The Peak Age for Female 800m Runners?

In an attempt to assess the ideal age for 800m runners, Runner’s Tribe took a look at the 25 fastest female 800m runners of all-time. Their respective ages were compared.

“Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur” – Muriel Spark

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Pamela Jelimo

Facts

  • Average Age: 25
  • Median Age: 25
  • Youngest woman to make the top 25 list: Pamela Jelimo at 18 years of age.
  • Oldest woman to make the top 25 list: Jarmila Kratochvílová at 32 years of age.
Rank Time Athlete Date of P.B D.O.B AGE at P.B
1 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová 26 July 1983 26 January 1951 32
2 1:53.43 Nadezhda Olizarenko 27 July 1980 28 November 1953 29
3 1:54.01 Pamela Jelimo 29 August 2008 5 December 1989 18
4 1:54.44 Ana Fidelia Quirot 9 September 1989 23 March 1963 26
5 1:54.81 Olga Mineyeva 27 July 1980 1 September 1952 27
6 1:54.94 Tatyana Kazankina 26 July 1976 17 December 1951 24
7 1:55.05 Doina Melinte 1 August 1982 27 December 1956 25
8 1:55.19 Maria de Lurdes Mutola 17 August 1994 27 October 1972 21
Jolanda Čeplak 20 July 2002 12 September 1976 25
10 1:55.26 Sigrun Grau 31 August 1987 7 November 1965 21
11 1:55.28 Caster Semenya 20 August 2016 7 January 1991 25
12 1:55.32 Christine Wachtel 31 August 1987 6 January 1965 22
13 1:55.42 Nikolina Shtereva 26 July 1976 25 January 1955 21
14 1:55.46 Tatyana Providokhina 27 July 1980 26 March 1953 27
15 1:55.54 Ellen Van Langen 3 August 1992 9 February 1966 26
Dong Liu 9 August 1993 24 December 1973 19
17 1:55.56 Lyubov Gurina 31 August 1987 6 August 1957 30
18 1:55.60 Elfi Zinn 26 July 1976 24 August 1953 22
19 1:55.68 Ella Kovacs 2 June 1985 11 December 1964 20
20 1:55.69 Irina Podyalovskaya 22 June 1984 19 October 1959 24
21 1:55.74 Anita Weiss 26 July 1976 16 July 1955 21
22 1:55.87 Svetlana Masterkova 18 June 1999 17 January 1968 31
24 1:55.96 Lyudmila Veselkova 8 September 1982 25 October 1950 31
Yekaterina Podkopayeva 27 July 1983 11 June 1952 31

 

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Main background photo: Jarmila Kratochvílová 800m women’s world record holder.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. A very misleading list. So many Russians, not to mention Kratochilova and other High T athletes.

    Who is the most likely true world record holder? Melinte?

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