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August 23, 2004

Greene Still Great

Moe Greene got bronze in the 100 meters last week. Scott Ostler has taken a moment to talk smack.

Justin Gatlin ran faster than the speed of Maurice Greene's sound.

Greene was clocked talking a mile-a-minute after the 100-meter dash Sunday night, but Gatlin stopped the real clocks in 9.85 seconds.

Greene claims he's still the Greatest Of All Time. Gatlin didn't have to say it, but he's the World's Fastest Human. Which title would you rather have? One title is made up and debatable and drawn in tattoo ink on Greene's shoulder. The other title is now etched in gold and in the Olympic record books.

But I think the guys at MSNBC have the proper perspective:

Greene has run 3 of the 4 fastest times ever in the 100 meters. But he does not hold the current world record. That was set in 2002 by another American sprinter, Tim Montgomery, who is currently under investigation by the U.S. anti-doping agency.

Montgomery's time was 9.78, Greene's previous world record was 9.79. Montgomery was running 10.12 or so and failed to qualify for the team. Furthermore Greene has overcome two injuries, including a broken leg, and has had to completely rethink his start. Amazing.

We haven't heard the last of Mo Greene.

Posted by mbowen at August 23, 2004 03:44 AM

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maurice greene is one of the nicest professional athletes i've ever met. i saw him at the UCLA-USC '04 meet, which my school swept. anyway, i spotted him in the seats above mine and as i left the stadium i walked up to him and said, "you're maurice greene aren't you?" and he's like, "yes i am." and im introduced myself, and told him it was a pleasure to meet him, he replied the same. he didn't seem annoyed at all for me walking up to him during his time off from training to watch the big meet. also one of my friends, who was a triple jumper, met him at a meet somewhere in Asia. she said he was nice, goofy, and just great all around. anyway my two cents

Posted by: kdawg at August 23, 2004 12:59 AM

Saw Mo on this sometimes funny tv show Blind Date. No joke, it was really him. The amazing beauty they set him up with had no idea who he was though (or, did a good job of pretending she didn't know).

If that appearance on tv is anything to go by, he seems to be a really nice, surprisingly humble guy, off track. On track, the lip-smackin SwaggerGuy persona takes over.

But i think Mo's sun is setting. I'm willing to bet that those three supafass times came over the course of a couple of years, some years ago, and he hasn't really come close to them since. I know he's had injuries an all, but he's had his time in the sun.

Might be Gatlin and that jamaican fella as the main rivalry going forward.

Posted by: memer at August 23, 2004 08:10 AM

Stick a fork in him, because Mo Greene won't ever rule to 100-meter roost again. He will certainly remain in the mix, but sprint king? No. However, I wanna slap the NBC commentator who claimed that it was "arguable" that Mo was the greatest of all time. Please! He has Olympic 100m gold and bronze, is a former world recordholder, and holds four of the 5 fastest times ever. No one has dominated the event for as long as he has.

Posted by: molotov at August 25, 2004 12:35 PM