DEPENDENCE OF THE OVERALL RESULT IN THE OLYMPIC TRIATHLON ON THE PERFORMANCE OF INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
University of Travnik
The aim of the study was to determine the dependence of the overall result on the performance of individual events. In other words, which stage (event) of the triathlon is the most important in order to achieve the best performance and thus the best ranking. In this paper, we considered all the Olympic triathlons organised by the ITU (World Cup) from 2009 to 2014. From each competition, the 30 fastest competitors according to the valid results were chosen. That included 36 competitions that we could use for our research. Two competitions could not be used due to insufficient number of competitors. The results of our research show that the running event had the highest influence on the competition ranking. An average correlation in the running event was r = 0.87 (p < 0.01). According to Cohen’s scale that means a high dependence of results. An average correlation of the individual triathlon events with the overall results shows that neither swimming (correlation coefficient r = 0.31 (p < 0.01)), nor cycling (correlation coefficient r = 0.13 (p < 0.01)) have a deciding influence on the final result.
Olympic triathlon, correlation, event results