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Women will do it in the long run
  1. R Beneke1,
  2. R M Leithäuser1,
  3. M Doppelmayr2
  1. 1Centre for Sports and Exercise Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester, UK
  2. 2University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Beneke
 Centre of Sports and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK;

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