Athletics tables and software

Atletiek tabelle en sagteware



Background information

The Athletic Performance Evaluation (APE) table are the only tables that can be used for all ages and all events in track and field athletics.

The principle of measuring and comparing performances of different events, ages and gender has been modeled by various instances and persons.

The first tables to be used in athletics was the declathon tables used during the 1912 olympic games.

The most commonly known tables with recognition in the athletic community are the IAAF tables, the Hungarian tables and the Portuguese tables. All of these came about in 1962 but they just concentrate on senior athletics.

The only other school table is used by the english school sport association and it is a verry simple table from 1 to 28 points and only for two age groups (17 and 19).

Dr Williams also developed a table for seniors but the IAAF table is still used. The top scores in the IAAF tables are continually updated with world performance ranking values but the lower end of the table is under suspicion as it uses a linear relation in the table which does not reflect the logarithmic nature of performance improvement.

Historical overview

The tables are compiled using a copyright protected formula developed by Sarel Bekker, using statistical data and confirmations from Richard Stander.


The tables are adjusted to reflect the latest statistics. Will be used for the period 2020-2023


The tables are adjusted to reflect the latest statistics.


The tables are adjusted to reflect South African records at the 1000 point level. In some events the standard is slightly higher or lower than the records. The tables will be in use for 4 years (2012 to 2015).


The current version was updated with world and SA statistics from 2005 to 2009. New events added for Girls 14 ( 90mH, 300mH, Shot Put 4 kg), Girls 19  (2000m Steeple Chase) and Boys 14 (100mH and 300mH).


ABSA terminated their sponsorship and the name changed from ABSA scoring tables to Athletics Performance Evaluation (APE) tables. The APE tables will only be used for two age groups namely from ages 6 to 14 years and 14 to 21 years. The IAAF tables (or computerized APE tables) will be used for senior athletes. The logarithmic curves were adjusted to reflect South African standards from 0 to 900 point scores and International standards above 900 point scores. A comparison was done and the 900 point score evaluates to an approximate 1100 point value on the age adjusted IAAF table.


The tables was brought in line with international standards and the international terminology was introduced e.g. Boys u/19 became Junior Men , Girls u/17 became Youth Women , etc. (The ages of the athletes did not change, only the terminology).


An extensive update of the scoring tables was done to bring the tables in line with international standards. The official tables of the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) were used to evaluate the accuracy of the ASA tables. SASOL stopped the series and ABSA agreed to sponsor the printing of the tables. It was then renamed as the ABSA tables, same tables, different name.


Updated tables with new statistics was released.


A logarithmic formula was used to transform performances of athletes into a more accurate scoring table.


The first attempt to establish Scoring Tables in South Africa that objectively compare the performance of an athlete in a specific event, against the performance of another athlete in another event. This was specific for use in the SASOL series and thus it was knows as the SASOL tables