How to Use Starting Blocks

Before learning how to use starting blocks, you might wonder: who invented them and when? Starting blocks have been around since the 1920s, with some debate about who invented the first (hint: George Bresnahan had the first patent in 1927), but they were considered cheating until 1937. However, as early as 776 B.C., the Greeks had a long strip of metal and wood running the width of the stadion (their word) that every runner would use to push-off, which could be considered a precursor to modern track blocks.

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