List of world records in athletics

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Usain Bolt beating Tyson Gay and setting a 100 m world record at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin
Jürgen Schult beside the indication of his new discus world record, 1986

World records in athletics are ratified by World Athletics. Athletics records comprise the best performances in the sports of track and field, road running and racewalking.

Records are kept for all events contested at the Olympic Games and some others. Unofficial records for some other events are kept by track and field statisticians. The only non-metric track distance for which official records are kept is the mile run.

Criteria[edit]

The Criteria which must be satisfied for ratification also apply to national or other restricted records and also to performances submitted as qualifying marks for eligibility to compete in major events such as the Olympic Games.

The criteria include:

  • The dimensions of the track and equipment used must conform to standards. In road events, the course must be accurately measured, by a certified measurer.
  • Except in road events (road running and race walking), the performance must be set in a single-sex race,[1] with the sole exception of the mixed-sex 4 × 400 m relay, introduced by World Athletics in 2017.[2]
  • All team members in a relay race must be of the same nationality.
  • Pacemakers are allowed, provided they have not been lapped; lapped athletes must give way.
  • Drug testing immediately after the performance is now required for ratification of a record. Existing records which predate this requirement are still extant. Athletes who pass the immediate test but are later found to have been using banned substances have their performances invalidated.
  • In running events up to 200 m in distance and in horizontal jump events, wind assistance is permitted only up to 2.0 m/s. In decathlon or heptathlon, average wind assistance of less than 2.0 m/s is required across all applicable disciplines; and maximum of 4.0 m/s in any one event.
  • In running events up to 800 m in distance, photo finish fully automatic timing is required.
  • There is no restriction on altitude; since the thinner atmosphere of higher altitude provides less air resistance, locations such as Mexico City and Sestriere have previously been the sites of records in the sprint and jump events. See effects of high altitude on humans. Records set at high altitude venues are often marked with an "A" though that does not disqualify it as a record. Under those circumstances, a "sea level" best is also tracked by statisticians. Long-distance races run at altitude, with less oxygen available to the athlete, have been shown to be to the athlete's disadvantage.
  • In road events, the course is not required to be a circuit, but the overall decrease in elevation between the start and finish shall not exceed 1:1000, i.e. 1 m/km.
  • In road events, the start and finish points of a course, measured along a theoretical straight line between them, shall not be further apart than 50% of the race distance.

Bonus payments[edit]

Witnessing a world record brings great pleasure for athletics fans, and athletes' personal sponsors and promoters of major meetings such as the Diamond League and its predecessor, the IAAF Golden League have offered bonuses to athletes breaking a record.

Some middle-distance runners have specialized in acting as pacemakers in longer races, receiving a fee without even finishing the race, and possibly a bonus if a record results. This is a useful occupation for athletes who are capable of running accurately to a specified pace, but not capable of the very fastest times to become champions in their own right.

In the pole vault record bonuses create an incentive for an athlete capable of smashing a record to instead break it by the minimum amount (one centimetre), multiple times, at multiple meetings, in order to accumulate multiple bonuses. This has been done by Sergey Bubka in the men's pole vault, and Yelena Isinbayeva in the women's pole vault.[3] Some commentators have complained that neither athlete ever posted as high a mark as they were capable of. In any other discipline, except in the high jump, this issue does not arise, since it is practically impossible to deliberately break a record by a small margin.

World records[edit]

World Athletics (then IAAF) commenced the recognition of world records in 1912, and indoor world records after 1987. In 2000, IAAF rule 260.18a (formerly 260.6a) was amended, so that "world records" (as opposed to "indoor world records") can be set in a facility "with or without roof." This rule was not applied retroactively,[4] and has, thus far, only affected the men's and women's pole vault, and women's 2,000 m. The women's vault record has been advanced 9 times indoors by three different women, each ratified as a world record. The last record to be set indoors was in 2004. Sergey Bubka's 1993 pole vault world indoor record of 6.15 m was not considered to be a world record, because it was set before the new rule came into effect. Bubka's world record of 6.14 m, set outdoors in 1994, has been surpassed by four consecutive records set indoors, most recently by Armand Duplantis in 2020 with a 6.18 m mark. Also in 2020, Duplantis surpassed Bubka's outdoor world best (the old 6.14 m record), with a 6.15 m vault.

A new IAAF-sanctioned event, the women's 50,000 m walk, does not yet have any recognised world record.

Key to tables[edit]

  Awaiting ratification   not ratified or later rescinded by World Athletics

h = hand timing
+ = en route to a longer distance
A = affected by altitude
OT = oversized track
X = annulled due to doping violations
# = not officially ratified by World Athletics
a = aided road course according to IAAF rule 260.28
est = estimate
i = set indoors (overall world record tables only)

Men[edit]

Event Perf. W N Average Speed Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
mph km/h
100 m 9.58 +0.9 23.35 37.58 Usain Bolt  JAM 16 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin  GER [5]
200 m 19.19 −0.3 23.31 37.52 Usain Bolt  JAM 20 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin  GER [5]
400 m 43.03 20.79 33.47 Wayde van Niekerk  RSA 14 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro  BRA [6]
800 m 1:40.91 17.734 28.540 David Rudisha  KEN 9 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London  GBR [7]
1000 m 2:11.96 16.952 27.281 Noah Ngeny  KEN 5 Sep 1999 Rieti Meeting Rieti  ITA
1500 m 3:26.00 16.2884 26.2136 Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR 14 Jul 1998 Golden Gala Rome  ITA
Mile 3:43.13 16.1341 25.9653 Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR 7 Jul 1999 Golden Gala Rome  ITA
2000 m 4:44.79 15.7094 25.2818 Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR 7 Sep 1999 ISTAF Berlin  GER
3000 m 7:20.67 15.2287 24.5081 Daniel Komen  KEN 1 Sep 1996 Rieti Meeting Rieti  ITA
5000 m 12:35.36 14.8070 23.8296 Joshua Cheptegei  UGA 14 Aug 2020 Herculis Monaco  MON [8]
5 km (road) 12:51.00 14.51 23.35 Joshua Cheptegei  UGA 16 Feb 2020 Monaco Run 5km Monaco  MON [9]
10,000 m 26:17.53 14.1800 22.8205 Kenenisa Bekele  ETH 26 Aug 2005 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
26:11.00 14.2389 22.9153 Joshua Cheptegei  UGA 7 Oct 2020 Valencia  ESP [10]
10 km (road) 26:24.00 14.12 22.73 Rhonex Kipruto  KEN 12 Jan 2020 10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia  ESP [11]
Half marathon 58:01.00 13.558 21.819 Geoffrey Kamworor  KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen  DEN [12]
One hour (track) 21,330 m 13.254 21.330 Mo Farah  GBR 4 Sep 2020 Diamond League Brussels  BEL [13]
Marathon[a]
2:01:39
12.932 20.811 Eliud Kipchoge  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [14]
1:59:40.2
[b] 13.136 21.156 Eliud Kipchoge  KEN 12 Oct 2019 Ineos 1:59 Challenge Vienna  AUT [15]
100 km (road) 6:09:14.00 10.0972 16.2499 Nao Kazami  JPN 24 Jun 2018 Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu  JPN [16]
110 m hurdles 12.80 +0.3 19.22 30.94 Aries Merritt  USA 7 Sep 2012 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL [17]
400 m hurdles 46.78 19.127 30.782 Kevin Young  USA 6 Aug 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona  ESP
3000 m steeplechase 7:53.63 14.1689 22.8026 Saif Saaeed Shaheen  QAT 3 Sep 2004 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
7:53.17 X 14.1827 22.8248 Brahim Boulami  MAR 16 Aug 2002 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich   SUI
High jump 2.45 m Javier Sotomayor  CUB 27 Jul 1993 Gran Premio Diputación Salamanca  ESP
Pole vault 6.18 m i Armand Duplantis  SWE 15 Feb 2020 Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow  GBR [18] P
Long jump 8.95 m +0.3 Mike Powell  USA 30 Aug 1991 World Championships Tokyo  JPN
Triple jump 18.29 m +1.3 Jonathan Edwards  GBR 7 Aug 1995 World Championships Gothenburg  SWE [19]
Shot put 23.12 m Randy Barnes  USA 20 May 1990 Jack in the Box Invitational Westwood  USA [20]
Discus throw 74.08 m Jürgen Schult  GDR 6 Jun 1986 Neubrandenburg  GDR
Hammer throw 86.74 m Yuriy Sedykh  URS 30 Aug 1986 European Championships Stuttgart  GER
Javelin throw 98.48 m [c] Jan Železný  CZE 25 May 1996 Jena  GER
Decathlon 9126 pts [d] Kevin Mayer  FRA 16 Sep 2018 Décastar Talence  FRA [21]
20,000 m walk (track) 1:17:25.60 [e] 9.6304 15.4985 Bernardo Segura  MEX 7 May 1994 Bergen  NOR
20 km walk (road) 1:16:36.00 9.7343 15.6658 Yusuke Suzuki  JPN 15 Mar 2015 Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi  JPN [22]
2 hours walk (track) 29,572 m + 9.1876 14.7860 Maurizio Damilano  ITA 3 Oct 1992 Cuneo  ITA
30,000 m walk (track) 2:01:44.10 9.1878 14.7862 Maurizio Damilano  ITA 3 Oct 1992 Cuneo  ITA
50,000 m walk (track) 3:35:27.20 8.6522 13.9243 Yohann Diniz  FRA 12 Mar 2011 Reims  FRA [23]
50 km walk (road) 3:32:33.00 8.7703 14.1143 Yohann Diniz  FRA 15 Aug 2014 European Championships Zürich   SUI [24]
4×100 m relay 36.84 24.2882 39.0879 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
 JAM 11 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London  GBR [25]
4×200 m relay 1:18.63 22.7592 36.6272 Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
 JAM 24 May 2014 World Relays Nassau  BAH [26]
4×400 m relay 2:54.29 20.5354 33.0484 Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
 USA 22 Aug 1993 World Championships Stuttgart  GER [f] [27]
4×800 m relay 7:02.43 16.9453 27.2708 Joseph Mutua
William Yiampoy
Ismael Kombich
Wilfred Bungei
 KEN 25 Aug 2006 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
Distance medley relay 9:15.50 [g] 16.1076 25.9226 Kyle Merber
Brycen Spratling
Brandon Johnson
Ben Blankenship
 USA 3 May 2015 World Relays Nassau  BAH [28]
4×1500 m relay 14:22.22 15.5664 25.0516 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
 KEN 25 May 2014 World Relays Nassau  BAH [29]
Road relay
42.195 km
1:57:06.00 [h] 13.4341 21.6200 Josephat Ndambiri
Martin Mathathi
Daniel Muchunu Mwangi
Mekubo Mogusu
Onesmus Nyerre
John Kariuki
 KEN 23 Nov 2005 Chiba Ekiden Chiba  JPN

Women[edit]

Event Perf. W N mph km/h Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
100 m 10.49 0.0 [i] 21.32 34.32 Florence Griffith Joyner  USA 16 Jul 1988 US Olympic Trials Indianapolis  USA P
200 m 21.34 +1.3 20.97 33.74 Florence Griffith Joyner  USA 29 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul  KOR P
400 m 47.60 18.798 30.252 Marita Koch  GDR 6 Oct 1985 World Cup Canberra  AUS P
800 m 1:53.28 15.798 25.424 Jarmila Kratochvílová  TCH 26 Jul 1983 Munich  FRG P
1000 m 2:28.98 15.015 24.164 Svetlana Masterkova  RUS 23 Aug 1996 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL P
1500 m 3:50.07 14.584 23.471 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 17 Jul 2015 Herculis Fontvieille  MON [32] P
Mile 4:12.33 14.267 22.961 Sifan Hassan  NED 12 Jul 2019 Herculis Fontvieille  MON [33] P
2000 m 5:23.75 i 13.819 22.239 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 7 Feb 2017 Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell  ESP [34]
3000 m 8:06.11 13.8051 22.2172 Wang Junxia  CHN 13 Sep 1993 Chinese National Games Beijing  CHN P
5000 m 14:11.15 13.1407 21.1479 Tirunesh Dibaba  ETH 6 Jun 2008 Bislett Games Oslo  NOR P
14:06.62 13.2110 21.2610 Letesenbet Gidey  ETH 7 Oct 2020 Valencia  ESP [10]
5 km (road) 14:44.00 Wo 12.65 20.36 Sifan Hassan  NED 17 Feb 2019 5 km Herculis Monaco  MON [35]
10,000 m 29:17.45 12.728 20.484 Almaz Ayana  ETH 12 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro  BRA [36] P
10 km (road) 30:29.00 Wo 12.230 19.683 Asmae Leghzaoui  MAR 8 Jun 2002 New York City  USA
29:43.00 Mx 12.546 20.191 Joyciline Jepkosgei  KEN 9 Sep 2017 Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague  CZE [37]
One hour (track) 18,930 m 11.763 18.930 Sifan Hassan  NED 4 Sep 2020 Diamond League Brussels  BEL [13] P
Half marathon 1:04:31 Mx 12.192 19.621 Ababel Yeshaneh  ETH 21 Feb 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah  UAE [38] P
1:05:34 Wo 11.996 19.306 Peres Jepchirchir  KEN 5 Sep 2020 Prague Half Marathon Prague  CZE [39]
1:05:16 Wo 12.055 19.400 Peres Jepchirchir  KEN 17 Oct 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia  POL [40]
1:04:28 Mx a 12.201 19.636 Brigid Kosgei  KEN 8 Sep 2019 Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom  GBR [41]
Marathon[a] 2:14:04.00 Mx 11.734 18.884 Brigid Kosgei  KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [42] P
2:17:01.00 Wo 11.481 18.477 Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [43]
100 km (road) 6:33:11.00 Mx 9.4822 15.2601 Tomoe Abe  JPN 25 Jun 2000 Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu  JPN
100 m hurdles 12.20 +0.3 Kendra Harrison  USA 22 Jul 2016 London Grand Prix London  GBR [44] P
400 m hurdles 52.16 Dalilah Muhammad  USA 4 Oct 2019 World Championships Doha  QAT [45] P
3000 m steeplechase 8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech  KEN 20 Jul 2018 Herculis Fontvieille  MON [46] P
High jump 2.09 m Stefka Kostadinova  BUL 30 Aug 1987 World Championships Rome  ITA P
Pole vault 5.06 m Yelena Isinbayeva  RUS 28 Aug 2009 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich   SUI P
Long jump 7.52 m +1.4 Galina Chistyakova  URS 11 Jun 1988 Brothers Znamensky Memorial Leningrad  URS [47] P
Triple jump 15.50 m +0.9 Inessa Kravets  UKR 10 Aug 1995 World Championships Gothenburg  SWE P
Shot put 22.63 m Natalya Lisovskaya  URS 7 Jun 1987 Brothers Znamensky Memorial Moscow  URS P
Discus throw 76.80 m Gabriele Reinsch  GDR 9 Jul 1988 Neubrandenburg  GDR P
Hammer throw 82.98 m Anita Włodarczyk  POL 28 Aug 2016 Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw  POL [48] P
Javelin throw 72.28 m [c] Barbora Špotáková  CZE 13 Sep 2008 World Athletics Final Stuttgart  GER [49] P
Heptathlon 7291 pts [j][c] Jackie Joyner-Kersee  USA 24 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul  KOR [50] P
Decathlon 8358 pts [k] Austra Skujytė  LTU 15 Apr 2005 Columbia  USA P
10,000 m walk (track) 41:56.23 Nadezhda Ryashkina  URS 24 Jul 1990 Goodwill Games Seattle  USA
41:37.90 Gao Hongmiao  CHN 7 Apr 1994 Beijing  CHN
20,000 m walk (track) 1:26:52.30 Olimpiada Ivanova  RUS 6 Sep 2001 Brisbane  AUS [51]
20 km walk (road) 1:24:38 Liu Hong  CHN 6 Jun 2015 Gran Premio Cantones A Coruña  ESP [52] P
1:23:39 [l] Elena Lashmanova  RUS 9 Jun 2018 Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary  RUS [53]
1:24:31 [m] Elena Lashmanova  RUS 18 Feb 2019 Russian Winter Race Walking Championships Sochi  RUS [54]
50,000 m walk (track) 4:29:45.560 [n] Katie Burnett  USA 13 Jul 2019 National Invitational Racewalks San Diego  USA [55]
50 km walk (road) 3:59:15 Liu Hong  CHN 9 Mar 2019 Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix Huangshan  CHN [56][57] P
3:57:08 [o] Klavdiya Afanasyeva  RUS 15 Jun 2019 Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary  RUS [58]
4×100 m relay 40.82 Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
 USA 10 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London  GBR [59] P
4×200 m relay 1:27.46 LaTasha Jenkins
LaTasha Colander-Richardson
Nanceen Perry
Marion Jones
 USA 29 Apr 2000 Penn Relays Philadelphia  USA
4×400 m relay 3:15.17 Tatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina
 URS 1 Oct 1988 Olympic Games Seoul  KOR P
4×800 m relay 7:50.17 Irina Podyalovskaya
Nadezhda Olizarenko
Lyubov Gurina
Lyudmila Borisova
 URS 5 Aug 1984 Moscow  URS
Distance medley relay 10:36.50 [p] Treniere Moser
Sanya Richards-Ross
Ajee' Wilson
Shannon Rowbury
 USA 2 May 2015 World Relays Nassau  BAH [60]
4×1500 m relay 16:33.58 Mercy Cherono
Faith Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Obiri
 KEN 24 May 2014 World Relays Nassau  BAH [61]
16:27.02 Colleen Quigley
Elise Cranny
Karissa Schweizer
Shelby Houlihan
 USA 31 Jul 2020 Bowerman TC Intrasquad Meet IV Portland  USA [62] [1]
Road relay
42.195 km
2:11:41.00 Mx[q] Jiang Bo
Dong Yanmei
Zhao Fengting
Ma Zaijie
Lan Lixin
Li Na
 CHN 28 Feb 1998 Beijing  CHN [63]
2:16:04.00 Wo Genet Gebregiogios
Birhane Adere
Ayelech Worku
Gete Wami
Getenesh Urge
Luchia Yischak
 ETH 13 Apr 1996 Copenhagen  DEN [63]

