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This article is about the sprint event. For the radio band, see 60-metre band.
A 60-metre race in Valencia in 2005

60 metres is a sprint event in track and field athletics. It is a championship event for indoor championships, normally dominated by the best outdoor 100 metres runners. At outdoor venues it is a rare distance, at least for senior athletes. The 60 metres was an Olympic event in the 1900 and 1904 Summer Games but was removed from the schedule thereafter.

Although Maurice Greene is the men's world record holder with 6.39, split times from Usain Bolt's 100 m world record at the 2009 World Athletics Championships revealed he ran the first 60 m in 6.31 seconds.[1][2] However, records for the 60 m can only be set in that specific event.

In the past, it was common for athletes to compete in the 60 yards (54.86 m) race. This is not part of the lineage of the 60 metres, but is the predecessor of the 55 metres race. 60 metres is 65.6168 yards.

Olympic medallists[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris  Alvin Kraenzlein (USA) 7.0  Walter Tewksbury (USA) 7.1  Stan Rowley (AUS) 7.2
1904 St. Louis  Archie Hahn (USA) 7.0  William Hogenson (USA) 7.2  Fay Moulton (USA) 7.2

Area records[edit]

Indoor results only. Updated February 2013.

Area Men Women
Time Athlete Nation Time Athlete Nation
Africa 6.45[A] Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 6.99 Murielle Ahoure  Ivory Coast
Asia 6.51 Talal Mansour  Qatar 7.09 Susanthika Jayasinghe  Sri Lanka
Europe 6.42 Dwain Chambers  United Kingdom 6.92 Irina Privalova  Russia
North, Central America
and Caribbean
6.39 Maurice Greene  United States 6.95 Gail Devers
Marion Jones
 United States
 United States
Oceania 6.52 Matthew Shirvington  Australia 7.30 Sally McLellan  Australia
South America 6.52 José Carlos Moreira  Brazil 7.19 Franciela Krasucki  Brazil

Top 25 performers[edit]

Men[edit]

Indoor results only. Updated March 2014.

Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.39 Maurice Greene  United States 3 February 1998 Madrid
2 6.41 Andre Cason 1  United States 14 February 1992 Madrid
3 6.42 Dwain Chambers  United Kingdom 7 March 2009 Turin
4 6.43 Tim Harden  United States 7 March 1999 Maebashi
5 6.45 Bruny Surin  Canada 13 February 1993 Liévin
6.45 A Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 20 February 1999 Colorado Springs
Terrence Trammell  United States 17 February 2001 Pocatello
6.45 Justin Gatlin  United States 1 March 2003 Boston
Ronald Pognon  France 13 February 2005 Karlsruhe
6.45 A Trell Kimmons  United States 26 February 2012 Albuquerque
11 6.46 Jon Drummond  United States 1 February 1998 Stuttgart
6.46 A Marcus Brunson  United States 30 January 1999 Flagstaff
6.46 Jason Gardener  United Kingdom 7 March 1999 Maebashi
Tim Montgomery  United States 11 March 2001 Lisbon
Leonard Scott  United States 26 February 2005 Liévin
16 6.47 Linford Christie  United Kingdom 19 February 1995 Liévin
Shawn Crawford  United States 28 February 2004 Boston
Dwight Phillips  United States 24 February 2005 Madrid
Lerone Clarke  Jamaica 18 February 2012 Birmingham
James Dasaolu  Great Britain 15 February 2014 Birmingham [4]
21 6.48 Leroy Burrell  United States 13 February 1991 Madrid
Deji Aliu  Nigeria 21 February 1999 Liévin
Morné Nagel  South Africa 27 January 2002 Dortmund
John Capel  United States 24 February 2003 Fayetteville
Jimmy Vicaut  France 2 March 2013 Gothenburg [5]
6.48 A Mike Rodgers  United States 27 February 2011 Albuquerque
Marvin Bracy  United States 23 February 2014 Albuquerque [6]

1 Ben Johnson of Canada ran 6.41 at Indianapolis, United States on 7 March 1987, but this time was rescinded after Johnson admitted to using steroids between 1981 and 1988.

