pinoyathletics wrote:Thankyou very much for everyones feedback. I will implement some of these constructive feedbacks and critcisims into a revision of this article. I do appreciate the input as High Jump is not my field of expertise as I was a sprinter. This article enjoyed over 1000 views in 2 days.
Then I'll just add that I disagree withe following statement regarding the straddle:
"The Russian and Americans pioneered the evolution of the straddle technique"
American high jumpers were the first to utilize both the straight leg straddle and the dive straddle.
However, what mostly influenced Russian straddlers were the Swedish dive staddlers of the early-mid 50's.
While American straddlers had gradually slowed down the speed of the approach run, culminating with Dumas in 1956, the Swedes started using a longer and faster run-up and focussed mostly on the bent leg dive straddle (Bengt Nilsson world's #2 and Euro champ in 1954). This is what influenced the Russians. They added even more speed and utilized power (weight) training to a greater degree.
Brumel did not RADICALLY speed up his approach run. He just ran faster that anybody up until then.
Yashchenko was even faster than Brumel.