100 meter times

chris_bass
chris_bass Posts: 4,913
edited August 2017 in The cake stop
I was just reading something on usain bolt on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40790508) and i noticed the fastest times this year, only 1 person has gone under 9.9 seconds. Are people slowing down? are tougher drugs laws slowing people down? or am i remembering things that didn't happen?

I'll admit i have never really followed athletics outside of the big events but i seem to remember the winner of most heats going under 9.9 let alone the winner.
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  • verylonglegs
    verylonglegs Posts: 3,944
    Is there a lot of new names in there though, as in younger guys who should get faster in future? Could just be a changing of the generations thing.
  • From what I can see, it is a combinations of things:

    Age(injuries) of the 4 main fast guys who were previously setting sub 9.9 times regularly (Bolt, Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell)
    The latter two listed above have been caught for drugs/had recent drug bans, as has Yohan Blake who would have made the above 4 into a 5.
    No new top class sprinters coming through in the last few season (Coleman may be about to change that)
    Bolt no longer has the motivation to put the hard training in (See the programme 'I am Bolt' on BBC1 on Monday night)
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,644
    Chris Bass wrote:
    I was just reading something on usain bolt on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40790508) and i noticed the fastest times this year, only 1 person has gone under 9.9 seconds. Are people slowing down? are tougher drugs laws slowing people down? or am i remembering things that didn't happen?

    I'll admit i have never really followed athletics outside of the big events but i seem to remember the winner of most heats going under 9.9 let alone the winner.

    year after olympics is always slowest.
  • mouth
    mouth Posts: 1,195
    Chris Bass wrote:
    I was just reading something on usain bolt on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40790508) and i noticed the fastest times this year, only 1 person has gone under 9.9 seconds. Are people slowing down? are tougher drugs laws slowing people down? or am i remembering things that didn't happen?

    I'll admit i have never really followed athletics outside of the big events but i seem to remember the winner of most heats going under 9.9 let alone the winner.

    year after olympics is always slowest.

    I was gonna go with this.
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  • dinyull
    dinyull Posts: 2,979
    And me^

    I think it'll have something to do with "peaking" for certain years - almost certainly Olympic years.

    Like the track cycling team.

    *edit, but I think it's also safe to assume tougher anti-doping laws have played their part too.