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Low hurdles: Details 2022

The low hurdle race is a generally abandoned kind of track and field hurdle racing. The race, typically held with a minimum distance of 200m, was popular through 1960 on the international stage. Following that the IAAF has stopped ratifying records for the 200m low hurdles, and it was a much less popular event. United States high schools ran a shortened version of the race, called the 180 yard low hurdles, until 1974, when most states and the NFHS were able to run the 330 yard low hurdles that when metrified evolved into the intermediate hurdles of 300 meters and a smaller version of the international 400 metres hurdles. Since the race took place during an era of male dominance, there was no common female equivalent of the race. When the race lost its world record, women could only occasionally run obstacles and when they did they did it was over the 80-meter hurdles, which were over barriers of at the same height as high hurdles of men.

The height of the low the hurdles was thirty inches, otherwise described as 2 feet 6 inches. This is 76.2 centimetres. It’s the same size women are now running to complete their high hurdles, generally the 400-metre hurdles. The races were often conducted on straightways which required tracks that were constructed featuring long “chutes” to accommodate the hurdles, 200 metres straight and the single turn 400 metres which is 440 yards. The tracks were called “panhandle track.” In stadiums with large spaces where seating for football games was the primary concern the races began deep within a tunnel.

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With lower hurdles, the race was significantly faster and less difficult than the 110m hurdles, which is a race that goes over high hurdles, a foot (30 cm) higher. Sprinters were able to switch to low hurdles with great success. Jesse Owens once held the world record in the 200 meters and the 220 yard low hurdles. These were set as part of the 1935 world record day that was called the most impressive sporting achievement in sports since 1850.”

The last authentic world record holder at the event took place Don Styron from Northeast Louisiana State University who’s 21.9 hand-timed time was established on April 2 1960 in a dual meet against Louisiana State University. The mark has lasted ever since. Modern races utilize Fully Automatic Timing (FAT). The fastest FAT time to date is 22.30 (with winds of -0.6 mps) set on May 16 in 2010 by Andy Turner set at the Manchester City Games in a special race. However, by using the standard conversion method however, Styron’s time is superior. Turner defeated a record time of 22.55 set by Olympian Laurent Ottoz of Italy in 1995. Ottoz beat the automatic record that was 22.63 in 1995 by British Olympic medalist and multi-time World Champion Colin Jackson, who held the world record for the less common 110 metre hurdles for almost 13 years. The IAAF currently recognizes three records: Styron as a hand timed mark in a straight, Turner as an automatic timed mark in a straight line as well as Ottoz as an automatically timed mark around a bend.

The record for high school in the 180 yard low hurdles began in 1964. Three boys, Earl McCullouch from Long Beach Polytechnic High School as well as Don Castronovo from Oceanside High School in Oceanside, New York and Steve Caminiti from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California separately ran the low hurdles of 180 yards at 18.1. The record was never broken and the event was removed from regular high school competitions ten years later , in 1974.

Note That the Low Hurdles (on the turn) were contested at the girls high school levels, across the State of Illinois from 1985 onwards. The following are most likely to be the fastest times recorded.

1984-85 Nicolle Thompson – East St. Louis (Lincoln) – :27.0

1983-84 Sametra King – Romeoville (H.S.) – :27.3

1981-82 Chris Crowther – Joliet (West) — :27.7

1980-81 Loretta Wiltgen – Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) – :27.9

1979-80 Gwen Brown – East St. Louis (Lincoln) 1979-80 Gwen Brown – East St. Louis (Lincoln) :28.0

Although it is no longer raced by the United States, this race continues to be held in locations like Norway.

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