Tommie Smith at 400m


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Tommie Smith at 400m

Postby AFTERBURNER » Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:55 am

Hello,

I believe if Tommie Smith had specialized in the 400m, he would have been the first
to break 43.00 and that record would still stands today.

What's your thoughts?
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Re: Tommie Smith at 400m

Postby Jackaloupe » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:35 pm

Who could disagree? I expected him to be in the thick of the discussion over Bolt vs. Hayes; I'd put TS there, too, even if the San Jose sprinters did have their share of "modern" sprint technique from Bud Winter.

I watched him go for the 440 WR one windy day at SJS, but the wind was too much. That was a few years before Lee Evans upped the work ethic to develop all that strength down the homestretch.
[Actually, USC's Mike Larrabee had already shown the way as to "work"; he'd run his repeat ("Interval") 330s by starting out on the 150 yd. stretch w/ us Sprinters and just keep going at the same pace as we pulled up to stroll back for our own, lazier versions of Intervals.]
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