lol, Ben was just striding, ticking off the distance, to the line.
I would match race Ben any day, but he knows I might beat him. I could muster an 11.5/11.6 for that race for sure!
I like Ben, I always have. I don't know why. There were plenty of guys around doing the same thing, they were all just a bit "off", if you know what I mean.
Ben seems to have dropped some weight recently, looking good.
What you guys don't know about Ben was that he was totally a sprinter. Everything about him was focused on sprinting. When you were around him you felt it. Even just sitting there in the bleachers, he was a sprinter. He's grown and expanded his endeavors over the years, but that core is still there.
He was like a religious artifact, like a living Buddha. He was the touchstone of sprinting. If you ever felt like you were off-track, wandering, or unfocused, all you needed to do was to think about Ben.
He still is that, for me. Guys like Lewis and Bolt, they have too many other interests and activities to be a sprinting touchstone. Too much media, too many French Open appearances, too many music videos.
Ben was, and still is, the reference standard.
There is no doubt that he retains some benefit from massive use. Like Blake, and unlike Bolt, I think he experienced permanent structural changes from his use, and so there is no way he could be considered to be competing "cleanly", even at age 51. He changed. His muscle fibers split. Like somebody said, his muscles had muscles, and they still do.
That guy is no joke. He is a monster. I saw him do things on the track that to this day I have not seen re-created, as much as I rave about things like Bolt's recent perfect start in Rome.
Good for Ben, I'm very glad that he is welcomed in such a race.
As for re-creating the 1988 field, no. That type of stuff is pathetic. The moment is gone, to attempt to re-capture some of the feeling only diminishes the original experience.