Mixed[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
4×400 m relay 3:09.34 Wilbert London
Allyson Felix
Courtney Okolo
Michael Cherry
 USA 29 September 2019 World Championships Doha  QAT [64] P

Indoor world records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
50 m 5.55 X[r] Ben Johnson  CAN 31 Jan 1987 Ottawa  CAN [65]
5.56 A Donovan Bailey  CAN 9 Feb 1996 Bill Cosby Invitational Reno  USA
5.56 #[s] Maurice Greene  USA 13 Feb 1999 Los Angeles  USA [66]
60 m 6.34 A Christian Coleman  USA 18 Feb 2018 USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [67] P
200 m 19.92 Frankie Fredericks  NAM 18 Feb 1996 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin  FRA
400 m 44.57 Kerron Clement  USA 12 Mar 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Fayetteville  USA
44.52 #[s] Michael Norman  USA 10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [68]
800 m 1:42.67 Wilson Kipketer  DEN 9 Mar 1997 World Championships Paris  FRA
1000 m 2:14.20 Ayanleh Souleiman  DJI 17 Feb 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm  SWE [69]
1500 m 3:31.04 Samuel Tefera  ETH 16 Feb 2019 Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR [70]
Mile 3:47.01 Yomif Kejelcha  ETH 3 March 2019 Bruce Lehane Invitational Boston  USA [71]
3000 m 7:24.90 Daniel Komen  KEN 6 Feb 1998 Budapest  HUN
5000 m 12:49.60 Kenenisa Bekele  ETH 20 Feb 2004 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR
50 m hurdles 6.25 Mark McKoy  CAN 5 Mar 1986 Kobe  JPN
60 m hurdles 7.30 Colin Jackson  GBR 6 Mar 1994 Sindelfingen  GER
High jump 2.43 m Javier Sotomayor  CUB 4 Mar 1989 World Championships Budapest  HUN P
Pole vault 6.18 m Armand Duplantis  SWE 15 Feb 2020 Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow  GBR [18] P
Long jump 8.79 m Carl Lewis  USA 27 Jan 1984 Millrose Games New York City  USA
Triple jump 17.92 m [t] Teddy Tamgho  FRA 6 Mar 2011 European Championships Paris  FRA [72][73]
Shot put 22.66 m Randy Barnes  USA 20 Jan 1989 Sunkist Invitational Los Angeles  USA
Heptathlon 6645 pts [u] Ashton Eaton  USA 10 Mar 2012 World Championships Istanbul  TUR [74]
5000 m walk 18:07.08 Mikhail Shchennikov  RUS 14 Feb 1995 Russian Winter Meeting Moscow  RUS
4×200 m relay 1:22.11 Linford Christie
Darren Braithwaite
Ade Mafe
John Regis
 GBR 3 Mar 1991 Glasgow  GBR
4×400 m relay 3:01.51 [v] Amere Lattin
Obi Igbokwe
Jermaine Holt
Kahmari Montgomery
 USA 9 Feb 2019 Clemson's Tiger Paw Invitational Clemson  USA [75]
3:00.77 [w] [x] Zach Shinnick
Rai Benjamin
Ricky Morgan Jr.
Michael Norman
 USA
 ATG
 USA
 USA
10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [76]
3:01.39 #[s][y] Ilolo Izu
Robert Grant
Devin Dixon
Mylik Kerley
 USA 10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [68]
3:01.43 [z] [aa] Kunle Fasasi
Grant Holloway
Chantz Sawyers
Benjamin Lobo Vedel
 NGR
 USA
 JAM
 DEN
10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [68]
4×800 m relay 7:11.30 [ab] Joe McAsey
Kyle Merber
Chris Giesting
Jesse Garn
 USA 25 Feb 2018 BU Last Chance Meet Boston  USA [77]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
50 m 5.96 + Irina Privalova  RUS 9 Feb 1995 Madrid  ESP
60 m 6.92 Irina Privalova  RUS 11 Feb 1993 Madrid  ESP
6.92 Irina Privalova  RUS 9 Feb 1995 Madrid  ESP
200 m 21.87 Merlene Ottey  JAM 13 Feb 1993 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin  FRA
400 m 49.59 Jarmila Kratochvílová  TCH 7 Mar 1982 Milan  ITA
800 m 1:55.82 Jolanda Čeplak  SLO 3 Mar 2002 European Championships Vienna  AUT
1000 m 2:30.94 Maria Mutola  MOZ 25 Feb 1999 GE Galan Stockholm  SWE
1500 m 3:55.17 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 1 Feb 2014 Weltklasse in Karlsruhe Karlsruhe  GER [78]
Mile 4:13.31 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 17 Feb 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm  SWE [69]
3000 m 8:16.60 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 6 Feb 2014 XL Galan Stockholm  SWE [79]
5000 m 14:18.86 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 19 Feb 2015 XL Galan Stockholm  SWE [80]
50 m hurdles 6.58 Cornelia Oschkenat  GDR 20 Feb 1988 East Berlin  GDR
60 m hurdles 7.68 Susanna Kallur  SWE 10 Feb 2008 BW-Bank Meeting Karlsruhe  GER
7.68 X[ac] Lyudmila Narozhilenko  RUS 2 Mar 1993 San Sebastián  ESP
7.66 X Lyudmila Narozhilenko  RUS 4 Mar 1993 Seville  ESP
7.63 X Lyudmila Narozhilenko  RUS 4 Mar 1993 Seville  ESP
High jump 2.08 m Kajsa Bergqvist  SWE 4 Feb 2006 Hochsprung mit Musik Arnstadt  GER
Pole vault 5.03 m #[ad] Jenn Suhr  USA 30 Jan 2016 Golden Eagle Multi and Invitational Brockport  USA [81][82] P
5.02 m A Jenn Suhr  USA 2 Mar 2013 USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [83] P
Long jump 7.37 m Heike Drechsler  GDR 13 Feb 1988 Vienna  AUT
Triple jump 15.43 m Yulimar Rojas  VEN 21 Feb 2020 Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting Madrid  ESP [84]
Shot put 22.50 m Helena Fibingerová  TCH 19 Feb 1977 Jablonec  TCH
Pentathlon 5013 pts [ae] Nataliya Dobrynska  UKR 9 Mar 2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul  TUR [85]
3000 m walk 11:40.33 Claudia Iovan  ROU 30 Jan 1999 Bucharest  ROU
11:35.34 #[af] Gillian O'Sullivan  IRL 15 Feb 2003 Belfast  GBR
4×200 m relay 1:32.41 Yekaterina Kondratyeva
Irina Khabarova
Yuliya Pechonkina
Yuliya Gushchina
 RUS 29 Jan 2005 Aviva International Match Glasgow  GBR
4×400 m relay 3:23.37 Olesya Krasnomovets
Olga Zaytseva
Olga Kotlyarova
Yuliya Gushchina
 RUS 28 Jan 2006 Aviva International Match Glasgow  GBR
4 × 800 m relay 8:05.89 Chrishuna Williams
Raevyn Rogers
Charlene Lipsey
Ajeé Wilson
 USA 3 Feb 2018 Millrose Games New York City  USA [86]

