Not the best of Games

2014-07-31 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has denied calling the Commonwealth Games “sh*t” … but what if he’d been correct to do so?

The fastest way to make enemies of those sportsmen and women who train day in, day out to gain success and fame at the Commonwealth Games would be to call into question the importance of their achievements.

But stats, times and distances don’t lie.

This year’s Commonwealth Games men’s 100 m winner — the blue riband event of the Games — was Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole who stopped the clock in 10 seconds flat.

Had he posted that time at the 2012 London Olympics he’d have finished eighth …

And in the pool, 100 m freestyle winner in Glasgow, Australia’s James Magnussen, would’ve also finished eighth — and last — in the London final.

Chad le Clos made “UN-believable” headlines in London and became a household name with his sensational victory over American star Michael Phelps in the 200 m butterfly.

Le Clos “defended” his title in Glasgow in a time of 1:55.07. Had he posted that mark in London, he’d have finished in a tie for fifth.

With the absence of the top nine finishers on the medal standings from London (USA, China, Great Britain*, Russia, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy and Hungary) the depth in talent in Glasgow leaves a lot to be desired.

* Great Britain aren’t competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as one “country”, but are doing so in the guise of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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