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  • Best male 100m sprinter to never win World or Olympic gold.

    To be considered in the poll, the sprinters had to be retired, have a personal best that is sub-10 seconds, and won silver at either the World or Olympic Championships. There are only 8 male sprinters that meet these criteria. So if these 8 sprinters were in their prime and lined up on an 8-lane track, try to decide who would come out on top.
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    Andre Cason
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    Ato Boldon
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    Bruny Surin
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    Calvin Smith
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    Francis Obikwelu
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    Frankie Fredericks
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    Leroy Burrell
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    Raymond Stewart
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  • #2
    Gotta go with my sentimental fave - Frankie Fredericks.

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    • #3
      Frankie Fredericks deserves it cuz he consistently performed at a higher level for a longer period of time than anyone else on that list.

      As a Canuck though, I went for Bruny Surin, cuz him and Donovan Bailey gave Canada so much to root for in track back in the late 90's.

      I'm hoping that Asafa Powell doesn't end on a list like this one day.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jon
        Gotta go with my sentimental fave - Frankie Fredericks.
        You were too young to remember Smith. He was so relaxed.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Daisy
          Originally posted by Jon
          Gotta go with my sentimental fave - Frankie Fredericks.
          You were too young to remember Smith. He was so relaxed.
          Kind of reminded me of Michael Johnson with more top-end speed, I mean they both had their heads tilted back, with a slight arch in their back and relied more on cadence than power. Except that Johnson had more of a curve to his back arch, and Smith had a slightly higher knee lift.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DexterDanner
            Originally posted by Daisy
            Originally posted by Jon
            Gotta go with my sentimental fave - Frankie Fredericks.
            You were too young to remember Smith. He was so relaxed.
            Kind of reminded me of Michael Johnson with more top-end speed
            I understand their styles were both unique but Smith was not as stiff as Johnson. Or am I misremembering?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Daisy
              Originally posted by DexterDanner
              Originally posted by Daisy
              Originally posted by Jon
              Gotta go with my sentimental fave - Frankie Fredericks.
              You were too young to remember Smith. He was so relaxed.
              Kind of reminded me of Michael Johnson with more top-end speed
              I understand their styles were both unique but Smith was not as stiff as Johnson. Or am I misremembering?
              I'm not sure what you mean by "stiff". But looking at Youtube videos, both of them had similar body positions, in that they weren't upright, but had their torsos tilted back. Well everyone's unique, but Johnson and Smith were similar in that there weren't a lot of other athletes out there running with their torsos "tilted-back", and they were both cadence guys not power guys. Their uniqueness or differences from each other stems from their varying degrees of knee-lift and back curvature.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DexterDanner
                and relied more on cadence than power
                by '96, mj was all power

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by eldrick
                  Originally posted by DexterDanner
                  and relied more on cadence than power
                  by '96, mj was all power
                  How the hell that he get so buff from '95 to '96, and then he shrunk afterwards again. I'm not saying drugs, ok, lets get that straight, I could never label anyome as great and as intelligent as Mike as dirty - never. But did he like change his workout regimen or frequency of workouts? Does anyone else think that the '96 version of Mike was frikkin' ripped?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DexterDanner
                    Does anyone else think that the '96 version of Mike was frikkin' ripped?
                    yeah,
                    ... nothing really ever changes my friend, new lines for old, new lines for old.

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