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Hey, At Least They’re There August 23, 2008

Posted by thepixelsuite in Sport.
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Were you on the edge of your seat when the American men came from behind to beat the French in the relay event? Did you gape in astonishment when Usain Bolt flew down the track toward the finish line? Do you tear up when you hear your national anthem played at the Olympics?

If so, DFL is not the blog for you, so don’t click the link.

If, instead you derive a small sense of glee when you see not one, but two teams of elite American runners drop the baton during the relay event, then Dead F’ing Last may be right up your alley.

And, hey, go China!

Update 8/23/08 at 1:19 PM

I don’t know if he was a nice guy or not, but sometimes last place gets you a bit of fame. From the NBC Olympics website:

The men’s marathon at the 1996 Atlanta Games was won by Josia Thugwane of South Africa, who was shot in the chin by robbers when he picked up a hitchhiker five months before the Olympics. But some two hours after Thugwane finished, Abdul Baser Wasigi of Afghanistan was still out on the course. Wasigi never made it to Barcelona in 1992 because his country was in war-torn chaos and he injured a hamstring shortly before getting to Atlanta. Long passed by the elite runners, Wasigi limped forward, often with spectators running beside him offering him water. As he approached the stadium, the grounds crew had already began covering the track in preparation for the closing ceremony. The volunteers cut a piece of white plastic tape and wrote “ATLANTA 96” on it and stretched it across the finish line. When he entered the stadium, hundreds of volunteers lined the track and applauded the effort while the band played. Wasigi’s time of 4 hours, 24 minutes, 17 seconds was the slowest in Olympic history and 1 hour, 24 minutes and 22 seconds behind the runner who finished in next to last place.

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