The good Bolt and the bad Bolt


Chutian Metropolis Daily
August 22, 2008

Today’s Chutian Metropolis Daily reported that Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was criticized by the IOC President Jacques Rogge on Thursday for lack of respect to the other competitors.

Rogge commented:

“I think he should show more respect for his competitors and shake hands, give a tap on the shoulder to the other ones immediately after the finish and not make gestures like the one he made in the 100 metres.”


Chinese Business View
August 22, 2008

Beijing Youth Daily ran an story about Bolt being friendly with a volunteer named Li Hongguo, and accepted a pair of “Smile” bracelets (微笑环) from him as a gift. Bolt wore the bracelets in his two record-breaking races. The “Smile” bracelets are a series of soft plastic bracelets in the five Olympic colors wore by the Olympic volunteers.

In the 110-meter hurdles finished yesterday, Dayron Robles from Cuba won the gold with his strongest competitor China’s Liu Xiang, kept off the track by his injuries. Today’s Chinese Business View printed a photo of the new Olympic champion on the front page with a big caption, “The Lonely Winner”.

Liu Xiang’s misfortunes are apparently not limited to the track. He failed to be elected to the IOC Athlete’s Commission, yesterday, reported The Beijing News on its front page.

Liu garnered 1,386 of the 7,216 eligible votes and ranked eighth out of 29 candidates, but that was not enough to meet the requirement of IOC: only the top four were accepted.


Bolt’s celebration, which Mr. Rogge thinks is disrespectful to other competitors
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