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Physiological Profile of a 59-Year-Old Male World Record Holder Marathoner.

Lepers, R, Bontemps, B and Louis, J (2020) Physiological Profile of a 59-Year-Old Male World Record Holder Marathoner. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 52 (3). pp. 623-626. ISSN 1530-0315

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Abstract

PURPOSE: This study assessed the cardiorespiratory capacity and running economy (RE) of a 59-yr-old ex-Olympian athlete who ran a marathon in 2:30:15 in 2019. The athlete retired from running at 32 yr old (best marathon performance: 2:13:59) for a 16-yr period after his participation at the Olympics. METHODS: Heart rate (HR), oxygen uptake (V˙O2), ventilation (VE), blood lactate concentration (La), step frequency, and RE were measured during a treadmill-running test. RESULTS: His HRmax, VEmax, Lamax, and V˙O2max were 165 bpm, 115 L·min, 5.7 mmol·L, and 65.4 mL·kg·min, respectively. At his marathon pace, his RE was 210 mL·kg·min with a step frequency of 199 ± 0.55 s·min, and his V˙O2 corresponded to 91% of his V˙O2max. CONCLUSION: This study shows that despite a 16-yr break in training, this 59-yr-old former Olympian marathoner has managed to limit the age-related decline in performance to ~5% per decade. More generally, these data suggest that high-level endurance masters athletes can limit the age-related decline in endurance performance at least until the age of 60 yr and can preserve their ability to sustain high-intensity effort (>90% of V˙O2max) for long-duration (2-3 h) exercises.

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Additional Information: LEPERS, ROMUALD; BONTEMPS, BASTIEN; LOUIS, JULIEN Physiological Profile of a 59-Year-Old Male World Record Holder Marathoner. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: March 2020 - Volume 52 - Issue 3 - p 623-626 doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002181
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sports & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: American College of Sports Medicine
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Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 11:52
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 12:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002181
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12520

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