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RE: VICAUT 9.95 (+0.9) and 9.95 (+0.3) at French Nationals 2013
I'm not sure. At all.
But he has done absolutely nothing to raise any more than the baseline suspicion we wisely harbor for all these athletes.
He always shows up. He is from a civilized country. He never ducks. He gets injured--and when he does get injured, he doesn't go to some roid-prescribing doctor somewhere, he goes to...a dance coach.
He is absolutely open. He posts tons of stuff on the web. His training is visible for all to see. He was an excellent junior. He is well-balanced. His performances are not (yet) off the charts.
He's a big, strong guy, I mean really solid. You can tell just by looking at him, he is put together well, something like Surin was. He doesn't look inflated, like the Johnson series--his size looks absolutely natural, with the distribution you would expect from a sprinter who has a good weight program.
The only thing that would raise an eyebrow at this point would be his seemingly miraculous drop to sub-10, from something like 10.22 basic in his last 100m race.
But considering his indoor form and early outdoor form, this was only a matter of time, and I called it.
There is nothing fishy about him, at all. He is a hardworking, open, excellent young sprinter who is still figuring some things out. He shows actual joy when he does well, he always gives interviews, he is gracious in defeat, he doesn't like losing. He's not one of those guys who barely cracks a perfunctory smile after going 9.7x because they know where they got it from--in his case, these 9.9's were the product of dedication, commitment, and hard work, and he is right to be happy about them, as he apparently was about his 20.30
Let me ask you--is there anything in particular about him that would cause you to have more than the required normal degree of suspicion that he was doping? It doesn't sound like it, from your post.
All those things I mentioned are on the plus side for Vicaut, which is why I believe, much more than 50%, that he is clean.
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