On your marks, set, fly ...
A proper start can make the difference between winning or losing a sprint race, where success is often measured in split seconds.
In the starting blocksHeart of the startPushing off
Weightrestsequallyon rearknee,handsForwardlegextendsforcefullyBack,headformstraightlineFeet incontactwith theblocksAt the “on your marks”call, athlete getscomfortable in theblocks, then ismotionless, breathingsteadilyAt set command, athleteinhales and holdsbreath, becoming like acoiled spring; proper setposition is crucial to apowerful startAt the sound of the gun, athleteexplodes into action – legspushing against the blocks,arms working to counterbalancethe force of the legsShoulders rotatedforward, 3-4 in. (7-8 cm)ahead of handsHands justbehind theline; thumb,other fingersform a “V”
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Body isinclined forfirst 5-6 m,becomesfully uprightby 40 m
Source: “Coaching Track & FieldSuccessfully” by Mark Guthrie,“Fundamentals of Track andField” by Gerry Carr, Track andField magazine