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 of a world record are defined by World Athletics in Part III of the Competition Rules.[1] These criteria 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,[2] with the sole exception of the mixed-sex 4 × 400 m relay, introduced by World Athletics in 2017.[3]
  • 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. As an exception, according to rule 36.2, specific event organizers may choose to ignores wind velocity readings exclusively for their specific event records (e.g. a performance in a 100 m race at a meeting with a wind reading of +2.4 m/s may be considered that specific meeting record, but will not be considered as a world record).[1]
  • 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.[4] Some commentators have complained that neither athlete ever posted as high a mark as they were capable of.[5] In most other disciplines, 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,[6] 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 [7]
200 m
19.19
−0.3
23.31 37.52 Usain Bolt  JAM
20 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin  GER [7]
400 m
43.03
20.79 33.47 Wayde van Niekerk  RSA
14 Aug 2016
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro  BRA [8]
800 m
1:40.91
17.734 28.540 David Rudisha  KEN
9 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London  GBR [9]
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 [10]
5 km (road)
12:51.00
14.51 23.35 Joshua Cheptegei  UGA
16 Feb 2020
Monaco Run 5 km Monaco  MON [11]
10,000 m
26:11.00
14.2389 22.9153 Joshua Cheptegei  UGA
7 Oct 2020
Valencia  ESP [12]
10 km (road)
26:24.00
14.12 22.73 Rhonex Kipruto  KEN
12 Jan 2020
10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia  ESP [13]
Half marathon
57:32.00
13.671 22.002 Kibiwott Kandie  KEN
6 Dec 2020
Valencia Marathon Valencia  ESP [14]
57:31.00
Jacob Kiplimo  UGA 21 Nov 2021 EDP Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon  POR [15]
One hour (track)
21,330 m
13.254 21.330 Mo Farah  GBR
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels  BEL [16]
Marathon[a]
2:01:39
12.932 20.811 Eliud Kipchoge  KEN
16 Sep 2018
Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [17]
1:59:40.2
[b] 13.136 21.156 Eliud Kipchoge  KEN
12 Oct 2019
Ineos 1:59 Challenge Vienna  AUT [18]
100 km (road)
6:09:14.00
10.0972 16.2499 Nao Kazami  JPN
24 Jun 2018
Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu  JPN [19]
110 m hurdles
12.80
+0.3
19.22 30.94 Aries Merritt  USA
7 Sep 2012
Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL [20]
400 m hurdles
45.94
19.477 31.345 Karsten Warholm  NOR
3 Aug 2021
Olympic Games Tokyo  JPN [21]
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 [22] 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 [23]
Shot put
23.37 m
Ryan Crouser  USA
18 June 2021
United States Olympic Trials Eugene  USA [24]
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  FRG
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 [25]
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 [26]
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 [27]
50 km walk (road)
3:32:33.00
8.7703 14.1143 Yohann Diniz  FRA
15 Aug 2014
European Championships Zürich   SUI [28]
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 [29]
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 [30]
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] [31]
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 [32]
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 [33]
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 [36] P
Mile
4:12.33
14.267 22.961 Sifan Hassan  NED
12 Jul 2019
Herculis Fontvieille  MON [37] P
2000 m
5:21.56
13.913 22.391 Francine Niyonsaba  BDI
14 Sep 2021
Hanžeković Memorial Zagreb  CRO [38]
3000 m
8:06.11
13.8051 22.2172 Wang Junxia  CHN
13 Sep 1993
Chinese National Games Beijing  CHN P
5000 m
14:06.62
13.2110 21.2610 Letesenbet Gidey  ETH
7 Oct 2020
Valencia  ESP [12]
5 km (road)
14:44.00
