23 Jul '14, 3pm

Track & Field's Chess Game, Subtle Strategies Add Special Intrigue To Vertical Jumps by Dave Hunter: Dave Hunt...

Track & field is often recognized as being founded upon the concept of running faster, jumping higher, and throwing farther. And for the most part, that's true. But in certain selected events there is a certain strategic gamesmanship that can have a material impact on the competition. And that may never be more evident than in the high jump and the pole vault - the vertical jumps. In the throwing events and in the "horizontal" jumps an athlete can essentially win the competition on the first attempt. Shot put star Ryan Whiting might launch a bomb on his initial heave that proves to be good enough to win. Or long jumper Jeff Henderson might hit the board just right and uncork a tremendous, majestic opening jump far enough to ensure his victory. But except for the extremely rare situation where a winner's ill-advised delayed entry into a vertical jump event leads to a single...

Full article: http://www.runblogrun.com/2014/07/track-fields-chess-game...

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