Friday, August 15, 2008
Lewis, Lewis. Oh! Boy! Away I go....
It is well documented that I love the footy, but it is less well documented that my actual favourite spectator sport is Athletics. I was once a handy 800m runner but I was never going to be world-class, and at age 19 I had a choice of pursuing athletics or pursuing women in smoke-filled bars and I wisely chose the latter. But my love of the sport has continued and I am an armchair expert.
Let me tell you about Tamsyn Lewis. She is the second fastest Australian woman over 800m ever (and will probably become the fastest ever in the next couple of days). She is also the 3rd or 4th fastest ever over 400m which is not even her chosen event. She is the reigning World Indoor 800m Champion and has won 9 out of 9 Australian Championships at 800m. She can run the 800m in under 2 minutes, I couldn't even cycle that fast.
So why do people hate her? For starters, there was the public spat with Jana Rawlinson (nee Pittman) but Tamsyn was well within her rights on that one. They were competing against each other in a 400m and Jana said, "I'll win because there's no competition," and Tamsyn responded with, "I'll give you competition, bitch" and actually beat Jana in the race. Then she came out last week and said that she knows she'll be running against people on drugs - and in doing so, enraged the IOC and IAAF, even though she was saying what everybody was thinking. Add to that Australia's bloodlust for Gold Medals. She's a failure because she's only about the 10th best in the world. Her other crime is that she's a bit hot. It's what I call the Kournikova Syndrome... "How dare you be that sexy but only be the 10th best in the world! You're a charlatan, bitch!"
Give her a break, seriously. She's a fucking good athlete.
So I say to whichever sports journalist wrote this blurb in today's 'The Age':
1.10pm: Women's 800m, Tamsyn Lewis and Madeleine Pape
There's nothing like a dignified silence, and Lewis is nothing like a dignified silence. Lewis is a medal chance in the get-your-excuses-in-early sprint. She had a flyer last week, claiming she would be running against "drug cheats". Let's hope "good Tamsyn" triumphs over "evil everyone else" - except Pape.
I say, "You are a cunt."