SteveK26 wrote:Will she want to make it a four-timer? (perhaps her body might not allow this to happen).
On the face of it , she wouldn't be too old at 32. Depends on whether the event moves on, I guess. It would appear that 49.6 is about as fast as she will run. And brilliant though that is , it might take sub 49 to medal in 4 years. Who knows.
Its a fair point Steve,
but I am pretty sure that that is what people said in the run up to 2012 too.
All the evidence we have is that, while Sanya has far faster times on paper (and even a big win, now),
Ohuruogu's personality dominates the w400m at the very highest level.
So long as she is around, the big finals are likely to be run at around the pace she dictates.
Sanya will _never_ risk aiming at 49.0 in a big final with TBO in it, because she is scared of being reeled in - she knows there is no margin for error.
Indeed, Sanya has run all kinds of funny splits recently, all explained by her needing to feel that she has something left
in the tank to cover the move when TBO finally starts her rush in the home straight of "the big one".
I really see no reason why TBO shouldn't keep going.
She will have learned a lot this year.
It is very interesting this year how, having spent the last couple of years trying out a lighter build,
she came back to the Olympics with a similar massive musculature to 2008.
She really is an outlier in 400m runner shapes. Even compared to powerful women like Montsho.
Montsho is muscular, but TBO is off the scale - more like a panther than a typical woman quarter-miler!
I'm not saying her championship shape is ideal for the distance. Sanya's is more typical, and probably better.
But boy oh boy is TBO fun to watch as she eats up the home straight.