What do you think Vicaut will do in the 100m this year?

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What do you think Vicaut will do in the 100m this year?

Postby nicest person ever » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:40 am

He ran a 6.48 personal best (beating his old personal best from last season by .05) a few days ago, which puts him at #1 in the world in the 60m as of right now.

Last season his pb in the 100m was a 10.02 in -0.1 wind, so basically a genuine 10.02

So, based on that, do you guys think he will he go 9.9-mid-basic, or 9.9-low-basic this season? (and thus possibly dip into the 9.8's if he happens to get a decent tailwind during his best run of the season this season?)

Considering he's still only 21, this would put him on a similar age/performance track as Yohan Blake had when he was that age I think unless I'm remembering it wrong.

Do you think he is overrated and doesn't have the top end speed to play with the big boys ever, or do you think he is the real deal and will be one of the 9.7-monsters in a few years?

Thoughts? Predictions?

Weeeeeeeeeee, I'm so excited for track season to start!!!
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Re: What do you think Vicaut will do in the 100m this year?

Postby 26mi235 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:09 am

NPE, welcome back.

I am not a sprint guy and am guessing here. Some of the things you do the make the first part of a race faster make later parts slower. This is almost trivial in that running 50-flat for the first 400 of a 1500 will not get you to the finish faster. As you shorten, things get a little less clear.

It is my opinion that going REALLY hard for the first part of a 200 takes a toll in the second half - it seems some sprinters agree and some disagree, but even here the nature of the curve adds a complexity. [I think that Bolt said that he feels like he goes just as hard, yet he hits nowhere close to 9.5x for the first 100 and I think that not all of that is that the track curve makes his 9.58 effort and turns it into a 9.8 or 9.8 (cannot remember the split) time.] Even in the 100 people are tie up before the end and if they went that hard the first 100 of a 200, they deceleration would be greater.

Going down to the 100, does more 'effort' in the first half translate into speeding the 100 up (e.g., 0.05 fast over the first 60 leading to 0.05 faster over the 100) or having to give back a little of the gain in the last 20 meters (0.05 fast at 60m leading to 0.03 faster at the end). The third alternative is that they are outright faster so that 0.05 faster at 60 leads to, so, 0.08 faster at the end. In addition, being faster due to better reaction time seems like a pure shift which carries through to the 100.
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Re: What do you think Vicaut will do in the 100m this year?

Postby EZSum » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:31 pm

Blake was faster than Vicaut at the same age. He was sub 10 as a teen and world champion by 21. If Vicaut gets in the mix with the best, peaked, with good conditions, I reckon he'll get down to 9.8 high or 9.9 low. Sub 10 for sure, barring injury, as he improves every year.
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