyle | August 16, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Stupid NBC did not show the 100m dash.
Blockheads.

Posted by: RK | August 16, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's be clear. The men's 100 meter final is one of the biggest events (if not the biggest) of the Olympics. The beauty of sports is watching it live. Not being able to watch this race live on US TV is outrageous!
Let's boycott NBC! Don't watch NBC tonight when they broadcast it. You can already find it everywhere on the Internet.

Posted by: Boris | August 16, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"I live in Japan. I saw the men's 100 meter final. It was broadcast live on a commercial network (TBS)."

I wish we had the Tokyo Broadcasting System here. I didn't even know when it was going to take place, NBC's coverage is so bad. I might still watch the primetime coverage tonight so I know which advertisers to boycott. That is the only way to send NBC a message that they blew it. BOYCOTT NBC'S ADVERTISERS and tell them why. Then the advertisers will tell NBC to change or give them their money back. Perhaps NBC will get the message then.

Another thing that NBC should change is the commercial presentation. When ABC airs the Indy 500, they still show the race in the corner and the commercial at the same time. And if something happens that is important and requires comment, they break out of commercial. The same should be done for every sport, especially team sports, e.g., Field Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball. It would actually encourage people to pay attention to the commercials too since we want don't want to miss the sport.

Posted by: Terry | August 16, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The Medals Table is also a joke.

Why do the American mass media feel they have to re-arrange the table to make the USA come first?

The country with the highest number of gold medals comes first on the table, and not the one with the total overall medals.

Gold is superior to Silver, Silver is superior to Bronze.

Posted by: Vincent | August 16, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

NBC's coverage has been a big disappointment for several Olympics now, but they have surpassed themselves this time. To not show the 100 m live when it's on a weekend morning and many would have watched is a travesty. Last night, in the middle of the night, they showed a highly edited and shortened women's 10,000m run; they showed far more footage of the mother of the American woman who finished third than of the runner herself. It must not have occurred to NBC that anyone watching at that hour might have been watching the race as a sports event and not simply as a cry along.

I agree that the IOC should require certain minimum coverages as a condition of the selling the rights. Oh wait - they're *selling* the rights for *money*? Well, I guess we can forget that idea.

Posted by: Duncan | August 16, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I am a Jamaican , visiting Chicago presently . I am feeling great , i just want to big up Usain "ligthening " Bolt for his world record run as i expected him to do . Usain brings back memories of his world juniors gold medal in Kingston ,Jamaica when he was just 15yrs old . I hope he wins the 200m and the 4 x 100m relay . Jamaica needs to see what solid leadership is that can lift our country .Usain is so special .

Posted by: Chris Brown | August 16, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

How can NBC be so stupid. The 100m is the premiere event in the olympics. I told my mon, she was watching the basketball when I said NBC should have showed the race she asked. Was there an America? I said no she said well maybe thats why. This is the world olympics not the American olympics. I hope other news organization pick up on this nonsense. I saw all of phelps records but the thing most folks look forward to is the track and field. Was it because is was from Jamica, non US national or human interest storie. Usain Bolt earn it. Give him the respect NBC. I am show ABC would have done this cause they show respect for other countries players and audience in mind. Will this be end of track on American TV just because no American wasn't in the hunt for gold. SHAME ON YOU NBC SHAME.

Posted by: Claude | August 16, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The mindset of the people who run the NBC sports is questionable.

Posted by: The disappointed | August 16, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I am absolutely frustrated with NBC, its bad enough that they did not show the men's 100M live, but to block playback on youtube and not have the event available on demand at the nbc website! I can't even watch it on the BBC website because "the content is not available in my area" If NBC is incompetent in their coverage/delivery, they should not restrict me from going elsewhere.

I HATE NBC!

Posted by: Edward | August 16, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

100M was just terrific. International channels carried it just fine. (NBC coverage is rubbish - only covers US athletes, and commentary is nonsense -- you have to watch European/Asian channels to get a proper feel for the Olympics.

Posted by: Jack Steen | August 16, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see the race just go to www.sportstrick.com. NBC's coverage is shameful. They seem to believe that we all came to watch Michael Phelps and no other (not to take anything away from Phelps' fine Olympic performance). Come to think of it, NBC seems to think that only American athletes matter. Compare NBC's coverage with that of the BBC or CBC, or any other non-American station for that matter. NBC is shameful.

Posted by: SickOfNBC | August 16, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Shame on nbc. Wahignton post please follow up on this story

Posted by: Claude | August 16, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

As a Trinidadian, I'm thrilled that Richard Thompson won the silver medal in the 100 M. Our small country now has one medal for this Olympics. Congrats, Richard!

Posted by: Simon | August 16, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/100m%2Bbolt/video/x6geyz_usain-bolt-jeux-olympique-beijing-2_sport

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

NBC's coverage of the Olympics has been disappointing. There was more to the Olympics than live coverage of swimming, gymnastics, and rowing. One of the best competitions to watch is track and field yet it seemed to be lacking in live coverage this year.

Posted by: Connie | August 16, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

People! Please do not blame me if I'm cross like most of the viewers in America today because I have great reasons. There should be a world body/court where the people can file charges against MSNBC for sports malpractice.
Whosoever gave them the rights to televise and broadcast the Olympics should kick them out and get a network that will televise the games to America. Too much unfairness is happening. Come every Olympics we see the same repeated pattern of prejudice over and over against other competitors who are not Americans.

As we all should know that the 100 Meters are the most important event in the whole competition and not broadcasting it to the American people is the greatest injustice in sports ever.
Lastly, the People who sold them/MSNBC and it affiliates the rights to televise the Olympics should also be ashamed of themselves, for the inequalities, injustice and the prejudice displayed here today Saturday, August 16th, 2008, for not televising the MAIN event,. I Repeat- Main Event that is the 100 Meters. Big corporations like MSNBC do give America and its people a bad name not just in America but all over the world, sadly.

Posted by: C Cross | August 16, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Is there a way to get Olympics coverage on DirecTV from CBC or another outlet or are we stuck with Costas and the NBC disaster?

