This activity invites students to engage with units of measurement and orders of magnitude, by presenting a variety of records and measurements from events at the Olympic Games. It is designed to be accessible to secondary maths students at Key Stage 3.

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website.


Olympic Measures

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Below are some interesting measurements and records from events at the Olympic Games. Unfortunately they have been muddled up.
Can you regroup them correctly? You can print off and cut out this set of cards

 

Usain Bolt's 100 metres
World Record
40 km
Mass of Women's Discus 02:15:25 mph
Women's Discus World Record 1500 km
Average speed of World Record
Men's 50 km Walking race
1 metres
Men's Shot put World Record 76.8 hr:min:sec
Paula Radcliffe's
Women's Marathon World Record
6.16 metres
Triathlon Swim (distance) 8.77 kg
Triathlon Bicycle ride (distance) 10 metres
Triathlon Run (distance) 9.58 seconds
Men's Pole Vault World Record 23.12 metres
Women's Long Jump
World Record
18 cm
Men's High Jump World Record 21.34 hr:min:sec
Basketball hoop diameter 10 metres
Basketball hoop height 01:49:55 seconds
Diameter of Archery target  7.52 metres
Archers’ distance from the target 01:46:25 metres
Height of Diving platform 2.45 hr:min:sec
Men's 10km Swimming
2012 Olympics winner's time
70 inches
Men's 50m Freestyle Swimming
2012 Olympics winner's time
122 metres
Men's Triathlon
2012 Olympics winner's time
10 feet

 

Further information

If you're finding hard to get started, try looking at this hint. Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website.