World record progression 800 metres freestyle

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The first world record in the men's 800 metres freestyle in long course (50 metres) swimming was recognised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1908. In the short course (25 metres) swimming events the world's governing body recognizes world records since March 3, 1991.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1  11:25.4  (yd)
Taylor , Henry Henry Taylor  Great Britain Jul 21, 1906 - Runcorn, United Kingdom
2  11:24.2  (yd)
Ross , Norman Norman Ross  United States Jan 10, 1920 - Sydney, Australia
3  11:05.2  (yd)
Charlton , Boy Boy Charlton  Australia Jan 13, 1923 - Sydney, Australia
4  10:51.8  (yd)
Charlton , Boy Boy Charlton  Australia Jan 19, 1924 - Sydney, Australia
5  10:43.6  Borg , Arne Arne Borg  Sweden Apr 11, 1924 - Honolulu, Hawaii
6  10:37.4  Borg , Arne Arne Borg  Sweden Aug 25, 1925 - Harnäs, Sweden
7  10:32.0  (yd)
Charlton , Boy Boy Charlton  Australia Jan 8, 1927 - Sydney, Australia
8  10:22.2  (yd)
Weissmuller , Johnny Johnny Weissmuller  United States Jul 27, 1927 - Honolulu, Hawaii
9  10:19.6  Taris , Jean Jean Taris  France May 30, 1930 - Paris, France
10  10:17.2  Taris , Jean Jean Taris  France Jun 9, 1931 - Cannes, France
11  10:16.6  Makino , Shozo Shozo Makino  Japan Aug 30, 1931 - Osaka, Japan
12  10:15.6  Taris , Jean Jean Taris  France Jun 21, 1932 - Cannes, France
13  10:08.6  Makino , Shozo Shozo Makino  Japan Jun 25, 1933 - Tokyo, Japan
14  10:01.2  Makino , Shozo Shozo Makino  Japan Sep 16, 1933 - Tokyo, Japan
15  9:55.8  Makino , Shozo Shozo Makino  Japan Sep 15, 1934 - Tokyo, Japan
16  9:50.9  Smith , Bill Bill Smith  United States Jul 24, 1941 - Honolulu, Hawaii
17  9:45.6  Furuhashi , Hironoshin Hironoshin Furuhashi  Japan Jun 26, 1949 - Tokyo, Japan
18  9:45.0  Hashizume , Shiro Shiro Hashizume  Japan Aug 16, 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
19  9:40.7  Furuhashi , Hironoshin Hironoshin Furuhashi  Japan Aug 16, 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
20  9:35.5  Furuhashi , Hironoshin Hironoshin Furuhashi  Japan Aug 16, 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
21  9:30.7  Konno , Ford Ford Konno  United States Jul 7, 1951 - Honolulu, Hawaii
22  9:15.7  Breen , George George Breen  United States Oct 27, 1956 - New Haven, CT, United States
23  9:17.7  (yd)
Konrads , John John Konrads  Australia Jan 11, 1958 - Sydney, Australia
24  9:14.5  (yd)
Konrads , John John Konrads  Australia Feb 22, 1958 - Melbourne, Australia
25  8:59.6  (yd)
Konrads , John John Konrads  Australia Jan 10, 1959 - Sydney, Australia
26  8:51.5  Rose , Murray Murray Rose  Australia Aug 26, 1962 - Los Altos, CA, United States
27  8:47.4  Belits-Geiman , Semyon Semyon Belits-Geiman  Soviet Union Aug 3, 1966 - Kharkov, Soviet Union
28  8:47.3  Bennett , John John Bennett  Australia Jan 16, 1967 - Sydney, Australia
29  8:46.8  Mosconi , Alain Alain Mosconi  France Jul 5, 1967 - Monaco, Monaco
30  8:42.0  Luyce , Francis Francis Luyce  France Jul 21, 1967 - Dinard, France
31  8:34.3 
Burton , Mike Mike Burton  United States Sep 3, 1968 USA Olympic Trials Long Beach, CA, United States
32  8:28.8 
Burton , Mike Mike Burton  United States Aug 17, 1969 AAU Nationals Louisville, KY, United States
33  8:28.6  Windeatt , Graham Graham Windeatt  Australia Apr 3, 1971 NSW Combined High Schools Championships Sydney, Australia
34  8:23.8  Cooper , Brad Brad Cooper  Australia Jan 12, 1972 NSW State Championships Sydney, Australia
35  8:17.60 
Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Aug 5, 1973 Pre World Championship meet Brisbane, Australia
36  8:16.27 
Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Sep 8, 1973 World Championships Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
37  8:15.88 
Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Jan 1, 1974 Commonwealth Games Christchurch, New Zealand
38  8:15.2  Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Jan 17, 1975 QLD State Championships Brisbane, Australia
39  8:15.02 
Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Jan 25, 1975 New Zealand Games Christchurch, New Zealand
40  8:13.68 
Shaw , Tim Tim Shaw  United States Jun 21, 1975 USA World Championship Trials Long Beach, CA, United States
41  8:09.60  Shaw , Tim Tim Shaw  United States Jul 13, 1975 Pre World Championship meet Mission Viejo, CA, United States
42  8:06.27 
Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Feb 27, 1976 AUS Olympic Trials Sydney, Australia
43  8:02.91  Holland , Stephen Stephen Holland  Australia Feb 29, 1976 AUS Olympic Trials Sydney, Australia
44  8:01.54 
Hackett , Bobby Bobby Hackett  United States Jun 21, 1976 USA Olympic Trials Long Beach, CA, United States
45  7:56.49 
Salnikov , Vladimir Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Mar 23, 1979 URSvGDR Duel Minsk, Soviet Union
46  7:52.83  Salnikov , Vladimir Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Feb 14, 1982 URS Winter Nationals Moscow, Soviet Union
47  7:52.23  Salnikov , Vladimir Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Jul 14, 1983 Los Angeles International Los Angeles, United States [1]
48  7:50.64  Salnikov , Vladimir Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Jul 4, 1986 Goodwill Games Moscow, Soviet Union [1]
49  7:47.85 
Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Aug 25, 1991 Pan Pacific Championships Edmonton, Canada [2]
50  7:46.60  Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Feb 16, 1992 NSW Age Group Championships Sydney, Australia [3]
51  7:46.00 
Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Aug 24, 1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, BC, Canada [4]
52  7:41.59  Thorpe , Ian Ian Thorpe  Australia Mar 26, 2001 AUS Nationals & World Championship Trials Hobart, Australia [5]
53  7:39.16  Thorpe , Ian Ian Thorpe  Australia Jul 24, 2001 World Championships Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan [6]
54  7:38.65  Hackett , Grant Grant Hackett  Australia Jul 27, 2005 World Championships Montreal, Canada [7]
54  7:32.12  Lin , Zhang Zhang Lin  China Jul 29, 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy

Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; yd – set in a pool measured in yards;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial


Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WTB  7:38.90  Salnikov , Vladimir Vladimir Salnikov  Soviet Union Feb 13, 1983 Festival Arena Bonn, Germany
1  7:38.75  Groß , Michael Michael Groß  Germany Feb 3, 1985 Festival Arena Bonn, Germany
2  7:34.90  Perkins , Kieren Kieren Perkins  Australia Jul 25, 1993 Grand Prix Sydney, Australia
3  7:25.28  Hackett , Grant Grant Hackett  Australia Aug 3, 2001 Australian SC Championships Perth, Australia
4  7:23.42  Hackett , Grant Grant Hackett  Australia Jul 20, 2008 Victorian SC Championships Melbourne, Australia [8]

Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; yd – set in a pool measured in yards;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial


Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1  13:19.0  (yd)
Ederle , Gertrude Gertrude Ederle  United States Aug 17, 1919 - Indianapolis, IN, United States
2  12:58.2  (yd)
McGary , Ethel Ethel McGary  United States Aug 6, 1925 - Detroit, MI, United States
3  12:56.0  (yd)
McGary , Ethel Ethel McGary  United States Aug 15, 1925 - Indianapolis, IN, United States
4  12:47.2  (yd)
Norelius , Martha Martha Norelius  United States Aug 7, 1926 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
5  12:17.8  Norelius , Martha Martha Norelius  United States Jul 31, 1927 - Massapequa, NY, United States
6  12:03.8  McKim , Josephine Josephine McKim  United States Aug 10, 1929 - Honolulu, Hawaii
7  11:41.2  (yd)
Madison , Helene Helene Madison  United States Jul 6, 1930 - Long Beach, CA, United States
8  11:34.4  (yd)
Knight , Laura Laura Knight  United States Jul 21, 1935 - Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
9  11:11.7  Hveger , Ragnhild Ragnhild Hveger  Denmark Jul 3, 1936 - Copenhagen, Denmark
10  10:52.5  Hveger , Ragnhild Ragnhild Hveger  Denmark Aug 13, 1941 - Copenhagen, Denmark
11  10:42.4  Gyenge , Valéria Valéria Gyenge  Hungary Jun 28, 1953 - Budapest, Hungary
12  10:30.9  Crapp , Lorraine Lorraine Crapp  Australia Jan 14, 1956 - Sydney, Australia
13  10:27.3  Kok , Mary Mary Kok  Netherlands Feb 16, 1957 - Durban, South Africa
14  10:17.7  (yd)
Konrads , Ilsa Ilsa Konrads  Australia Jan 9, 1958 - Sydney, Australia
15  10:16.2  (yd)
Konrads , Ilsa Ilsa Konrads  Australia Feb 20, 1958 - Melbourne, Australia
16  10:11.8  (yd)
Konrads , Ilsa Ilsa Konrads  Australia Jun 13, 1958 - Townsville, Australia
17  10:11.4  (yd)
Konrads , Ilsa Ilsa Konrads  Australia Feb 19, 1959 - Hobart, Australia
18  9:55.6  Cederqvist , Jane Jane Cederqvist  Sweden Aug 17, 1960 - Uppsala, Sweden
19  9:51.6  House , Carolyn Carolyn House  United States Aug 26, 1962 - Los Altos, CA, United States
20  9:47.3  Caretto , Patty Patty Caretto  United States Jul 30, 1964 - Los Altos, CA, United States
21  9:36.9  Finneran , Sharon Sharon Finneran  United States Sep 28, 1964 - Los Angeles, CA, United States
22  9:35.8 
Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Jul 9, 1967 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, CA, United States
23  9:22.9  Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Jul 29, 1967 Pan-American Games Winnipeg, Canada
24  9:19.0 
Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Jul 21, 1968 - Los Angeles, CA, United States
