The 'Ashenfelter' training session.
Ashenfelter leads Kazantsev at Helsinki
"There are few distance runners who are born great.
You have to work very hard very often."
Horace Ashenfelter - Olympic 3000m Steeplechase Champion 1952
in a World Record time of 8min 45.8secs.
Horace Ashenfelter has escaped my attention completely until the late 60's when Ron Clarke collaborated with Norman Harris
to put together a book entitled 'The Lonely Breed' - an interesting and informative collection of anecdotes about distance runners from a wide range
of abilities, backgrounds and eras. The chapter on Ashenfelter went into considerable detail about his training - particularly
in the run up to the 1952 Olympics. He was, at that time, an FBI agent and working extremely hard - as well as attempting to qualify to represent the USA in the Games.
It was therefore necessary to refine his training programme to get the maximum return for the minimum time and effort expended.
300m really an 'extended' stride - keeping it smooth / even