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Powell eyes new 100m world record

by dezza121 (U14333982) 21 June 2010
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Asafa Powell aims to reclaim the 100m world record, which stands at 9.58 seconds from Usain Bolt.

Do you think either Powell or American rival Tyson Gay can break Powell's world record?

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posted Jun 23, 2010

I think the English Disease he's referring to is the fact that a certain proportion of the population automatically assume that anybody who makes a big improvement and who isn't British must have done it with drugs. Brits are allowed to do it of course because obviously all British athletes are stout honest upstanding fellows, unlike Johnny Foreigner.

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posted Jun 23, 2010

It's not about making a big improvement, at no point have I talked about the size of the jump being the indicator. Go back and read my post again.

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posted Jun 23, 2010

I didnt read it that way at all Soreshins, I think he is saying the English athletes dont believe they are good enough to make huge strides forward because of a lack of self belief.
I dont belive that to be true, it may well be the case for soem, as would for some athletes whatever country they come from, but their are a stack of English athletes who make big improvements every year.

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posted Jun 23, 2010

My apologies, you are correct - I read it wrong.

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posted Jun 23, 2010

How about nervousness/lack of experience/lack of confidence/poor tactics etc.. for athletes n the big stage in major championships, Diggers et al?

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posted Jun 23, 2010

Speedy of course those are issues, but some athletes will thrive in a major environment and some wont. Again its the same for athletes from any country though. Christine O has thrived on the big stage as an example, Ennis seems to as well.
Personally, and I know many wont agree, thats why I think all the Brit athletes should be trying to go to the CWG's as its still going to have that huge event feeling with massive crowds in a massive arena.

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posted Jun 23, 2010

If that's the case, why haven't we heard many athletes going for the Europeans and CWG or even just going for the CWG this year because they see themselves as having more of a chance and for the big champ experience?

Does the lateness of the championships really make that big a difference or is it a safety issue for most of them?

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posted Jun 23, 2010

"If that's the case, why haven't we heard many athletes going for the Europeans and CWG or even just going for the CWG"

There are plenty who will be doing both and even more who are just doing CWG (due to lower entry standards.) All we've heard are one or two high profile athletes who have chosen not to.

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comment by aldric (U14531720)

posted Jun 24, 2010

No chance guys... Bolt is a freak of nature... that record could stay there for aeons...

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comment by george (U11834577)

posted Jun 29, 2010

i dont think gay or powell will toudh bolt re even so bolt will lower any rec he like

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