Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Road to Daegu: Statistics book now available for download...


If you love track & field stats, want to have something to refer to while you are watching the meet online or on TV, or just need something to settle a bet, the IAAF Statistics Handbook for the IAAF World Track & Field Championships (left/cover photo courtesy IAAF) is now available for download from the IAAF website.

Produced in collaboration with the Association of Track & Field Statisticians (ATFS) and edited by renowned British statistician Mark Butler, the 742-page book is nothing short of a historical and statistical feast for media and fans alike.

In addition to complete results – including each round of every event – from each of the previous 12 editions of the IAAF World Championships, the book also includes important facts and figures from the Championships, an analysis of performance trends, superlatives, and listings of multiple medal winners and placing tables.

Also included are results from past major championships: The Olympic Games, other IAAF World Athletics Series events, and Area Championships. There is also a World and Continental records section, all-time world lists, listings of national records, a section outlining official World record progressions as well as biographical summaries of many of the stars expected to figure prominently at the World Championships.

You can go here to download the book, which is divided into four sections (look towards the bottom of the page under General Info)

NOTE: The IAAF contributed to this report.

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