Wo 12.65 20.36 Sifan Hassan  NED
17 Feb 2019
5 km Herculis Monaco  MON [39]
14:29.00
Wo Senbere Teferi  ETH
12 Sep 2021
5 km Adizero Road to Records Herzogenaurach  GER [40]
14:43.00
Mx 12.67 20.39 Beatrice Chepkoech  KEN
14 Feb 2021
5 km Herculis Monaco  MON [41]
14:39.00
Mx Dawit Seyaum  ETH
6 Nov 2021
Urban Trail Lille event Lille  FRA [42]
14:41.00
Mx[j][k] Beth Potter  GBR
3 Apr 2021
Podium 5k Sub-15.30 Barrowford  GBR [43][44]
10,000 m
29:01.03
12.848 20.677 Letesenbet Gidey  ETH
8 Jun 2021
Ethiopian Olympic Trials Hengelo  NED [45] 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 [46]
29:38.00
Mx Kalkidan Gezahegne  BHN
3 Oct 2021
The Giants Geneva Geneva   SWI [47]
30:01.00
Wo Agnes Tirop  KEN
12 Sep 2021
Adizero Road to Records Herzogenaurach  GER [48]
One hour (track)
18,930 m
11.763 18.930 Sifan Hassan  NED
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels  BEL [16] P
Half marathon
1:04:02
Mx 12.28 19.77 Ruth Chepng'etich  KEN
4 Apr 2021
Istanbul Half Marathon Istanbul  TUR [49] P
1:02:52
Mx 12.512 20.135 Letesenbet Gidey  ETH
24 Oct 2021
Valencia Half Marathon Valencia  ESP [50][51]
1:05:16
Wo 12.055 19.400 Peres Jepchirchir  KEN
17 Oct 2020
World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia  POL [52]
1:03:44
Mx a Yalemzerf Yehualaw  ETH
29 Aug 2021
Antrim Coast Half Marathon Antrim Coast  IRL [53] [54]
Marathon[a]
2:14:04.00
Mx 11.734 18.884 Brigid Kosgei  KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [55] P
2:17:01.00
Wo 11.481 18.477 Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [56]
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 [57] P
400 m hurdles
51.46
Sydney McLaughlin  USA
4 Aug 2021
Olympic Games Tokyo  JPN [58] P
3000 m steeplechase
8:44.32
Beatrice Chepkoech  KEN
20 Jul 2018
Herculis Fontvieille  MON [59] 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 [60] P
Triple jump
15.67 m
+0.7
Yulimar Rojas  VEN
1 Aug 2021
Olympic Games Tokyo  JPN 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 [61] P
Javelin throw
72.28 m
[c] Barbora Špotáková  CZE
13 Sep 2008
World Athletics Final Stuttgart  GER [62] P
Heptathlon
7291 pts
[l][c] Jackie Joyner-Kersee  USA
24 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul  KOR [63] P
Decathlon
8358 pts
[verification needed][m] Austra Skujytė  LTU
15 Apr 2005
Audrey Walton Combined Events Columbia  USA [64] 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 [65]
20 km walk (road)
1:23:49
Yang Jiayu  CHN
20 Mar 2021
Chinese Race Walking Championships Huangshan  CHN [66] P
1:23:39
[j] Elena Lashmanova  RUS
9 Jun 2018
Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary  RUS [67]
50,000 m walk (track)
4:29:45.560
[n] Katie Burnett  USA
13 Jul 2019
National Invitational Racewalks San Diego  USA [68]
50 km walk (road)
3:59:15
Liu Hong  CHN
9 Mar 2019
Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix Huangshan  CHN [69][70] P
3:57:08
[j] Klavdiya Afanasyeva  RUS
15 Jun 2019
Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary  RUS [71]
4×100 m relay
40.82
Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
 USA
10 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London  GBR [72] 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
[o] Treniere Moser
Sanya Richards-Ross
Ajee' Wilson
Shannon Rowbury
 USA
2 May 2015
World Relays Nassau  BAH [73]
4×1500 m relay
16:27.02
Colleen Quigley
Elise Cranny
Karissa Schweizer
Shelby Houlihan
 USA
31 Jul 2020
Bowerman TC Intrasquad Meet IV Portland  USA [74] [1]
Road relay
42.195 km
2:11:41.00
Mx[p] Jiang Bo
Dong Yanmei
Zhao Fengting
Ma Zaijie
Lan Lixin
Li Na
 CHN
28 Feb 1998
Beijing  CHN [75]
2:16:04.00
Wo Genet Gebregiogios
Birhane Adere
Ayelech Worku
Gete Wami
Getenesh Urge
Luchia Yischak
 ETH
13 Apr 1996
Copenhagen  DEN [75]

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 [76] 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[q] Ben Johnson  CAN
31 Jan 1987
Ottawa  CAN [77]
5.56
A Donovan Bailey  CAN
9 Feb 1996
Bill Cosby Invitational Reno  USA
5.56
#[r] Maurice Greene  USA
13 Feb 1999
Los Angeles  USA [78]
60 m
6.34
A Christian Coleman  USA
18 Feb 2018
USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [79] 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
#[r] Michael Norman  USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [80]
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 [81]
1500 m
3:31.04
Samuel Tefera  ETH
16 Feb 2019
Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR [82]
Mile
3:47.01
Yomif Kejelcha  ETH
3 March 2019
Bruce Lehane Invitational Boston  USA [83]
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
7.29
Grant Holloway  USA
24 Feb 2021
World Athletics Indoor Tour Madrid  ESP [84] P
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 [22] P
Long jump
8.79 m
Carl Lewis  USA
27 Jan 1984
Millrose Games New York City  USA
Triple jump
18.07 m
Hugues Fabrice Zango  BUR
16 Jan 2021
Aubière  FRA [85]
Shot put
22.82 m
Ryan Crouser  USA
24 Jan 2021
American Track League Fayetteville  USA [86]
Heptathlon
6645 pts
[s] Ashton Eaton  USA
10 Mar 2012
World Championships Istanbul  TUR [87]
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
[t] Amere Lattin
Obi Igbokwe
Jermaine Holt
Kahmari Montgomery
 USA
9 Feb 2019
Clemson's Tiger Paw Invitational Clemson  USA [88]
3:00.77
[u] [v] Zach Shinnick
Rai Benjamin
Ricky Morgan Jr.
Michael Norman
 USA
 ATG
 USA
 USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [89]
3:01.39
#[r][w] Ilolo Izu
Robert Grant
Devin Dixon
Mylik Kerley
 USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [80]
3:01.43
[x] [y] Kunle Fasasi
Grant Holloway
Chantz Sawyers
Benjamin Lobo Vedel
 NGR
 USA
 JAM
 DEN
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [80]
4 × 800 m relay
7:11.30
[z] Joe McAsey
Kyle Merber
Chris Giesting
Jesse Garn
 USA
25 Feb 2018
BU Last Chance Meet Boston  USA [90]

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
3:53.09
Gudaf Tsegay  ETH
9 Feb 2021
Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Liévin  FRA [91]
Mile
4:13.31
Genzebe Dibaba  ETH
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm  SWE [81]
3000 m
8:16.60
Genzebe Dibaba  ETH
6 Feb 2014
XL Galan Stockholm  SWE [92]
5000 m
14:18.86
Genzebe Dibaba  ETH
19 Feb 2015
XL Galan Stockholm  SWE [93]
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 P
7.68
X[aa] 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
#[ab] Jenn Suhr  USA
30 Jan 2016
Golden Eagle Multi and Invitational Brockport  USA [94][95] P
5.02 m
A Jenn Suhr  USA
2 Mar 2013
USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [96] 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 [97]
Shot put
22.50 m
Helena Fibingerová  TCH
19 Feb 1977
Jablonec  TCH
Pentathlon
5013 pts
[ac] Nataliya Dobrynska  UKR
9 Mar 2012
World Indoor Championships Istanbul  TUR [98]
3000 m walk
11:40.33
Claudia Iovan  ROU
30 Jan 1999
Bucharest  ROU
11:35.34
#[ad] 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 [99]

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

Events which do not qualify for World Athletics-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: all other imperial measured distance races became increasingly rare, and the IAAF deleted these events from the world record books in 1976.

In November 2019, World Athletics (WA; formerly IAAF) also deleted several long-distance events (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) from the world record books.

Some road racing distances and indoor variations of outdoor events fall outside of WA's lists, and records set in uncommon events usually do not adhere to the strict criteria found in WA-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 have shown 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, removing the normal factor of reaction time; further, football 40-yard dashes are usually run on a turf surface as opposed to an all weather track. All of these factors make track and "football 40" performances essentially impossible to compare.

