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60 metres
Men's records
World United States Maurice Green 6.39 (1998)
Women's records
World Russia Irina Privalova 6.92 (1993)
A 60-metre race in Valencia in 2005

60 metres is a sprint event in track and field athletics. It is a championship event for indoor championships, normally dominated by the best outdoor 100 metres runners. At outdoor venues it is a rare distance, at least for senior athletes. The 60 metres was an Olympic event in the 1900 and 1904 Summer Games but was removed from the schedule thereafter.

American Maurice Greene currently holds the men's world record in the 60 metres with a time of 6.39, while Russian Irina Privalova holds the women's world record at 6.92.

In the past, it was common for athletes to compete in the 60 yards (54.86 m) race. This is not part of the lineage of the 60 metres, but is the predecessor of the 55 metres race. 60 metres is 65.6168 yards.

Area records[edit]

Area Men Women
Time Athlete Nation Time Athlete Nation
Africa 6.45 A Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 6.99 Murielle Ahoure  Ivory Coast
Asia 6.50 A
6.50
Tosin Ogunode
Su Bingtian
 Qatar
 China
7.09 Susanthika Jayasinghe  Sri Lanka
Europe 6.42 Dwain Chambers  United Kingdom 6.92 Irina Privalova  Russia
North, Central America
and Caribbean
6.39 Maurice Greene  United States 6.95 Gail Devers
Marion Jones
 United States
 United States
Oceania 6.52 Matthew Shirvington  Australia 7.30 Sally McLellan  Australia
South America 6.52 José Carlos Moreira  Brazil 7.19 Franciela Krasucki  Brazil

Top 25 performers[edit]

Indoor results only

  • A = affected by altitude

Men[edit]

  • Correct as of March 2017.[1]
Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.39 Maurice Greene  United States 3 February 1998 Madrid
2 6.41 Andre Cason  United States 14 February 1992 Madrid
3 6.42 Dwain Chambers  United Kingdom 7 March 2009 Turin
4 6.43 Tim Harden  United States 7 March 1999 Maebashi
5 6.44 Asafa Powell  Jamaica 18 March 2016 (heats) Portland [2]
18 March 2016 (semifinal) [3]
6 6.45 A Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 20 February 1999 Colorado Springs
Terrence Trammell  United States 17 February 2001 Pocatello
Trell Kimmons  United States 26 February 2012 Albuquerque
Ronnie Baker  United States 5 March 2017 Albuquerque [4]
6.45 Bruny Surin  Canada 13 February 1993 Liévin
Justin Gatlin  United States 1 March 2003 Boston
Ronald Pognon  France 13 February 2005 Karlsruhe
Christian Coleman  United States 11 March 2017 College Station [5]
14 6.46 A Marcus Brunson  United States 30 January 1999 Flagstaff
6.46 Jon Drummond  United States 1 February 1998 Stuttgart
Jason Gardener  United Kingdom 7 March 1999 Maebashi
Tim Montgomery  United States 11 March 2001 Lisbon
Leonard Scott  United States 26 February 2005 Liévin
19 6.47 Linford Christie  United Kingdom 19 February 1995 Liévin
Shawn Crawford  United States 28 February 2004 Boston
Dwight Phillips  United States 24 February 2005 Madrid
Lerone Clarke  Jamaica 18 February 2012 Birmingham
James Dasaolu  Great Britain 15 February 2014 Birmingham [6]
Kim Collins  Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 February 2015 Łódź [7]
Trayvon Bromell  United States 18 March 2016 Portland [8]

Note: The following athletes have had their performances annulled because of doping offense:

Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
6.41 Ben Johnson  Canada 7 March 1987 Indianapolis

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 6.47:

Outdoor best performances[edit]

+ = en route to 100m mark

Time Wind (m/s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
6.31+ (calculated) +0.9 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 16 August 2009 Berlin [9]

