Ostrava, Czech Republic – Running in his third race of the season, Dayron Robles set a World record * in the 110m Hurdles, clocking 12.87 at the Golden Spike Grand Prix – IAAF World Athletics Tour – in Ostrava.
Blazing from the start, the 21-year-old Cuban had forged a commanding lead by the fourth hurdle and never relented. His performance knocked 0.01 seconds from the previous record of 12.88 set by Liu Xiang on 11 July 2007 in Lausanne.
The meeting opened with another World record in the women’s One Hour Run. Tire Tune of Ethiopia covered 18,517m in 60 minutes, adding 177m to the previous record of 18,340m set by Tegla Loroupe 10 years ago in Borgholzhausen, Germany.
It’s easy to say after a w.r. but Robles is such a good shuffler. He also seems to dive less in flight(or maybe there’s simply less head action?) compared to many other hurdlers which I guess is a style better suited to taller athletes or at least ones with longer legs.
I’ve discussed or debated the amount of “dive” or “pitch” need to be effective. Some had suggested less dive with taller hurdlers and more with shorter. However, Neimiah (spelling?) and Guy Drut didn’t dive much from what I remember and ,as we all know, they were great hurdlers and not was exceptionally tall. On the otherhand Colin Jackson and Allen Johnson are very aggressive with the their dive (chest resting on lead leg:eek: ).
I spend less time on the dive then my coach spent with me when I competed and focus more on what the athlete is doing between the hurdles (degree of heel recovery) and with their take-off leg (foot contact beneath hips/COM).
I don’t know…this is what makes coaching so much fun