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    Quote Originally Posted by bobguild76 View Post
    But, on the other hand, the harder the event, and I will posit the Decathlon or Heptathlon is the hardest of all, the nature off the event means only the most dedicated and the very best even make it to the event. In that case, one is dominating a much more elite group of athletes.
    Which is more or less what I was saying earlier, those events demand a degree of versatile talent and hard work that no individual event does. Well said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN1965 View Post
    "The number of performers in an event" cannot be defined in a way that is comparable across all events. For example, 400m has a lot of performers who are primarily 100m, 200m, 800m, and 400mH competitors (or even a triple jumper like Christian Taylor). In men's 400m, many of the marks belong to decathletes. I don't think multis have such "casual" performers. And some events also have another kind of "casual" performers (i.e. random adults who compete in all-comer meets).

    So the fact that fewer people have official records in multi than a sprint event may not mean what you think. Do you want to draw a cut off? How can that line not be arbitrary?
    These are all very good points but I'm sure no one of this board doubts that there are a lot more elite 100 sprinters than there are elite decathletes. According to the IAAF scoring tables, a male athlete has to run 10.01 in the 100 to score 1200 while decathletes have to score 8585 to achieve the same score. In the history of the decathlon there have been 133 performances of 8585 or higher compiled by a total of 32 athletes. In the 100 there have been a total of 1256 wind-legal performances of 10.01 or faster run by a total of 181 men. And that doesn't take into account the wind-aided performances that would have been 10.01 or faster had the wind been legal. And of course wind doesn't negate the legality of multis.
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    One thing the multi-eventers have going for them with regards to the performance list is the nature of the event itself because it's a lot harder to fluke (eg. Bob Beamon) your way to the top of the performance list when your performance is a compilation of events than when it's a single event. In the single events there are a number of top 10 performances by athletes whose #2 performance is in the 200's and below. That's hard to do in the multis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    These are all very good points but I'm sure no one of this board doubts that there are a lot more elite 100 sprinters than there are elite decathletes. According to the IAAF scoring tables, a male athlete has to run 10.01 in the 100 to score 1200 while decathletes have to score 8585 to achieve the same score. In the history of the decathlon there have been 133 performances of 8585 or higher compiled by a total of 32 athletes. In the 100 there have been a total of 1256 wind-legal performances of 10.01 or faster run by a total of 181 men. And that doesn't take into account the wind-aided performances that would have been 10.01 or faster had the wind been legal. And of course wind doesn't negate the legality of multis.
    I have stated why I believe there are far fewer elite athletes doing decathlon and heptathlon. You need to be talented and ready to work really hard in 10 events, not one. The talent requirement is going to make a very large reduction in the number of qualified athletes right off the bat. Then there's the question of who is willing to do the work? That likely thins the field even more. So I find it in no way surprising that there are far more men doing the 100, which is the glamor event of the sport and requires at best 10% of the focus and work needed to do decathlon, and likely less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    These are all very good points but I'm sure no one of this board doubts that there are a lot more elite 100 sprinters than there are elite decathletes. According to the IAAF scoring tables, a male athlete has to run 10.01 in the 100 to score 1200 while decathletes have to score 8585 to achieve the same score. In the history of the decathlon there have been 133 performances of 8585 or higher compiled by a total of 32 athletes. In the 100 there have been a total of 1256 wind-legal performances of 10.01 or faster run by a total of 181 men. And that doesn't take into account the wind-aided performances that would have been 10.01 or faster had the wind been legal. And of course wind doesn't negate the legality of multis.
    Do we know how many more elite sprinters there are than elite decathletes? Without knowing that, it cannot be used as a control variable.

    Since you brought up the scoring table, let's use that to measure dominance.

    JJK is 52 pts ahead of Kluft.
    Zelezny 58 pts ahead of Vitter.
    Wlodarczyk is 57 pts ahead of Heidler.

    Is there anyone else more than 50 pts ahead of the 2nd place? Wlodarczyk may still be the WR holder 20 years from now, but I seriously doubt Heidler will still be #2. And Zelezny might be a beneficiary of the spec change. How does Uwe Hohn's 104.80 compare to the new standard? (I really don't know. I am totally ignorant about JT.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN1965 View Post
    Do we know how many more elite sprinters there are than elite decathletes? Without knowing that, it cannot be used as a control variable.
    Of course it can be defined, I just did. Some folks might chose a performance standard higher or lower than 1200, but the main point is to draw a line and do the math, and in this case we get 181 elite sprinters vs 32 elite decathletes.
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