Ronnie Baker winning Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ronnie Baker won the Nike Prefontaine Classic 100 meters last weekend in a wind-aided 9.86 on May 27. On May 5, Ronnie had run his first Diamond League, a 10.24 for seventh place. On May 20, Ronnie ran 9.98 in Kingston, Jamaica, finishing second to Yohan Blake, and setting a nice PB, his second time under 10 seconds (Ronnie ran a 9.99 on April 15 at Mt.SAC Relays 100m). At Eugene, with Justin Gatlin, Andre DeGrasse, Micheal Rodgers, Bingtian Su, Adam Gemeli and Chijindu Ujah, Ronnie took the right time to show the world his stuff.
Ronnie Baker has a rather unique style. He gets very low in the blocks. And unlike many sprinters, who stay down low until 30 or 40 meters, Ronnie Baker is right out of the blocks and flying. At Pre Classic, Ronnie Baker took over the race as everyone else was decelerating.
RunBlogRun interviewed Ronnie Baker (thanks to Trident Sports Management’s Charlie Wells) on Friday, May 27. Ronnie was a fun interview (watch for that later). This is his one minute Instagram Video where we asked Ronnie to tell young sprinters what is key to development. Ronnie believes that smart nutrition and sleep are key parts of the training culture that many forget!
We wish Ronnie Baker much luck this season. As the Rome Golden Gala are calling him, “the new rocket at Golden Gala!”
Ronnie Baker’s next race is at the Golden Gala in Rome, Italy, on June 8!
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