25  9:17.8  Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Aug 4, 1968 AAU Nationals Lincoln, NE, United States
26  9:10.4  Meyer , Debbie Debbie Meyer  United States Aug 28, 1968 USA Olympic Trials (elec. 9:10.36) Los Angeles, CA, United States
27  9:09.1  Moras , Karen Karen Moras  Australia Mar 1, 1970 AUS Nationals Sydney, Australia
28  9:02.45  Moras , Karen Karen Moras  Australia Jul 18, 1970 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom
29  8:59.4  Simmons , Ann Ann Simmons  United States Sep 10, 1971 USAvURSvGBR meet (elec. 8:59.37) Minsk, Soviet Union
30  8:58.1  Gould , Shane Shane Gould  Australia Dec 3, 1971 - Sydney, Australia
31  8:53.83  Harshbarger , Jo Jo Harshbarger  United States Aug 6, 1972 USA Olympic Trials Chicago, IL, United States
32  8:53.68  Rothhammer , Keena Keena Rothhammer  United States Sep 3, 1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany
33  8:52.97  Calligaris , Novella Novella Calligaris  Italy Sep 9, 1973 World Championships Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
34  8:50.1  Turrall , Jennifer Jennifer Turrall  Australia Jan 5, 1974 NSW State Championships Sydney, Australia
35  8:47.66 
Harshbarger , Jo Jo Harshbarger  United States Aug 25, 1974 AAU Nationals Concord, CA, United States
36  8:47.59  Harshbarger , Jo Jo Harshbarger  United States Aug 31, 1974 USAvGDR Duel Concord, CA, United States
37  8:43.48  Turrall , Jennifer Jennifer Turrall  Australia Mar 31, 1975 Coca Cola International London, United Kingdom
38  8:40.68  Thümer , Petra Petra Thümer  East Germany Jun 4, 1976 GDR Olympic Trials East Berlin, East Germany
39  8:39.63  Babashoff , Shirley Shirley Babashoff  United States Jun 21, 1976 USA Olympic Trials Long Beach, CA, United States
40  8:37.14  Thümer , Petra Petra Thümer  East Germany Jul 25, 1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada
41  8:35.04  Thümer , Petra Petra Thümer  East Germany Jul 9, 1977 GDR Nationals & European Championship Trials Leipzig, East Germany
42  8:34.86  Ford , Michelle Michelle Ford  Australia Jan 6, 1978 KBI meet Brisbane, Australia
43  8:31.30  Ford , Michelle Michelle Ford  Australia Jan 21, 1978 NSW State Championships Sydney, Australia
44  8:30.53  Wickham , Tracey Tracey Wickham  Australia Feb 21, 1978 AUS Nationals Brisbane, Australia
45  8:24.62  Wickham , Tracey Tracey Wickham  Australia Aug 5, 1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada
46  8:22.44  Evans , Janet Janet Evans  United States Jul 27, 1987 USA Nationals & Pan Pacific Trials Clovis, CA, United States
47  8:19.53  Möhring , Anke Anke Möhring  East Germany Aug 19, 1987 European Championships Strasbourg, France
48  8:17.12  Evans , Janet Janet Evans  United States Mar 22, 1988 USA Spring Nationals Orlando, FL, United States
49  8:16.22  Evans , Janet Janet Evans  United States Aug 20, 1989 Pan Pacific Championships Tokyo, Japan
50  8:14.10  Adlington , Rebecca Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain Aug 16, 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China [9]
51  8:13.86  Ledecky , Katie Katie Ledecky  United States Aug 3, 2013 World Championships Barcelona, Spain
52  8:11.00  Ledecky , Katie Katie Ledecky  United States 22 June 2014 Woodlands Senior Invitational Meet Shenandoah, United States [10]

Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; yd – set in a pool measured in yards;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial


Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WBT  8:15.34  Strauss , Astrid Astrid Strauss  East Germany Feb 7, 1987  ? [11]
[12]
1  8:15.15  Chen Hua  China Dec 2, 2001 World Cup Shanghai, China [12]
[13]
2  8:14.35  Yamada , Sachiko Sachiko Yamada  Japan Feb 4, 2002 Japan 25m Nationals Tokyo, Japan [13]
3  8:11.25  Manaudou , Laure Laure Manaudou  France Dec 9, 2005 European SC Championships Trieste, Italy
4  8:09.68  Ziegler , Kate Kate Ziegler  United States Oct 12, 2007 Alex Athletics Jubiläums Challenge Essen, Germany
5  8:08.00  Ziegler , Kate Kate Ziegler  United States Oct 14, 2007 Alex Athletics Jubiläums Challenge Essen, Germany [14]
6  8:04.53  Filippi , Alessia Alessia Filippi  Italy Dec 12, 2008 2008 European Short Course Championships Rijeka, Croatia [15]
7  8:01.06  Muffat , Camille Camille Muffat  France Nov 16, 2012 French Nationals Angers, France [16]
8  7:59.34  Belmonte , Mireia Mireia Belmonte  Spain Aug 10, 2013 World Cup Berlin, Germany [17]

Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; yd – set in a pool measured in yards;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Goodwill Games given an uppercut". The Times. 1986-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Two world records fall; Swimming". The Times. 1991-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Swimming". The Guardian. 1992-02-17. p. 19. 
  4. ^ "Perkins in golden time warp; Commonwealth Games Victoria 94". The Times. 1994-08-26. p. 35. 
  5. ^ Ian Alcock (2001-03-26). "Swimming: Thorpe obliterates 800m barrier". The Independent. 
  6. ^ "Thorpe Sets Another Mark, Then Criticizes FINA". The New York Times. 2001-07-25. 
  7. ^ Cowley, Michael (2005-07-29). "Hackett steps out of Thorpe's shadow". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Hackett on track after short course WR". Hanson Sports Media. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Adlington storms to second gold". BBC Sport. 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  10. ^ "Katie Ledecky Smashes 800 Free World Record in Conroe, Texas". 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  11. ^ (scm-w) Women's 800 free results -- morning heats from the 2001 Shanghai World Cup meet, where CHEN Hua bettered Astrid Strauss's time in the final. (Note: The results from the Final shows Chen as having set and holding the World Record.)
  12. ^ a b (scm-w) Two World Records and One World Cup Record Bettered by Camillo Cametti, FINA Press Commission. Published by SwimNews on 2001-12-03; retrieved 2012-03-25.
  13. ^ a b (scw-m) Japan's Yamada Breaks World Record for 800m Free Short Course by Hideki Moziuchi; published by Swimming World Magazine on 2002-04-02, retrieved 2012-03-25.
  14. ^ "Kate Ziegler lowers 800 free short course meter world record at German swim meet". Swimming World Magazine. 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  15. ^ Lord, Craig (2006-12-12). "Two WRs: Leveaux 45.12 100 Free; Filippi 8:04.53 800 Free". swimnews.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  16. ^ "Flash! Camille Muffat Shatters Short Course 800 Free World Record". swimmingworldmagazine.com. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  17. ^ "Women's 800m Freestyle Result". Omega Timing. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.