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The Physics of Sprinting

Parts of the race---- the Acceleration Phase

Forces Involved During Running (8)
History of Sprinting(1)
Physics of Running (3)
Parts of the race---- the Acceleration Phase (7)
Parts of the Race ---- The Finish (9)
Experiment-The Best Start (6)
The History of the Sprint Start (2)
Types of Crouched Starts(5)
Start Phase (4)
LINKS (11)


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.

Marion Jones

Sprinter, Marion Jones