Did you see Usain Bolt set a World Record in the 200M yesterday? He was so far ahead of the field, it wasn't even funny. The race itself wasn't that exciting but what happened afterward was interesting.
The 3rd place finisher (Wallace Spearman for USA) stepped on the line on the turn and was disqualified after review of the race. After further review, the 2nd place finisher (Churandy Martina for AHO) was also disqualified, giving the Silver and Bronze medals to two other USA runners. Anything can happen.
Another example that anything can happen was the women's 100meter hurdles. Lolo Jones had the definite lead and apparent victory when she clipped her heel on the ninth hurdle. She stumbled across the finish line in 7th place even though she was obviously the fastest one on the track.
These, and a collection of other slight mistakes, show that:
- Run your best race, all the way to the end, even if it looks hopeless
- Rules are needed to ensure a fair race
- Anything can happen
- The underdog always has a chance
It might be fun for your troop or pack to have its own Olympics at a meeting. Here's some ideas: Silly Olympics Balloon Olympics
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