Haters take aim at Usain Bolt

What does the world talk about after Usain Bolt shattered the world record in the men’s 100 metre event in a stunning 9.69 seconds. Well as expected some has applauded his success and the haters? Well they hate of course.

I recall my post in July New York Times story on Jamaican sprinters-focuses on doppin” where the paper did it’s little prelude to Beijing by questioning and raise suspicions about Jamaica’s sprint success. There was also an LAtimes article “Victor Conte suspicious of Caribbean sprint success” where Victor Conte and his criminal enterprise of drug mixing for American athletes question Jamaica’s sprint success.

Why all the suspicion and speculation?, Asafa Powell had the world record of 9.74 then Lightning Bolt-excuse me Usain Bolt best that in May with a record 9.72. Before Beijing Jamaica was well on its way to taking the men’s 100m. Now that we have finally done it, the media more critical. Specifically SOME in the American media has taken a sip of the jealously wine mixed with a tip of envy and a slice of red eye. It is now causing them to be acting all hateful, bad mind and craving.

The criticizing is not limited to a few in the foreign media, yesterday I was making the rounds to some of my fellow Jamaican bloggers to share in the moment by reading what they had to say about Bolt’s race and comment about the race. While every blogger discussed how proud they were of Jamaica, one blogger focus was “The Bolt and His Ego” and was already “annoyed” and predicting his down fall because as she put it “obnoxious men are not tolerated”. Just for the record I love this blog and read it regularly and has already made my disagreement known in a civilized discussion with the blogger.

I was at work today discussing the race with a few friends and I got a similar theme from one guy. He said he did not like the way Bolt was acting at the end of the race and also used the word “ego” to describe Usain Bolt.

I will admit that yes maybe he is a little of a grandstander and yes we can discuss that, but when the guy Just broke his own world record on the biggest stage of track and field and netted Jamaica’s first gold in 100 metres, when the MAIN focus is set on negatives if you want to call it that then I am suspicious that your mind is set on you being a hater, grudgeful and plain badmindedness.

So what are the haters in the main stream media saying? Take a look at what some of the biggest news organizations and a few bloggers are saying about Usain Bolt both negative and positive:

Sprinter Usain Bolt puts on a show– The Chicago Tribune

“He waded into the crowd. He took off his gold shoes and kissed them. He took a cock-of-the-walk stroll around the track, barefoot, flapping his arms like wings, then posing like Superman with his hands on his hips………………….Bolt came out to the track kissing his fingertips. He got to the starting blocks and clapped with stiff and extended arms, like a seal. Then he struck an archer’s pose and pretended to shoot an arrow toward the moon……He did all kinds of crazy hand jive, gestures we can’t even describe. It felt like watching a third-base coach at a baseball game.”

In the 100, a Show of Flash After a Burst of Speed– The New York Times

“In the interests of doing justice to the achievement, we are going to go easy on the end-zone mimicry; leave that to another time, to the greater discussion of pointless showboating in sports……….Watching Bolt make a mockery (literally and figuratively) of a race that included six Caribbean runners, I was reminded of how track and field in its entirety is a sport that encompasses more continents and countries.”

Record run: Bolt romps in 100-meter final-New Jersey.com

He was 5.4 seconds into the race when he started pulling away from the field.

He was 9.1 seconds into the race when he tapped his heart with his fist and gestured to the crowd.

He was 9.3 second into the race when he completed a Sudoku puzzle and sent a text message to his agent…”

This article clearly and unequivocally questions Jamaica’s sprint success and is just a inch away of declaring us cheats.

Usain Bolt Celebrates, Then Wins– The Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Bolt’s record-setting time in spite of a midrace celebration reminds the Independent’s James Lawton of a troubling historical precedent: Ben Johnson’s 9.79-second time in the 100-meter dash at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, later stripped from the record books because Mr. Johnson tested positive for a banned steroid. “Both Johnson and Bolt had dwelt on their moment of triumph — and still managed to rip apart a world record,” Mr. Lawton writes. Nonetheless, Mr. Lawton wants to believe in today’s champion — and offers reasons why we should, as well.”

This is a decent well written piece; I would encourage you to read it

Phelps avoids commercials, but Bolt does not-International Herald Tribune

Contrast that to the sulfurous display by the 100-meter champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica on Saturday night. Moments after he blazed to a world record with one of the most astounding performances in Olympic history, Bolt was holding up his gold track spikes to the cameras, careful to display the Puma trademarks. (His model, for the commercial record, is the Theseus II.)…….No telling what he got from Puma for that premeditated stunt, but Bolt is nothing if not a loyal Puman. The company first signed him in 2002 when he was a world junior champion……..Bolt’s performance in the 100 was stupefying, debate-settling, something approaching either a chemistry experiment or an act of God………..But it went sour with the shoe show. You half-expected him to reveal a T-shirt advertising the Jamaican Yam Board. (His father, it seems, credits Usain’s speed to a boyhood fondness for sweet potatoes.)…………Asafa Powell, who finished fifth behind Bolt in the Beijing 100, also a Jamaican, is a Nike guy. (His shoe is called the Zoom Aerofly.) The American sprinter Tyson Gay, who didn’t even make the 100-meter final, is with Adidas. (His shoe is called the Semifinalist. No, not really.) But in Olympic marketing, it’s win some, lose some.”

Not a bad article but no doubt showing up the fact that Bolt gave his puma a little bit of advertisement, while lauding Phelps “classy” decision not to be a human billboard.

Was Bolt celebration over the top?– Webcastr

Was Usain Bolt’s theatrical exuberance before, during and after his 100 metres final appropriate for a man who gave a devastating performance that broke his own world record?……..Or was it indulgent, inappropriate and over the top?……….Do we want our sportspeople to be modest personalities whose performances do the talking?…………..Or is showboating and swagger part of the big game experience, key to both the entertainment we crave and the self-belief needed to win at the top level?”

This story clearly critiques Bolts reaction after winning the men’s 100m

No matter what they say or write, we can all remember what Bob Marley said:

“Dem a go tired fi si wi face, “dem cya get wi outa di race”

Today Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own world record with a vault of 5.05m. Yelena said to an interviewer something that I think is even more golden than the medal she won for her country.Although she was talking about those who doubted her being able to break her own record, It sums up all the negative chattering noise about Usian Bolt. With her beautiful infectious smile and thick Russian accent said:

“People who talk too much they never do anything”

"People who talk too much never do anything"

Photo:Guardian.co.uk

Pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva like Usian Bolt, she broke her own world record today.

