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    I'm not a big fan of the olympics and all.. but I saw that people who run sprints
    are putting hands back(like ninjas in Natuto) in the last few meters.. does it give
    a speed boost or something so they do it?

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    I'm not sure what you mean, but i think you mean this:

    I can only tell you something of my own experiences. I'm an enthousiastic athlete (to watch and do myself).
    A scientific reason could be that it's more aerodynamic, that could be the reason when you run with the best of the world (you have to think about everything then). But that's not the reason why I would do it.

    There are different positions you can hold your hands while running. When you sprint almost every muscle in your body is strained (?). That also counts for the muscles in your hands, and simply when your hands are strained they're like 'nin je hands' instead of a fist.

    I hope this gives you an answer, otherwise can you enlighten your question?


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    You only cross the finish line (technically speaking) when a part of you body crosses it - hence the phrase "breasting the tape".

    Given the way inertia works, throwing your hands backwards at the last stride also may help give the rest of your body (the important bit) a slightly greater forward thrust, thereby possibbly, by fractions of seconds etc, giving you the win.

    This is just a thought, and may even work in conjunction with +SCIENCEgirl+'s idea.
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    i've read somewhere that it's the same with cycle races : just before you reach the finishing line, you throw your body behind the saddle, which makes your bicycle jump forward several inches - can make all the difference between winning and coming second in a sprint
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    oh cool
    But say... In Naruto they maintain that position throught the whole run.. can
    one gain any advantage in speed by maintaining that posture?
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    that seems rather doubtful
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    kk, thanks for answers all btw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanuka
    oh cool
    But say... In Naruto they maintain that position throught the whole run.. can
    one gain any advantage in speed by maintaining that posture?
    I think that running thing that you often see in Japanese animation is just a matter of realizing expectation, people have come to expect ninjas to run like that.

    Similar to the black costume that is often associated with ninjas that actually comes from the Kabuki theatre tradition, where the people who would move the sets around would dress in black (and you were supposed to pretend they weren't there), and so then ninja characters in the plays would often wear similar costumes implying that you shouldn't be seeing them either.
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    In Naruto they maintain that position throught the whole run
    It could also be so that they are ready to strike at any time with the sword clenched in both hands. Also, they might make less noise running that way.

    As for the atheletes;

    All of the above, but maybe also so that the camera can get a better shot when deciding who won. If two guys are close at the end and one guy has his arm in the way....
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER
    All of the above, but maybe also so that the camera can get a better shot when deciding who won. If two guys are close at the end and one guy has his arm in the way....
    I think that's the last thing athletes worry about :wink:
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    wouldn't it be more useful if the athlete brings his arms forwards. I think that would give more lead, as the arm is lighter than the rest of the body and using the center of mass concept.
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