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    Was Carl Lewis the first athlete to keep his palms open (to reduce friction) while sprinting?

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    >Was Carl Lewis the first athlete to keep his
    >palms open (to reduce friction) while sprinting?

    I'm sure that there has to be someone before him to have done this.
    From the video of the 1968 Mexico City OG Men's 100m final, Jimmy Hines was sprinting with his palms open.

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    • #3
      Re: Sprinting with palms open straight

      Bonjour, " the King of stats",
      I think, Ben JOHNSON was running this way too...

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      • #4
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        "(to reduce friction)"

        I'd be astonished if the time saved by this were more than .001 second. The loss in 'relaxation' principle may actually add time.

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          >"(to reduce friction)"

          I'd be astonished if
          >the time saved by this were more than .001
          >second. The loss in 'relaxation' principle may
          >actually add time.

          Huh? It makes sprinting more relaxed.

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            I thought he started this practice as a child copying pictures he had seen of Jesse Owens.

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            • #7
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              "Huh? It makes sprinting more relaxed."

              No - actually a relaxed hand is in a loose fist. It requires more effort to push the fingers out flat. It may seem to be more aerodynamic but there is absolutely no evidence that it helps, so I vote the most relaxed state.

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              • #8
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                Actually having an open hand increases the length of the moment arm thereby increasing torque and thus force. Tom Tellez stated that is was for better aerodynamics but ultimatley the open hand produces more torque. Jim Hines had a relazed hand and actually "slapped" down and across the midline as he generated his back swing.

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                • #9
                  Re: Sprinting with palms open straight

                  I sprinted like that in the mid 1960's.

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                  • #10
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                    I've tried both, and even with clenched fists, but notice no difference in my times. (but then, I'm 57 and can't break :16 to save my life). But seriously.. in elite sprinting, hand 'posture' might mean more than a coupla 100ths, no? The difference between gold and 4th, maybe?!(like in Paris final this year) What a sport!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Sprinting with palms open straight

                      By keeping pressure in the hands -- not clenching, but pressing -- you remove tension from the parts of the body that need to stay relaxed: the legs. Slack hands is no way to go ==

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                        "By keeping pressure in the hands -- not clenching, but pressing -- you remove tension from the parts of the body that need to stay relaxed"

                        And what physiology text is that from? Sounds bogus.

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                        • #13
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                          What physiology text is any of this from? Face it: the science of running is paltry. Someone can say that pressure (or clenching) of the hands helps remove tension from the rest of the body; you try it, it seems to be true -- so it becomes a recommendation. This originally comes from Cerrutty, I believe --

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                            I can't seem remember which world beating sprinters Cerutty coached.

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                              True, but why would the principle be different between middle-distance running (which requires sprinting) and the pure sprints? A matter of degree. And do any sprinters NOT exert pressure in their hands (clench; hold their hands straightened, which requires considerable effort)?

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