One hour run

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One hour run
World records
MenUnited Kingdom Mohamed Farah 21,330 metres (13.25 mi) (2020)
WomenNetherlands Sifan Hassan 18,930 metres (11.76 mi) (2020)

The one hour run is an athletics event in which competitors try to cover as much distance as possible within one hour. While officially recognized by World Athletics as a track event, it is rarely contested apart from occasional world record attempts.

The event has a long history, with first recorded races dating back to the late 17th century.[1] The first athlete to run more than 20 kilometers in one hour was Emil Zátopek, in September 1951. Zátopek also set the 20,000 meters world record in the same race. Since that time, most men's 20,000 m world records were also set en route to one hour world records.

The men's world record is 21,330 metres (13.25 mi), set by Mo Farah on 4 September 2020, while the women's world record is 18,930 metres (11.76 mi), set by Sifan Hassan on the same day.

Men's world record progression[edit]

Distance (m) Athlete Country Place Date
18,742 Alfred Shrubb  Great Britain Glasgow 1904-11-05
19,021 Jean Bouin  France Stockholm 1913-07-06
19,210 Paavo Nurmi  Finland Berlin 1928-10-07
19,339 Viljo Heino  Finland Turku 1945-09-30
19,558 Emil Zátopek  Czechoslovakia Prague 1951-09-15
20,052 Emil Zátopek  Czechoslovakia Stará Boleslav 1951-09-29
20,190 Bill Baillie  New Zealand Auckland 1963-08-24
20,232 Ron Clarke  Australia Geelong 1965-10-27
20,664 Gaston Roelants  Belgium Leuven 1966-10-28
20,784 Gaston Roelants  Belgium Brussels 1972-09-20
20,907 Jos Hermens  Netherlands Papendal 1975-09-28
20,944 Jos Hermens  Netherlands Papendal 1976-05-01
21,101 Arturo Barrios  Mexico La Flèche 1991-03-30
21,285 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia Ostrava 2007-06-27
21,330 Mo Farah  United Kingdom Brussels 2020-09-04

Women's world record progression[edit]

Distance (m) Athlete Country Place Date
18,084 Silvana Cruciata  Italy Rome 1981-05-02
18,340 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya Borgholzhausen 1998-08-07
18,517 Dire Tune  Ethiopia Ostrava 2008-06-12
18,930 Sifan Hassan  Netherlands Brussels 2020-09-04

All-time top 25[edit]

Men[edit]

  • Updated July 2021.[2]
Rank Result (m) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 21,330 Mo Farah  Great Britain 4 September 2020 Brussels [3]
2 21,322 Bashir Abdi  Belgium 4 September 2020 Brussels [4]
3 21,285 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Ostrava
4 21,131 Sondre Nordstad Moen  Norway 7 August 2020 Kristiansand [5]
5 21,101 Arturo Barrios  Mexico 30 March 1991 La Flèche
6 20,944 Jos Hermens  Netherlands 1 May 1976 Papendal
7 20,943 Dionisio Castro  Portugal 31 March 1990 La Flèche
8 20,855 Carl Thackery  Great Britain 31 March 1990 La Flèche
9 20,797 Kiplimo Kimutai  Kenya 1 June 2009 Hengelo
10 20,784 Gaston Roelants  Belgium 20 September 1972 Brussels
11 20,772 Morhad Amdouni  France 19 September 2020 Lucciana [6]
12 20,756 Wilson Kiprop  Kenya 1 June 2009 Hengelo
13 20,639 Samuel Nyangincha  Kenya 30 March 1991 La Flèche
14 20,620 Godfrey Kiprotich  Kenya 30 March 1991 La Flèche
15 20,601 Bertrand Itsweire  France 31 March 1990 La Flèche
16 20,593 Daniel Mateo  Spain 20 April 2021 La Nucía [7]
17 20,587 Peter Kiprotich  Kenya 19 September 2020 Lucciana
18 20,550 Gerard Tebroke  Netherlands 28 September 1978 Groningen
19 20,547 Bill Rodgers  United States 9 August 1977 Boston
20 20,536 Werner Schildhauer  Germany 29 April 1983 Cottbus
21 20,525 Hansjörg Kunze  Germany 31 March 1990 La Flèche
22 20,518 Willy Polleunis  Belgium 20 September 1972 Brussels
23 20,516 Rob de Castella  Australia 17 April 1982 Rome
24 20,509 Jean-Louis Prianon  France 30 March 1991 La Flèche
25 20,493 Mariano Haro  Spain 9 August 1975 San Sebastián

