This thread is all about maximising our realy team’s chances of medalling and also keeping an eye on our main competition in the relays so we are not caught by surprise.
Here is some news on what the USA 4x100m squad has been aiming at regards their relay preparations.http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120724/sports/sports4.htmlUSA targets JA's 4x100m world record
Published: Tuesday | July 24, 2012
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
American 4x100m lead-off runner, Trell Kimmons, believes his team is ready to challenge Jamaica's recent dominance of the event and is certain that they have the ability within their ranks to become the first team that runs under 37 seconds.
The United States (US) have been the dominant force in international sprint relays, winning 15 of the 22 men's 4x100m finals contested at the Olympic Games, while Jamaica's only gold medal came four years ago in Beijing.
However, after lowering the world record to 37.10 in Beijing with a team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, the Jamaican's went on to win a year later at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, before smashing their own record at last year's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, with a 37.04 clocking.
That team, which comprised all members of the 2008 team except Asafa Powell, who was replaced by Yohan Blake, enter the Olympic Games as huge favourites for the gold medal and in fact a new world record.
Kimmons, however, thinks differently and believes it's the Americans who will cross the line first in London in sub-37 seconds.
"37.04 is definitely beatable, I think we (USA) can go as fast as 36.9," Kimmons told The Gleaner yesterday from his team's training base at Alexander University.
The Americans have done themselves no favour in recent times.
Darvis Patton collided with British athlete Aikines-Aryeetey in the final in Daegu and was unable to get the baton to anchorman Walter Dix and in 2008 he could not get the stick to Tyson Gay at the Beijing Olympics. An exchange zone violation at the 2009 Berlin World Champion-ships makes it four years and three major championships since the Americans last completed a men's 4x100m final.
"We have been working really hard, there is still quite a few work to be done with the guys on the relay and once we sort that out I think we can take a shot at that world record," said Kimmons.
"We just need to communicate some more. Of course, some stuff happened in the past, but we have to make it right when it matters," Kimmons added.
"Things are going real good, everything is good and everyone is in good shape. I am the driver for the relay team and as the lead-off man, your team has to be confident in your start and your composure. The team believes in me and I'm ready to go and give the team the best possible start in London," said Kimmons.