Posted by: llr | August 16, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

This is a drug free 21 year old man. He has a 200 metre race to run as well as relays. There will be time to lower this mark, if possible. I've received ALL current OLYMPIC information courtesy of the 'net. I have discovered that I can adjust my needs so that the viewing spectacle is trumped by my preference for being current without excess cost. I will be arranging my viewing habits to respect NBC's decision to ignore the 100 meters final. These corporations are all showing such respect for us ordinary consumers that it is past time for us to return similar favor. Jamaicans, Barbadians, Canadians and many others saw this event as it happened without additional expense!

Posted by: Draesop | August 16, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

This is a drug free 21 year old man. He has a 200 metre race to run as well as relays. There will be time to lower this mark, if possible. I've received ALL current OLYMPIC information courtesy of the 'net. I have discovered that I can adjust my needs so that the viewing spectacle is trumped by my preference for being current without excess cost. I will be arranging my viewing habits to respect NBC's decision to ignore the 100 meters final. These corporations are all showing such respect for us ordinary consumers that it is past time for us to return similar favor. Jamaicans, Barbadians, Canadians and many others saw this event as it happened without additional expense!

Posted by: Draesop | August 16, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

NBC is a big joke. They manipulate the Olympics and are doing a poor job. We need to see the 100m finals Live not only in so-caled prime time. I won't be watching it at all since this would be dated news. We need to see the complete Olympics not just Team USA. I need to move over to Canada,the Caribbean or England to see the rest of the Track and Filed events live and not the watered down versions and edited versions on NBC. Again very low marks for NBC.

Posted by: Eric | August 16, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

NBC is retarded. This is not journalism. The Olympic commitee needs to take away sole T.V. rights from any single network. The more stations broadcasting the Olympics, the less the chance of a stupid lack of coverage like what happenned this morning. This is bad for the olympics

Posted by: Howard Townsend | August 16, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for the link "anonymous 8/16 @ 1:20pm". NBC, words escape me. You suck BIG TIME!!!

Posted by: paulettebny | August 16, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

BIG-UP JAMAICA 100%
EVER NATURAL, EVA TALENTED!!
DEM CAW STOP WE!!
WE R JAMAICANS!! (CHAT BOUT) BULLIT!! BULLIT!

Posted by: paulina | August 16, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

If NBC shows that "live" symbol in the upper right corner of the screen during the 100m finals tonight, file a complaint with the FCC! It's grotesque!

Posted by: Terry | August 16, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Bolt is just an arrogant idiot from an island that is corrupt and crime ridden and can barely speak English. I'll bet Bolt just goes back to Jamaica just to have his praises sung the heads out to civilization.

Posted by: Michael1945 | August 16, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. Usain Bolt is a superman. He created a new record.

Posted by: paulNolan | August 16, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

imagine i have to hear about the 100m being run. i am yet to see any of it. whats the point in NBC having the rights when an event as olympic as this is not even mentioned on their broadcast. and they r blocking us from seeing the real olympic events. HEY NBC THIS IS THE OLYMPICS....THERE IS A WHOLE WORLD OUT THERE U KNOW..AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE REST OF THE WORLD COMPETE

Posted by: totally disgusted | August 16, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

A big hello to my american neighbours who are disappointed with nbc's coverage of the olympics. Living in Toronto I have the ability to watch the games on the canadian network, cbc and nbc. For the live of me I can't understand why nbc could not break away from the basketball game, a preliminary one at that, to show the 100m finals. Thank you cbc for showing it live. For any americans that are sick of watching nbc, you can catch the olympics at cbc.ca. They have streaming live coverage of about ten events. All you have to do is pick your favourite and watch to your hearts content. Congrats to Jamaica's Bolt! I was a fantastic race!

Posted by: thomas from toronto | August 16, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

NBC = Never Broadcast Currently.

Posted by: iyamchazz | August 16, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I gave up on watching the Olympics -- better known as the World Little Girls Gymnastics Championships -- eight or 12 years ago.

Back then, I turned on the TV to watch the 100-meter race. There were constant promos on the screen that the race would be shown.

Instead, NBC showed an EXHIBITION of girls gymnastics. That's right. The competition was over, but the network was literally showing a Romanian ranked 23rd in the world at the time the 100-meter race was starting. (I had the schedule from the newspaper in front of me).

For FOUR HOURS, they showed one little girl after another and eventually showed a 10-SECOND RACE ON TAPE.

Unbelievable.

Posted by: ZWrite | August 16, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

one more thing... cbc.ca's online live coverage of the olympics is FREE!

Posted by: thomas from toronto | August 16, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I live in Sweden. I get all the events live and NO COMMERCIALS! Granted we are only 6 hours behind China but this is my first olympics since moving to Europe and it is, by far, the most enjoyable one I have ever experienced on TV. I feel for you all.

Posted by: Mark | August 16, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I honestly can't believe NBC did this. I understand that it's about making money, but I refuse to believe that there wasn't a large enough audience to watch the men's 100m.

See the video here: www.effnbc.com

Posted by: www.effnbc.com | August 16, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

According to the official rules, countries are ranked according to the "gold" medals, not the number of total medals. Let's say country A has won 20 bronzes and country B has won 19 golds. Who is more superior? Of course B>A. Americans feel so insecure that they are brazenly twisting facts. China is kicking some serious ass out there! Poor Americans, go on to twisting realities and create a make-believe World, like the "weapons of mass destrcution" in Iraq!

Posted by: antarctica | August 16, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

So Bolt is arrogant and Miichael Johnson & Maurice Green aren't? By the way our "currupt sland" has a broadcast cimmission that has made it impossible for ant one network to monopolize the broadcast rights. And are you saying that speaking proper English should be likened to being smart? In that case a lot of Americans and even English people could be deemed as idiots. Case in point, a person like you who has a good command of the language has just said rubbish.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The men's 100M finals is one of the premier events of all sports. NBC no journalistic integrity if it fails to cover it live.

Would you do this to the Super Bowl? The World Series? The World Cup?

Pathetic. Shame on you NBC. In a few years, all events will be webcast globally so we won't have to put up with this nonsense. Until then...

Posted by: John | August 16, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

This is a real joke track and field has started and not 1 track and field even has been shown live on NBC or USA they focus on US athletes only imagine new world record and we have to watch it delayed

Posted by: track fan | August 16, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Richard Thompson of my birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago. Richard, God knows that you are what our country needs at this time. I pray that you will be a great incentive to the youths of Trinidad and Tobago. You are proof that you can be anything you want to be even if you're from our islands, Jamaica and T&T. Much love.

