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The influence of running wide on the bend on finishing times and positions in men’s and women’s 800 m finals at major global championships

Fernando González-Mohíno orcid id ; University of Castilla-La Mancha, Faculty of Sport Science, Sport Training Laboratory, Spain; Universidad Nebrija, Facultad de Ciencias de la Vida y de la Naturaleza, Spain
Arturo Casado ; Center for Sport Studies, Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain
Andrew Renfree orcid id ; University of Worcester, School of Sport & Exercise Science, UK
José María González-Ravé orcid id ; University of Castilla-La Mancha, Faculty of Sport Science, Sport Training Laboratory, Spain
Brian Hanley orcid id ; Leeds Beckett University, Carnegie School of Sport, UK

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The aim of this study was to determine the influence of running wide on bends regarding intermediate changes of position, dispersion of athletes, and speed relative to season best (SB) between medalists and non-medalists in men’s and women’s 800 m championship finals. Extra distance covered on bends was measured using official videos. The total distance run was calculated and described as the minimum calculable distance. Theoretical mean speeds, theoretical finishing times and theoretical finishing positions were calculated. In addition, intermediate and total changes of position (on bends and straights) and dispersion between athletes in each 100-m segment were calculated. Finishing times and segment times were calculated relative to SB. Theoretical finishing times were faster than official finishing times (p<.001). Finishing positions were influenced by extra distance covered. Medalists displayed a higher number of positive changes of intermediate positions than non-medalists (p<.001), occurring mainly on the straights (p=.003) and were greatest between 500 and 600 m (p=.003), without differences between groups in total extra distance and in extra distance covered on each bend. Medalists displayed higher total speeds relative to SB (p=.042) and over the 500-600 m segment onwards (p<.05), increasing the dispersion from this segment onwards (p<.001). These findings indicate that running the shortest distance on the bends and being able to accelerate during the last 300 m of the race positively influence finishing position in major championships 800 m finals.

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athletics, pacing, middle-distance running, performance

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