I won’t go into too much detail here, because everything that has been said about about Tyson Gay is already out there on the web.
I have to admit, I am impressed how Tyson ran this race, and how he gave 100% as seen in the post race interview where he couldn’t catch his breath. This is a 200m, not a 400m! I like athletes giving their 100%. I can’t ask for more, right?
His middle 8.72 was the talk of the town, especially when trying to come up with the fastest 100 meter relay split of all time.
Names like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Bob Hayes all come to mind.
- It was reported Usain Bolt’s Anchor Leg at the 2010 Penn Relays was 8.71 seconds.
- At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Asafa Powell’s split time was recorded at 8.70 seconds by the USTAF High Performance Registered Split Analysis team.
- At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Asafa Powell’s anchor split was 8.84 seconds.
- Carl Lewis’ anchor leg at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was 8.85 en route to a World Record of 37.40 seconds.
- “Bullet” Bob Hayes recorded a 8.5 second (hand time) 4×100 meter anchor relay leg at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Converted to FAT, that translates to 8.74 seconds.
But to get a good indication of a fast 100 fly split on a straight 200m “track”, you would need a camera at 20 meters, and another at 120 meters. This is 4x100m relay zone exchange. 10 meter acceleration, then a 20 meter passing zone where the 100m start line is halfway. Thus 100 + 10 + 10 = 120.
At the end of the day, it was good exposure to Track and Field. Like the video reported, I would love to see this type of race on the Las Vegas strip! Then again, there would be massive betting, too.
Here is that video again, in case you missed it: