Seven-Stepping to Hurdle One: The Debate Continues

by Steve McGill

When Dayron Robles began the 7-step revolution back in 2008, it was hard to predict where his success would take the event in the future. Although he wasn’t the first to ever 7-step, he was the first to have enormous success with it – setting a world record and winning major international championships. For a couple years there, Robles was unequivocally the man in the 110 meter high hurdles. His success led his competitors to experiment with 7-stepping. Hurdlers who were already running very well taking eight steps to the first hurdle – such as David Oliver, Jason Richardson, and even Liu Xiang – switched to seven steps, and their race as a whole either stayed the same or improved.

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