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Want a distance running record? For 800m go out hard & hold on. For everything else even splits + ferocious last lap

Want a distance running record? For 800m go out hard & hold on. For everything else even splits + ferocious last lap

In fact, what is really interesting is to look at the pacing over the different generations. So what I’ve done in the figure below is to break the 34 world records into three groups (somewhat arbitrarily), and show the kilometer times for each group. What you see then is that in the older groups, the pacing strategy was far more exaggerated – the pace slows much more in the middle and the final kilometer is much faster than the middle part of the race. However, in the latest group (which, interestingly enough, is since the Africans arrived on the scene), the pacing is much more consistent – a much more even pace, and though the end-spurt still happens, it’s far less pronounced. What this indicates is that athletes are becoming more and more capable of running even pace, and future world records will be set because the middle kilometers are faster, not the final kilometers....

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2007/09/iaaf-world-champs-men...

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