Yesterday’s podcast from Kenta’ Bell on Coaching Sprint Force & Mechanics mentioned the Jamaicans using the Rocket Sprint Start.
Starting blocks are all about putting yourself in the right biomechanical angles for the best and most efficient start possible. Beating everyone else to the first 10 or 20 meter mark helps, too.
Here is an example.
I will use the London 2012 Olympics Men’s 200 meters Semi-Finals with Yohan Blake, Bruno De Barros, Christophe Lemaitre, and Wallace Spearmon in lanes 4, 5, 6, 7 because I was there (I missed the 200m & 800m finals, remember?)
Note Yohan (circled) and how his shin angles are different to the other 3 sprinters.
Note Yohan and Bruno (lane 5) on how their 2nd step is almost making ground contact, compared to Christophe and Wallace.
To my eyes, Yohan has about half a meter lead over the others. He went on to win his semi final.
Here is a quick 4 minute video on YouTube explaining the Bud Winter’s Rocket Sprint Start.
For more information, go to Bud Winter’s The Rocket Sprint Start