200m Individual Medley
The Times of Men and Women
What is the 200-meter Individual Medley?
Ye Shiwen of China (pictured above) holds the record for the fastest time in the Olympics among women, her time being 2.07.57 (or 127.57 seconds).
In the 2008 Olympics, Michael Phelps of the USA (pictured to the right) set the record for the fastest time amongst men, his time being 1.54.23 (or 114.23 seconds).
The Purpose of This Investigation
Are competitors getting better at the sport, or worse? Which gender is performing better? When will both men and women have the same time?
This study will answer all of the above questions and analyze the trends.
The Tables and Graphs
The pink x's signify women's times and the blue squares signify men's times.
Lines of Best Fit
The red line corresponds to women and the blue line corresponds to men.
The intersection has the coordinates (-67, 861.33).
Predictions and Inferences
It unfortunately seems that women and men will never have the same time in a certain year ever again. 67 B.C. was most definitely not an Olympic year, so we wouldn't have witnessed this occurence.
Women and men appear to be getting faster at very similar rates (as the lines are almost parallel). However, the men continually have faster times and will continue to outperform women.