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    A True Athlete in my Opinion

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    A True Athlete in my Opinion

    Post by Hurdle-Gurl on Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:53 pm

    Crawford confirms he gave Olympic medal to Martina
    NEW YORK (AP)—Shawn Crawford confirmed that he gave his Olympic silver medal to Churandy Martina, the sprinter who finished second in the 200 meters but was later disqualified for running out of his lane.
    “I’m like, if a guy is 10 meters in front of me, I don’t care if he stayed in the middle of his lane,” Crawford told The Associated Press on Friday after finishing third in the 60 at the Millrose Games. “He was going to beat me anyway. He didn’t impede in anybody’s race.”
    Crawford, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, originally came in fourth in Beijing. Teammate Wallace Spearmon was third but was disqualified for running out of his lane.
    American officials studied video of the race and then filed a protest against Martina for the same error. Martina and his Netherland Antilles team have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, arguing that the protest was filed too late under rules set by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Martina finished in 19.82 seconds behind world record-setter Usain Bolt. Crawford’s time was 19.96.
    “It wasn’t about doing the right thing. It’s just me as an athlete—I feel like we all compete and train for four years to get to the Olympic Games,” Crawford said. “We got there, he was told he finished second after all that, he took a victory lap. I can understand his humiliation and embarrassment and all that.
    “Me being an athlete, I know how he feels, so I feel like it was to me to give it up to him.”
    Crawford left the medal for Martina at a hotel during a meet shortly after the Olympics. The two have since spoken about it.
    “He was very surprised, thankful about it,” Crawford said. “He thought it was very big of me to step up like that.”
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    ~I think that if anyone can do something like this, they've gained my respect. I remember watching this race & seeing the guys get dq'd and thinking, man that sucks.
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    Re: A True Athlete in my Opinion

    Post by alex-likes-running on Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:40 am

    i heard about that. it'd be pretty tough thing to give up.


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    Re: A True Athlete in my Opinion

    Post by runner_dude on Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:36 am

    Props to him for doing the right thing.
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    Re: A True Athlete in my Opinion

    Post by Pinthin on Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:01 am

    Thats really cool.
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    Re: A True Athlete in my Opinion

    Post by futureNIKErunner on Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:42 am

    i saw that the other day. got a lot of respect for that guy. that had to be hard to give up.
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    Re: A True Athlete in my Opinion

    Post by Running With Scissors on Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:28 pm

    Wow thats great. +1 that would be really hard to give it away.


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