Unexpected results of two stars in Daegu
- Submitted by: manso
- 09 / 01 / 2011
2011.08.31 - 13:49:33 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu. The unexpected disqualifications of Jamaican Usain Bolt and Cuban Dayron Robles, cast a shadow over the first days of the 2011 World Championships of Athletics, underway in the South Korean city of Daegu.
An inexplicable false start by the fastest man on Earth in the 100-meter dash was a bolt from the blue for his followers at the stadium and all over the world; and history changed without this charismatic sprinter.
Though it was an absurd for many people, the false start was probably the result of Bolt’s strategy to improve even more his start, not with the aim of winning or loosing but to strengthen one of the strategic points in a race, in which this tiny detail can bring about more or less hundredths of a second at the end of the race.
Even though Jamaica remained the winner of the 100-meter dash with the victory of Yohan Blake, there was an evident feeling of emptiness as Bolt waved good bye in the midst of the crowd’s amazement as he was conscious of having done an infraction that would disqualify him.
Blake himself told the press after his victory that he had conflicting emotions because although it was a great victory, Bolt’s disqualification was not good.
Only two days after, the 100-meter hurdles final with the so longed clash between Cuban Dayron Robles, Chinese Liu Xian, and American David Oliver took place.
Robles, world champion and record-holder cleared out any doubts and placed Liu Xian in the third position and Oliver in the fifth, not knowing that a few minutes later he would be disqualified by the Technical Committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The Chinese delegation appealed IAAF claiming that Robles had touched Liu Xian’s arm twice while passing the two last hurdles, which found a positive response supported by the video of the race.
The news rose lots of comments among connoisseurs, including David Oliver himself who said that that was kind of normal in these races and that the final results with Robles’s victory should have been kept.
The truth is that, beyond opinions, the World Championship of Athletics, in Daegu, will be remembered in history for these two similar events with two of the most outstanding figures of athletics nowadays.
Both world record-holders and Olympic champions will have to wait until 2013 to go out once again for proving that they are the best athletes worldwide in their categories. By Leonardo Pupo Pupo. (ACN)