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.[100][101] Under conventional football timing on a turf field in 2017, Christian Coleman reportedly ran a 4.12.[102]

Outdoor events[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
50 m
5.40
+0.2
+[ae] Bruny Surin  CAN
22 Aug 1999
World Championships Seville  ESP [103]
60 m
6.25
+[af] [103][104]
6.31
+0.9
+[ag] Usain Bolt  JAM
16 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin  GER [105]
100 y
9.00
h Ivory Crockett  USA
11 May 1974
Knoxville  USA [106]
Houston McTear  USA
9 May 1975
Winter Park  USA [106]
9.07
−0.5
+ Asafa Powell  JAM
27 May 2010
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [107]
150 m
14.44
−0.3
+ Usain Bolt  JAM
20 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin  GER [108]
150 m straight
14.35
+1.1
Usain Bolt  JAM
17 May 2009
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [109]
200 m straight
19.41
−0.4
Tyson Gay  USA
16 May 2010
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [110][111]
220 y (straight)
19.50
+1.9
h Tommie Smith  USA
7 May 1966
Video on YouTube San Jose  USA [112]
19.54
−0.4
Tyson Gay  USA
16 May 2010
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [113]
300 m
30.81
Wayde van Niekerk  RSA
28 Jun 2017
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [114]
440 y
44.50
John Smith  USA
26 Jun 1971
USA Championships Eugene  USA [115][116][117]
500 m
57.69
[ah] David Rudisha  KEN
10 Sep 2016
Great North CityGames Newcastle  GBR [118]
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 [119]
15 km (road)
40:27.00
+ Jacob Kiplimo  UGA
21 Nov 2021
EDP Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon  POR [120]
10 miles (road)
44:24.00
[ai] Haile Gebrselassie  ETH
4 Sep 2005
Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg  NED
20,000 m (track)
56:20.02
+ Bashir Abdi  BEL
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels  BEL [16]
20 km (road)
55:00.00
+ Geoffrey Kamworor  KEN
15 Sep 2019
Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen  DEN [121]
25,000 m (track)
1:12:25.40
+ Moses Mosop  KEN
3 Jun 2011
Prefontaine Classic Eugene  USA [122]
25K run (road)
1:11:18.00
Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN
6 May 2012
BIG 25 Berlin  GER [123][124]
30,000 m (track)
1:26:47.40
Moses Mosop  KEN
3 Jun 2011
Prefontaine Classic Eugene  USA [122][125]
30 km (road)
1:26:45
+ Eliud Kipchoge  KEN
16 Sep 2018
Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [126]
35 km (road)
1:41:47.00
+ Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN
28 Sep 2014
Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [127]
40 km (road)
1:55:32.00
+ Eliud Kipchoge  KEN
16 Sep 2018
Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [128]
50 km (road)
2:43:38.00
+ Thompson Magawana  RSA
12 Apr 1988
Cape Town  RSA [129]
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
150 km (road)
10:27:48.00
+ Aleksandr Sorokin  LTU
24 Apr 2021
Centurion Running Track 100 Mile Ashford  UK [130]
100 miles (road)
11:14:56.00
+ Aleksandr Sorokin  LTU
24 Apr 2021
Centurion Running Track 100 Mile Ashford  UK [131]
12-hour run (road)
170,309 m
Aleksandr Sorokin  LTU
24 Apr 2021
Centurion Running Track 100 Mile Ashford  UK [132]
24-hour run
309,400 m
Aleksandr Sorokin  LTU
29 Aug 2021
UltraPark Weekend Pabianice  POL
2000 m steeplechase
5:10.68
Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  FRA
30 Jun 2010
Alma Athlé Tour Reims  FRA [133]
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[aj] 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 [134]
200 m hurdles straight
21.90
+1.4
h[ak] Don Styron  USA
2 Apr 1960
Baton Rouge  USA [135]
22.10
+2.0
Andy Turner  GBR
15 May 2011
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [136]
22.10
+1.8
Louis Jacobus van Zyl  RSA
9 May 2015
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [137]
220 y hurdles straight
21.90
+1.4
h Don Styron  USA
2 Apr 1960
Baton Rouge  USA [135][138]
