With the small amount of elite non-blacks competing in the 100/200 meter I think it is a wonder the few that run do so well. I would imagine the average professional sprinter regardless of race is around 10.25 seconds PB. So the deviation of elite times for black athletes with a greater population continuing at the pro level is also greater, thus making a gap in times.
Craig was the same space behind Bolt, who tried as hard as he could to the line this time, that eveyone else at the Olympic final in 2008. A lot of people say other races are way slower than American and Carribean blacks and end their diatribes with, “but I hope [other races] do well.” You might mean it, but I’m just pointing that out.
Honestly, I never took up track until I heard of Jeremy Wariner. It never crossed by mind before Athens 2004. As long as the Usain bolts of the world are the role models for young kids, the people winning will have skin color that follows suit. Do you think it’s a coincidence that Christophe Lemaitre, Ramil Guliyev, and Craig Pickering all broke 10.10 in such a small span of time? There is nothing more mental than sprinting.
It was really fun to watch a race with the best white man (Pickering) and the best black man (Bolt), or best man ever for that matter. People can see that we aren’t so different after all.