Better water jump clearances were differentiated by longer landing distances in the 2017 IAAF World Championship 3000 m steeplechase finals

Hanley, Brian, Bissas, Athanassios ORCID: 0000-0002-7858-9623 and Merlino, Stéphane (2020) Better water jump clearances were differentiated by longer landing distances in the 2017 IAAF World Championship 3000 m steeplechase finals. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38 (3). pp. 330-335. doi:10.1080/02640414.2019.1698091

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The aim of this novel study was to analyse key kinematic variables during the water jump clearance amongst world-class 3,000 m steeplechasers. Thirteen men and 13 women were recorded as they negotiated the last water jump in the 2017 IAAF World Championship finals. Video footage (100 Hz) was recorded using three high-definition camcorders to derive spatiotemporal data; spatial data were normalised to athletes’ statures. The time to cover the distance from 4.5 m before the water jump barrier to 4.5 m after (“9 m time”) was used to describe overall clearance success. Although men had longer approach and exit step lengths, there were no differences when the data were normalised; by contrast, men’s landing distances were greater in both absolute and relative terms. Women’s shorter landing distances meant negotiating deeper water when exiting, with those athletes with longer landing distances running faster 9 m times (r = – 0.87). Obtaining a high position on the barrier (clearance height) was correlated with longer landing distances (men: r = 0.75, women: r = 0.71) and could indicate better technique. Coaches should note that although technical proficiency in all aspects of the clearance is imperative, optimising the athlete’s landing distance is paramount.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elite-standard athletes; Endurance; Performance; Track and field; Videography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV1060 Track and field athletics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport and Exercise > Applied Sport & Exercise Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2020 13:00
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2020 14:45

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