26 Jul '12, 10pm

Q: Why do sprinters ease up at the finish? A: #runnerds

Q: Why do sprinters ease up at the finish? A: #runnerds

By Matt McCue Photo by Victah Sailer Walter Dix appeared to be running at less than full effort in his 100-meter qualifying round at the Olympic Trials. Everyone remembers Michael Johnson sweeping the 200 meters and 400 meters at the 1996 Olympics. Wearing his famous gold shoes, he dominated on the world’s biggest stage. But did he miss a rare opportunity there? His coach, Clyde Hart, believes that Johnson might have. “If he had finished his quarter [hard] in the semis, he had a good chance of breaking 43 seconds, but he eased up the last 100 and was looking back,” Hart says of the 44.59 effort. “His pace through 300 [in the semis] was better than it was in the final.” And he ran 43.39 in the final. Then again, Johnson did exactly what he and Hart had planned. Get out fast, secure the win and shut it down early to conserve energy for the final. Johnson’s throttling back wa...

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