Well, you and Ventolin called this. In fact, as the latter pointed out, Gatlin was always known to be a great 200m runner. 19.8x in college and double gold. He just did not run it much. He was practically into the outside lane on the turn and then practically hit the inside line on the straightaway, into a headwind, far ahead of the rest of the field (Ashmeade 19.99 for second). Lemaitre was strong also as predicted and would have run sub 20 with a tailwind. 19.6x with a headwind does get Gatlin close to that American record with a 2.0 tailwind. As for Tyson Gay, he does not look like he is really in shape right now, but not a bad effort for him. He will run 19.9 or better in August/September.
Vid is up:
Wow, he totally slowed down at the end of the turn, and then had to wind it back up on the straight.
He totally could have gone 19.5 today, OUCH.
Also, look at Lemaitre destroy those around him after 170m, he just eats up ground with that stride, SE matching Ashmeade and Gatlin.
Also, look at how Gay's turnover just absolutely disappears after maybe 140m...just absolutely disappears. His first 100 looked great, though, better than his flat 100!
Wait just a minute wrote:I think it's important to remember that this is a 19.68...okay, say 19.65 with no wind.
NOT 19.32, 19.26, or 19.19
Gatlin is in with Carter, Fredericks, and Spearmon...NOT Johnson, Blake, and Bolt.
Carter, Fredericks, and Spearmon--WALLACE Spearmon. This is a time that could be done cleanly by the best 200m sprinters, and is not cause for alarm.
I would have been alarmed had he gone below 19.5
THIS IS A MILLION MILES FROM 19.19, 19.26, OR 19.32
he is level beyond carter/ff/wally
he has done NO 200 training his coach saying he was going to blast 170m & see what's left
he ran 19.6-low if no wind & wild curve where he ran maybe 1.5m extra distance out wide
he was capable of 19.4-high today if he'd just had 0 wind & managed to run a "controlled" curve in inner part of lane
all this off no 200 training !!!
Yes, I agree with this. I said 19.5, you say 19.4-high, no big deal. Ahead of Wally, etc.
Still behind the stratosphere, though, but only by a shade.
I can't wait until next year.
I just watched the vid closely...
This was a 19.4 run if executed properly and with no wind. THIS RUN, not some abstract run that he "could do", but THIS VERY RUN.
If trained and competed properly without injury, he would be in the 200m stratosphere, in the 19.3's, maybe not 19.32, but 19.3 anyway.