Powell says Bolt’s 9.7 run could bring sprint relay world record
Tuesday May 20, 2008
By Gary Smith
KINGSTON – With Usain Bolt’s magically fast 100-metre dash performance at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston, World record holder in the event, Asafa Powell, believes the country stands a great chance of breaking USA’s 4x100m relay world record.
Powell, at 9.74-seconds and Bolt (9.76), are the two fastest men ever to run the dash and the record holder who won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, last year, believes the sixteen-year-old record of 37.40, set at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, could be in danger.
“The world record can go for sure with two guys running 9.7 and we (Jamaica) have other athletes out there capable of running sub-10,” Powell told the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday.
“So we have a great chance of breaking the world record.”
Powell, who injured a chest muscle while lifting weights, has returned to training and he said he hasn’t “lost anything.”
Powell makes a good point, if both are healthy, who knows how fast they can go.
It’s not like the US is going to run a team of 10.0 guys who practice all the time. They’ll run the guys that make the 100m final almost regardless of what is necessarily the best relay. For that reason, I’m not sure the depth will matter so much because Jamaica can probably make it through easily w/o Bolt or Powell in the prelims and they’ll probably have as much practice as the US. Two 9.7s, maybe a 9,9, and a 10.0 is easily fast enough for WR–just getting the exchanges is the question.
They could, but they’re not going to. They’d need decent exchanges - not even four 9.7 runners could break the WR with bad exchanges. There were no slouches in Marsh, Burrell, Mitchell, Lewis, nor the other 37.40 team.
My ideal relay team would be:
Justin Gatlin (assuming he can still run and is allowed to - if not, then use Derrick Atkins)
Bolt & Gay on the curves since, and on the straights a couple of pretty fast guys.