Again this reminds me of another great Olympian Michael Phelps who took negative remarks post them up on a wall and use it as motivation. Phelps said he liked when people tell him that he can not do something.

“It just gets me fired up”

Now for a good laugh. I found this very interesting and really funny. The blog Noisesplash Top Ten Things Usain Bolt Could Have Done With the Extra Time He Had in the 100m Sprint. 🙂

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~ by RB on August 19, 2008.

50 Responses to “Haters take aim at Usain Bolt”

  1. DB – Just a note; the way you are choosing to spin this issue is actually doing more damage by fomenting a kind of divisiveness that doesn’t exist, and certainly not in anything I have written. Reminds me of the Buju Banton/Beenie Man crap from the 1990s.

    By the way, dd you see Yelena’s performance throughout that competition? For reason’s I noted before in my response to you, again, Yelena is better compared to Shelly-Ann than to Usain for the same reasons: grace, talent and just an amazing presence all-around. End of story.

    Walk good

  2. **** Has Usain Bolt displayed criticism of China in front of the world’s TV cameras?

    During his legendary 100 metres sprint Usain Bolt was wearing an orange bracelet. The orange color has become a sort of ‘secrete’ signal to the world that there’s something wrong about the human rights in China. Also on the rostrum Bolt was wearing the orange bracelet.

    So the Jamaican elite sprinter has achieved to break a world record and perhaps at the same time denounce that the Chinese authorities have failed to comply with the promises they have given as a condition for hosting the Olympics.

    Danish artist Jens Galschiot is the architect of Thecolororange.net, a campaign promoting orange as the color symbolizing the human rights during the OG. He declares: I do not know Usain Bolt’s motives for wearing the bracelet, but we hope that the aim is to highlight the human rights in China. If so, Bolt has made an amazing stunt in front of millions of TV viewers in China and the rest of the world. Unfortunately he probably cannot say it openly, as the IOC might withdraw his medal, as they have emphasised that no political symbols whatsoever will be tolerated. So he will just have to say that he is fond of orange.

  3. They say “it’s not bragging if you can back it up” (whoever they is?)In Usain Bolt’s case a large dose of humility would do him good. He’s being quite disrespectful to this fellow athletes and to the sprit of the games.

  4. Usain came across like a real prick in this race. His talents are unquestioned, but the guy has ZERO class. Compare this fool to the gracious sportsmanship Phelps displayed after accomplishing a far greater feat. Go Home Usain…nobody likes a showoff. hopefully the big endorsements come to the athletes who have some dignity and class.

  5. Why is it not right when a young, and perhaps little over enthusiastic, man celebrates his greatness but when the Americans did it last Olympics (1st and 2nd place shook hands before they crossed the line) and Flo Jo who put her fist up in the air early in her world shattering run and basically jogged home. Wheres the condemnation of those people. Hello whats good for the goose is good for the gander

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  7. Dutty – dem people pissing me off! I received a few congratulatory calls at work early Monday morning. People wanted to know how an island of 2.8 million can have 5 of the fastest people in the world. It is an improbable statistic. America has 33 million people so it’s possible that America can have 5 of the fastest because of volume or even Russia or China or India. But not likkle Jamaica.

    But we do and people don’t know how to deal wid it.

    First of all Jamaican people boasty. We love be the best in school, at work, we love look good, smell good, dance good, yuh name it we love to be the best – that is no crime. We have pride in what we do. It’s a part of our national DNA. So what.

    Number 2, is Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tiger Woods or ANY phenom without a rich ego? No! If they were they would be more like Asafa (no disrespect). They could take losing in stride. No phenoms – they want to win ALL the time and they pump themselves up before their events so when they’re finished they release the energy.

    Have any of these haters seen how the Chinese celebrate? The throw things in the audience jump up and down, roll around – they’re joyous! Rightfully so, they’ve worked and sacrificed for years to get to the Olympics.

    Bolt was running with the BEST IN THE WORLD and he blew them all away – I can only begin to imagine how excited he was in his mind, body and soul. Gi di man ah break! The only difference is that many of these other athletes have PR people who reign them in and make sure they don’t say the wrong things. Bolt was dealing with pure honest emotions – he wasn’t editing his emotions. This was his first time on the BIG stage he’ll be OK.

    In football when someone make a goal or touchdown (American) look how dem guh on. It’s what being a professional athlete is about – WINNING! Suh when yuh win yuh nuh mus celebrate?!
    When you listen to athletes who are at the top of their respective fields they are not celebrating to belittle anyone else on the field, court or track – they are usually competing with themselves and they are celebrating their accomplishments. If they don’t have that kind of drive they should not be professional athletes. Case in point Allan Houston formerly of the NY Knicks. Houston is an excellent player, a scholar, a gentleman. But he couldn’t turn on the magic when he had to.

    Bolt, Phelps, Bryant, Woods, James, Iverson and Jordon celebrate visibly because they know how to turn it on and they don’t disappoint.

    Suh all di hater dem can guh sit down. Dem nuh haff fi watch dem.

  8. I think what he did was perfectly acceptable given the situation. Its just that the world of two-faced political correctness can’t stand people actually expressing themselves honestly. Its unfortunate that there are media people out there just desperate for something to make a story out of, and other people who just want someone elses achievements to degrade. Bolt hasn’t quite been around long enough to know when its smart to slip under their radar – but he’ll learn. Congrats to Jamaica from NZ. Your runners are amazing.

  9. LongBench I really don’t know about the Beenie/Buju you mention . I have been interested and deeply attentive to this whole thing and I FEEL truly hurt about some of the things I hear, read and see on TV this is my little spot to talk about it. There is no put on here, if you have time go back and look at a few of my posts about sports and Jamaica. I love it and mi feel compel to express dmy self as I am sure you do too. Mi a follow it from adams.

