LONDON: American Michael Tinsley paced back and forth underneath Olympic Stadium, making call after call on his cell and doing anything else he could to stay busy.
The wait was agonizing.
Tinsley was ready to go celebrate his silver medal in the men's 400-meter hurdles. But he couldn't leave until Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic finished some media obligations. Tinsley was getting impatient, so much so that he started pleading with officials to let him get his drug test out of the way.
Eventually, they obliged, and Tinsley emerged from doping control with a piece of folded-up paper above his head.
"Got it," he said.
He still had to wait for Sanchez, but that test cleared the way for him to get to the party.