Differences in race strategies used by elite female athletes when attempting the 800 m / 1500 m double and those attempting single events
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Purpose: Following the introduction of more athletic events in the Olympics, attempting the double has become more popular by female athletes although little is known about what is needed to be successful in both events so this study seeks to provide this information. Method: Using a combination of a historical outlook, race analysis and interview techniques the study investigates the history of the Women’s 800 m and 1500 m, tactical and strategic patterns between double and single athletes and the experiences of attempting the double. Results: Double athletes have been more successful in both the 800 m and 1500 m, significant differences were found between double and single athletes in tactics and strategies and there are many influencing factors to take into consideration when attempting the double. Conclusion: Athletes should only attempt the double if they know they have a good chance of being successful in both events, they have done the training and they have had varied experiences.
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