>I am not sure how many people are aware of this
>but, in the southern hemisphere our summer runs
>december through march.
Thus the major athletics
>champs for southern hemisphere athletes ie
>patrick johnson, are in March.
The problem this
>presents is running qualifying standards an
>awkward time away from champs. Patrick will have
>had go away after his good summer and do another
>build up for Paris, that is why he has not been
>racing as much.
Also he has a 9.8? something
>running with a 4ish tail.
I don't think he will
>medal in Paris either, but for the reasons
>mentioned unless SH athletes for go their
>domestic season they never run very flash during
>the NH season.
It can be a problem, but then again it's not totally different from northern hemisphere athletes peaking for both indoor and outdoor seasons. The majority of world-class Australian athletes do manage it, so it's not that good an excuse... And, if the domestic season ends in March, he shouldn't have been running that fast in May - if he was in great shape back then, but isn't now, he must have got it wrong. Maybe he is going to peak in Paris, but somehow I strongly doubt he will get close to 9.93.