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Old 08-23-2009, 09:27 PM    (permalink
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Usain Bolt's 40 time would probably be nothing special. He is a notoriously poor starter and wins his races in the middle third when he gets his stride going. That being said he would probably beat me in a 40 yd sprint
He beat *** out of the blocks en route to his 9.5. He WAS a notoriously bad starter, but his starts have become a lot better than they once were. I wouldn't call it great on a world-class level, but its not bad at all.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:18 AM    (permalink
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Lol they gave him a chunk of the Berlin wall as a gift for winning.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:47 AM    (permalink
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Lol they gave him a chunk of the Berlin wall as a gift for winning.
they do that to all special guests. kinda like a key to the city
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they do that to all special guests. kinda like a key to the city
Oh the irony there in.
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On ESPNews, they found out how fast he ran the last 40 yds of his 100m race.
Keep in mind he was already at top speed but still- he ran it in 2.95 secs. Wow.

Also, for his 200m- he ran over 22 mph *blink*
He'd get a ticket if he ran through a school zone
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:41 AM    (permalink
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Usain Bolt's 40 time would probably be nothing special. He is a notoriously poor starter and wins his races in the middle third when he gets his stride going. That being said he would probably beat me in a 40 yd sprint
You are very much uninformed. Usain Bolt's start is one of his biggest improvements. The only way you can beat him is to get out quicker, if you let him out in front he's gone.

Did you watch the 100M Final? He destroyed everyone out of the blocks. His start improvements though are the reason he's pretty much unbeatable right now.
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NBC asked "is he the greatest sprinter ever?" during the broadcast, the other day. I'd like to see him take on the 400.
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You are very much uninformed. Usain Bolt's start is one of his biggest improvements. The only way you can beat him is to get out quicker, if you let him out in front he's gone.

Did you watch the 100M Final? He destroyed everyone out of the blocks. His start improvements though are the reason he's pretty much unbeatable right now.
I did watch it yes. He did start well but it wasnt anything earth shattering. He has definitely improved since the olympics but it is still his weakness(if you can call anything he does a weakness). My point wasn't in regards to his 100m or 200m ability, it was in regards to a 40 yd dash. It is all about explosion in the first 20 yds, something, probably because he is so tall he isn't as good as he is when he gets started and into his stride.
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If Calvin Johnson can run a 4.35, let Usain train for it and he'll probably run sub 4.
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His 40 time would definitely shatter any NFL players 40 time but my point is it's not like his 40 time would be in a different class from other track and field sprinters. His would be one of the best but IMO no doubt Asafa Powell would have a better 40 time because of his explosion out of the blocks and historically great first 50.
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I did watch it yes. He did start well but it wasnt anything earth shattering. He has definitely improved since the olympics but it is still his weakness(if you can call anything he does a weakness). My point wasn't in regards to his 100m or 200m ability, it was in regards to a 40 yd dash. It is all about explosion in the first 20 yds, something, probably because he is so tall he isn't as good as he is when he gets started and into his stride.
And I agree that his start time is really his only weakness, but you said he's a notoriously slow starter, that isn't the case anymore. He's worked on his start time and it's allowed him to become an even better sprinter.

Bolt's start times are much better than they used to be and it's resulted in much faster times. In Berlin he had the lead right out of the gate and never looked back.
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Pause it at around :55 seconds. He's pulled ahead of the field already and I would say that is around 40-50 yards in.
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