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It’s hard to find flaw with the season Sanya Richards-Ross has put together.
She owns the world’s best time in the 200-meter sprint and the top two times at 400 meters. During U.S. Trials in Eugene, she ran the fastest 400 meters since 2007.
The only holdup? We’ve been here before. And it didn’t end well.
Richards-Ross entered Beijing on a similarly styled roll. Expected to win gold in the 400, Richards-Ross started hot in the final but couldn’t keep her own pace, wilting down the backstretch and settling for bronze. From the outside in, it looked like a classic combination of big-race nerves and poor tactics.
Four years later, Richards-Ross is still the event’s premier talent. With an assist from experience, she should be on her way to gold.