Posted by: Marcelle-Figaro | August 16, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

To Bob Costas:

Please grab your "cojones" and control the "circus" you are representing. Your coverage of the games have been frankly disappointed. It is full of redundancy (waisted air time) while other extraordinary events are ignored. We are missing history being made over there...

Who is in charge????

Can anyone fire this network from 2010 and 12?

What a shame!

Posted by: AwaywithNBC | August 16, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Thats right about the medals count. On NBC website they said On the front page that the US was on top. Sense when did having more medals put you over then winning more golds by 11 medals. Crazy, America always changes the rules to put itself first.Trust me if China was leading in overall medals and the US in gold alone NBC and the american media would have put the US ahead of China EMBARRASING.

Posted by: Claude | August 16, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Stupid NBC!
We should do a mass boycott of this ridiculous coverage by the greedy pigs at NBC.

Posted by: DD | August 16, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

We get all coverage here, Canadian, Brit, American and our own West Indian of course.

I'm not shocked to see NBC didn't cover it live. The 100m is the marquee event of the Olympics - but hey was 8 guys, 6 Caribbean with the top American out.

Wiht here getting all coverage, I see the difference. US coverage is simply US coverage, not actually Olympic coverage.

Posted by: West Indies | August 16, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Namephreakers across the globe rejoice as U. Bolt wins the 100m dash.

Anyone who saw the prelims last night must have had a strong inkling of this outcome.

Posted by: Ed | August 16, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The Olympics' signature marquee event and NBC decides to show us a blowout basketball game, a meaningless quarterfinal football game and a doubles final tennis match!!!?? I can guarantee you that the US was the only country in the world to miss the 100m final live!!! For christ sakes, even Timbaktu watched it live!!!

Posted by: Horacio Dibble | August 16, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

NBC Sucks big time

Posted by: sam69 | August 16, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I live in Britain. I watched it live.

Crazy race. Bolt reacts 7th at the gun, slips on launch, blasts through the field up to 80m and then more-or-less stops . . and *still* breaks the World Record!!!

Yikes!!

- Jelly.

Posted by: Jelly | August 16, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone wishing to view the BBC video of the race can see it here criticaljunkie.blogspot.com . If you were looking forward to NBC's coverage, forget you ever read this.

Enjoy!!

Posted by: Brian Little | August 16, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

NBC has let us down by not showing 100 meter final live

Posted by: Samina Hayaat | August 16, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

has america noticed the 'total medals' ranking criteria has boosted russia by several places...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

We in India got to watch it live and it was absolutely marvellous !!! Bolt could have easily done less than 9.6 if only he had wanted to - this guy actually slowed down much before the finish line !!! Though DD usually lets us down , this time they did a fantastic job by bringing us the event live !!!

Posted by: Shireen | August 16, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

presumably nbc will get heaps of viewers tonight tuning in to see michael phelps create history, and then some bright spark of theirs will give a power point presentation saying 'you see advertisers we were right to delay the 100m, look at all the viewers you got' !

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

the guys at NBC's should be fired! Morons - showing baseball and beach volleyball! Arn't we tired of watching the guys batting 1000 times a year already. Market research guys needs a bulb change. Unbelievable!!!!!!

Posted by: paper200 | August 16, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

pour americans if China even overshoots them in total medal counts ...
but hey! they'll still be leading in bronze count by miles, should be just a little step for US media to adjust their rankings for that ...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Michael1945. You say Jamaicans 'can barely' speak english. Please take a look at what you wrote and tell me if that is 'good' english.

Posted by: dread | August 16, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Incredible race, awesome. I have no words.

Posted by: David Taboas | August 16, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess we should be happy that the media even covers global events. They no longer represent the American public in politics, war, and now sports. When I'm out of toilet paper, I reach for the TV Guide.

Posted by: Richard | August 16, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

It was another big surprise as many of us were waiting for seeing LIVE 100-meter final this morning. But NBC didn't bother to stop for 30 seconds to show it. Shame on NBC. The Olympics belong to the world! NBC, a few boltheads living in the Internet world!

Posted by: Shame on NBC | August 16, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

just flipping channels, saw the 100m finals!!!

Early celebration and still got the WR!

WHOA!!! mind-blowing!!!

Posted by: bc | August 16, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

NBC = Nothing But Commercials

Posted by: TVisDead | August 16, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd just like to see the race. NBC has been threatening to replay the 100 again but I haven't seen it. It is a JOKE. Where is the coverage? Congrats to FSU's Walter Dix for capturing the bronze medal. Well done Walter. An F for NBC track coverage.

Posted by: bob II | August 16, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

BIG UP JAMAICA!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats! His "tauting" was a display of his pride! Michael Phelps did the same thing except he was in the water! And as a proud Jamaican, I speak and write perfect English (The Queen's English). There is no need to insult us! Most if not all Olympians are arrognant..they have earned it!

One Love.

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What an incredible, seemingly effortless performance! What an entertainer! He breathes the true spirit of Jamaica. Well done, Usain Bolt. You have made us truly proud. History was created today for our beautiful island. May the God of grace continue to strengthen and guide you so that you may accomplish even greater things. You are truly gifted.

Posted by: SO Proud to be Jamaican | August 16, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The NBC coverage is so sorry it's beneath contempt. Want to know what the Olympics is really all about? Then buy the new best seller now on the shelves about the 1960 Rome Games. NBC should be ashamed of its narrow U.S biased coverage and lack of live programming of the events.

Posted by: Kentucky Man | August 16, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it is surprising that NBC didn't show it live. It is the type of event that they want to delay until their prime time broadcast. It would be a lot better to see it live, but that is not how NBC operates. This is the same network that could be showing evening events live on the West Coast, but delays them by three hours anyway.

Posted by: Neil Ottenstein | August 16, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

What an incredible, seemingly effortless performance! What an entertainer! He breathes the true spirit of Jamaica. Well done, Usain Bolt. You have made us truly proud. History was created today for our beautiful island. May God continue to strengthen and guide you so that you may accomplish even greater things. You are truly gifted. To all those who have negative things to say about our island home, I invite you to visit us and see the true beauty of the country of the fastest man in the world.

