50 metres

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Athletics
50 metres
Men's records
World Canada Donovan Bailey 5.56 (1996)
Women's records
World Russia Irina Privalova 5.96 (1995)

50 metres is a sprint event in track and field. It is a relatively uncommon non-championship event for indoor track and field, normally dominated by the best outdoor 100 metres runners. At outdoor athletics competitions it is used in the Special Olympics and a rare distance, at least for senior athletes. It is an alternative to the 60 metres running event. The imperial distance for 50 metres is 54.68 yards.

Records and personal bests in the 50 metres are frequently achieved in February and March as these dates coincide with the indoor athletics season.

All-time top 25[edit]

Indoor results only
+ = en route to a longer distance
A = affected by altitude

Men[edit]

  • Correct as of January 2017.[1]
Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Place
1 5.56 A [B] Donovan Bailey  Canada 9 February 1996 Reno
Maurice Greene  United States 13 February 1999 Los Angeles
3 5.58+ Leonard Scott  United States 26 February 2005 Liévin
4 5.61 Manfred Kokot  East Germany 4 February 1973 Berlin
James Sanford  United States 20 February 1981 San Diego
5.61+ Michael Green  Jamaica 16 February 1997 Liévin
Deji Aliu  Nigeria 21 February 1999 Liévin
Jason Gardener  United Kingdom 16 February 2000 Madrid
Freddy Mayola  Cuba 16 February 2000 Madrid
10 5.62 Emmit King  United States 5 March 1986 Kobe
Andre Cason  United States 15 February 1992 Los Angeles
5.62+ Eric Nkansah  Ghana 21 February 1992 Liévin
Morne Nagel  South Africa 24 February 2002 Liévin
14 5.63 A Henry Neal  United States 10 February 1995 Reno
5.63 Stanley Floyd  United States 20 February 1981 San Diego
Jon Drummond  United States 13 February 1999 Los Angeles
5.63+ Lerone Clarke  Jamaica 24 February 2012 Liévin
18 5.64 Davidson Ezinwa  Nigeria 15 February 1982 Los Angeles
Aleksandr Porkhomovskiy  Russia 4 February 1994 Moscow
Bruny Surin  Canada 27 January 1995 Moscow
Gerald Williams  United States 19 February 2000 Los Angeles
Jeff Laynes  United States 20 January 2001 Los Angeles
Asafa Powell  Jamaica 28 January 2012 New York City
5.64+ Donovan Powell  Jamaica 21 February 1999 Liévin
Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 13 February 2000 Liévin
Ato Boldon  Trinidad and Tobago 16 February 2000 Madrid
Tim Harden  United States 16 February 2000 Madrid
  • B Ben Johnson of Canada ran 5.55 at Ottawa, Canada on 31 January 1987, but this time was rescinded after Johnson admitted to using steroids between 1981 and 1988.

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 5.63:

Outdoor best performances[edit]

+ = en route to 100m mark

Time Wind (m/s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
5.47+ +0.9 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 16 August 2009 Berlin [2]

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of January 2017.[3]
Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Place
1 5.96+ Irina Privalova  Russia 9 February 1995 Madrid
2 6.00 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 4 February 1994 Moscow
3 6.02+ Gail Devers  United States 21 February 1999 Liévin
4 6.04+ Chioma Ajunwa  Nigeria 22 February 1998 Liévin
5 6.05+ Savatheda Fynes  Bahamas 13 February 2000 Liévin
Philomena Mensah  Canada 13 February 2000 Liévin
7 6.07 A Gwen Torrence  United States 9 February 1996 Reno
8 6.08+ Christy Opara-Thompson  Nigeria 16 February 1997 Liévin
6.08 Veronica Campbell-Brown  Jamaica 28 January 2012 New York City
10 6.09 Zhanna Block  Ukraine 2 February 1993 Moscow
11 6.11 Marita Koch  German Democratic Republic 2 February 1980 Grenoble
6.11+ Liliana Allen  Mexico 13 February 2000 Liévin
Christine Arron  France 26 February 2006 Aubière
14 6.12 Marlies Göhr  German Democratic Republic 2 February 1980 Grenoble
Silke Möller  German Democratic Republic 19 February 1988 Berlin
Anelia Nuneva  Bulgaria 27 January 1995 Moscow
17 6.13 Jeanette Bolden  United States 21 February 1981 Edmonton
Michelle Finn-Burrell  United States 15 February 1992 Los Angeles
Natalya Merzlyakova  Russia 4 February 1994 Moscow
Ekaterina Grigorieva  Russia 4 February 1994 Moscow
6.13+ Mercy Nku  Nigeria 25 February 2001 Liévin
22 6.14+ Frédérique Bangué  France 16 February 1997 Liévin
Petya Pendareva  Bulgaria 21 February 1999 Liévin
Muriel Hurtis  France 23 February 2003 Liévin
LaVerne Jones-Ferrette  US Virgin Islands 24 February 2012 Liévin

Note: Angella Issajenko of Canada ran a world record 6.06 in Ottawa on 13 January 1987, this performance was rescinded after Issajenko's admittance of long term drug use at the Dubin Inquiry in 1989.

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 6.11:

Outdoor best performances[edit]

+ = en route to 100m mark

Time Wind (m/s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
5.93+ −0.1 Marion Jones  United States 22 August 1999 Seville

Season's bests[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-time men's best 50m". IAAF. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Biomechanical Analysis 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics" (PDF). IAAF. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "All-time women's best 50m". IAAF. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.