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of February 2017.[10]
Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.92 Irina Privalova  Russia 11 February 1993 Madrid
2 6.95 Gail Devers  United States 12 March 1993 Toronto
Marion Jones  United States 7 March 1998 Maebashi
4 6.96 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 14 February 1992 Madrid
Ekaterini Thanou  Greece 7 March 1999 Maebashi
6 6.97 Laverne Jones-Ferrette  United States Virgin Islands 6 February 2010 Stuttgart
7 6.98 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  Jamaica 9 March 2014 Sopot [11]
Elaine Thompson  Jamaica 18 February 2017 Birmingham [12]
9 6.99 Murielle Ahoure  Ivory Coast 16 February 2013 Birmingham [13]
10 7.00 Nelli Cooman  Netherlands 23 February 1986 Madrid
Veronica Campbell-Brown  Jamaica 14 March 2010 Doha
Dafne Schippers  Netherlands 13 February 2016 Berlin [14]
Barbara Pierre  United States 12 March 2016 Portland [15]
14 7.01 Savatheda Fynes  Bahamas 7 March 1999 Maebashi
Me'Lisa Barber  United States 10 March 2006 Moscow
Lauryn Williams  United States 10 March 2006 Moscow
17 7.02 Gwen Torrence  United States 2 February 1996 New York
Christy Opara-Thompson  Nigeria 12 February 1997 Ghent
Chioma Ajunwa  Nigeria 22 February 1998 Liévin
Philomena Mensah  Canada 7 March 1999 Maebashi
7.02 A Carmelita Jeter  United States 28 February 2010 Albuquerque
7.02 Tianna Madison  United States 11 February 2012 Fayetteville
23 7.03 Anelia Nuneva  Bulgaria 22 February 1987 Liévin
24 7.04 Marita Koch  East Germany 16 February 1987 Senftenberg
Silke Gladisch  East Germany 6 March 1988 Budapest
Carlette Guidry  United States 4 March 1995 Atlanta
Natallia Safronnikava  Belarus 21 February 2001 Minsk
Petya Pendareva  Bulgaria 11 March 2001 Lisbon
Mariya Bolikova  Russia 4 February 2006 Samara

Note: The following athletes have had their performances annulled because of doping offense:

Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
7.03 Inger Miller  United States 7 March 1999 Maebashi
7.04 Zhanna Block  Ukraine 14 March 2003 Birmingham

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 6.99:

Outdoor best performances[edit]

+ = en route to 100m mark

Time Wind (m/s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
6.85+ −0.1 Marion Jones  United States 22 August 1999 Seville
7.02 +1.7 Elaine Thompson  Jamaica 28 January 2017 Kingston [16]

Olympic medalists[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
details
 Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)  Walter Tewksbury (USA)  Stan Rowley (AUS)
1904 St. Louis
details
 Archie Hahn (USA)  William Hogenson (USA)  Fay Moulton (USA)

World Indoor Championships medalists[edit]

Men[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Paris[A]  Ben Johnson (CAN)  Sam Graddy (USA)  Ronald Desruelles (BEL)
1987 Indianapolis
details
 Lee McRae (USA)  Mark Witherspoon (USA)  Pierfrancesco Pavoni (ITA)
1989 Budapest
details
 Andrés Simón (CUB)  John Myles-Mills (GHA)  Pierfrancesco Pavoni (ITA)
1991 Seville
details
 Andre Cason (USA)  Linford Christie (GBR)  Chidi Imo (NGR)
1993 Toronto
details
 Bruny Surin (CAN)  Frankie Fredericks (NAM)  Talal Mansour (QAT)
1995 Barcelona
details
 Bruny Surin (CAN)  Darren Braithwaite (GBR)  Robert Esmie (CAN)
1997 Paris
details
 Haralabos Papadias (GRE)  Michael Green (JAM)  Davidson Ezinwa (NGR)
1999 Maebashi
details
 Maurice Greene (USA)  Tim Harden (USA)  Jason Gardener (GBR)
2001 Lisbon
details
 Tim Harden (USA)  Tim Montgomery (USA)  Mark Lewis-Francis (GBR)
2003 Birmingham
details
 Justin Gatlin (USA)  Kim Collins (SKN)  Jason Gardener (GBR)
2004 Budapest
details
 Jason Gardener (GBR)  Shawn Crawford (USA)  Georgios Theodoridis (GRE)
2006 Moscow
details
 Leonard Scott (USA)  Andrey Epishin (RUS)  Terrence Trammell (USA)
2008 Valencia
details
 Olusoji Fasuba (NGR)  Kim Collins (SKN)
 Dwain Chambers (GBR)
none awarded
2010 Doha
details
 Dwain Chambers (GBR)  Mike Rodgers (USA)  Daniel Bailey (ATG)
2012 Istanbul
details
 Justin Gatlin (USA)  Nesta Carter (JAM)  Dwain Chambers (GBR)
2014 Sopot
details
 Richard Kilty (GBR)  Marvin Bracy (USA)  Femi Ogunode (QAT)
2016 Portland
details
 Trayvon Bromell (USA)  Asafa Powell (JAM)  Ramon Gittens (BAR)

Note: The original winner in 1987 was Ben Johnson, who was disqualified in 1989 after admitting long term drug use.

