Discus is is Track and Field event that is part of the Summer Olympics. Discus is sport that similar to playing with a frisbee. The only difference is that disc would be heavier and the way you would throw it. In discus the competitors throw a disc farther than their competitors to win. The weight of the disc mainly depends on the height and gender of the person (Men= 1-2 Kg and women= 1-0.75Kg).
Discus is an ancient sport that dates back to the 708 BC, made by the ancient Greeks. As time moved along this sport had been forgotten, until it was re-discovered by Christian kohlrausch and his students in the 1870s. Discus was introduced in the first Olympics in 1896, but it was only for men. Then in 1928 women were allowed to participate in discus. In 1899 František Janda-Suk invented the modern technique of throwing the disc, which got him silver in the 1900 Olympics.
Men v.s Women
Men are better at sports than women is just a stereotype. In many sports women are improving and catching up to men. So now this article was created to see if how men and women are doing in discus.
In discus men compete agents men and women compete agents women, but the big question is who's improving faster or who's decreasing slower. With the data gathered from Olympics, you will see who is doing better.
Olympic winning distances from 1980 to 1972.
Olympic winning distances from 1996 to 1984.
Olympic winning distances from 2012 to 2000.
Lines of best fit
What we learned
The red line represents the women and blue line represents the men in the middle picture. The lines represents a trend of gold medalists winning distances. With this we can predict future winning distances for up coming Olympics. The graph shows us that the women were better during a certain time period while lowering their distances. Mean while the men started improving and surpassed the women trend line.
According to the graph the men will have a greater distance in discus than women from 1997 (technically 2000 since 1997 is not a Summer Olympic year). This will happen when the winning distance would be 68.25. This is represented on the graph by a + symbol. Everything lest of it was when women were better than the men. The right side of the + is when men should be doing better than women. So all in all the line shows that men should have already started to beat women from 2000 Olympics and onward.
The X-coordinate represents time, in this case it would be in years. The x-coordinate in the graph above shows what year the men would be equal to the women before surpassing them, in this case it would be they would never had been equal because there was no olympics in 1997. So men would instantly start doing better after the 1996 Olympics.
The Y-coordinate represents the distance of how far the discus was thrown (in meters). Like the x coordinate the y cortina the shows when men and women will be the same, but in distance instead of time. According to the graph if there was an olympics in 1997 (even though there wasn't) men and women would have the same distance of 68.25 meters. After that men would get throw farther than 68.25 meters and women would throw shorter than that (from 2000 olympics and onwards).