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What is a sprint?

Ekaterina Ermolaeva
Ekaterina Ermolaeva
December 19, 2014
What is a sprint?

Quite often in sports news you can hear the word "sprint". What is a sprint?

Meaning of the word

Sprint is called any race between participants for short distances. Sprint is found in various sports. Consider the examples.

Sprint in Athletics

In athletics, a sprint is a short-distance run, on average from 100 to 400 meters. Very rarely the length of the distance is 50 or 500 meters.

Cycling sprint

Cyclists participating in the sprint, passing a distance of two or three laps. The winner, as well as in the race, is the one who first arrived at the finish.

Sprint in skiing

Also a widespread type of competition, the distance is limited to 10 kilometers. There is also a sprint in the biathlon version of skiing (you can learn more about it in the article What is biathlon). Here it is important for opponents to be able not only to move quickly, but also to shoot straight.

Sprint in swimming

Distances of swimmers in the sprint are 50 or 100 meters.

In addition, the sprint is called speed skating for short distances. As you can see, the sprint is a kind of competition in various sports.


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