    Even before I did this post I stated clearly in our discussion my view about the Bolt ego thing and you expressed yours. After seeing the discussion of critisizm grow I decided to put in my 2 cents because I felt strongly that the critizim leveled at Bolt is very unfair, thats the purpose of this little space wordpress afroad me

    As someone said earlier, Bolt is given a hard time because he is black and (Jamaican)not American. I will admit that some are genuinely turn off by Bolt’s reaction after the race but a FEW are are still prejudice in covert ways and hide behind many issues used as excuses to hate, the prejudice comes from both races. Longbench i accept your point and I can understand it in some ways but I disagree with it just as you dis agree with mine…..I watched Yelena pole vault from start to finish.What did she do when she broke her own record?..she jump up and down and did two somersaults. I thought she was competing in the gymnastics too. she then ran on to the tracks hug the coach/family and did a flag waving victory lap with a huge smile on her face. She didn’t take off her shoes nor pretended she could fly, but guess what? different people celebrate in different ways, different cultures. Surely you couldn’t expect her to bust out the “nah linga” like Bolt. They both did the same thing, just different cultures….One should exhibt a certain level of self ware yes and Bolt was well ware he had done something great…. One love.

    Nate Smith–thanks but i got the link from Longbench–great blog

    Paulette mi a tell yu say yu have a good understanding of tings. I neva even tink bout all dem odda sports people who showboat when dem win. I heard FIFA put a lit on showboating when a team scores or win a match. Soon everything will be boring as some people try hard to crush the human spirit. I think the point you made about great sports professionals having big ego is great, especially since it help boasts them up and it contributes to there success.
    Paulette–I saw Bolt in the 200m semi finals today and he was still making his little hand gestures. I am glad he is a strong yute because personally I might have cowered under the pressure and thats the truth…..one love

  10. Dutty – yes Bolt is a strong yute and I’m glad he’s not allowing ‘them’ to beat him down over nothing.

    I don’t want to beleaguer the point but Bolt is a team of ONE so all the attention is one him. Criticizing him is also a psychological strategy for competing nations so that he doesn’t feel comfortable and run his best.

    Countries invest hundreds of thousands into their athletes so that their athletes can win because it brings prestige and money to their country. Jamaica I am sure spent a miniscule fraction compared to what America and Russia and Germany and China and the other big countries spent.

    So for Jamaicans to attack Bolt without being forward thinking and understanding the situation in its entirety is very naïve.
    Celebrating animatedly and joyously does not slow a lack of class – it shows exuberance. Degrading his fellow competitors and ridiculing them or cussing some dutty bad word and being rude to people and fans is showing a lack of class – I don’t see Bolt doing any of that. Each time I see him he’s smiling and happy and people seem to like being around him; even American athletes.

    Why are people attacking him personally and calling him classless. By the nature of their personal attacks on Bolt who didn’t attack them or anyone for that matter, those people are showing themselves to be classless.

  11. DB – My response to Bolt was not focused on the post-race performance – if that were so, then Shelly-Ann’s response of lying down on the ground and kicking up her legs in the air would also be problematic to me.

    From reading your post and seeing others’ responses on my blog, there is a whole lot more chatter about this than I had imagined. But, I had a bad feeling and a glimmer of suspicion about how his premature celebrations would resonate. In several comments here, people are also making references that suggest that Usain’s in-your-face style of celebrating is being seen as problematic in some way. That is news to me, but I’m not surprised, for reasons I note on my blog, and which Paulette references here. Without going and reading all the other stuff, which I really don’t want to, it seems that much of the hoopla is being informed by perspectives that are not immediately understandable to us in Jamaica. I generally dismiss anything that smells of the eternally racist and elitist attitudes of many North American mediafolks. I don’t even take it in if the commentary is couched in a way that simply reinforces their own sense of superiority. That’s why I haven’t even paid any attention to what was said in the stuff you quoted in your post. That’s their spin. I have mine.

    Yes, I certainly feel your hurt, and get that sports is a very important thing for you, as it is for most Jamaicans. It is not possible to say anything about sports – good, bad or indifferent – that does not elicit a powerful emotional response. That’s the way its been since we became independent Jamaica. I don’t talk about sports much because I’m just not that into it. I am one of a few, I guess. However, I also like to keep a sense of perspective on everything, especially when I smell the unintended harm that can come. I actually agree with the general desire to defend and protect Usain our new national hero. I chose to say something briefly to give attention to the sides that matter to me most: our penchant to take extreme stances on anything we do that is called into question, and how we move in a world that is not of our making but on which we have an impact. I think you know that I am not afraid to say something that needs to be said, no matter how unpopular among Jamaicans. So, we are on the same side, just not saying the same thing.

    Paulette – you are right in that “showboating” is now [has been] a part of African American male sports culture. But this style is also increasingly distracting as each athlete wants to top the other – the hairstyles, the shoes, the yells, the chest bumps, the dancing in the end zone, and god knows what else.

    It is inaccurate and misleading to claim that such behaviour is necessary or essential in order for these athletes to win. Anybody can say anything they want to justify what they do or don’t do. The claim that being boastful is part of Jamaica’s “national DNA” certainly feels true, and reinforces such behaviour as natural. But, like everything else, is not natural. Its a sense of self that individuals **choose** to cultivate and then project onto the entire nation when they see fit; this idea is validated more and more everyday, even when we have evidence in front of us that such a characteristic is, in the main, totally distasteful to experience. Boastfulness might be useful to some, but its pretty insulting (and typically Jamaican, frankly) to claim that since others are not boastful (or not whatever we claim to have a monopoly on), then they are to blame for their lack of success. That its a pretty destructive and self-serving attitude that does not promote a sense of collective belonging and wellbeing. This is also not the first place where I have heard this “accusation” leveled against Asafa. Now that is truly a form of betrayal. Just wait till Usain buck im toe; i wonder what unnu gwain say…

    I expect crossing the finish line to be more important than showing off. I also expect that athletes will behave in a dignified manner in their respective competitions – no tantrums, fits, sideline flirtation, etc. And occasionally I am disappointed. This is one of those times. Usain will figure it all out and decide for himself how he wants to be. I’m really not that invested in him personally. That’s not my priority. He probably won’t hear of this chatter till he’s back, and he probably won’t pay much attention.