Women[edit]

  • Updated September 2020.
  • Mx = Mixed gender race
Rank Result (m) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 18,930 Sifan Hassan  Netherlands 4 September 2020 Brussels [8]
2 18,571 Lonah Chemtai Salpeter  Israel 4 September 2020 Brussels [9]
3 18,517 Dire Tune  Ethiopia 12 June 2008 Ostrava
4 18,341 Eva Cherono  Kenya 4 September 2020 Brussels [10]
5 18,340 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 7 August 1998 Borgholzhausen
6 18,084 Silvana Cruciata  Italy 4 May 1981 Rome
7 18,027 Rosa Mota  Portugal 14 May 1983 Lisbon
8 17,974 Helen Bekele  Ethiopia 4 September 2020 Brussels [11]
9 17,955 Sarah Lahti  Sweden 4 September 2020 Brussels [12]
10 17,952 Junko Kataoka  Japan 1 October 1994 Tokyo
11 17,930 Molly Huddle  United States 1 November 2020 Attleboro [13]
12 17,871 Naomi Sakashita  Japan 10 October 1995 Amagasaki
13 17,776 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 8 August 2003 Riga
14 17,709 Katrin Dörre-Heinig  East Germany 7 July 1988 Leipzig
15 17,693 Izumi Maki  Japan 1 October 1994 Tokyo
16 17,692 Midori Fumoto  Japan 1 October 1994 Tokyo
17 17,569 Annmarie Tuxbury  United States 1 November 2020 Attleboro
18 17,546 Marta Galimany  Spain 4 September 2020 Brussels [14]
19 17,545 Alice Jepkemboi Kimutai  Kenya 17 June 2014 Ostrava
20 17,544 Muluhabt Tsega  Ethiopia 17 June 2014 Ostrava
21 17,343 Leah Malot  Kenya 16 June 2009 Ostrava
22 17,335 Elena Loyo  Spain 4 September 2020 Brussels [15]
23 17,332 Mx Valerie Duvialard  France 23 March 1996 Rouen
24 17,330 Julia Mombi Muraga  Kenya 17 June 2014 Ostrava
25 17,323 Likina Amebaw  Ethiopia 4 September 2020 Brussels [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Milroy, Andy (2005). "History of the Hour Run". Archived from the original on 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
  2. ^ "All-time men's best one hour runs". alltime-athletics.com. 17 January 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  3. ^ Mike Rowbottom (4 September 2020). "Hassan and Farah break one-hour world records in Brussels". World Athletics. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  4. ^ "One Hour Run Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Moen surpasses long-standing European one hour record in Kristiansand". supperrb.com. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Record de France de l'heure sur piste pour Morhad Amdouni". marathons.fr (in French). 20 September 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Dani Mateo tritura el récord de España de la hora: 20.593 metros". soycorredor.es (in Spanish). 20 April 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  8. ^ Mike Rowbottom (4 September 2020). "Hassan and Farah break one-hour world records in Brussels". World Athletics. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  9. ^ "One Hour Run Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  10. ^ "One Hour Run Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  11. ^ "One Hour Run Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  12. ^ "One Hour Run Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  13. ^ Ben Snider-McGrath (2 November 2020). "Molly Huddle breaks three U.S. records in one run". runningmagazine.ca. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  14. ^ "One Hour Run Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  15. ^ "One Hour Run Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  16. ^ "One Hour Run Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.

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