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World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/29/2011 9:22AM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Former or current, has to be someone who most people would know and who has at the very least qualified or had the ability to qualify for an Olympic Team in their respective countries and time periods. Would have to say that in my personal opinion Alberto Salazar takes the price all the way. He had horrible form and had a forced, non smooth, non effecient stride and leaned over while he ran making it uncomfortable to watch.
runn
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/29/2011 9:27AM - in reply to - Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Paula Radcliffe
toro
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/29/2011 9:45AM - in reply to - Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Mark Everett. US 800m runner.
His one arm flailed as he made his kick and it kind of looked like he was twisting as he ran.
crazy person
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/29/2011 9:50AM - in reply to toro Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Zapotek wins this debate every time.

Imane Merga is pretty poor.
ALH359
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/29/2011 9:56AM - in reply to - Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
CWT
The Red Panda
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 6:59AM - in reply to ALH359 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I always thought Peter Elliot was very unnatural, forced and machine-like in his running form.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9NJTu4-rJI
common
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 8:12AM - in reply to - Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Jen Rhines
Nick Symmonds

Probably could not make an Olympic team, but honorable mention to Erin Donohue.
SlowFatMaster
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 8:53AM - in reply to common Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Erin DID make the 2008 Olympic team.

Karel Lismont, 1972 Olympic Marathon silver, shown at about 1:17 in video:

http://youtu.be/1ABw2b7vjaU
Emil + Paula
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 9:01AM - in reply to SlowFatMaster Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Radcliffe and Zatopek actually have really good form from the waist down. Granted, their heads are a bit all over the place but in all the important aspects they're really good.

Micah Kogo always looks pretty rank running but has cranked out some crazy-fast times. Jen Rines is terrible too, she's the fastest race-walker the world will ever see though.
well.
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 9:32AM - in reply to - Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
John Ngugi
Trolldad
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 10:34AM - in reply to - Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Zersenay Tadese. He may be one of the most efficient runners out there, but his arms are always scrunched next to his body and he's always leaning forward when he shouldn't be.
xcrunner27
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 12:45PM - in reply to - Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
zatopek no doubt
socal cush
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 12:48PM - in reply to xcrunner27 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
i'll second mark everett, but jeff atkinson had pretty poor form for an olympic trials champ and olympic finalist...
Juuuma
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 7/30/2011 1:41PM - in reply to - Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I always felt that Juma Ikanga had a sgrange looking stride. Maybe it was because his head was frequently tilted to one side.
F5K
RE: World Class Mid and Long Distance runners with the worst running form? 8/1/2011 8:03AM - in reply to Juuuma Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Serena Burla