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Odorous comparisons?

Is there a whiff of racism in the air over Olympic Park? When the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen, knocked lumps off her personal best to win a gold medal, she was barely out of the water before the BBC presenter Clare Balding announced that questions would be asked. Inevitably, they were. The kid was accused of doping, indirectly, by an American coach and has been forced to protest her innocence.

Last night a 16-year-old Lithuanian girl, Ruta Meilutyte, knocked lumps off her personal best to win a gold in the same pool. She became a folk hero instantly, without a whisper of suspicion, and quite rightly so.  Ruta happens to live in England and attends the same school as the golden boy diver Tom Daley.

In the same session, a 17-year-old American, Missy Franklin, swam a semi-final (successfully), then, less than half an hour later, went back into the pool and won a gold, a remarkable achievement that has received nothing but the acclaim and praise it deserves.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

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  1. Derek Rhind
    July 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I see where your are going with this and I agree! Maybe if certain countries concentrated on training instead of whining and wondering why she was so good, they wouldn’t be so far away. In a country of over 1 billion people, there are bound to be more than a few superstars emerging.

  2. August 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Just watched with a surprisingly high level of anticipation, Rebecca Adlington’s attempt at gold in the 800 metres freestyle. I was blown away by the 15 year old US swimmers swim – coming within a whisker of breaking the world record.
    Switch to frontman Gary Lineker. “Should we be looking at other things here” was his opening comment’
    Thank god for studio guest Ian Thorpe who with remarkable diplomacy but with obvious anger showing, effectively told him to stop taking nonsense.
    Oh what a septic society we live in.

    • August 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Saw that; I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone being told to STFU more elegantly or effectively.

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