HMMR Podcast Episode 305: World champs preview (with Don Babbitt)

The world championships in track and field starts next week. There is some thrilling action ahead in the throwing events, and University of Georgia coach Don Babbitt joins us on this week’s podcast to talk about trends in technique, which countries are hot, which not, and what we are looking forward to the most.

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Key quotes and topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 3:15 – The rise of North American hammer throwers.
  • 12:00 – Men’s shot put and discus preview.
  • 13:15 – The value of experience and how to get it: “There’s a big value in comfort. To be a medal contender it sure helps to have been there a bunch of times and you’re used to your competitors.”
  • 16:30 – The new normal in the shot put: “When the bar gets raised, everybody raises their game.”
  • 21:00 – Historical national powers.
  • 27:45 – Technical trends in the shot put.
  • 35:00 – Learning from the good and the bad: “We’re usually trying to manage our athletes from not dropping off from their best instead of trying to figure out how to be their best, especially if they’re good.”

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