Chinese Hurdler:- Internet Hit (Video)

A Chinese hurdler has become an internet sensation for his uncoventional approach to the sport.

After struggling to jump over the first few hurdles, he launched a kamakaze run right through them. He finally came unstuck with a few remaining, and finished up in the neighbouring lane.

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4 Responses to Chinese Hurdler:- Internet Hit (Video)

  1. malc50 says:

    Thanks again magsx2 for contributing to my education. “A modern hurdle will fall over if a runner hits it. Contrary to a common misconception, there is no penalty for hitting a hurdle (provided this is not judged deliberate). The misconception is based on old rules before the hurdles were weighted. In the 1932 Olympics, Bob Tisdall famously won the Olympic Gold medal in the 400 metre hurdles in World Record time, but was not credited with the record due to knocking over a hurdle. There are now specifications for the tipping weight of a hurdle (the weights need to be adjusted to correspond with the height of the hurdle) so hitting a hurdle theoretically slows down the rhythm of the hurdler. However, pushing the hurdle with one’s hands or running out of one’s lane as a result of hitting the hurdle is cause for disqualification. While hitting hurdles is not generally considered desirable, a few sprint hurdlers have succeeded despite knocking over many hurdles. Contact with hurdles can decrease speed and also result in disruption of a hurdler’s technique.”

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      Thank You for the information. Who knew that it was so involved, but I suppose it really needs to be, like a lot of sport there must be rules set in place.

      I really felt sorry for the poor guy trying to do his best, when the other one running through the hurdles went into his lane, the poor guy had nowhere to go, he didn’t know what to do. Personally I feel this race should of been held again with the guy responsible for running through the hurdles disqualified.

  2. travelrat says:

    I was going to say, unlike show-jumping, you don’t get ‘four faults’ for knocking over a hurdle, but Malc5o has already told you that in much more detail.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      You certainly don’t get ‘four faults’. What I would like to know is why was this guy even in the race? He obviously couldn’t handle the jumping, and as I said above, he got in the way, he shouldn’t of been there.

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