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Criticism of Bolt is hard to fathom

August 21, 2008

Bolt celebrates

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, chided Usain Bolt on Thursday for showing a lack of respect to his rivals after his sprint double at the Beijing Games.

Maybe it’s a generational thing but I doubt if a single person lucky enough to be in the Bird’s Nest on for his 200 metres gold and world record on Wednesday, or when he won his 100 metres in such audacious style, would agree.

“I think he should show more respect, shake hands, give a tap on the shoulder to the other ones. Not making gestures like the one he made in the 100 metres,” Rogge said on Thursday. “He still has to mature. I would love him to show more respect to his competitors. He should learn that he should shake hands with competitors.”

We have discussed on the blog the rights and wrongs of the Jamaican’s “premature” celebrations as he crossed the line in the 100 — creating one of the iconic images of the Games.

But surely nobody could point the finger about the 200. Bolt was deadly serious about not only completing the sprint double but also taking Michael Johnson’s world record, which he did by running right through the line to clock 19.30 seconds.

Bolt crosses the lineHis opponents were so far behind he would have stiffened up if he had waited around to shake hands and there were 90,000 people, most of them with cameras, who wanted a closer look at their new hero.

Bolt obliged perfectly, smiling, laughing, dancing and posing — to the delight of the fans who repaid the compliment by singing “happy birthday” ahead of him turning 22 today.

Bolt then spent almost an hour talking patiently to TV crews, before facing the hysterical written press in the mixed zone, then sitting down and going over it all again in the news conference.

He earned respect from everyone who saw him, including finalist Kim Collins who said: “He gave us a brutal ass-kicking.”

Rogge wants him to mature, and he is a year older today than when he won the 200, but for the next generation of athletics fans that the sport is desperate to attract, Bolt is pure gold and the officials should recognise and embrace that.

PHOTO: (TOP): Bolt celebrates gold and a world record in the 200m. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

PHOTO (BOTTOM): Bolt crosses the finish line to win the 200m. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

Comments

On the biggest sporting stage Bolt delivered , big time. An absolutely incredible performance, the 200m world record, has a new worthy custodian.

Posted by Neil Barnaby | Report as abusive
 

uh nobody cares what this guy has to say, somebody should tell him the Olympics is about the Athletes not about him

Usain is a young guy 21 about to be 22, he likes to stay loose and have fun and by all means if that is how he stays loose then clearly it is working

once they say “on your marks” the man is all business

I find it funny how if you don’t act how people want you to act then they don’t like you

Posted by guest | Report as abusive
 

criticising bolt is crazy. he’s the best thing to happen to the sport in years.

Posted by jf | Report as abusive
 

and compared to big stars in football, basketball, etc he is a model of modesty. this is just really, really riduclous.

Posted by jf | Report as abusive
 

Why do some men strive so much to give a petty image of themselves? How can a man possibly want to ruin his own name, and that of his family, for that matter, in front of the whole world and especially in front of a crowd of some of the best athletes ever in history, such as record man Usain Bolt? It appears that some people just can’t wait to give the world the worst possible expression of themselves as soon as they are set side by side with the great. The article author is right at calling Jacques Rogge a deluded man. It seems to me that Rogge simply couldn’t bear Bolt’s achievements; something that happens to old men who are evidently not fine with their own achievements. It shouldn’t be allowed to these people to talk to such a public as that of the Olympics in guise of moralisers, though. Rogge’s a distressed man indeed, at all purposes bringing delusion in our souls upon the sight of how obscene man’s spirit can be just seconds after we were raised thanks to Bolt’s stature. Instead of begging for Bolt’s respect, Rogge should have paid respect himself, as a man, not to Bolt only, which is stating the obvious, but to his very own self in the first place. That was such a sob mistake Mr Rogge.

