Originally Posted by Garrett Smith
Let's not forget the women's 100m
All three medals to Jamaica. Either they're doing everything right, or they've figured out how not to do what everyone else is doing wrong (note in the article about Bolt above where the Jamaican coach said all his runners come back from NCAA schools "tired and mediocre
Actually, the US women just didn't run well. If they ran the same times they ran at the US trials, the US would have taken 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The fastest US time of 11.03 is the slowest in an olympics since 1976 and slower than any world championships except 1987 and 2001. The winners time was very good, but the silver and bronze wouldn't have medaled in a number of olympics and world championships.
Overall, times have been slower since 2001 in the women's 100 than from 1985 to 2000. If anything you could argue that there is less cheating now. I also think track and field performances are closer to the limit of performance than in some other sports (especially swimming) where records seem to get broken every year. It's natural to have periods of higher and lower performances instead of constant new records.
I'm looking forward to 200 final. No one has even approached Michael Johnson's time since Atlanta.