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At a recent workout, Jeremy Wariner ran a pair of timed 350m sprints, with five minutes rest between the two. He was clocked in 40.09 and 41.60, faster, according to the training logs kept by coach Clyde Hart, than Johnson’s times for a similar workout in the lead-up to the 1999 World Championships.
Those are impressive times! But I often wonder when a coach or athlete gives a time to the hundredths of a second, does that mean they have FAT (Fully Automatic Timing) setup for practices?
He also quoted:
“From the 200 to the 300,”Wariner analyzed, “I have to pick it up a little more. Other than that, my start has to be a little better. And to add a little more strength.”
This is great advice, as most 400 meters are made or lost at this stage. In Michael Johnson’s race strategy, it’s the third “P” for position.
With the lightning fast track at Osaka, and a day off between the semi-finals and finals, it will be a great 400 meters to watch! The old schedule had the 400 meters on 3 consecutive days. Or in the old Olympic days, the 400 meters semi-finals and finals were on the same day!