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.
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!
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.