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    Watching the tape of the Berlin 100: Powell got a great start, Gay a terrible one. But at the end, Gay was gaining on Powell! If Gay gets his 100m start together, Asafa is going to have real competition. Maybe we'll get some great 100m duels soon after all!

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    Re: Gay was gaining on Powell

    Originally posted by Grazerism
    Watching the tape of the Berlin 100: Powell got a great start, Gay a terrible one. But at the end, Gay was gaining on Powell! If Gay gets his 100m start together, Asafa is going to have real competition. Maybe we'll get some great 100m duels soon after all!
    That what I have been thinking of late, even with Gay having the "distraction" of the 200. I wonder if Jammin (infamma as well, and other resident sprint insiders) could comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the two, since Jammin (and the others) is pretty well informed.

    I am NOT suggesting that Gay is his equal (if Gatlin is indeed banned, he does not have an equal in the 100m and looks like an AOY from here, so he does not quite have an equal across the whole of the men's side). However, he does have relatively more "upside" as a newcomer, although he is not much different in age than AP.

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    • #3
      Re: Gay was gaining on Powell

      Originally posted by Grazerism
      Watching the tape of the Berlin 100: Powell got a great start, Gay a terrible one. But at the end, Gay was gaining on Powell! If Gay gets his 100m start together, Asafa is going to have real competition. Maybe we'll get some great 100m duels soon after all!
      I thought the same thing: AP got out even with Scott, who had a rocket start, and seemed to gain 2 meters on the field effortlessly by 60m. Then Gay seemed to come at him a little in the last 20m. But . . . AP has consistently shown the ability to start well and out-accelerate everyone, so I just don't see how Gay, or anyone else, can beat him. I miss JG, but AP is The Man now, and I'm glad we have someone so consistently awesome.

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      • #4
        200m runners have more speed endurance than primarily 100m runners, therefore, Gay is expected to gain towards to end of the race.

        Gwen Torrence used to do the same thing(she was stronger over 200m than 100m).

        I am not worried about Gay. Asafa can turn on the after burners is he needs to.

        Asafa has a killer start most races and as long as he remains focussed and is consistent in his start(regardless of distractions), he should prevail.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jammin
          200m runners have more speed endurance than primarily 100m runners, therefore, Gay is expected to gain towards to end of the race.

          Gwen Torrence used to do the same thing(she was stronger over 200m than 100m).

          I am not worried about Gay. Asafa can turn on the after burners is he needs to.

          Asafa has a killer start most races and as long as he remains focussed and is consistent in his start(regardless of distractions), he should prevail.
          So you are saying that if Gay had had both a better reaction time (did not see the times) and a better start overall (e.g., like Scott) and had been 0.10 to 0.13 faster, that AP would have been able to use his top gear longer and harder and would have run 9.80?

          This seems feasible, but I would like further clarification on his capabilities. Also, while he might now be great when he needs to be, it seems his past short-comings related to his lack of endurance (in the large -- rounds in a championship framework). I still am not quite convinced of his endurance because of the repeated instances of easing at the line; is this a natural tendency carried further than many do so or is it that this is the weakest part of AP's armor? We wil get a big clue next year, but the lack of a showdown with Gatlin did not allow us key observations this year. Of course 9.77x2, 9.8x -wind, essentially 12 straight races under 10 [counting his 10.02 in terrible weather as clearly worthy of a sub-10 effort] clearly shows that he is the man, I just want to see a little more evidence on the finish and running rounds before his is The MAN.
          [edited to add below]
          Just this link on photos of the race; AP seems to be coming over the top of his feet and powering down the track a little better than Gay. Powell also looks more "pushed" here and did not ease up at this line this time (but I am not a sprinter type):

          http://trackandfieldphoto.com/DisplayNe ... 7_2936_RLM

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          • #6
            Powell appeared to be in complete control and cruising.
            "Who's Kidding Who?"

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            • #7
              See below link for 100m World Record Split Analysis for Powell's 9.77 at Zurich. The link also depicts the analysis for Tyson Gay's 9.84......and YES...per the analysis....Gay was gaining on Powell.

              http://www.trackshark.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3222

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              • #8
                My original post was about Berlin, but apparently it holds for Z├╝rich as well. And WAF was oh-so-close, with Scott also running the race of his life.

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