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Athletic Performance Records -
Men vs. Women Differences

by Vaughn Aubuchon

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The summary chart below compares the athletic performance of men vs. women, in selected 2004 Olympic track and field event records.

The difference is about 10% in speed events, and about 15% in strength events.
The shot put, discus, and javelin events cannot be compared, since there is a 50% weight difference between the male and female shot, discus, and javelin.

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Track Event
Men
Women

Performance Difference %

SPEED - Endurance
Leg Strength

Foot Races
Seconds
Men
Seconds
Women

Difference from Men %

1
100M
9.84
10.6

+ 8% ----- ([W-M] / M)

2
200M
19.32
21.3

+10%

3
400M
43.49
48.3

+11%

4
800M
103
113

+10%

5
1,500M
212
234

+10%

6
5,000M
786
881

+12%

7
10,000M
1625
1817

+12%

8
Marathon
7740
8580

+11%

9
100M Hurdles
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12.4

8.06M per sec. (-6%)

10
110M Hurdles
12.9
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8.53M per sec.

DISTANCE
Leg/ Arm Strength

Leaping
Meters
Men
Meters
Women

Difference from Men %

1
High Jump
2.39
2.1

-12% ----- ([M-W] / M)

2
Long Jump
8.9
7.4

-17%

3
Pole Vault
6
4.9

-18%

Different Standards - Cannot Compare
Arm Strength

 Throwing
Meters
Men
Meters
Women

 Difference %

1
Shot Put
22
22.4

Cannot compare

16 lbs.
11 lbs.

50% shot weight difference

2
Discus
69.89
72.3

Cannot compare

1.5 kilo
1 kilo

50% discus weight difference

3
Javelin
90.17
71.5

Cannot compare

810 grams
610 grams

25% javelin weight difference

How far can a man throw a women's discus? Who knows?
How far can a woman throw a men's discus? Who knows?
etc., etc.

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50

50

200 - 450


I have always wondered just what the athletic performance difference was between men and women. So, I made this athletic Olympic records summary page to illustrate the differences.

Interesting, don't you think?
About 10% in speed events, and about 15% in strength events.

Since the distances for the shot put and discus are about equal, one might argue that there exists a 50% strength difference, since there is a 50% weight difference.

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This Vaughns Olympic Track and Field Records summary
was last updated on 2014-08-04.