The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Hall Wins 10th Career Medal

In case you missed it over the weekend (I did – well, I haven’t seen the race, but I read all about it), Gary Hall won the men’s 50-meter freestyle on Friday. In doing so, Hall successfully defended the title he won in 2000, and also the one he nearly won in 1996 (only to be edged by another all-time great, Alexander Popov). With his gold medal performance, Hall extended his career long Olympic medal streak to ten medal winning performances in ten Olympic events.

It’s a shame that Hall was left off of one relay team completely in Athens, and that he was removed from the Finals in another, otherwise he, and the US, would likely have two more gold medals in tow this year.

Hopefully we’ll see Gary in Beijing in 2008. That would be a heck of a story.

In other Olympic news, and as you probably already know by now, the men's 100-meter dash was very close. Check out this picture to see exactly how close it was. The man in last, ok 8th, place finished in less than 10.1 seconds. American Justin Gatlin won the race by .01 seconds.

No baseball today. Tomorrow we should have a complete recap of the Houston trip, including pictures (and possibly video) of the tour of Minute Maid Park and Sunday’s Cubs – Astros game.


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