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The key to top-level endurance running performance: A unique example.
  1. Alejandro Lucia (alejandro.lucia{at}
  1. Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain
    1. Jesús Oliván (jesus.olivan{at}
    1. Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain
      1. Jerónimo Bravo (jeronimo.bravo{at}
      1. Eritrean Track & Field Federation, Eritrea
        1. Marta Gonzalez-Freire (martitainef{at}
        1. Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain
          1. Carl Foster (foster.carl{at}
          1. Department of Sport Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, USA, United States


            Running economy has been relatively ignored in the scientific literature [as opposed to maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max)], though it might be the most important factor that determines endurance running performance amongst athletes who all have a high VO2max. We report anthropometric, biological and physiological data of the 2007 male cross-country World Champion (12 km race). Of especial relevance was his running economy of only 150 mLO2/kg/kilometre, which we believe is one the lowest (if not the lowest) ever published values.

            • East-African
            • VO2max
            • cross-country
            • economy
            • haematocrit

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