Tar­gets speed

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con­fi­dence to man­age his rounds, so, where most peo­ple have to run at around 85% to get through, he’ll cruise it. If he does, it’s not a mat­ter of whether he’s go­ing to win, it’s a mat­ter of what time he’ll do it in.

Talk is that Wayde can go on to break Usain Bolt’s 200m record be­cause he is a slight sprinter, and that Bolt is sup­posed to be a freak phys­i­cally. Is it pos­si­ble?

The beauty of ath­let­ics is that it’s about num­bers. If you want to break 1.50 for the 800m you can’t get around in 65 sec­onds for the first lap. If you look at what Wayde’s done – 43 sec­onds for the 400m, 30 sec­onds for the 300m and sub-20 for the 200m – if you ask what he is able to do in two months’ time at the world champs, you al­ready know he can run sub-20, so it’s a mat­ter of by how much. I think he can break the 200m record be­cause of his run­ning style – he’s got a tech­nique like Carl Lewis or Frank Fred­er­icks, I can watch it all day – we know he’s got a tac­ti­cian of note for a coach and, if you look at his his­tory this year, he’s bro­ken the na­tional 200m record, the 300m world record and, last year, he broke the 400m. So is he in shape to do it? Of course he is. But I don’t know if he can do it this year be­cause dou­bling up will mean some kind of fa­tigue in his legs. It took John­son four years to eclipse that 200m record. When he goes back to do­ing the 200m or 400m, he’ll oblit­er­ate ei­ther record.

Is there a chance Wayde will win the dou­ble at the world champs? If so, why?

I think he can, but there’s a big if. If he can man­age his rounds prop­erly – if he draws a tough semi where the guys go sub-20, he doesn’t have a choice but to go with them. But if he can man­age his re­cov­ery, he’s got a strong shot of do­ing it. I think he’ll run a 19.5 and a 43.2 at the world champs, which will win the worlds. He’s go­ing to do what he needs to do to win and not go out to break records.

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