300 m hurdles
33.26
Karsten Warholm  NOR
4 Jun 2021
Night of Highlights Oslo  NOR [139]
440 y hurdles
48.70
Jim Bolding  USA
25 Jul 1974
Turin  ITA [140]
Standing long jump
12 ft 3 in
Byron Jones  USA
23 Feb 2015
NFL scouting combine Indianapolis  USA [141]
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 [142]
1500 m walk (track)
5:12.00
+ Antanas Grigaliūnas  LTU
12 May 1990
Vilnius  LTU [143]
Mile walk (track)
5:31.08
Tom Bosworth  GBR
9 Jul 2017
London Grand Prix London  GBR [144]
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 [145]
10,000 m walk (track)
37:25.21
Eiki Takahashi  JPN
14 Nov 2020
Juntendo University Long Distance meeting Inzai  JPN [146]
10 km walk (road)
37:11.00
Roman Rasskazov  RUS
28 May 2000
Saransk  RUS [147]
30 km walk (road)
2:05:06.00
Nathan Deakes  AUS
27 Aug 2006
Australian Race Walking Championships Hobart  AUS [145]
35 km walk (road)
2:21:31.00
Vladimir Kanaykin  RUS
19 Feb 2006
Russian Winter Race Walking Championships Adler  RUS [148]
50 mile walk (road)
7:44:47.20
[al] Shaul Ladany  ISR
1972
New Jersey  USA [149]
4×110 y relay
38.60
A[am] Earl McCullouch
Fred Kuller
O. J. Simpson
Lennox Miller (JAM)
17 Jun 1967
NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Provo  USA [150]
Swedish relay
1:46.59
[an] Christopher Williams
Usain Bolt
Davian Clarke
Jermaine Gonzales
 JAM
25 Jul 2006
DN Galan Stockholm  SWE [151]
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 [152]
4×110m shuttle hurdles relay
52.94
[ao] Jason Richardson
Aleec Harris
Aries Merritt
David Oliver
 USA
25 Apr 2015
Drake Relays Des Moines  USA [153]

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 [154]
150 m
16.10
+1.3
+ Florence Griffith Joyner  USA
29 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul  KOR
16.41
+1.1
Brianna Rollins-McNeal  USA
20 Jul 2020
AP Ranch High-Performance Invitational Fort Worth  USA [155]
150 m straight
16.23
-0.7
Shaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH
20 May 2018
Adidas Boost Boston Games Boston  USA [156]
200 m straight
21.76
+0.5
Shaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH
4 Jun 2017
Boost Boston Games Somerville  USA [157]
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 [158]
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 [159]
Two miles
8:58.58
Meseret Defar  ETH
14 Sep 2007
Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
5 km (road)
14:32.00
+[ap] Joyciline Jepkosgei  KEN
9 Sep 2017
Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague  CZE [160]
4 miles (road)
19:14.00
Viola Kibiwot  KEN
13 Oct 2013
4 Mile of Groningen Groningen  NED [161]
8 km (road)
24:30.00
+ Mary Keitany  KEN
18 Feb 2011
RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [162]
12 km (road)
38:05.00
Brillian Kipkoech  KEN
19 May 2019
FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN Cape Town  RSA [163]
15 km (road)
44:20.00
Mx Letesenbet Gidey  ETH
17 Nov 2019
Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen  NED [164]
46:59.00
Wo + Lornah Kiplagat  NED
14 Oct 2007
World Road Running Championships Udine  ITA [165]
10 miles (road)
50:05.00
+ Mary Keitany  KEN
18 Feb 2011
RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [162]
49:21.00
+ a Brigid Kosgei  KEN
8 Sep 2019
Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom  GBR [166]
20,000 m (track)
1:05:26.60
Tegla Loroupe  KEN
3 Sep 2000
Borgholzhausen  GER
20 km (road)
59:35.00
Mx + Letesenbet Gidey  ETH
24 Oct 2021
Valencia Half Marathon Valencia  ESP [167]
1:02:57.00
Wo + Lornah Kiplagat  NED
14 Oct 2007
World Road Running Championships Udine  ITA [165]
25,000 m (track)
1:27:05.84
Tegla Loroupe  KEN
21 Sep 2002
Mengerskirchen  GER
25K run (road)
1:19:33.00
Mx + Brigid Kosgei  KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [168]
1:19:43.00
+ Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [169]
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 [170]
1:36:05.00
Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [169]
35 km (road)
1:51:14.00
Mx + Brigid Kosgei  KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [171]
1:52:39.00
Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [169]
40 km (road)
2:07:11.00
Mx + Brigid Kosgei  KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago  USA [172]
2:09:38.00
+ Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [169]
50 km (road)
2:59:54.00
Desiree Linden  USA
13 Apr 2021
Brooks Running 50km & Marathon Dorena Lake  USA [173]
24-hour run (road)
270,116 m
Camille Herron  USA
26–27 Oct 2019
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Albi  FRA [174]
2000 m steeplechase
5:52.80
Gesa Felicitas Krause  GER
1 Sep 2019
ISTAF Berlin  GER [175]
200 m hurdles (bend)
24.80
+0.4
h Yadisleidy Pedroso  ITA
6 Apr 2013
Caserta  ITA [176]
25.60
−0.7
h Patricia Girard  FRA
23 Aug 2001
Nantes  FRA [177]
25.79
−0.6
Lauren Wells  AUS
21 Jan 2017
AACT Combined Events Championships Canberra  AUS [178]
200 m hurdles (straight)
24.86
+0.1
Shiann Salmon  JAM
23 May 2021
Adidas Boost Boston Games Boston  USA [179]
300 m hurdles
38.16
Zuzana Hejnová  CZE
2 Aug 2013
Grand Prix of Cheb Cheb  CZE [180]
Tetradecathlon
10798 pts
Milla Kelo  FIN
8 Sep 2002
Turku  FIN [181]
3000 m walk (track)
11:48.24
Ileana Salvador  ITA
29 Aug 1993
Padua  ITA [182]
5000 m walk (track)
20:01.80
Eleonora Giorgi  ITA
18 May 2014
Italian Clubs League Meet Misterbianco  ITA [183]
5 km walk (road)
19:46
Kjersti Plätzer  NOR
27 Aug 2006
Internationaler Geher-Cup Hildesheim  GER [184]
10 km walk (road)
41:04.00
Yelena Nikolayeva  RUS
20 Apr 1996
Russian Championships Sochi  RUS [185]
30 km walk (road)
2:24:33.00
Paola Pérez  ECU
22 Oct 2017
Hauppauge  USA [184]
35 km walk (road)
2:43:43.00
Eleonora Giorgi  ITA
26 Jan 2020
Italian 35 km Race Walking Championships Grosseto  ITA [184]
Sprint medley relay (1–1–2–4)
1:35.20
[aq] Destinee Brown
Aaliyah Brown
Kimberlyn Duncan
Raevyn Rogers
 USA
28 Apr 2018
Penn Relays Philadelphia  USA [186]
Swedish relay (1–2–3–4)
2:01.10
[ar] Marina Zhirova
Yelena Mizera
Yelena Ruzina
Tatyana Alekseyeva
 RUS
5 June 1993
Portsmouth  GBR
Sprint medley relay (2-2-4-8)
3:34.56
[as] 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
50.50
Brianna Rollins
Dawn Harper-Nelson
Queen Harrison
Kristi Castlin
 USA
24 Apr 2015
Drake Relays Des Moines  USA

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 [187]
40 y
4.12
[at] 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[q] 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 [189]
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 [189]
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 [78]
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 [190][191][192]
150 m
14.99
Donovan Bailey  CAN
1 Jun 1997
Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race Toronto  CAN [193]
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 [194]
500 y
53.90
hA Larry James  USA
25 May 1973
ITA meet Salt Lake City  USA [195]
500 m
59.83
[au] Abdalelah Haroun  QAT
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm  SWE [196]
600 y
1:06.93
Moitalel Mpoke  KEN
15 Feb 2020
Lubbock  USA [197]
600 m
1:13.77
Donavan Brazier  USA
24 Feb 2019
USA Indoor Championships Staten Island  USA [198]
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 [199]
10,000 m
27:50.29
Mark Bett  KEN
10 Feb 2002
Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL [200]
Marathon
2:19:01
Malcolm Richards  USA
17 Mar 2018
The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City  USA [201]
2000 m steeplechase
5:13.77
Paul Kipsiele Koech  KEN
13 Feb 2011
Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL [202][203]
3000 m steeplechase
8:17.46
Aleksandr Zagoruyko  URS
21 Feb 1982
Moscow  URS [200]
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
[av] Renaldo Nehemiah  USA
20 Jan 1979
New York City  USA
110 m hurdles
13.34
Allen Johnson  USA
14 Feb 1995
Moscow  RUS [200]
300 m hurdles
