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Approach Run

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What Is The Definition Of Approach Run In Track & Field?

An approach run is a running start used in all jumps and some throws. While the approach run may differ between events, the mechanics remain the same.

Along a runway, athletes take two to three strides to build up to the desired speed. This speed is held for another 10 to 20 strides until the athlete translates that speed into another action.

Regardless of the jump or throw being performed, the most important piece of an approach run is consistency. The initial strides must be performed perfectly every time or else the athlete risks falling short of their usual distance or height marks or faulting if they exceed the allotted distance on the runway. 

Which Jumps Use An Approach Run?

All four jumps (pole vault, high jump, long jump, and triple jump) utilize an approach run to maximize momentum to achieve the highest or furthest mark. 

The pole vault and high jump convert the speed into height by either jumping or vaulting upwards to carry over the crossbar. The long jump requires speed to carry the athlete further during the flight. The triple jump necessitates slightly less speed than the previous three jumps, as it requires a tighter step precision.

Which Throws Use An Approach Run?

The javelin requires an approach run. The purpose differs from that of the approach to jumps, but is similar in that it builds momentum to achieve the highest mark with the furthest throw.

Example Of How Approach Run Is Used In Commentary

Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s approach run looked spectacular—it’s no wonder she holds the record for the second-longest jump of all time.

Sport The Term Is Used

1. Track & Field

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