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Sport Collection

This is our collection of favourite mathematics and sport materials.

Going for Gold

Looking at the 2012 Olympic Medal table, can you see how the data is organised? Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?

Now and Then

Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.

Olympic Starters

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

This is the start of the $100$ metres in $1896$. In that year Thomas Burke from the USA won the race in $12$ seconds.

I wonder how far you could run in $12$ seconds.

You and your friends could use a stop watch and then measure how far you ran.


This is the finish of the $200$ metres in $1924$. Jackson Scholz from USA won that race in just over $21$ seconds.

I wonder if you could run the $100$ metres in that time?

Or you could see how far you could run in $22$ seconds.


This is the high jump in $1906$. It shows Ray Ewry from the United States.

He jumped $1$ metre $56$ centimetres.


How high can you jump?


See how high $1$ metre $56$ centimetres is.


Can you find someone who can jump that high?

This is the triple jump, which is a hop, step and jump. In $1906$ it was Peter O'Connor from Ireland who won a silver medal. He jumped about $15$ metres. What's your best hop, step and jump?