Originally Posted by The Hitch
Why would anyone view.makhloufi as suspicious but not bolt? Makhloufi iis winning races but he isn't breaking the world record or anything while bolt has created a new space the size of 10 world records where only he is allowed to post times in. I get that in 1500 the records don't necessarily come with a top performance because the early pace might not suffice, but still i don't see what Makhloufi has done to ride eyebrows that bolt has not.
Bolt has been a phenome since his junior days. He is, as sprinters go, a physical freak - his length and stride means he generally runs 100m in 41 strides, as opposed to almost all his opposition running off 44. He's just physically different.
Now Blake? He's already had a 'minor' ping, and I have concerns about the paucity of testing in jamacian athletics generally - though that's not blake's fault. And for the record, I'll be disappointed if Blake pings again, because he seems a good, fun, humble guy.
Sociopathy is not always equal to cheat.
Makhloufi suffers to an extent from being seen as the next Rashid Ramzi - in addition, he clearly got a compliant doctor to write balderdash to get his original 1500m expulsion overturned after his 800m dropout. That alone is very worrying.
But in a sense, I'm not saying he dopes - I'm saying that large parts of the 'athletics world' suspect it. not fans, but journos and athletes. I had a discussion with a couple recently who are both retired top tier athletes -and frankly, they're certain of it - might be right, might be wrong, but my point is the 'industry insiders' tend to have quite a lot of inside knowledge on it - to be fair, they also tend to gossip like old soap opera ladies...