utter & total stoopidity, which tarnishes a legend's name
the guy has been effectively retired for 3y with only 20.4+ clockings
i spent $10k to go to athens
pre-booked to see the
"200 of the century"
which the greeks hoped/prayed woud give them their
"freeman '00 moment"
they were hoping for kenteris to beat the 3 US guys & i reckoned kenteris wouda been in high-19.6 shape there
( he had run 19.85 into 0.5, on a wet night in '02 winning euros, but didn't defend wc in '03 because of injury
( probably steroid resultant ligament/tendon overcapacity "snaps" )
euros was a probable mid, even low 19.7 calibre run on a dry, windless day
all kenteris knew was he wanted he wanted to double-cheat-gold
( never been done until bolt, although carl ran sh!t defense in '88 - shouda run
low-19.6 with more disclipined bend )
coud one of the US guys beat him ?
zebra opened with 19.88 (0.3) !!!
he didn't need to do more than run 20-flat semi/final, but only won final by 0.01 from gatlin
( a guy who was always a better 200 than 100 guy - ran 19.8 as kid - he was likely 19'6 shape in trials in a "1-off" but coudn't reproduce in athens 200 as 8th race of meet for guy shifting to 100 training )
it was tragic when kenteris was banned from games for missing tests, from pre-booking point of view, but shawn's gold was worth it ( i'll repost a historical wiki article later )
( of course he was doping & it was obvious from '01 when he ran 20-flat semi when easing the finish
low-19.8 shape that meet
he likely doped in '00 win & got more ambitious in '01 on, but dope overstrains body & he absented '03wc )
i didn't get to see the "race of century" as kenteris banned after i'd booked, but i'd bet good money shawn wouda beaten him in
low-19.6 v high-19.6