List of World Championships in Athletics records

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Tyson Gay on the way to setting the 200 metres championship record in Osaka in 2007
Athletes competing at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium where the first and tenth editions of the Championships were staged.

The World Championships in Athletics is a biennial event which began in 1983. Organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Championships are a competition comprising track and field athletics events available to male and female athletes from any of the IAAF's 213 member federations. Championship records are set when an athlete achieves the best mark in an event at one of the editions of the Championships. World, area, and national records have been set at the championships over the course of its history.

Competitors at the World Championships come from around the globe and records have been broken by athletes from all six continents. The United States has been the most successful competitor at the World Championships in both medals and records.

Four athletes hold multiple records: Marion Jones holds both the individual and relay record in the 100 metres, Michael Johnson holds individual and relay records in the 400 metres, Jackie Joyner-Kersee broke both the heptathlon and long jump records in 1987, and Jarmila Kratochvílová set the records in the 400 and 800 metres at the inaugural Championships in 1983. Kratochílová's records have gone unbeaten for over 25 years and are the two oldest records of the Championships.

Men[edit]

Colin Jackson broke the 110 metre hurdles world record in 1993; a record which stood for over a decade.
Mike Powell's world record long jump at the 1991 Championships has never been bettered.
Double record holder Michael Johnson still holds the 400 metres world record with his run in Seville.
  • Note:World records in bold are current world records, those in bold italics are former world records

Statistics are correct as of August 2011

Event Record Name Location Date Ref Video
100 m 9.58 (+0.9 m/s) WR  Usain Bolt (JAM) Germany Berlin 16 August 2009 [1]
200 m 19.19 (−0.3 m/s) WR  Usain Bolt (JAM) Germany Berlin 20 August 2009 [2]
400 m 43.18 WR  Michael Johnson (USA) Spain Sevilla 26 August 1999 [3]
800 m 1:43.06  Billy Konchellah (KEN) Italy Rome 1 September 1987
1500 m 3:27.65  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) Spain Sevilla 24 August 1999
5000 m 12:52.79  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) France Paris 31 August 2003
10000 m 26:46.31  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) Germany Berlin 17 August 2009
Marathon 2:06:54  Abel Kirui (KEN) Germany Berlin 22 August 2009 [1]
110 m hurdles 12.91 (+0.5 m/s)  Colin Jackson (GBR) Germany Stuttgart 20 August 1993
400 m hurdles 47.18  Kevin Young (USA) Germany Stuttgart 19 August 1993
3000 m steeplechase 8:00.43  Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) Germany Berlin 18 August 2009
High jump 2.41 m  Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR) Russia Moscow 15 August 2013 [2]
Pole vault 6.05 m  Dmitri Markov (AUS) Canada Edmonton 9 August 2001
Long jump 8.95 m (+0.3 m/s) WR  Mike Powell (USA) Japan Tokyo 30 August 1991
Triple jump 18.29 m (+1.3 m/s) WR  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) Sweden Gothenburg 7 August 1995
Shot put 22.23 m  Werner Günthör (SUI) Italy Rome 29 August 1987
Discus throw 70.17 m  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) Finland Helsinki 7 August 2005
Hammer throw 83.63 m[3]  Ivan Tsikhan (BLR) Japan Osaka 27 August 2007
Javelin throw 92.80 m  Jan Železný (CZE) Canada Edmonton 12 August 2001
Decathlon 8902 pts  Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) Canada Edmonton 7 August 2001
20 km walk (road) 1:17:21 WR  Jefferson Pérez (ECU) France Paris 23 August 2003
50 km walk (road) 3:36:03 WR  Robert Korzeniowski (POL) France Paris 27 August 2003
4 × 100 m relay 37.04 WR  Jamaica (JAM)
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
South Korea Daegu 4 September 2011 [4] [4]
4 × 400 m relay 2:54.29 WR  United States (USA)
Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Harry Reynolds
Michael Johnson
Germany Stuttgart 22 August 1993 [5] [5]
Key:
WR World record AR Area record NR National record PB Athlete's personal best

Women[edit]

Tirunesh Dibaba was only 20 when she won two gold medals and set the 5000 metres record.
Yelena Isinbayeva broke the pole vault world record for the thirteenth time in 2005.
Paula Radcliffe had won only one medal in five Championship appearances before she broke the Marathon record in Helsinki.
  • Note:World records in bold are current world records, those in bold italics are former world records

