1500m Dash

A little about the 1500 meter dash

The first Olympic 1500m dash(approx. 15/16 miles) was in 1896 and was held at Athens, Greece. Obviously, the athletes 'dash' a little slower than in the other sports, as you would get tired really quick if you ran faster.

Even though men and women don't compete against each other in the 1500m dash, we can still reach conclusions about what the results would be if they did race.

The Goal of The Study

Scatter plot

The blue is the men's, and the pink is the women's.

Linear regression (lines of best fit)

The red line represents the trend of the women's times for the 1500m dash and the blue line represents the men's trend.
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At A Crossroads

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The intersection point of the 2 trend lines is very important to our study. It shows when one gender will surpass another, or in this case, when the men surpassed the women. According to the trend lines, the men surpassed the women in 1896 which, incidentally, was the year the 1500m dash became an Olympic sport. The blue(men's) line which is decreasing indicates that the men's times are decreasing, or getting faster. The pink(women's) line which is increasing indicates that the women's times are increasing, or getting slower.

The X-Variable

The x(independent) variable is 1896, which means that the men surpassed the women in 1896, which is an Olympic year.

The Y-Variable

The Y(independent) variable is 228.97, which means that the men surpassed the women with the time of around 3.82 minutes. That is pretty fast seeing as the record for fastest is 3:26.