Summary of Significant Track & Field Stats from 2012 London Olympics

By Ken Nakamura
August 16, 2012

Stat guru Ken Nakamura came up with amazing stats for each day of the Olympics. We shared some of those with you but didn’t have time or space to share them all with you. Thankfully, now that the Games are over, he has comprised a list of significant Olympic stats and we share some of our favorites below with you.

World Records

Events Name Nat Time/Distance
800m David Rudisha KEN 1:40.91
4x100mR JAM 36.84
W4x100mR USA 40.82
W20KmWalk Elena Lashmanova RUS 1:25:02

Olympic Records

Events Name Nat Time/Distance
100m Usain Bolt JAM 9.63
20KmWalk Chen Ding CHN 1:18:46
50KmWalk Sergey Kirdyapkin RUS 3:35:59
W Marathon Tiki Gelana ETH 2:23:07
W100mH Sally Pearson AUS 12.35
WHT Tatyana Lysenko RUS 78.18

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Repeat winners & two-time defending champions (first repeat in history is indicated in bold)
Events Name Nat 2000 2004 2008 2012
100m Usain Bolt JAM Gold Gold
200 Usain Bolt JAM Gold Gold
10000m Kenenisa Bekele ETH Gold Gold 4th
3000mSC Ezekiel Kemboi KEN Gold 7th Gold
400mH Felix Sanchez DOM Gold 5h4 Gold
400mH Angelo Taylor USA Gold Gold 5th
SP Tomasz Majewski POL Gold Gold
JT Andreas Thorkildsen NOR Gold Gold 6th
W100m Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce JAM Gold Gold
W200m Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM Gold Gold 4th
W5000m Meseret Defar ETH Gold 3rd Gold
W10000m Tirunesh Dibaba ETH Gold Gold
WPV Yelena Isinbayeva RUS Gold Gold 3rd
WJT Barbora Spotakova CZE Gold Gold

Kenenisa Bekele, Thorkildsen, Campbell-Brown and Isinbayeva attempted three-peat but all failed

New smallest winning margin
Events Name Nat Before Year After
JT (new) Walcott 7cm
W Marathon Tiki Gelana ETH 8 sec 1992, 2000 5 sec
W3000mSC Yuliya Zaripova RUS 1.65sec
WPV Jenn Suhr USA 5cm 2000 0cm
WHT Lysenko RUS 1.14 2008 58cm

New smallest medal winning margin (difference between 3rd and 4th)
Events Name Nat Before Year After
800m Ekaterina Postoqova RUS 0.08 sec 2004 0.06 sec
W3000mSC Sofia Assefa ETH 4.69 sec 2008 0.04sec

New largest medal winning margin
Events Name Nat Before Year After
PV Raphael Holzdeppe GER 15cm 1956 16cm

New best losing marks (best second place)
Events Name Nat Before Year After
200m Yohan Blakes JAM 19.68 1996 19.44
4x100mR USA 37.62 2009 37.04
W100mH Dawn Harper USA 12.39 1986 12.37
W400mH LaShinda Demus USA 53.08 1996 52.77

Best marks in qualifying round (before means before the 2012 Olympics)
Events Name Nat Before Year After
100m Justin Gatlin USA 9.85 2008 9.82
5000m Yenew Alamirew ETH 13:18.94 2004 13:15.15
110mH Aries Merritt USA 13.06 2004 12.94
W100m Carmelita Jeter USA 10.88 1988 10.83
W100mH Sally Pearson AUS 12.43 2008 12.39
WSP Nadzeya Ostapuchuk BLR 20.39 1988 20.76m
WHT Anita Wlodarczyk POL 73.92 2008 75.68m
W4x400mR USA 3:22.29 1992 3:22.09

Fastest time that failed to make the final
Events Name Nat Before Year After
100m Keston Bledmaan TRI 10.05 2008 10.04
HJ Hanany, Barshim, Silnov… 2.26 1996 2.26m (tie)
4x100mR POL 38.64 2004 38.31
W4x100mR POL, BAH 43.12 2004 43.07

Improved best performances in seven events of Heptathlon (All Competitions)


New Name Name Nat Venue DMY


12.54 J Ennis 12.62 Eunice Barber


Arles 4 June 2005


17.31 Skujyte 17.29m Nataliya Dobrynska


OG – Beijing 15 Aug 2008


56.96 S Ifadidou 56.36m Margaret Simpson


WC – Helsinki 7 Aug 2005

New UK All comers record (only final fastest time in the Olympics is listed)
Events Name Nat Before Year After
100m Usain Bolt JAM 9.63
200m Usain Bolt JAM 19.76 2008 19.32
400m Kirani James GRN 43.98 1992 43.94
400mH Felix Sanchez DOM 47.76 1992 47.63
4x400mR BAH 2:59.85 1996 2:56.72
Decathlon Ashton Eaton USA 8663 1986 8869
W100m Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce JAM 10.78 2000 10.75
W100mH Sally Pearson AUS 12.48 2011 12.35
W400mH Natalya Antyukh RUS 52.79 2011 52.70
WHJ Anna Chicherova RUS 2.05 2006 2.05 (tie)
WHT Tatyana Lysenko RUS 76.24 2006 78.18
WJT Barbora Spotakova CZE 66.74 2011 69.55
W4x400mR USA 3:20.79 1983 3:16.87

Slowest time in Olympic history
Events Name Nat Before Year After
1500m Asli Cakir TUR 4:05.48 1976 4:10.23

First Asian to win Olympic Medal
Events Name Nat Olympic Games
DT Ehsan Hadadi IRI Silver
20KmWalk Chen Ding CHN Gold
50KmWalk Si Tianfeng CHN Bronze
WTJ Olga Rypakova KAZ Gold
WDT Li Yanfeng CHN Bronze

Miscellaneous Stats:

Fastest splits
2:25.20 is the fast closing 1000m ever at Olympic 5000m
Previous fastest closing 1000m in Olympic 5000m was 2:25.30 from 2008

14:11 for Wilson Kiprotich from 10 to 15Km is the fastest 5Km split in the Olympic marathon

At 1980 Olympics Rudolfo Gomez covered 20K (1:03:42) to 25K (1:17:55) in 14:13, only 4 seconds slower than Wilson Kipsang’s split (of 20 to 25K) from 2012 London marathon.

Last time WR were set in both men's and women's 4x100mR was back in 1972 Olympic Games

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