Tirunesh Dibaba is a great model for forefoot running because she ran barefoot. Her forefoot running form is ‘pure’, unaffected by the traditional running shoe.
New reports suggest Ethiopian distance runners are better due to running barefoot on account of earlier adaptations to the proper running form.
Arm swing differs between East African & Non-African distance runners. East African runners present greater torso & shoulder rotation & a more suppressed arm swing.
Over the last decade, Ethiopian female runners have consistently outperformed crushed non-African female distance runners. Yet, studies on the so-called ‘performance gene’ has failed to directly link genetics to athletic status in Ethiopian distance runners.
Looking at the factors that enable Tirunesh Dibaba to develop a near-flawless forefoot running technique.