Tyson Gay was absolutely sensational today and looks to be gearing up into some overwhelming form, running 9.78 secs into a headwind (-0.4m/sec) and under these conditions is phenomenal! Mind you, he got off to a sound start for a second race in a row which has been instrumental in the manner he's destroyed the fields involved, showing that his injury problems are behind him as well. All things equal, I sense that he's going to revise his US record before the season is out - I wouldn't rule out something like 9.65 secs or thereabouts from him!
Just for fun, and you can choose to take from this what you will, I was plugging in the numbers to JRM's calculator and it comes to a 9.75 basic. Now assuming a +2.0, that would have been 9.66 (if I did that correctly). Nonetheless, quite fast and slightly faster than his own PB of 9.69 (+2.0).
texan wrote:You are going to have to look at the time-force curves and it will be different for each individual. Do they even collect this data?
At least sometimes, but probably a lot of the time these days. In Jon Drummond's famous "heel twitch" false start in 2003 WC, which conincidentally had Asafa Powell with a normal false start, force-time curves were released for all runners.
The top times by the Jamaican men in the 100m this year
9.82 Usain Bolt 9.82 Asafa Powell 9.86 Nesta Carter 9.89 Yohan Blake
With Bolt and Asafa recovering and expected to be back fully fit next year, Jamaica is going to have a devastating mens 4 x 100m relay team in Korea next year at the WC's. I expect Jamaica to run 36.85 at the World Champs next year.
I'm really excited by the recent performances of Blake and Carter....
If Gay's time holds up -- or if he improves on it -- through the rest of the season, it will be the first time since Gatlin in 2004 that an American has had the best time of the year in the men's 100m.
TrainerPhil wrote:I knew Blake was set for a PR, but was expecting/hoping for something a bit faster.
If he had had a quicker reaction time his time would have been quicker. He was last to react, by 0.03 of a second to the next slowest, and by 0.059 to Gay. All indications are that he will continue to get faster.