Start reaction time and performance time in women’s sprint at the world championships in athletics

The purpose of this study was to assess relationships between the start reaction time and performance time in sprinters. The data for analysis came from the women’s final events of 100 m (n = 53), 200 m (n = 53) and 100 m hurdles (n = 55) at the World Athletics Championships. The evaluation of both sprinters’ start reaction time (ms) and performance time (s) were based on the IAAF Official Reports. The regression analysis revealed that the start reaction time was not associated with sprinting performance. The multiple comparisons for the female finalists reported a significantly faster start reaction time only in the 200 m race in Sydney 1997 in relation to Paris 2003 (p < 0.05) as well as significantly better performance in the 200 m event during the World Championships in Seville in 1999 in relation to the Edmonton championships in 2001 only (p < 0.05). Conclusively, in world-class female athletes the faster start reaction time did not bring any advantage at the finish line during sprint events.
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Subjects: World Championship track and field short-distance running sprint hurdles female high performance sport elite sport running reaction speed reaction analysis start
Notations: strength and speed sports
Published in: Studies in Physical Culture and Tourism
Published: 2011
Volume: 18
Issue: 3
Pages: 271-275
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced