oa South African Medical Journal - Physiological requirements for world-class performances in endurance running

Volume 43, Issue 32
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Oxygen consumptions were measured at different speeds on 6 marathon runners and two sub-4-minute milers. Regression lines fitted to plots of oxygen consumption against speed of running showed that body-weight is the main determinant of the rate of oxygen consumption at different speeds, the heavier man having much higher rates of oxygen consumption.

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