Women[edit]

Updated March 2014.[7]

Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.92 Irina Privalova  Russia 11 February 1993 Madrid
2 6.95 Gail Devers  United States 12 March 1993 Toronto
Marion Jones  United States 7 March 1998 Maebashi
4 6.96 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 14 February 1992 Madrid
Ekaterini Thanou  Greece 7 March 1999 Maebashi
6 6.97 Laverne Jones-Ferrette  United States Virgin Islands 6 February 2010 Stuttgart
7 6.98 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  Jamaica 9 March 2014 Sopot [8]
8 6.99 Murielle Ahoure  Ivory Coast 16 February 2013 Birmingham [9]
9 7.00 Nelli Cooman  Netherlands 23 February 1986 Madrid
Veronica Campbell-Brown  Jamaica 14 March 2010 Doha
11 7.01 Savatheda Fynes  Bahamas 7 March 1999 Maebashi
Me'Lisa Barber  United States 10 March 2006 Moscow
Lauryn Williams  United States 10 March 2006 Moscow
14 7.02 Gwen Torrence  United States 2 February 1996 New York
Christy Opara-Thompson  Nigeria 12 February 1997 Ghent
Chioma Ajunwa  Nigeria 22 February 1998 Liévin
Philomena Mensah  Canada 7 March 1999 Maebashi
7.02 A Carmelita Jeter  United States 28 February 2010 Albuquerque
7.02 Tianna Madison  United States 11 February 2012 Fayetteville
20 7.03 Anelia Nuneva  Bulgaria 22 February 1987 Liévin
21 7.04 Marita Koch  East Germany 16 February 1987 Senftenberg
Silke Gladisch  East Germany 6 March 1988 Budapest
Carlette Guidry  United States 4 March 1995 Atlanta
Natallia Safronnikava  Belarus 21 February 2001 Minsk
Petya Pendareva  Bulgaria 11 March 2001 Lisbon
Zhanna Block  Ukraine 14 March 2003 Birmingham
Mariya Bolikova  Russia 4 February 2006 Samara
  • A = affected by altitude

World Indoor Championship medalists[edit]

Men[edit]

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Paris  Ben Johnson (CAN) 6.62  Sam Graddy (USA) 6.63  Ronald Desruelles (BEL) 6.68
1987 Indianapolis  Lee McRae (USA) 6.50  Mark Witherspoon (USA) 6.54  Pierfrancesco Pavoni (ITA) 6.59
1989 Budapest  Andrés Simón (CUB) 6.52  John Myles-Mills (GHA) 6.59  Pierfrancesco Pavoni (ITA) 6.61
1991 Seville  Andre Cason (USA) 6.54  Linford Christie (GBR) 6.55  Chidi Imo (NGR) 6.60
1993 Toronto  Bruny Surin (CAN) 6.50  Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 6.51  Talal Mansour (QAT) 6.57
1995 Barcelona  Bruny Surin (CAN) 6.46  Darren Braithwaite (GRB) 6.51  Robert Esmie (CAN) 6.55
1997 Paris  Haralabos Papadias (GRE) 6.50  Michael Green (JAM) 6.51  Davidson Ezinwa (NGR) 6.52
1999 Maebashi  Maurice Greene (USA) 6.42  Tim Harden (USA) 6.43  Jason Gardener (GRB) 6.46
2001 Lisbon  Tim Harden (USA) 6.44  Tim Montgomery (USA) 6.46  Mark Lewis-Francis (GRB) 6.51
2003 Birmingham  Justin Gatlin (USA) 6.46  Kim Collins (SKN) 6.53  Jason Gardener (GRB) 6.55
2004 Budapest  Jason Gardener (GBR) 6.49  Shawn Crawford (USA) 6.52  Georgios Theodoridis (GRE) 6.54
2006 Moscow  Leonard Scott (USA) 6.50  Andrey Epishin (RUS) 6.52  Terrence Trammell (USA) 6.54
2008 Valencia  Olusoji Fasuba (NGR) 6.51  Kim Collins (SKN)
 Dwain Chambers (GRB)
6.54 -
2010 Doha  Dwain Chambers (GRB) 6.48  Mike Rodgers (USA) 6.53  Daniel Bailey (ATG) 6.57
2012 Istanbul  Justin Gatlin (USA) 6.46  Nesta Carter (JAM) 6.54  Dwain Chambers (GRB) 6.60
2014 Sopot  Richard Kilty (GRB) 6.49  Marvin Bracy (USA) 6.51  Femi Ogunode (QAT) 6.52

