The 2012 Memorial van Damme Diamond League meeting is in Brussels tomorrow, and all eyes will be on Usain Bolt and the 100 meters.
If the weather is good, then I predict a World Record for Yohan Blake. The forecast is sunny but dropping well below 20C / 68F by late afternoon, early evening. The 200m start time is 8:55pm.
Sure, it’s a bold prediction, and I’ve been wrong before, but consider Blake ran 19.26 last year in Brussels when his PB was 9.82 for 100m. It was a straight final with no heats or qualifying rounds, and he ran the first half super relaxed. In fact, he wasn’t in the lead at 100m.
This year, in 2012, he has run 9.75 at London and 9.69 in Lausanne (see YouTube video below) in one of the most relaxed 100m races with Tyson Gay next to him.
UPDATE: Sorry, the video is no longer on YouTube.
The pressure is off, he has recovered from the flu, and now he’s 0.13 seconds faster than last year.
Sure, it was a long season but you can never say never, especially with the Beast.
In my mind, this will be the race to watch.