euan Track Guru wrote:Scenario (1) Explicit Statement from Carl Lewis reasoning:Veronica Campbell rank number one in the world over 100 meters did not make the Jamaica Olympics team in 2008 . implied Conclusion Based off Carl Lewis Reasoning: All the other female who beat her at the Jamaica trials in the 100 meters were doping.
Scenario (2) Fact:Sanya Richards (a Jamaican by birth with steady training in the US) rank number one in the world over 100 meters did not make the US world championship team in 2007
Implied Conclusion Based off Carl Lewis Reasoning: All the other female who beat Sanya Richards (a genetically Gifted Jamaican by birth) at the US trials in the 400 meters were doping.
His implication is not that all of the others are doping but that some might be - there is a suspicious element.
Sanya was not the #1 ranked 100m runner; do you mean 400m?
In all honesty, can ANYONE see a motive for Carl's media rants beyond self obsession?
He doesn't care about the sport at all. It's not coming out of genuine concern for the good of the sport or athletes, he just wants to maintain his place as an all time great(est) and does this by doubting the performance(s) of anyone who threatens his achievements.
People trust him, and he is running down the credibility of the sport to the general public. Just when they find something that takes their interest.
Then he has the audacity to promote American drug testing and ergo American athletes (Which I guess includes himself), when...let's be honest, the big name take downs have been incredibly detrimental and most of which were caught through external tests/investigations.
It's not like his opinion is unique, many people feel the same way, fair enough. However, such protestations aren't even tolerated on a message board like this. Yet, Mr. Lewis feels it perfectly acceptable to vent his "concerns" to the public via an ever eager media that only report on T&F when the article can contain the word DRUGS?
He just seems really adamant on destroying the sports image.
After all the sport gave him!
I find it really sad
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I particularly love the observation "that was an issue where people tried to make something out of nothing" as he tries to make something out of nothing about an athlete who unlike him has never failed a drugs test.
So, you work for a Big Media outfit with a mission to attract readers and eyeballs. To this end, you need to shake up the joint -- to startle the children and frighten the horses. No natch’ you hunt up Carl Lewis, dependable old Carl. And, sho’ nuff! You get a few provocative quotes that might be enough to get you that pay raise you’ve been badgering your boss about, especially now that gas is approaching $5.
I would like for the IOC and other bodies to reveal all drug tests performed on Usain Bolt from September 2007 to present. They need to reveal dates and time of all tests. Also, they need to show the chart of the tests to reveal to the public any fluctuations in his blood profile.
The following substances included in the 2008 Monitoring Program (bupropion, caffeine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pipradol, pseudoephedrine, synephrine) are not considered as Prohibited Substances.
the third one, ephedrine, is not banned if used in small amounts ( amounts likely in doses of cold remedies )
Each of ephedrine and methylephedrine is prohibited when its concentration in urine is greater than 10 micrograms per milliliter.
if those tests were done not in '88 but today with 20y of more medical knowledge on doping ( & much greater emphasise on dope-testing ) he woud have almost certainly had no +ve test at all & therefore no story
posters shoud stop getting their knickers in a twist about his dope-tests - he almost certainly woudn't have had a +ve in this day & age under wada rules/list
First my own opinion:
I probably saw all the 100m and 200m olympic finals live since 1964.
Except this year. I preferred to do my own cycling training on the road.
I did see what was coming especially in the 200m and didn't want to get embarassed. As I also was with Michael Johnson that day.
Athletics has been by far the most scrutinized important sport of all time.
And not only women's athletics in the so-called eighties.
I agree with Carl Lewis call for scrutiny of sprint sensation Usain Bolt , when it means that you cannot simply believe unconditionally such exploits anymore.
The progress of Usain Bolt and other Jamaican competitors is way out of line.
Only a.o. in line with the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, partly Ben Johnson and
as a cross-over Heike Drechsler, who as a 16 year old girl would have topped a bronze medal in Beijing not bothered by almost 30 years world athletic progress. And still made a progress of almost 2 feet in her career.
Virtual putting all her jumps beyond the gold medal mark in Beijing at a row it would have trailed the competition in Beijing half a day.
This is one of the most amazing records of all time what can be done!!!!
Unfortunately we have come to the point that (sudden) extreme good performances automatically have to be judged very cautiously.
The cryouts of those who hope that Usain Bolt is clean are IMO preposterous.
The famous saying Altius, Citius, Fortius has become a tainted one.
Human physical progress is subjected to certain physical and statistical laws.
Let's stick to that.
If I believe that Carl Lewis was clean all the time? Of cause not, but as Eddy Merckx in cycling was also not, both had a extreme good foundation which they build on for a long time. So they remain my all-time heroes.
Jaack wrote:Speaking of age lists, is there any place to find a comprehensive list of all-time age records? Cheers
A site which, I see, has stolen from pela2 the amazing news that 50-year-old Gennadiy Valyukevich jumped 17.25 in Moscow this summer... mind you, pela2 has that as an ancillary jump, the supposedly even better mark is for some reason nowhere to be seen