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  • Alan Wells Start

    My understanding is that Alan Wells didn't use blocks until the IAAF made him use them so any false start could be detected. I found a video where he doesn't use blocks, but is in the traditional start position on the track. I seem to remember, however, at least one race where he used a standing start. I can't find any video of Wells using a standing start.

    Is my memory faulty? Or is my ability to search for the right video faulty? Thanks in advance!

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    I remember him doing crouch starts without blocks rather than a standing stare. During his career (1980 ish?) the IAAF changed the rules so that sprinters had to use blocks.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Trickstat View Post
      I remember him doing crouch starts without blocks rather than a standing stare. During his career (1980 ish?) the IAAF changed the rules so that sprinters had to use blocks.
      Here he is (fast-forward to 1:18) not using blocks but not crouching. Anyone have a video with Wells doing a crouch start?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0agAs9o1IGE

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Peter Michaelson View Post

        Here he is (fast-forward to 1:18) not using blocks but not crouching. Anyone have a video with Wells doing a crouch start?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0agAs9o1IGE
        That is a crouch start. In the first part, he is using his feet to work out his crouch position. This is a common technique in the UK for sprinters not using blocks.

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