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  • Ato Boldon predicts Asafa will be the MAN in 2009

    During the recently concluded HS Track and Field Championship in Jamaica, Ato Boldon in a live TV interview said that he believes Asafa will be the man in 2009.

    His reasons were as follows:

    1. Asafa and his management team are finally confronting his demons of him “choking” at major championships. It has been reported in numerous newspapers that Asafa is currently working with a shrink(mental coach) to help him overcome the issues that affect him during championships. BTW, Usain Bolt did work with Jamaica’s most renowned shrink Dr. Aggrey Irons last year.

    2. He is pushing himself in his non traditional races such as the fantastic 45.94 in the 400m in Australia which was a very good race for him. He could have run faster if he didn’t jog the first 300m and sprint the last 100m.


    Based on the above, Boldon believes ASafa will be the “dark horse” in 2009. Asked specifically by the reporter if he believes Asafa will beat Bolt at the upcoming WC in Berlin, Boldon however backed off a bit and did not specifically predict Asafa will beat him there.

    What do you guys think?


    I am not as optimistic as Boldon is. If Bolt maintains his form as is as good as he was last year, he should dominate the 100m at the upcoming WC. Imagine 9.69 with 0.00 wind in Berlin shutting down. At least a 9.55 going full throttle with a wind at his back.
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  • #2
    I think Ato knows how to generate good news copy.

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    • #3
      I will agree with Bolden that Asafa will be a "dark horse" in 09; he certainly will not be the favorite going into Berlin. Most people have written him off as far as big events are concerned and the expectation is that he will fold under pressure again. So, low expectations and a faster favorite do make Asafa a "dark horse" .

      As to whether or not be can beat Bolt in Berlin; I can only answer this way: I have always believed that Asafa can run sub-9.70, and I also believe that on any given day one runner can beat the other. My answer is that it is possible that Asafa will emerge from Berlin as champion, but it is not probable. And I say that as a fan.
      Regards,
      toyracer

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      • #4
        I really can't see Asafa beating Bolt this season to be honest.

        He can get silver at the world championships for sure, but so far he has shown no ability to handle the pressure in the final and ultimately ends up chocking.

        It really depends on what the Americans and Richard Thompson etc can do, if they are with Asafa coming up to the line, then i think he will choke. However if it is him and Bolt the clear 2 runaways in the field, which is also likely, then he should be able to secure a medal.

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        • #5
          Re: Ato Boldon predicts Asafa will be the MAN in 2009

          Originally posted by jamaicantrackfan
          2. He is pushing himself in his non traditional races such as the fantastic 45.94 in the 400m in Australia which was a very good race for him. He could have run faster if he didn’t jog the first 300m and sprint the last 100m.
          There's a contradiction inherent in that statement.
          Just because one works with a shrink does not guarantee that one's issues disappear. Asafa is a HUGE talent and in a one-off, I'd never bet against him, even with Bolt in the race. But . . . whether he can survive rounds and not 'tie-up' in a World Final remains to be seen.

          I think Asafa is capable of running a 9.70 this year. Bolt could also be capable. Gay and Dix could be in the mid-9.7s. But the fun this year will be seeing who can actually produce. One or two will disappoint.

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          • #6
            Garry nailed it, Bolden knows how to get his name in print. I am willing to bet he does not believe what he said, thus the hesitation on Berlin. And note Bolden called him a dark horse. That is code for he will be lucky to medal again. How in the hell is the second fastest man in history a dark horse?????

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            • #7
              If Asafa is the man this year I believe the reason will be more related to Bolt not handling his success properly, maybe partying too much and getting a late start to his training... as he has admitted.
              The fool has said...there is no God. Psa 14

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              • #8
                I don't believe Powell has another season like 2008 in him. He put everything he had in last season, openly stating that he was giving all he had to that Olympic season. He was going to run faster than he ever had before, and he was going to be on top. Yes, it was Olympic talk, kept him at the fore heading into a season where he was WR-holder, and so forth.

                ("2008 I'll be going all out; I'll not be easy up or holding back on anyone... it's just going to be some serious stuff out there. I'm not backing out of anything so I believe I'll go unbeaten.")

                AND, Powell did run faster than ever before, and his top-10 times of the season were simply incredible.

                However, to run as he did, and get outclassed by his countrymate with such ease on the biggest stage of his career, left Powell in want. He attempted to make up for his disappointment in the latter part of the season, and ran marvelously. However, he did not approach the world-record - though he did dip under his previous one. He gave all he had, but came so far short of expectations which changed during the course of the season.

                Encore in 2009? Hard to imagine for this particular athlete.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by toyracer
                  I will agree with Bolden that Asafa will be a "dark horse" in 09; he certainly will not be the favorite going into Berlin. Most people have written him off as far as big events are concerned and the expectation is that he will fold under pressure again. So, low expectations and a faster favorite do make Asafa a "dark horse" .

