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Sunday, August 21, 2016

what will famous Olympians do after Rio Olympics 2016 !!

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu brought us honours ~ whole Nation celebrated – in between – someone wrongly tweeted something to Saina, who responded gracefully.  That takes to the Q what do athletes do after Olympics (after winning or failing !)  Heard of Skeet Shooting – a sport where participants use shotguns attempt to break clay targets mechanically flung into the air.  Paul Adams represented Australia, could not make a mark – but would return to Operation theatre as he has just started his  career as a nurse at the Redcliffe Hospital.  … .. why a photo of Bolt batting ? one may wonder !


Athletics is a famously lonely sport: Mo Farah has spoken of his struggles to train away from his family, often by himself, still there is the relay race, which exhibits team talent.  In the 4 X 100 Mens, the  result was never in doubt as Jamaica’s sprint dream team of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade dominated the event, finishing in 37.27secs, around half a second slower than the world record. Perhaps only thing the three had to do was to handover the baton to Bolt without confusion as the man  with 100 metres in 9.58 seconds can outsmart others.  Yet the team where everyone is good were sort of challenged most unexpectedly by Japanese, who broke the Asian record. 

Given the way they celebrated, there aren’t many things that the Jamaican men’s 4x100-meter relay enjoyed more than winning Olympic gold. On baton exchange, USA failed once again and were disqualified, missing out the bronze medal.  There is a heated rivalry between the two teams, even with Jamaica having dominated the event at the past three Olympics and Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell had no hesitation at taunting the USA over its missed step. The Jamaican women team too won with ease.

Of the four, there is another famous man – in Aug 2011 at the   13th  World Championships in Athletics -  in Daegu, South Korea,  Yohan Blake, a fellow Jamaican outran Usain Bolt.  He became the  youngest sprinter to have broken the 10-second barrier (at 19 years, 197 days).  He is often pictured with his prized possession, a luxury watch.  It is Richard Mille,  a brand of luxury Swiss watches from the company of the same name founded in 1999 by French businessman Richard Mille. Richard Mille SA is based in Les Breuleux, in the Canton of Jura, Switzerland.

The brand's most famous models are the Tourbillon RM 008 (chronograph tourbillon) and the sapphire split seconds (chronograph tourbillon) RM 056. The RM 008 combines a tourbillon movement with manual winding, a chronograph split-seconds, a torque indicator, and a power reserve indicator. Claimed to be one of the most advanced watches in the world, it is priced from 500,000 Euro. (3.80 Crores Indian Rupees) .. in the Olympics 100M was Yohan Blake, Bolt’s training partner and the second-fastest man in the world, wearer of this famous brand of luxury.  There was this  famous fan in the stands, luxury watch maker Richard Mille, the same man whose name is on his new US$1 million dollar watch. Mille signed the Jamaican to his luxury brand, which also features tennis star Rafael Nadal, Formula 1's Felipe Massa and golfer Bubba Watson, weeks before the London 2012 Olympics and delivered the latest hand-crafted timepiece to the Jamaican star, just ahead of Blake's 100m heat today.

The custom watch features white bands with green stitching, a green and gold case with signature Richard Mille construction as well as a black bezel plus a black dial with skeleton movements and gold accents.   "The objective was to do a watch that was extremely resistant, light and very comfortable, we achieved that and for him the watch is like a second skin. It feels very well on the wrist and I like to do watches that are in one sense complex but also very resistant and comfortable," he added. The businessman said Blake's rise as the future of sprints, Jamaica's appeal and the athlete's personality were all big draws and influences behind the decision to partner with the athlete.  The deal was concluded two or three weeks before the Olympic in London in 2012 and it became like a love story at first glance.

Now to the other side of the story !! ~ Blake could not win a medal in 100M.  A disappointed Yohan Blake hinted about switching to cricket from the coming season and his good friend Chris Gayle is already on the job to help him get an Indian Premier League contract. Just after finishing fourth in the 100m dash, a visibly shattered Blake spoke about sport beyond track and field. Known as 'The Beast' amongst his rivals, Blake was back to his cheerful self while talking about his fast bowling abilities that may be a huge attraction to Indian teams.

"Hey, I really bowl fast. Be careful when you face me," he said in his typical manner but in a loud and clear voice  ! Asked if Blake was just kidding, like the way he said after the London Games final in 2012, he said: "I'm serious about playing IPL. Hopefully, you guys (Indians) will see me in action this coming season," said Blake while sipping water from his bottle after the 100m burst in which he finished at 9.93s.

At 27, Blake still has a few years left in him in athletics. Whether it is his love for bowling fast or wanting to sample the atmosphere in IPL is not clear. Blake hinted that fellow Jamaican Chris Gayle is helping him out to be in touch with the right people in India. There are any number of franchise holders who need more star value and Blake could fit the bill. However, there are a few technicalities which will need to be worked out in case Blake does get an IPL contract. The first thing is that Board of Control for Cricket in India would need a NOC from Jamaica's board before putting him in the IPL's pool of auctions.

Is there anything to be read or learnt !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

21st Aug 2016.

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