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  • #31
    Originally posted by TrackDaddy
    Originally posted by jeremyp
    Once a guy has a "choker" history he tends to keep it. Hypnosis or no hypnosis. Besides Usain is still a work in progress in the 100. Asafa will probably run sub 9.7, but in Berling he'll finish no higher than 3d.
    Seeing as how he probably won't be the favorite in Berlin, if he does finish 3rd, would you categorize that as a choke?
    Well as the post is about Bolden's prediction that AP could win it all, then yes. More than likely he'll come into Berlin with 2d. best time of 2009. But due to past performances he'll be expected to finish no higher than 3d., so in that sense he's not choking, just living up to expectations, but not up to his abilities.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by gh
      Originally posted by jeremyp
      Once a guy has a "choker" history he tends to keep it. Hypnosis or no hypnosis. Besides Usain is still a work in progress in the 100. Asafa will probably run sub 9.7, but in Berling he'll finish no higher than 3d.
      This not a "challenge" in any way: do you have somebody specific in mind for silver, or just think that no matter what the field Powell will finish no better than 3rd?
      No, and yes.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by RamGoat
        You can never tell the future.. Right now we are not sure of the Shape that Bolt is in due to the fact he has only run one 100m race.
        If Bolt is injured, and Powell had PB , or even WR, coming into Berlin, he'd still lose. It's not the opponent(s), it's the pressure of the BIG race he can't handle.

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        • #34
          The above statement has two truths: Powell gave up in Osaka, because of the "pressure," as he called it. However, that "pressure" came from Gay came coming up on him half-way through and causing Powell to panick. It is both the pressure to win and against whom he is competing which caused Powell to faulter on the last world championships.

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          • #35
            BTW, news reports say that Bolt will be in Boston for a "street parade" on Sunday. I am curious if he will make a quick stop in Philly on Saturday?
            Cows need love too

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            • #36
              Originally posted by jeremyp
              Originally posted by RamGoat
              You can never tell the future.. Right now we are not sure of the Shape that Bolt is in due to the fact he has only run one 100m race.
              If Bolt is injured, and Powell had PB , or even WR, coming into Berlin, he'd still lose. It's not the opponent(s), it's the pressure of the BIG race he can't handle.
              You notice that Powell never chokes to the same set of people twice!

              He already got over all the people in the Beijing Final. Well Bolt is the Exception he doesn't choke against Bolt so no problem there.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by RamGoat
                Originally posted by jeremyp
                Originally posted by RamGoat
                You can never tell the future.. Right now we are not sure of the Shape that Bolt is in due to the fact he has only run one 100m race.
                If Bolt is injured, and Powell had PB , or even WR, coming into Berlin, he'd still lose. It's not the opponent(s), it's the pressure of the BIG race he can't handle.
                You notice that Powell never chokes to the same set of people twice!

                He already got over all the people in the Beijing Final. Well Bolt is the Exception he doesn't choke against Bolt so no problem there.
                "...so no problem there."

                Yea, I agree that the fact that Bolt is way faster than Powell is "no problem."

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                • #38
                  Bolt has to be "way faster" than Powell week-in, and week-out, however. He's not. He lost to Powell in Sthlm, 9,88 - 9,89 when he had established that he could run as fast as 9,72 with Powell entering with a season's best 9,90 that day.

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                  • #39
                    I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.

                    I am pretty sure you guys are totally wrong though.

                    Really.

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                    • #40
                      Here's a certainty: Both Powell and Bolt, when they are on, will be in the 9,7-range on any given invitational at a meet site in EU. On any given day, one athlete may feel slightly better than the other one and win. Powell beat the world-record holder in Stockholm last year. He has the ability to do it again.

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                      • #41
                        I would be pretty shocked if a healthy Bolt wins less than 80% of his 100m races. Personally I think he'll win all of them. And fairly easily.

                        As for the 200m though, there is no way in hell Bolt will lose a 200m while he is healthy. In fact, I would go so far as to say that when healthy, Bolt will not lose a 200m race between now and London 2012.

                        Obv losing in non-final rounds doesn't count, and neither does stupid early season races where he is just jogging around and not racing against anyone.

                        In real races though, Bolt should win almost all of his 100m races, the only ones he loses would be ones where he gets off to a disturbingly bad start, where he woud win easily if it had been a 110m race. And in the 200m he is obviously completely untouchable. But I mean, even YOU will probably agree with him being untouchable at 200m.

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                        • #42
                          We agree completely on your last two statements, namely that Bolt should win MOST of his 100m races and all of his 200m races.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by EPelle
                            Bolt has to be "way faster" than Powell week-in, and week-out, however. He's not. He lost to Powell in Sthlm, 9,88 - 9,89 when he had established that he could run as fast as 9,72 with Powell entering with a season's best 9,90 that day.
                            I seem to remember Bolt having a lousy start. down by about 2 m, yet still almost winning.

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                            • #44
                              Almost doesn't cut it, however. Bolt has had a lousy start on a few occasions in his 100m races. He's won most of them. He lost one of them on a grand occasion against a former world-record holder. Not flubbing up the start would have likely have provided Bolt with a diamond for breaking Powell's stadium (meet) record. He will not always be able to reel in athletes in the 9,7 class if he has a bad start.

                              He's working on his starts, I believe... part of what his trainer believes will make him faster.

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                              • #45
                                We seem to be forgetting Bolt's struggle with managing his successes/off track commitments and remaining disciplned in his training.

                                This doesnt come from me, but he himself has acknowledged it as affecting him and causing a slow start because of fitness issues.

                                The only thing harder than getting on top...

                                Is staying there.
                                The fool has said...there is no God. Psa 14

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