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Gender Advantage by Sport

November 4, 2011 by Katie

This morning, I woke up to a post on one of my favorite blogs, Freshwater Swimmer, comparing male and female times for Catalina Channel Crossings.  Spoiler alert: On the longest distances, Women are Faster!

Evan was kind enough to mention the analysis I did on performance differences between men and women in medium-distance swimming events.  Men have a distinct advantage in those events.

In the interest of completeness, I feel compelled to post one last graph on the subject. 

All of the other graphs I've posted looked at age and gender together.  This is a straight comparison of men vs. women in these areas:

This is how I calculated the advantage: (Average Female Time - Average Male Time) / Average Female Time

Maybe the gap is smaller for the Ironman sports because, like marathon swimming, it's an ultra-endurance event. 

If you're interested in a similar comparison based on age rather than gender, check out this post http://www.watergirl.co/content/triathletes-your-swim-doesnt-have-slow-down-you-age.  I thought that was the most interesting of the series.

Okay.  Now that I have that out of my system, I'm putting my geek hat away.  Or at least I'll try not to wear it out in public for awhile.

 

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