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(Sports by Brooks)   Did world-record Olympic runner Usain Bolt actually slow down so he could make more money in the future?   (sportsbybrooks.com) divider line 46
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2008-08-18 11:47:23 AM
I figured it was just so that he could break his own record at a later meet. I suppose that could translate into more money, though.
 
2008-08-18 11:55:38 AM
well it wouldn't be much fun to see him racing the field and an untouchable world record for the next 4 years would it? I think he probably did every 100M sprinter a favor.
 
2008-08-18 12:13:00 PM
He slowed up because he could. That was the most amazing thing I've seen in the Olympics so far.
 
2008-08-18 12:35:55 PM
yes
 
2008-08-18 12:36:30 PM
It makes sense to me. Every meet now, people are going to tune in to see if he can break the record, since he clearly has the ability.
 
2008-08-18 12:36:41 PM
Who cares? This guy is awesome. How often do you see a guy jogging to finish line of 100m race, beating opponents by a wide margin, all while with shoelaces undone?
 
2008-08-18 12:37:56 PM
The future, Conan?
 
2008-08-18 12:38:11 PM
That's totally what I would have done, if you add about five to ten seconds to his time.
 
2008-08-18 12:39:40 PM
NetOwl: That's totally what I would have done, if you add about five to ten seconds to his time.

It would be funny to start at the 50M mark and have the all blow passed me before the tape
 
2008-08-18 12:42:04 PM
MugzyBrown: NetOwl: That's totally what I would have done, if you add about five to ten seconds to his time.

It would be funny to start at the 50M mark and have the all blow passed me before the tape


I think I'm with you guys--I'm so out of shape, I get a sideache just driving to work.
 
2008-08-18 12:47:02 PM
Well, they always "shut it down" if they know they will win. Nothing diffeent here. It was amazing to see him clowning across the finish line
 
2008-08-18 12:47:22 PM
Apparently Krumply Krunch has already countered Krinkle Krunch's offer for his winning formula.
 
2008-08-18 12:49:19 PM
I think he just realized he won and decided to stop running
 
2008-08-18 12:49:56 PM
He only broke the record by 3 hundredths of a second. I doubt he can tell exactly what time he will clock during the race.
 
2008-08-18 12:51:51 PM
He said after the race that he wasn't running for the world record because he already had it. He wanted the gold and he got it.
 
2008-08-18 12:53:23 PM
Clonod: It makes sense to me. Every meet now, people are going to tune in to see if he can break the record, since he clearly has the ability.

No they aren't. They might catch a clip of it on ESPN. Maybe. Track is a lot like swimming in that no one cares about it ever, except for maybe a month or so every four years.
 
2008-08-18 12:53:49 PM
Did SBB star in a gay bukake film funded by Drew to get all these worthless farking greenlights?
 
2008-08-18 12:59:04 PM
One thing that should be noted:

Sprinters get bonus' for breaking world records.

I'm sure he was setting himself of for more bonus' down the line...


/stupid
 
2008-08-18 01:00:46 PM
You know who else slowed down when breaking the World Record?

www.theage.com.au
 
2008-08-18 01:01:01 PM
It was either that, or wind up transported back to the 1955 Olympics.
 
2008-08-18 01:08:27 PM
The old Soviet/Ukrainian pole vaulter, Sergei Bubka, dominated his event for many years (1984-94) and was nototrious for breaking his records by a few centimeters at a time. He was paid bonuses for each record and he took it up very slowly.

/still owns the world record, set in 1985
 
2008-08-18 01:13:46 PM
Ok, maybe I'm just retarded, but I have watched clips of this 100m race and have never seen Bolt slow down and do the fist pump thing. Can someone link me to video of it?
 
2008-08-18 01:23:14 PM
StoneyBologna: Ok, maybe I'm just retarded, but I have watched clips of this 100m race and have never seen Bolt slow down and do the fist pump thing. Can someone link me to video of it?

check out the video section of NBCOlympics.com
 
2008-08-18 01:25:55 PM
Well...that's one of the dumber conspiracy theories I've heard.
 
2008-08-18 01:26:42 PM
StoneyBologna: Ok, maybe I'm just retarded, but I have watched clips of this 100m race and have never seen Bolt slow down and do the fist pump thing. Can someone link me to video of it?

The Olympic run isn't on YouTube, so you may have been watching his earlier record-breaking run. NBC has it here (complete with extra plug-ins and commercials). At the 5:12 mark, you can watch Bolt's run in slow motion -- Bolt looks to his side, realizes that he's completely ahead of the field, and starts celebrating...then crosses the finish line.
 
2008-08-18 01:30:13 PM
SbB is the new SuperDeluxe.

Stop the madness.
 
2008-08-18 01:31:37 PM
I happened to catch this "live" (by which I mean when NBC showed it, even though I don't think they showed it actually live). My thought was "wow, hes so much faster than the others he didn't even need to try at the end." I highly doubt this was premeditated, you don't have enough time to decide, yeah, Im far enough in the lead to shut it down so I can make more money later on on the fly either. I suspect it was more along the lines of "YESSSS I WIN!!!"
 
