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  • Another Italian 200 star is born?

    Matteo Galvan (born 1988) ran 20.87 (+0.7) in Rieti at the Italian Junior Champs. He was bronze medal at last year World Youth Champs.

  • #2
    if by 08 he can win an olympic gold medal in the 200 he will be all that you project him to be..
    ... nothing really ever changes my friend, new lines for old, new lines for old.

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    • #3
      That time puts him in the top 10 juniors for the past 2 seasons (see:
      http://www.tilastopaja.net/static_html/wj2006.htm)., but still half a second down on J-Mee Samuels...

      What does he run for a 100m?

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      • #4
        I believe he won the 100m in 10.54.

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        • #5
          Report on IAAF web site http://www.iaaf.org/WJCO6/news/Kind=2/newsld=35422.html

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          • #6
            Url may not work try front page http://www.iaaf.org

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            • #7
              Re: Another Italian 200 star is born?

              Originally posted by f/f
              Matteo Galvan (born 1988) ran 20.87 (+0.7) in Rieti at the Italian Junior Champs. He was bronze medal at last year World Youth Champs.
              Not bad for a 17-year old, but not really close to what he'll need to be a star.

              Interestingly, Italy's reigning World Junior Champion (Andrew Howe) has at least temporarily abandoned the event in favor of the long jump.

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              • #8
                It shouldn't be good enough, but Kenteris ran similar times as a junior. But then again he all but disappeared until Sydney..... :roll:

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                • #9
                  Michael Johnson didn't run that fast when he was 17. Neither did Mennea.
                  You just never know how much someone at 17 will or won't progress.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jacksf
                    Michael Johnson didn't run that fast when he was 17. Neither did Mennea.
                    You just never know how much someone at 17 will or won't progress.
                    exactly, we should do a scatter plot of sprint times over age of young standouts.
                    ... nothing really ever changes my friend, new lines for old, new lines for old.

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                    • #11
                      Top 20 juniors all time (with age in year of PB noted if <19)

                      Those also in senior all time list in bold. Followed by lifetime PB and age in year of PB

                      19.93 Usain Bolt (18) - 19.88 - 20yo
                      20.07 Lorenzo Daniel - 19.87 (17th alltime) - 22yo
                      20.13 Roy Martin - 20.05 - 22yo
                      20.16 Riaan Dempers (18) - yet to improve
                      20.18 Walter Dix - yet to improve

                      20.22 Dwayne Evans (18) - 20.08 - (19!!! something wrong with the IAAF all-time junior list)
                      20.23 Michael Timpson - did not improve
                      20.24 Joe DeLoach (18) - 19.75 (8th alltime) - 21yo
                      20.24 Francis Obikwelu (18) - 19.84 (12th alltime) - 21yo
                      20.28 Andrew Howe - yet to improve

                      20.29 Clinton Davis (18) - did not improve
                      20.29 Christian Malcolm - 20.08 - 22yo
                      20.29 Justin Gatlin - 20.00 - 23 yo
                      20.29 Yusuke Omae - yet to improve
                      20.30 Davidson Ezinwa - 20.25 - 21yo

                      20.32 J-Mee Samuels (18) - yet to improve
                      20.37 Jürgen Evers (18) - did not improve
                      20.37 Roberto Hernández - 20.34 - 23yo
                      20.37 DaBryan Blanton (17) - yet to improve
                      20.38 LaShawn Merritt - 20.10 - 20yo

                      Would appear all of these guys were 'early bloomers', as none ran a PB after the age of 23...

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                      • #12
                        That is amazing so many young talented runners who seem to have made little if any progress. Im sure there is a story behind each of them.

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                        • #13
                          The alltime list for the event with age in year of PB and best junior time (if known):

                          1 19.32 Michael Johnson - 29 yo - 21.30
                          2 19.63 Xavier Carter - 21 yo - 20.49
                          3 19.68 Frank Fredericks - 29 yo
                          4 19.70 Tyson Gay - 24 yo - >20.81
                          5 19.72 Pietro Mennea - 27 yo
                          6 19.73 Michael Marsh - 25 yo - 20.82
                          7 19.75 Carl Lewis - 22yo - 20.66
                          8 19.75 Joe DeLoach - 21 yo - 20.24
                          9 19.77 Ato Boldon - 24 yo - 20.63
                          10 19.79 Shawn Crawford - 22yo - 20.78
                          11 19.83 Tommie Smith - 24yo
                          12 19.84 Francis Obikwelu - 21yo - 20.24
                          13 19.85 John Capel - 24yo - 21.01
                          14 19.85 Konstadínos Kedéris - 29yo - 21.05
                          15 19.86 Don Quarrie - 20yo
                          16 19.86 Maurice Greene - 23 yo - 21.00
                          17 19.87 Lorenzo Daniel - 22yo - 20.07
                          18 19.87 John Regis - 28yo - 20.78
                          19 19.87 Jeff Williams - 31yo
                          20 19.88 Floyd Heard - 34 yo - 20.65

                          Anyone able to fill in the gaps? Corrections welcome...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bp
                            That is amazing so many young talented runners who seem to have made little if any progress. Im sure there is a story behind each of them.
                            The story behind them is that the fastest juniors are not always (or even usually) destined to be the fastest seniors.

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                            • #15
                              Agreed . It is just funny to see so many gifted young sprinters who seem to peak so early and then stagnate or regress. I think in most cases athletes tend to peak in later years after a somewhat slow but steady improvement.
                              I guess there is hope for all slow people and young fast people shouldnt get to cocky.

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