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Major milestones reached for Power of 10

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The Power of 10 website, launched on 20 July to stimulate improved performances to London 2012 and beyond, today reached two statistical milestones of significance to statisticians and competitors.


Firstly, the 200,000th performance for this year was logged onto the website.


And equally important, there are now 35,000 UK athletes detailed in the Power of 10 system with performances in 2006.


The rate at which information is being uploaded by Power of 10 statistician Rob Whittingham and his Umbra team is illustrated by the facts that as recently as Friday night, there were 194,938 performances and 34,673 athletes in the system.


“The number of athletes is important because 35,000 was the Power of 10's own overall target for athletes in 2006,” said Whittingham. “When I started there were many friends in the sport who doubted there were even that number of ‘athletes' competing.


“We are also extremely pleased, bearing in mind that 50% of Team GB for 2012 are teenagers at this moment, that Power of 10 has a considerable focus on youth. More than 75% of the performances and two thirds of the athletes on Power of 10 are teenagers.”


By ‘athletes’, Whittingham means performers who have achieved levels of performances that make them competitive at regional, national or international level.


Unlike other websites, Power of 10 concentrates on athletes who are capable of continuing to improve their performances – in every region, every event and every age group – to Beijing 2008, London 2012 and in the majority of cases beyond.


In this respect, a total of 155 men and 204 women reached the Senior Power of 10 UK targets, which were set as initial statistical stepping stones to London 2012.


The expectation was that the target in each Olympic event would be attainable by at least 10 competitors this year. In fact, 10 or more achieved the targets in only three men’s events, 800m, high jump and triple jump; and in 11 women’s events, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 3000m steeplechase, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, discus, hammer and heptathlon.


UK Athletics World Class team and the Event Management Groups are using the statistical evidence from Power of 10 to work on tailoring help for athletes in the strong events and improving the weak events.


Meanwhile, the Power of 10 research will continue to make sure no good performers have been over-looked. “We will not stop now these targets are reached,” added Whittingham. “We will continue to improve the listings over the rest of the year.”


Power of 10’s UK targets for next year will be announced shortly in order to give athletes ample time to prepare for the next short-term challenges on the competitive road to London 2012.


  • If you are aware of performances that should be included in the Power of 10 data, please send the name of the athlete, club, date of birth, age group, event and the date, location and competition where the result was recorded to ranking@powerof10.info