Does anyone else notice how he seems to gain (and often pass) anyone in the 2nd half of the race. He seems to ALWAYS have the fastest final 50m's in a 100m, after a sh*t slow 1st 50 (for a pro). Unfortunately he dosen't work enough on his endurance for the 200m (or 400m which would be his best event). I'd like to see him up against some of the top 200m dudes over 120-150m races. Could be interesting. But preferably i'd like to see the guy move up to the 400m, he'd rock like no one else, maybe not even wariner.
Who knows, perhaps he couldn't cope mentally, or perhaps physically, and got sick of the training it took to run sub 20, which he did in 99 coming second to Mo Greene. He also was originally a 400m sprinter so he may have got sick of all the running off lactate. After 99 WC performance Portugal took him under their wing and now this amazing animal sprinter is fed and content. He gets hungry to perform big when he wants and once it rolls around to mid-trifecta period(OG), he means business, as was the case in 2004. The man has tremendous work capacity i'd say right up there with Justin Gatlin, Shawn Crawford, and Asafa Powell, as they were the only 4 men to make it thru the 8 rounds combined of the 100 and 200 Athens Olympics. He also had the work capacity to double up and win Eu Champs last year in the 2006 off year.
This man even brought the famed 400m arm-swing technique all the way down to the 100m and combined it with the leg-turnover of the powersprinter. A short arm-takeback descending from high up in the front(shoulder range) to barely past the hip, ala Michael Johnson and Jeremy Wariner combined with the smooth frequent strides of Asafa Powell. This is natural to him as he used to run the 400 meter, but he must have always had 100-200 speed, as he made the change to the more lucrative 100 event once he had to produce for his new country who put shelter over his head and kept him fed.
Here is his 10.3 100 opener from a few weeks back:
There was quite a bit of talk (from him) about moving back to the 400m. I think at the present time he'd need to lose some weight to do so and be very successful.
Personally, I think his best bet is probably staying in the 100m (where he could be as high as 2nd in the world) or moving to the 400m (where he could maybe get on the medal stand). I think the 200m is too deep right now for anyone other than Bolt, X, Gay, Spearmon, Merritt, and maybe Crawford to be thinking about making an impact. To get on the medal stand in the 200m looks like it will take about a 19.75 (on that day…not necessarily a PR). There's already 3 guys who can definitely do that. In the 100m, an athlete could probably medal with a 9.90 which Obikwelu could easily run.
Here is his Euro Champs 200m win, with multiple angles views:
With that performance being in a typical western hemisphere off-year but not for the Euros because of EU Champs I think he may have been working towards doubling up at this year 07WC and 08OG. He's progressing slowly back to his old "sub 20 after rounds self." Perhaps 05WC were his year-off since it came after an olympic year, even though he still made 100m finals.
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