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 8 7 1 16
2  Great Britain 3 3 4 10
3  Canada 3 0 1 4
4  Nigeria 1 0 2 3
5  Greece 1 0 1 2
6  Cuba 1 0 0 1
7  Jamaica 0 3 0 3
8  Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 2 0 2
9  Ghana 0 1 0 1
9  Namibia 0 1 0 1
9  Russia 0 1 0 1
12  Italy 0 0 2 2
12  Qatar 0 0 2 2
14  Antigua and Barbuda 0 0 1 1
14  Belgium 0 0 1 1
14  Barbados 0 0 1 1
Total 17 18 16 51

Women[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Paris[A]  Silke Gladisch (GDR)  Heather Oakes (GBR)  Christelle Bulteau (FRA)
1987 Indianapolis
details
 Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED)  Anelia Nuneva (BUL)  Angela Bailey (CAN)
1989 Budapest
details
 Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED)  Gwen Torrence (USA)  Merlene Ottey (JAM)
1991 Seville
details
 Irina Sergeyeva (URS)  Merlene Ottey (JAM)  Liliana Allen (CUB)
1993 Toronto
details
 Gail Devers (USA)  Irina Privalova (RUS)  Zhanna Tarnopolskaya (UKR)
1995 Barcelona
details
 Merlene Ottey (JAM)  Melanie Paschke (GER)  Carlette Guidry (USA)
1997 Paris
details
 Gail Devers (USA)  Chandra Sturrup (BAH)  Frederique Bangue (FRA)
1999 Maebashi
details
 Ekaterini Thanou (GRE)  Gail Devers (USA)  Philomena Mensah (CAN)
2001 Lisbon
details
 Chandra Sturrup (BAH)  Angela Williams (USA)  Chryste Gaines (USA)
2003 Birmingham
details
 Angela Williams (USA)  Torri Edwards (USA)  Merlene Ottey (SLO)
2004 Budapest
details
 Gail Devers (USA)  Kim Gevaert (BEL)  Yulia Nestsiarenka (BLR)
2006 Moscow
details
 Me'Lisa Barber (USA)  Lauryn Williams (USA)  Kim Gevaert (BEL)
2008 Valencia
details
 Angela Williams (USA)  Jeanette Kwakye (GBR)  Tahesia Harrigan (IVB)
2010 Doha
details
 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)  Carmelita Jeter (USA)  Ruddy Zang Milama (GAB)
2012 Istanbul
details
 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)  Murielle Ahouré (CIV)  Tianna Madison (USA)
2014 Sopot
details
 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)  Murielle Ahouré (CIV)  Tianna Bartoletta (USA)
2016 Portland
details
 Barbara Pierre (USA)  Dafne Schippers (NED)  Elaine Thompson (JAM)

Notes:

  • A Known as the World Indoor Games
  • The original silver medal winner in 1987 was Angella Issajenko, who was disqualified in 1989 after admitting long term drug use.
  • The original winner in 2003 was Zhanna Block, who was stripped of the title in 2011, and had her results from November 2002 onwards annulled.

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 6 6 5 17
2  Jamaica 4 1 2 7
3  Netherlands 2 1 0 3
4  Bahamas 1 1 0 2
5  Ukraine 1 0 1 2
6  East Germany 1 0 0 1
6  Greece 1 0 0 1
6  Soviet Union 1 0 0 1
9  Ivory Coast 0 2 0 2
9  Great Britain 0 2 0 2
11  Belgium 0 1 1 2
12  Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
12  Russia 0 1 0 1
12  Germany 0 1 0 1
15  Canada 0 0 2 2
15  France 0 0 2 2
17  Belarus 0 0 1 1
17  Cuba 0 0 1 1
17  Gabon 0 0 1 1
17  British Virgin Islands 0 0 1 1
Total 17 17 17 51

Season's bests[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "All-time men's best 60m". IAAF. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "60m Round 1 Results" (PDF). IAAF. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "60m Semifinal Results" (PDF). IAAF. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Merritt among Olympic stars to win in US". supersport.com. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Jon Mulkeen (12 March 2017). "Coleman speeds to sprint double at NCAA Indoor Championships". IAAF. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "60 Metres Results". IAAF. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "60 Metres Results". IAAF. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "60m Results" (PDF). IAAF. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Biomechanical Analysis 100 Metres" (PDF). IAAF. 16 August 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "All-time women's best 60m". IAAF. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "60m Results Summary" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "60m Results" (PDF). British Athletics. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  13. ^ Matthew Brown (16 February 2013). "Ahouré's sub-seven sprint steals the show in Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Dafne Schippers: Profile". IAAF.org. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "60m Dash Results". flashresults.com. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  16. ^ Brian Eder (29 January 2017). "Elaine Thompson sprints 7.02 in Kingston". runblogrun.com. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 

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