Rank 1 Phelps, in the names mentioned in the so called “community media” (Dow Jones searched 13 thousand English news websites,60 thousand English BBS and 2 million English blogs),Phelps was most often mentioned. It shows that Phelps’ position in the hearts of young people who have mastered the new technology better is set.
Torres, ranked 2nd; BEIJING – It was over in about the time it takes for a 24-second clock to start buzzing, the length of one NBA possession.
Dara Torres, 41, swam her personal best time of 24.07 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle Sunday, but was out-touched in a heartbreaker by Britta Steffen of Germany. She lost by the same tiny margin that Michael Phelps won by a day earlier – one-hundredth of a second. Torres played the role of Milorad Cavic this time, leading the race until the final reach for the wall.
So it was not a fairy-tale ending for Torres, who never got her individual gold. But it was a statement nonetheless. She outswam six other women in this final, including Cate Campbell of Australia, at 16 young enough to be her daughter. Torres kicked and stroked all the way to the wall, fighting both age and her competition.
She won her 11th medal, won her 12th later in the 4×100 medley relay, capping a career that has spanned more than two decades.
“It feels pretty good,” Torres said. “I’m competitive, so I wanted to win gold in the 50. I gave it my best shot and I’m thinking, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have filed my nails last night.'”
We go way back to 1986 with Torres, when she was a promising teenager on the freestyle relay team at the world championships in Madrid. She won a bronze at Seoul in 1988, then disappeared after Barcelona in 1992 before returning to the pool for the Sydney Games. Nobody was making a living in this sport back then. Even Mark Spitz was slowly leaking endorsements. She occasionally would pop up on the radar screen. In 1994, Torres became the first athlete to appear alongside the professional models in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But at the time, it seemed she was more an ex-athlete than an athlete.
Torres came back, captured five medals in 2000, then retired again. She was going to be a mother and had little to prove, she figured. But then her daughter, Tessa, was born and she thought about it again and started swimming toward Beijing. “About a week and a half after I delivered I had to do something,” Torres told the magazine Women’s Health. “I went to the gym to work on my triceps and biceps. Then around the corner, I saw my doctor. When he spotted me, I think he just gave up. He said, ‘Go ahead and swim.'”
Her aging body rebelled at this thought. She needed shoulder surgery in November 2007, to remove a bone spur that caused a partial rotator cuff tear. This wasn’t her first setback and she had overcome worse. Since she started swimming at age 7, Torres had battled eating disorders and knee injuries. She kept going, hoping to prove that 41 was the new 20. Her times were so good, eyebrows were understandably raised about the possibility of performance-enhancing drugs.
Torres said she has been on a perfectly legal regimen of extensive training and amino acids. She volunteered for a blood-testing program that was stringent, though not foolproof. “DNA test, blood test, urine test, whatever you want to do, just test me,” she told Travis Tygart, chief executive of the U.S. Anti-doping Agency. Torres offered samples to be stored for future testing, when the technology becomes more foolproof. “There’s nothing more I can do,” she said. “People are going to think what they think.”
Torres came to the pool in Beijing and anchored the silver medalists in the 4×100 freestyle relay. She swam a faster 50-meter freestyle preliminary heat than all her competitors. The second-fastest time belonged to Campbell of Australia. And there Torres was in Lane 4 for the start of the big race Sunday morning, going for her 11th Olympic medal, suddenly a favorite to win her first individual gold. It didn’t quite happen. Then minutes later, she went out and helped to win a silver medal in the 4×100 medley relay that gave her a collection of 12 career medals, tying Jenny Thompson.
At age 41, the night was a statement in itself.
Gay,3rd; BEIJING – After his Olympic dream ended one round short of where it was supposed to, and the marquee matchup of the Olympic track and field had gone up in five-ring flames, Tyson Gay was fighting his emotions, the same way he had been fighting his body out on the track.
Gay, 26, is the American record-holder in the 100-meters, and the reigning world champ at both 100 and 200. He set his mark of 9.77 seconds in the Olympic trials last month, before he yanked a hamstring in the first round of the 200, before his elaborately conceived plans went down in a heap on the red track in Eugene, Ore.
“he gave it my best,” Gay said Saturday night in National Stadium, after he finished fifth in his 100-meter semifinal, in 10.05. He needed to be in the top four to make the final, to meet the sport’s emergent superstar, Usain Bolt of Jamaica. He was .02 short, and the more he reflected on it, the more his voice began to crack. “he didn’t have to come through. It’s just one of those things where I know I’m going to be thinking a lot when I get back home.”
