The medallitis It is the childhood disease of Olympism. It is propagated by the states, who want to make believe that the sports ranking is the ranking of quality of life, healthy and happy youth; The press accelerates it because the medal count facilitates work and judgment, good, bad, regular, that the next one passes, and it makes life hell for athletes, for those who force themselves to climb the podium, for those who remain fourth and cry.
Some, however, turn the medal around and turn vice into virtue, and success counted as the number of medals into a method for their voice to be heard, respected, help transform society, and thus, Allyson Felix, the American athlete leading a stanza to victory in the 4×400, a quartet of powerful women, like her, like Sydney McLaughlin, the Olympic champion and 400m hurdles world record holder, like Athing Mu, the very young, 18-year-old, and magnificent 800m Olympic champion, like Dalilah Muhammad, 400m hurdles Olympic champion at Rio 16 and runner-up in Tokyo.
“The first was a long, long time ago, when everything was new to me,” says Felix, 35, who gets his eleventh Olympic medal, the seventh gold, two singles and five in relays, three silver, one of bronze, in a series that began in Athens 2004, and he is already the second most distinguished person in the history of Olympic athletics, behind Finnish long-distance runner and long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi, winner of 12 medals in the 1920s. “The latter is different , But in a good way. It has been a joy to run alongside these extraordinary women ”.
So extraordinary, the world acknowledges, that they already earn the superlative of Dream Team. “What an honor to race with these women,” says McLaughlin, 22, the leader of the young women who take over from Felix’s generation. “They are an example for me, and it is beautiful to think that right now we are an example for other girls who will want to be like us.”
The race (first, United States, 3m 16.85s; second, Poland, 3m 20.53s; third, Jamaica, 3m 21.24s) is an act of affirmation of their technical quality, athletic beauty, speed, and her voice, which sounds louder in the stadium than Tchaikovsky’s piano concert in honor of the high jump champion, the POC team athlete, that is, Russia, Mariya Lasitskene (2.04m, ahead of the Australian Nicola McDermott, who between jumps and jumps writes down in her notebook the technical judgment that her performance deserves, and of the world champion, the Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh), and the music of the romantic from Saint Petersburg recalls the farce of the suspension Olympiad of Russia for doping, in the same way as the notes of the Italian anthem in the ceremony of the 4×100 relay, which won the champion Marcell Jacobs and his friends Patta, Desalu and Tortu), recall that the men’s speed of the United States (and also the other track events) has been a mirage of He who only got away minimally with the victory of the long relay –2m 55.70s, Cherry, Norman, Deadmon and Benjamin– ahead of the Netherlands of Bonevacia and the Botswana of the great Isaac Makwala, author of a first post in 43 , 80s, a time with which he would have won the individual gold in 400m, never seen before in a relay.
While America’s female athletes had five victories, their athletes only played the anthem twice, once for shotgun extraordinary Ryan Crouser, once for relief. The tragedy of his speed reached its climax with the elimination on Thursday of his short relay in the series, an unprecedented fact that aroused the sad hilarity of Carl Lewis, the greatest in his country, who mocked his heirs via Twitter. Absent the old Justin Gatlin, already unable to run very fast, and the young Christian Coleman, the designated heir, for lying at their locations for doping controls, the speed of the main producing country of sprinters it was entrusted to Trayvon Bromell who was returning after long months of recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon. And it didn’t work like none of its stars – Rai Benjamin, reduced by Karsten Warholm in the 400m hurdles; Noah Lyles, defeated in the 200m by Canadian De Grasse, nor Michael Norman, off the Caribbean 400m podium: Gardiner, Zambrano, James; not even 110m hurdles favorite Grant Holloway, who fell to veteran Jamaican Parchment — who had been raised so much by his extraordinary trial records just over a month ago.
Only the women were up to the task, although not as much as the queen of the Games, the so quiet girl of Banana Ground, Elaine Thompson, triple gold medalist (100m, 200m, short relay) nor as the Dutch Stakhanovist Sifan Hassan, a silver medal (1,500m) and two gold, 5,000m and, on Saturday, 10,000m, where she demolished the world record holder, the Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, with a final 100 meters in 13.6s, exactly the same time that Jakob invested Ingebritsen in his last 100 meters of the 1,500m.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.