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    Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    Dwain Chambers ran 6.42 and 6.46 indoors in Torino in 2009, then 6.48 in Doha to win World Indoors in 2010.

    He then intentionally dropped a significant amount of muscle mass in 2011 and ran 6.54 for second in Paris last year, and so far has managed 6.58 this season. The only reference I've seen to his changes by UK coaches is Dan Pfaff saying that Chambers "overpushes" once he reaches top speed. Does anyone know who the architect of this change is?

    I know that Chambers mentioned that last season he dropped size to "concentrate on the 100m", but the fact is running .05 to .10 slower to 60m (especially if you're training is short to long) is not necessarily going to help your 100m regardless of body composition changes.

    Anyone have any insight on this? This change did not pay off in faster 100m times last year, yet they seem to be sticking to it again this year, and he's got the same SB of 6.58 going into World's as he did last year.

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    Re: Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    His SB before Doha was 6.57 and before Turin 6.51, so a drop of .09s for the main competition. Let's see what he runs in Istanbul. Last year he ran under 10.10 six times, which is the highest number since his comeback.

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    Dwain Chambers ran 6.42 and 6.46 indoors in Torino in 2009, then 6.48 in Doha to win World Indoors in 2010.

    He then intentionally dropped a significant amount of muscle mass in 2011 and ran 6.54 for second in Paris last year, and so far has managed 6.58 this season. The only reference I've seen to his changes by UK coaches is Dan Pfaff saying that Chambers "overpushes" once he reaches top speed. Does anyone know who the architect of this change is?

    I know that Chambers mentioned that last season he dropped size to "concentrate on the 100m", but the fact is running .05 to .10 slower to 60m (especially if you're training is short to long) is not necessarily going to help your 100m regardless of body composition changes.

    Anyone have any insight on this? This change did not pay off in faster 100m times last year, yet they seem to be sticking to it again this year, and he's got the same SB of 6.58 going into World's as he did last year.
    He has mentioned that he is not specifically preparing for indoors this year

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    Re: Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    He'll be 34 next month. At that age you can't expect to approach your pb's time after time.

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    Re: Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    This is true, but he has shown exceptional longevity in the 10.0x range. The reason I brought it up is that he is "focusing on the 100m" yet running slower in the 60m the past couple of seasons. Perhaps this means they are just training through the indoor meets, I'm not sure.

    That being said, he is still consistently a 10.0x sprinter as mentioned above. I'm just curious about his programming and how it may have changed since His 6.42 / 6.46 / 6.48 form. His 6.60 today is truly subpar compared to a couple of years ago.

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    Re: Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    the guy has alot of outside stress at the mo. lord coe and his idiot disciples are giving the guy an aweful time and shame on them, the UK tabloids and BOA.
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    Re: Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    I think the key thing here is that he is getting old (and hence dealing with slower recovery and increasing injuries) yet continuing to perform at a high level. Yes his times are subpar compared to his early days but look at who is beating him, their age and background before passing judgement. I think with better guidance in his early years he could have been a true 9.8 guy.

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    Re: Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    One word. Coaching. I refuse to hear the BS about age etc. Kim Collins is still doing it as was Linford Christie. Gatlin is 30 and was away for 4 years..T-Slow, I have also noticed the huge drop off in performance. Its no coincidence that the change in coaching/training has shown different results over the 60m times from Chambers over the last two years.

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    Re: Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    Exactly, it's not a matter of a coaching change, as he never has really had a coach and continues right now without a coach who has complete autonomy over his workouts.

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    Re: Dwain Chambers: Why such a radical change?

    TopCat, Jason, speedster, this is exactly the stuff I was wondering about. I know he is getting older, but he is just such an incredible natural athlete. For him to run 6.60 in a big international final is frankly rather disappointing.

    Chambers has seemed to go off on tangents a in the past few years. At one point, he was talking about "stride length", then more recently it has been about dropping some mass to gain better results in the 100m. This drifting off in different directions and getting away from his strengths (bonecrushing power) seems to show the hallmarks of someone without the sobering influence of a long time coach.

    Once he dropped weight, I thought perhaps Pfaff had got in his ear, as he is constantly preaching "big engine small chassis", but I don't know who is working with who over there.

    I was hoping that Kevin Tyler would take an interest in him, as they seem like an ideal matchup. Tyler has produced a number of world class athletes (Kunkel, Christopher, Muir) working off a short to long speed based program (ahem, heavily influenced by someone with the initials CF) with a long period of indoor preparation, something that sounds very similar to Chambers prep. I understand that Tyler is overseeing things rather than actively coaching, but still...

    Is he an impossible athlete to coach? Or is nobody willing to touch him because of the way the holier-than-thou UK press would treat them?

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