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Passion for the sprints in Jamaica is a powerful ingredient. But why do British sprinters showing world-level promise as juniors seem to bulk up awkwardly, or simply get eclipsed on the senior stage? Is it the coaching at fault? Is our coaching too linear in approach? Whatever the reason, we are far from being able to split hairs between phenomenal performances like those of Bolt and Blake.
If Bolt can respond to this adversity I hate to think how fast he could go if the weather allows it in London. He's still no.1 I think, but fair play to Blake, he'll push him all the way, just like Tyson Gay pushed Bolt to the WRs in the past.
I thought after Johan Blake ran that amazing 200m last year (19.26?) in diamond league he was a real threat to Bolt-looked much more comfortable than Bolt's 200m WR- albeit Bolt had ran a whole load of races by time he ran the 19.19.I still fancy Bolt for 100m in Olympics (Blake second and Gay third) but Blake for the 200m. great that the sport has depth - going to be fascinating viewing!
Best thing that could've happened to Bolt, he was getting complacent. Blake has been running him close for a couple of years now and Bolt finally has a point to prove. 9.4 is a bridge too far for both of them for the 100 but if anyone can do it then its Bolt, Blake will only push him on. I can see the 100 record going but 19.19 will take some doing
So much negativity, why? At the end of the day whoever wins will be a Jamaican. You haters should be more concern about the progress of the athletes from your countries. For those persons who like to link the Jamaican athletes to drugs, are you also saying that the athletes that are good at sports that Jamaicans are not good at are on drugs. Are the footballers, tennis players etc. on drugs.
Great times these for qualifying. Would have won Gold in all previous games. Great build up. But what is the secret. Even Gay/Gatlin have learned to do it now. If its hard work, how come so many others cant do it - brits/french/etc.A great era for most sports - even tennis has all timers. Must be modern fitness techniques plus diet plus training. Jamaica to Sprints and Spain to Footy.
I'm so glad that Yohan Blake has come along to challenge Bolt. I love Usain, but watching him finish 10m ahead of everyone else was getting a bit boring. London 2012 will hopefully be the best ever Olympic 100m & 200m. I live near the stadium; just being nearby has already improved my running. I can now sprint to the pub next door in just over 45 seconds...
As all athletes at this stage of the season are still in heavy training and are yet to be tapered for the olympics we are getting many skewed results this is just an example of that.
Blake is not a juicer , Bolt is partying too much , crashing cars etc. etc. maybe it's catching up to him , his form looks poor
I was as shocked as Usain bolt was, this just proves that if you are complacent with races, you can really pay the price. I do believe that the World record for the 100 Metres will be broken, especially with Blake and the other Great contenders, Positive Mental Attitude along with hard training, can provide great results.I cant wait for the Olympic Football too. http://www.football24-7.org
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@jackrrI wouldnt really want us to be any good at cricket, it wouldn't fit into Scottish culture. It was however an example, which after I clicked post comment I realised I have even witnessed 'arrogant' celebrations in cricket.
@ scottish-kev Substitute cricket for golf. But a jock wouldn't say the latter as they can't play either of them.
Usain Bolt does not look like he is jogging here. He was running against his biggest rivals and Blake is looking really good.If is still a big upset. Obviously it doesn't mean that Usain olt can't run faster in a few weeks time but it might have dented his confidence if that is possible. http://playwithflair.com/
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