According to Dr. Bondarhcuk, hammer throwers can be divided into three groups. The first type of thrower has slow winds, but accelerates sharply in each turn. An example of this type of athlete would be Lance Deal. The second type begins with fast winds, but accelerates insignificantly during the turns. A good example of this type of athlete is Sergey Litvinov. The third type of athlete winds at an average speed and accelerates moderately during each turn. According to Bondarchuk, one type is not better than any other type. As he notes:
Membership in one or another group depends first of all on this athlete’s individual peculiarities, as well as on the number of turns used. It is very important that the observed difference in the structure of the rhythm of throwing not only does not prevent the athlete from showing a high level of athletic achievement, but also, on the contrary, in all cases facilitates this.
Rather than forcing an athlete to throw one way, a coach should find out what way is best for the athlete and build upon it. I definitely belong to the second group…
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