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  • LaShawn Merritt calls out Usain Bolt

    I'm the best quarter-miler. I'm the No.1, reigning Olympic champion in the 400. If you're going to come get me, come get me. But it's not going to be easy. ... As far as I'm concerned, the world record isn't out of my reach either.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_ ... _th-3.html

  • #2
    Merritt is smart.
    He knows if Bolt runs the 400 it will have a higher profile, more money to him (Lashawn).
    Add that to the fact that he beat Bolt easily the last time they raced over 400m ...
    He will probably find it is not so easy next year though.
    why don't people pronounce vowels anymore

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DentyCracker
      Add that to the fact that he beat Bolt easily the last time they raced over 400m ...
      When and where was that?

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      • #4
        Kingston, May, 2007. Bolt was third behind Merritt and Andrew Rock.

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        • #5
          No offence to you guys, but it would be nice if, more than 40 years after it was first achieved, someone from somewhere other than the USA cracked 44 seconds. There've been people who've had the potential, but it feels as though it's about time.

          Even Bolt would have to train specifically to beat Meritt. And Wariner as well for that matter, who certainly can't be written off.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AthleticsInBritain
            No offence to you guys, but it would be nice if, more than 40 years after it was first achieved, someone from somewhere other than the USA cracked 44 seconds.
            I'm not arguing with the sentiment, but let's be fair--it was first achieved with the aid of Mexico City's altitude in 1968, and it wasn't achieved again until 1988. It's been only 20 years since 44 seconds was first cracked at anything close to sea level.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AthleticsInBritain
              No offence to you guys, but it would be nice if, more than 40 years after it was first achieved, someone from somewhere other than the USA cracked 44 seconds
              i'd bet a lot of american posters woud like to keep the <44 club exclusively american for as long as possible

              kikaya cae close a coupla years ago

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tandfman
                Kingston, May, 2007. Bolt was third behind Merritt and Andrew Rock.
                Thanks. I knew Bolt had run 45.28 sometime in Jamaica, but didn't remember it was at the JA Invitational or that Merritt was in the race. I looked up the results:

                1. LaShawn Merritt (USA) 44.95, 2. Andrew Rock (USA) 45.21, 3. Usain Bolt (JAM) 45.28, 4. Michael Blackwood 45.38, 5. Allodin Fothergill 46.05.

                I'm sure Bolt could run a sub-45 this May without 400-specific training.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tandfman
                  Originally posted by AthleticsInBritain
                  No offence to you guys, but it would be nice if, more than 40 years after it was first achieved, someone from somewhere other than the USA cracked 44 seconds.
                  I'm not arguing with the sentiment, but let's be fair--it was first achieved with the aid of Mexico City's altitude in 1968, and it wasn't achieved again until 1988. It's been only 20 years since 44 seconds was first cracked at anything close to sea level.
                  I was going to say something about '88! It's quite weird given the 20 year cycle!

                  Oh dear, the sentiment comes over a bit more envious than I intended. I am biased with Britain being the no. 2 400 nation, historically speaking. I always thought illness and injury robbed Roger Black of the training time needed to run 43.9. I was just checking Pela's list and after Gary Kikaya's 44.1, there's a Roberto Hernandez of Cuba listed who I don't remember at all! I did once think Innocent Egbunike would do it though.

                  But I can't imagine anyone else running sub 44 apart from Bolt, and sub-43.5 is what's needed to comprehensively beat Merritt or Wariner.

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                  • #10
                    I was at our state track clinic this weekend and Terry Long, Walter Dix's coach, had a good line on Bolt - He's a Sprinter Savant.
                    Whatever he wants to do, he'll just do it.

                    [Jim Spivey was the distance guy - what a funny, goofy sense of humor.]

                    [Scary thing about Walter Dix - has never done lower body weight work till this fall, AFTER the Olympics. He'll be WICKED fast in 09!]

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Marlow
                      I was at our state track clinic this weekend and Terry Long, Walter Dix's coach, had a good line on Bolt - He's a Sprinter Savant.
                      Whatever he wants to do, he'll just do it.

                      [Jim Spivey was the distance guy - what a funny, goofy sense of humor.]

                      [Scary thing about Walter Dix - has never done lower body weight work till this fall, AFTER the Olympics. He'll be WICKED fast in 09!]
                      One of the technical guys could weigh in on this: but I think lower body weight workout would be a detriment to Dix's already massive thighs/legs. He already looks a little too bulky for me. Last guy that looked like that was Ben and he seemed to have some issues with smoothness in form, barring his speed and times (their legitamacy not important in this point ). Nester Carter seems another guy down that alley.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paul Henry
                        One of the technical guys could weigh in on this: but I think lower body weight workout would be a detriment to Dix's already massive thighs/legs.
                        I'm not that technical a guy, but he WILL improve his strength-to-weight ratio (bulk is not that much more) and that WILL make him faster. The Oly wts, squats, etc., add all sorts of power elements.

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                        • #13
                          LaShawn ran a very low-key leg on a pickup mile relay yesterday at an all-comers meet in Landover, Maryland. He ran about a 47 2nd leg,,, his team won in 3: 17.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AthleticsInBritain
                            No offence to you guys, but it would be nice if, more than 40 years after it was first achieved, someone from somewhere other than the USA cracked 44 seconds.
                            It would also be nice if, more than 50 years after setting the 400m and 4x400m world records, Jamaica would crack 44.40 seconds. Jamaica's position is uncharacteristically far down on the all-time world list, considering the history of Jamaicans in that event and the relative lack thereof for other countries with faster times like Mexico and Uganda.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AthleticsInBritain
                              ...after Gary Kikaya's 44.1, there's a Roberto Hernandez of Cuba listed who I don't remember at all!
                              That's a big hole in your memory then. Hernadez made an Olympic final (5th in 1992) and also finished 4th at two world champs.

                              A bit of research tells me he also run sub-45 51 times and ranked in TFN Top 10 6 years straight (in fact more often than Egbunike)

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