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  • The-Bodybuilder 12 Aug 2012 08:46:16 14,274 posts
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    @graysonavich Wood for the trees?

    Anyways.....
    Bolt has always claimed he would retire by 30. That's 4 or so more world championships where he can perform the "perfect sprint" and hit that elusive 9.4 barrier. Once he hits that, he,s done. Motivation will be lost, he would have achieved it all. He has no true motivation to collect more golds, especially as he's the most decorated sprinter ever.

    I do think his 200m record has more chance of being broken than his 100m, especially if he breaks it again.
  • King_Edward 12 Aug 2012 09:41:55 11,454 posts
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    If he actually gave a toss about breaking his record he wouldn't slow down at the end of every race. He only cares about winning. As long as he's doing that I think he'll keep going.
  • localnotail 12 Aug 2012 10:12:31 23,093 posts
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    He keeps going flat out if he thinks he can get a World record, otherwise he slacks off. That's an amazing place to be in, so impressive. He can go faster, but as others have said, only to a point, and then what? Better for him to spin his career out over a few more years and remain top dog while still having a target to aim for.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • DaM 12 Aug 2012 10:23:38 13,324 posts
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    I always wonder how he knows that it's not a WR time. You wouldn't think he'd have the time to think about it.
  • localnotail 12 Aug 2012 10:29:32 23,093 posts
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    There is a big time display by the finish line. I guess when you are out in front you have nowt else to look at?

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Ka-blamo 12 Aug 2012 10:52:43 7,448 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    It's been great. The Olympics somehow seemed way more magical when I was younger though.
    Like Christmas :) For me it's been the best Olympics I've seen.
  • danathjo 12 Aug 2012 11:06:37 7,428 posts
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    Looks like Russia are heading for their worst result since 1952 and it's all because of the cheating Brits.
  • Fab4 12 Aug 2012 11:09:29 6,113 posts
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    This is what success breeds...bitterness :D
  • Orange 12 Aug 2012 11:23:31 4,846 posts
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    the boxing judging has been poor, but not particularly bias to Britain. There haven't been any Russian-British fights, and none of those Russian fighters were particular threats anyway.

    Edited by Orange at 11:23:50 12-08-2012
  • Restart 12 Aug 2012 11:29:02 4,794 posts
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    If anything, our athletes are included in the scandal of crappy boxing scoring and decisions. Arguably, Tom Stalker should have won his match after outboxing his opponent in the final round of their fight, but the judges gave it to the Mongolian.

    Also, even if GB had no boxers in the final, we would still have got more gold medals than Russia.
  • Trowel 12 Aug 2012 11:44:41 17,898 posts
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    danathjo wrote:
    Looks like Russia are heading for their worst result since 1952 and it's all because of the cheating Brits.
    Heh, we were sat just in front of the Russian Sports Minister last night and he was pretty bloody happy with all the golds they won, trying to get us all to join in with the anthem :)

    Incredible night, still buzzing off Mo and the 4x100 world record. Plus great for celeb spotting with Arnie, Beckham, Coe, Cameron and Boris all playing friendly.

    However, hard to top this :)

    http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg706/scaled.php?server=706&filename=imag0049dr.jpg&res=landing

    Edited by Trowel at 11:46:20 12-08-2012
  • Syrette 12 Aug 2012 11:47:40 43,742 posts
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    Were you sitting in a VIP section or something?

  • localnotail 12 Aug 2012 11:52:26 23,093 posts
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    Not much to watch today *sigh* Men's basketball medal games are my last fix. Argentina vs Russia hard-fought in the fist half. Probably going to be more fun than the final, is the USA continue to use the same game plan - slack for 3Qs, shift up and annihilate in last Q. We shall see though, Spanish team are pretty good and have nothing to lose.

    I definitely enjoy the ritualised clan competitiveness, always have - but it's the broadcast tech involved in these Olympics that had me totally hooked. 2 weeks of multichannel and multiformat spectator options? For, at times, dozens of sports? And me, with no real need to leave the house. Sportacular!

