This thread has me rolling with laughter. it's the best thread in a while.
Whatever Lamong did -- the gesture to crowd or the half-cocked #1 -- was stupid, but he was undoubtedly motivated to show his strength the first chance he had after feeling cheated in the 800m (although he was not cheated). While a 7th place finish would have accomplished the same thing, i.e. advance him, this win probably gave him some encouragement/redemption and showed that he's pissed. Still, it's a prelim heat and the move was stupid. I bet he sprinted through the finish to cool down in his pink popped collar golf shirt from the mall.
About Rupp, I wanted somebody to mollywhop that douche after he sprinted to win his 5K heat with his arms in the air. That was completely idiotic. I wouldn't have hated that so much if he hadn't raised his arms like a mock-champion/super-douche. If he had won the 5K a few nights later, than the gesture would have been more warranted.
Preliminary heats: no cocky gesturing unless you're pissed at the world and think nobody likes you, and even then you look like an angry ant
Finals: gesture with graciousness, like the people's champion