>Statheads Rejoice!

>At the bottom of the IAAF’s World Championships home page are two seemingly innocuous links, labeled “Statistics Book, Berlin 2009 – Part One (pdf)” and “Statistics Book, Berlin 2009 – Part Two (pdf)“. The data held in them is amazing. Here is the table of contents:

IAAF World Records & Best Performances

IAAF World Championship Records & Best Performances

IAAF World Championships Facts & Figures
Performance Trends
Superlatives
Multiple Medalists
Most Appearances
Youngest & Oldest
Placing Tables
Major Records Set
Doping Violations at IAAF World Championships

Results From Past Major Championships
IAAF World Championships in Athletics (complete results)
IAAF World Athletics Series
Olympic Games
World University Games
Winners of Area Championships & Games and Commonwealth Games

World and Continental Records
Men
Women
World Indoor
World Teenage Bests by Age

Men’s Lists
All-Time World Lists
National Records
Best National Placings
Progression of Official World Records

Women’s Lists
All-Time World Lists
National Records
Best National Placings
Progression of Official World Records

Biographical Summaries

The summaries of past World Championships include several paragraphs of written material for each event at each championship. There re biographical summaries on over 400 athletes. Like the Smithsonian, you can get lost in here for days and never want to come out.

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One Response to >Statheads Rejoice!

  1. pjm says:

    >The IAAF's statistical department is pretty impressive. They do this for every WC, and they're distributed (in nicely bound paperback books) to credentialed press. The bound book is of a scale not unlike the FAST or ATFS annuals (and yeah, it's time to admit the FAST Annual is becoming more the USATF Media Guide than any kind of statistical guide, for the few who still use the dead-tree edition instead of using the web.)

    These being online suggests the possibility that they're going to distribute PDFs this year rather than books, a move I'd welcome…