    Outstanding work by the BBC (& associated international tv crews). Particularly liked the absence of commentary on the less popular sports, and the half-time silent highlight recaps. Would definitely enjoy that option on televised football.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • localnotail 12 Aug 2012 11:54:39 23,093 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    However, hard to top this :)

    http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg706/scaled.php?server=706&filename=imag0049dr.jpg&res=landing
    Wow. I hope you told him he's getting too skinny in Hollywood.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • kalel 12 Aug 2012 11:59:25 88,252 posts
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    Guardian are really getting naughty with the way they spin stuff these days. They've gone a long way to positioning a few reasonably innocent quotes as cynically as possible. There's virtually no suggestion of the Brits "using political clout to win medals" in what the guy actually says.

    You can read between thee lines if you wish, but it's not supposed to be the job of the press to do that for you, especially not a paper as self-righteous as The Guardian.
  • Trowel 12 Aug 2012 12:05:50 17,898 posts
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    Syrette wrote:
    Were you sitting in a VIP section or something?
    I think we were officially in the "more money than sense" section, but there were a lot of coaches, had a piss next to some random massive Russian athlete, must have been family of athletes about too - Mo Farah's wife and daughter were in our section (not sure how my wife recognised her and not Sebastian Coe...)
  • THFourteen 12 Aug 2012 12:11:37 33,790 posts
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    Heh just on my way to the excel for the fatboy category of wwf

    Cant wait
  • Fab4 12 Aug 2012 12:13:44 6,113 posts
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    Shedloads of people out for the marathon.
  • localnotail 12 Aug 2012 12:24:13 23,093 posts
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    Russell Brand is playing for the Argentina basketball team

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Syrette 12 Aug 2012 12:27:31 43,742 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    Syrette wrote:
    Were you sitting in a VIP section or something?
    I think we were officially in the "more money than sense" section, but there were a lot of coaches, had a piss next to some random massive Russian athlete, must have been family of athletes about too - Mo Farah's wife and daughter were in our section (not sure how my wife recognised her and not Sebastian Coe...)
    Corporate seating?

    ;)

  • Trowel 12 Aug 2012 12:33:30 17,898 posts
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    My bank manager wishes!

    Have we had the origin of the Mobot?

    Parental advisory: Contains James Corden
  • elstoof 12 Aug 2012 13:20:21 7,720 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Guardian are really getting naughty with the way they spin stuff these days. They've gone a long way to positioning a few reasonably innocent quotes as cynically as possible. There's virtually no suggestion of the Brits "using political clout to win medals" in what the guy actually says.

    You can read between thee lines if you wish, but it's not supposed to be the job of the press to do that for you, especially not a paper as self-righteous as The Guardian.
    Does anyone take the Guardian seriously any more, apart from the blinkered "I'm so right on that no opinion other than the one I claim as my own gets a look in" crowd?
  • RedSparrows 12 Aug 2012 13:22:03 23,227 posts
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    The Guardian is still a good paper in many respects. Most other papers provide a good line in self-righteous columnists.
  • kalel 12 Aug 2012 13:25:00 88,252 posts
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    In many respects it's the best paper, but it should hold itself to the same standards to which it holds everyone else. Being hipocritical massively undermines them.
  • Fab4 12 Aug 2012 13:25:32 6,113 posts
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    Its funny how their reporting of the games changed since the first days. Their live blog was basically low-level political sniping initially.
  • RedSparrows 12 Aug 2012 13:26:08 23,227 posts
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    Ps I liked the reaction of Steven Kiprovich (sic) after winning his race. He was interviewed, answered one question, and then the second one was too much: perhaps linguistically, emotionally, whatever, so just trotted off.\o/
  • RedSparrows 12 Aug 2012 13:27:05 23,227 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    In many respects it's the best paper, but it should hold itself to the same standards to which it holds everyone else. Being hipocritical massively undermines them.
    Of course. It might be rather too swept up in fervour. Like everyone.
  • Syrette 12 Aug 2012 13:44:44 43,742 posts
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    "One last day at the ExCeL and what a crowd - former super-heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Audley Harrison, as well as Scotland's 1956 lightweight champion Dick McTaggart.
    Nice.

  • Trowel 12 Aug 2012 14:02:37 17,898 posts
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    Wow - Lomachenko absolutely schooled the Korean guy there.
  • senso-ji 12 Aug 2012 14:05:44 5,955 posts
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    British rider in the Mountain Bike trail is out with a suspected broken ankle, and the French two time medalist and favourite is also out with injury. That's a dangerous track out there.
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