As @Joe Speedboot noted the point is not whether their records are better (of course they are), but how exciting they are perceived to be to spectate. Nothing much to separate women and men in athletics from a spectator's POV; equally interesting to watch, I would say. In addition to the sports listed by Joe, you also have both cross country skiing and slalom where men and women both draw plenty of spectators and both are about equally exciting to watch and have big recognizable names. I'd put table tennis and badminton also in this category. Gymnastics (women actually have the bigger names here?). Volleyball probably also. Somewhat of an outlier like field hockey as far as team sports go. In quite a few team sports the women's game tends to be less exciting to watch. A difference in pace and power does make a difference to the viewing experience. NBA vs. WNBA for instance. Or NHL vs. NWHL.athletics is a very broad term..i am pretty sure in sprinting, marathon,javelin etc, men record must be better than women...