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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
In the tables below are some of the top performing shot putters of all time, their weight in kilograms, and the distance they threw in metres.
Look at the two data sets. Do any results stand out?
What questions occur to you?
Choose appropriate statistical analyses to answer some of your questions.
Are there any other data you will need to collect?
You may wish to download this spreadsheet containing the two data sets.
It is suggested that heavier competitors are at an advantage in the shot put.
Do the data support that claim?
What would be the effect on the competition of introducing weight categories (like those found in boxing or weightlifting), or giving lighter shots to lighter competitors?
Women's Shot Put: