Interesting Numbers of Track & Field


Track and field is all about numbers. The competition is certainly important (maybe more so) but most people are just as concerned with the numbers- the times, the distances, etc. With this in mind, I wanted to throw out some interesting factoids for you to chew on. Did you know:

  • The average velocity of a top athlete running the 400 hurdles is higher than one running the 110 hurdles?
  • The fastest recorded top end speeds would approach the city speed limits in many municipalities?
  • That in the world record 5k performance, Kenisa Bekele ran over 3 consecutive miles at just a hair over 4 minute miles (~4:03 / mile).
  • The world record in the marathon is the equivalent of running 105 quarter mile repeats at an average of 70.6 seconds, and then bringing it in with a final 200m rep at 29 seconds…without taking any rest in between.
  • The world record in the men’s long jump is almost exactly the length of a yellow school bus.
  • The release speeds of elite shot putters (13.6+ m/s) is slightly faster than the top end speeds of the world’s fastest sprinters?

There are TONS of interesting ones. Please share yours in the forum.

Mike Young

Mike Young

Founder of ELITETRACK at Athletic Lab
Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting.
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