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Wariner showing record potential in workouts

20 August 2007
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Jeremy Wariner Jeremy Wariner
By Dave Ungrady

Jeremy Wariner, the Olympic and world champion in the 400 meters, leaves for the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan, on Wednesday primed for a potential world-record performance.

Last Wednesday, Wariner ran a workout that compared favorably to a similar effort by American Michael Johnson five days before he set the world record of 43.18 at the 1999 world championships.

Wariner ran a 350-meter sprint in 40.09, then rested for five minutes, and ran another 350 meters in 41.6. Johnson's average on the two sprints was 42.5 with a four-minute rest.

Which performance is more impressive?

"It's probably a wash," said Clyde Hart, Wariner's coach who also coached Johnson. "One minute rest difference doesn't seem like a lot to people. But you also have to realize that even with a four-minute rest, Jeremy would have to run as slow as a 44 point [44.91] to equal Michael's average. I think this is an indicator that he's in physical and mental condition to challenge the world record."

According to Wariner, Johnson was dumbfounded when Wariner told the two-time, 400-meter Olympic champion about the workout. "The only thing he said was, 'What?'" Wariner said today from Waco, Texas, during a conference call.

Wariner showed during his most recent race that he is on the verge of a world-record performance. At a Super Grand Prix race in Stockholm on Aug. 7, Wariner ran a relatively unchallenged personal best 43.50 and looked so comfortable at the end it appeared he could have maintained the pace deep into the next turn.

"Coach said I could have run a 450 that day," he said. "If I run like that at worlds, there's no telling what's going to happen."

"The big thing is he was really relaxed," Hart said. "He looked like he was well within himself. The first thing I watch is how he looks after a race is over. In London [at a Super Grand Prix race on August 3], he was pretty well spent after he ran a 44.05. In Stockholm, he recovered a lot quicker. He's at the stage now where he's in the ballpark. If he gets the right pitches, he has the chance to run well. He's peaking at the right time."

Hart said many factors need to be present for Wariner to set the world record. "To break the record, you have to have an element of luck," he said. "You have to run your race exactly right. You have to have the competition. You have to have good weather and a good track."

Warm weather is expected in Osaka. In early May, Wariner ran a 44.02 in his first outdoor meet of the 2007 season at an IAAF Grand Prix despite a lack of speed training. It occurred on the Nagai Stadium track, the same venue for the world championships.

"The track in Osaka is fast," Wariner said. "It's geared for every event."

If he runs a world-record pace, Wariner will likely run much of the race unchallenged. The fastest time behind Wariner this year belongs to U.S. champion Angelo Taylor with a 44.00, which translates to about a five-meter difference in a 400-meter race.

Wariner ran several 200-meter races this season to help him run the perfect race. He feels he needs to improve between 200 and 300 meters. "I have the talent to have strength at the end, and I have the speed endurance," he said. "The faster my 200 gets, it helps me be more comfortable for the first 200 of the race."

Hart said it's possible that Wariner will run one more workout similar to the two 350s he ran last week before he competes in the qualifying rounds on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Hart has a final hard track workout tentatively scheduled for Friday.

"During the workout, he was exceeding what we wanted to do," Hart said. "He was excited that he knew that he was having a good workout. Once he gets focused, he's pretty tough. He's a lot like Michael that way."

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