Have you watched the two of them? Coburn's hurdling is galaxies ahead of Garcia's.
not important wrote:
Coburn is a bad hurdler and it seem to work out for her.
Didn't she run a 4:04 the other week, or was it another 4:05. ~4:24 flat in the mile last week. So her mile is a mile ahead of her steeple right now.
Her 1500 pb is only a 4:05 from 2 years ago so maybe she doesn't have a choice.
Sigh....as much as I hate the negativity on this board, this is pretty accurate. Not only is her hurdling form suspect, she also tends to put herself in bad position heading into the hurdle. When she does have clean sight lines she is not as bad but that doesn't happen often. Its almost as if she only thinks about where she needs to be when she is right up on the hurdle rather then several strides before.
Just another coach wrote:
It is horrible watching a fine athlete like Stephanie Garcia, who is in great form this year in the 1500 meters try to run the steeple. Just finished watching the Diamond League meet in Rabat. Ouch. In all my years of coaching I have never seen someone with such poor technique. She loses 3-4 meters on every barrier, and almost comes to a stop at the water pit. Why in Gods name is she still trying to run it. Wouldn't a better strategy be to finish out the season with great 1500's, and then go back to the drawing board trying to improve her technique? If she can not do so, then just focus on the 1500 meters where she is very, very good. What do the rest of you think?
Has run 9:19 last year and 9:25 this year which are 12 and 18 sec off of the American record if you struggle with the math. And the 4:24 mile last week was good.
well how about det apels wrote:
I literally came to LRC today to post this. Steph layed an egg of 9:40 at DL today. That's 45 seconds off what the world's best can do in that event. Pretty sad for an event that takes just 9 min. Heck I'm closer to elite times than she is right now and I'm just a regular guy with no sponsorship. How sad.
Jonathan Gault wrote:
She's not injured. She said that this is actually the fittest she's ever been.
The reason for her struggles over the hurdles is that she tried to change her technique this year, but she admitted to us after the race that she's still not totally confident in it. Hesitating before a barrier is not something you want to do in the steeple, but if you don't trust your form, you hesitate, which leads to bad hurdles and a fall like the one she suffered in Sacramento.
Garcia's interview may have been the best one I conducted at USAs yesterday. She very candidly discussed the problem in a way that most pros would be unwilling to. Props to her.