For those who missed out, Cornelius Horan, 57, bound out onto the road course and into the direction of de Lima, who saw Horan coming and slowed down before being tackled into the crowd lining the other side of the street.
Spectators pulled the kilt-, green-knee-high-socks and beret-donning Horan off de Lima, allowing him to return to the race, but he lost several seconds to the pack trailing behind, and was eventually passed by Stefano Baldini of Italy and Mebrahtom Keflezighi of the United States.
Baldini took the gold with a time of 2:10:55. Keflezighi took the silver with a run of 2:11:29. De Lima was the bronze medalist in 2:12:11, a minute and 16 seconds behind Baldini.
from http://www.augustafreepress.com/stories ... ader$25529
According to various Googleable reports, the deranged ex-priest who tempted Zeus' lightnings:
a) had formerly served some jail time for disrupting a Grand Prix race by standing in the middle of the track while race cars going 200 mph swerved around him
b) "attempted a protest on Wimbledon's Center Court during a rain break, and tried to disrupt cricket and rugby matches."
c) arrived in Athens today on a British Airways flight
d) wore the exact same costume as when he disrupted the Grand Prix
e) wore a sign on his back saying "The Grand Prix Priest" in one color and "Israel Fulfillment of Prophecy Says the Bible." below it in another
f) got past the security cordon around the roadway, got past the security officers on bicycles and was able to tackle the clear front-runner of the race upon whom all cameras and attention were trained
These things make me rather skeptical of just how well all the "security" precautions really work to target terrorism. Now, legitimate political protest may be another matter - if you posted a call for a demonstration on a Web site and filed for a permit with the city and so on. But if it had been a more violent political dispute and someone wanted to stab a famous athlete to death on the course they unquestionably would have succeeded.
All this means that if I were a VIP among the Republicans in New York right now, I'd be sweating a bit...
Anyway, my original purpose was actually to ask a question... I have absolutely no idea what it would be like to run a marathon, but my gut reaction is to believe de Lima 100% when he says that the tackle cost him the gold medal. My assumption is that an Olympic champion running the last three miles of a marathon doesn't actually have ACTH and adrenaline pulsing through his blood, but has some calm mental way of directing his blood only to those muscles that need it - so that if you suddenly scare the hell out of him so he has to be able to react to anything, that he'll have blood running to his brain, fists, arms, trunk, etc. that isn't properly budgeted and the result will be a strong premature fatigue as de Lima evidenced. This is what I interpret as the meaning of his statements about his "rhythm" or "concentration" being thrown off. Do you buy this, or do you think that getting charged like that and held up for six seconds cost him exactly six seconds, as the rather desperate sounding announcer seemed to be suggesting on NBC just after the event?