25 Jul '12, 11pm

Why the 800 meters is the only distance event not run in negative splits: #runnerds

By Phil Latter Photo of David Rudisha and pursuers by Victah Sailer If David Rudisha wins the Olympic 800, he'll do it as he set his world record, with a faster first lap than second. It’s a truism spouted practically everywhere in the distance running universe: To run your fastest, run even or negative splits. It comes from old and new coaches, parents, TV commentators and Hollywood alike. (Both late-1990s films concerning the life of Steve Prefontaine feature awkward soliloquies about the merits of running each lap at nearly the same pace.) For the most part, the advice rings true. World records in events from 1500 meters to the marathon tend to start slightly faster than average, slow a bit in the middle, and close faster than they started. Championship races follow this to an even more exaggerated level, with the opening lap(s) often being woefully slow, followed by a ...

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