Just an FYI . . .
Christophe Lemaitre ran 6.87. The slowest time of the 12 participants.
I don't know why he even bothers.
I shouldn't have said that, because it's obvious why Lemaitre bothers . . . to collect an appearance fee!
There's no love of the sport and desire to compete there. And I don't believe there ever was with Lemaitre. That was his biggest problem.
You know he's only 31 yrs old. Guliyev is the same age. Bingtian Su is a year older. They both competed individually at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Imagine if Matthew Boling never improved after this year. Imagine that this year will be his all-time peak, and he will go downhill starting next year.
Wouldn't that be disappointing?! He's only 21 yrs old!
But that's what happened with Lemaitre. He ran his PBs at the age of 21.
Bingtian Su ran his 100m PB at the age of 31
Guliyev ran his 100m PB at the age of 27, and his 200m at the age of 28.
That's what so annoying about Lemaitre. He had more potential than anyone, including Boling; and it was his lack of desire, determination, and dedication (not injuries, opportunities, or bad luck) that left his huge potential unfilled.
Yes, he was perhaps the greatest white sprinter of the past several decades; yes, he was the first sub-10 white sprinter; yes, he won bronze medals in the 200m at the Olympics and World Championships . . . . but he could have, should have, done so much more.
He had once in a lifetime talent, and he only needed to dedicate himself to harnessing that talent. But he didn't. He didn't have the desire.
So for me, that leaves a bitter taste.
But I understand that for many of you, the taste is different.