Paul Hamm,4th; U.S. gymnast Paul Hamm withdraws from Olympics
Powell,5th; Asafa Powell was “mentally disturbed” by the number of dope tests he had to undergo in the lead-up to his below-standard performance in the 100m final, according to Don Anderson, the chef de mission of Jamaica’s Olympic Association, whose joy for Usain Bolt’s stunning run last night was tempered with sympathy for Powell.
Once the fastest man on earth, Powell ran the 100m in 9.95 seconds to finish fifth. Left yards behind Bolt – whose 9.69sec stroll into history was a world record – Powell’s disappointment was compounded by a time that was 0.21sec outside his own lifetime best.
Anderson ascribes some of that upset to the influence of the medics who have target-tested Powell for drugs three times since he has been here. “I’ve talked to Asafa and although I don’t believe there is a physical effect [with testing] there is a mental aspect,” he told the Guardian.
“There is a minimal amount of blood taken but because you are taken out of training that can affect you. He did not attend the flag-waving [opening] ceremony; he was taken away because of it. It’s disturbing for him.”
The outcome of last night’s race will contribute to the sense that Powell is a fragile character. Despite 12 wins at Golden League events, he has never won at a world championships or Olympic Games. Bolt, though, is made of different stuff.
The champion has also been tested three times or more since arriving at these Games, one of 20 Jamaican athletes to be repeatedly targeted. But he has not been shaken by the experience.
Anderson believes that the number of tests his association’s athletes have undergone “does seem excessive”. But he recognises that to be the price of success. “With the emergence of Usain over the past year I am not surprised that more tests have been conducted on Jamaican athletes,” he said. “We knew that Wada [the World Anti-Doping Agency] and the IOC [the International Olympic Committee] wanted to clean up the sport.”
That has also been in evidence in the testers’ approach to the other outstanding performer of the Games so far. After securing his record-breaking eighth gold medal here today Michael Phelps described the testing regime he had been subjected to.
“I’ve been tested after every final session and a few preliminary sessions I’ve been doing since I got here, and in Singapore and at the training camp in Palo Alto [California],” he said. “From the trials to now I’d say by a rough estimate there’s been 40 tests. That’s a bunch. But it’s part of the game and good for the sport to have it.”
The IOC has for the first time at these Olympics been conducting a test for third-generation EPO, a slow-release version of the blood-boosting substance. A prototype test for the doping agent was used at the Tour de France this year, catching out the multiple stage winner Riccardo Ricco.
But it will not be known until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest whether any track-and-field athletes have yet tested positive. Samples require 72 hours for reliable testing for EPO. Standard IOC procedure for positive returns of any dope tests is to convene a three-man disciplinary commission, whose recommendations are then considered by the IOC’s executive board, which rules on what action to take.
The testers can point to successes, having already put paid to one Olympic champion. The Greek athlete Fani Halkia, winner of the 400m hurdles in Athens four years ago, has today returned home from the Olympic Village after learning of the positive result to a pre-Games test conducted in Japan.
Halkia said early Sunday in Beijing that she was “shocked” to learn she had tested positive for the banned substance methyltrienolone and would be unable to defend her gold medal.
“I have undergone more testing than anyone else,” she told Greek reporters. Halkia said she had volunteered to take part in Wada’s pilot program in which athletes submit themselves voluntarily to regular testing.
The Greek Olympic committee said the athlete had been suspended pending the results of the backup “B” sample.
The shooter Kim Jong Su was stripped of two medals won here after testing positive for an illegal beta-blocker, with an unplaced Spanish road cyclist and Vietnamese gymnast also stripped of their Olympic accreditation for having used illegal substances.
Liu Xiang,6th; China’s Liu Xiang became the first Asian in history to win the men’s 110m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Athens on Friday. Liu, 21, last year’s bronze medalist at world indoor and outdoor championships, clocked a world record-equaling time of 12.91 seconds for the gold.
Kathy Johnson (American female Gymnast),7th; Johnson, also known as Kathy Johnson Clarke (born September 13, 1959) is an American commentator and retired artistic gymnast. She is notable for being one of the first American gymnasts to win a major international medal.
Felix,8th; United States’ Allyson Felix competes in a heat of the women’s 200-meter during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing,
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain’s marathon beauty),9th; Radcliffe injury denied.Radcliffe is Britain’s best hope of an athletics gold medal.British athletics chief Max Jones has moved quickly to deny injury rumours surrounding Paula Radcliffe.
Jeremy Wariner,10th. United States’ Jeremy Wariner crosses the finish line of the men’s 400-meter heat during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in bejing.
(born January 31 , 1984 in Irving, Texas ) is an American track athlete . He is a graduate of Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas . Height: 1.88 m (approx. 6’2″) He won the gold medal in 400 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens .