Scoring tables, which have a history in Athletics dating back even further than the IAAF's own creation in 1912, are an invaluable reference tool for those who work in and closely follow our sport.
Based on mathematical principles they have been regularly adapted over the course of a century and more to meet the demands of our consistantly changing sport, taking into account mankind's physical and athletic development.
As far as possible these tables ensure that the specialist in one event cannot overcome performances in the other events. As such the best individual event performances in combined events can score roughly the same number of points.
While these tables can never be a definitive measurement of the level of performance considering the differing opinions among the sports statisticians concerning their basis and method of constuction, they do allow us to consistantly rank combined events athletes in competition.