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Average speed during Olympic Records in athletic events (in km/h) 1980-2016

Average speed maintained while setting Olympic Records in athletic events from 1980 to 2016

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Source

Release date

May 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1980 to 2016

Supplementary notes

Please note that the figures in the graph are not the top speeds reached by the competitors, but rather their average speeds throughout the duration of the event.

The original men's Olympic Records are as follows:
4x100m: Jamaica, 2012 - 36.84 seconds
100m: Usain Bolt (Jamaica), 2012 - 9.63 seconds
200m: Usain Bolt (Jamaica), 2008 - 19.3 seconds
400m: Wayde Van Niekerk (South Africa), 2016 - 43.03 seconds
4x400m: USA, 2008 - 175.39 seconds
400m Hurdles: Kevin Young (US), 1992 - 46.78 seconds
110m Hurdles: Xiang Liu (China), 2004 - 12.91 seconds
800m: David Rudisha (Kenya), 2012 -100.91 seconds
1,500m: Noah Ngeny (Kenya), 2000 - 212.07 seconds
5,000m: Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia), 2008 - 12 minutes, 57.82 seconds
3,000m Steeplechase: Conseslus Kiproto (Kenya), 2016 - 8 minutes, 3.28 seconds
10,000m: Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia), 2008 - 27 minutes, 1.17 seconds
Marathon: Samuel Kamau Wanjiru (Kenya), 2008 - 126 minutes, 32 seconds
20km Race Walk: Ding Chen (China), 2012 - 78 minutes 46 seconds
50km Race Walk: Jared Tallent (Australia), 2012 - 216 minutes, 53 seconds

The original women's Olympic Records are as follows:
4x100m: USA, 2012 - 40.82 seconds
100m: Florence Griffith-Joyner (US), 1988 - 10.62 seconds
200m: Florence Griffith-Joyner (US), 1988 - 21.34 seconds
400m: Marie-José Perec (France), 1996 - 48.25
4x400m: Soviet Union, 1988 - 195.17 seconds
400m Hurdles: Melaina Walker (Jamaica), 2008 - 52.64 seconds
100m Hurdles: Sally Pearson (Australia), 2012 - 12.35 seconds
800m: Nadezhda Olizarenko (Soviet Union), 1980 - 113.43 seconds
1,500m: Paula Ivan (Romania), 1988 - 233.96 seconds
5,000m: Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (Kenya), 2016 - 14 minutes, 26.17 seconds
3,000m Steeplechase: Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (Russia), 2008 - 8 minutes, 58.81 seconds
10,000m: Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) 2016 - 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds
Marathon: Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) 2012 - 143 minutes, 7 seconds
20km Race Walk: Yelena Lashmanova (Russia), 2012 - 85 minutes, 2 seconds

All speeds, when converted into miles per hour, are as follows:
4x100m: 24.29 (m), 21.92 (w)
100m: 23.23 (m), 21.07 (w)
200m: 23.19 (m), 20.97 (w)
400m: 20.8 (m), 18.55 (w)
4x400m: 20.41 (m), 18.34 (w)
400m Hurdles: 19.13 (m), 17 (w)
110m/100m Hurdles: 19.06 (m), 18.12 (w)
800m: 17.74 (m), 15.78 (w)
1,500m: 15.83 (m), 14.34 (w)
5,000m: 14.38 (m), 12.92 (w)
3,000m Steeplechase: 13.89 (m), 12.46 (w)
10,000m: 13.8 (m), 12.73 (w)
Marathon: 12.44 (m), 10.99 (w)
20km Race Walk: 9.47 (m), 8.77 (w)
50km Race Walk: 8.6 (m)

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