To dive or not to dive, that is the question

Why do runners not dive more often? In ESPN's "Sport Science" video feature, it is explained that when exactly a runner starts the dive, may provide some insight as to its actual effectiveness. YES The beginning of the dive is actually faster - but only for a split second - than running itself. NO But detractors may be heartened to know that deceleration kicks in as soon as your feet leave the ground on a dive. So diving sprinters may fare worse than their counterparts who finish on their feet.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline 'To dive or not to dive, that is the question'. Print Edition | Subscribe