The pursuit of faster

To mark the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Pursuit of Faster data visualisation project explores the evolution of male and female medal winning performances across all Olympic Games since 1896. It portrays the patterns of improvements in the results of time-based events where speed is the measure of success, whether it be on foot, in water or on water. By choosing a sport and selecting an event you can see how Gold, Silver and Bronze winning times have changed over the years, for both men and women, as they strive for that ultimate pursuit of being faster than the rest. Read more about this project.

     
     
     

Through the event's history, this result would have secured the following medals ...

 
 
 
  • Athletics
  • Canoeing
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • 100m
  • 100m Hurdles
  • 110m Hurdles
  • 200m
  • 4x100m Relay
  • 400m
  • 400m Hurdles
  • 800m
  • 1500m
  • 4x400m Relay
  • 3000m Steeplechase
  • 5000m
  • 10000m
  • 20km Walk
  • 50km Walk
  • Marathon
  • C1 500m Canadian Singles
  • C1 1000m Canadian Singles
  • C2 500m Canadian Pairs
  • C2 1000m Canadian Pairs
  • K1 500m Kayak Singles
  • K1 1000m Kayak Singles
  • K2 500m Kayak Pairs
  • K2 1000m Kayak Pairs
  • K4 500m Kayak Fours
  • K4 1000m Kayak Fours
  • Coxless Fours
  • Lightweight Coxless Fours
  • Coxless Pairs
  • Eights
  • Single Sculls
  • Double Sculls
  • Lightweight Double Sculls
  • Quadruple Sculls
  • 50m Freestyle
  • 100m Backstroke
  • 100m Breaststroke
  • 100m Butterfly
  • 100m Freestyle
  • 4x100m Freestyle Relay
  • 4x100m Medley Relay
  • 200m Backstroke
  • 200m Breaststroke
  • 200m Butterfly
  • 200m Freestyle
  • 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • 200m Individual Medley
  • 400m Freestyle
  • 400m Individual Medley
  • 800m Freestyle
  • 1500m Freestyle