    Its really interesting how we love to talk about how “little” we are and up against the “bigger” ones. A great story to justify our entitlement to boastfulness, yes? Many people are surprised about Jamaica because they don’t think that Jamaicans do much else besides wait on tourists and kill each other. Every time that individual Jamaicans do something that merits international attention, the response is the same. “Wow! From Jamaica?!” And because we have become so likky-likky and dependent on what others think about us, we are ready to feel special and just suck it all up; from the biological explanations of our superiority in sprinting to the yam theory, its all a way to feel special and different. Nothing wrong with feeling special yes, but lets not treat the hype and myths that we are spinning as true. Jamaica produces world-class athletes **in specific areas** because the resources, effort and popular support are cultivated to make it happen. This has nothing to do with Jamaica being “small” or whatever. Any place that puts the kind of emphasis on sports that we do are bound to produce good athletes, and often at the expense of other areas of social development. The story that has been getting a lot of attention here is Shelly-Ann’s. Her story says more about how we REALLY operate than all of the rah-rah about Usain’s height, yellow yam, and what a great nation we are.

    Long Bench

  12. Long Bench – If you’re not an avid fan of sports I think you’re doing everyone an injustice by commenting in such a harsh and all knowing manner.

    As an ardent fan of sports, even though I am not a sports psychologist, I have seen the body language of athletes hundreds of times and therefore I understand their celebration.

    This has nothing to do with social development even though it would be nice to see more of our youth involved with sports because of the discipline it gives them and the way it changes lives for the positive. Until you cross a finish line at 9.69 seconds don’t presume to tell Usain how he should react.

    You mention that Usain’s celebration was ‘self serving’ and not for the collective good or something like that. Have you listened to what the women’s team say the day the won the 100m 1-2-2? They were INSPIRED by Bolt. So what are you talking about.
    Like I said, if you’re not watching and don’t know about what you’re refering to – leave it alone. Don’t be self serving.

    You are making this celebration conversation about Bolt and about black men. You seem to have a personal dislike of both – that’s interesting and should be analyzed all by itself since I know that you are a black man. If you want to self-hate keep it to yourself don’t spread the hate.

    White athletes respond the same way and have ‘interesting’ hair styles – have you seen the Russians or Romanians – they don’t have any blacks representing their country but they are very flashy and exotic with their habits and style. I have been to Russia a couple of times and they are an extremely flamboyant people – so are the Romanians and the Ukrainians who can afford to be. So are the New Zealanders and the Australians, the Greek, Icelanders, the Italians and the Irish and the Polish, Finnish and Danish and the Germans and we can’t forget the British – they is NO ONE more outlandish that the Brits – whites to be specific. Have you ever heard of David Beckham or his wife Posh – they are very exotic and exuberant people and they’re not black. I enjoy all the culture of all the countries I mentioned because their cultures all have unique qualities and they are different and beautiful so are Jamaicans and their culture.

    You are pontificating and psychoanalyzing as if you are using proof positive facts but you are spewing random thoughts just like the rest of us but you choose to come off very judgmental.

    Travel the world so you know of what you speak and be nicer to your countrymen. And by the way, Usain IS hearing about this chatter already. It’s comments like yours who can help to make him unfocused and win a 2nd truly significant medal for the country you love.

    Respect.

  13. Thank you Paulette. Longbench is obviously part of Jamaica’s commentorati who ‘always knows whats best for di whole a wi’. Having read him/her blog the arrogance is palpable.

    Self-hate is a hell of a thing. Dutty mi bwoy, keep up the good work. As Ward 21 seh ‘ A nuff a dem p*%#$ nuh like we cause we nice!’ . We big a yard, big abroad.

    Big up Usain, Melaine and the whole a di track star dem!

  14. Paulette – the phrase you are responding to:
    “That its a pretty destructive and self-serving attitude that does not promote a sense of collective belonging and wellbeing.” contains a typo. It is not “boastfulness” that is self-serving and destructive, but rather the notion that we feel ok with blaming our own people for their failures because they somehow are not being Jamaican enough. Hence my reference to Asafa. Apologies for that error.

    I am not a sports fan; that doesn’t mean I don’t pay attention nor make my own observations. Given that what I say is not based purely on adulation, I think what I have to say provides a useful counterpoint and balance to all the other stuff. You can choose to disagree. That’s fine.

    Given that this conversation with DB began outside of this post, you should read my other comments, since what I say here references or restates what I said elsewhere.

    When you are being “judgmental”, its entirely legitimate and in the spirit of blogging etc. But when I am being “judgmental” I am being [you can fill in the blank based on your earlier statements].

    If Usain is hearing about this chatter, then his coach et al. are not doing a good job in insulating him from the non-competitive environment. Maybe they don’t want to insulate him; that’s their decision/strategy. I don’t feel invested in that right now.

    While I don’t mind being called unpatriotic etc., just stop the name-calling and flinging accusations at me. Totally unnecessary. You don’t agree with me. Fine. Next?

  15. It is sad but this is what has happened to the sport. To excel in track and field has, especiallly most recently, meant having to stand up to scrutiny and nay-sayers. Our Jamaicans have stood up to this in the past graciously and will continue to do so. It is ironic that Victor Conte, one of the leaders in the destruction of the sport’s integrity and credibility, would be the one to point fingers.

    Congratulations Usain. I was there in Kingston 2002 when you won the World Junior Championships 200m at only 15. In Athens 2004 you just weren’t ready. Now you have lived up to your potential. Pride does not begin to describe the sentiments I feel today.

    It really is time to ignore the nay-sayers Jamaica because we already know who we are.

  16. No wonder AMERICANS are hated abroad, funny, nothing has being said about Phelps, what about foot ball players celebrating after a touch down. DAM IF YOU DO DAM IF YOU DON.T

  17. I think that all of you critics should just go to hell and leave Usain alone. If he wants to celebrate his victory, let him do so, however he wants; he worked for it.The man is creating history, he has done well and made his country proud.

    So all you haters need to let it go, the man is unstoppable… and he’s a proud Jamaican.

  18. Longbench, You can sit where every you are & say what ever your heart desires, TALK IS CHEAP…. If you have never walked in an athletes shoe I suggest that you keep quite. You have no idea what we go through each & every day…hours of training, strict diets, can’t do alot of things when we would like to with friends & family, heavens forbid you lose a race & we hear people like you still running your mouth as to why we lost. Longbench PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK….THE MAN DESEREVES TO DO WHAT EVERY AFTER A RUN LIKE THAT …HE WORKED HARD & SACRIFICE A LOT TO ACHIEVE THOSE MEDALS. Me can talk kas mi a bodybuild & mi know wha him ha fi gu tru. Be glad for him..WHAT IS OUR MOTTO? “OUT OF MANY ONE PEOPLE’.
    p.s Don’t forget when Michael Johnson his 200 he kissed his shoe the same way, did his antics & then threw his GOLD SPIKES IN THE STANDS.