34.26
OT Karsten Warholm  NOR
10 Feb 2018
Avoimet Pirkanmaan Tampere  FIN [204]
400 m hurdles
48.78
Félix Sánchez  DOM
18 Feb 2012
Meeting National Val-de-Reuil Val-de-Reuil  FRA [205][206]
Discus throw
69.51 m
Gerd Kanter  EST
22 Mar 2009
World Record Indoor Challenge Växjö  SWE [207]
Weight throw
25.86 m
Lance Deal  USA
4 Mar 1995
Atlanta  USA [200]
Javelin throw
85.78 m
Matti Närhi  FIN
3 Mar 1996
Kajaani  FIN [208]
3000 m walk
10:30.28
Tom Bosworth  GBR
25 Feb 2018
Glasgow Grand Prix Glasgow  GBR [209]
Two miles walk
11:54.50
Valdas Kazlauskas  URS
24 Feb 1990
Kaunas  URS [200]
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 [200]
20,000 m walk
1:20:40.00
OT Ronald Weigel  GDR
27 Jan 1980
Senftenberg  GDR
Sprint medley relay
3:15.10
[aw] Mark Everett
James Trapp
Kevin Little
Butch Reynolds
 USA
14 Mar 1993
World Indoor Championships Toronto  CAN [210]
Distance medley relay
9:19.42
[ax] Cole Hocker
Luis Peralta
Charlie Hunter
Cooper Teare
 USA
 DOM
 AUS
 USA
29 Jan 2021
Razorback Invitational Fayetteville  USA [211]
4 × mile relay
16:03.68
[ay] 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 [212]
4×60y shuttle hurdles relay
27.6
A[az] T.G. Parker
Joe Kahiapo
Ahart Powers
Dick McIntosh
 USA
21 Feb 1975
Colorado Springs  USA [213]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
50 y
5.74
[ba] Evelyn Ashford  USA
18 Feb 1983
San Diego  USA [214]
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 [215]
100 y
10.15
Heike Drechsler  GDR
8 Feb 1987
Senftenberg  GDR [216]
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 [99]
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 [217]
Two miles
9:00.48
Genzebe Dibaba  ETH
15 Feb 2014
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR [218]
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 [201]
55 m hurdles
7.30

A, [bb] 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 [219][220]
400 m hurdles
56.41
Sheena Tosta  USA
12 Feb 2011
Meeting National Val-de-Reuil  FRA [221][222][223]
2000 m steeplechase
5:47.79
Maruša Mišmaš  SLO
19 Feb 2020
Meeting Hauts de France Pas de Calais Liévin  FRA [224]
3000 m steeplechase
9:07.00
Tatyana Petrova  RUS
17 Feb 2006
Moscow  RUS
9:54.20
[bc] Marcela Lustigova  CZE
11 Feb 2010
Botnia Games Korsholm  FIN [225][226]
Discus throw
64.03 m
Mx Shanice Craft  GER
14 Feb 2020
ISTAF Indoor Berlin  GER [227]
Weight throw
25.60 m
A Gwen Berry  USA
4 Mar 2017
USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [194]
Javelin throw
57.75 m
[bd] Anna Wessman  SWE
10 Mar 2012
World Indoor Throwing Växjö  SWE [228]
61.29 m
[be] Taina Uppa  FIN
28 Feb 1999
Korsholm  FIN [229]
Mile walk
6:16.72
Sada Eidikytė  URS
24 Feb 1990
Kaunas  URS [230]
Two miles walk
13:11.88
Ileana Salvador  ITA
14 Feb 1990
Genoa  ITA [230]
5000 m walk
20:10.30
Vera Sokolova  RUS
30 Dec 2010
Mordovian Indoor Championships Saransk  RUS [231]
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 [232]
Sprint medley relay
3:45.90
[bf] Joetta Clark-Diggs
Wendy Vereen
Kim Batten
Jearl Miles Clark
 USA
14 Mar 1993
World Indoor Championships Toronto  CAN [233]
Distance medley relay
10:40.31
[bg] Emma Coburn
Sydney McLaughlin
Brenda Martinez
Jenny Simpson
 USA
28 Jan 2017
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Boston  USA [234]

Running records by race distance[edit]

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.[235]

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 [236]
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[bh] (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.[34] 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.[34] If this time, recorded in the quarter-final of the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials, were excluded, the world record would be 10.54 s, recorded by Elaine Thompson-Herah at the 2021 Diamond League event in Eugene, Oregon.[35]
  10. ^ a b c Not ratified by World Athletics due to lack of international judges.
