update 8-3-96... The Hungarian tables are the same as IAAF
tables in the following context...
However, it appears IAAF points/tables are really the Decathalon
table values.... 

         IAAF points / tables ?

Date: Mon, 3 Jul 1995 17:34:34 PDT
From: michael campbell 
To: t-and-f@gac.edu
Cc: campbell@cmgm.Stanford.EDU
Subject: WR IAAF points
Message-ID: 

     On the occasion of the 2000m WR being broken by N. Morceli, I thought
that I would post the number of IAAF points assigned to each men's World
Record from 800m to 10k.  These are from the Budapest 1992 edition.

800m      1:41.73        1264 points    S. Coe         1981
1000m     2:12.18        1247 points    S. Coe         1981
1500m     3:28.86        1260 points    N. Morceli     1992
mile      3:44.39        1274 points    N. Morceli     1993
2000m     4:47.88        1277 points    N. Morceli     1995
3000m     7:25.11        1292 points    N. Morceli     1994
3k ST     8:02.08        1254 points    M. Kiptanui    1992
5000m     12:55.30       1274 points    M. Kiptanui    1995
10000m    26:43.54       1296 points    H. Gebresilasie     1995

The number of IAAF points assigned to each performance is relative to a
formula based on the world records and the 10th, 20th,30th, 100th, 200th
placings in the yearly world lists as well as their development throughout
the years."

     Thus, if an event is not so deep or if there is significant, recent
performance improvement in an event (like we are seeing in the 5k in terms of
the 10th yearly performer or the 10k WR), then the event WR scores especially
high.  Comparing IAAF points over significant differences in distance can be,
in my opinion, difficult because the same people are not competing at those 2
distances.  For example, the 800m WR seems to be pretty safe year after year
and yet has less points than does the 5k WR which seems, by comparison, more
vulnerable.  This seems to be due to the fact that before 1993 (the tables
were made in '92) a sub 13:10 was rare and it is now common.  this
combination makes the record seem vulnerable but by 1992 standards 12:55
seemed blazing.
     It would seem to me that the 1500m and 5000m WR are the weakest
followe by the 1k and steeple.  I should mention that this is speculation.

Just for kicks, according to the Budapest tables a 2000m 4:47.88 is
equivalent to a :

800m=     1:41.30
1k=  2:10.84
1.5k=     3:27.72
mile=     3:44.22
3k=  7:27.28
ST=  7:57.00
5k=  12:54.75
10k= 26:54.46

enjoy!

michael campbell
campbell@cmgm.stanford.edu

P.s. For those who have written me about L'Equipe, I will get back to you shortly.

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Topic No. 6

Date: Mon, 3 Jul 1995 17:42:46 -0700
From: Ward Nicholson 
To: t-and-f@gac.edu
Subject: Morceli's 2000 WR
Message-ID: <199507040042.RAA15387@well.com>

For those interested in the comparative worth of Morceli's new 2000 WR of
4:47.88, the Jack Daniel's "Oxygen Power" tables show it roughly equivalent
to:

 800m 1:42.6
1500m 3:30.4
2000m 4:47.8
3000m 7:29.2
5000m 13:03.5
1000m 27:12.1

--Ward Nicholson  Wichita, KS