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Can Sprinters Long Jump?
In this video from my YouTube channel I take a look at some of the reasons why sprinters find it difficult to long jump.
You'd think that with good speed (potentially the key requirement of long jumping) that they would naturally make great jumpers. However, when you look into it the number of elite combined sprinters and jumpers is minimal. Only Carl Lewis really was consistently successful at the 100m, 200m and long jump.
In my analysis I also reverse the argument and consider why long jumpers don't feature in the sprints also at elite level.
The following reasons are covered.
Lack of training time Different energy systems used
Different training emphases - sprint start and acceleration v take-off mechanics
Different mind-set (something often overlooked)
Different body type and muscle mass Different running/sprinting technique!
From consideration of these factors it will become much more apparent as to just why sprinters (of all levels which is really the aim of the video i.e. to showcase what's needed to be a good long jumper) are not able to make such good long jumpers and vice-versa.
It can be done by some. ... and that may be a subject matter for another video.
And will Marcel Lamont-Jacobs make a return to the long jump?
I can't wait to see if he does.
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