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European athletes dominate performances in Double Iron ultra-triathlons – A retrospective data analysis from 1985 to 2010


Rüst, Christoph Alexander; Knechtle, Beat; Knechtle, Patrizia; Lepers, Romuald; Rosemann, Thomas; Onywera, Vincent (2014). European athletes dominate performances in Double Iron ultra-triathlons – A retrospective data analysis from 1985 to 2010. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(sup1):S39-S50.

Abstract

We investigated the participation and performance trends of ultra-endurance triathletes from all nationalities competing in a Double Iron ultra-triathlon (7.6-km swim, 360-km cycle and 84.4-km run) from 1985 to 2010. A total of 1854 athletes participated in 92 Double Iron ultra-triathlons. The majority of the winners came from Europe with 72 victories, followed by North America with 17 victories. The race time for the European ultra-triathletes was 1340 (s=95.3) min, decreasing highly significantly (r 2=0.28; P<0.0001) across the years. North American ultra-triathletes finished the races within 1556 (s=124.5) min; their race time showed no changes across the years (r 2=0.045; P=0.07). The race time for the Europeans was highly significantly faster compared to the North Americans (P<0.0001). Future studies should investigate each country in Europe and North America in order to find the country with the largest participation of athletes and their best performance.

Abstract

We investigated the participation and performance trends of ultra-endurance triathletes from all nationalities competing in a Double Iron ultra-triathlon (7.6-km swim, 360-km cycle and 84.4-km run) from 1985 to 2010. A total of 1854 athletes participated in 92 Double Iron ultra-triathlons. The majority of the winners came from Europe with 72 victories, followed by North America with 17 victories. The race time for the European ultra-triathletes was 1340 (s=95.3) min, decreasing highly significantly (r 2=0.28; P<0.0001) across the years. North American ultra-triathletes finished the races within 1556 (s=124.5) min; their race time showed no changes across the years (r 2=0.045; P=0.07). The race time for the Europeans was highly significantly faster compared to the North Americans (P<0.0001). Future studies should investigate each country in Europe and North America in order to find the country with the largest participation of athletes and their best performance.

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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:2014
Deposited On:20 Feb 2013 10:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:32
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Ltd.
ISSN:1536-7290
Additional Information:This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Rüst, Christoph Alexander; Knechtle, Beat; Knechtle, Patrizia; Lepers, Romuald; Rosemann, Thomas; Onywera, Vincent (2012). European athletes dominate performances in Double Iron ultra-triathlons – A retrospective data analysis from 1985 to 2010. European Journal of Sport Science:Epub ahead of print. 2012 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17461391.2011.641033.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2011.641033
PubMed ID:24111900

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