  19. P.S. Please note that while Victor Conte speculates about Jamaicans we are yet to see a complete list of all the athletes ever associated with him and his team of mad scientists at BALCO. You know, the cheaters that he is sure about.

  20. fulltoss – you clearly didn’t read what I wrote, or you wouldn’t have responded that way. If an athlete wants to rip off their clothes and run stark naked around the track 20 times screaming after having put in the kind of hours and endured the kind of pain that is unthinkable to me in order to win, then they should gladly do that AFTER they completed the race. I will gladly bang the drums and wave the flags on the sidelines. I don’t take any of this personally. Nuance is not our strong suit, and certainly not in a moment of such heady celebration.

  21. In regards to Usain Bolt’s post race performance, I think it was quite befitting the accomplishment. With all the chatter of disrespect, lack of class etc., you are missing the big picture. This young man just won, by a landslide, one of the most coveted medals in the world of track and field. He was celebrating his days of hardwork, committment, pain, sacrifice. No one knows what he has had to endure in his training to get to this point and to spend time nit picking about a few harmless celebratory antics is ridiculous and petty. This is a major victory for HIM and he is doing his country proud. As he continues to win at this level his post race performances may change, but I hope his self confidence never buckles to the chatter of unknowing, unseen critics. Usain this is your time, do your thing and celebrate from your heart with all of your heart. Continued success.

  22. People please ignore the troll longbench. The more attention you give it the more it will snare its ugly teeth at you.

  23. Let’s start from the issue of role model…the way I see it is..if a parent don’t want to take responsibility for his/her child’s action by not growing them in the proper way (they should probably come to Jamaica to learn how to do that) and blame it on a hard working athlete who deserves to “grandstand” as much as he wants then I say to that parent..”you should never had a child in the first place and you should probably try from now on to instill in your child at least a fraction of the discipline it takes for Usain or any other Jamaican athlete to get where they are today.”

    And as for that self-depreciating black man (Longbench)…aren’t you tired, has it been so long since youv’e seen a black man reach such great heights of achievement that you’ve become so wary and doubtful, suspicious and dare I say envious? I wonder, what is your lot in life? Every man, woman, and child, black and caribbean should be celebrating this moment, this moment where we can prove to the world that a developing country, where the atheletes sometimes train with gym equipment so rusted (and I know because I used to train there too), and their only drug-enhancement is some cornmeal porridge and yellow yam, can conquer the whole bloody world!

    I say to Usain and any Jamaicans who want to celebrate…celebrate, shout at the top of your voice…JAMAICA TO THE WORLD!!

    My only regret is that Usain didn’t walk the rest of the way!!

  24. When Usain Bolt pounded his chest 3 meters before finishing at 9.69 he created one of the most memorable and devastating displays of athleticism in sports history.
    That image will never be forgotten.
    The 91,000 Chinese were gasping at his lead at that moment. It was almost as if you could hear the chest pound thunder through China’s awesome Bird Nest stadium.

    And then as an encore he shatters a fluke record that was considered one of the most unbreakable in sports.

    This is the new Muhammad Ali. But instead of using Ali’s rapid fire delivery, Bolt is more of a demonstrative showman. Pantomiming, juking, shooting an invisible bow and arrow into the sky, knowing that all eyes are on this awesome athlete, he is giving the people a great show.

    Ali took the same ridiculous criticism from the jealous or simple too in awe to comprehend it. No, disrespect to the great Phelps, but Bolt has surpassed him and any other athlete on Earth this week. There is nothing to say… you can only witness.

  25. To the guy who said Bolt came across as a real prick… Yeah, you’re wrong. The guy is a breakout star – he’s had no Olympic success prior to the 100m. When you’re that good (and I mean so good you make the other competitors look like slow white guys), you CAN celebrate. It’s the Olympics, for goodness sakes. When you have your greatest accomplishment which is also the greatest accomplishment for that event by a human being EVER, AND the whole frickin’ world is watching you do it… YOU CAN CELEBRATE.

    If you’re offended, even though the winners in the dashes almost ALWAYS take long celebratory victory laps, then you are trying to be offended.

    By the way, I notice your name – Dale Earnhardt. It’s not like NASCAR drivers and crews celebrate or anything after winning, huh. Duh. They celebrate because they won, not because somebody else lost. Same for Bolt. Good for him.

    Lastly, it may have been the same guy who said Phelps didn’t celebrate (as much) after an even greater accomplishment. I think I saw him celebrate a lot. Yeah, I did. To the extent he limited it, it was often because he had to save energy. And while Phelps’ accomplishments were as amazing as they come, Bolt’s, while different, were also… as amazing as athletic accomplishment’s come. To so easily categorize them as inferior means you’re just not paying attention, or just want to denigrte them.

  26. These haters are clasic racists/hypocrits.The joy of victory/the psychology of confidence; mohammed Ali, Michael Jordan,kobe, the white woman kristy something when she won the american women team won world cup–what did they do? The Americans must understand not because jamaica is a small country…remember David? As a Jamaican I am proud! What are they telling me? That Bolt should act like he is a humble slave? Look Americans, Mssah day done dead!

  27. AN WEN DONE DEM COME RENK UP DEM SELF ‘BOUT BOLT A TEK DRUGS. SEN DEM GO CHECK WI OLYMPIC HISTRY. UUNUH EVA SI ARE HEAR SEY WI DEH TEK DRUGS FI WIN NUH RACE? LEF DAT TO MARIAH JONES, DEM FI GIVE HAR A CHECH UP INNA PRISON TO.

    STRAIGHT YAM AND BANANA AND RICE AN PEAS AN CHICHEN!! AN WEN WI BROKE INNA DI MIGGLE AH DI MONT’A CHICHEN BACK A DWIIT.AN TO TOP IT OFF WHOLE HEEP A PRAYAZ.

