I told you so. Again. Years ago.
I was getting worried by the times he was putting up this year, except for his great 20.30 PR 200m in Paris. Also I think he got some unfortunate lane draws, in the wilderness in outside lanes in some meets so far this year.
VICAUT !!!! VICAUT !!!! VICAUT !!!!
Holy MF-ing sprinting!!!!
He must have read my last post on letsrun--he ACTUALLY looked at the track during drive instead of out at the finish line!!!!!!!!!!
Holy MF-ing crap those were super-impressive runs. OK, he needs work to smooth it all out, the transition from drive to mid/late acceleration was very sudden, it seemed like it was all about the head position.
See how it affected his transition? AWESOMELY, that's how. Earlier phases in the race are about setting yourself up for later phases of the race. Once he nailed those transitions, he was GONE!!!!!!! I mean, GONE!!!
The final was, say, a basic 9.96 or 9.97, but it looked faster than that.
With this newly-discovered drive phase setting up what looks like could develop into an excellent transition, he will, and already has to some extent, shown that max v bloom in his race.
THIS IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST CLEAN SPRINTERS, EVER.
This would have been mid-9.8 with max wind, nearing the best achievable cleanly. I think that he is a 9.88-9.90 basic guy just waiting to happen, I think he is that good. Having said that, I will call it now, within maybe 3 years if he stays uninjured you will see a 9.78-9.81 from him if the winds are perfect.
This guy is amazing, I SWEAR that in his max v and maintenance phases I now saw a bit more torso rotation, that enabled him to have slightly superior recovery and higher knee lift.
HE MUST READ LETSRUN.
Check out his acceleration in the semi--he gets up too straight again, realizes it, puts his head down, and on come the jets!
HOLY CRAP I'M FREAKING OUT.
I KNEW HE WAS GOOD, BUT I DIDN'T THINK HE WAS THIS GOOD.
Heck, he could go 9.8x-mid THIS YEAR.
In the final, he was only even with Lemaitre until maybe 40m, which really isn't great at all--where he nails him is transition, max v, and maintenance, all set up by that drive.
Now that he has learned how to set up the flow of the rest of his race based on a drive phase, it will be time for him to learn how to drive better. Lemaitre actually had the better drive of the two, IMHO, but fatigued massively. Something is not right with that guy.
Vicaut is still leaving .10 on the table in his start/early acceleration, IMO. From 40-100m, this was an absolute elite quality 100m sprint. All he needs is to get that early/mid acceleration drive nailed, and he will be a serious medal threat. You can see him trying things, in both the semi and the final.
If he can go 9.96 while obviously working things out, wow.