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Training Talk With Juri Tamm (Part 2)

Earlier this week I posted the first part of my interview with two-time Olympic medalist Jüri Tamm. After talking about why hammer throw results have fallen off in the former Soviet nations and around the world, he proceeded to talk more about technique, talent identification in the Soviet Union, and his own training with his coach Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk. Come back later in the week to read the final part of our interview.


Martin: You also mentioned that the technique is not as good today. What do you think of as good technique? If you look at the top throwers even in your day, the technique varied quite a bit between throwers like you, Sedykh, and Litvinov even though you all were training in the same system.

Jüri: It is easy. If you would like to throw far, you have to accelerate the hammer. And to accelerate the hammer you have to have two legs on the ground as much as possible. If you stay on one leg is less power than combined two legs. These are basic questions for all throwers.


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  1. […] and nurturing. The book did not go into detail about the talent identification programs and based on my conversations with others, it was less systematic than most people think. But the key point is that it existed and it helped […]

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