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Brent Hayden's bronze medal swim is a lesson in Jubo!

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos

There is something special about the Olympics and photographers love it.

Photographers are fed a buffet of "Thrill of victory, agony of defeat"

Lets talk Victory, aka Jubilation or simply jubo to photographers and now that I think of it, I can't recall what we call dejection. It might be as simple as dejection.

There are different degrees of jubo, good jubo and bad jubo..

Earlier this year I covered the Olympic Swim Trials.

Brent Hayden won the 50 and 100 free there, it was bad jubo.

Hayden's swim Nationals jubo was bad because he was focused on the swim meet that has been going on for a week here in London.

He was expected to win in Montreal and he did, just like he has done every year for a long time. Swim Nationals were more a gauge of where he was heading into the Olympics for the one time World Champion.

He did what was expected of him, swam fast, won and would give the crowd in Montreal a little wave in appreciation. 

Fast forward to yesterday and across the Atlantic.

Hayden has been all business here in London, I haven't seen him crack a smile in all the training and warm-up sessions I've attended. Although I was told he was close to tears after finally qualifying for the 100 metre freestyle final. An accomplishment that had eluded him in two previous Olympics.

Last night the Canadian photographers in the photo pit had a feeling that something was up, we fretted a little more than usual about his lane assignment. He was in lane 7, one lane short of as far away as he could get from us.

He was extremely focused during introductions, maybe that lane assignment helped him. When he came out they was only one more swimmer to be introduced, Hayden had to get ready in a hurry.

I know his swim was special at around 40 metres in, traditionally the final is seeded with the fastest swimmers in the middle lanes of the pool, so when the race goes it should look like a V from above.

At the 40 metre mark, shooting across six lanes of swimmers, I could still see him, that was a good sign.

Well what I could actually see was a bow wave with arms and feet churning up some angry water. At the turn I took a quick look at the clock, he was in second.

In the 47.80 seconds of race we barely saw him, we fired frame after frame hoping to get a little glimpse of him.

All eights swimmer hit the wall within a second of each other, The cheering crowd paused, swimmers turned quickly to look at the clock. 

Hayden removed his goggles, squinted, and slowly the stoic swimmer from BC began to smile. As the smile grew he hit the water with his fist to begin a series of the most jubo I ever seen from him.

Another fist pump, swim to congratulate the winner, another fist pump, another squint at the clock as he left the pool.

He climbed out of the pool and sat on the side and buried his head in his hands.

From there he stood up and began to walk to the mixed zone for interviews, slowing, then stopping at the lane 7 starting block and leaning over it and kissing it.

This was good, no, great, jubo!

Brent Hayden reacts to his time after winning the 100 m freestyle at the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Swimming Trials  at the 1976 Olympic Pool in Montreal.

Sprinter Brent Hayden qualifies for the 50 freestyle in London during  the final session at the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Swimming Trials.

Brent Hayden is introduced and heads to lane 7, lane reserved for the sixth fastest qualifier.

At the sound of the beep Hayden takes off. He had been hiding some front end speed until the final.

Oddly enough, when he comes out of his dive is one of the few times we can see him in the race.

About as much as we can see of Hayden during the swim. A sprinter might only breath a few times through the 100.

Sr-oly-120831-72Hayden removes his goggles and begins to squint at the clock. He did not know if the number beside his name was a 3 or an 8.

It was a 3!

It was a 3! But the jubo was a 10!

Hayden keeps the jubo going!

And going!

“My legs just felt too heavy to stand up right there. So I took a moment to think about what I just did and gather my strength," Hayden told the Star's Rosie DiManno.

Brent Hayden kisses the lane 7 starting block, “I kind of had the urge to kiss the starting block because I just never knew I could love Lane 7 so much.” he told the Star,

Brent Hayden's 47.80 seconds of fury earned him a bronze medal and a caress from Dick Pound.

Hayden and his medal.

And on the topic of Jubo,.....

The Men's Eight Silver Medalists in rowing.

Coxswain Brian Price celebrates as the Canadian men's Eight win a silver medal in rowing  at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Eton Dorney  in London.

The Canadian men's Eight celebrates on the dock as they recover and await the medal ceremony.

Coxswain Brian Price cheers after Malcolm Howard was tossed in the lake.

Brian Price cheers after he recieves his silver medal.

Brent Hayden coming off the turn in the 100 freestyle.




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Awesome blog post Steve I really like your take on olympics it is the most enjoyable blog I have read during the Olympics thus far.

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