5000 metres world record progression

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Current men's world record holder Kenenisa Bekele competing in the 5000 m in Paris in 2006

The official world records in the 5000 metres are held by Kenenisa Bekele with 12:37.35 minutes for men and Tirunesh Dibaba with 14:11.15 minutes for women. Both are from Bekoji, Ethiopia.

The first world record in the men's 5000 m was recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 1912. As of January 2014, 35 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.[1]

The first world record in the women's 5000 m was recognized by the IAAF in 1981. As of January 2014, 13 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.[2] Before the event was recognised by the IAAF as an official world record event, the 3000 metres was the most common international women's long-distance track event. However, women did sometimes compete over 5000 m before its addition to the World Championships and Olympic programme in 1995 and 1996, respectively.[3]

Men[edit]

Pre-IAAF[edit]

Time Athlete Date Location
16:34.6  George Touquet-Daunis (FRA) 1897-10-31 Paris, France
16:29.2  George Touquet-Daunis (FRA) 1899-05-22 Lyon, France
15:29.8  Charles Bennett (GBR) 1900-07-22 Paris, France
14:59.0  Alfred Shrubb (GBR) 1904-06-13 Glasgow, United Kingdom

IAAF era[edit]

Time Athlete Date Location
14:36.6  Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) 1912-06-10 Stockholm, Sweden[1]
14:35.4  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 1922-09-12 Stockholm, Sweden[1]
14:28.2  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 1924-06-19 Helsinki, Finland[1]
14:17.0  Lauri Lehtinen (FIN) 1932-06-19 Helsinki, Finland[1]
14:08.8  Taisto Mäki (FIN) 1939-06-16 Helsinki, Finland[1]
13:58.2  Gunder Hägg (SWE) 1942-09-20 Gothenburg, Sweden[1]
13:57.2  Emil Zátopek (TCH) 1954-05-30 Paris, France[1]
13:56.6  Vladimir Kuts (URS) 1954-08-29 Bern, Switzerland[1]
13:51.6  Chris Chataway (GBR) 1954-10-13 London, United Kingdom[1]
13:51.2  Vladimir Kuts (URS) 1954-10-23 Prague, Czechoslovakia[1]
13:50.8  Sandor Iharos (HUN) 1955-09-10 Budapest, Hungary[1]
13:46.8  Vladimir Kuts (URS) 1955-09-18 Belgrad, Yugoslavia[1]
13:40.6  Sandor Iharos (HUN) 1955-09-23 Budapest, Hungary[1]
13:36.8  Gordon Pirie (GBR) 1956-06-19 Bergen, Norway[1]
13:35.0  Vladimir Kuts (URS) 1957-10-13 Rome, Italy[1]
13:34.8  Ron Clarke (AUS) 1965-01-16 Hobart, Australia[1]
13:33.6  Ron Clarke (AUS) 1965-02-01 Auckland, New Zealand[1]
13:25.8  Ron Clarke (AUS) 1965-06-04 Compton, USA[1]
13:24.2  Kipchoge Keino (KEN) 1965-11-30 Auckland, New Zealand[1]
13:16.6  Ron Clarke (AUS) 1966-07-05 Stockholm, Sweden[1]
13:16.4  Lasse Virén (FIN) 1972-09-14 Helsinki, Finland[1]
13:13.0  Emiel Puttemans (BEL) 1972-09-20 Brussels, Belgium[1]
13:12.9  Dick Quax (NZL) 1977-07-05 Stockholm, Sweden[1]
13:08.4  Henry Rono (KEN) 1978-04-08 Berkeley, California, USA[1]
13:06.20  Henry Rono (KEN) 1981-09-13 Knarvik, Norway[1]
13:00.41  David Moorcroft (GBR) 1982-07-07 Oslo, Norway[1]
13:00.40  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 1985-07-22 Oslo, Norway[1]
12:58.39  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 1987-07-27 Rome, Italy[1]
12:56.96  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1994-06-04 Hengelo, Netherlands[1]
12:55.30  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 1995-06-08 Rome, Italy[1]
12:44.39  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1995-08-16 Zürich, Switzerland[1]
12:41.86  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1997-08-13 Zürich, Switzerland[1]
12:39.74  Daniel Komen (KEN) 1997-08-22 Brussels, Belgium[1]
12:39.36  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1998-06-13 Helsinki, Finland[1]
12:37.35  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2004-05-31 Hengelo, Netherlands[1]

Auto times to the hundredth of a second were accepted by the IAAF for events up to and including 10,000m from 1981.[1] Dick Quax's 13:12.9 from 1977 was recorded as 13:12.87 to the hundredth of a second.

Women[edit]

Pre-recognition[edit]

Time Athlete Date Location
16:17.4  Paola Pigni (ITA) 1969-05-11 Formia, Italy
15:53.6  Paola Pigni (ITA) 1969-09-02 Milan, Italy
15:41.4  Natalia Mărăşescu (ROM) 1977-03-16 Oradea, Romania
15:37.0  Janice Merrill (USA) 1977-07-11 Mainz, Germany
15:35.52  Kathy Mills (USA) 1978-05-26 Knoxville, United States
15:33.8  Janice Merrill (USA) 1979-05-19 Durham, United States
15:30.6  Janice Merrill (USA) 1980-03-22 Stanford, United States
15:28.43  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1981-07-11 Oslo, Norway
15:24.6  Yelena Sipatova (URS) 1981-09-06 Podolsk, Soviet Union

IAAF world records[edit]

Current women's world record holder Tirunesh Dibaba (right) leading former world record holder Meseret Defar (centre) at the 2012 Olympic 5000 m final
Time Athlete Date Location
15:14.51  Paula Fudge (GBR) 1981-09-13 Knarvik, Norway[2]
15:13.22  Anne Audain (NZL) 1982-03-17 Auckland, New Zealand[2]
15:08.26  Mary Decker-Slaney (USA) 1982-07-05 Eugene, Oregon, United States[2]
14:58.89  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1984-06-28 Oslo, Norway[2]
14:48.07  Zola Budd (GBR) 1985-08-26 London, United Kingdom[2]
14:37.33  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1986-08-05 Stockholm, Sweden[2]
14:36.45  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) 1995-07-22 Hechtel, Belgium[2]
14:31.27  Dong Yanmei (CHN) 1997-10-21 Shanghai, China[2]
14:28.09  Jiang Bo (CHN) 1997-10-23 Shanghai, China[2]
14:24.68  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 2004-06-11 Bergen, Norway[2]
14:24.53  Meseret Defar (ETH) 2006-06-03 New York, United States[2]
14:16.63  Meseret Defar (ETH) 2007-06-15 Oslo, Norway[2]
14:11.15  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 2008-06-06 Oslo, Norway[2]

 Zola Budd (RSA) ran 15:01.83 in 1984, but this time was not ratified as a world record.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 551. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 643. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ Main > Women, 5000 m > World Records Progression. Brinkster Track and Field. Retrieved on 2014-01-18.