Yohan Blake 200m 19.26s Video, Walter Dix 19.53s - Brussels Diamond League 2011

>> September 17, 2011

Yohan Blake might be the newly crowned world 100m champion in 9.92, but he just missed the 200m world record of 19.19s as he runs a stunning time of 19.26s (+0.7) at the Diamond League meet in Brussels (16 September 2011).

There is a big jump in his timing. It was a great improvement of more than half of a second (0.52s) of his previous best 19.78s he set last year in Monaco (Memorial Van Damme).

Black has pocketed USD 40,000 but a bit surprised with his timing.

He watched Usain Bolt winning the 100m in 9.77s right before his 200m race and was excited to run fast.

He now moved into the second-fastest time ever.

Achieving such impressive performance would certainly surprise most people in athletics, the fans, junkies, even among the coaches, statisticians, and athletes themselves.

Nobody would ever think an athlete world run as fast as 19.26s after winning the World championships.

If you use a simple way to predict the 200m time (from 100m time), this Usain Bolt's training partner (under coach Glen Mills) would have the potential to run the 200m in 19.4 to 19.8 (he ran "9.82s at Zurich" x 2 = 19.64 (plus .20 = 19.84 / minors .20 = 19.44).

Based on this, he would just be clocking around 19.44 to 19.84 range.

I would love to see the split times of Yohan Blake as he looked that powerful during the last 50m.

I thought he would be beaten in the final 50m by Walter Dix the 200m specialist.

Dix finished in second in a highly respected time of 19.53s. If you had a sprint profile as Dix, and somebody had "knocked you down" as what happened in this Diamond League, that performance is "very big."

Dix had been one of the most consistent sprinters in both the 100m and 200m, especially in regards to the Worlds and Olympics. Dix had a PB of 19.69s prior to the meet.

Walter Dix is now faster than Tyson Gay (19.58), Xavier Carter (19.65), Wallace Spearmon (19.65) and Frank Fredericks (19.68).

Nickel Ashmeade was in third in 19.91s, also a new PB.

Yohan Blake would have broken the 200m World record?

Within a limited resource, I have briefly analyzed his 200m race. Here are my takes:
  • The most reasonable time is about ~19.16 - primarily comes from his start!
  • But he can potentially run faster, maybe a sub-19.10 after considering a maximum wind-advantage.
  • These two only applies in Brusells, on the same running track. I will tell you why. 
  • His reaction time (+0.269) was not only the slowest among the finalists but is slower than what you would see among the high school athletes. Fast or reasonable reaction time would be around 0.15s for 200m. By only using this, Usain Bold's world record (19.19s) would have gone by at least 0.03s. 
  • His second 100m was phenomenal. He covered the home-straight in 9.1+ seconds, faster than Bolt's 9.27 (1st 100m: 9.92s) when he broke the world record.
  • The wide curve. Brussels has a curve/straight ratio of approximately 125/75 meters, almost 10m more/less than the standard track. It means that the curve is wider and makes it "easier" for sprinting than the normal curve. 
  • Wind advantage. Bolt's 19.19 was against a wind of -0.3. It means a 0.01-0.02 disadvantage. Blake's 19.26 was under a slight tailwind of +0.7, thus gaining a quicker timing of between 0.03-0.04 during his race. Under 0.0 wind, Bolt would run even faster, but not the case (opposite) for Blake. Given a +2.0 m/s wind, Blake would get faster by another 0.07-0.08.
  • Perhaps, the timing of 19.26s was 'not legitimate', or in other words resulted from erroneous. There might be some technical problems associated with the timing system (malfunction?), only the governing body can confirm this.
  • It could be as well as a result of faulty in wind reading. One of the great performances in the past comes to mind. Florence Griffith's 10.49 at 0.0 m/s or zero wind was reported - despite the apparent waving motions of the flags.


Video of Yohan Blake 19.26s PB, Walter Dix 19.53s PB, Nikel Ashmeade 19.91s PB


RESULTS OF 200M MEN FINAL (W: +0.7)
#
Name of Athlete
Nat
Time
Remarks
React. T.
1
YOHAN BLAKE
JAM
19.26
WL, MR
0.269
2
WALTER DIX
USA
19.53
PB
0.185
3
NICKEL ASHMEADE
JAM
19.91
PB
0.147
4
JAYASUMA SAIDE-NDURE
NOR
19.97

0.198
5
RONDELL SORRILLO
TRI
20.41

0.152
6
AINSLEY WAUGH
JAM
20.57

0.175
7
JONATHAN ASTRAND
FIN
20.73

0.159
8
RYTIS SAALAUSKAS
LTU
20.74
NR
0.180
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MARIO FORSYTHE
JAM
DNF


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