Citius (9.69/100m – 19.03/200m)

J’accuse had a series of posts entitled “When the Gods Come Down to Play”. We have featured the Selecao, we have featured Juventus. This though is a deity apart. Barring any nasty surprises from the drug testing department, this Showloving Giant from Jamaica has stolen the show. The eighth man to win both the 100m and the 200m sprints at the Olympics. The first to break both World Records at the same time.

The 200m final was breathtaking. The gap between Usain and the rest said it all. He is more than entitled to yell “I am number One” into the camera at the end of such a performance. That too is the beauty of Olympic Sports.

20 responses to “Citius (9.69/100m – 19.03/200m)

  1. Bolt’s record is even more impressive when one considers that he was running against a headwind of 0.9 m/s.

  2. These olympics made me think. Not a very common event in my life, but yes it does occur once in a while.Actually I was thinking that if the Maltese, as a nation, want to get anywhere in sports, we should think about ‘adopting’ some illegal immigrants. I believe that is where racism in Malta will end once and for all, and finally we will be able to really start competing for the medals.

  3. Hsejjes, go back to no-thinking mode please…

  4. I think it 19.30 not 19.03…still impressive though!

  5. The illegal immigrants might be particularly good at rowing.

  6. Guzeppi Grech

    They don’t seem able to contribute much to swimming though.

  7. I look forward to the Olympic time when a number of athletes from specific nations jump ship seeking asylum or whatever proper law-lingo applies.

    Will it happen this time round?🙂

    Two old ladies have been condemned to one year working-education for applying to protest against Government for demolishing their homes for Olympic purposes. Their application was seen as an attempt to promote unrest.

  8. Anton, go back to your cave.
    lol @ Vlad

  9. Wouldn’t a win for Malta by an illegal immigrant be a hollow victory?

    Why not let students ask their friends to sit for their tests?

    Why not let criminals ask their family to take turns doing their time?

    Why not construct a replica of the tower of Pisa and call it the epitomy of Maltese architecture and culture?

    I’d rather see Maltese lads and ladies be given the opportunity not only to integrate sports into their lives but also to be all that they can be within and beyond their chosen sport.

    Would that not be a more plausible step towards honest olympic gold?

  10. And from the high horse of J’accuse I can really and truly say that this round of comments has been truly pitiful…. “borrow an illegal immigrant?”, “the tower of Pisa an epitome of culture???”

    ah well!

    higher! faster! stronger!

  11. arlette baldacchino

    what’s the immigrant situation got to do with the olympics? excuse me but i wasn’t aware that we had a bunch of illegal immigrants from jamaica.

    bolt was brilliant both in the 100 and the 200. he ran seemingly effortlessly and put the fun back into a usually tense sprint.

    quite apart from bolt, even if we look at long distance – something 42K would be familiar with – these are usually dominated by ethiopians, namely haile gebreselassie. again, as far as i know a proud ethiopian, not some paid for “american” athlete.

  12. Hsejjes, some new words for your very personal vocabulary – neurotransmitter, ganglion, neuron, synapse, grey matter…………..more at request.

  13. fabrizioellul

    so the entry ‘purists vs losers’ gets two comments (one of which by Jacques) and this one – a few lines of mere obvious observation on the Olympics got 12 comments.

    of course, the latter went on an ‘illegal’ tangent.

    … ara nuqa

  14. Anton, one word springs to my mind. Prejudice.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prejudice

  15. Thankfully, Maltese expediency could be an antidote to racism, which has not really penetrated local sport in any systematic way…coloured/foreign/emigrant or remotely Maltese/naturalised athletes are always becoming more familiar in many disciplines, with hardly anyone batting an eyelid…when the nation wins, it doesnt matter who does it, as long as he or she clinches victory…Italianate Anton need not look too far…examples like the oriundi or else a darkish runner like Fiona May spring to mind…its a lovely colourful world out there…

  16. @ Mark Vella: Fiona May is actually a long jumper, not a runner😉 but your argument is perfectly valid anyway. Maybe we’re not so racist in the sporting arena due to the fact that we have got used to athletes of all hues taking part. I’m quite convinced that, as happened elsewhere, racism will gradually fizzle out in other spheres too, once we get used to dealing with a more varied mix of ethnic origin. It’s really no big deal at all.

  17. A piece of paper does not make you Italian, English, Somali, Chinese or whatever. Belonging to a nation is much more complex and intricated than that.

    The oriundo, for example, is an immigrant of native ancestory, ie his ancestors once emigrated from Italy (eg Mauro German Camoranesi). This is completely different from being naturalised on paper as an Italian citizen through marriage (eg Fiona May) or just by being born in the country.

    However, it is always a pleasure to read your posts Mark. I might not agree with the content but the form is truly exquisite.

  18. Be that as it (Fiona) may, Anton, the example you cited is unfortunate. The (great, unequalled, super) Mauro German Camoranesi is as Argentian (alas) as you can get. Oriundo he may be but ask him to sing the Inno di Mameli and I am not too sure you will enjoy the cringe on his face. Ma dov’e la vittoria?

  19. Although born in Argentina, Camoranesi has Italian ancestry through his grandparents who were Italian and had emigrated to Argentina, hence his last name. A part of Camoranesi’s family is from Potenza Picena in the Province of Macerata, in the Italian region Marche. (source Wikipedia).

    Irrespective of whether he knows the Inno di Mameli or not, he is an Argentinian of clear and not too-remote Italian origin, ergo oriundo.

    Scenario similar to the grandsons of Maltese emigrants to Australia. They feel Australian but they will never deny their Maltese origins (rightly so).

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