Posted by fitzpatrick | Report as abusive
 

It would be nice if every sprinter always remembered to pat their opponents on the back at the end of each race but I think when you’ve won a gold medal in a world record time you’re entitled to go off and have a decent celebration.
There was something in Rogge’s comments, maybe, but I don’t think he really caught the mood of the moment.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

What is referred to as the Bird’s Nest and why is it called the bird’s Nest at the Olympics

Posted by Deloris | Report as abusive
 

Hi Deloris. The Bird’s Nest is the nickname for the National Stadium in Beijing, the main venue for the athletics at the Olympics. You’ll get an idea of why it’s called that if you look here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Nat ional_Stadium

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

Rogge has been a bit of a rogue this year. He cares not about investigating underage gymnasts, but is nit-picking one of the years greatest events.

Rogge needs to get a grip

Posted by Sean | Report as abusive
 

Bolt is a genius. Rogge is a clown. Enough said.

Posted by bob | Report as abusive
 

I watched both games and yes, he was cocky and you shook your head but at the same time you smiled and then you laughed and then you felt you enjoyed the game even more because you saw how much he enjoyed and savoured it all. Then you couldn’t help it but cheered him on for doing such a good job. And did you see how the crowd just clamoured for more? If he was disrespectful, the crowd would see it and sneered. If he was disrespectful, the other athletes wouldn’t give him a hug. But no, he brought the crowd to the game and let them feel the excitement. Obviously, they didn’t mind his flamboyant ways because it’s not over the top; just what young people do who’s living it to the fullest and celebrating the moment. It was an easy task to reach the top. So I say, let him.

Posted by Susan Burnie | Report as abusive
 

By the way, does anyone knows why he kept on taking out his shoes after the game? What’s the story behind it?

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive
 

Jacques Rogge is a fool. No, he will never know what it feels like to break world records so he should sit his crooked behind down and hide from all the money that is being passed under the table at the expense of these athletes. Where in the hell do they get these aholes from away and there are so many of them. I hope athletes stand up for Darfur by the close of these games. Enough is enough!

Posted by John Bland | Report as abusive
 

Give Bolt a Break!!! Brogge is just a pompous ignorant buffoon who DOES NOT AT ALL understand WEST Indians or Caribbean people. We are grandstanders or haven’t you notices. When we win we WIN!!!! try comparing cricket played in England vs Cricket played in West Indies…… And doesn’t BOLT deserved IT? The HUMMINGBIRD HAS BEATEN THE eagle, by a mile. I wonder what if…. it were an American? What about dealing with more important issues. Brogge needs a shot-o-rum and should bloody well apologize…..

 

Here is a word from someone in Jamaica. They need to chill out and relax. The man know that he won and he was so happy that he could not contain himself. He shouted out because he just made a great achievement. These people are critics and they need something to talk about or else they would not have a job. The man is great and he is full of hype. Jamaicans on a whole get excited when something great is about to happen. A second right before a goal scores we are already saying GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL. No one should criticize how we celebrate. It was not taken to the extreme. He did not jog his way to the finish line with a middle finger in the air. It is not as if he went to other athletes and was saying “In Your Face”. He accepted hugs from other athletes that came near and everything. He is friends with fellow athletes. He does a dance to showcase his countries dancing styles. He is happy. We are not a boring people. Also I am sure they other athletes have done some form of celebration to say that they are great as well. Oh And By The Way….if they are still looking for drugs they will only find traits of YAM and CASAVA. Natural Jamaican Speed Products. LOL.

Posted by legasy | Report as abusive
 

Here is a word from someone in Jamaica. They need to chill out and relax. The man know that he won and he was so happy that he could not contain himself. He shouted out because he just made a great achievement. These people are critics and they need something to talk about or else they would not have a job. The man is great and he is full of hype. Jamaicans on a whole get excited when something great is about to happen. A second right before a goal scores we are already saying GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL. No one should criticize how we celebrate. It was not taken to the extreme. He did not jog his way to the finish line with a middle finger in the air. It is not as if he went to other athletes and was saying “In Your Face”. He accepted hugs from other athletes that came near and everything. He is friends with fellow athletes. He does a dance to showcase his countries dancing styles. He is happy. We are not a boring people. Also I am sure the other athletes have done some form of celebration to say that they are great as well in this sport and others. Oh And By The Way….if they are still looking for drugs they will only find traits of YAM and CASAVA. Natural Jamaican Speed Products. LOL.

