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Athletic Performance Records -
Men vs. Women Differences

by Vaughn Aubuchon

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
-
12.4

8.06M per sec. (-6%)

10
110M Hurdles
12.9
-

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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100

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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