These are 3 good picks for the 2008 USA Olympic Team. Many people think Angelo Taylor with be the third and final spot behind Jeremy Wariner and LaShawn Merrit. But trying to double in the 400 meter hurdles and the 400 meters, plus possibly 2 rounds in the 4x400m relay… that’s a lot of lactic acid.
The other issue I have with Angelo’s double is the USA Trials timetable. The opening round of the 400 meters are immediately after the 400 meter hurdles. If he was slotted in the very last heat of the first round, that’s not enough recovery even for an elite athlete like Angelo. Even if he jogs the race, he still has to qualify.
I think Xavier Carter will make the team by finishing Top 6 at the USA Trials. “Round Management” is essential in finishing top 3.
Here is a nice 7 minute documentary from 2006 on YouTube.
Here is the Xavier Carter 19.63 200 meters in lane 8 video including pre-Osaka 2007 Tyson Gay.
And last, but not least, his single day triple gold medals from the NCAA 100m, 400m and 4x400m (he won another gold at 4x100m earlier)
Xavier Carter’s personal bests are 10.09 – 19.63 – 44.53 for the 100m, 200m, and 400m respectively. His raw speed gives him an edge with that extra speed reserve. When you run 19.63, then splitting 21.1 will be a tempo run!
If you were his coach, what event would you train him for?