Posted by Legasy | Report as abusive
 

While I admire his achievement, he’s an immature ass. You don’t see Tiger Woods behaving this way even though he’s the best golfer the world has ever seen. The IOC should take a hard stance on this behavior and disqualify anyone who showboats – it’s unsportsmanlike. I’d really hate to see the Olympics turn into the NBA and the NFL.

Posted by usain in the ass | Report as abusive
 

Bolt is the star of the olympics o.k. the young guy deserves his space to celebrate his astounding achievment o.k. so all u haters just chill, be part of the genuine uplify of the human spirit at the experience of suc a tremendous moment or shut up. Lonh live BOLT and his stellar achievements. Long liv Caribbean people and their vitality. We shall no longer be enchained o.k.

Posted by Kool | Report as abusive
 

When the Americans were ‘winning’ and showboating not a word was said but now that a young Jamaican is celebrating it’s a big thing. Why? Bolt to di worl’!!!!

Posted by Diamond | Report as abusive
 

Funny to read comments suggesting favortism shown the Americans. We’ve come to expect from our European “allies” a knee-jerk evisceration of all things American.

You’ll notice that it’s not the Americans kvetching about Bolt’s celebration. We understand and embrace it.

However, to a Eurocentric fossil such as Rogge only disdain and cynicism make the list of acceptable emotions.

 

I think the rogue should apoligise to Bolt and Jamaica, if he really has any class as he seems to imply about Bolt. Then again, Jamaicans have always liked to act independently, and although we recognize the offense, we usually brush it off. While we are smart enough to know the the behavior of people like Rogue (Bogge); they have never bothered to anderstand ours. Our motto is \”Out of Many, One People\” We have fun, we celebrate, we do not go out of our way to disrespect people. If he ever came to Jamaica, he would have noticed we treat everyone \”nice.\” MR Rogue, we do Reggae, not ballroom…kindly leave us alone. Bolt defines us and we are very proud of him. (Just want to thank everyone here who takes the time to learn about us and understands us). PS: To the person who mentined Tiger Woods: Tiger Woods may look Black, but he is not Jamaiacan and he does not represent Jamaicans – I notice though that (unlike many of the other golfers) he pumps his fist after a great putt! and did you notice golfers \”walk\” instead of \”fly\” down a hundred yard track? And by the way, not all Jamaicans are Black – we have every race and ethinic group and we love one another – Bogge should try it! But then a again, we do not have a lot of money! Oh my!

Posted by FMaturah | Report as abusive
 

Bolt = boyish + fun loving + boundless energy. I think some people should try to remember what it was like for them to achieve something great at 21…if they can.

When he won the men’s 100 all his dreams came through in a flash. In 9.69 secounds everything he’s worked for was realised. He went from a boy playing, running barefoot in Twelawny Jamaica, to the king of the track. I don’t know what that’s like and I’m sure not going to tell him how to celebrate.

Don’t expect him to celebrate like everyone or anyone else, because he’s not. He is Usain Bolt, one cool Jamaican.

Posted by Legend | Report as abusive
 

I would not be surprised if Rogge had not been spurred on by NBC, Bob Costa and other American interest groups to undermine the impact of Bolt on this Olympics. It only took 9.69 seconds for Bolt to supplant Michael Phelp as the main story. NBC had already invested so much in making Phelps the “greatest olympian of all times”.

Posted by MICHAEL M | Report as abusive
 

i would not expect anything else from some old lifeless belgian. this is a new world of emotions and thinking. we dont act as groups or herds. i think it is you who should grow up.

Posted by akio kito | Report as abusive
 

when usain gets all the olympic attention this old guy got jealous. atleast now this guy Jacques Rogge is infamous all over the world for insulting usain celebrating success.

Posted by ralph | Report as abusive
 

we expect an apology from IOC to usain for making this comment.

Posted by mohamed | Report as abusive
 

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