I just was redirected to a thread here and some sprinter was making an excuse for losing. I decided not to post directly because it seemed cruel to say it directly to him.
I had a coach who told me "watch how many guys get hurt during a race, and how it is only when they are behind. Sprinters are the worst."
I thought it was kind of funny but then he explained to me that sprinting had such small margins for error that guys confidence played a huge factor. If you could not beat someone, pull up and do not give the victor his due. Hey merely beat you when you were not at your best. Maybe you will get him next time. Almost every excuse was a pulled /torn hamstring. He said when you see a torn hamstring you will see the difference. I finally did, It was a UCLA runner leading a relay(the only sprinter ahead i ever saw pull up) when he tore the hamstring he looked like Bob Beamon, he went flying into the air. I was stunned and sickened. I not seen a runner in 1st place pull out due to injury since. Almost always sprinters pulling up lame... Something to think about the next time someone pulls up