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The Physics of Sprinting

Parts of the race---- the Acceleration Phase

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Donovan Bailey

The acceleration phase is the most important phase in a race. During this phase, after the sprinter has left the blocks, the athlete increases the length of their stride and decreases the amount of strides taken per second.

Men usually have a rate of 4.6 strides per second and women a little more with 4.8 strides per second.

Professional sprinters reach their highest speed at about the 60-70 metre mark , in a 100 metre race, for men. Professional women sprinters reach their top speeds at 50-60 metres.

The acceleration phase differs at different levels of competition . Top runners usually cover 20-30 metres at top speed.

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Marion Jones

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Sprinter, Marion Jones