# Shot put

### By: Lauren P

Shotput is one of the oldest summer sports for men. It came out in 1896 for men and 1948 for women. Shot put uses a metal ball typically weighing 7.260 kilograms (16.01 lb) for men, and 4 kilograms (8.8 lb) for women. The goal is to throw the shot put ball as far as possible. The worlds farthest thrown shot put for men is 23.12 meters, for women it is 22.63 meters.

The goal of this article is to compare the olympic gold winners (male and female) over the past 10 summer olympics. This article will show you the comparison of the men and women shot putters of the last 10 summer olympics and if they have gotten stronger or weaker over the years.

## Mystery to 2004 Gold Medalist

Adam Nelson won the gold medal for shot put in the 2004 summer olympic games. Although he was stripped from his medal when The International Olympic Committee ran blood test and it came back positive for steroids. So in my data I had to put in the Silver Metalist in for 2004, but it should not effect my data because he got similar numbers to other gold medalist.

## What the data shows

This data shows the shot put gold medalist for men and women over the past 40 years. The men usally land between 21.05-22.47 and the women usally land between 19.59-22.47.

## The scatter plot

On this scatter plot the men represent the small blue squares and the women represent the pink X's.

## The lines of best fit

Each line represents the average female and male gold medalist times. The red line represents female average and the blue line represents male average.

## What the intersecting lines mean

The intersecting lines are when the lines cross and meet at a certain point. The pink plus sign or sideways X is exactly where the lines cross. The point is where one line is decreasing and one is increasing making an intersection point. As you can see female average has been going down while the male average has been growing.

## The x coordinate

The X coordinate tells you how far a point is from the orgin. The x coordinate is written first in the ordered pairs (x,y). On this graph the X coordinate is represented by years for this graph.

## The y coordinate

The y coordinate tells you how high or low a point is from its origin. The y coordinate is written second in the ordered pairs (x,y). On this graph the Y coordinate is represented by distance on this graph

## Overall...

Over the years you can see men have slowly been getting higher scores. Although girls scores have dramatically dropped over the years.