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  • jamaicantrackfan
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    Originally posted by TrackDaddy
    Originally posted by jamaicantrackfan
    After seeing Asafa hobble at Penn, I am sure Ato will change his prediction now.
    From Powell to Gay?

    lol. Who cares what Ato thinks. Jamaicans don't . I don't.

    Usain is da man and will be our saviour in Berlin.

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  • TrackDaddy
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    Originally posted by jamaicantrackfan
    After seeing Asafa hobble at Penn, I am sure Ato will change his prediction now.
    From Powell to Gay?

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  • jamaicantrackfan
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    After seeing Asafa hobble at Penn, I am sure Ato will change his prediction now.

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  • EPelle
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    Originally posted by Gordon18
    So....since that race, has Powell beaten Bolt. Just remember thier last race bolt came from behind and beat powell by 6 100ths of a second, and bolt got a reaaaally bad start. i'm sure if he had got anywhere near as good a start as powell, or the same start he had in beijing, he would be way faster than powell, i really don't see powell beating bolt, unless bolts injured, or he doesn't run a full race
    Two things: It wouldn't be in one's best interest to point to their last race, because it was in 2008. Bolt should not be in that shape or condition to-date. Second, do any athletes, who are "way faster" than their competition, ever lose... especially in a compact, short-sprint like the 100m? Win-streaks come to an end in the 200m and 400m by guys "way faster" than their competition for any number of reasons.

    These arguments for Bolt are built on a premise that if Bolt got a better start he would this... he would that... However, in 2008, Bolt didn't get those starts and ran 9,69 in Beijing and a converted 9,69 in Bruxelles. Give Bolt these good starts and the complexion of the race changes, no? His two 9,69 races (actual and wind/altitude corrected) have been run from behind with bad starts, and that element is part of what pushed him to those fast times last year. What was his best time with a good start? Not 9,69.

    Now, in 2009, it will be interesting to see how his start has developed AND if he can continue running as fast as he did last year.

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  • Cojo
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    Powell AT Penns

    Well just got back from Penn's. Was very surprised that Asafa Powell was there and participated in the 4*100M. Alas however Powell who ran the anchor leg pulled up and finished last. He got the baton around 4 th or 5 th and I remember thinking to myself there is no way he is going to catch the runners ahead of him. And then he just slowed and pulled up. It looked a little staged to my eyes, but I do not want to make light of it, maybe it was a genuine injury.

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  • Gordon18
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    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.
    So....since that race, has Powell beaten Bolt. Just remember thier last race bolt came from behind and beat powell by 6 100ths of a second, and bolt got a reaaaally bad start. i'm sure if he had got anywhere near as good a start as powell, or the same start he had in beijing, he would be way faster than powell, i really don't see powell beating bolt, unless bolts injured, or he doesn't run a full race

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  • Chris McCarthy
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    It suprises me to see Powell being written off so easily.

    From what we have seen, Bolt is the faster man - the fastest man - but not by so much that he can commit a major error and always get away with it.

    Plus, Powell does always seem to crumble under the pressure - but it would only take one run for him not to.

    My money would always be against Powell unless the competiton really were nowhere near him, but I would delighted to see him take the major title.

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  • TrackDaddy
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    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.

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  • EPelle
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    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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  • jeremyp
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    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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  • EPelle
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    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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  • The Atheist
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    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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  • EPelle
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    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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  • The Atheist
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    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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  • EPelle
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    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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