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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2012 August;171(4):491-501

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language: English

800-m and 1500-m run times relate to anaerobic performance in competitive runners

Fujii N. 1, Ogawa T. 1, 2, Ichinose M. 1, 3, Hayashi K. 4, Nishiyasu T. 1

1 Institute of Health and Sports Science, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba City, Japan; 2 Faculty of economics, Tokuyama University, Yamaguchi, Japan; 3 School of Business Administration, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan; 4 Junior College, University of Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan


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Aim. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that in competitive middle distance male runners, performance in a maximal anaerobic running test (MART) and a 60-s maximal cycling test (60sWAnT), which is an extended version of the 30-s Wingate anaerobic test, is related to their 800-m and 1500-m run times.
Methods.13 male middle distance runners, whose 800-m personal best times (800mPBs) and 1500mPBs achieved in athletic competition on a 400-m synthetic track were 1:54.94±4.6 and 4:00.33±5.9, performed VO2max tests, MARTs (exhaustive n•20-s runs with 100-s recovery) and 60sWAnTs.
Results. VO2max and anaerobic thresholds did not significantly correlate with 800mPBs or 1500mPBs. By contrast, 800mPBs did significantly correlate with MART performance (r=-0.88, p<0.001), 5-s peak power (PP) (r=-0.87, p<0.001) and first 30-s averaged power in 60sWAnTs (r=-0.73, p<0.01). 1500mPBs correlated significantly with 5-s minimum power (r=-0.68, p<0.05) and second 30-s averaged power in 60sWAnTs (r=-0.61, p<0.05).
Conclusion. These results suggest that anaerobic performances in MARTs and WAnTs are strongly related to 800-m and 1500-m run times in competitive middle distance male runners. Based on our results, we suggest that training status and/or potential performance in competitive male middle distance runners can be estimated using simple anaerobic test, the WAnT.

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