Swimming, Swimming, Swimming!
If neither 100m nor 200m were enough, there's the 400m freestyle. This popular type of summer olympic event was started in 1896, joined by women in 1912. Swimming used to be categorized as freestyle, until backstroke, breaststroke, and finally, the butterfly were introduced. The world record holder for this event is Paul Biedermann, 2009, for the World Championships. For women, the world record holder is Frederica Pellegrini, being the first woman to swim under the 4 minute mark in 2009, at the World Championships.
Asking the Right Questions
Looking at the Olympics with modern minds, we have come to ask the age-old question, "Women vs Men?" Here we are to study if the women of today have caught up, or even if they are ahead! The following calculations have been made using data of the winning times from the Olympics:
The Gold Medalist Times for Male and Female in the Past 40 Years
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The picture above is the intersection at which the men's and women's time meet. This means that in 1892, men and women have resulted with same times of 264.10 seconds (4 minutes, 40 seconds, and 10 milliseconds). That means in the first Olympics, in 1896, men had already surpassed women in speed, and both are continually getting faster as the years go by. Maybe this year's Olympics will shake things up!
In The End
In the end, we strive to compare and contrast the the gender's times and who has been doing better (or worse) based on pure mathematical calculations, and maybe even predict the future for this event.