Statistics are correct as of 3 September 2011

Event Record Name Location Date Ref Video
100 m 10.70 (–0.1 m/s)  Marion Jones (USA) Spain Sevilla 28 August 1999 [6]
200 m 21.74 (+1.2 m/s)  Silke Gladisch-Möller (GDR) Italy Rome 3 September 1987 [7]
400 m 47.99  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) Finland Helsinki 10 August 1983 WR [6]
800 m 1:54.68  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) Finland Helsinki 9 August 1983 [7]
1500 m 3:58.52  Tatyana Tomashova (RUS) France Paris 31 August 2003
3000 m
(defunct since 1993)
8:28.71  Yunxia Qu (CHN) Germany Stuttgart 16 August 1993
5000 m 14:38.59  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) Finland Helsinki 13 August 2005 [8]
10000 m 30:04.18  Berhane Adere (ETH) France Paris 23 August 2003
100 m hurdles 12.28 (+1.1 m/s)  Sally Pearson (AUS) South Korea Daegu 3 September 2011 [9] [8]
400 m hurdles 52.42  Melaine Walker (JAM) Germany Berlin 20 August 2009 [10]
3000 m steeplechase 9:06.57  Yekaterina Volkova (RUS) Japan Osaka 27 August 2007
Marathon 2:20:57  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) Finland Helsinki 14 August 2005
Discus throw 71.62  Martina Hellmann (GDR) Italy Rome 31 August 1987
High jump 2.09 m  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) Italy Rome 30 August 1987 WR
Pole vault 5.01 m  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) Finland Helsinki 12 August 2005 WR[11]
Long jump 7.36 m  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) Italy Rome 4 September 1987
Triple jump 15.50 m  Inessa Kravets (UKR) Sweden Gothenburg 10 August 1995 WR
Shot put 21.24 m  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS) Italy Rome 5 September 1987
 Valerie Adams (NZL) South Korea Daegu 29 August 2011 [9]
Hammer throw 78.80 m  Tatyana Lysenko  (RUS) Russia Moscow 16 August 2013 [12]
Javelin throw 71.99 m  Mariya Abakumova (RUS) South Korea Daegu 2 September 2011 [13] [10]
Heptathlon 7128 pts  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) Italy Rome 31 August – 1 September 1987
10000 m walk (track)
(defunct since 1997)
42:55.49  Annarita Sidoti (ITA) Greece Athens 7 August 1997
10 km walk (road)
(defunct since 1995)
42:13  Irina Stankina (RUS) Sweden Gothenburg 7 August 1995 [14]
20 km walk (road) 1:25:41  Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) Finland Helsinki 7 August 2005
4 × 100 m relay 41.29  Jamaica (JAM)
Carrie Russell
Kerron Stewart
Schillonie Calvert
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Russia Moscow 18 August 2013 [15]
4 × 400 m relay 3:16.71  United States (USA)
Gwen Torrence
Maicel Malone-Wallace
Natasha Kaiser-Brown
Jearl Miles
Germany Stuttgart 22 August 1993 [16]
Key:
WR World record AR Area record NR National record PB Athlete's personal best

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ "Marathon Results". IAAF. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ "High Jump Result - 14th IAAF World Championships". IAAF. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Note: The original Championships Record of 83.89 metres, set at the 2005 edition also by Ivan Tsikhan, was later retroactively annulled after his re-tested sample taken at those championships showed use of a prohibited substance. Revision of results following sanctions of Tsikhan and Ostapchuk
  4. ^ "4x100 Metres Results". IAAF. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Results – 4 X 400 METRES – Men – Final. IAAF (1993-08-22). Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  6. ^ Official Results - 100 METRES - Women - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-07-07.
  7. ^ Results - 200 METRES - Women - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-07-07.
  8. ^ Gains, Paul (2005-08-13). Dibaba makes history. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  9. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Results". IAAF. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles Results". IAAF. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  11. ^ Peters, Samuel (2005-08-12). 5.01m Pole Vault WORLD RECORD – Guess who?. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  12. ^ "Hammer Throw Series Result - 14th IAAF World Championships". IAAF. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Javelin Throw Results". IAAF. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "10 km Race Walk Results". IAAF. 1995-08-07. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  15. ^ "4x100 Metres Relay Women - Round 1 Results". IAAF. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Results – 4 X 400 METRES – Women – Final. IAAF (1997-08-22). Retrieved on 2009-05-08.