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Jürgens, D; Knechtle, B; Rüst, C A; Knechtle, P; Rosemann, T; Lepers, R (2012). An analysis of participation and performance by nationality at 'Ironman Switzerland' from 1995 to 2011. Journal of Science and Cycling, 1(2):10-20.

Abstract

Triathlon, in particular the 18Ironman 19 distance, has become very popular in the field of ultra-endurance sports. The aim of the present study was to analyse the participation and performances at the 18Ironman Switzerland 19 in Zurich, Switzerland, regarding the nationality of the participants. Nationalities and performances of 21,399 athletes, originating from exactly 100 countries and competing between 1995 and 2011, were analysed. The mean total race times and changes across the years of the top ten athletes overall and of each country for both women and men triathletes were analysed using linear regression analyses. In total, 90% of the participants in 18Ironman Switzerland 19 originated from European countries, with triathletes from Switzerland (31.9%) and Germany (18.9%) presenting the majority, followed by participants from Great Britain (11.2%), France (7.9%), Italy (5.3%), USA (4.7%), Spain (3.5%), Belgium (2.7%) and Austria (2.6%). Switzerland presented the fastest triathletes in both sexes followed by athletes from Germany. Behind these two leading nations, triathletes from countries such as France, Belgium, Austria, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and USA competed slower. To summarize, 18Ironman Switzerland 19 has been dominated by central European triathletes regarding participation and performance. Most of the participants and the fastest finishers came from Switzerland, followed by triathletes from Germany. To assess these results, future studies need to investigate the leading nations in 18Ironman 19 qualifying races all over the world for 18Ironman Hawaii 19 and in the 18Ironman World Championship 19 in Hawaii.

Abstract

Triathlon, in particular the 18Ironman 19 distance, has become very popular in the field of ultra-endurance sports. The aim of the present study was to analyse the participation and performances at the 18Ironman Switzerland 19 in Zurich, Switzerland, regarding the nationality of the participants. Nationalities and performances of 21,399 athletes, originating from exactly 100 countries and competing between 1995 and 2011, were analysed. The mean total race times and changes across the years of the top ten athletes overall and of each country for both women and men triathletes were analysed using linear regression analyses. In total, 90% of the participants in 18Ironman Switzerland 19 originated from European countries, with triathletes from Switzerland (31.9%) and Germany (18.9%) presenting the majority, followed by participants from Great Britain (11.2%), France (7.9%), Italy (5.3%), USA (4.7%), Spain (3.5%), Belgium (2.7%) and Austria (2.6%). Switzerland presented the fastest triathletes in both sexes followed by athletes from Germany. Behind these two leading nations, triathletes from countries such as France, Belgium, Austria, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and USA competed slower. To summarize, 18Ironman Switzerland 19 has been dominated by central European triathletes regarding participation and performance. Most of the participants and the fastest finishers came from Switzerland, followed by triathletes from Germany. To assess these results, future studies need to investigate the leading nations in 18Ironman 19 qualifying races all over the world for 18Ironman Hawaii 19 and in the 18Ironman World Championship 19 in Hawaii.

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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
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:20 Feb 2013 10:03
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:30
Publisher:Cycling Research Center
ISSN:2254-7053
Official URL:http://www.jsc-journal.com/ojs/index.php?journal=JSC&page=article&op=view&path[]=11

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