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The Swiss women are lagging behind

The sexes are divided up in a one-sided, if tomorrow the 2900-strong field, the marathon runner uses the inside and the runners in Zurich in movement: almost a woman, four men. This ratio has fluctuated since the Premiere of the run in 2003, always minim, the proportion of women was but at the time, only 18.4 percent. Specifically, the value is stagnant, although in Switzerland, it is primarily the women that have triggered the Boom in sports since the turn of the Millennium.

However, The Switzerland run better over shorter distances. A Prime example is the 4.7-km-long old town-the GP in the GP of Bern. He was discharged in 1990 for the first time, recorded right off the bat 46 percent of runners, and since 1992, the women are in the majority. Almost as popular, with a 10-km race, where Switzerland will be widely reported today, is usually a good 40 percent of them women. The runners have discovered in recent years, but also the competitions over a 10 miles (16.1 km) or half marathon (21.1 km). On these routes, they make up around one-third of the starting fields.

Why are cars but so few people of Switzerland, to the Marathon over 42.195 km? Because in the 18 or 19 percent of the women who start usually in Zurich, contains a few dozen foreigners.

19 million results

The Danish scientist Jens Jakob Andersen and Vania Nikolova have recently initiated a comprehensive study on the marathon run. It is based on more than 19 million results from 2008 to 2018, more than 32 000 marathon runs around the world and is the largest of its kind. is A knowledge of it: Switzerland is lagging behind the inside solid. Not what relates to their times, but the proportions of men/women. The two come to the conclusion that of all the Swiss are running somewhere in the world Marathon, and only 12 percent are women (what comes to the Zurich close, if you count the foreigners).

The statistics to perform a little amazingly, the Americans with 43 percent of the Canadians (37) and the surprising Icelandic interior (36). With the Switzerland population of relatively similar countries, however, have shares that are twice to almost three times as high: Denmark (21 per cent), the Netherlands (22) Sweden (26) Finland (30).

What are the reasons for this value only by the low of India (9 percent) undercut? Why Americans are so much braver than Switzerland? Bruno Lafranchi, the founder of the Zurich Marathon, said in an Interview with this newspaper in General: "women are different than men. You read, think of how you want to run. Men just go to a Marathon, I can do that!"

voting rights only in 1971

For Markus Ryffel, 40 years ago, the founder of the greifensee run, and organizer of the Swiss women's run in Bern, there are "one or two reasons", but possible approaches, which are based in the social development. He also finds that women went to their sporting goals level-headed and deliberate. Ryffel is also of the view that the importance and the role of women in the United States has always been different than in Switzerland: "in 1970, an American lawyer fought against 178 discriminatory laws, such as the Film "The calling – shows their struggle for justice," impressive. In 1971, the women were in Switzerland, the right to vote." The Olympic games were held in 1984 in Los Angeles, but in Europe, "would come the women hardly their Premiere in the Marathon," he believes. Prejudices and lack of Knowledge about the performance would have long led to the exclusion of women to the races.

the Sport psychologist Romana Feldmann says in General: "The woman is overwhelmed. She needs the security of knowing that you can create the task." Naturally it would be good on the marathon run, which requires several months of preparation and a multi-hour adventure. "Men are different, you believe in from the beginning, you'll make it." That the extensive Training may be a reason to abandon such a race, can you imagine: "Today, many in double and triple function, since more time remains."

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it is Interesting that, of all things, of those Swiss Marathon that appears, at first glance, as the most difficult, has the highest proportion of women in the country: At the Jungfrau Marathon with about 1800 meters of altitude, 25 percent started in the last year women. Heinz Schild, the founder of the abroad famous Swiss marathon, says: "This is in Zermatt and the Aletsch half-marathon in a similar way. Women respond much more to the landscape of events as men. Enjoy the experience in nature, you know your body and know what you can trust him."

Romana Feldmann believes that the Marathon for the virgin and Zurich in a completely different way: "When mountain running, one is on the way and want to make it primary. The road to marathon, you want to be in a certain period of time in the destination." In Zurich you have the even. The time limit is five and a half hours, then the broom is threatening the car. Shield is sure that this is the reason for the lack of development in the proportion of women.

(Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 27.04.2019, 13:02 PM

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