Quote Of The Day
“It was around the 200m [at the Oregon Twilight Meet] where my Beijing 45 flat journey began. Every step Bryshon [Nellum] took after the 200m line was getting faster. I was like ‘what the hell is he doing?’ I went with him. We kept this up for the entire 200m. Neck and neck. He ended up beating me by .01 something; but I didn’t care. I wanted to know what the 200m business was about. I asked him and he told me that 400m runners start moving at the 200m gradually picking it up each stride. I had always waited until about 125-150 to go and then I’d hammer it. …”
“… I met [1992 Olympic 400m champion] Quincy Watts for the first time … He basically gave me a few more tips and I simply used them. … So I’m in the blocks [in Beijing] and I get out like normal, do the Quincy Watts and then when the 200m comes I do the Bryshon Nellum and then with 100m to go I do the LaShawn Meritt (I’ve watched him race and decided that he must try to hold his form the last 100m for a reason). So that’s what I did and I was blown away. I basically copied three people.”
– Ashton Eaton explaining the process he went through to run an unbelievable 45.00 in the Beijing decathlon 400m to set the decathlon 400m best as well as break his own overall decathlon world record. Amazing that even as the WR holder, Olympic and World champ, Eaton still remains a student of the sport.
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