Nice touch

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I thought it a nice touch that heat winner and current world champion Kirani James of Grenada immediately walked up to Oscar Pistorius and asked to exchange bibs after last night’s 400m heat. A splendid Olympic memory.

18 thoughts on “Nice touch”

  1. G’morgen, Soutie! Yes. And Oscar handled his defeat with a smile. Not too many of those around!

  2. It is encouraging to see that despite the best efforts of LOCOG, BOA (not you Boadicea, Ma’am – the British Olympic Association). the IOC, the effin’ McCartneys, Auntie Beeb and the rest of metrosexual London the athletes really are the stars. Well played that man!

    OZ

  3. Btw, it’s interesting that the American NBC didn’t bother to show the 100 m final live. Does that mean that if the event isn’t the World Series or the Superbowl it is just as unimportant as foreign policy?

  4. Mornin’ Soutie,
    Yes, a nice gesture although I suspect that Oscar will be remembered for his achievement far longer than, um….. what was his name? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. No, Janus – it just means they don’t have a Septic who can run fast enough unless said Septic is out of his skull on ‘performance-enhancers’. I’m winding up to have a proper rant on various aspects of London 2012 when it’s all over.

    OZ

  6. This American has something to say. I think that Oscar Pistorius is fantastic example of the human spirit. He is a true Olympiad in every sense of the word. I am so honored to have witnessed the incredibly humble gesture made by Kirani James, a true gentleman, when he exchanged bibs with Oscar. It is the character of athletes like these that send a wonderful message to the world. Humanity, dignity, sportsmanship and honor are alive and well. May God bless them all! By the way, NBC can’t broadcast live because USA has 4 different time zones. No one would be able to see it.

  7. OZ, I trust the name of my victorious compatriot Andy Murray will not feature in your upcoming rant.

  8. Afternoon all, lovely comments, thanks.

    Reaching the semis (top 24) was always his goal, he ran a second place in his prelim and finished 23rd out of the 24 qualifiers for the semis (the 24th finisher had a time of well over 1 minute, I suspect an injury.) So, in the semis, Oscar effectively finished last! No problem, not for him, his dream was competing and compete he did.

    Well done Oscar, we’re all proud of you.

  9. OZ, I trust you are collecting silver-linings as well as olympic clouds? Otherwise we’ll think you against it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Coconutetc, “NBC canโ€™t broadcast live because USA has 4 different time zones. No one would be able to see it.” Are you telling us NBC broadcasts nothing live!? Get outta here!

  11. sheona :

    OZ, I trust the name of my victorious compatriot Andy Murray will not feature in your upcoming rant.

    Depends, Sheona. If he behaves like a proper British medal winner with the Union flag he’ll have no problem from me, but if he goes all “Scolympian” and starts waving the Saltire around then I cannot be responsible. ๐Ÿ™‚

    OZ

  12. Janus :

    OZ, I trust you are collecting silver-linings as well as olympic clouds? Otherwise weโ€™ll think you against it. :-)

    You know me, Janus. Credit where credit’s due – brickbats for the rest.

    OZ

  13. You are behind the times, OZ. Andy wrapped himself in the Union flag and sang the National Anthem. Alex Salmond must have been furious. No Scolympian there – none anywhere, apart from those two stupid little girls in the football team, one of whom was Nigerian anyway.

  14. NBC can’t do anything right. Those Obamastanis who would like to see it live and watch live online streams. The commentary is usually much, much better and one can see an infinitely better range of events.

  15. coconutspeak :

    This American has something to say. I think that Oscar Pistorius is fantastic example of the human spirit. He is a true Olympiad in every sense of the word. I am so honored to have witnessed the incredibly humble gesture made by Kirani James, a true gentleman, when he exchanged bibs with Oscar. It is the character of athletes like these that send a wonderful message to the world. Humanity, dignity, sportsmanship and honor are alive and well. May God bless them all! By the way, NBC canโ€™t broadcast live because USA has 4 different time zones. No one would be able to see it.

    It was live at about 10\pm BST. This means 5PM EDT and 2PM PDT. It was not broadcast live because no Yank was likely to win it.

  16. I also think it a nice touch that young Kirani James (19) won the 400m gold medal last night in a very impressive 43.94.

    Good for him ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Soutie, yes! No Brits or Yanks in the race either. But check out where the finalists live and train!!

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