10 May, 2015

Ryan Bailey is a little nobody

Well, that’s what Warren Weir, Olympic and World medalist over 200 m, called Bailey after the latter’s provocative gesture following the US victory in the 4x100 m World Relays competition.

The US victory over Jamaica in the men’s 4x100 m was the first since 2007. The american team, which included two doping offenders, Gatlin and Gay, managed to beat Jamaica 37.30 s to 37.68 s despite an anchor leg of 8.65 s by Bolt, which is most probably the fastest ever run. Following this victory, an exuberant Bailey mocked Bolt by striking the famous Bolt “to di world” pose dragging his finger across his throat in a cutting gesture.

How can Bailey be so ignorant of his own value compared to Bolt’s? He has never ever beaten Bolt. In their most recent race in Rio, he profited again from a view of Bolt’s back.

And just as a sobbering experience, he also, just one day ago, on May 9th, had a view of Asafa Powell's back over 100 m at the Jamaica International Invitational, beaten at, an admittedly more than decent, 9.93 s, comparted to Asafa's 9.84 s. 

(Before people start criticising my tolerant attitude towards Asafa Powell who has served a six-months ban for doping, I should point out that Powell was sanctioned for the use of oxilofrine, a stimulant. There are not lasting effects of amphetamines, as is the case with anabolics. Of course, the use of stimulants cannot be condoned, but I consider that once you serve your sentence for stimulants you are clean, unlike the anabolics users).

Anyhow, Weir did not mince his words.

"When you see the greats, you have to show them respect, you have to respect the legends of our sport. Especially when you are a little nobody, you really are to show more respect to those who are leading the way and those who have accomplished way more than you have.”

The 4x200 m jamaican team, anchored by Weir, won the World Relays competition, in a race where the US were disqualified, and celebrated their victory by a collective “to di world” pose on the podium.

John Smith, who is coaching Bailey will have to spell it out for his protégé. Showing disrespect to any athlete is tantamount to showing disrespect to the athletics world as a whole. Unless Bailey learns how to show proper respect, his presence at the top will be ephemeral.

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