I’m going to make a bold prediction here.
If Tyson Gay decides to run the 200 at Manchester, just like Sanya Richards, I predict he will break the world record.
But I’m not talking about the 19.19 WR set by Usain Bolt.
I am referring to the 200 straightaway WR set by Tommie Smith, a 19.5 HT or 19.74 FAT.
Why not? Last year, Tyson opened up the season with a 200m in a scorching 19.58 at the Reebok meet.
Surely with a straight track, weather permitting and favorable wind conditions, he can run under 19.74 post-groin surgery?
If you want to get picky, then it’s really a World’s Best rather than a World Record.
And, yes, I will stop calling you “Shirley”…
If you want to see how they make a track on a road surface, see my article on the The Making of Manchester and Temporary Tracks