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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-12635

Knechtle, B; Kohler, G (2009). Running performance not anthropometric factors is associated with race success in a Triple Iron Triathlon. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 43(6):437-441.

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OBJECTIVES: To investigate the influence of anthropometric parameters on race performance in ultra-endurance triathletes DESIGN: Descriptive field study. SETTING: The Triple Iron Triathlon Germany 2006 in Lensahn over 11.6 km swimming, 540 km cycling and 126.6 km running. SUBJECTS: 17 male Caucasian triathletes (mean +/- SD, 39.2 +/- 7.5 years, 80.7 +/- 8.9 kg, 178 +/- 5 cm, BMI 25.4 +/- 2.4 kg/m2). INTERVENTIONS: None. Main Outcome Measurements: Determination of body mass, body height, skin fold thicknesses, circumferences of extremities as well as calculation of body mass index (BMI), skeletal muscle mass (SM), percent SM (%SM) and percent body fat (%BF) in order to correlate measured and calculated anthropometric parameters with race performance. RESULTS: Body mass, body height, skin fold thicknesses, circumferences of extremities, BMI, %SM and %BF had no effect (p>0.05) on race performance The squared correlation coefficient between the race time and the anthropometric properties limb circumferences, BMI, %SM and %BF was always lower than 0.03. The best correlation was shown between running time and total race time (r2=0.87) as well as cycling time and total race time (r2=0.62). The lowest correlation was shown between swimming time and total race time (r2=0.04). CONCLUSIONS: There is no association of anthropometric parameters with race performance in ultra-endurance triathletes. Running performance before cycling performance seems to be the most important factor in order to be successful in a Triple Iron Triathlon. Swimming performance seems to be of low importance.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of General Practice
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:June 2009
Deposited On:05 Feb 2009 12:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:57
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
Additional Information:Epub 2007 Nov 29
Publisher DOI:10.1136/bjsm.2007.039602
PubMed ID:18048440

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