Completely disagree. This was the easiest win Bolt had served up on a platter for him since the 2011 Worlds. He looked very relaxed to me; both pre-race and during the race. Last year at the Olympics, he looked pretty nervous before the race. This was the most predictable major 100m final in a long time.
It really wasn’t that bad. The conditions weren’t great, but there is no reason Bolt wouldn’t have gone mid to low 9.6 if he was in top form. Gatlin ran 9.85 which is only .08 off his PB.
I agree with you. The commentators would continuously mention how he did not look that good in the rounds. You would think that after years of him looking relaxed in the rounds or as the commentators put it “looking vulnerable” they would notice that he just doesnt try in the rounds. Its almost as though people want to be the one to say that they saw Bolt losing coming. There was no way he was going to lose.
Bolt’s 9.77 in pouring rain and into a slight headwind is worth at least 9.6x under the conditions Gay ran his 9.7x races this year. Traditionally, Gay has not improved much between US trials and major championships, so I think Bolt would have probably won against him as well.
A healthy Blake is capable of performances similar to Bolt’s, but last year he panicked in both Olympic finals and lost by quite a margin, so not sure if he’d been able to beat Bolt if he’d been healthy.
Who can say who would have done what had they been there, what we can be sure of is there would have been a lot more pressure on Bolt, had Blake and Gay had been there. As for Powell would he have changed the habit of a lifetime and performed at his best in a global final ???