First, Congratulations to Dwain Chambers for winning the 2009 indoor Euro Championships 60 meters.
Whether he is clean or not is NOT is the topic of this article. You can buy his book and come to your own conclusions.
His winning time didn’t impress me as compared to his 6.42 semi-final race.
Anytime you get within 0.03 seconds to Maurice Green’s 6.39 WR, that raises some eyebrows.
If you can remember Dwain Chambers’ previous running style, he was very muscular (maybe too muscular?) and was always trying to muscle his way through his races.
But being the semi-final, where you can be more relaxed, it often amazes (surprises?) me how fast you can run when in the lead and relaxed. Just ask Mike Marsh at the 1992 Olympic 200 meter semi-finals!
His start, in particular his first 10 meters, also reminds me of Armin Hary. The start sets you up for the entire race.
Take a look at the video below on YouTube and you can see a huge difference compared to his BALCO days.
I wish they had an overhead shot of Dwain, as you can see his shoulders rotate about an inch or two, which would give an extra inch to his hips, and therefore an extra inch to each stride. Charlie Francis mentioned this years ago on how you can can gain a free meter by adding once inch to 45 strides. A one meter savings is about 0.10 seconds.
60 meter to 100 meter extrapolation
You can talk all you want and hypothesize a 60 meter to 100 meter extrapolation.
Does a 6.42 convert to a 9.70?
The answer is yes, if you can run 0.82 for the next 40 meters with exceptional speed endurance
Based on previous world records, a conversion of 1.53 or 1.54 would give you approximately 9.82 – 9.89. Still pretty impressive, but no 9.69 which is what the whole world wants to see. At least to non-track fans where the only thing that matters is a world record.
Women’s athletics have it tough with so many records out of reach from alleged drug use. The Pole Vault and 5000 meters are the only events where records are being broken. Forget the 100mH-100-200-400-800 and forget the 1500-3000-10,000 meters. Even a 2.09 HJ or 7.52m LJ can make Men green with envy. Financial incentives for breaking world records will be tough for the ladies!