    WELL USAIN GET DEM TALKING. MEK WI JUS PRAY DAT JAH GI DEM NUFF NUFF STRENT’ SO WI CAN TEK DI WOMEN’S 200, RAP UP DI MEN AN WOMEN 4 BY 1 AND WI JUS PULL DUNG DI CURTAINS PAN DI SHOW, MASH UP DI PLACE AN GO HOME….LEF WID DEM MOUT’ A GOUN’ A KETCH FLY. ‘BOUT DRUGS…BRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Deenagirl, yuh nuh ordinary.Luv yuh commentary!! Nuff respect!!

  29. Deenagirl – I heard that foolishness today. Like yuh seh, dem well brite. Like yuh mi waan di whole team fi mash up everyting and lef dem high and dry.

    First, Usain’s physique is not that of someone on steroids of other enhancement. He is lean. No bulk. No mass. Just long lean muscle.

    Second, Usain has a bigger stride pattern than his competitors – he’s 6 ft 5 in. He covers more ground than the other contenders. Steroids or other enhancement drugs have nothing to do with that.

    Many people thing that because Jamaicans were great business people and seized on the capitalistic opportunities and commercialized the sale of uhmmm – cannabis that we are absolute drug users – that is a FALSE assumption. Some Jamaicans may smoke herb but we are not abusers of other drugs. Many Jamaicans view their body as their temples and will not poison it with steroids and harsh drugs. We just don’t do that; it’s not a part of our culture. Jamaicans would kick Usain or any other person found taking banned substances. We just don’t and won’t tolerate illegal drugs and substances.

    Jamaicans are pretty healthy people because our foods are fresh and without preservatives etc. Like the French and Italians many Jamaicans shop daily so that they can get the freshest vegetables, meats and fish each day. We are compulsive when it comes to making sure we are healthy and have a clean colon which is a new phenomenon in the states.

    Jamaicans are very healthy living people so Usain’s body is like a well oiled machine – no drugs and banned substances needed or necessary!

    Happy Birthday Usain!!!

  30. you all finish yelling and cussing and carrying on now? good. I hope you all feel much much better now that you got that bile off your chests. Fabulous performance today – done like a true champion! Duttybwoy, thanks for hosting the forum, such as it was.

    Walk good,

    Long Bench

  31. There will always be the hating argument, truth is, whatever you do you can’t please everyone. He is somewhat flamboyant in his behavior, but these antics seem to make him less nervous and psychologically intimidates his opponents when they see his confidence. No matter what, he is doing damn good!

  32. The troll comes back. Be gone I say. Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin! Ahh, it’s disappeared 🙂

  33. ALRIGHT, MI DONE CUSS NOW.
    VERONICA GOT GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MI STIL A LOOK FI DI 4 X 1.

    i AM A TRUE, TRUE JAMAICAN AN MI WELL, WELL PROUD SO TIL MI CHEST JUS’ LEF FI BUS’ WID PRIDE. EVERY TIME DI ANTHEM PLAY MI SWELL…

    LISTEN, THERE IS NO NEED TO ASK OR HIDE AND PEEP TO FIND OUT JAMAICA’S SECRET IN THE MAKING OF OUR ATHLETES. I ASSURE YOU THAT IT IS NOT DRUGS. IT IS JUST SOMETHING THAT WE DO EVERYDAY WITHOUT TAKING MUCH THOUGHT OF IT.

    I AM A TRAINED TEACHER, NOT PRACTICING IN MY FIELD ANYMORE BUT A TEACHER NONE THE LESS. AND FROM BASIC SCHOOL TO COLLEGE, EVERY YEAR EVERY SCHOOL HAS WHAT IS KNOWN AS SPORTS DAY. AND FROM BASIC SCHOOL WE WATCH THE LITTLE TYKES RUNNING THEIR FEET OFF TO MAKE THEIR HOUSES WIN.
    IT CONTINUES IN THE PREP AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS WERE THE BEST OF THE BEST HIGH SCHOOLS COME OUT WITH THEIR MAGNIFYING GLASSES AND EAGLE EYES IN A ATTEMPT TO GET THE FASTEST RUNNERS TO GO TO THEIR SCHOOL. THAT IS ONE OF THE FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO NESTER CARTER ENDING UP AT MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL. MY MOTHER TAUGHT HIM BACK AT THE GARLOGIE PRIMARY AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WHICH REST PRETTY CLOSE TO THE BORDER OF MANCHESTER AND CLARENDON.

    THAT GUY COULD RUN BACK IN THE DAY. AN HIM NAH LESS DAN GIVE HIM CLASSMATE DEM LENGTHS.
    FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO BOYS AND GIRLS CHAMPS AND FROM THERE THE REST IS HISTORY…………………………..

    THAT IS OUR BIG SECRET EVERYONE. THIS SECRET IS SO HIDDEN WE DONT NEED TO HIDE IT. MANY OF OUR CHAMPIANS TODAY GOT THEIR STAR RIGHT AT SCHOOL ON SPORTS DAY UNTIL THEY GET THE CHANCE TO MODEL FOR US DURING CHAMPS AT OUR NATIONAL STADIUM.
    MANY OF OUR RUNNERS INCLUDING NESTER CARTER (TO US HE IS AFFECTIONATELY CALLED DAVE), USAIN, FRAZER, AN NUFF, NUFF, MORE, THE FIRST TIME JAMAICA HEAR ABOUT THEM IS AT CHAMPS.

    SO CHINA, AMERICA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT IS ‘THE BIG SECRET’ NUTTING NEW…AND THAT DEAR READERS, REPORTERS, JOURNALISTS AND THE REST OF YOU IS THAT.

    USAIN ‘LIGHTENING’ BOLT, VERONICA, NESTER, ASAFA, WALKER, FRAZER, ETC TO DI WURL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Man – excellent cataloguing of the hater’s parade. I believe there is also a cultural gap that will never be bridged due to the continuing unwillingness of media to truly understand cultures before pronouncing judgments. If you really want to measure a showboat, talk to his competitors. To a man, they were all “Big Up, Usain.” This talk should not be taken lightly from the crowd all call “arrogant” prima donnas – his 100m competitors. What we all saw was genuine joy in movements that may well have been called showboating if performed by any other person in the world. ‘preciate it. I have worked directly with the MVP camp and have written on some of these same Olympic, Asafa, Bolt, topics in my last few posts. Do pass through: http://ericjhenderson.wordpress.com Much peace.