Note: The original winner in 1987 was Ben Johnson (6.41), who was disqualified in 1989 after admitting long term drug use.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 7 7 1 15
2  United Kingdom 3 3 4 10
3  Canada 3 0 1 4
4  Nigeria 1 0 2 3
5  Greece 1 0 1 2
6  Cuba 1 0 0 1
7  Jamaica 0 2 0 2
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 2 0 2
9  Ghana 0 1 0 1
 Namibia 0 1 0 1
 Russia 0 1 0 1
12  Italy 0 0 2 2
13  Qatar 0 0 2 2
14  Antigua and Barbuda 0 0 1 1
 Belgium 0 0 1 1
Total 16 17 15 48

Women[edit]

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Paris  Silke Gladisch (GDR) 7.20  Heather Oakes (GBR) 7.21  Christelle Bulteau (FRA) 7.34
1987 Indianapolis  Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED) 7.08  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 7.10  Angela Bailey (CAN) 7.12
1989 Budapest  Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED) 7.05  Gwen Torrence (USA) 7.07  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 7.10
1991 Seville  Irina Sergeyeva (URS) 7.02  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 7.08  Liliana Allen (CUB) 7.12
1993 Toronto  Gail Devers (USA) 6.95  Irina Privalova (RUS) 6.97  Zhanna Tarnopolskaya (UKR) 7.21
1995 Barcelona  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 6.97  Melanie Paschke (GER) 7.10  Carlette Guidry (USA) 7.11
1997 Paris  Gail Devers (USA) 7.06  Chandra Sturrup (BAH) 7.15  Frederique Bangue (FRA) 7.17
1999 Maebashi  Ekaterini Thanou (GRE) 6.96  Gail Devers (USA) 7.02  Philomena Mensah (CAN) 7.07
2001 Lisbon  Chandra Sturrup (BAH) 7.05  Angela Williams (USA) 7.09  Chryste Gaines (USA) 7.12
2003 Birmingham  Zhanna Block (UKR) 7.04  Angela Williams (USA) 7.16  Torri Edwards (USA) 7.17
2004 Budapest  Gail Devers (USA) 7.08  Kim Gevaert (BEL) 7.12  Yulia Nestsiarenka (BLR) 7.12
2006 Moscow  Me'Lisa Barber (USA) 7.01  Lauryn Williams (USA) 7.01  Kim Gevaert (BEL) 7.11
2008 Valencia  Angela Williams (USA) 7.06  Jeanette Kwakye (GBR) 7.08  Tahesia Harrigan (IVB) 7.09
2010 Doha  Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 7.00  Carmelita Jeter (USA) 7.05  Ruddy Zang Milama (GAB) 7.14
2012 Istanbul  Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 7.01  Murielle Ahouré (CIV) 7.04  Tianna Madison (USA) 7.09
2014 Sopot  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 6.98  Murielle Ahouré (CIV) 7.01  Tianna Bartoletta (USA) 7.06

Note: The original silver medal winner in 1987 was Angella Issajenko (7.08), who was disqualified in 1989 after admitting long term drug use.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 5 6 5 16
2  Jamaica 4 1 1 6
3  Netherlands 2 0 0 2
4  Bahamas 1 1 0 2
5  Ukraine 1 0 1 2
6  East Germany 1 0 0 1
 Greece 1 0 0 1
 Soviet Union 1 0 0 1
9  Ivory Coast 0 2 0 2
 United Kingdom 0 2 0 2
11  Belgium 0 1 1 2
12  Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
 Russia 0 1 0 1
 Germany 0 1 0 1
15  Canada 0 0 2 2
 France 0 0 2 2
17  Belarus 0 0 1 1
 Cuba 0 0 1 1
 Gabon 0 0 1 1
 British Virgin Islands 0 0 1 1
Total 16 16 16 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biomechanical analysis of the sprinters splits in the semi-final and final. IAAF (2009). Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
  2. ^ Statistical analysis of Bolt and Powell's speed in the final. IAAF (2009). Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
  3. ^ 60 Metres Records. IAAF (2009-04-04). Retrieved on 2009-04-04.
  4. ^ "60 Metres Results". IAAF. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "60 Metres Results". EAA. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "USA Indoor Championships 2014 Results". USATF. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  7. ^ 60 Metres All Time. IAAF (2010-02-06). Retrieved on 2010-02-07.
  8. ^ "60m Results Summary". IAAF. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Matthew Brown (16 February 2013). "Ahouré’s sub-seven sprint steals the show in Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 

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