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Kessous, Mustapha


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Le Monde - France | 25/08/2009

Usain Bolt's records could have a negative effect

The daily Le Monde writes that the world records set by Jamaican star sprinter Usain Bolt could harm his discipline. "At 1 meter 96 and 86 kilos and with his lightning progress, Usain Bolt is in the process of destroying the eternal image of the sprinter, that of a small, stocky runner. ... This 'exception' is bringing a touch of humanity into a sport which has long been dominated by cold athletes. The Jamaican doesn't hesitate to spend minutes at a time joking with the spectators. A simple boy with whom audiences can identify and who today embodies the very spirit of athletics. ... Yet that is the crux of the perverse effect of Usain Bolt's dominance: it encourages others to use performance-enhancing drugs. ... But for the leading figures of athletics there is no question of challenging Bolt's achievements, even if suspicions of doping hover over his country. ... On the long term athletics could lose its appeal. ... Who would want to take up a discipline where the best performances only disappear into the sand?"

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