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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:58 am    Post subject: Ideal Height/Weight Reply with quote

Anyone know what the ideal height to weight ratio is for an 800 runner? Maybe if someone knows the heights and weights of some world class athletes.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll know it when you see it...

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what it is not......5' 9" 207 Exclamation Surprised

Compare Steve Coe, Kipketer, Krummenacher, etc, any similarities?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beyond being fast as heck, I doubt you'll find a single [visual] physiological similarity among that group, which is why I responded in typical smartass fashion.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK Smartass.... Wink

It would seem then that the determining factor would be leg turnover coupled with the endurance to carry that rate of turnover for 800 meters. How's that? Of course it would help to not carry 207 pounds on a 5' 9" frame. Sad

Maybe 157 tops.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krummenacker's pretty tall -- I would guess around 6'2". On the other hand, 5'8" is towering by Kenyan standards. It's a combination of a lot of things, as is the case for any event. Stride length is almost as big of a factor as turnover, and then you get into all the aerobic/anaerobic aspects that are far more important than physique.

Just look at the top women 800m runners. Mutola, Graf, and Holmes are built like tanks. You don't have to be a gazelle to run a fast half.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2004 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find that one of the interesting things about the middle distance runners. The sprinters tend to be muscular and the 5K and up runners tend to be very thin. But in the 800-1500 you can find a relatively different group of body types.

You tend to see that happening again in the ultras, especially the 100 mile races. There are some traditional skinny runners but you also see a good representation at the front of runners with a good bit of muscle and size. Dean Karnazes and Jenny Capel are two good examples.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2004 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've noticed that, too.

Let's call it a case of the mid-distance and the mad-distance. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2004 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mid distance and mad distance........I like that. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2004 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought you might. Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5' 9''
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angelo Z wrote:
5' 9''
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 feet and 9 inches. or like 1.85 meters. Hicham El guerrouj is 1.78 which is 5 feet 6 inches.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OO i understand , just im from the another country Smile
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