Posted by: SO Proud to be Jamaican | August 16, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What NBC did is not good for our American Sports, or NBC. Already, our networks are worst in the world in not showing many of popular sports events like Tennis, Soccer, etc live just so they can keep prime time audience in suspence. With net, that is not possible anymore. Too, bad NBC is wasting their time making sure all videos of the 100m finals are removed from youtube, and other sites. Instead, they could have showed it live and again hyped it during prime-time.

They are only making more sports lovers hate NBC and worse, by focusing on American dominated events only, the are not letting the youth of America know what rest of the world is interested in.

I wonder what happens if China or some other country starts to dominate the swimming and other few events US currently dominates? Then, we will probably get to watch only US Basketball slaughter other countries. Then force Olympic Committee to have 10+ events for Mens Basketball like Slam-Dunk contest, 3-point shooting, 2-point shooting, etc so we can win more gold.

Another silly thing most of our American news site do is the way they list the Olympics Medal Tally. The whole world and even US always list the leaders by the number of Gold Medals won and not total medals won. Here again, since our country is far behind China in Gold, they list the Medals table by total medals. Check out any country's sports sites from BBC, Times of India, to ABC Australia they all list by Total Gold Medals won.

How long can we fool ourselves? By accepting the truth we can better motivate ourselves to come back better in 2012 Olympics.

Thanks to internet and International TV channels, I didn't miss the live coverage.

Posted by: kits | August 16, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The country that promotes itself as the beacon of freedom and democracy has to suffer every four years from NBC's censorship, and endless jingoism during the olympics. Hell, Joseph Goerbels pales in comparison to the propaganda NBC pedals in its "coverage" of the olympics. And what is up with Costa's hair? Is it dyed "Asian Black" as a compliment to China?

Posted by: kevin | August 16, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

My two bits: I tried to find this race on TV this morning to watch live, but after seeing that it wasn’t on one of the three channels covering the Olympics on my cable service, I thought that it must actually be scheduled for this evening. Not so! Let me say that this a GREAT LETDOWN in NBC’s coverage. The 100m is “the” premier Olympic event. It should have been shown live!

Posted by: MHO | August 16, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Anon..thanks for the link...

I saw Tyson Gay run his wind aided 9.68 at the Olympic Trials and this performance by Bolt is even better...Wow Wow Wow Wow.
As a track fan, this is unreal...

If he runs this race thru the end, you would be looking at the first sub 9.6 ever. I don't care if people think he is taunting...when you absolutely blow past everyone in an Olympic final and are 21 (?) years old, you deserve to celebrate!

Usain Bolt is a phenom...I am stunned by what I have just seen.

NBC..YOU SUCK! Your programmers should be fired...Of course you would want to show the Dream Team because you have a multi billion dollar contract with the NBA to televise their games (regular and post-season), so you (NBC) feel that Americans actually care? You are clueless. I can understand showing all this swimming because it does draw viewers which sells advertising, but to show THE showcase event of the Olympics on a 12 hour time delay IN THE DAY AND AGE OF THE INTERNET shows just how clueless you are.

Posted by: JonInVB | August 16, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I was outraged by the decision makers in China who presented what they thought was a 'better face' to the world, not showing the girl who actually sang at the opening ceremony and shaming her in front of the entire world. but nbc, you take Gold in the 'stomp on the individual' event. the disrespect you showed this morning to millions of Americans by not having a live telecast of the marquee event of the Games, just so you could get better ratings by showing it TWELVE HOURS later in 'prime time'... absolutely disgusting. To add insult to our injury, they then spent God knows what resources busily yanking clips of the race that were being published on youtube... Tell me Bob Costas, what Olympic, democratic, or American spirit does nbc exemplify? America should boycott this tyrannical network. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, watch it here http://www.videosports2008.blogspot.com/ and let nbc calculate its revenue in peace.

Posted by: Damien Fry | August 16, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy the final on Times of India site. Click on Fastest Human on Earth link of homepage.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

Good Bye NBC.

Posted by: kits | August 16, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

For an American to be disrespectful to a Jamaican is so sterotypical of their arrogant and selfish culture. It is a testement as to why the rest of the world is more and more realizing that Americans are too self centered.

NBC could not do better than to show events that Americans are in and are the favourites to win, as this is what most Americans want. Believe it or not your level of patriotism has over the years become silly to say the least - this, when it leads to Americans being as selfish and disrespectful as NBC is!

Posted by: Antonio | August 16, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

NBC blows. really. they promo the race like its tonight and i assume that means its live and go online to check a baseball score and have the result ruined. oh well, i guess i can always watch Costas wax poetic about the twtichy gym midgets

Posted by: James | August 16, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Heh, we should be thankful that the dictators at NBC Sports decided to show the last 5 minutes of the women's gold medal match between two Chinese badminton players, today - prerecorded. I'm sure it was a long and hard decision for them to make, with great pains, to squeeze that into their 8-hour daytime broadcast of the Olympics.

Posted by: Matrixman | August 16, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The greatest race in the olympics. One channel. Wait. 4,000 channels and they dont show the wr getting broke. Hats off to America, the country that gives me a hundred different kinds of ice tea, but not one channel to watch The Greatest Race.

Posted by: Timmy Benware | August 16, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, NBC is a huge disappointed - very antiquated given the speed which news travels over the Internet. Treats the viewers like morons

Posted by: sucks | August 16, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Bob Costas is a Porn Star and NBC sucks.

Posted by: Sudhir | August 16, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

NBC needs to be taught a lesson.
We should all bombard them with emails at
nbcolympicsfeedback@nbcuni.com

Also email other major net works like CNN, ABC and encourage them to expose this nonsense.

Posted by: John | August 16, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Who is dis stupid American boy calling Usain an idiot? Where in the world there is no crime? U r disgusting to say d lease!!! Because d usa athlete wasn't d favourite u a bad mout we! Grow up!!!

BIG UPPP USAIN!!!!

Posted by: Nesco | August 16, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Correction to my earlier post, here's where you can see the race:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsSoZSYNPPU

Posted by: Damien Fry | August 16, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I raced home to watch the premier Olympic event, the 100m finals. I figured, "Ok, they'll keep the meaningless b'ball game on until it's time for the race...until it's time...NOW...What the..." I go to the internet to see that it was the fastest run ever, and I was stuck watching the U.S. vs Greece! Really, that was so much more important. The heck with it, NBC olympics is off my t.v.