Best performances in non-IAAF World Record events[edit]

Events which do not qualify for IAAF-ratified world records are typically referred to as world bests.

While races over imperial measured distances were very common in the first half of the 20th century, only the mile remains common today due to its historical prominence in track and field, as all other imperial measured distance races became increasingly rare, and the IAAF removed these imperial measured events from the world record lists in 1976.

Official record status was removed by World Athletics (IAAF) in November 2019 for several long distance events, including track distances of 20,000 metres, 25,000 metres and 30,000 metres and road distances of 15 km, 20 km, 25 km and 30 km.

Some road racing distances and indoor variations of outdoor events fall outside of IAAF's lists. Records set in uncommon events usually do not adhere to the strict criteria found in IAAF-ratifiable events; one example is the 150 metres record, which was set by Usain Bolt on a specially-made straight track, while previous performances (such as the Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race) were completed on a traditional circuit which included a partial bend in the track.

The 40-yard dash, a standard acceleration evaluation for American Football players, does not fall within the usual criteria of athletics racing events. In most 40-yard dashes, reaction times are not recorded as timing starts only once the player is in motion, and the standards for timing a "football 40" are so lax and inconsistent that a real world record cannot be claimed. Performances are also hand-timed and calculated to 1/100th of a second, although studies show human beings simply cannot react consistently or accurately enough for this to be a valid method, and even those using light beams are timed by the motion of the athlete, still removing the normal factor of reaction time, while football 40-yard dashes are usually run on a turf surface, as opposed to an all weather track.

All these factors make track and "football 40" performances essentially incomparable. The world best time for a "football 40" is 4.17 by Deion Sanders, while the extrapolated best for an Olympic level athlete, including reacting to a starting gun, is 4.24 by Maurice Greene at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics.[87][88] Under conventional football timing on a turf field in 2017, Christian Coleman reportedly ran a 4.12.[89]

