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RE: Holy Christian Taylor
I find it hard to believe that Taylor is slower than Edwards. Edwards has a 10.48 100m best, while Taylor has run 20.70/45.17. When you are talking about 18.21 being better "intrinsically" than 18:43, you have to assume that the wind value is going to lead to a proportionally better jump, which is not necessarily the case and not in a predictable fashion, because you have to translate the speed into the jump with the proper control. 18.325 "toe-sand" versus 18.60 is a big difference to explain away. Incidentally, I also looked up the IAAF standards--it doesn't affect a ratio, though it may affect the speed that they may have been running a shorter distance than 60m on the runway--minimum length is 40m. Let's say that one accelerates faster than the other for a certain time and that another accelerates longer--their time at top speed is going to be relevant to wind resistance. With a 40-50m runup, they'd be at top speed very briefly. So, I think that you'd only get a good reading of their relative wind resistance/advantage with time/distance on the runway in the jump. With Harrison, here is his 18.09 jump. The only thing I'll say about that is that it didn't look incredible until the very end, because his technique of the last phase of the jump was fantastic--the last movement he made in the air appears to give him his entire margin of victory. Compare to some of the women's jumpers flopping back in the sand with their whole upper body at Beijing.

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