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

>> September 17, 2011

Yohan Blake the newly crowned world 100m champion just missed the 200m world record (19.19s) when he run a very impressive time of 19.26s (+0.7) - second fastest time of all-time, an improvement of more than half of a second (0.52s) from his previous best 19.78s set in Monaco (2010), at the Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet at Brussels on 16.09.2011.

Surprisingly, most of coaches, athletes, statisticians, and track junkies as myself doesn't even "thinking" that he would run as fast as 19.26s, because based on a classic formula, the Usain Bolt's training partner (under Glen Mills) has the potential for 19.4 to 19.8 - "9.82s from Zurich" x 2 = 19.64 (plus .20 = 19.84 / minors .20 = 19.44), so according to the calculation he would run the 200m between 19.44 to 19.84 in the range. Note: the formula is worldwide accepted to predict the 200m's potential for sprinters who specializes 100-200m, and may not works for those who specializing 400m.

I would love to see the split times of Yohan Blake as he looked so crazy at the last 50 meters, thought he would be taken by the 200m specialist Walter Dix  but it's totally outside of the thought. Dix finished in second in a very respected time of 19.53s.

Walter Dix who in my opinion should be regarded the "clone of Frank Fredericks", the most consistent sprinter (100-200m) in 1990's in terms of World champs and Olympics' achievements and the timings as well, and with a PB 19.69s prior to the meet moved up to 4th fastest of all-time, faster than Tyson Gay (19.58), Xavier Carter (19.65), Wallace Spearmon (19.65) and Fredericks (19.68).

Theoretical (Yohan Blake - World record potential)

There are several to point after analyzing the race over and over;

1) Inaccuracy on the timing system (malfunction), or faulty wind reading- Florence Griffith's 10.49 (0.0 / no wind - despite of the flags clearly waving) comes to my mind.
2) From gross visual, both Blake and Dix crosses the 100m mark at 10.8s, about one second slower than Usain Bolt who did 9.92s at same mark enroute to break the WR 200m 19.19s in Berlin. Blake, then finished with nearly the same time. The question is whether it was something make sense?
3) People begin asking how fast could he go, I would answer World record- Blake's reaction time was quite poor (0.269), a good 200m sprinter should react below 0.15s. From that point, he would easily run 19.16s, World record by 0.03s.

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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