Sunday, June 22, 2008

Modern Women's World Records
vs. Historical Men's World Records

Unable to find a webpage that had all this material easily available, I decided to make one.

The table below contains track & field world record information taken from Wikipedia. On the left is the current women's world record. On the right is the first historical men's world record that surpassed today's best female performance. (The list is limited to those events that have a world record progression page on Wikipedia.)


Current Women's RecordHistorical Men's Record
100m Florence Griffith Joyner 10.491988Charlie Paddock 10.41921
4 x 100m East Germany 41.371985United States 41.01924
800m Jarmila Kratochvílová 1:53.281983
Ted Meredith 1:51.91912*
1500m Qu Yunxia 3:50.461993
Jules Ladoumegue 3:49.21930
1 Mile Svetlana Masterkova 4:12.56
1996
Paavo Nurmi 4:10.4
1923
3000m Wang Junxia 8:06:11
1993Gunder Hägg 8:01.2
1942
5000m Tirunesh Dibaba 14:11.15
2008Taisto Maki 14:08.8
1939
10000m Wang Junxia 29:31.78
1993
Emil Zátopek 29:28.2
1949
Marathon Paula Radcliffe 2:15:25
2003
Sergey Popov 2:15:17
1958
High Jump Stefka Kostadinova 2.09m
1987
Lester Steers 2.10m
1941
Long Jump Galina Chistyakova 7.52m
1988
Peter O'Connor 7.61m
1901*
Triple Jump Inessa Kravets 15.50m
1995
Daniel Ahearn 15.52m
1911
Pole Vault Yelena Isinbayeva 5.01m
2005
John Pennel 5.05m
1963

* There is no men's record on the Wikipedia world record progression page that would be defeated by today's female world record holder. The entry listed is the first world record recognized in the world record progression page.

Subsequently:
Modern Women's World Records vs. Historical Men's World Records — Part II


See Also:
Michael Phelps v. Mark Spitz (comparing Spitz's performance against today's female records)

1 comment:

slvr1969 said...

THANK YOU GREAT TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN YEARS.