What might have occurred on August 2
Can we do worse when it comes to spectacle than the 100m last on the Doha World Athletics Championships in 2019? Regardless of the everlasting retirement of King Usain Bolt, the reply is a priori no and that's good.
This Sunday, August 2, the 100m last will provide a historic state of affairs as a result of it’s unprecedented within the historical past of the Olympic Video games. Titled in Doha, the American Christian Coleman, suspended, is logically not current in Japan since he collects no-shows (breach of localization obligations) as others acquire stamps. Out of shape, veteran Justin Gatlin missed the US minimums whereas Canadian Andre De Grasse is forfeited.
Within the last, just a little earlier than 10 p.m., he didn't actually come off as an amazing favourite among the many eight finalists. They’re a handful of sprinters who can compete for the title: the South African Akani Simbine, the Jamaican Yohan Blake or the younger American Noah Lyles.
No one actually pays consideration to lane 7, the place there’s an outsider. Combined race of a Ghanaian father and a Japanese mom, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown is a 21-year-old sprinter born in Fukuoka Prefecture. Since June 7, 2019, he’s the Japanese report holder, with a time of 9.97.
With one minute to go, a horrible downpour hit the nationwide stadium. In lane 4, Simbine takes the most effective begin whereas Lyles is behind him. At 50 meters, Sani Brown is 3e, benefiting from the run-down of a worn-out Blake. It’s at this second that the stunning Japanese exerts his effort, nibbles his delay and crosses at the price of a powerful damaged line in entrance: 9.91, a brand new nationwide and Asian report. Lyles fails at 1 hundredth.
The feat is gigantic: it’s the first time that an Asian athlete has gained the Olympic title within the 100m. Japan has discovered a brand new idol.
The Covid additionally disadvantaged us …
… of the comeback of Florent Manaudou, who gained his third consecutive Olympic medal within the 50m freestyle (in bronze this time), regardless of a two and a half 12 months break exterior the swimming pools to strive his handball.
… The revenge of the French foilists who clinched group gold, twenty years after the earlier Sydney coronation and 4 years after the loss within the last in Rio.
… Nick Kyrgios' match level. The Australian defeated Rafael Nadal within the last on a cushioned spoon serve. The fifth of the match.
There ought to have been
Astier Nicolas, 31, rider of the French eventing group:
“August 2 ought to have been the day of the cross nation group eventing on the Olympics. The primary take a look at, dressage, was to happen on July 31 and 1er August. And the denouement would have taken place on the third, with the present leaping. As a substitute, I’ll take part in a contest of younger horses, to coach the brand new era of mounts, maybe the celebs of Paris in 2024.
In mid-August, the Grand Complet will happen, the primary worldwide restoration competitors, a type of French all-around competitors evaluate. The French group have already obtained their qualification for the Olympic occasion, however the rider-horse pairs have but to be decided. Will probably be the fittest of the second who will go to Tokyo. The choice is much from sure.
The Rio Olympics have been decisive for me (group gold medal, the primary for the French delegation, and particular person silver medal). Sadly, we frequently have to attend for the Video games to shine and make individuals speak about us.
To be extra talking, we will examine the eventing to a form of equestrian triathlon. We begin with dressage, which emphasizes the concord of the rider-horse pair, the standard of the gait and the pliability of the horse. We take penalty factors throughout this primary spherical and we could or could not improve this rating relying on the faults we make within the following ones.
Dressage is decisive as a result of that is the place you obtain a base of factors, which you can not enhance afterwards, even for those who do an distinctive cross, for instance. It’s typically stated that you simply win the dressage eventing and lose it within the third occasion, the present leaping. Which means that we will be within the lead after the cross nation and that we will lose all the pieces on the final day.
Cross nation is taken into account to be the flagship occasion, the one that draws the most individuals to the Olympics for its spectacular and intense facet. It’s a course of pure obstacles surrounded by nature, generally hilly like in Rio. The typical velocity is 570 m per minute: there are sections of combos the place you must return to a trotting tempo, at others you must speed up once more in a gallop or brake arduous at a flip.
It’s unimaginable to breed horses to do all the pieces. Dressage, cross nation or present leaping require totally different and generally opposing qualities. That’s why the important thing level in eventing is the horse’s thoughts. A thoughts that permits him to push his limits. It’s a self-discipline the place you must develop into one with a mount that wishes to work with its rider. "
It’s only on the Olympics that we see this
Ray Ewry, the rubber man of the impasse
Was the filmmaker Georges Méliès impressed by Ray Ewry, hero of the Paris Olympics in 1900, when he launched his movie a 12 months later The Man with the Rubber Head ? Not going, however the American athlete can declare to have aroused the admiration of the Parisian public, who gave him the nickname of "rubber man" because of his exploits.
Lengthy forgotten, Ray Ewry was born in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1873. Whereas affected by polio on the age of 12, medical doctors consider he’ll not be capable of stroll . The younger boy is persistent and defies the chances by regaining the usage of his legs 5 years later.
Disabled relating to working, he embraced a profession as an athlete suited to his incapacity: he specialised in non-momentum jumps, which on the time was a self-discipline in its personal proper. On July 16, 1900, on the Croix-Catelan stadium positioned within the Bois de Boulogne, Ewry gained his first three Olympic gold medals the identical day: 3.30 m in size, 1.655 m in peak and 10, 58 m within the triple leap.
4 years later, on the age of 31, the American achieved the identical efficiency at house, throughout the Olympics in Saint Louis. He’s enhancing even on the dependable size, with a uncooked leap to three.476m. In 1908 in London, in his mid-thirties, he nonetheless reigns over these forgotten disciplines, undefeated, however he can solely win a seventh and an eighth gold medals, because of the abolition of the triple leap with out momentum. . He retired two years later and didn’t compete within the final Olympic standing leap occasion in 1912.
His unofficial report is definitely extra spectacular than his eight Olympic titles. In 1906, he gained two extra gold medals on the Athens Interim Video games, which weren’t formally acknowledged by the IOC, though many historians think about them to be true Olympic Video games.
With ten gold medals, Raymond Clarence Ewry could be essentially the most profitable athlete in historical past, forward of the legendary Finnish long-distance and middle-distance runner Paavo Nurmi (9 gold medals) and second within the all of the athletes behind the American swimmer Michael Phelps (13 in gold).
Exiled in New York at a reasonably younger age, the place he had transformed to a hydraulic engineer for town, Ewry was acknowledged late, because the e-book by Pierre Lagrue and Serge Laget tells us: The Olympic Century. Video games. Historical past (Athens 1896-London 2012) (Encyclopædia Universalis, 2015). In 1983, he joined the American Olympic pantheon together with a primary record of prestigious athletes equivalent to Jesse Owens and Bob Beamon. The "rubber man" was lastly changing into a posterity.
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