Outdoor events[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R P
50 m 5.40 +0.2 +[ag] Bruny Surin  CAN 22 Aug 1999 World Championships Seville  ESP [90]
60 m 6.25 +[ah] [90][91]
6.31 +0.9 +[ai] Usain Bolt  JAM 16 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin  GER [92]
100 y 9.00 h Ivory Crockett  USA 11 May 1974 Knoxville  USA [93]
Houston McTear  USA 9 May 1975 Winter Park  USA [93]
9.07 −0.5 + Asafa Powell  JAM 27 May 2010 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [94]
150 m 14.44 −0.3 + Usain Bolt  JAM 20 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin  GER [95]
150 m straight 14.35 +1.1 Usain Bolt  JAM 17 May 2009 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [96]
200 m straight 19.41 −0.4 Tyson Gay  USA 16 May 2010 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [97][98]
220 y (straight) 19.50 +1.9 h Tommie Smith  USA 7 May 1966 Video on YouTube San Jose  USA [99]
19.54 −0.4 Tyson Gay  USA 16 May 2010 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [100]
300 m 30.81 Wayde van Niekerk  RSA 28 Jun 2017 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [101]
440 y 44.50 John Smith  USA 26 Jun 1971 USA Championships Eugene  USA [102][103][104]
500 m 57.69 [aj] David Rudisha  KEN 10 Sep 2016 Great North CityGames Newcastle  GBR [105]
600 m 1:12.81 Johnny Gray  USA 24 May 1986 Santa Monica  USA
Two miles 7:58.61 Daniel Komen  KEN 19 Jul 1997 Hechtel-Eksel  BEL P
8 km (road) 21:11.00 + Rhonex Kipruto  KEN 12 Jan 2020 10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia  ESP [106]
15 km (road) 41:05.00 Joshua Cheptegei  UGA 18 Nov 2018 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen  NED [107]
41:05.00 + Geoffrey Kamworor  KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen  DEN [108]
10 miles (road) 44:24.00 [ak] Haile Gebrselassie  ETH 4 Sep 2005 Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg  NED
20,000 m (track) 56:25.98 + Haile Gebrselassie  ETH 27 Jun 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [109]
20 km (road) 55:00.00 + Geoffrey Kamworor  KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen  DEN [110]
25,000 m (track) 1:12:25.40 + Moses Mosop  KEN 3 Jun 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene  USA [111]
25 km (road) 1:11:18.00 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN 6 May 2012 BIG 25 Berlin  GER [112][113]
30,000 m (track) 1:26:47.40 Moses Mosop  KEN 3 Jun 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene  USA [111][114]
30 km (road) 1:26:45 + Eliud Kipchoge  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [115]
35 km (road) 1:41:47.00 + Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN 28 Sep 2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [116]
40 km (road) 1:55:32.00 + Eliud Kipchoge  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [117]
50 km (road) 2:43:38.00 + Thompson Magawana  RSA 12 Apr 1988 Cape Town  RSA [118]
90 km (road) 5:20:49.00 Leonid Shvetsov  RUS 2007 Comrades Marathon Durban  RSA
100,000 m (track) 6:10:20.00 Don Ritchie  GBR 28 Oct 1978 London  GBR
24-hour run 303,506 m Yiannis Kouros  AUS 24 Oct 1997 Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour Race Kensington  AUS [119]
2000 m steeplechase 5:10.68 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  FRA 30 Jun 2010 Alma Athlé Tour Reims  FRA [120]
2500 m steeplechase 7:34.4 h George Orton  CAN 15 Jul 1900 Olympic Games Paris  FRA
2590 m steeplechase 7:39.6 h James Lightbody  USA 29 Aug 1904 Olympic Games St. Louis  USA
3460 m steeplechase 10:33.4 h[al] Volmari Iso-Hollo  FIN 1 Aug 1932 Olympic Games Los Angeles  USA
4000 m steeplechase 12:58.4 h John Rimmer  GBR 16 Jul 1900 Olympic Games Paris  FRA
200 m hurdles 22.55 Laurent Ottoz  ITA 31 May 1995 Milan  ITA [121]
200 m hurdles straight 21.90 +1.4 h[am] Don Styron  USA 2 Apr 1960 Baton Rouge  USA [122]
22.10 +2.0 Andy Turner  GBR 15 May 2011 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [123]
22.10 +1.8 Louis Jacobus van Zyl  RSA 9 May 2015 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [124]
220 y hurdles straight 21.90 +1.4 h Don Styron  USA 2 Apr 1960 Baton Rouge  USA [122][125]
300 m hurdles 33.78 Karsten Warholm  NOR 11 Jun 2020 Impossible Games Oslo  NOR [126]
440 y hurdles 48.70 Jim Bolding  USA 25 Jul 1974 Turin  ITA [127]
Standing long jump 12 ft 3 in Byron Jones  USA 23 Feb 2015 NFL scouting combine Indianapolis  USA [128]
Standing triple jump 10.95 m Tydree Lewis  USA 31 Oct 2011
Weight throw 25.41 m Lance Deal  USA 20 Feb 1993 Azusa  USA
Icosathlon 14571 pts Joseph Detmer  USA 25 Sep 2010 World Championships Lynchburg  USA [129]
1500 m walk (track) 5:12.00 + Antanas Grigaliūnas  LTU 12 May 1990 Vilnius  LTU [130]
Mile walk (track) 5:31.08 Tom Bosworth  GBR 9 Jul 2017 London Grand Prix London  GBR [131]
3000 m walk (track) 10:47.11 Giovanni De Benedictis  ITA 19 May 1990 San Giovanni Valdarno  ITA
5000 m walk (track) 18:05.49 Hatem Ghoula  TUN 1 May 1997 Tunis  TUN
5 km walk (road) 18:21 Robert Korzeniowski  POL 15 Sep 1990 Bad Salzdetfurth  GER [132]
10,000 m walk (track) 37:25.21 Eiki Takahashi  JPN 14 Nov 2020 Juntendo University Long Distance meeting Inzai  JPN [133]
10 km walk (road) 37:11.00 Roman Rasskazov  RUS 28 May 2000 Saransk  RUS [134]
30 km walk (road) 2:05:06.00 Nathan Deakes  AUS 27 Aug 2006 Australian Race Walking Championships Hobart  AUS [135]
35 km walk (road) 2:21:31.00 Vladimir Kanaykin  RUS 19 Feb 2006 Russian Winter Race Walking Championships Adler  RUS [136]
50 mile walk (road) 7:44:47.20 [an] Shaul Ladany  ISR 1972 New Jersey  USA [137]
4×110 y relay 38.60 A[ao] Earl McCullouch
Fred Kuller
O.J. Simpson
Lennox Miller (JAM)
17 Jun 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Provo  USA [138]
Swedish relay 1:46.59 [ap] Christopher Williams
Usain Bolt
Davian Clarke
Jermaine Gonzales