  11. ^ Not ratified by World Athletics due to lack of doping control.
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ 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
  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. ^ 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
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ a b This time was rescinded after Johnson admitted using steroids between 1981 and 1988.
  18. ^ a b c Insufficient or no doping control.
  19. ^ 60m: 6.79, LJ: 8.16m, SP: 14.56m, HJ: 2.03m, 60mH: 7.68, PV: 5.20m, 1000m: 2:32.77
  20. ^ 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)
  21. ^ 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)
  22. ^ 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)
  23. ^ 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)
  24. ^ Time rejected as a record as the team members are not of the same nationality
  25. ^ University of Florida team
  26. ^ 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)
  27. ^ Athlete failed a doping test.
  28. ^ Insufficient or no doping control.
  29. ^ 60mH: 8.38, HJ: 1.84m, SP: 16.51m, LJ: 6.57m, 800m: 2:11.15
  30. ^ No international judges.
  31. ^ Calculated.
  32. ^ Calculated./ 6.38 by other sources
  33. ^ Calculated.
  34. ^ Road race.
  35. ^ 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
  36. ^ The race was intended to be a 3000 metres steeplechase, but due to an error in lap counting, the competitors ran an extra lap in the final.
  37. ^ actual race distance was 220 yards
  38. ^ 7:23:50 by other sources
  39. ^ Team University of Southern California
  40. ^ Team Puma Reggae
    Leg 1 (100m) Christopher Williams
    Leg 2 (200m) Usain Bolt
    Leg 3 (300m) Davian Clarke
    Leg 4: (400m) Jermaine Gonzales
  41. ^ Team USA Blue
  42. ^ To be superseded by new world record on 1 January 2019[75]
  43. ^ Leg 1 (100m) Destinee Brown
    Leg 2 (100m) Aaliyah Brown
    Leg 3 (200m) Kimberlyn Duncan
    Leg 4 (400m) Raevyn Rogers 50.48
  44. ^ Leg 1 (100m) Marina Zhirova
    Leg 2 (200m) Yelena Mizera
    Leg 3 (300m) Yelena Ruzina
    Leg 4 (400m) Tatyana Alekseyeva
  45. ^ 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
  46. ^ 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[188]
  47. ^ Roddie Haley ran 59.82 at Oklahoma City on 15 Mar 1986 but the track was subsequently found to have been measured incorrectly
  48. ^ Originally reported as 6.88 and subsequently corrected to 6.89
  49. ^ 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
  50. ^ Leg 1 Cole Hocker 2:49.89
    Leg 2 Luis Peralta 47.29
    Leg 3 Charlie Hunter 1:47.65
    Leg 4 Cooper Teare 3:54.61
  51. ^ Team Brooks
  52. ^ US Air Force
  53. ^ 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.
  54. ^ Mark was set during pentathlon competition.
  55. ^ This is the fastest indoor steeplechase with a water-jump.
  56. ^ Current design.
  57. ^ Old design.
  58. ^ 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
  59. ^ 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
  60. ^ 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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