Cruz ... Juantorena


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Cruz ... Juantorena

Postby no one » Fri May 31, 2013 8:04 am

agree - disagree -
these guys (both) were 'over striders'
did their form hinder - possibly limit their chances of faster times
if you were their coach would you have 'done' anything to change?

btw - two of my favorite 800 guys and I loved to watch them run
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Re: Cruz ... Juantorena

Postby marknhj » Fri May 31, 2013 9:19 am

Disagree. They were naturals and their records speak for themselves.
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Re: Cruz ... Juantorena

Postby user4 » Fri May 31, 2013 9:56 am

marknhj wrote:Disagree. They were naturals and their records speak for themselves.


I agree, cruz and juantorena were very rare talents and their strides were just natural and fluid. I wonder what cruz could have done at 400m had he chosen that distance. He seemed built for the 400/800 double.
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Re: Cruz ... Juantorena

Postby Jackaloupe » Fri May 31, 2013 12:54 pm

Juantorena's stride length stemmed (pun intended) from his power, as opposed to any reaching of the lower leg (over-striding can often stem from over-extension of the "lead" leg, or delaying whatever extension is there, then pawing at the ground.

Cruz was just plain smooth. Besides one would like to think Bowerman knew something about Stride!
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Re: Cruz ... Juantorena

Postby Bruce Kritzler » Fri May 31, 2013 1:56 pm

Read somewhere that Cruz had a big leg length discrepancy, which may account for his "over-striding". He was definitely a 8-1500, not 4-800, although his training was interval based, not distance based.
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