 JAM 25 Jul 2006 DN Galan Stockholm  SWE [139]
Sprint medley relay (2-2-4-8) 3:10.76 Carl Lewis
Ferran Tyler
Benny Hollis
Johnny Gray
 USA 6 Apr 1985 Tempe  USA
4 × mile relay 15:49.08 Eamonn Coghlan
Ray Flynn
Frank O'Mara
Marcus O'Sullivan
 IRL 17 Aug 1985 Dublin  IRL [140]
4×110m shuttle hurdles relay 52.94 [aq] Jason Richardson
Aleec Harris
Aries Merritt
David Oliver
 USA 25 Apr 2015 Drake Relays Des Moines  USA [141]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
50 m 5.93 −0.1 + Marion Jones  USA 22 Aug 1999 World Championships Seville  ESP
60 m 6.85 −0.1 + Marion Jones  USA 22 Aug 1999 World Championships Seville  ESP
100 y 9.91 +1.1 + Veronica Campbell-Brown  JAM 31 May 2011 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [142]
150 m 16.10 +1.3 + Florence Griffith Joyner  USA 29 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul  KOR
16.46 −1.5 Merlene Ottey  JAM 27 Sep 1989 Trapani  ITA [143][144]
150 m straight 16.23 -0.7 Shaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH 20 May 2018 Adidas Boost Boston Games Boston  USA [145]
200 m straight 21.76 +0.5 Shaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH 4 Jun 2017 Boost Boston Games Somerville  USA [146]
300 m 34.14 + Marita Koch  GDR 6 Oct 1985 World Cup Canberra  AUS
34.41 Shaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH 20 June 2019 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [147]
500 m 1:05.90 Tatana Kocembova  TCH 2 Aug 1984 Ostrava  TCH
600 m 1:21.77 Caster Semenya  RSA 27 August 2017 ISTAF Berlin Berlin  GER [148]
Two miles 8:58.58 Meseret Defar  ETH 14 Sep 2007 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
5 km (road) 14:32.00 +[ar] Joyciline Jepkosgei  KEN 9 Sep 2017 Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague  CZE [149]
4 miles (road) 19:14.00 Viola Kibiwot  KEN 13 Oct 2013 4 Mile of Groningen Groningen  NED [150]
8 km (road) 24:30.00 + Mary Keitany  KEN 18 Feb 2011 RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [151]
12 km (road) 38:05.00 Brillian Kipkoech  KEN 19 May 2019 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN Cape Town  RSA [152]
15 km (road) 44:20.00 Mx Letesenbet Gidey  ETH 17 Nov 2019 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen  NED [153]
46:59.00 Wo + Lornah Kiplagat  NED 14 Oct 2007 World Road Running Championships Udine  ITA [154]
10 miles (road) 50:05.00 + Mary Keitany  KEN 18 Feb 2011 RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [151]
49:21.00 + a Brigid Kosgei  KEN 8 Sep 2019 Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom  GBR [155]
20,000 m (track) 1:05:26.60 Tegla Loroupe  KEN 3 Sep 2000 Borgholzhausen  GER
20 km (road) 1:01:11.00 Mx + Ababel Yeshaneh  ETH 21 Feb 2020 RAK Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah  UAE [156]
1:02:57.00 Wo + Lornah Kiplagat  NED 14 Oct 2007 World Road Running Championships Udine  ITA [157]
25,000 m (track) 1:27:05.84 Tegla Loroupe  KEN 21 Sep 2002 Mengerskirchen  GER
25 km (road) 1:19:33.00 Mx + Brigid Kosgei  KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [158]
1:19:43.00 + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [159]
30,000 m (track) 1:45:50.00 Tegla Loroupe  KEN 6 Jun 2003 Warstein  GER
30 km (road) 1:35:18.00 Mx + Brigid Kosgei  KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [160]
1:36:05.00 Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [159]
35 km (road) 1:51:14.00 Mx + Brigid Kosgei  KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [161]
1:52:39.00 Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [159]
40 km (road) 2:07:11.00 Mx + Brigid Kosgei  KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [162]
2:09:38.00 + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [159]
50 km (road) 3:07:20.00 Alyson Dixon  GBR 1 Sep 2019 50km World Championships Brasov  ROM [163]
24-hour run (road) 258,339 m Patrycja Bereznowska  POL 2 Jul 2017 IAU 24 Hour World Championship Belfast  GBR [164]
2000 m steeplechase 5:52.80 Gesa Felicitas Krause  GER 1 Sep 2019 ISTAF Berlin  GER [165]
200 m hurdles 24.80 +0.4 h Yadisleidy Pedroso  ITA 6 Apr 2013 Caserta  ITA [166]
25.60 −0.7 h Patricia Girard  FRA 23 Aug 2001 Nantes  FRA [167]
25.79 −0.6 Lauren Wells  AUS 21 Jan 2017 AACT Combined Events Championships Canberra  AUS [168]
200 m hurdles straight 25.05 +1.0 Meghan Beesley  GBR 17 May 2014 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [169]
300 m hurdles 38.16 Zuzana Hejnová  CZE 2 Aug 2013 Grand Prix of Cheb Cheb  CZE [170]
Tetradecathlon 10798 pts Milla Kelo  FIN 8 Sep 2002 Turku  FIN [171]
3000 m walk (track) 11:48.24 Ileana Salvador  ITA 29 Aug 1993 Padua  ITA [172]
5000 m walk (track) 20:01.80 Eleonora Giorgi  ITA 18 May 2014 Italian Clubs League Meet Misterbianco  ITA [173]
5 km walk (road) 19:46 Kjersti Plätzer  NOR 27 Aug 2006 Internationaler Geher-Cup Hildesheim  GER [174]
10 km walk (road) 41:04.00 Yelena Nikolayeva  RUS 20 Apr 1996 Russian Championships Sochi  RUS [175]
30 km walk (road) 2:24:33.00 Paola Pérez  ECU 22 Oct 2017 Hauppauge  USA [176]
35 km walk (road) 2:43:43.00 Eleonora Giorgi  ITA 26 Jan 2020 Italian 35km Race Walking Championships Grosseto  ITA [177]
Sprint medley relay (1–1–2–4) 1:35.20 [as] Destinee Brown
Aaliyah Brown
Kimberlyn Duncan
Raevyn Rogers
 USA 28 Apr 2018 Penn Relays Philadelphia  USA [178]
Swedish relay (1–2–3–4) 2:01.10 [at] Marina Zhirova
Yelena Mizera
Yelena Ruzina
Tatyana Alekseyeva
 Russia 5 June 1993 Portsmouth  GBR
Sprint medley relay (2-2-4-8) 3:34.56 [au] Sherri-Ann Brooks
Rosemarie Whyte
Moya Thompson
Kenia Sinclair
 JAM 1 Apr 2009 Penn Relays Philadelphia  USA
4 × mile relay 18:39.58 Brenda Bushnell
Leann Warren
Kathy Hayes
Claudette Groenendaal
 USA 5 May 1985 Eugene  USA
4×100 m hurdles relay 50.78 [av] Nia Ali
Kristi Castlin
Yvette Lewis
Queen Harrison
 USA 6 Apr 2013 Florida Relays Gainesville  USA [179]

