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Rod Milburn on his way to victory in the 1972 Olympic 110-meter hurdles final.
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The high hurdles races – 100 meters for women and 110 meters for men outdoors, 60 meters for both genders indoors – are sprints, but they’re also technical events. The goal for all hurdlers is to do as little hurdling, and as much running, as possible. That means competitors must sprint, clear the hurdles, then resume sprinting as quickly as possible. The key is to maintain momentum while clearing all ten hurdles, keeping your center of gravity as close to normal sprinting position as possible.