26mi235 wrote:Sorry, that improvement in the 200 is better than in the 100. Remember, that 100 mark is soft by comparison and much easier to improve. His 100/200 ratio really did not change, and that means that he was able to keep the 200 at the top. Besides, the 400 leg, better than anything Bolt has run, I think, implies that he has long-sprint strength.
he split 45.8 on the relay leg (though he has reportedly split 44.8 earlier in the year. Remember last year when Bolt supposedly split 44? Me, too. I'll take that 44 split with a grain of salt); that's about normal for a 10.2 sprinter; it doesn't say QUARTERMILER automatically.
nothing about the 100m is soft and easier to improve from what I know. Also, how is the 200m improvement better when the 200m is twice the distance? Wouldn't the 10.34 (1.8) "convert" to roughly "10.40" for comparison sake; and wouldn't the 10.28 (-0.7) "convert", roughly to "10.26"? That's a .14 improvement. His "improvement" in the 200m is about .16. If the distance is twice as long shouldn't the improvement be twice as much?
He could be a great 400m runner, but I just don't think you can convert split times to 400m ability on the flat from the blocks and say that he will be a better 4/2 when he's already proven 1/2 ability from the blocks. Some of the same people who are saying that Williams should be a 400m runner were saying that Nickel Ashmeade should also move up to the 400m. Well, Nickel Ashmeade is now sub-10/sub-20. And, he was 10.37/20.40 at age 19. In 2007, WYC, Ramone McKenzie ran 20.67 to beat Guliyev and Ashmeade. Last year he ran 10.10/20.54 (he was also being talked about as a 400m runner).