GASP! US get silver in the 100m relay

Discussion in 'ATHENS 2004 non-badminton events' started by Cheung, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. Cheung

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    I've read that they actually have to have timed this movement properly. It is possible to lean too early.
     
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    I think it has to do with having the body in proper alignment to maximize speed. Sprinters start out down and run the first few steps leaning forward because of the rapid acceleration. Once they get their stride, everything is pretty much straight up (maybe has to do with balance or length of stride). If they lean at this time, they will lose speed, so they want to save the lean for the final step.
     

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