Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by nikdom, Aug 5, 2017.
An end to an era.
Who here is going to miss him like I am? #Legend
Can't believe he lost to someone older than him.
Gatlin certainly puts Sharapova's case into a proper perspective:
In 2001, Gatlin was banned from international competition for two years after testing positive for amphetamines. Gatlin appealed on the grounds that the positive test had been due to medication that he had been taking since his childhood, when he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. The appeal resulted in an early reinstatement by the IAAF.
On July 29, 2006, Gatlin told the media that he had been informed by the USADA that he had given a positive doping test in April the same year. He claimed his innocence in the matter:
I cannot account for these results, because I have never knowingly used any banned substance or authorized anyone to administer such a substance to me.
It is believed that the substance that Gatlin tested positive for was "testosterone or its precursor." The failed test was revealed after a relay race on April 22, 2006 in Lawrence, Kansas. The "B" sample was confirmed as positive in July.
Gatlin was coached by Trevor Graham. Among athletes Graham has coached, eight have tested positive or received bans for performance-enhancing drugs. After Gatlin's failed test, Graham stated in an interview that Gatlin had been sabotaged. He blamed massage therapist Christopher Whetstine for rubbing a creme with testosterone onto Gatlin's buttocks without his knowledge. The therapist denied the claim, saying: "Trevor Graham is not speaking on behalf of Justin Gatlin and the story about me is not true."
On August 22, 2006, Gatlin accepted an eight-year ban from track and field, avoiding a lifetime ban in exchange for his cooperation with the doping authorities, and because of the "exceptional circumstances" surrounding his first positive drug test. Gatlin appealed against the ban; an arbitration panel reduced it to four years at a hearing in December 2007. His 9.77s performance, set in May 2006, was annulled.
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What's he got on deck? Such a huge personality. Did he say anything about where he goes from here?
Not sure what his next plans are. He's suggested (jokingly perhaps?) that he could play premier league soccer, but I don't think there's serious interest from any teams. I mean it's a highly skill-based sport like tennis and pure speed alone doesn't help.
Yea I am sad his era is over but glad I got to witness it. One of a kind and he is the greatest.
I was there to see his last solo race at the Olympic Stadium in London.
GOAT of athletics and right up there across all sports.
So be it.
Up there with a rare breed of undisputable GOATs!
Gatlin is just totally disgusting. How they allow dopers back into the Olympics is just beyond me. Repeat dopers.
Until Bolt races a cheetah, he's not in the top company of Phelps.
There's a lesson to us all here.
Don't let anyone rub a suspicious cream into your buttocks.
Maybe after a few months, he will realize he misses running and will come out of retirement. Michael Phelps the swimmer retired and unretired a few times so it could happen. He will only be 34 during the next Olympics and with that said, with all the resurgence of 30+ athletes still competing and excelling, there would be no reason for him not to if he was still willing.
as if Phelps has been racing with Sharks
Don't eat your mums cancer drugs either.
Apparently, he was given a reduced ban in return for spilling the beans on other dopers!
He just raced a "cheetah" in London. IYKWIM.
True that. A lion cheetah.
I avoid my mum's cooking, full stop! I'm still recovering from the first 20 years of my life having to suffer it.
Such a sad way to put an end to a legendary career
Damn that's actually tragic. This tournament has been not the best way to go out. Still doesn't take away from the legend he is and will always be. I think he was too far back anyway to manage to challenge for gold. Britain aced it.
Great run by the mighty Team GB, but so sad for Bolt to finish in that way. A true legend of sport, not just athletics.
Yes, he surely had too much to catch up in his current form. Was surprised Coleman didn't overcome the gap though, but kudos to team GB who exchanged well and outdid stronger teams.
Blake just now, annoyed, sez they were kept unnecessarily long in the cold tunnel before getting out on track. Coulda led to the hammie pull. Either way, not the grand finale most hoped for..
Great run from team GB.
Even the best fall down sometimes, shame to see Bolt's final race end like that.
What a tragic end. This will be nothing but the most minor footnote in the grand scheme of things, but it's still sad to live through. Should have finished in Rio. Sponsors and their freakin' greed.
Sad end, he failed to emulate the GOAT Carl Lewis in bringing his team home in first place in his last race.
GB 12/1. Knew they had it in them.
Fatah taking an L too.
Been a championship of upsets!
carl lewis last race ?..which was when ?.
20 years ago when he was 36 years old. Bolt's problem is longevity-he burned out at 29.
Carl Lewis did not exactly have an untainted career.
I tried this once. Clean bowled. Never got the hang of cricket.
You have to be him to do it.
I'm pretty good at tennis - then I try Fed's shots and with most of them I look like an idiot.
Not many did-but Lemsips & Ma huang are not really a big issue.
carl lewis failed to even qualify for 1992 Olympic 100m, 1996 Olympic 100m 200m. never won wc 200m gold, so what if lewis carried on till 36 ?..his sprinting wasn't good enough anymore.
washed up at 29 ?.bolt won 100m/200 Olympic gold at 29/30 (almost 31, b 21/8/1986)..even wc 100m bronze at 30/31 this year is hardly a disgrace.
in fact bolt wc/og career of sprint medals is 2007-2017..same as carl lewis 1983-1993. 10 years.
I second that!
@Sysyphus is sympathetic to repeatin' Gatlin. Come on man, all you will ever do is bring the fastest man down and uplift a repeater.
Bolt did it all in his time under the sun. He peaked one last time at the Olympics [not enough for another record but...] around this time last year.
P.S. As per Michael Johnson Usain could've done very well at the 400-metre dash. Well, at least we have Wayde van Neikirk to look forward to.
Humble hard-working man who did his time and came back in his mid-thirties to outlast mass-doped Jamaican squad
Getting caught is humble and hard working--three-peater?! Where would you curl if he was busted a 3rd time?
If they manage to ban him once more for using properly disclosed, medically prescribed drugs out of competition, I'd say the IOC (International Oligarchic Committee) must've pulled the right strings But it would be a wise decision, sacrificing an already tarnished lamb one last time instead of a cash cow to uphold the illusion of diligent anti-doping work.
Those are certainly more potent than Meldonium.
I know several of the Jamaicans have been caught, but has Bolt been caught ?
Bolt was amazing, one of the most gifted athletes of all time.
To demolish records like he did, it was a quantum leap.
Though kind of sad how it all ended it wasn't terrible, just an injury where there is no good time for that to happen.
His career was really something to watch.
Bolt didn't do the Long Jump & win every meet for a decade & four consecutive Olympic Golds-the last of which in 1996 he was aged 35. Lewis didn't enter the 200m at the WC. Yeah Bolt's decline over the last few seasons wasn't as noticeable as anybody else because he had so far to fall, but anybody could see the end was approaching.
bolt didn't decline..he won 100m gold at rio with in 9.81. then won 200m gold in 19.75ish. 400x100m gold, do you expect him to run 9.58 every final ?. be realistic.
long jump is not relevant..its not a track event lol.
bolt always said 2016 was his last Olympics..so yes anybody could see the end was approaching. the man himself said so,
Consistently he was declining-the last season it had been a joke with him ducking various people. To be the best 100m & Long Jumper in the world for a decade or longer, one of the top guys in the 200-arguably the top guy for a decade & the integral leg for the relay team for a decade is exceptional.
not as good as bolt though.
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