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Determinants of success in the Olympic decathlon: some statistical evidence

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dc.contributor.author Kenny, Ian C.
dc.contributor.author Sprevak, Dan
dc.contributor.author Sharp, Craig
dc.contributor.author Boreham, Colin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-25T11:52:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-25T11:52:25Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Kenny, I.C., Sprevak, D., Sharp, Craig, N.C. and Boreham, C.A.G. (2005) Determinants of success in the Olympic decathlon: some statistical evidence, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 1 (1), Article 5. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2216
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In a recent communication, Van Damme et al (1) presented a statistical analysis of the performance of world-ranked decathletes, and made inferences about the ability of these athletes to respond uniformly to the demands of the ten events in the decathlon. Their argument was based on an interpretation of the negative correlation in a sample of 600 world-ranked decathletes between the best performance in an event and the overall performance. They used the principle of allocation (2) to argue that excellence in one task may only be attained at the expense of average performance in all other tasks. We present here a complementary view. We considered the 92 decathletes who competed in the last five Olympic games. For this elite sub-sample we found an opposite result to that of Van Damme et al (1): to compete successfully at this level, a uniform, relatively high performance in all individual disciplines is required. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher De Gruyter en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 1 (1), Article 5.
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/ 10.2202/1559-0410.1002,
dc.subject decathletes en_US
dc.subject principles of allocation en_US
dc.subject Olympic Games en_US
dc.subject performance en_US
dc.subject elite en_US
dc.title Determinants of success in the Olympic decathlon: some statistical evidence en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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