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RE: VICAUT 9.95 (+0.9) and 9.95 (+0.3) at French Nationals 2013
I always thought Surin looked bigger and more ripped, at least at his peak. He's listed as 5'11" at 190lbs, Vicaut 6'1" at 180. Even if those numbers are out of date, i'd say Surin had more mass/height ratio. I've seen video's of Vicaut squatting 315X3 but they were only quarter squats which is significantly easier than hitting parallel. I've also seen Harry Aikines *front* squatting 1X420 parallel and power cleaning 353, and of course we've all heard legend of Ben Johnson squatting 600 (I've only seen 10 plates=495). Anyways Vicaut is pretty strong for only 21 and will only get stronger.
But the main pt is, yes, Vicaut looked *very* solid. He will also get a huge boost in confidence which should help drive down times even more. Lemaitre looked like a raw schoolboy next to Vicaut, despite being 2 yrs older. He also seemed to be breathing much harder in the post race interview, and that's after being more than 0.3 secs off his pb, so somethings not right.
And yeah, Lemaitre needs more mass to help with his drive and give him more momentum near the finish. As an engineer he should understand these mechanical advantages. He looks like he could power clean maybe 100lbs on a good day. Then again, Percy Williams was only 5'7" 123 lbs!
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