2008-08-18 01:37:28 PM
Flab:

I dont care what drugs Johnson was on....that was a great, exciting race to watch. Johnson and Lewis hating each other made it nice and tense.

\Linford Christie and half the field were on drugs too
 
2008-08-18 01:45:56 PM
Malakili: I happened to catch this "live" (by which I mean when NBC showed it, even though I don't think they showed it actually live)


You are correct sir...I opened wikipedia's home page an hour before they broadcast his race and unfortunately saw a blurb that mentioned how Bolt broke the world record and won the gold...

/was a buzzkill
//oh well, still an amazing race
///that guy can gloat all he wants, shut him up by beating him!
 
2008-08-18 01:48:14 PM
torr5962: I dont care what drugs Johnson was on....that was a great, exciting race to watch.

I'm with you on this. Since the race was on a Friday night at 23:00 or so, there was much rejoicing afterwards.

Linford Christie and half the field were on drugs too

Of course.
 
2008-08-18 01:49:30 PM
Flab : You know who else slowed down when breaking the World Record?

Hitler?

/ Somebody will get a hit in 57 consecutive games before anybody breaks Hitler's record of 6 million.
 
2008-08-18 01:49:32 PM
Thank you kindly.
 
2008-08-18 01:59:41 PM
I saw him run that race live, and he obviously stopped running full speed about 10 meters from the finish line. I believe he said later that the other Jamaican always had pushed him in these races, and when he glanced around and didn't see him, he was so surprised he slowed down.

Not sure I believe that; I think he was so astonished to be blowing away the other world-class sprinters he thought he may have already crossed the finish line. If he kept going full speed he would have probably set a 9.5 record.

/waiting for his 200m race now
//he's supposed to be better at that
///wow
 
2008-08-18 02:00:32 PM
artvandelay22: The old Soviet/Ukrainian pole vaulter, Sergei Bubka, dominated his event for many years (1984-94) and was nototrious for breaking his records by a few centimeters at a time. He was paid bonuses for each record and he took it up very slowly.

/still owns the world record, set in 1985



Came here to say exactly this. Saved me some typing.

But I think Bolt slowed down because he knew he was so far ahead of the field.
 
2008-08-18 02:05:40 PM
Enfenestrate: Clonod: It makes sense to me. Every meet now, people are going to tune in to see if he can break the record, since he clearly has the ability.

No they aren't. They might catch a clip of it on ESPN. Maybe. Track is a lot like swimming in that no one cares about it ever, except for maybe a month or so every four years.


Michael Johnson had a nice halo period after Atlanta where people actually cared, and he raced that Canadian in the 150m; that got huge ratings for track and field. Bolt will get the same. He's already the most famous srpinter since Johnson for what he did last night. In the US, that will last a little while. In Jamaica the guy is a God though. And every single person on that island will be tuning in to watch him for years.
 
2008-08-18 02:09:32 PM
artvandelay22 2008-08-18 01:08:27 PM
The old Soviet/Ukrainian pole vaulter, Sergei Bubka, dominated his event for many years (1984-94) and was nototrious for breaking his records by a few centimeters at a time. He was paid bonuses for each record and he took it up very slowly.

/still owns the world record, set in 1985


Sort of... Forgive the wikidump, he holds 17 WR marks, but got into a groove of breaking his own record by 1 CM from 1985-1994 (13 times?) So his last thirteen world records were for less than 6 inches improvement in ten years.,

Bolt is going to have to try really hard to beat what has to be a WR for milking it.


(cut)
5.83 m Thierry Vigneron France Rome, Italy September 1, 1983 4
5.85 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Bratislava, Slovakia May 26, 1984 1
5.88 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Paris, France June 2, 1984 2
5.90 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union London, England July 13, 1984 3
5.91 m Thierry Vigneron France Rome, Italy August 31, 1984 5
5.94 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Rome, Italy August 31, 1984 4
6.00 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Paris, France June 13, 1985 5
6.01 m Sergey Bubka Union Moscow, Russia June 8, 1986 6
6.03 m Sergey Bubka Union Prague, Czech Republic June 23, 1987 7
6.05 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Bratislava, Slovakia June 9, 1988 8
6.06 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Nice, France July 10, 1988 9
6.07 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Shizuoka, Japan May 6, 1991 10
6.08 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Moscow, Russia June 9, 1991 11
6.09 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Formia, Italy July 8, 1991 12
6.10 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Malmö, Sweden August 5, 1991 13
6.11 m Sergey Bubka Ukraine Dijon, France June 13, 1992 14
6.12 m Sergey Bubka Ukraine Padova, Italy August 30, 1992 15
6.13 m Sergey Bubka Ukraine Tokyo, Japan September 19, 1992 16
6.14 m Sergey Bubka Ukraine Sestriere, Italy July 31, 1994 17
(Still Stands)

/Full disclosure: I could only clear 12 FT in the PV
 
2008-08-18 03:25:24 PM
Well. my dope on it is that it was a dopey thing to do and just looked dopey.

