2014 Outdoor Season

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  1. freedom1

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    eased up

    Reus definitely eased up in 10.05 semi. Under right conditions, he's definitely capable of breaking 10.00.
     
  2. white lightning

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    Adam Gemeli and Richard Kilty are both safely through the first round of the 100 meters heats at the Commonwealth Games. Gemeli looked very impressive running a 10.15 -0.8 wind while easing up towards the line. Kilty had a bad start but came back in his heat to tie for 2nd place and join the top automatic qualifiers. The semi finals and finals will both be held tommorow. One last thing. I was suprised that Australia didn't have any of their men sprinters representing the land down under. It makes no sense. Many of the competetors in the first 10 rounds of the heats were far slower than any of the australian sprinters. They should have sent at least a few to get some experience in a big world class meet that is only held once every 4 years. It makes me shake my head about the future of athletics in Australia.

    I will never forget the 1998 Commonwealth Mens 100 Meters Finals. Young 19 year old Matt Shirvington of Australia ran a wind legal time of 10.03 to take the bronze. He was amazing to watch despite never getting to the level of Lemaitre. Still one of my favorite sprinters of all time. He was just so damn powerful. I will always contend that he was overtrained. His training program led to multiple injuries. He had so much talent. Shirvo went sub 10.10 multiple times. If only he would have have a good positive wind in any of those races, he would have been the first white guy to go sub 10 seconds. He was and still is a legend in Australia. We need a new "Shirvo".
     
  3. white lightning

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    Adam Gemeli is through to the final running an outstanding 10.07 in the semi finals. I think he just might be due for his first sub 10 in the finals coming up shortly. Good luck to him!

    Richard Kilty continued his frustrating outdoor season. He ran in the only heat with a negative wind but no excuses. He ran a descent time of 10.27 but it wasn't even close to fast enough to make the final. I feel bad for him as he was unbeatable indoors. He really has only had one good race outdoors this year and that was his opening race of the summer. I have said and still think he is just tired. Outdoors needs to be his primary focus going into 2015. I'm still happy for him though as winning the world indoor championship helped to get him some much needed endorsement money.
     
  4. white lightning

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    Adam Gemeli takes the silver medal in a time of 10.10 seconds. He was leading for around 2/3 of the race but he started to tie up bad down the stretch. Regardless, he took 2nd and he beat a hell of alot of good sprinters. Great showing by the youngster. He learning how to deal with the pressure of multiple rounds that you face in the major championships. I would have been happy with a bronze but he did even better. England should be very proud of this fine young man. He carries himself with class and dignity on and off the track. Congrats Adam.:grin:
     
  5. white lightning

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    Here are a couple of times run recently in the 200 and 400 meters. These guys could make some noise at the European Champs.


    Serhiy Smelyk of the Ukraine ran a 20.35 0.2 wind.


    Jakub Krzewina of Poland ran a 45.11 recently. Such a shame we can't see Pavel Maslak as he had a season ending injury
    but I'm hoping the Borlee Brothers, Martin Rooney, Jakub Krzewina or a few others will step it up over 400 meters at the european championships.
     
  6. Twinkle Toes

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    I'm happy for Reus but did anyone see the quarterfinals of the 100 meters at the Commonwealth games? I was watching Jarred Cannaughton in lane 1 absolutely take off on the entire field. By 20 meters he had to be at least 8 feet ahead of the closest competitor. Of course he blew it and ran a 10.4 something coming in third in the heat but man I have not seen a start like that since Shrivington or even drug cheat Ben Johnson.
     
  7. white lightning

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    How about a start like Morne Nagle? He was one of the best indoor sprinters I've ever seen. It's been nice to see Michael Tumi last year running 6.51 and Richard Kilty this year running 6.49. Only Nagle has gone quicker over 60 meters among euro sprinters.

    JayConn had and still has alot of talent but never seemed to put it all together. I blame part of it on the cold weather up there. It hurts your training to much. You need to be in a warm climate. Michael Leblanc and even Nic Macrozoaris should have all moved down south. The only sprinters to ever make it big from Canada were all drug cheats.
     
  8. white lightning

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    I watched the 2014 Commonwealth Mens 4 x 100 meters Final. England looked really good in taking the silver medal. Three of the four guys are white sprinters! To run 38.02 and give Jamaica at least a decent race is a step in the right direction. Proud of the U.K. Squad. Way to go Kilty, Talbot, Gemeli and Aryeetey.


    Detailed Results

    Rank Bib Competitor

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    Jamaica
    Time:37.58
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    GR


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    England
    Time:38.02
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    Trinidad & Tobago
    Time:38.10
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    South Africa
    Time:38.35
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    NR


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    Bahamas
    Time:39.16
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    Nigeria
    Time:40.17
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    Antigua & Barbuda
    Time:40.45
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    Canada
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    DNF
     
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  9. white is right

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    His approach to the 100 meters is strange considering he has been a fringe world class 200 meter runner in the past and really hasn't gotten beyond the national level in the 100 meters. I think he takes it out to hard in the 100 and it causes his muscles to tie up in the last 40 meters in the 100. While in the 200 because the sprint is more controlled his body is able to hold on to his top speed better.
     
