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I had the pleasure of speaking with LaShawn Merrit, the 400 meter 2008 Olympic and 2009 Word Championship Gold medalist.
We talked about training, and especially Dwayne Miller’s famous “Drill Outs” workout. Miller presented LaShawn’s annual plan at the 2008 SuperClinic.
I primarily asked about his 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 season, and that Beijing race where he literally shuts it down after 15 meters after coming out of the blocks. I’ll find the video footage shortly.
I asked him what will it take to break the WR of 43.18?
Remember, in the 2009 Berlin World Championships, he ran the first 200m within 1.5 sec of his PB, with a differential of 1.08 between the two halves (21.5 & 22.5 = 44.06)
Splits in 21 + 22?
We used Skype, and there were few hiccups with the audio and video. If there is a demand, we can chat again in a few months and check in on where he’s at for his London 2012 preparations. Or the USATF Olympic Trials… remember, no “bye” here!
LaShawn’s website is http://www.lashawnmerrittusa.com/ and his Twitter account is @lashawnmerritt