Posted by: tony s. | August 16, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Jamaican living in Jamaica. While i understand that the 100M final is a marquee event and by right should have superseded almost everything else (yes NBC is wrong), it's still an American station. I see no problem in general with them catering to American interests. There are a lot of areas in which America drops the ball. I don't see where this is one of them. Save that type of criticism for when it matters. Congrats to Bolt, Caribbean athletes and everyone that made it to the finals. Respect to Gay for not making excuses.

Posted by: DaemonReign | August 16, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I am so upset with NBC I am in Atlanta on vacation, I was watching nbc all this time I watch all the other finals, why did we not get to see the 100 meter finals? is it because you all know that your fellow american was not going to win the gold medal so you all just decided not to show u s (jamaicans) in the final but guess what yu caan stop Usain hima di star. that is not good journalism we are all disapointed.

Posted by: carmen from jamaica | August 16, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but what about the Jamaican bobsled team? How are they doing?

Posted by: Arcturus | August 16, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE WOMEN'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL. How can you not show what is the premiere event in track and field live? Michael Phelps is a great story, but so are so many other athletes, whether they are from the U.S. or not. This is so sad!

Posted by: Frustrated | August 16, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Write and Call NBC.
Write and Call NBC.
Write and Call NBC.
Write and Call NBC.

What kind of "Democracy" are we exporting to the WORLD - if we are so jealous as to not show non-US-Centric events - at the expense of the MOST POPULAR OLYMPICS Event: The 100m Race?

USAIN was G-O-R-G_E-O-U-S. Watched it live in Europe.

When did the USA become a communist style dictatorship?

Posted by: UK Olympics Fan | August 16, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

WELL, I AM EXTREMEMLY PROUD OF USAIN BOLT....BUT I SWEAR I AM NOT GOING TO BE IN THE USA FOR THE NEXT OLYMPICS. I AM SO DISSAPPOINTED THAT INSTEAD OF THE TRACK AND FIELD, THEY SENT FIELD HOCKEY (no one cares about that), and BASKETBALL. EVEN THOUGH I LIKE BASKETBALL, I WOULD PREFER TO WATCH TRACK. I AGREE THAT NBC FAILED MISERABLY, EVERYONE IN AMERICA IS NOT AMERICAN, AND THEY ALSO CHOSE TO SEND A GAME THAT DID NOT INVOLVE AMERICA WHEN THEY COULD HAVE SENT THE TRACK AND FIELD. I'M SO DISSAPPOINTED AND FRUSTRATED. BUT I'M VERY PROUD TO BE A JAMAICAN. BIG UP LIGHTENING BOLT...SHOW DEM HOW DI ACKEE AND SALTFISH PAY OFF.

Posted by: FRUSTRATED and PROUD | August 16, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

NBC, shame on you!

Posted by: NBC Sucks! | August 16, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

ok I give up, sorry guys. youtube is yanking the videos as fast as they're put up. Even the ones that were broadcast by the BBC or other European networks. Gee, if I didn't know better I'd assume NBC was responsible. Thanks John for posting the email address that should be BOMBARDED with complaints... nbcolympicsfeedback@nbcuni.com

Posted by: Damien Fry | August 16, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Just a little thought for you,take away Michael Phelps,wonderful athlete, and little 'ole GB would be only 2 golds behind you today and we are guaranteed 3 on Sunday and probably more and the swimming will be over by then!We have not been any where near this close to you in my lifetime and I think you need to be worried,the worls is catching up fast.As for your TV coverage its always been a disgrace,if an American ain't winning you don't see it,what a shame and a terrible indictment of your view of the world ie its irrelevant,well sorry it isn't,look at the Chinese on the medal table!

Posted by: Paul Hartford,England | August 16, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

ok I give up, sorry guys. youtube is yanking the videos as fast as they're put up. Even the ones that were broadcast by the BBC or other European networks. Gee, if I didn't know better I'd assume NBC was responsible. Thanks John for posting the email address that should be BOMBARDED with complaints... nbcolympicsfeedback@nbcuni.com

Posted by: Damien Fry | August 16, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

NBC, SHAME ON YOU!

Posted by: NBC Sucks! | August 16, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

NBC, SHAME ON YOU!

Posted by: NBC Sucks! | August 16, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

ok I give up, sorry guys. youtube is yanking the videos as fast as they're put up. Even the ones that were broadcast by the BBC or other European networks. Gee, if I didn't know better I'd assume NBC was responsible. Thanks John for posting the email address that should be BOMBARDED with complaints... nbcolympicsfeedback@nbcuni.com

Posted by: Damien Fry | August 16, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

MBC, SHAME ON YOU!!!

Posted by: NBC Sucks! | August 16, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Shame that some of us will only get to see the fastest 100 M 21 year runner break a record 24 hours after he completed the event.
I love Michael Phelps, but i wish i had an opportunity to Bolts live too.

Posted by: grace | August 16, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Jamaica rules the sprints. The jamaican ladies are going to create history tomorrow in the 100m sprint. Usain is the greatest sprinter I have ever seen 9.69secs is phenominal, He will go sub 9.5secs before his carrer is over.

Posted by: proud jamaican | August 16, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

NBC, BIG SHAME ON YOU!!!

Posted by: NBC Sucks | August 16, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

NBC - What the holy hell? How come I can find a link to softcore porn/Phelps's body breakdown, but I can't see a replay of the FASTEST 100M RACE IN OLYMPIC HISTORY!


Bolt was incredible, but it's a shame I have to read about it.

NBC = FAIL

Posted by: Kevin | August 16, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the caribbean runners and to the new olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt. Undeniably fantastic race. Much can be said for his failure to run through the tape and record an even faster time. But we must remember that this man was focused on winning the gold medal first not making a good time. I suspect when he realised at 80 metres that he had the race in the bag he could not help but celebrate.

