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      IOC Rips Bolt for Lack of 'Respect'

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      BEIJING (Aug. 21) - IOC president Jacques Rogge criticized Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt on Thursday for showing a lack of respect to other competitors after his record-breaking gold medal performances in the 100 and 200 meters.
      "That's not the way we perceive being a champion," Rogge said.
      The International Olympic Committee chief hailed Bolt's stunning achievements in the two sprints, comparing him to American great Jesse Owens, but said Bolt should have cut out the look-at-me flaunting and acknowledged the other athletes.
      "I have no problem with him doing a show," Rogge said in an interview with three international news agency reporters. "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 meters."
      Having built a huge lead in Saturday's 100 final, Bolt slowed, glanced around with arms outstretched and pounded his chest before crossing the finish line in a world record time of 9.69 seconds.
      "I understand the joy," Rogge said. "He might have interpreted that in another way, but the way it was perceived was 'catch me if you can.' You don't do that. But he'll learn. He's still a young man."
      Bolt, who turned 22 on Thursday, stormed to another one-sided victory Wednesday night in the 200, breaking Michael Johnson's 12-year-old record of 19.32 seconds and lowering the mark to 19.30.
      Bolt made little effort to congratulate the other runners as he wrapped himself in a Jamaican flag and set off on a solo victory lap. Swaying to the reggae music on the stadium loudspeakers, he walked barefoot around the track, putting his face inches from a TV camera, raising an index finger and yelling, "I am No. 1! I am No. 1!"
      "He still has to mature," Rogge said. "I would love him to show more respect for his competitors. That's not the way we perceive being a champion. But he will learn in time. He should shake hands with his competitors and not ignore them. He'll learn that sooner or later. But (he's) a great athlete, of course."
      Bolt became the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to win the 100 and 200 golds at a single Olympics, and the only man ever to do it by breaking world records in both. Owens completed the 100-200 sweep at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, adding golds in the long jump and relay.
      "Bolt is in another dimension in sprints," Rogge said. "Bolt must be considered now the same way like Jesse Owens should have been in the 1930s. Bolt has a bigger edge than Owens on his rivals. Of course, Owens had the long jump too, so you can't compare people. If he maintains that in the future, Bolt will be someone that probably leaves a mark like Jesse Owens."
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      tekken990 11:28:33 AM Aug 22 2008

      He didn't disrespect anyone, he won it and he deserved it. Why is the IOC only complaining about this, we are they not doing more about the Chinese Gymnast that are 14 years old.

      tehnico2 09:41:17 AM Aug 22 2008

      As soon as the IOC awarded China the olympics, who censors the internet, jails citizens who apply for protest permits, builds walls around areas of the city they want to hide, fakes huge portions of the opening ceremonies, sneaks underage athletes into competition by lying about their ages and forging documentation, the IOC loses ALL moral athourity to comment on the actions of Usain Bolt. Perhaps the IOC needs a little perspective, and should refocus their efforts of condemnation in a different area. They should be ashamed that these olympics should have been in Toronto.

      sanjayd 06:26:32 AM Aug 22 2008

      what about the chinese who have shown a flagrant "lack of respect" for the rules!!!

      dictater907 03:35:28 AM Aug 22 2008

      come on you guys , if he was an american we would be saying "thats our guy" and loving it. hes young and just became the fastest man on earth in front of a couple billion people. let him enjoy his victory!

      whateverlemein 09:08:26 PM Aug 21 2008

      I'm ok with his attitude. Actually, I cheered him on- he's the best.---Homework Seller @ http://FreelanceNotes.com

      tiger99fh 06:48:33 PM Aug 21 2008

      I watch the Olympics each night. First, I watched the swimming, where world records fell every day and Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals. Now I am watching the track and field events. It amazes me how different the athletes in these two venues react to victory: the swimmers, hug their competitors, smile, thrust an arm or two in the air, while the sprinters, show boat their way around the track, with nothing but self-glorifyiing antics. It is night and day. One group, great athletes and great sportsmen/women, the other, well...you tell me.

      caribbnman 01:01:14 PM Aug 21 2008

      Does the IOC or in fact 99% of the people has any clue of Bolt's journey to the olympics? It is road that most people will dare not travel. Let the IOC explain the sematics behind it's conclusion that he disrespected his fellow athletes. Seem to me that after two such magnificent performances, it is the other athletes who should be tracking him down to congratulate him--that's if they can keep up with him. Let me say to those nay sayers, those who might be a little envious and to forget those of you who are fill with hate and are just plain stupid. I've read a few of the comments and it is amazing how some of yu'all is still living in the dark ages. For you information, there are still places in the world where blacks live together as how a community in every true sense of the word. Bolt just happens to be from such a place. You might think he's just another dumb(black) athlete who won't be around for too long but his fiance' is mathematics, physics and chemistry major so how

      jchan412 12:56:05 PM Aug 21 2008

      Bolt has more class than the American runner that was disqualified for crossing lanes. When the Amercian runner found out he was disqualifed instead of winning silver, he shot back "I'll appeal it". Who has more class?Bolt is the fastest ther ever was. He is number one...so what is wrong with him saying so. Maybe he is not humble...but do we all have to be humble?

      ladybugsfavgrand 12:38:28 PM Aug 21 2008

      I have not seen him do anything any worse then some of the others-they all celebrate in thier own way....

      duke049 12:19:42 PM Aug 21 2008

      Put this guy in a football uniform and send him ti th NFL...he'll fit right in.

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