In the 400 meters, can you drop your personal best from 45 seconds down to 43 seconds in one year?
The answer is yes.
In 1967, Lee Evans ran a 44.9 hand time (equivalent to a 45.04 FAT) behind Tommie Smith’s 400 meter World Record of 44.5, then ran 43.86 in Mexico City in 1968.
In 1987, Steve Lewis ran 45.76 at the USA National Junior Championships, followed by his 43.87 Gold medal victory over Butch Reynolds at the Seoul Olympics.
So it is possible to drop your PB from 45 point down to the 43 point territory? It’s rare, but it can be done.
Every 20 years we go through a cycle of great American Quarter Milers. 1968, 1988, 2008… hmmm, do I see a pattern here?
And yesterday, Jay Hicks wrote about Bryshon Nellum: Track & Field’s “Next One”
So it’s fair to say we may see the same with Bryshon this summer, as long as he doesn’t burn himself out and run too many races.
Bring on the Olympic Trials, where several American Quarter Milers will be staying home, but good enough to make the National team in any other country!