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An Overview Of US Totals

Welcome to the first Oly Stats blog post. This blog will attempt to analyze weightlifting results in a way that will be understandable to those without a background in statistics, with enough tables and charts for further analysis by those who want to dive deeper. These posts should help to shed light on weightlifting performance at all levels.

To start, I’d like to use this post to briefly describe what the US data looks like. The graphs below show the distribution of the best totals of 14,536 male and 5,078 female athletes who have competed in the US since 1998. 

For men, the average total was 167.38kgs, 98.84kgs for women. There was quite a large range of totals between 16kg and 431kg for men, 4kgs and 287kgs for women. The wide range of totals can be accounted for by the breadth of athletes in the US. This data includes youth, junior, senior and masters athletes with quite different levels of experience. 

In the interests of keeping things simple, let me highlight the percentile rank tables below. I’d like to encourage you to find where your best total sits on the table. Where do you rank in comparison to the entire US? As a refresher for those who need it, the percentage refers to the number of athletes with a total lower than the corresponding total value. For example, a male athlete with a 217kg total has a higher total than 80% of male US lifters. The 80th percentile total for women is 125kgs. 

In future posts I’ll break down this data further. Until then, keep working on raising your percentile rank.

Men'sTotal Distribution
Mean: 167.38kg Median: 170kg Minimum: 16kg
Standard Deviation: 61.45kg Mode: 175kg Maximum 431kg

Men's Percentile Rank
5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65% 70% 75% 80% 85% 90% 95% 96% 97% 98% 99%
58 81 103 116 128 138 147 155 163 170 176 183 190 200 208 217 228 243 265 275 283 295 315

Women'sTotal Distribution
Mean: 98.84kg Median: 96kg Minimum: 4kg
Standard Deviation: 34.56kg Mode: 90kg Maximum 287kg

Women's Percentile Rank
5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65% 70% 75% 80% 85% 90% 95% 96% 97% 98% 99%
45 58 65 71 75 80 84 88 92 96 100 104 108 113 118 125 133 143 161 166 172 183 198

 

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Posted on 2013 Mar 10 by admin
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