Usain Bolt Wannabe Jevaughn Minzie Embarrassed Himself Showboating In 200m CARIFTA Games Final
This is beyond stupidity it not even funny. This Sixteen-year-old dude Jevaughn Minzie from Bag Walk High School embarrassed himself big time time at the CARIFTA Games in Montego Bay Jamaica.
Jamaica’s Under-17 athlete Jevaughn Minzie (right) is a picture of disbelief after losing the 200 metres final through showboating while teammate Rohan Walker looks despondent at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall on Sunday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)
Sixteen-year-old Jevaughn Minzie is perhaps sitting in a corner somewhere wishing he could take back what unfolded in his 200-metre final on the final day of the CARIFTA Games in Montego Bay.
Minzie, a student of Bog Walk High, had finished second in the Under-17 100-metre finals on the first day of the championships and had obviously hoped to atone for that loss by winning gold in the 200-metre sprint. At a 160-metres he seemed to have his desire realized as he led by a couple of metres over Trinidad’s Machel Cedenio, who already had won the 400-metre title. In just about three and a half seconds from then Minzie would have been declared the 2011 Carifta Under-17 Champion and Jamaica would have ended those championships with 34 gold medals.
All that would have become reality had it not been a moment of madness. Actually I prefer blatant stupidity.
Minzie was leading by a couple metres, not 10 or 15. However, somewhere in that 16-year-old brain of his something clicked, or shutdown, take your pick; and the young man turned to the grandstand crowd and then began spreading his arms as if to mimic Usain Bolt’s performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Bolt’s showboating ended up with him winning gold and setting a world record in that race but for Minzie it meant silver and ultimate embarrassment.
As the latter began turning his head towards what was supposed to be his adoring audience, he caught sight of the Trinidadian who had been gaining with every stride, but by then it was too late for the Jamaican performer. The dagger for Minzie came during the interview with Cedenio on Television Jamaica. He was asked what advice he would give to his Jamaican rival and he responded that Minzie should have waited he crossed the finish line before celebrating. He chuckled as he spoke, and rightfully so. Cedenio knows he was handed the gold medal, gift-wrapped at that. I would be smiling too.
Minzie volunteered to run the 4×400 metre relay to make up for his mindless actions earlier and was praised by his coach Leecroft Bolt for ‘manning up’ and taking responsibility for his brain-freeze.
It’s such a pity many of us are not able to do the same. Excuses were being presented left, right and centre for the young man who recognized that he had messed up and messed up on the biggest stage of his career to date.
It should serve as a lesson for him and all who saw it, especially fellow athletes who might be harbouring similar thoughts. The first thing they need to remember is that Usain Bolt is no ordinary athlete. He is the fastest man who have ever lived to run the 100 and 200 metres. He is not of this earth. Only athletes of similar talent will be able to do the things he does and get away with it.
The other thing they need to remember is that they are no where as fast as Bolt and as such, similar antics should be allowed to remain within their minds and never see the light of day.
The last thing and most important one of all, is what Cedenio revealed to them all during the post-race interview.
Contributing Source: Jamaica Gleaner & Jamaica Observer
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