  10. lactatking

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    Jared Connaughton

    At iaaf.org you can find his development over 60m: (indoor)

    [TABLE="class: records-table progress-table"]
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    [TH]Performance[/TH]
    [TH="class: l t20"]Place[/TH]
    [TH]Date[/TH]
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    [TD] 2014[/TD]
    [TD] 6.69[/TD]
    [TD] Flagstaff, AZ[/TD]
    [TD] 08 FEB[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD] 2012[/TD]
    [TD] 6.69[/TD]
    [TD] Fayetteville, AR[/TD]
    [TD] 11 FEB[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD] 2010[/TD]
    [TD] 6.68[/TD]
    [TD] Ottawa[/TD]
    [TD] 13 FEB[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD] 2009[/TD]
    [TD] 6.64[/TD]
    [TD] Gent[/TD]
    [TD] 08 FEB[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD] 2008[/TD]
    [TD] 6.69[/TD]
    [TD] Norman, OK[/TD]
    [TD] 02 FEB[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD] 2006[/TD]
    [TD] 6.68[/TD]
    [TD] Houston, TX[/TD]
    [TD] 17 FEB[/TD]
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    These times are not outstanding.
     
  11. freedom1

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    from T&F News

    Not too many experts will have reckoned with a German challenge for the European 100m sprint title in just over a week’s time, but at the German championships last weekend a serious contender emerged.
    In the heats an explosive Julian Reus hurtled down the track to break the beam in 10.05 to erase a 29-year-old record set in 1985 by Frank Emmelmann.
    But there were more fireworks to come because in the final Reus and rival Lucas Jakubczyk could only be separated by thousandths of a second as they both clocked 10.01 with the wind agonisingly just over the legal limit at 2.2mps.
    That record run places the man from Wattenscheid fifth on this season’s continental lists.
    It is 32 years since Emmelmann lifted the European 100m title. Is it possible that the time has finally arrived for a German to once again stand on the top step of the podium?
    Secretly Reus may be harbouring thoughts of a medal, but he is not about to betray any sense of euphoria as the championships approach.
    “I wasn’t even thinking of the record beforehand,â€￾ admitted a stunned Reus to leichtathletik.com after his feat in Ulm. “I’m quite flabbergasted. But in Zurich today’s time will count for nothing.â€￾
    It is now two years since Reus began to make serious inroads towards the 10-second barrier. From 10.42 in 2011, he hacked three tenths of a second off that mark with a more than respectable 10.09 the following year.
    Another 0.01 was shaved off last year and now a further 0.03 has been peeled away.
    That marks a significant reduction from three years ago but it has been brought about by a serious restructuring of how the sprints are organised in Germany.
    One of the most significant steps appears to be taking the sprint squad for winter training in Florida.
    “It is clear that the climatic conditions are simply much better there than in Germany,â€￾ explains Reus.
    The fruits of that decision can be seen in the current rankings with Jakubczyk, Alex-Platini Menga, Martin Keller and Christian Blum all under 10.20 this summer.
    Reus for one is not resting on his laurels and has already identified where he could find those extra hundredths of a second to dip under the magic mark.
    He points to a weakness in his stride pattern over the final metres of a race: “I lose a little bit there in comparison with international competitors,â€￾ he says.
    But his main concern for the immediate future is to reproduce the sort of performance in Zurich that gave him the German title.
    But if hopes in the individual event are high, given the level that German sprinting is on at the moment there are even higher hopes in the relay.
    “First and foremost the objective is to reach the final of the individual then it is all to play for. For me personally, I will only start thinking about what I will do once the semis are out of the way.
    “But in the relay we are in with a shout for gold.â€￾
     
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    The European Championships start a week from today. I'm very excited. We will have to start a thread sometime soon.


    I stand by my prediction. Julian Reus still goes sub 10 this summer. He might need to just to have a chance to medal. It will
    probably be the fastest european mens final ever.

    I remember one years ago will Francis Obikwelu set the championship record. I could care less about him but in that same final there
    was two white guys that took bronze and silver running 10.10 and 10.13! Andrey Yepishin took the silver and Matic Osovnikar was the guy who took bronze. I have his autograph and he really was a nice guy. Those kind of times will not medal this year. It's going to be a very fast 100 meters final.
     
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    There is a good track meet in German tommorow. Lucas Jacubzyk and Richard Kilty are both in the mens 100 meters with a few others.

    Verena Sailer is in the womens 100 meters. Maybe we can see a few fireworks left. It will be hard though as most of the sprinters
    and other track & field athletes are exhausted from a long season. Hoping for the best though. Wish Reus would have races a few more races after the euro champs but he ended his season early.
     
  16. jacknyc

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    I see on the European lists that Andrew Robertson of Britain ran a 10.10 (with 1.9w) a week ago.
    Nice time! As fast as Lemaitre has run this year . . . although Christophe did so with less wind.
     
  17. Vanilla_Sky

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    Kilty peaked far too early this year and every race since March/May has been a disappointment. However, given his 60m win history shows that a sub 10 is almost inevitable for him. Maybe next year.
     
  18. freedom1

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    reflections on 2014

    Gemeli was a bright spot. He broke 20.00 under poor conditions and had a 10.04 in the 100. I don't doubt he could've broken 10.00. I would say he's a for sure next season to do it. He's of Iranian and Moroccan descent, so is part of the family that went in the other direction.

    Reus had a 10.05 to break the long standing German record. Now he needs to see a sports psychologist to learn how to stay relaxed during big meets.

    Not so sure about Kilty. Morne Nagel was great indoors, but never mangaged better than a 10.13 outdoors. We'll see. What changes will he make.

    Daphne Schnippers was a real bright spot on the women's side. She is sure to be better next year as her focus will now go onto sprinting.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what John Teeters can do in his junior year. He came out of nowhere. The 10.14 American record is getting long in the tooth. He should smash that this coming season.

    Hope everything works out for Kristofer Hari. I'm happy to hear he has gotten taller. I hope the speed is still there for him with the longer strides.

    I'm not too optimistic about Lemaitre. He's lost 3 prime years now, and there's no indication he's going to make any changes. I hope I'm dead wrong.
     
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