Arrogant? braggadocious? Showboating? Maybe all of that is true, but he is as genuine as they come. Which other champion have you seen take off his shoes and go barefoot like he is in his back yard. Bolt's clear message is that him is just a youth from Jamaica who is a natural talent. For the doubting Thomases who have become sceptical from the 1980's eastern bloc sport programs and the american sprint drug scandals I would never be able to convince you that Bolt is drug free. AND I don't care if you never become convinced. Bolt is a Jamaican and Caribbean hero: a home trained talent that proves that the best athletes in world need not go overseas for training.

Speaking of overseas, thank God for the Caribbean Media Corporation feed picked up by the caribbean stations. The commentary is below average for sure but it is the only certain way for us to see athletes from the region on the world stage. So here we are in the ignorant corrupt country ( the words of a prior post on this blog of some bigot) watching the 100m live while he watches it later in NBC'S s truncated unpalatable version since Gay out of the runnings although Dix won bronze (NBC Gold). I can hear it again" here comes Kim Batten.." the commentary 1996 400m when Deon Hemmings of Jamaica was well on her way to gold and Batten was not even in the camera's frame! The steady unending diet of American bravado from NBC quite possibly reflects how out of touch that network is. This is not new and it might possibly also indicate the insular and myopic position of the network's target audience which apparently does not include its migrant population. I am reliably informed that the BBC and the Canadian coverage are far more balance and superior to anything from NBC. The people who check the stats on these things should tell us just how many hours did the network repeat images of Phelps winning his gold medals and his mother grasping her face in joy/disbelief etc compared to the minutes if any spent showcasing athletes from the developing world giving their all for that one moment in time and the accompanying snide remarks that were often made alongside those images. Or perhaps the amount of time spent celebrating a US bronze in team finals men's gymnastics as though with enough accolades bronze would gleam gold.

Again, Congrats to Bolt and to Richard Thompson of Trinidad. Special mention to Michael Frater for finally breaking into the sub-ten clocking.

Posted by: 3M | August 16, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I bet Bob Costos hates working for NBC.

Are we living in the world of self denial? Wake up NBC and motivate the Americans to do better at next Olympics by covering what matters to the world and not Beach Volleyball.

If we care only about our games we don't have to go to Olympics. Take out swimming and how many gold medals we got?

Posted by: Bob Costos | August 16, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I like most sports fans was watching the rather uneventful basketball game and watching the clock at the same time, you see I knew what time the race was suppose to be on so I kept staring at the clock and getting increasingly nervous as the time for the race got closer I kept expecting NBC to cut to the race but 5 min before the race still nothing. Thankfully we get the CBC so I fliped to the CBC and there it was. I am so discussed by NBC not covering the most prestigious Olympic event and the most memorable race in the history of sport that I will boycott NBC for the rest of the games. They should have known better… are the people at NBC who make these decision even sports fans?

Posted by: NBC=No Brain Company | August 16, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

And it's really sad that NBC, which tries to hype up ratings with jingoism, does nothing to promote interests in America's youngsters for the Olympic sports that are less popular in the U.S. but exciting to watch or play nonetheless. If they showed more of these games played by the best athletes, while explaining and educating the viewers about these games, then more American kids may become interested enough to play those and perhaps even compete for the U.S. in the Olympics someday. Show more matches of table tennis, badminton, field hockey, archery, etc. that the U.S. have not traditionally been strong in and it may just spark interests in the next Michael Phelps of these games for the U.S. But, instead, NBC just keeps showing only the sports that the U.S. has been strong in and only if there's a chance for gold medal. Come on, NBC, do your part to help improve the U.S. Olympics by showing more varieties of games. More medals in more Olympic events for the U.S. means more sponsorships and money for you, in the long run, anyway. Stop being so short-sighted all the time, N(o)B(rain)C(hannel)!

Posted by: Robert | August 16, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!! Congrats to Usain Bolt!!! But what i really cant understand how can "America" the most powerful country in the world cannot have a OLYMPICS live. This is the most disgusting and shameful moment i ever seen. The world is seeing it live except "America". SHAMEFUL! SHAMEFUL! NBC

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Why th ey keep on calling Phelps the fastest man in the world?????

Posted by: Farm gal | August 16, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

For all my life watching the olympics was one of the most exciting times but in growing from naivety I began to realise that all I would see is highlights of cometitions which americans had a chance of winning and that it was basically them against the rest of the world. I am hoping that some day NBC would not be able to broadcast all over the world and that other networks outside of the US would have a

Posted by: Nigel Baird | August 16, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

NBC Sucks. We missed a insane 100m race by Usain Bolt. The reason why they did not show it live is because Michael Phelps did not enter in the 100M to challenge Usain Bolt. They rather show what Michael Phelps eat, sleeps, and do. I am all for Michael Phelps getting 8 golds but on days that he wasn't swimming for gold they still talk about him. Where is all the other sports. NBC's coverage of the Olympics are getting worst and worst every time. What a shame.

Posted by: Frank | August 16, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

i am dissopointted at nbc

Posted by: nbc sucks | August 16, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I pity the narrow-minded bigotry of the previous blogger Michael1945 whose snide comment was: "Bolt is just an arrogant idiot from an island that is corrupt and crime ridden and can barely speak English..." For your information Usain is an outstanding senior student of the University of Technology in Jamaica AT AGE 21! Hello why is it that Caribbean people and may i Be more plain:-NON-AMERICANS are vastly considered as being primitive and backward. This just illustrates your lack of reasoning skills & poor knowledege of the world. How dare you try to belittle this young man who has reaped the labour of not just 4 years but a lifetime of hardwork and talent! To think that I,as a Jamaican has whole-heartedly cheered on Micheal Phelps & all your other outstanding athletes simply because of their performance. OHH & on the topic of his English let me just say.. u are not one to comment on English since your use of the vernacular is below base-level (if such a state exists. Congrats Usain, well done Asafa & Michael...hats off also to our caribbean brother Richard Thompson,u are a true soca warrior!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I think people miss the point here. It is all about the almighty (or nowadays, weak) dollar with NBC. The swimming and basketball venues sold more advertising than the track events. Besides, it did not help that a non-US person won, I guess. Still, it should not have mattered who won. It was still a significant record (100m) that got crushed. NBC blew it again.

