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By Joey Blum
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SPOTLIGHT: THE HURDLES - Only for the brave at heart

A weekly report from Joey Blum of The Chronicle • [email protected]


January 23, 2020

American Sydney McLaughlin will be a compelling figure at The Trials.

"You need to be fast to be a great hurdler, and you need to be a good tactician to get over the hurdles as quickly as possible."

– Sydney McLaughlin, American hurdler

As I've said before, most fans of track and field imagine themselves in the event. A small part of them thinks, "I could do that." And it's true because most of us can run, jump and throw.

I suspect this is not true for the hurdles, because when I stand next to a hurdle, the actual jump itself scares me. I imagine doing even one of the series of 10 perfectly timed mid-air splits (and not gently on a yoga mat) at world-class...

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