Asafa Powell 9.78s World Lead, Michael Frater 9.88s PB, Christophe Lemaitre 9.95s NR - Video & Analysis

>> July 01, 2011

Asafa Powell positions himself as the favorite to win the Gold medal at the 2011 World championships in Daegu. He ran the fastest time in the World this year with 9.78s +1.0 during the Diamond League meet in Lausanne yesterday (30 June 2011). It was one hundredth of a second faster than Tyson Gay's mark set in June 04 in Florida. Powell's teammate Michael Frater was second in a new personal best time of 9.88s. Third place went to French's Christophe Lemaitre who equaled his European U-23 and National record 9.95s.

From left: Christophe Lemaitre 9.95s, Asafa Powell 9.78s, Michael Frater 9.88s
Another Jamaican Nesta Carter was fourth in 9.95s, some way off his personal record of 9.78s set last year. Despite of finishing in fifth, Norway's Jayasuma Saidy-Ndure became the second ever European sprinter to break the sub-10 and sub-20 (19.89s) after Francis Obikwelu (9.86s & 19.84s) when he finished in 9.99s in the race that saw him had a "nearly perfect reaction" 0.107s (below 0.100 = false start). Unlike Michael Frater who won't run in the individual event in the World championships, Jayasuma Saidy who trained by a renowned track coach John Smith will be gunning for medal in both 100m and 200m.

What can you say when looking at Michael Frater's 9.88s performance ?

Michael Frater has the same height with Andre Cason won have ran under 10s three times within 26 hours in 1993 (9.96s, 9.94, 9.92s). Both sprinters stands 1.70m (5ft 6-half) and have won medals in the World championships. For a record, 10.00 seconds is the benchmark for World class sprinters and only the very best dipped below.

It was said that human may not able to run below 10s at low-altitude, now we have hundreds of sub 10s at low-altitude. Tall sprinters (above 6 "3) may be hindered by the gravity and may not run as fast as expected but Usain Bolt (6ft 5ins) has already ripped up the rule book. A whiteman has no possibility to break the 10s barrier because of the 'genetic incompatibility', but Lemaitre has been very consistent to run sub 10s. Advances in technology, scientific training method, nutrition and supplementation and so on have no doubt helped the advance in performances, just hard work will be the bottom line.

After Andre Cason, Leo Myles Mills, Coby Miller, Trindon Holliday, Walter Dix etc, Frater once again demonstrates to the World that a short sprinter has no limit in terms of times, consistency and to win medal at the World championships.

What makes you think that NOT EVERYONE is able to hit (at least) the world class times 10.0 seconds ?!?

Video of Men's 100m - IAAF Diamond League Lausanne 2011

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100m 9.91 Su Bingtian CHN, Madrid
200m 20.16 Xie Zhenye CHN, Osaka
400m 44.07 Abdalelah Haroun QAT, London
800m 1:45.65 Jinson Johnson IND, Guwahati
1500m 3:34.55 Sadik Mikhou BRN, Paris
5000m 13:01.09 Birhanu Yemataw BRN, Lausanne
10000m 27:38.16 Hassan Chani BRN, Maia
Mar 2:06.11 Yuta Shitara JPN, Tokyo
3000 Sc 8:22.00 Kosei Yamaguchi JPN, Abashiri
110mh 13.36 Ahmad Al-Mouaed KSA, Praha
400mh 46.98 Abderrahman Samba QAT, Paris
HJ 2.40 Mutaz Barshim QAT, Doha
PV 5.71 Xue Changrui CHN, Shanghai
LJ 8.47A Wang Jianan CHN, Guiyang
TJ 17.22 Dong Bin CHN, Eugene OR
SP 20.24 Tejinder Singh IND, Patiala
DT 68.85 Ehsan Hadidi IRI, Chula Vista CA
HT 78.18 Dilshod Nazarov TJK, Chorzow
JT 87.43 Neeraj Chopra IND, Doha
Dec 7948 Keisuke Ushiro JPN, Gotzis
20kmW 1:17:26 Eiki Takahashi JPN, Kobe
50kmW 3:44:25 Hiroki Arai JPN, Taichang
4x100m 37.85 Japan Team JPN, Osaka
4x400m 3:04.05 India Team IND, Gold Coast
RED = World Leader




100m 10.99 Wei Yongli CHN, Resisprint
200m 22.73 Viktoriya Zyabkina KAZ, Almaty
400m 49.08 Salwa Eid Naser BRN, Monaco
800m 2:02.23 Manal Bahraoui BRN, Duffel
1500m 4:11.55 P.U Chitra IND, Guwahati
5000m 15:10.91 Rina Nabeshima JPN, Eugene OR
10000m 31:52.42 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Yamaguchi
Mar 2:22.44 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Osaka
3000 Sc 9:10.74 Winfred Yavi BRN, Monaco
100mh 13.08 Wu Shuijiao CHN, Shanghai
400mh 55.54 Aminat Odeyemi BRN, Goleniow
HJ 1.91 Nadzehda Dusanova UZB, Tashkent
PV 4.60 Li Ling CHN, London
LJ 6.64A Xu Xiaoling CHN, Guiyang
TJ 14.25 Olga Rypakova KAZ, Paris
SP 20.38A Gong Lijiao CHN, Guiyang
DT 67.03 Chen Yang CHN, Osterode
HT 75.02 Luo Na CHN, Halle
JT 67.69 Lu Huihui CHN, Halle
Hep 5898 Purnima Hembram IND, Guwahati
20kmW 1:26:28 Qieyang Shenjie CHN, La Coruna



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