Indoor events[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
30 m 3.81 Churandy Martina  NED 14 Nov 2008 Domino Day Amsterdam  NED [180]
40 y 4.12 [aw] Christian Coleman  USA 2 May 2017 Trial Knoxville  USA
50 y 5.22 Stanley Floyd  USA 22 Jan 1982 Los Angeles  USA
5.15 X[r] Ben Johnson  CAN 29 Jan 1988 Toronto  CAN
5.00 h Kirk Clayton  USA 10 Jan 1970 Calgary  CAN
Herb Washington  USA 2 Feb 1972 Toronto  CAN [182]
Mel Pender  USA 4 Mar 1972 Orlando  USA
18 Mar 1972 Hamilton  CAN
Herb Washington  USA 4 Feb 1973 Toronto  CAN
Manfred Ommer  FRG 14 Mar 1975 Leverkusen  FRG
60 y 5.80 h Herb Washington  USA 12 Feb 1972 East Lansing  USA [182]
hA Mel Pender  USA 25 May 1973 Salt Lake City  USA
55 m 5.99 A Obadele Thompson  BAR 22 Feb 1997 Colorado Springs  USA [66]
70 y 6.80 h Mel Pender  USA 27 Feb 1965 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA
Craig Wallace  USA 27 Feb 1965 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA
Larry Highbaugh  USA 14 Feb 1970 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA
Jim Green  USA 14 Feb 1970 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA
Mel Pender  USA 13 Feb 1971 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA
Jean‐Louis Ravelomanantsoa  MAD 1 Jun 1973 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA
Warren Edmondson  USA 1 Jun 1973 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA
Harrington Jackson  USA 1 Jun 1973 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA
100 m 9.98 Usain Bolt  JAM 23 Aug 2014 Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw  POL [183][184][185]
150 m 14.99 Donovan Bailey  CAN 1 Jun 1997 Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race Toronto  CAN [186]
300 y 29.27 Terron Wright  USA 7 Feb 1981 Bloomington  USA
300 m 31.87 Noah Lyles  USA 4 Mar 2017 USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [187]
500 y 53.90 hA Larry James  USA 25 May 1973 ITA meet Salt Lake City  USA [188]
500 m 59.83 [ax] Abdalelah Haroun  QAT 17 Feb 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm  SWE [189]
600 y 1:06.93 Moitalel Mpoke  KEN 15 Feb 2020 Lubbock  USA [190]
600 m 1:13.77 Donavan Brazier  USA 24 Feb 2019 USA Indoor Championships Staten Island  USA [191]
1000 y 2:04.39 Johnny Gray  USA 23 Feb 1986 San Diego  USA
2000 m 4:49.99 Kenenisa Bekele  ETH 17 Feb 2007 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR
Two miles 8:03.40 Mo Farah  GBR 21 Feb 2015 Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR [192]
10,000 m 27:50.29 Mark Bett  KEN 10 Feb 2002 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL [193]
Marathon 2:19:01 Malcolm Richards  USA 17 Mar 2018 The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City  USA [194]
2000 m steeplechase 5:13.77 Paul Kipsiele Koech  KEN 13 Feb 2011 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL [195][196]
3000 m steeplechase 8:17.46 Aleksandr Zagoruyko  URS 21 Feb 1982 Moscow  URS [193]
50 y hurdles 5.88 Greg Foster  USA 17 Jan 1986 Los Angeles  USA
60 y hurdles 6.82 Renaldo Nehemiah  USA 30 Jan 1982 Dallas  USA
55 m hurdles 6.89 [ay] Renaldo Nehemiah  USA 20 Jan 1979 New York City  USA
110 m hurdles 13.34 Allen Johnson  USA 14 Feb 1995 Moscow  RUS [193]
300 m hurdles 34.92 OT Llewellyn Herbert  RSA 9 Feb 1999 Pirkkahall Tampere  FIN [197][198]
Karsten Warholm  NOR 11 Feb 2017 Norden Kampen Tampere  FIN [199]
400 m hurdles 48.78 Felix Sanchez  DOM 18 Feb 2012 Meeting National Val-de-Reuil Val-de-Reuil  FRA [200][201]
Discus throw 69.51 m Gerd Kanter  EST 22 Mar 2009 World Record Indoor Challenge Växjö  SWE [202]
Weight throw 25.86 m Lance Deal  USA 4 Mar 1995 Atlanta  USA [193]
Javelin throw 85.78 m Matti Närhi  FIN 3 Mar 1996 Kajaani  FIN [203]
3000 m walk 10:30.28 Tom Bosworth  GBR 25 Feb 2018 Glasgow Grand Prix Glasgow  GBR [204]
Two miles walk 11:54.50 Valdas Kazlauskas  URS 24 Feb 1990 Kaunas  URS [193]
10,000 m walk 38:23.73 Wang Zhen  CHN 8 Feb 2015 Genoa  ITA
15,000 m walk 1:00:03.90 Valdas Kazlauskas  URS 24 Jan 1987 Kaunas  URS [193]
20,000 m walk 1:20:40.00 OT Ronald Weigel  GDR 27 Jan 1980 Senftenberg  GDR
Sprint medley relay 3:15.10 [az] Mark Everett
James Trapp
Kevin Little
Butch Reynolds
 USA 14 Mar 1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto  CAN [205]
Distance medley relay 9:19.93 [ba] Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.
Michael Berry
Erik Sowinski
Patrick Casey
 USA 31 Jan 2015 Armory Track Invitational New York City  USA [206]
4 × mile relay 16:03.68 [bb] David Ribich (4:08.2)
Henry Wynne (4:01.4)
Brannon Kidder (3:56.8)
Izaic Yorks (3:57.2)
 USA 26 Jan 2019 Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge New York City  USA [207]
4×60y shuttle hurdles relay 27.6 A[bc] T.G. Parker
Joe Kahiapo
Ahart Powers
Dick McIntosh
 USA 21 Feb 1975 Colorado Springs  USA [208]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
50 y 5.74 [bd] Evelyn Ashford  USA 18 Feb 1983 San Diego  USA [209]
60 y 6.54 Evelyn Ashford  USA 7 Feb 1982 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships New York City  USA
Jeanette Bolden  USA 21 Feb 1986 Los Angeles  USA
55 m 6.56 Gwen Torrence  USA 14 Mar 1987 NCAA Oklahoma City  USA [210]
100 y 10.15 Heike Drechsler  GDR 8 Feb 1987 Senftenberg  GDR [211]
100 m 11.15 Marita Koch  GDR 12 Jan 1980 East Berlin  GDR
300 y 32.63 Merlene Ottey  JAM 13 Mar 1982 Cedar Falls  USA
300 m 35.45 Irina Privalova  RUS 17 Jan 1993 Moscow  RUS
Shaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH 3 Feb 2018 Millrose Games New York City  USA [86]
500 y 1:00.61 A Jearl Miles-Clark  USA 19 Feb 2000 Pocatello  USA
500 m 1:06.31 Olesya Krasnomovets  RUS 7 Jan 2006 Yekaterinburg  RUS
600 y 1:17.38 Delisa Walton  USA 13 Mar 1982 Cedar Falls  USA
600 m 1:23.44 Olga Kotlyarova  RUS 1 Feb 2004 Russian Winter Meeting Moscow  RUS
1000 y 2:23.5 Joetta Clark  USA 9 Mar 1986 Gainesville  USA
2000 m 5:23.75 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 7 Feb 2017 Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell  ESP [34]
Two miles 9:00.48 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 15 Feb 2014 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR [212]
10,000 m 32:44.97 Olga Michurina  RUS 23 Dec 1995 Saint Petersburg  RUS
Marathon 2:40:55 Lindsey Scherf  USA 17 Mar 2018 The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City  USA [194]
55 m hurdles 7.30
A, [be] Tiffany Lott-Hogan  USA 22 Feb 1997 Colorado Springs  USA
100 m hurdles 12.64 Ludmila Engquist  SWE 10 Feb 1997 Tampere  FIN
300 m hurdles 40.09 OT Stine Tomb  NOR 5 Feb 2011 Finland-Sweden-Norway Indoor Match Tampere  FIN [213][214]
400 m hurdles 56.41 Sheena Tosta  USA 12 Feb 2011 Meeting National Val-de-Reuil  FRA [215][216][217]
2000 m steeplechase 5:47.79 Maruša Mišmaš  SLO 19 Feb 2020 Meeting Hauts de France Pas de Calais Liévin  FRA [218]
3000 m steeplechase 9:07.00 Tatyana Petrova  RUS 17 Feb 2006 Moscow  RUS
9:54.20 [bf] Marcela Lustigova  CZE 11 Feb 2010 Botnia Games Korsholm  FIN [219][220]
Discus throw 64.03 m Mx Shanice Craft  GER 14 Feb 2020 ISTAF Indoor Berlin  GER [221]
Weight throw 25.60 m A Gwen Berry  USA 4 Mar 2017 USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [187]
Javelin throw 57.75 m [bg] Anna Wessman  SWE 10 Mar 2012 World Indoor Throwing Växjö  SWE [222]
61.29 m [bh] Taina Uppa  FIN 28 Feb 1999 Korsholm  FIN [223]
Mile walk 6:16.72 Sada Eidikytė  URS 24 Feb 1990 Kaunas  URS [224]
Two miles walk 13:11.88 Ileana Salvador  ITA 14 Feb 1990 Genoa  ITA [224]
5000 m walk 20:10.30 Vera Sokolova  RUS 30 Dec 2010 Mordovian Indoor Championships Saransk  RUS [225]
10,000 m walk 43:54.63 Yelena Ginko  BLR 22 Feb 2008 Belarusian Championships Mogilev  BLR
4×100 m relay 44.39 Anne-Kathrin Elbe
Anne Möllinger
Cathleen Tschirch
Marion Wagner
 GER 31 Jan 2010 BW-Bank Meeting Karlsruhe  GER [226]
Sprint medley relay 3:45.90 [bi] Joetta Clark-Diggs
Wendy Vereen
Kim Batten
Jearl Miles Clark
 USA 14 Mar 1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto  CAN [227]
Distance medley relay 10:40.31 [bj] Emma Coburn
Sydney McLaughlin
Brenda Martinez
Jenny Simpson
 USA 28 Jan 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Boston  USA [228]

