I hope John Capel gets his ass busted by Fredericks..... sorry to root against America's best hope but I really don't like the guy. He thinks this is the NBA where he can score points with the fans by acting an ass
for those who said that the race wouldn't be no where near under 20...care to rethink that?
I'm still not sure between Patton and Capel...20.03 was not only a p.r. for Patton but just looked so easy. Capel looks like he has a lot left in the tank as well. Right now I'm gonna go Patton then Capel.
patton did well last summer in what seemed to be his first serious summer season. capel has always had tremendous talent and should have never left for football. buckland is an outsider and could surprise. the japanese cant go any faster than he has already. everybody likes frankie, but i doubt he will even medal in what could be his last big meet race. jj johnson is stuck in lane one, with his height he has no chance to do anything from there. i think it is between capel and patton woth buckland third.
If Patton and Capel are caught sleeping on that turn, keep an eye on Suetsugu (whom Capel was looking at as he crossed the line in the semi). If he comes around that turn faster than he did in that 20.03 he ran earlier this summer, and holds it down the straightaway, the U.S. will have a lot more than Kenteris to worry about next year.
1 1407 Johnson Joshua J. USA 20.05 19.88
2 513 Campbell Darren GBR 20.34 20.13
3 960 Buckland Stéphane MRI 20.06 20.06
4 1422 Patton Darvis USA 20.03 20.03
5 766 Suetsugu Shingo JPN 20.03 20.03
6 1383 Capel John USA 20.17 19.85
7 974 Fredericks Frank NAM 20.23 19.68
8 1006 Emedolu Uchenna NGR
Also known as.... JJ is toast! (after his first 50m in the semis, he was lucky to get in anyway). Note that the Doc will have Suetsugu (and Capel) in his sights. This is all the edge he needs (and maybe he didn't need one). Capel doesn't seem to be exhibiting a lot of top-end staying power. And his attempted stare-down of Suetsugu-san was incredibly bush league.
Capel is a jerk, but he will probably win the race in around 19.9. Kenteris at full strength would have won soundly. Suetsugu has been impressive, and will be able to play off Capel in the final and he drew the best lane (5). Patton is a good guy so I hope he beats Capel. It's good to be confident but looking at your opponent at the finish line is something kids on the playground do when they race to see who is faster.
After seeing Capel acting like an ass and trash talking his competitors in the last 20m I'm hoping for a repeat of Sydney for him. What is up with these American sprinters? Is being a jerk built into their DNA?
Why do I get the feeling that the rest of the field will underestimate Shingo's straightaway speed, like they did in the semis. And like the the Sydney 2000 field estimated Kederis's straightaway. Didn't Capel flinch in that one? Peace.
"Why do I get the feeling that the rest of the field will underestimate Shingo's straightaway speed, like they did in the semis. And like the the Sydney 2000 field estimated Kederis's straightaway. Didn't Capel flinch in that one? Peace."
I think you mean 'underestimated' in that second sentence. But you hit it right on the nose. If they blink, or, if Capel turns his head at the wrong time, Suetsugu might just crack 20.00. I think it may take a 19.92 to win.
best us finish in a while in this event, i think the last time we went 1-2 was in 88 !
the times were probably slow due to the wet track, nobody i am sure wanted to slip on the turn and dnf. and by the way kenteris would NOT have won this time and wont next yeat either.
capel and patton will only get better along with coby miller, jj johnson, crawford, williams. i think that the person to be reckoned with next year will be gatlin, hopefully he will not get injured before the trials like this year. gatlin has a 19.86 in a semi in the ncaa and that speaks volumes about his potential. the 200 at the trials next year will be a barnburner and hopefully will live to the hype unlike the same race at the 2000 trials.
What is this about Capel being a jerk or an ass? Do you know him? Have you ever met him? Probably not. He is a great person and a great competitor and just likes to go out there and have fun. Hats off to him.
Based on the winning time of 20.30? AVERAGE Kenteris' winning times from Sydney, Edmonton, and Munich, and you get 19.93. 20.09, 20.04, and 19.85. When was the last time a World or Olympic title was won in such a SLOW time as today? Without getting out any books I'm guessing it's 1960 or 1964.
"The participants should each deny ever having been in this race."
Whatever. These guys are quality guys. Are they capable of running faster? Yes. But the point is they got a medal. They are happy about that, they feel like they accomplished something big, and they have nothing to hang their heads about. They will be a threat in the years to come no matter who is in the race.