5000 metres world record progression

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The official world records in the 5000 metres are held by Joshua Cheptegei with 12:35.36 for men and Letesenbet Gidey with 14:06.62 for women.

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

World Athletics era[edit]

Time Athlete Date Location
14:36.6  Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) 1912-07-10 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) 1955-10-23 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]
12:35.36  Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 2020-08-14 Monaco[4]

p = pending ratification

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 Mărășescu (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

World Athletics world records[edit]

Former women's world record holder Tirunesh Dibaba (right) leading another 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]
14:06.62  Letesenbet Gidey (ETH) 2020-10-07 Valencia, Spain[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 o "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.
  4. ^ "Cheptegei breaks world 5000m record in Monaco as Diamond League action returns". Retrieved August 15, 2020.