/dope
 
2008-08-18 03:30:45 PM
ltrain2: Sprinters get bonus' for breaking world records.

I'm sure he was setting himself of for more bonus' down the line...


I'm rarely one to be bothered by grammar, but I can't stand it when people make up a new rule that's actually more complicated than the original. Apostrophe abuse is a cancer on the cervix of the English language, and people like you are the unprotected penises that are spreading the HPV that's causing the cancer. You will note that I said penises, not penis', you penis. Glad I could help.
 
2008-08-18 03:32:20 PM
Flab: You know who else slowed down when breaking the World Record?

Well done.

As soon as I heard about the 2008 race (15 hours or so before NBC bothered to show it), I knew Bolt was doping.

Ben Johnson II, Electric Boogaloo.
 
2008-08-18 03:38:48 PM
NYZooMan: Well. my dope on it is that it was a dopey thing to do and just looked dopey.

/dope


PowerSlacker: Flab: You know who else slowed down when breaking the World Record?

Well done.

As soon as I heard about the 2008 race (15 hours or so before NBC bothered to show it), I knew Bolt was doping.

Ben Johnson II, Electric Boogaloo.


Watch it guys, you're giving bacccc an opening here....
 
2008-08-18 03:44:38 PM
helix400: Well...that's one of the dumber conspiracy theories I've heard.

this is the dumbest? you're a lucky man.
 
2008-08-18 04:11:35 PM
foxbrook78: artvandelay22 2008-08-18 01:08:27 PM
The old Soviet/Ukrainian pole vaulter, Sergei Bubka, dominated his event for many years (1984-94) and was nototrious for breaking his records by a few centimeters at a time. He was paid bonuses for each record and he took it up very slowly.

/still owns the world record, set in 1985

Sort of... Forgive the wikidump, he holds 17 WR marks, but got into a groove of breaking his own record by 1 CM from 1985-1994 (13 times?) So his last thirteen world records were for less than 6 inches improvement in ten years.,

Bolt is going to have to try really hard to beat what has to be a WR for milking it.


(cut)
5.83 m Thierry Vigneron France Rome, Italy September 1, 1983 4
5.85 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Bratislava, Slovakia May 26, 1984 1
5.88 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Paris, France June 2, 1984 2
5.90 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union London, England July 13, 1984 3
5.91 m Thierry Vigneron France Rome, Italy August 31, 1984 5
5.94 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Rome, Italy August 31, 1984 4
6.00 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Paris, France June 13, 1985 5
6.01 m Sergey Bubka Union Moscow, Russia June 8, 1986 6
6.03 m Sergey Bubka Union Prague, Czech Republic June 23, 1987 7
6.05 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Bratislava, Slovakia June 9, 1988 8
6.06 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Nice, France July 10, 1988 9
6.07 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Shizuoka, Japan May 6, 1991 10
6.08 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Moscow, Russia June 9, 1991 11
6.09 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Formia, Italy July 8, 1991 12
6.10 m Sergey Bubka Soviet Union Malmö, Sweden August 5, 1991 13
6.11 m Sergey Bubka Ukraine Dijon, France June 13, 1992 14
6.12 m Sergey Bubka Ukraine Padova, Italy August 30, 1992 15
6.13 m Sergey Bubka Ukraine Tokyo, Japan September 19, 1992 16
6.14 m Sergey Bubka Ukraine Sestriere, Italy July 31, 1994 17
(Still Stands)

/Full disclosure: I could only clear 12 FT in the PV


Bubka's pupil Isinbayeva (sp?) is currently doing the exact same thing.

Step 1. Defeat everyone in just two jumps
Step 2. Jump new WR by 1cm
Step 3. Profit
 
2008-08-18 04:12:21 PM
Enfenestrate: No they aren't. They might catch a clip of it on ESPN. Maybe. Track is a lot like swimming in that no one cares about it ever, except for maybe a month or so every four years.

Yeah, maybe if you're talking about the 5,000m. People care about the 100m outdoor event. There are 100m athletic stars that have been around within the last decade. Bolt is probably going to be one of them.
 
2008-08-18 05:45:12 PM
This is a popular tactic in several sports, weightlifting and powerlifting (especially in Europe and the easter bloc countries) come to mind.

It's common for a lifter to beat a record by the minimum amount, and then come back and beat it again, rinse, repeat.

Countries or sponsors usually pay for records, so this is an easy way to make more money.

Why get one bonus for beating a lift by 40 pounds when you can get a couple of bonuses by beating a lift by 10 pounds 4 times?
 
2008-08-18 07:33:39 PM
I guess the US men and women teams aren't doping anymore and it shows
 
2008-08-19 01:16:15 AM
drjekel_mrhyde: I guess the US men and women teams aren't doping anymore and it shows

This. Or their doping isn't as good as Jamaica's.
 
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