Let's get back to the NCAA, though.
What I wonder is if Locke was holding anything back during his prelim.
Silmon looked to have been going all-out, but Locke's start left something to be desired. I don't know if he was holding back just a bit, or if he just got a crap launch out of the blocks, but IMHO he left .03-.04 on the table right there.
The good news is that they are FINALLY learning how to operate their wind gauge in Eugene, and to not fake the timing. We will get to see if Locke can replicate or better yesterday's performance under different conditions.
I'm excited for Locke. If that was wind-legal, I think it was worth a 9.93 with just a better first 2 steps, and a 9.91/9.90 with a better first 10 steps. Granted, that's with an almost-max legal wind...but his relaxation looked good, even though he looked to be pushing a bit to stay out in front.
I know he can do a better start, he has shown that. No problem. I also like his relaxation over the last 35m, it looked very smooth.
That leaves transition, and absolute top speed, two things which in my opinion are related. You have to be able to set yourself up in transition for the "bloom" to absolute full-speed--if you don't, you will never achieve it. I don't think it's the case that you can just "put it off" until a bit later in the race, because these things go not by how many strides you have taken, but by how long it takes you to execute a particular move.
I think that if he perfects that "transition and bloom", he will be excellent--and by that, I mean a 9.8x possible maybe once or twice in his career, if all goes well.
Of course, if they screwed up the wind reading, then I would add a tenth to everything, and suggest that he could go 9.9x possibly once or twice in his career if all goes well.
I hope he wins the 100. I like the other guys too, but I have always been pulling for Locke. He will be in a dogfight, though. I think his prelim was an awakening for him, and I actually expect him to do relatively worse in the final than in the prelim. It would not surprise me if Brown beat him.