Notes[edit]

Javelin specifications[edit]

The men's javelin specification was changed with effect from 1986, and the women's from 2000. The purpose was to reduce the number of illegal flat landings, but a side-effect was to reduce the distance travelled. The prior world records in individual men's and women's javelin were invalidated, but the prior records in decathlon and heptathlon were not.[229]

The old specification records for men's and women's javelin were as follows:

Event Record Athlete Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. Ref(s)
Men's 104.80 m Uwe Hohn  GDR 20 Jul 1984 East Berlin  GDR
Women's 80.00 m Petra Felke  GDR 9 Sep 1988 Potsdam  GDR

The current decathlon world record was set with the current javelin specification. The best performance in heptathlon using the new specification javelin is:

Performance Athlete Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. Ref(s)
7032 Carolina Klüft  SWE 26 Aug 2007 World Championships Osaka  JPN [230]
13.15 (+0.1 m/s) (100 m hurdles), 1.95 m (high jump), 14.81 m (shot put), 23.38 (+0.3 m/s) (200 m) /
6.85 m (+1.0 m/s) (long jump), 47.98 m[bk] (javelin), 2:12.56 (800 m)

Other Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Up until 2004, the fastest time in the marathon was officially known as "world's best time" rather than "world record time", owing to the non-uniform nature of marathon courses. This older terminology is still sometimes encountered.
  2. ^ Non-ratifiable as the athlete was the sole competitor, ran behind a car, received drinks from a bike, and was paced by rotating pacemakers
  3. ^ a b c See javelin specifications below.
  4. ^ 100m: 10.55 (+0.3m/s), LJ: 7.80m (+1.2m/s), SP: 16.00m, HJ: 2.05m, 400m: 48.42, 110mH: 13.75 (−1.1m/s), DT: 50.54m, PV: 5.45m, JT: 71.90m, 1500m: 4:36.11
  5. ^ Actually 1:17:25.5 but ratified as 1:17:25.6.
  6. ^ A time of 2:54.20 set by the United States at Uniondale on 22 July 1998 was rescinded by the IAAF on 12 August 2008 after relay team member Antonio Pettigrew admitted to using human growth hormone and EPO between 1997 and 2003.
  7. ^ Leg 1 (1200m) Kyle Merber 2:53.56
    Leg 2 (400m) Brycen Spratling 45.95
    Leg 3 (800 m) Brandon Johnson 1:44.75
    Leg 4 (1600 m) Ben Blankenship 3:51.24
  8. ^ Leg 1 (5km) Josephat Ndambiri 13:24
    Leg 2 (10km) Martin Mathathi 27:12
    Leg 3 (5km) Daniel Muchunu Mwangi 13:59
    Leg 4 (10km) Mekubo Mogusu 27:56
    Leg 5 (5km) Onesmus Nyerre 14:36
    Leg 6 (7.195km) John Kariuki 19:59
  9. ^ It is widely believed that the anemometer was faulty for the race in which Florence Griffith Joyner set the official world record for the women's 100 m of 10.49 s.[30] A 1995 report commissioned by the IAAF estimated the true wind speed was between +5.0 m/s and +7.0 m/s, rather than the 0.0 recorded.[30] If this time, recorded in the quarter-final of the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials, were excluded, the world record would be 10.61 s, recorded the next day at the same venue by the same athlete in the final.[30][31]
  10. ^ 100mH: 12.69 (+0.8m/s), HJ: 1.86m, SP: 15.80m, 200m: 22.56 (+1.6m/s), LJ: 7.27m(+0.7m/s), JT: 45.66m, 800m: 2:08.51
  11. ^ 100m: 12.49, LJ: 6.12m, SP: 16.42m, HJ: 1.78m, 400m: 57.19, 100mH: 14.22, DT: 46.19m, PV: 3.10m, JT: 48.78m, 1500m: 5:15.86
  12. ^ Not ratified by World Athletics due to lack of international judges.
  13. ^ Not ratified by World Athletics due to lack of international judges.
  14. ^ A minimum standard of 4:20:00 has been recommended for the first record. The record will be vacant until such a performance is achieved.
  15. ^ Not ratified by World Athletics due to lack of international judges.
  16. ^ Leg 1 (1200m) Treniere Moser 3:18.38
    Leg 2 (400m) Sanya Richards-Ross 50.12
    Leg 3 (800m) Ajee' Wilson 2:00.08
    Leg 4 (1600m) Shannon Rowbury 4:27.92
  17. ^ Leg1 (5km) Jiang Bo 15:42
    Leg 2 (10km) Dong Yanmei 31:36
    Leg 3 (5km) Zhao Fengting 15:16
    Leg 4 (10km) Ma Zaijie 31:01
    Leg 5 (5km) Lan Lixin 15:50
    Leg 6 (7.195km) Li Na 22:16
  18. ^ a b This time was rescinded after Johnson admitted using steroids between 1981 and 1988.
  19. ^ a b c Insufficient or no doping control.
  20. ^ 2nd and 4th jumps in series.
  21. ^ 60m: 6.79, LJ: 8.16m, SP: 14.56m, HJ: 2.03m, 60mH: 7.68, PV: 5.20m, 1000m: 2:32.77
  22. ^ University of Houston team:
    Leg 1 Amere Lattin (46.33)
    Leg 2 Obi Igbowke (44.93)
    Leg 3 Jermaine Holt (45.80)
    Leg 4 Kahmari Montgomery (44.45)
  23. ^ University of Southern California team:
    Leg 1 Zach Shinnick (46.24)
    Leg 2 Rai Benjamin (44.35)
    Leg 3 Ricky Morgan Jr. (45.67)
    Leg 4 Michael Norman (44.52)
  24. ^ Time rejected as a record as Benjamin was representing Antigua & Barbuda internationally at the time (silver medal at the 2015 CARIFTA Games), while Norman had represented the United States internationally (2 gold medals at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships)
  25. ^ Texas A&M University team:
    Leg 1 Ilolo Izu (46.57)
    Leg 2 Robert Grant (44.83)
    Leg 3 Devin Dixon (45.48)
    Leg 4 Mylik Kerley (44.51)
  26. ^ Time rejected as a record as the team members are not of the same nationality
  27. ^ University of Florida team
  28. ^ Hoka One One New Jersey*New York Track Club team:
    Leg 1 Joe McAsey (1:48.78)
    Leg 2 Kyle Merber (1:47.84)
    Leg 3 Chris Giesting (1:47.35)
    Leg 4 Jesse Garn (1:47.14)
  29. ^ Athlete failed a doping test.
  30. ^ Insufficient or no doping control.
  31. ^ 60mH: 8.38, HJ: 1.84m, SP: 16.51m, LJ: 6.57m, 800m: 2:11.15
  32. ^ No international judges.
  33. ^ Calculated.
  34. ^ Calculated./ 6.38 by other sources
  35. ^ Calculated.
  36. ^ Road race.
  37. ^ The Association of Road Racing Statisticians regard Gebrselassie's time to be 44:23 based on initially reported stopped times of 44:22.8, 44:23.0 and 44:23.1. The race organisers do not confirm these times and officially regard the time to be 44:24
  38. ^ The race was intended to be a 3000 metres steeplechase, but due to an error in lap counting the runners ran an extra lap in the final.
  39. ^ actual race distance was 220 yards
  40. ^ 7:23:50 by other sources
  41. ^ Team University of Southern California
  42. ^ Team Puma Reggae
    Leg 1 (100m) Christopher Williams
    Leg 2 (200m) Usain Bolt
    Leg 3 (300m) Davian Clarke
    Leg 4: (400m) Jermaine Gonzales
  43. ^ Team USA Blue
  44. ^ To be superseded by new world record on 1 January 2019[63]
  45. ^ Leg 1 (100m) Destinee Brown
    Leg 2 (100m) Aaliyah Brown
    Leg 3 (200m) Kimberlyn Duncan
    Leg 4 (400m) Raevyn Rogers 50.48
  46. ^ Leg 1 (100m) Marina Zhirova
    Leg 2 (200m) Yelena Mizera
    Leg 3 (300m) Yelena Ruzina
    Leg 4 (400m) Tatyana Alekseyeva
  47. ^ Leg 1 (200m) Sherri-Ann Brooks
    Leg 2 (200m) Rosemarie Whyte
    Leg 3 (400m) Moya Thompson 51.7
    Leg 4 (800m)Kenia Sinclair 1:57.43
  48. ^ Team BoogieFast TC:
    Leg 1 Nia Ali 12.73
    Leg 2 Kristi Castlin 12.56
    Leg 3 Yvette Lewis 12.76
    Leg 4 Queen Harrison 12.61
  49. ^ This performance was in a test comparable to ones commonly used in American football. Coleman's hands are clearly off the ground at a time of 0.04 and so if conducted under "athletics" rules it would have been a false start[181]
  50. ^ Roddie Haley ran 59.82 at Oklahoma City on 15 Mar 1986 but the track was subsequently found to have been measured incorrectly
  51. ^ Originally reported as 6.88 and subsequently corrected to 6.89
  52. ^ Leg 1 Mark Everett 1:48.4
    Leg 2 James Trapp 20.20
    Leg 3 Kevin Little 20.7
    Leg 4 Butch Reynolds 45.8
  53. ^ Leg 1 Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. 2:49.47
    Leg 2 Michael Berry 46.40
    Leg 3 Erik Sowinski 1:47.60
    Leg 4 Patrick Casey 3:56.48
  54. ^ Team Brooks
  55. ^ US Air Force
  56. ^ Angela Issajenko equalled the time of 5.74 on 29 Jan 1988 in Toronto but the mark was rescinded following her subsequent admission of long-term drug use
  57. ^ Mark was set during pentathlon competition.
  58. ^ This is the fastest indoor steeplechase with a water-jump.
  59. ^ Cite error: The named reference JavelinCurrent was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  60. ^ Cite error: The named reference JavelinOld was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  61. ^ Leg 1 (800m) Joetta Clark-Diggs 2:08.7
    Leg 2 (200m) Wendy Vereen 22.6
    Leg 3 (200m) Kim Batten 23.3
    Leg 4 (400m) Jearl Miles Clark 51.3
  62. ^ Leg 1 (1200m) Emma Coburn 3:18.40
    Leg 2 (400m) Sydney McLaughlin 52.32
    Leg 3 (800m) Brenda Martinez 2:01.92
    Leg 4 (1600m) Jenny Simpson 4:27.66
  63. ^ This is 2.32 m farther than the distance thrown by Jackie Joyner-Kersee during her world record-setting heptathlon performance of 23–24 September 1988, despite Klüft using the new specification javelin.

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