Monday, July 26, 2021

How Tracks Changed Forever After the Last Tokyo Olympics

If you are watching the Olympic games, you might wonder how athletes gained so much over the last hundred years or so. Sure, training has advanced. Sure, more people are participating in sports. But one factor is the improvement in the equipment used. This video looks at the tracks where the footraces are held. When I ran track that one season in the early '70s, we ran on a gravel track owned by the local college. Forty years later, my kids had a real asphalt track at their school. World-class tracks advanced even more. (via Neatorama)


Kolo Jezdec said...

I thought at first that the barefoot runner was Abebe Bikila, but he wore shoes in the 1964 Olympic Marathon. He had won the 1960 marathon running without shoes.

The 1964 Tokyo Olympics were the last with a cinder track and the first where athletes used fiberglass poles for the pole vault.

I still have scars on my knees from falling on cinder tracks in my high school days 50 years ago.

Kolo Jezdec said...

^^"barefoot runner at 0:15 in the video..."