Biomechanics: Halteres used in ancient Olympic long jump

  title={Biomechanics: Halteres used in ancient Olympic long jump},
  author={Alberto Enrico Minetti and Luca Paolo Ardig{\`o}},
Halteres (αλτηρεζ) are hand-held weights that were first used in the standing long jump in the eighteenth ancient Olympiad in 708 bc, and may have been introduced either to make the challenge more difficult or to extend the jumping distance. Here we use computer and experimental simulations to determine the optimal mass of halteres that would be needed to maximally extend a standing long jump, and find that this corresponds closely to the size range of actual archaeological specimens. These… Expand
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