The last time I saw David Oliver train was in Florida April 2012 when I was shadowing legendary coach Brooks Johnson. You can watch that video here.
I’ve seen David enough times at Diamond League meets, but when I did see him train, he was doing 300m sprints.
What the heck is a 110m hurdler doing 300s? Isn’t 110m or 150m enough?
I remember Brooks saying any good hurdler can run the first 60 meters or 5 barriers and still be with the others.
It’s the last 5 hurdles or 40 meters that determines whether or not you medal. Take your best 60 meter hurdle time, add 5.5 seconds, and you got yourself a medal, every time.
That being said, those last 40m or 5.5 seconds require… you guessed it… speed endurance! Hence the 300m’s.
Interview with David Oliver, Joel Brown, Maurie Plante and Mike Hurst
In this podcast, we have Mike Hurst interviewing David Oliver and his training partner Joel Brown (7.48 & 13.20 for the 60mH and 110mH). Maurie Plant is the athlete’s agent.
Check out Mike’s previous podcast with LaShawn Merritt.
This recording is informal… very informal… but David does reveal a LOT of secrets on his training, especially at his age and his size and weight!
And yes, he’ll reveal why he does those 300m’s.
(Photo Credits: Mike Hurst)
Thank you Mike for sharing this podcast, and making it publicly available. Sharing is caring!
Podcast with David Oliver, Joel Brown, Maurie Plant
Presenter: Mike Hurst
Broadcast Date: March 2014
File Size: 26.9 Mb