This is getting Ridiculous

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    Mike Young on #14671

    Today Usain Bolt continued his string of ridiculous performances by running a 19.67 for 200m in Athens. This guy’s performances are getting ABSURD. He makes his competitors look foolish. I watched Tyson Gay look as dominant as any sprinter I’ve ever seen in person last week when he ran 9.68 and 9.72 but I couldn’t erase from my mind how he got blazed by Bolt only weeks before. Now Bolt comes ou

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    Kebba Tolbert on #70902

    what makes it even scarier is that 1) he was falling forward the last 20-25 meters and 2)most of the margin of victory came in the last 100m. he could have been *under* 19.60

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    Mike Young on #70903

    Yeah….I would love to know what the split was for the 50m segment between 115-165m….4.45 seconds?

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    winnesota on #70910

    Wow insane-o big strides

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    hscoach on #70914

    with the right conditions (wind, lane 7, competetion) the 200m record may fall. but would it be wise for bolt to go for the record so close to the olympics? he may need to just cruise until the important races or he will end up injured.

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    Novice on #70916

    UB has also improved his race distribution…he used to gun the first 100. This is much better.

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    premium on #70932

    after such a dominant performance…maybe the record is in real danger

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    Rich Tolman(mr-glove) on #70942

    Amazing improvement! Any thoughts on what might be responsible for such a breakthrough?

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    mortac8 on #70943

    He ran 9.72 for heavens sake so PRing in the 200 (by .08) is to be expected. I wouldn’t be surprised he runs 18 some day. Just have Spearmon piss him off and give him some flojo wind.

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    Mike Young on #70949

    He ran 9.72 for heavens sake so PRing in the 200 (by .08) is to be expected. I wouldn’t be surprised he runs 18 some day. Just have Spearmon piss him off and give him some flojo wind.

    18???? Maybe as a 4 x 200m relay split but sub 19 in the open? I think it would require Obadale wind for that to happen.

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    mortac8 on #70958

    [quote author="mortac8" date="1216074829"]He ran 9.72 for heavens sake so PRing in the 200 (by .08) is to be expected. I wouldn’t be surprised he runs 18 some day. Just have Spearmon piss him off and give him some flojo wind.

    18???? Maybe as a 4 x 200m relay split but sub 19 in the open? I think it would require Obadale wind for that to happen.[/quote]
    Personally, whenever he takes a dump on good ol’ MJ I think I will still be more surprised that he ran 9.72. Hell, Mennea couldn’t break 10 if his life depended on it and he ran 19.72.

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    Mike Young on #70959

    Yeah but the 19.72 was actually an altitude assisted 192m record since Mennea ran on the line and at Mexico City altitude. I’d guess that puts the performance at 20.0 range.

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    RussZHC on #70960

    UB has figured out how to keep frequency high without having to sacrifice as much stride length as other 200m runners. I agree with previous comments he is running a 200, not trying to make a very good 100m “last” over 200m.
    I don’t know the details but he is prepared and expecting to run that fast or faster, you can see it in his eyes, his body language, by the way he is carrying himself. There are faster times yet to come. Peaking too early?

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    davan on #70961

    Is it that surprising that a guy who went 19.7 w/ 10.0 (sub 20 already at 16 or 17) PRs with 9.72 speed?

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    Mike Young on #70963

    Is it that surprising that a guy who went 19.7 w/ 10.0 (sub 20 already at 16 or 17) PRs with 9.72 speed?

    Well, I tend to think that he was probably faster than 10.0 when he ran the 19.7 and what I’ve really been amazed at is how convincingly he’s winning. I know there was no Spearmon or X at Athens but it was an IAAF Grand Prix and he totally roasted those guys as if they were running with wooden legs. Even when I saw Dix run his 19.68 it didn’t look as impressive as this run. Also notable, is 1) the string of unbelievable times and 2) Bolt now joins only 2 others (Gay and MJ) for having 2 times under 19.8.

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