Aug 8, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT
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.
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.
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