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Table 2 Change in swimming speed over time for the finalists in the FINA World Championships for women and men

From: Changes in sex difference in swimming speed in finalists at FINA World Championships and the Olympic Games from 1992 to 2013

Swim speed (m · s−1)  
Sex 1994 2013  
50 m freestyle  
Women 1.98 ± 0.03   2.04 ± 0.02 *
Men 2.21 ± 0.03   2.31 ± 0.02 *
100 m freestyle  
Women 1.81 ± 0.03   1.87 ± 0.02 *
Men 2.01 ± 0.02   2.08 ± 0.01 *
200 m freestyle  
Women 1.68 ± 0.03   1.72 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.84 ± 0.01   1.89 ± 0.02 *
400 m freestyle  
Women 1.59 ± 0.01   1.63 ± 0.01 *
Men 1.74 ± 0.02   1.77 ± 0.02 *
800 m freestyle  
Women 1.55 ± 0.02   1.59 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.66 ± 0.03   1.71 ± 0.02 *
1,500 m freestyle  
Women 1.53 ± 0.02 (2001) 1.57 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.65 ± 0.02   1.68 ± 0.02 *
100 m breaststroke  
Women 1.43 ± 0.02   1.51 ± 0.03 *
Men 1.62 ± 0.01   1.68 ± 0.01 *
200 m breaststroke  
Women 1.34 ± 0.01   1.40 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.49 ± 0.01   1.55 ± 0.01 *
100 m backstroke  
Women 1.62 ± 0.02   1.68 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.79 ± 0.01   1.87 ± 0.02 *
200 m backstroke  
Women 1.52 ± 0.03   1.56 ± 0.03 *
Men 1.67 ± 0.01   1.73 ± 0.02 *
100 m butterfly  
Women 1.66 ± 0.03   1.74 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.85 ± 0.01   1.94 ± 0.01 *
200 m butterfly  
Women 1.52 ± 0.04   1.59 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.69 ± 0.02   1.73 ± 0.01 *
200 m individual medley  
Women 1.48 ± 0.02   1.53 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.64 ± 0.03   1.71 ± 0.02 *
400 m individual medley  
Women 1.41 ± 0.02   1.46 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.55 ± 0.02   1.59 ± 0.02 *
  1. Note: *p < 0.05.