In stunning fashion, LaShawn Merritt upset Jeremy Wariner to win the Olympic Gold medal in 43.75.
LaShawn Merritt appeared to be left in the blocks with a 0.318 reaction time. But in a 400 meters, the reaction time is not as critical as your first 40-60 meters which sets you up for the entire race. You have to go hard or go home.
It is also a personal best for LaShawn, and the Olympic Final is a great time to set a personal best.
I prefer to go hard for the first 40 meters then relax, but Clyde Hart has his athletes driving hard the first 60 meters. Anywhere around 7 seconds is ideal to use up your ATP-CP stores.
Like the previous Olympics in 2004, and in 1988, The Americans made it a sweep with David Neville diving in for 3rd place ahead of Chris Brown of Bahamas. Neville out of Lane 9 gets a bronze medal and a 9.5 from the diving judges.
Everyone is now going to blame Jeremy Wariner’s coaching change for his failure to repeat his Gold medal in Beijing Olympics.
Onto the relays. Who runs anchor now? Jeremy is used to running 3rd handing it off to Darold Williamson during his Baylor years, and even in the 2004 4×400 Olympics despite winning the individual Gold medal.. Since 2005, he has always run anchor in the 4x400m.
But first, I’ll go through the hundreds of entries in the 400 meter Olympic Prediction contest.
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