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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 07:59 GMT 08:59 UK
Sprint domination over
BBC Sport's Michael Johnson
By Michael Johnson
Athletics legend and BBC Sport analyst

No single man will dominate the 100m in the forthcoming few years.

I thought that before the World 100m final, and I see no reason to change my mind.

Kim Collins is congratulated by Darren Campbell
Collins claimed victory over his rivals in Paris

Kim Collins might get amongst the medals again, but if you are asking me if he is going to dominate the 100m for the next few years - I don't think so.

Being the undisputed best for a long period of time is all about being consistent.

You have got to be able to run an impressive time, even on your bad days. These guys here - on their bad days, they run bad.

Kim might benefit from the confidence he will have gained from winning gold in Paris. He might.

But there is no reason to think that would allow him to go on and dominate the event. You don't become a consistent world-beater through confidence alone.

The final was all about who was in the shape to put in a good performance

It is all about being able to train your body to be the best it can possibly be, and also have the understanding of the event and the way to run it.

That allows you to consistently run at your peak, to consistently run the fast times, to stay clear of your pursuers.

Had Tim Montgomery won the world title, he would have proved to us all that he had what it took to dominate.

Dwain Chambers
There was disappointment for Chambers

We know he is fast enough - he is the world record holder - so a win on the big occasion would have proved his credentials.

He couldn't do it.

This final wasn't about who might be fazed. It was all about who was in the shape to put in a good performance, about the guy who didn't have any issues.

Dwain Chambers didn't look good in the heats. At the time we didn't know whether he was holding something back. As it turned out, he wasn't.

As for Maurice Greene's exit - I wasn't surprised. He didn't look at all good in the heats, and he hasn't won a race in how long.



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