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Comparing decathletes of different eras

Latest post: Xinwei Du, June 16, 2011
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Posted: Nov 25, 2010
What is the best way to compare the decathletes from different eras? At what percentage do the scores increase per decade? i.e. What do you think Rafer Johnson or Mathias would be scoring today if they had today's training, nutrition & equipment?
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Posted: Dec 02, 2010
why compare? training is different, nutrition is different, back in the day, athletes only trained part time part of the year! only compare decathletes to the standard of their day. and how would you judge? scoring tables are arbritrary! a percentage of the world record at that time is the only logical answere. see past discussion of this topic on this site. as far as im concerned, thorpe was the best ever. as per modern times, see a post here that jenner had the best percentage vs world record. an argument could be made for any number of people. choose your own criteria. scott
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Posted: June 01, 2011
Maybe relative to Dec WR and most recent OG Dec winner. Relative to the contemporary competition is a factor, as conditions and facilities are part of the game. Relative to individual event WRs, of the same time period, is another way I've seen it done.
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Posted: June 16, 2011
The only way to compare is by raw converted points. There's way too many variables and uncertainties if you want to say give today's training, nutrition, and equipment. You could also look at today's pressure, today's peer influence, or even air quality.
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