First, many thanks to Andy Ferrara who complies these splits which he does on a VOLUNTARY basis!
I think it’s clear from the below splits (100 & 200) that everyone has their own way to race a 400m. You can look at some of the older articles and compare how the splits and differentials compare.
Take a look at Will London running in Lane 1. He had to run a strong second half just to place 3rd and make the team by 0.03 seconds.
Gil Roberts – A Tale of 3 Cities
Take a look below and see how Gil Roberts ran on 3 consecutive days. Gone are the days when you can cruise a 45 or 46 point in the First round!
This just proves my point.. there are many ways to race a 400m!
Now this interesting.
To me, Kendall Ellis ran the near perfect textbook execution. 24 + 26 = 50. Double plus 2 seconds or a differential of 2.0 seconds.
However, I do wonder if Phyllis Francis ran a slightly slower first 200m, would she run a faster time with a small er differential? Only she knows (as well as her coach!)