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Poster: old coach man
Subject: RE: Wariner 45.64
I did not see the race from this past weekend so I really can't comment. I would honestly like to see the pacing for it.
Over the last decade I have noticed something about him in the 400. When he was younger he started fast for 100 and really floated the back stretch, never pressing the 2nd 100, set himself up in the 3rd 100 and finished stronger. Go back and watch every big race from 2004 NCAAs, 2004 athens, 05 helsinki, 07 osaka and the various golden league/diamond league meets in between. Not only were they the biggest races they also were his best times. If he ran a 45.xx he was probably working on something in particular open harder or work the middle harder) but when he was in the low 44s and even into the 43s he saved something for the end.
To do this he didnt start slow but he didnt hammer the entire first 200. He might keep pace with the guy on the outside or let the guy on the inside of him catch him. It depended on the other racer.
At 04 ncaas he caught williamson (a poor starter) at the gun and ran even with him. Kellie Willie, two lanes on the inside, caught them by 175 or 200 and he didnt panic. In fact his middle 150 was probably slowest in the field. Eventually he kicked in the last 100 FTW.
04 athens. Harris went after his man to the outside in the first 100. Wariner went with him initially but backed off the next 100 while harris continued to press. Eventually harris broke down (if you call a silver medal breaking down) and wariner passed him in the final 50m.
He followed this style in Helsinki, Osaka, US championships and races across the globe. Until Beijing or the 2008 US trials. He started to hammer the first 200, instead of backing off that 2nd hundred like he had been in the past. By the time he went to the home stretch he had nothing left and his form breaks down. Making him look like he is done or out of shape.
Go back and take a look at this 44.50 relay split from the other day. He went out hard the first 100, guys behind him caught him, continued to press, while he backed off and with 200 to go it was over.
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