Men -v- Women: Comparative 2,000m World Records
I was recently asked by a leading indoor rower whether I considered that the 2,000m World Record in her current age category was soft, or whether I considered that, if they were to succeed in breaking it, it would amount to any less of an achievement than achieving the World Record in other age group categories. My initial reaction was that obtaining any World Record is a remarkable achievement, but I wanted to produce some empirical evidence to support the reaction.
Whereas this exercise has doubtless been performed before, I have tabulated the 2,000m World Records as they stood on 5th June 2012 for comparative purposes.
I have not only compared the change in performance in each of the 4 officially recognised categories (men and women; heavyweight and lightweight), but have also determined what percentage of the relevant male power output women seem able to achieve.