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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.
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The difference is about
- 10% in speed events, and about
- 15% in strength events.

The shot put, discus, and javelin events cannot be directly compared, since there is a weight difference between the male and female shot, discus, and javelin.

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Track Event
Men
Wo-men

Performance Difference %

   SPEED - Endurance
   Leg Strength

Running
Men
Seconds
Wo-men
Seconds

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.

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100

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60

200 - 450



Track Event
Men
Wo-men

Performance Difference %

   DISTANCE
   Leg/ Arm Strength

Leaping
Men
Meters
Wo-men
Meters

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%

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100

60

60

200 - 450



Track Event
Men
Wo-men

Performance Difference %

   Different Standards -
   Cannot Compare Directly
   Overall Athletic Ability

 Throwing
Men
Wo-men

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Difference %

1

     Shot Put

Cannot compare
~50% shot weight difference

Weight

7.26kg
16 lbs.
4 kg
8.8 lbs.

Meters

19.59
21.16
2

     Discus

Cannot compare
50% discus weight difference

Weight

2 kilo
1 kilo

Meters

69.89
67.02
3

     Javelin

Cannot compare
25% javelin weight difference

Weight

800 grams
600 grams

Length

2.6-2.7m

2.2-2.3m

Meters

86.5
71.53

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.

Corrections -
July 25, 2020
- Many thanks to Jordan Larson, NCAA Track and Field athlete, for providing the corrections (9) shown above in BOLD text.
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200 - 450



Disclaimer:
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.

I am guessing that these results illustrate the testosterone vs. estrogen difference - the killers vs. the nurturers.

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