Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
By Mike Rosenbaum, About.com Guide
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Clearing the hurdle
Richard Phillips' lead leg hasn't completely cleared the hurdle, yet his lead foot is already snapping back down into running position. His head is up and his eyes are focused on the next hurdle.
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As soon as the lead leg’s heel clears the hurdle, snap that foot down. Remember, you want to return to a sprint as quickly as possible. Maintain your forward lean to preserve your momentum. The lead arm is bent, with the forearm approximately parallel to the lead leg’s shin. The trailing arm remains back as the trail leg rises to about a 90-degree angle to the body. The trail leg is bent sharply at the knee, foot fully flexed so it doesn’t hit the hurdle.