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Today’s Olympic controversy: Yohan Blake wore $500,000 watch during 100 meters race

Aug 8, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

London Olympics Athletics Men AP

Dear Diary: today South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh admitted to using two illegal kicks in winning the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, but was allowed to keep his gold medal anyway. Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is investigating Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, who seems to have worn a $500,000 custom-made Richard Mille Tourbillon prototype watch during the 100 meters final (closeup below).

Problem? You bet: the watch is made by luxury watchmaker Richard Mille … which is not an official Olympics sponsor.

Athletes are supposed to wear clothes from sponsors, which is obvious from all the logoed gear that they sport. The same rule applies to accessories, and Omega is the Olympics’s official timekeeper — not Richard Mille. Blake, who won the silver medal in the 100 meter race, is now being investigated on whether or not he broke the Olympic rules in regards to donning items that aren’t official sponsors of the Games.

source: AP

Here’s a closer look at the watch. First of all, what time is it? It took me about 10 minutes to figure that out. It’s pretty impressive, but for 500 grand it had better give me stock tips, then take me back in time to watch the 1985 Super Bowl.

  1. t16rich - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Judging by that bottom picture, he needs a nail clipper sponsor if anything.

    • jon623 - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      The dude’s going all Wolverine on our asses.

  2. Glenn - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Go corporations! Ultimately, they get all of the gold.

  3. silverdeer - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Maybe it looks cooler in person, but with that yellow wristband, it looks like something you would win at Disney World… (Whoops…Disney isnt an Olympic sponsor either).

  4. reverend5150 - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Man, it would be nice to be able to throw away some money, wouldn’t it?

  5. stlouis1baseball - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I am with you as far as reading the time. Still not sure. 6:55 maybe?

  6. grumpyoleman - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    He’s from Jamaica, it’s always 4:20.