  35. isnt it always like this..we as jamaicans grew up watching the american good guys beat the crap out of the russian chinese and whomever bad guys..heck steve segal even beat the crap out of some dreads and i bet we were still rooting for the big bad american..and no matter how they acted or behaved they were the heroes..now we got our hero..heck our superhero in bolt and yet still we cannot accept that fact..and we curse him and tell him to behave himself cause de white people dem a look..to heck with that..despite what they wanna say phelps celebrated .in his own way..the problem is he just cant dance…so please leave the YOUNG MAN alone..he is just a kid..this is how i see all kids behave..he is now the greatest thing since slice bread..and you want him to walk around and boringly shake each competitors hand.come on now people…that is his personality and like it or not.it is not just his accomplishment why he is so talked about but his bloody personality…you gotta have a personality along with your talent..i love what one person said earlier that the pumping of the chest will be forever remembered and it will be on every highlight reel whenever… something is brought up about the beijing olympics… so please give the likkle youth a break…damn it man you just found out that you are the fastest man god ever blow breath inna pon earth and you are not allowed to celebrate….everybody just shut up…i have used the word hater before but until now..trust mi..i have never really and truly seen the true meaning until now that i have read some of these blogs on the internet…im coming out with something soon thats gonna be on the lips of every jamaican both yard and abroad.and its gonna be big..and i know then they will def hate jamaicans..just watch this space…likkle more

  36. yow longbench ..go siddung and hold a corner ..if u dont like bolt “showingboating” go siddung …but dont call our boy classless. Him hype yes ..but he deserves to be..Asafa is my boy too but he needs a little of what Bolt has ….Bolt has come a long way…. i remember last olympics when he got cussed out for looking too timid and running with his chain in his mouth like him frighten..and neva win nutten …Well four years later look at him now ….the man is one of the greatest…..his actions back up him hype

  37. Jamaican to the bone: did you actually read *any* of what I wrote or are you just quoting what you think you might have read in somebody else’s comment about what they thought I might have said or meant? Despite that bit of jumping on the bandwagon, you raise an interesting point that nobody else has made ie. Usain’s transformation over these 4 years, and how his antics have become part of his athletic performance.

    Robert – you are definitely a professional commenter. Maybe you should get your own blog rather than acting like a sheep and following the herd.

    Ruddybrown – you, like so many others, have become quite caught up in this America vs. Jamaica thing, which itself is fascinating. In fact, over the past few days, it is really sad to hear the amount of vitriol and hatefulness that accompanies so-called “celebration” of Usain and the others. Apparently we can’t love ourselves without hating others. Maybe the next thing we need to work on is how to celebrate Jamaica without indulging in lazy nostalgia or the kind of verbal violence that we have become too accustomed to.

    By the way, “haters” is not a Jamaican term. I know the commenters hail from all parts of the world, but just thought I’d mention that to the more “authentic” ones among us.

  38. this is a must read

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/080820

  39. longbench i was not hating the us..bway something wrong with you..i guess u came out making a dumb ass statement and i guess it is only human to defend your own bull rather than admit that it is indeed bull…sir it is i who question wether or not you love yourself..im loving my country and my people..and i will call it as i see it..and please dont educate me on the origin of words or phrases..are you saying then that we should only use words from jamaica..do u know how ridiculous you sound….but you know what lets al calm down here..what u could have come on here and said..in your personal opinion you do not like show offs and bolt was showing off in your eyes..but when you want to add and include and theorise just to make yourself sound smart..it comes across as the same selfhating that you were alluding to earlier..just relax yourself and watch the young man do him thing..if u dont like it..well thengo out there and beat him and then celebrate in your own way..they say those who cant teach..but in your case it is those who cant preach..oh and it is america vs jamaica..the two most dominating track countries out there..that is wonderful..what is sad is the pathetic comments attacking the young man..like you have done and generalizing..i say agin just relax u damn self

  40. LB:
    I quite understand what you’re saying. I’m an African American who just happened on this site. I felt Usain should have showed courtesy to the other runners. I congratulate Usain and all the Jamaican athletes who competed for a job well done, because even if they didn’t win, they gave it their all, and thats what counts! Everyone is entitled to their opinions when blogging; it happens that mine agress with yours. When any athlete wins an event, he/she “should” be proud and celebrate in their own way; the issue people have with Usain after the 100m event is his disregard for all who competed against him. It would be in good taste to show due respect, when you win, to your competitors who put also put in the blood, sweat, and tears to get there. After all, without competition where would any athlete be? The competition helps an athlete establish his/her place in the world of sports, and makes them what they are, winners. I think people are so busy looking for a reason to say all of “America” is criticizing because they’re jealous haters. We have no reason to hate on any country; we are so good at so many things, but we know there will always be someone better to come along, trust! There will always prejudice, ignorant people of all races, so be wise and understand that you shouldn’t waste your time on ignorant people. Many Americans respect his performance, his talent and his enthusiasm. Just as Phelps celebrated when he won all his medals, he also went to his competitors and showed some grace and class by shaking their hands; this is what an athlete does after a win. Stop looking for reasons to say we’re hating and look into the reason it was said in the first place.

  41. Ruddybrown – When you commented that “what u could have come on here and said..in your personal opinion you do not like show offs and bolt was showing off in your eyes..” your previous remarks became a lot clearer to me. In the future, please take a deep breath, read carefully and think before you post. It will do you a world of good and our conversation could have been much richer.

    Ah turn mi back.

    One love,

    Long Bench

  42. Why is it that an individual cant be an individual? Why cant Usain be Usain and celebrate however he wants to without everyone fussing over whether he should have “hugged” the other medalists. I say dont compare Michael to Usain. Usain is the greatest track athlete and is quite personable while Michael is ” the greatest olympian of all time!” Give the man a break already! People always find something to complain about! get over it!

  43. ok longbench..this might be a bit of an overkill on my part..but im gonna put this up here..something i wrote after reading all the negativity being written about Mr bolt..and this site truly contributed to me writing this..if after reading this u have anything else to say on the matter.you may reach me at rudster20@yahoo.com..or go to jamlink.com if you wanna try and do even an ounce of the amount of good Mr bolt just did for his nation.this is what i think most jamaicans want to say to bolt right now

    An Ode To Usain Bolt..Roar Young Man Roar!!!

