Time for some clarifications on last week’s article On Top End Speed and Speed Endurance.
In the article Usain Bolt 100m 10 meter Splits and Speed Endurance, I wrote at the time 0.83 was the fastest record split before Usain Bolt ran 0.82 (from 50-80m) at the 2008 Beijing OG. He subsequently ran 0.81 splits at the 2009 Berlin WC.
The chart were ONLY for World Records. Okay, I had to put Carl Lewis’s 9.92 because that became the
unofficial official WR after they wiped out all of Ben Johnson’s records.
And I put Maurice Greene’s 2001 Edmonton WC because that could have been a WR had it not been for his leg injury sustained in the race. That race had a potential of 9.72 if he ran the last 20m in 0.85 like he did in 1999 Athens!
Fastest Recorded 10 meter splits from non-WR
Maurice Greene does have some merit to his bragging rights. He ran 0.82 between the 50-60 meters at the 1999 Rome GP meet where he ran 9.85. Mo also ran 0.82 at the 2000 Sydney Olympics winning Gold in 9.87.
So when Mo claimed he had the fastest top end speed at the time, he actually was telling the truth.
Lest We Forget
Let’s not forget Ben Johnson. (I’m sure the anti-drug readers want to forget about him!)
He ran 0.81 into a -1.3 headwind at the 1986 Zurich meet. Marian Woronin, the first white man to run under 10.000 (with a 9.992) is also featured in this YouTube video “sandwiched” between Ben and Carl Lewis, just like Christophe Lemaitre between Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt in Paris!
In this video from YouTube, check out Ben Johnson from 60-80m! He just pulls away from the field with amazing ease.
When you run relaxed and all the front side and backside mechanics are in place, good things happen.