                  As to whether or not be can beat Bolt in Berlin; I can only answer this way: I have always believed that Asafa can run sub-9.70, and I also believe that on any given day one runner can beat the other. My answer is that it is possible that Asafa will emerge from Berlin as champion, but it is not probable. And I say that as a fan.
                  I absolutely agree with this, to be honest, Asafa Powell is the only other guy out there who I see running sub 9.70. The problem is, he wasn't the favorate last year either, I felt Beijing was a big opportunity for him with all the attention on Bolt and he folded yet again, he could win it all but will he, I think not.

                  As for suggestions he can't take the rounds, his failures have nothing to do with the rounds (unlike Sanya Richards), he would still choke if it was one race to win it all, we can hope however, I want him to get his.

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                  • #10
                    Wtf?

                    Let's get this straight:

                    Saying "The reason Asafa can't win Gold is because he chokes in big races" is silly.

                    Here's why:

                    When Asafa Powell is NOT choking, he is STILL a looooooooot lot lot lot lot lot slower than Usain Bolt. When Powell is not choking, and is running at his fastest, he is capable of right around 9.70 basic, if not maybe a very high 9.6 basic like 9.68 or 9.69 basic.

                    Usain Bolt is a tenth of a second faster than that.

                    Game Over. Bolt wins. It doesn't matter if Powell DOES CHOKE or if he DOESN'T CHOKE. Don't you understand? He can't run as Bolt in EITHER form. So it quite seriously doesn't matter.

                    ...

                    How is this confusing?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The Atheist
                      How is this confusing?
                      I'm so glad you asked - here are the FACTS:

                      9.69 Usain Bolt
                      9.72 Usain Bolt
                      9.72 Asafa Powell
                      9.74 Asafa Powell
                      9.76 Usain Bolt
                      9.77 Asafa Powell
                      9.77 Asafa Powell
                      9.77 Asafa Powell
                      9.77 Usain Bolt
                      9.77 Asafa Powell
                      9.78 Asafa Powell
                      that's their combined lifetime sub-9.80 legal times. Sure doesn't look like a 1-sided affair to me!

                      I will go so far as to say that if Bolt doesn't show up in Oly form, Asafa WILL beat him, regularly. If Bolt does show up in great form, in one-off races, Powell can and will take him half the time.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Marlow
                        Originally posted by The Atheist
                        How is this confusing?
                        I'm so glad you asked - here are the FACTS:

                        9.69 Usain Bolt
                        9.72 Usain Bolt
                        9.72 Asafa Powell
                        9.74 Asafa Powell
                        9.76 Usain Bolt
                        9.77 Asafa Powell
                        9.77 Asafa Powell
                        9.77 Asafa Powell
                        9.77 Usain Bolt
                        9.77 Asafa Powell
                        9.78 Asafa Powell
                        that's their combined lifetime sub-9.80 legal times. Sure doesn't look like a 1-sided affair to me!

                        I will go so far as to say that if Bolt doesn't show up in Oly form, Asafa WILL beat him, regularly. If Bolt does show up in great form, in one-off races, Powell can and will take him half the time.
                        I assume you wrote this for the sole purpose of getting eldrick to get so infinitely furious that his heart actually exploded with a force of more then 830 megatons of tnt, surpassing the blast force of all thermonuclear weapons in earth history, as well as most volcanic erruptions, thus putting earth into a catastrophe-triggered temporary miniature ice age, reversing the effects of global warming, and saving us all from our demise!

                        But just in case you weren't:

                        Bolt ran a 9.77 into a 1.3m/s headwind in september of last year after the Olympics.

                        His reaction time in that race was 0.223 seconds.

                        With a 0.12 reaction time, which is a reaction time he has had in previous races, his time would have been a 9.67 into a 1.3m/s headwind.

                        In 0 wind that becomes 9.60

                        thus

                        Bolt has shown that he is capable of running 9.60 basic.

                        Via identical analyses, Powell has only displayed an ability to run 9.70 basic, which is 1 tenth of a second slower.

                        Usain Bolt's best is a tenth of a second better than Asafa Powell's best.

                        Powell will lose.

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                        • #13
                          I predict much crow shall be eaten! :lol:
                          http://img2.pict.com/c9/f0/bf/2845608/0/b.jpg

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                          • #14
                            The 400 meter capabilities or performances of a 100 meter specialist such as Asafa Powell have absolutely no correlation to their premier short sprint event. Argue with that until you're blue in the face, but it's the truth. Powell runs a PB last year in the 100 and he had run 47 whatever for 400 meters earlier in the year. That means nothing. He's not a 400 runner, has no idea how to run it and has no business running it. He runs 45 seconds for 400 meters this year so what....he's going to run some ridiculous 100 meter time just because he actually put forth effort this year, as opposed to his attempts at 400 in the past? Fiction. If he PB's again this year, it has nothing to do with the 45 second quarter. Because if that were the logic, then surely he would run 9.5 or faster based on his 400 this year compared to last year. And that ain't happening folks.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by The Atheist
                              Powell will lose.
                              Originally posted by JWiz
                              I predict much crow shall be eaten! :lol:
                              I'll buy that!

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