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Table 5 Change in swimming speed over time for the finalists in the Olympic Games 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 1992 2012
50 m freestyle
Women 1.97 ± 0.03 2.05 ± 0.02 *
Men 2.23 ± 0.03 2.3 ± 10.02 *
100 m freestyle
Women 1.80 ± 0.02 1.87 ± 0.01 *
Men 2.02 ± 0.01 2.09 ± 0.01 *
200 m freestyle
Women 1.67 ± 0.02 1.72 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.85 ± 0.02 1.90 ± 0.03 *
400 m freestyle
Women 1.59 ± 0.02 1.64 ± 0.01 *
Men 1.76 ± 0.02 1.77 ± 0.03 *
800 m freestyle
Women 1.56 ± 0.02 1.59 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.66 ± 0.03 1.69 ± 0.02 *
1,500 m freestyle
Women - -  
Men 1.65 ± 0.03 1.69 ± 0.02 *
100 m breaststroke
Women 1.44 ± 0.02 1.50 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.62 ± 0.01 1.68 ± 0.02 *
200 m breaststroke
Women 1.34 ± 0.02 1.41 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.51 ± 0.02 1.56 ± 0.01 *
100 m backstroke
Women 1.62 ± 0.02 1.69 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.81 ± 0.03 1.88 ± 0.02 *
200 m backstroke
Women 1.52 ± 0.03 1.57 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.67 ± 0.01 1.73 ± 0.03 *
100 m butterfly
Women 1.68 ± 0.02 1.75 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.86 ± 0.01 1.93 ± 0.01 *
200 m butterfly
Women 1.53 ± 0.02 1.59 ± 0.01 *
Men 1.69 ± 0.02 1.75 ± 0.01 *
200 m individual medley
Women 1.48 ± 0.03 1.54 ± 0.02 *
Men 1.64 ± 0.02 1.71 ± 0.03 *
400 m individual medley
Women 1.41 ± 0.03 1.46 ± 0.01 *
Men 1.55 ± 0.02 1.60 ± 0.02 *
  1. Note: *p < 0.05.