I am putting up 3 videos from a 12 day span for the Men’s 60 meters. There are several reasons for doing this.
First, I needed to do some high speed analysis of the best sprinters in the world excluding the top 3 usual suspects Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, and Asafa Powell. I have a nice mixture of International talent to choose from with various coaches in these videos: Lerone CLARKE (Jamaica). Kim COLLINS (St Kitts and Nevis). Michael RODGERS (USA). Marc BURNS (Trinidad and Tobago).
Part of this research will be for the upcoming re-release of Bud Winter’s 1964 Classic Rocket Sprint Start (due in a couple of months). Winter’s So You Want to be a Sprinter was re-released last year, in case you missed it.
Second, the series of videos shows excellent consistency (and a few minor flaws) of the top sprinters in a span of 12 days:
- Meeting du Pas de Calais (Lievin) on Feb 8
- BW Bank Meeting (Karlsruhe) on Feb 13
- Aviva Grand Prix final (Birmingham) on Feb 19
The sprint form of the top 4 sprinters mentioned above each show various technical differences, but at the end of the day, they get the job done. It’s too bad Rodgers gets DQ’s in the Karlsruhe meet, as I would have liked to see him run all 3 races.
You can even argue that a 60 meter performance between 6.49 and 6.53 can extrapolate to a sub 10.00 100 meter time. Remember, Dwaine Chambers ran 6.42 last year. And it’s only February!
In any case, here are the 3 videos. All I can say is Jamaica will have its hands full trying to choose the 3rd man for their open 100 meter team. They can choose from Lerone Clarke, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake. Along with Bolt and Powell, these are the 6 guys who will probably make the 4x100m team in 2011 World Championships at Daegu. This will be the team to beat.
Meeting du Pas de Calais, Lievin, Feb 8, 2011
- 1 LERONE CLARKE 6.59
- 2 MIKE RODGERS 6.60
- 3 KIM COLLINS 6.61
- 4 JOSHUA NORMAN 6.62
- 5 OGHO-O. EGWERO 6.66
- 6 CHRISTOPHE LEMAITRE 6.69
- 7 PETER EMELIEZE 6.72
- 8 ARNALDO ABRANTES 6.73
BW Bank Meeting, Karlsruhe, Feb 13, 2011
- 1 Lerone CLARKE, 6.52
- 2 Marc BURNS, 6.56
- 3 Emanuele DI GREGORIO, 6.63
- 4 Kim COLLINS, 6.64
- 5 Tobias UNGER, 6.64
- 6 Ogho-Oghene EGWERO, 6.64
- 7 Simone COLLIO, 6.69
- RODGERS, Mike DQ
Aviva Grand Prix Final, Birmingham, Feb 19, 2011
- 1 Michael RODGERS USA 6.50 (0.168) PB
- 2 Kim COLLINS SKN 6.53 (0.146)
- 3 Lerone CLARKE JAM 6.54 (0.152)
- 4 Marc BURNS TRI 6.55 (0.154) PB
- 5 Brian MARIANO NED 6.63 (0.160) NR
- 6 Harry AIKINES ARYEETEY GBR 6.65 (0.153)
- 7 Joel FEARON GBR 6.68 (0.170)
- 8 Craig PICKERING GBR 6.68 (0.164)