    By Rodney Brown

    A thunderbolt is described as a divine manifestation,
    no wonder we look on in awe and wide eyed fascination.
    You are now a shining example to the people of your nation,
    and all who believe in hard work and dedication
    let the eyes of the world watch in fascination
    at the unbridled joy of one very proud Jamaican
    You worked hard enough to see your dreams come through.
    So son whatever you do,
    dont let them take this moment from you.
    you are a treat to the world,a wonder never seen before,
    and we thank the Lord you were born on our tiny shores.
    Let your thunder roll and shake the earth to its core,
    ROAR YOUNG MAN ROAR!!!!

    They say u cocky but son dont watch that,
    lets see them run the hundred in almost 9 seconds flat.
    They say those who cant… teach,
    well this is those who cant… preach
    we will always curse the grape when its just out of reach

    Just let your mind wander back to those days of sacrifice,
    when u had nothing but dreams of reaching such heights.
    Now that you have done it and your name is up in lights,
    here comes the haters trying to take a bite.
    You did it for yourself, your family and your country,
    and know in our hearts we appreciate it greatly.
    Respect to your mother who filled your heart with hope,
    and for gifting us with the “Fastest Man On Earth”.

    A lot of these snakes wish they were where you are now,
    and to congratulate is something their envious hearts cant allow.
    Still while they talk and talk,
    you walk the walk,
    and watch them point and gawk,
    while you release your Jah-spark.
    Blinding their eyes,
    and blowing their minds.
    While you bust the dance and shine at your moment in time.
    and when these backbiters come knocking at your door
    ..ROAR YOUNG MAN ROAR!!!

    Where were these nay sayers and upholders of proper decorum,
    when u were barefoot and unsure where the next meal was coming from.
    Sitting in there ivory towers living high off the hog,
    and now that you have made it they wanna come along and blog
    lamenting over how true champions should behave,
    when deep inside they know its your limelight they crave.
    Still they should know for they are the champions of greed and excess,
    comfortable as long as they know that others have less.
    But i digress..

    For now im gonna let this rest,
    but you know we’ve got your back if it comes to the test
    For now though its all about you young man.
    Its your party and we all have an invitation,
    and if from what we have seen is any indication,
    the future looks bright for our gifted nation.
    So suffer not their hate and indignation,
    just know in our eyes you are a true inspiration,
    and yet this is but the beginning for you promise so much more
    so as we sit with bated breath, awaiting what next you have in store
    ROAR YOUNG MAN ROAR!!!!!

  44. Ruddybrown–Good read I like the poem and the site too. Always good to see something positive about Jamaica.

    Today I got this poem written by Joan Andrea Hutchinson . Its a good read also.

    Jamaica’s own ‘Bumpy Head Gal’ – Joan Andrea Hutchinson was so moved she
    wrote this poem.
    Usain mi dawlin, mi just want yuh fi know dat sake a yuh,
    mi marriage almost mash up di odder day,
    because a piece of jealousy teck my husband.
    Well wah never happen in a year happen in a day
    Mi kyaan believe mi eyes
    Ever since Usain Bolt win di Olympics 100 metres
    Fi mi husband start exercise
    Yuh tink a lickle talk mi a talk to him
    Bout how him belly a get big
    Mi tired fi tell him how him a get waggaty
    An start to fayva pig
    Mi spend mi money sign him up a gym
    Steam vegetable gi him every day
    Him suck him teet an say ‘Man must have guts’
    And galang him merry way
    But when Usain Bolt win di Olympic 100 metre gold
    An mi start fi scream
    ‘Usain Bolt mi love yuh, mi love yuh, mi love yuh
    Yuh fulfill mi wildest dream’
    Mi run up an dung inna di living room like mi mad
    All liddung pon di floor
    Mi say ‘Usain, a long time no man no excite mi so
    Mi ago love yuh more and more’
    Right now mi have picture of Usain Bolt pon every wall
    And one beside mi bed
    One pon mi t-shirt, two inna mi purse
    And a Usain Bolt inna mi head
    Usain Bolt full mi up wid so much pride
    Mi doan even waan fi eat
    And when mi talk bout how him body look good
    Mi husband say mi sound like mi a cheat
    Him mout long up and say mi have young bway nature
    An a long time mi love mawga man
    When mi tell him say Usain Bolt just meck mi feel good
    Him say mi a behave like more dan fan
    Him bex like bullfrog di odda morning
    How mi gi him di breakfast cold
    Sake a mi a watch di rerun a Usain a gi dem donkey length
    Fi win di 100 metre gold
    Dem show di race again when mi a cook di Satiday soup
    Mi gi out ‘What a mawga man can run’
    Mi dis hear ‘it come een like say sake a dis mawga man
    Mi an mi Satiday soup a get bun’
    Well Usain mi dawlin, dem say who bex lose
    So mi say later fi him
    But one ting mi know all of a sudden him start eat healty
    And find himself a gym
    And between mi an yuh Usain, him proud a yuh big time
    But mi dear, nuh watch no face
    Yuh name write pon mi heart dat Satiday when yuh get di gold
    Inna di Olympics 100 metre race

  45. hey that sound damn good..an just by chance somebody just told me about her today..about a hour ago..i knew the name but couldnt remember what she did..very nice one duttybwoy..wi well proud

  46. Excellent poems!!

  47. Ruddy Brown and Joan Hutchinson — nice, nice poems!!! Beautiful!!! I hope you both submit them to The Observer or Gleaner or Star or some media where it can be published and Bolt will get the chance to read them.

    Ruddy – you had me tearing up. I’m still sniffling. And Joan had me laughing out loud. You are both VERY talented.

    Dutty – yuh ‘ave a really nice site.

    Respect!

  48. Andrea you read this poem on iriefm’s elise kelly show and you did us proud. Thanks for being so talented, and for sharing your talent with us. You are fabulous. Usaine, you are fantastic! Keep up the great work – u 2 Elise!

  49. […] jealousy and celebration I must say thanks to all the people who read and commented on my post “Haters take aim at Usain Bolt”. This post surprised me and got way more attention than I expected. There were many trackbacks […]

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