Time Patterns of Tactical Behaviour in 5,000 Metre Athletics Races

Daniel Lapresa

Sonia Aragón Calvo

Javier Arana

*Corresponding author: Daniel Lapresa Ajamil daniel.lapresa@unirioja.es

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Lapresa Ajamil, D., Aragón Calvo, S., & Arana Idiakez, J. (2012). Time Patterns of Tactical Behaviour in 5,000 Metre Athletics Races. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 109, 80-88.  https://dx.doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2012/3).109.08



Tactical behaviour in long-distance athletics track races has been studied only residually. In this paper as part of observational methodology we have constructed an observation instrument to detect time patterns of tactical behaviour using Theme software version 5.0 in our observational sampling consisting of the men’s 5,000 metres track event final races at the World Championships in Paris in 2003 and Berlin in 2009, the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 and the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2006 and Barcelona in 2010. The results show relevant behavioural patterns relating mainly to the rhythm of the race and the interaction of the winning athlete with his rivals.

Keywords: 5.000 Metres, Athletics, Observational Methodology, Tactics, Time Patterns.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: November 3, 2011

Accepted: March 6, 2012

Published: July 01, 2012