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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-66015

Sigg, K; Knechtle, B; Rüst, C A; Knechtle, P; Lepers, R; Rosemann, T (2012). Central European triathletes dominate Double Iron ultratriathlon – analysis of participation and performance 1985–2011. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, (3):159-168.

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Abstract

Background: A recent study showed that European triathletes performed faster in Double Iron ultratriathlons than North American athletes. The present study analyzed triathletes participating in Double Iron ultratriathlons to determine the origin of the fastest Double Iron ultratriathletes, focusing on European countries.
Methods: Participation and performance trends of finishers in Double Iron ultratriathlons from 1985–2011 of the different countries were investigated. Additionally, the performance trends of the top three women and men overall from 2001–2011 were analyzed.
Results: A total of 1490 finishers originated from 24 different European countries and the United States. The number of European triathletes increased for both women (r2 = 0.56; P , 0.01) and men (r2 = 0.63; P , 0.01). The number of the North American triathletes increased for women (r2 = 0.25; P , 0.01), but not for men (r2 = 0.02; P . 0.05). Hungarian triathletes showed a significant improvement in both overall race times and in cycling split times, Swiss triathletes improved both their swim and run times, and French triathletes improved their swim times.
Conclusion: Men and women triathletes from Central European countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, and Hungary improved Double Iron ultratriathlon overall race times and split times during the 26-year period. The reasons might be the social and economic factors required to be able to participate in such an expensive and lavish race. Also, a favorable climate may provide the ideal conditions for successful training. Future studies need to investigate the motivational aspects of European ultraendurance athletes.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of General Practice
DDC:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:30 Oct 2012 15:32
Last Modified:29 Nov 2012 07:17
Publisher:Dove Medical Press
ISSN:1179-1543
Publisher DOI:10.2147/OAJSM.S37001
Official URL:http://www.dovepress.com/central-european-triathletes-dominate-double-iron-ultratriathlon-ndash-peer-reviewed-article-OAJSM-recommendation1
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