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The purpose of this study was to determine which technique is superior to in a standing sprint start in a sideways direction: the false step or forward step technique. Nine males performed 5 m sprints in a rightward direction starting with these two techniques. They took a first step in their right side with their right foot in the forward step trials, whereas they took a first step in their left side with their left foot in the false step trials. No significant differences were found between the two trial conditions in the sprint times for 1 m, 2 m, 3 m and 4 m. These results indicate that the start techniques made no difference in the performance in the sideways direction, although the superiority of the false step technique for the forward sprint start was reported previously. This finding suggests that the superiority of the sprint start techniques is dependent on the sprint direction.