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|Subject: ||RE: Gatlin wins 2012 WC's in SB 6.46|
He can be, and he IS, especially at 200m.
Just not naturally.
He runs the 100 and 200 like Gay, and even has Gayesque turnover. But all other things being equal--which it seems they are (start, turnover, turn), Gay is longer and leaner, and covers more ground.
There is no magic in elite men's sprinting--there is no athlete in particular who just has a very much higher power-to-weight ratio than the other elites--something that Blake would require to do what it is he is doing. To do that you need pharma, and the guys who have had it are obvious.
Also, consider how young Blake is. To be relatively short, with an inferior start, and so young, and to run a WR 200m but for the RT? NO WAY. Not a chance, especially compared to guys with long stellar careers at 200m like Lewis, Fredericks, and MJ.
Of course, he's great to watch. I make no value judgment here, BTW--this stuff is so out of control, that at some point, in the words of Captain Picard, "you just have to bow to the absurd".
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