Asbel Kiprop Stride Study

Kenyan 1500m star Asbel Kiprop always provides entertaining viewing for athletics fans. His lengthy and languid gait make him seem to be giving about eighty percent while everyone else in the race is spinning like the Road Runner trying to keep up.

Asbel Kiprop Stride Study Feature Image

Melbourne Australia has been treated to the Kiprop show at least a couple of times in the past few years and I’ve been fortunate to be there with my cameras to capture those big wheels turning.

Asbel Kiprop Stride Study by Running Technique Tips 2

In these early season races, held around March/April, Kiprop is usually underdone fitness wise, but nonetheless always manages to turn heads with his aggressive pace making and epic strides.

Asbel Kiprop Stride Study 3 by Running Technique Tips Final

You often hear talk about people with long limbs as having legs up to the armpits, but Kiprop takes this to its anatomical limit with his unending levers. The IAAF has Asbel Kiprop’s height listed as 1.88 meters and I reckon about a third of that is in his shank. Well maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration – but not by much!

Asbel Kiprop Stride Study 2 by Running Technique Tips Final

His honors include the 2008 Beijing 1500m Olympic Gold Medal and he recently saluted for a win over the metric mile at the 2013 Moscow World Championships. Not before cranking out one of the fastest 1,500m ever of 3:27.72 in Monaco.

I sometimes wonder what would happen if Kiprop decided to run the 5000m. With his giant pins is he the most likely man to challenge Kenenisa Bekele’s mark of 12:37.35? Idle speculation I know, but all good fun nevertheless.

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2 Responses to Asbel Kiprop Stride Study

  1. Marius Bakken February 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

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