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.
Although Maurice Greene is the men's world record holder with 6.39, split times from Usain Bolt's 100 m world record at the 2009 World Athletics Championships revealed he ran the first 60 m in 6.31 seconds. However, records for the 60 m can only be set in that specific event.
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.
|1900 Paris||Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)||7.0||Walter Tewksbury (USA)||7.1||Stan Rowley (AUS)||7.2|
|1904 St. Louis||Archie Hahn (USA)||7.0||William Hogenson (USA)||7.2||Fay Moulton (USA)||7.2|
Indoor results only. Updated April 2015.
|Africa||6.45[A]||Leonard Myles-Mills||Ghana||6.99||Murielle Ahoure||Ivory Coast|
|7.09||Susanthika Jayasinghe||Sri Lanka|
|Europe||6.42||Dwain Chambers||United Kingdom||6.92||Irina Privalova||Russia|
|North, Central America
|6.39||Maurice Greene||United States||6.95||Gail Devers
| 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
Indoor results only. Updated March 2014.
1 Ben Johnson of Canada ran 6.41 at Indianapolis, United States on 7 March 1987, but this time was rescinded after Johnson admitted to using steroids between 1981 and 1988.
Updated March 2014.
|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|||
|8||6.99||Murielle Ahoure||Ivory Coast||16 February 2013||Birmingham|||
|9||7.00||Nelli Cooman||Netherlands||23 February 1986||Madrid|
|Veronica Campbell-Brown||Jamaica||14 March 2010||Doha|
|11||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|
|14||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|
|20||7.03||Anelia Nuneva||Bulgaria||22 February 1987||Liévin|
|21||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|
|Zhanna Block||Ukraine||14 March 2003||Birmingham|
|Mariya Bolikova||Russia||4 February 2006||Samara|
- A = affected by altitude
World Indoor Championship medalists
Note: The original winner in 1987 was Ben Johnson (6.41), who was disqualified in 1989 after admitting long term drug use.
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||0||2||0||2|
|14||Antigua and Barbuda||0||0||1||1|
Note: The original silver medal winner in 1987 was Angella Issajenko (7.08), who was disqualified in 1989 after admitting long term drug use.
|British Virgin Islands||0||0||1||1|
- Biomechanical analysis of the sprinters splits in the semi-final and final. IAAF (2009). Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
- Statistical analysis of Bolt and Powell's speed in the final. IAAF (2009). Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
- 60 Metres Records. IAAF (2009-04-04). Retrieved on 2009-04-04.
- "60 Metres Results". IAAF. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- "60 Metres Results". IAAF. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "60 Metres Results" (PDF). EAA. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
- "USA Indoor Championships 2014 Results". USATF. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- 60 Metres All Time. IAAF (2010-02-06). Retrieved on 2010-02-07.
- "60m Results Summary" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- Matthew Brown (16 February 2013). "Ahouré’s sub-seven sprint steals the show in Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- All-time men's indoors best 60 metres from alltime-athletics.com