Posted by: Bush-league | August 16, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

ive looked forward to this olympic event for years, and am so upset that i didnt get to see it live. what is better than the worlds fastest man? no other olympic event comes close, and i have to watch the rerun. i think the reason it wasnt shown live was because they wanted to continue with Phelps conquest. the US did have a spot in the race (ended up 3rd), so i dont think it was because of a lack of american presence. but seriously wtf NBC. i had 5 channels of olympics, 1 that was devoted to swimming, 2 to soccer, 1 to volleyball... sad that the olympics is now represented by 14 yr olds in spandex and ppl who swim in a water filled cube... so annoyed. Welp, Go Lagat!!

Posted by: track crazed | August 16, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely amazing that NBC didn't show the premier Olympic event live. I am from the UK and am used to proper Olympic coverage. NBC is a shambles. Still in shock.

Posted by: Kieran Tuckley | August 16, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

NBC is a complete disgrace. How on earth would they NOT televise live the 100M final????? Someone needs to be FIRED. This is an utter embarrassment. The rest of the world is able to view such an historic race and we can't! SAD. VERY SAD.

Posted by: Lyndon | August 16, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Sports@MSNBC.com

Tell these guys how terrible they are.

Posted by: Kieran Tuckley | August 16, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

NBC coverage was extremely disappointing. What's up with beach vollyball? Just couldn't take it anymore. Who cares? So many great events taking place and we see beach vollyball and more beach vollyball.

Posted by: g ray | August 17, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Big up to Usain Bolt!! You have made Jamaica and the world proud.

NBC olympics coverage sucks. What a shame that only the American feed did not cover the most exciting Men's 100M event yet live. Thank goodness for the CBC

Posted by: Gojamaica | August 17, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Notoriously
Bad
Coverage

Says it all - bunch of spoons with their heads up their asses. By the way there are over 180 nations participating (that's what it's all about, in case you missed it) - if you're gonna be selective about which events you cover, don't take out the blue riband events which have been the mainstay of the Games since they began.

Thanks for making my decisions easier...NBC is now blocked until the Games are over. Feel free to contact me, NBC execs, if you need a gun to shoot yourselves in the other foot.

Posted by: Shamus | August 17, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Bolt is a fool and does not deserve his talent. His is so blinded by his pride that he could not help but gloat rather than give it his everything. May his 9.69 be broken soon by another.

Posted by: Ndataura | August 17, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Wow you guys missed quite a bit eh.

I think Bolt wasn't strutting or taunting or posturing, this man truly enjoys what he's doing. And many of us have forgotten how to play, and how to have fun. I'm a runner myslef, and I forgot about smiling and enjoying the wind against my face, till this man Bolted out of nowhere to show what it means to experience the freedom of running.

Posted by: imm | August 17, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

The Duffer Olympics. Most Gold Medals go to NBC execs.

I'm hoping to enjoy some olympics with my father-in-law. 7:30PM I tell him.

If I hadn't been put to sleep by one hour straight coverage of the beginning of the women's marathon, I would have screamed.

Is it too much to ask to see the 100m mens final?

Oh it's 11:30 PM on the west coast, and it's finally coming up next.

Gee thanks.

Morons.

Posted by: nbc exec | August 17, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

bolt + high performance drugs = 9.69 which should have been 9.60. Michael johnsons 200 record is going to be killed. What now a 100 in 9.4?

Posted by: ryan | August 17, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

i thought that i was the only one who noticed that nbc is bias....i truly have only seen beach volleyball and swimming with some gymnastic this olympics.....it horrible coverage.....
know for all those who is upset with bolt for struting is stuff .....so what let the man be proud.....he is great a what he does.......big up BOLT you large ....mash up the place with 9.69

Posted by: RMack | August 17, 2008 3:20 AM | Report abuse

Bolt is clearly a cheat.

Any time you see someone win a 10 second sprint against the best in the world by 10 feet while doing his best to position his body into the shape of a sail, you can count on the fact that he's not playing fair. As a fan of cycling, I've come to learn the hard way that performances that far out of the ordinary never come fairly. Ever.

That said, NBC's decision to refuse to air the most popular track and field event for so long is indefensible. Despite watching the Olympics on TV all morning, I had to accidentally see the results on the home page in my browser. Very disappointing.

Posted by: Jeffrey White | August 17, 2008 3:37 AM | Report abuse

i love the world

Posted by: yo | August 17, 2008 4:00 AM | Report abuse

It's bogus that NBC did not cover the 100m relay. That was history in the making. The video is also not on youtube for viewing. .so basically this sucks!

Posted by: James | August 17, 2008 4:17 AM | Report abuse


Both Washington Post (WP) and MSNBCTV, are something else. It is quite clear to me that I have written the most outstanding letter yesterday regarding MSNBC's coverage of the Olympics which the Washington Post choses to erase. I do not think either of their team understand the significance of the Olympics or its origination.

For your information the Olympics was inaugurated by the Roman God Zeus and the reason was to honor the fastest man/runner in the world and that is its purpose first and formost. Although I/We honor Phelps, the main event are supposed to be the mens 100 Meters. Swimming and all other events as such was added much later in the years of Zeus, God of heaven and Earth. In the days of Zeus there were no pools in the arena for swimmers to swim and all the other silly games like Softball has very little importance to the viewer etc.

Now, my question to both Washington Post and MSNBCTV are as follows: What is the MAIN event and purpose of the Olympics if not the Men's 100 Meters? And when was swimming added to the competition? You guys have the big degrees you all should know the answers, I'm just a little self taught guy who don't know much.
I can only thank the Gods who gave people like Steve Jobs (apple Inc) and Bill (Windows) Gates the wisdom, knowledge and understanding/overstanding to bring about computer and ultimately the internet, otherwise a great many people like me here in America, would not see the Gods choice, Jamaica's Usian Bolt's 100 Meters flying success. Big up Phelps for his eight gold medals victory and all the other winners and losers in the 2008 Olympics. Respect is due to all "so help me JAH".

I'm Still!
Cross

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse


Both Washington Post (WP) and MSNBCTV, are something else. It is quite clear to me that I have written the most outstanding letter yesterday regarding MSNBC's coverage of the Olympics which the Washington Post choses to erase. I do not think either of their team understand the significance of the Olympics or its origination.

