January 31, 2020
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Track Technology Over Time
Matthew E Riehle
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First Track Spikes- The first track spikes were simple Oxfords with nails hammered through them
Ann Packer- Uses the Kangaroo Hide Leather spikes. Which were much lighter. Weighed only 3oz.
Sir Roger Bannister runs the first sub 4 minute mile.
Jesse Owens wins the 1936 100m Dash. Wearing Adolf Dasslers spikes.
Adolf Dassler begins changing spikes and priming them for specific events.
Felix Carvajal races in the Olympics wearing work clothes. There were no uniforms at the time.
First Olympics with uniforms required. Racers had to wear short sleeves, shorts. and a number.
EVA(Ethylene Vinyl Acetate), a foamy substance, was added to the mid-shoe section in order to reduce shock.
Dassler realized that distance spikes should be different from sprinter spikes. Sprinters run on their toes and don’t use their entire foot. So plastic bottom plates were added to the toe area ,and heel protection was removed from sprinter spikes to cut out more weight. Also, different shapes of spikes were put into the bottom of the shoe depending on the event.
The USA women's 4x400m relay team won the gold medal. They were wearing molded spiked that could only be wore once.
Uniforms were baggy and loose
Synthetic Materials began being used in uniforms. The difference between the distance and sprinter uniforms increased.
NASA creates their double knit, aluminum coated fabric, which deflects the sun’s rays and pulls perspiration from the body.
Owens ran on cinders. The ash from burnt wood.
The first synthetic track was used as the official track of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Nike releases new uniforms with dimples to reduce aerodynamic drag.
Usain Bolt sets the current 100m dash world record of 9.58 seconds.
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