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World Records in Half-Marathon Running by Sex and Age


Nikolaidis, Pantelis T; Di Gangi, Stefania; Knechtle, Beat (2018). World Records in Half-Marathon Running by Sex and Age. Journal of aging and physical activity, 26(4):629-636.

Abstract

The relationship between age and elite marathon race times is well investigated, but little is known for half-marathon running. This study investigated the relationship between half-marathon race times and age in 1-year intervals by using the world singe age records in half-marathon running and the sex difference in performance from 5-91 years in men and 5-93 years in women. We found a 4 order-polynomial relationship between age and race time for both women and men. Women achieve their best half-marathon race time earlier in life than men, 23.89 years compared with 28.13, but when using a non-linear regression analysis, the age of the fastest race time does not differ between men and women with 26.62 years in women and 26.80 years in men. Moreover, women increase the sex difference in half-marathon running performance to men with advancing age.

Abstract

The relationship between age and elite marathon race times is well investigated, but little is known for half-marathon running. This study investigated the relationship between half-marathon race times and age in 1-year intervals by using the world singe age records in half-marathon running and the sex difference in performance from 5-91 years in men and 5-93 years in women. We found a 4 order-polynomial relationship between age and race time for both women and men. Women achieve their best half-marathon race time earlier in life than men, 23.89 years compared with 28.13, but when using a non-linear regression analysis, the age of the fastest race time does not differ between men and women with 26.62 years in women and 26.80 years in men. Moreover, women increase the sex difference in half-marathon running performance to men with advancing age.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Health Sciences > Rehabilitation
Health Sciences > Gerontology
Health Sciences > Geriatrics and Gerontology
Language:English
Date:1 October 2018
Deposited On:30 Aug 2018 08:07
Last Modified:18 Apr 2024 01:52
Publisher:Human Kinetics
ISSN:1063-8652
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2017-0394
PubMed ID:29431565
  • Content: Accepted Version