Biomechanical analysis of the 10km-run in a triathlon world cup event: Differences presented by women gold medal


  • Antonio Cala New Zealand Academy of Sports, New Zealand
  • Roberto Cejuela Anta University of Alicante, Spain
  • Enrique Navarro Polytechnic University of Madrid., Spain



Triathlon, Cycle-Run transition, Competition, Kinematics


In most of the triathlon races, the 10km-run is critical to win and, just a few seconds, may separate the gold and the silver medal. To our best knowledge, no study has analyzed the biomechanical differences among the first qualified triathletes during a top-level competition. The aims of the present study were: (1) to examine the different responses to the previous cycling between the gold medal and the other participants, and (2) to compare the biomechanical profiles during the 10km-run presented by the top-ranked triathletes. 16 women, participants at Madrid 2008 Triathlon World Cup, were analyzed. The first qualified triathlete (gold medal) showed significant differences (p < 0.05) with the other participants in many of the analyzed variables. A higher stride length, a smaller stride frequency, a higher and more consistent horizontal distance hip- toe cap and a more extended knee angle of the support-leg at toe-off could explain the differences in 10km-run time between gold medal and the other participants.


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Cala, A., Cejuela Anta, R., & Navarro, E. (2010). Biomechanical analysis of the 10km-run in a triathlon world cup event: Differences presented by women gold medal. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 5(1), 34–42.




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