For your information the Olympics was inaugurated by the Roman God Zeus and the reason was to honor the fastest man/runner in the world and that is its purpose first and formost. Although I/We honor Phelps, the main event are supposed to be the mens 100 Meters. Swimming and all other events as such was added much later in the years of Zeus, God of heaven and Earth. In the days of Zeus there were no pools in the arena for swimmers to swim and all the other silly games like Softball has very little importance to the viewer etc.

Now, my question to both Washington Post and MSNBCTV are as follows: What is the MAIN event and purpose of the Olympics if not the Men's 100 Meters? And when was swimming added to the competition? You guys have the big degrees you all should know the answers, I'm just a little self taught guy who don't know much.
I can only thank the Gods who gave people like Steve Jobs (apple Inc) and Bill (Windows) Gates the wisdom, knowledge and understanding/overstanding to bring about computer and ultimately the internet, otherwise a great many people like me here in America, would not see the Gods choice, Jamaica's Usian Bolt's 100 Meters flying success. Big up Phelps for his eight gold medals victory and all the other winners and losers in the 2008 Olympics. Respect is due to all "so help me JAH".

I'm Still!
Cross

Posted by: Cross | August 17, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Dear Olympics body,
Please revoke MSNBC/TV license to cover all future Olympics.

Now I must tell you all that I forget to mention Michael1945 was born in the stone age so we can't expect better from a hog but a grunt.

I'm Still!
Cross

PS. Where you will all first see the Olympic light.

Posted by: Cross | August 17, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Usain Bolt: An amazing performance...

NBC: Epic Phailure...

Posted by: Honorarius | August 17, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse


A Real Jamaican Song/Poem for the world

Chorus:
Many are called
but only few are chosen
all bad minded people
get instant frozen

Verse l
Phelps nu need nuh help
him work hard fi reach
weh him reach
ah dat mi ah teach

Chorus:
Many are called
but only few are chosen
all bad minded people
get instant frozen

Verse ll
And what about Usain
ah him have the brain
pon di beach and grass
ah weh him train

Chorus:
Many are called
but only few are chosen
all bad minded people
get instant frozen

Verse lll
And the daughters
always a try dem best
den sweep di 100 meters
no likkle gal caah test

By Ecross

Copyrights © 2008. Yardystile Entertainment LLC

To Record Song Email: Yardystile@yahoo.com

Posted by: Ecross | August 17, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse


A Real Jamaican Song/Poem for the world

Chorus:
Many are called
but only few are chosen
all bad minded people
get instant frozen

Verse l
Phelps nu need nuh help
him work hard fi reach
weh him reach
ah dat mi ah teach

Chorus:
Many are called
but only few are chosen
all bad minded people
get instant frozen

Verse ll
And what about Usain
ah him have the brain
pon di beach and grass
ah weh him train

Chorus:
Many are called
but only few are chosen
all bad minded people
get instant frozen

Verse lll
And the daughters
always a try dem best
den sweep di 100 meters
no likkle gal caah test

By Ecross
Copyrights © 2008. Ecross

Posted by: Jamaican Olympics Team Song: | August 17, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

A big congratulations to Usain Bolt you ran a great race, watched it live on Cbc. A heart breaking lost for Asafa Powell keep you head my brother. I was hoping the 3 jamaican take it 1-2-3 but it did not happen that way. As for Mr Micheal1945 we jamaican are very proud of our country, you need to try to embrace other non American culture we are all one people.

Posted by: shaun , Toronto Canada | August 17, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

To mr white......A cheat thats what you say about mr bolt...god gave that man a natural born talent..your are probably saying that about our females tonight...1 2,2 ...... as what bob marley would say......"dem a go tyiad fi see we face ,,,,cause dem cant get out a di race"

Posted by: Rmack..Proud jamaican female | August 18, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

I love watching Americans win, but when you don't have the 100m dash live because Tyson Gay is out & you know a non-American will win, that's just wrong! Hey NBC, there is nothing more pure to the Olympic ideal than the title "The Fastest Human on Earth" & you run it on tape delay.

P.S. Bolt won by such a large margin (& slowed up to boot) I sure hope he's clean. We could be watching the next Carl Lewis.

Posted by: James | August 18, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Jamaica and other caribbean countries carried the olympics live. It's all about money and selfishness. NBC should be ashame of themselves. I will either be in jamaica or take my entire family to London next olympics in 2012.

Posted by: Mr. Dragon | August 18, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

NBCs coverage is biased and shows up most vividly in the sudden dive that the Olympics blue ribbon event has taken, now that the US is not dominating the sport. As journalists, they prefer to miss the great story - the fact that a small country like Jamaica has achieved such dominance in both the men and women's 100 metres. The effect is that they seem petty - as petty as the women's team who protested because they felt they had a false start. Ungracious and arrogant too. The typical profile of the ugly american. Other likeable athletes like Tyson Gay; Michael Phelps; the two gymnasts - are then viewed similarly and people feel hard put to feel the same joy or pain for them when they win or lose, because of this lack of balance from the US commentators. What a shame.

Posted by: Lynette | August 18, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

My husband and I have been very disappointed in NBC's coverage of the summer Olympics. They have chosen NOT to cover a variety of events and sports. While volleyball has been shown frequently, cycling has been slighted. Track and field events don't seem to be getting much coverage either. We hope that NBC does NOT get the contract to cover the next winter Olympics.

Posted by: Marsha | August 18, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Only NBC the most Americanised station in the world. Extremely poor journalism. NBC executives go back to the drawing board.

Posted by: Janelle | August 18, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Michael1945, I am not surprised by your prejudice you are after all American, but you think Americans speak English and Jamaicans do not. That was hilarious

Posted by: Heyngel | August 19, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I, too, am frustrated at not being able to see either the 100- or the 200-meter races in real time, either of which would "cost" a mere 10 to 20 seconds to broadcast live either on TV or online. I lived in Germany during the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and remember how easy it was to find and view the event that interested me: they would publish in the newspapers the broadcasting schedule down to the minute so you could see what you wanted. And, of course, they covered not only German athletes but a representation of every country. NBC may argue that they are only giving the American public what it wants (and thereby increasing its advertising revenue), but they are also feeding the jingoistic frenzy they claim as their justification. Wouldn't reducing it lead to better results across the globe and be more consistent with the Olympics message?

Posted by: beg | August 20, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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