Saturday, August 16, 2008

Richard Thompson's Olympic victory run

To run like a cheetah, your body has to conform to one

Richard Thompson's victory walk at the Beijing Olympic Games, 2008

The Trinidadian sprinter Richard Thompson has won the silver Olympic medal in his 100 metre dash at the Beijing Games in 9.89 seconds. His win comes at a time where Trinidad and Tobago's social woes have damped a well deserving celebration in his feat. Only a few car horns hooted in his honour, nevertheless a plot of land, house and other amenities will welcome him home.

It should be noted that the modern sprinter is less bulker in his upper chest mass as with previous runners and their bodies are slender. In the sprint, the runner manages to keep his head quite low and this may be to reduce less drag. Eventually, the human body will mutate to accommodate the threshold of endurance and surpass the 9 second score.

To conclude, Trinidad and Tobago had won the Olympic silver medal for the 1 x100 metre relay in 38.06. ranking the small nation at 50 in the medal standing. The Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt has placed his island on the world map by breaking three world records and ranking Jamaica 19th in the overall medal standing.

This raw video explains it all in its endurance and in the human spirit.

The Olympic charter:

Preamble Modern Olympism was conceived by Pierre de Coubertin, on whose initiative the International Athletic Congress of Paris was held in June 1894.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) constituted itself on 23 June 1894. The first Olympic Games (Games of the Olympiad) of modern times were celebrated in Athens, Greece, in 1896. In 1914, the Olympic flag presented by Pierre de Coubertin at the Paris Congress was adopted. It includes the five interlaced rings, which represent the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games. The first Olympic Winter Games were celebrated in Chamonix, France, in 1924.

Fundamental Principles of Olympism 1 Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

2 The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

3 The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organised, universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism. It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak with the bringing together of the world's athletes at the great sports festival, the Olympic Games. Its symbol is five interlaced rings.

4 The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The organization, administration and management of sport must be controlled by independent sports organizations.

5 Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.

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