Pickering Sprinter Anson Henry: Perchance To Dream ….
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|Anson Henry says look to the stars and numbers will come.|
Pickering sprinter Anson Henry gets the chance on Thursday to line up against Jamaican star Usain Bolt at the Festival of Excellence. Not only does he say he’s not intimidated, but he’s got Bolt-like aspirations of his own.
“Any sprinter who believes in themselves will just look at Usain as the guy who has the stars aligned for him right now,” said Henry. “He’s in a position they believe they can be in themselves.
“As far as him being intimidating, to some sprinters maybe, but to other sprinters who really believe that they can run that fast, they’re just looking at him as someone who has it together right now.”
Pretty heady stuff for a 30-year-old who has yet to crack the 10-second barrier (his personal best is 10.02), but sprinting can really be a mental game and the graduate of Dunbarton High School definitely believes in his own potential.
“His performance at the Olympics was as close to perfect as you can get,” said Henry. “The way I look at it is if I was to get my stuff together and the stars aligned for me, I could be running just as fast. He was able to put it together and he was very impressive. There’s no way around that.”
While there’s a lot of speculation on just how fast Bolt will go, Henry doesn’t believe there’s not been enough appreciation about how fast he’s already gone.
“The way that he did it, people think that 9.6 is like nothing,” said Henry, knocked out in the second round of the 100 metres in Beijing. “But running 9.6 is really no joke because really breaking 10 seconds you’re flying. Really, if you can run 10.1, you’re flying. If you’re running 9.6, that’s almost unheard of.
“If he never gets back to 9.6 again in his career, I wouldn’t even necessarily be surprised by that. Because it’s blistering fast. Going faster than that will be very hard. He could still have a very successful career being able to run 9.8 and maybe 9.7s. You never know if he’s ever going to be in that shape again. Only time will tell.”
Henry said people should discard their expectations and just enjoy the show.
“People should just let him run. It’s going to impressive regardless. If he runs 9.5, then people are going to be like ‘Hey, when are you going to run 9.4?’”