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The Incredible

100m backstroke is truly an incredible event. In this race, the athlete swims backstroke down and back the pool. Everybody can swim a couple of laps, but only the daring and incredible can swim a lap down and back in OR (Olympic Record) time.

An Unlikely Match

Men and women's best times have been changing through out the years. Currently, the men fastest time is better than the women's fastest time. While they have both been fluctuating, the women's times have been improving at a faster rate. This article will analyze the growth rate of the men and women's 100m backstroke race.

The goal of the study

In this article, I will be studying and analyzing the growth and development of the fastest 100m backstroke olympic time for each gender. My aim is to find the year in which the times will be equal.

The scatter plot

The women are the pink squares, the men's times are represented by the "x" markers.

Linear Regression

This is the line of best fit! This line shows the trend of the data.

Intersection Point

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The year that the men's and women's time will be the exact same is 2267. But since there isn't an Olympic competition in 2267, the times will predictably never be the same. What the X-Coordinate shows is the year in which the top scores will be the same. The Y-Coordinate shows what the score will be. So this data says, in 2267 (if there was an olympic competition), men and women in the 100m backstroke will have the same top score of 21.32 seconds.

In 2267 (if there were to be an olympic competition- which there isn't), men and women in the 100m backstroke will have the same top score of 21.32 seconds.


The X-Coordinate for the intersecting line shows the year in which the two scores will be the same.


The Y-Coordinate shows the time that will be shared between the top competitor from each gender.
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Matt Grevers (USA) Wins 100m Backstroke Gold - London 2012 Olympics