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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