Gohan was also conditioned to receive a Zenkai after being brutally and fatally wounded by Recoome and the power of Gohan and Kuririn seemed to be evenly matched during their fight with Ginyu in Goku's body. And in the case of the battle against Freeza, Kuririn is also noted as possessing a power that was increasing, so the power conferred on Gohan at the start of the battle is also probably due to the Great Elder's increased power, not due to a Zenkai that dragged on as it did with Vegeta.Lionel wrote:Actually, the discrepancy between Gohan and Krillin would have likely started growing once the former received a zenkai from his brush with death at the hands of Recoome. Twice throughout that arc he was the beneficiary of zenkais during a time when they were inflationary and conveniently pushing Saiyans up to potential competitive levels with Freeza. But that aside, hybrids like Gohan have always been noted for their potential. Piccolo admitted that Gohan surpassed his own power if he put his mind to the task at hand during the Saiyan arc. Similarly, Vegeta waves aside the possibility of more hybrids in his conversation with Nappa under the pretext of the hybrids', "brats" as they were described, power being superior to their own. Age probably isn't too big of a determinant at that point if these other statements are to be considered.
And I am not calling Gohan's potential into question. It seems that Gohan has an overall potential superior to Vegeta's, which, as the latter said, was made "of a different stuff" from Krillin. So how do you compare the fact that Gohan did not leave Kuririn eating dust moments after his potential was unlocked as some proof that the earthlings could reach such high lengths training with Kaio? Sorry, but it seems like a pretty weak argument.
It was a break of expectations, just as Piccolo's power broke Nail's expectations, as made clear in his sentence. If the common namekuseijins, defenders of one of the villages attacked by Freeza, waste a power of 3000, Piccolo lavishing more than that would already condition Nail to say that Piccolo has a "surprising" amount of power.Freeza's own compliment of Nail was conditioned with the comparison of said Namekian warrior to others of his own species. It's more specifically quantified next to Nail's observations of Piccolo.
As an evidence of the statement about the power who was "split into two" being another general way of saying it was simply divided, we see that Kami-sama proved to be far superior to a Goku who defeated Piccolo Daimao who recovered the power he had after separating from the original Kami. And yet it is said by Piccolo in the 23rd Tournament that Kami-sama did not train as he should, even calling him lazy, so this Kami is unlikely to be as powerful as he was after the division. If Piccolo Daimao had the same power as Kami after the split (which would be the case if the split were 50/50), we would obviously have a problem with the logic above.