Two miles

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The 2 mile (10,560 feet or exactly 3,218.688 metres) is a historic running distance. Like the mile run, it is still contested at some invitational meets, perhaps because it provides an easier record to break for meet promoters (and corresponding bonus payment for participants), as well as its historical chronology. It is largely superseded by the 3000 m and 5000 m, and by the 3200 m in NFHS American high school competitions. The IAAF no longer keeps official world records for this distance; they are called world best instead.

The world best for men is 7:58.61 set by Kenyan Daniel Komen in Hechtel, Belgium on 19 July 1997. The women's record is 8:58.58, set by Ethiopian Meseret Defar in Brussels, Belgium on 14 September 2007.

All-time top 25[edit]

  • i = indoor performance

Men[edit]

  • Correct as of February 2017.[1]
Rank Result Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 7:58.61 Daniel Komen  Kenya 19 July 1997 Hechtel
2 8:01.08 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 31 May 1997 Hengelo
3 8:03.40 i Mo Farah  United Kingdom 21 February 2015 Birmingham
4 8:03.50 Craig Mottram  Australia 10 June 2007 Eugene
5 8:04.35 i Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 16 February 2008 Birmingham
6 8:04.83 Tariku Bekele  Ethiopia 10 June 2007 Eugene
7 8:06.48i Paul Koech  Kenya 16 February 2008 Birmingham
8 8:06.61i Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 23 February 2003 Liévin
9 8:07.07 Matt Tegenkamp  United States 10 June 2007 Eugene
10 8:07.39 Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 18 February 2012 Birmingham
11 8:07.41 i Galen Rupp  United States 25 January 2014 Boston
12 8:08.16i Moses Kipsiro  Uganda 18 February 2012 Birmingham
13 8:08.39i Markos Geneti  Ethiopia 20 February 2004 Birmingham
14 8:09.01 Moses Kiptanui  Kenya 30 July 1994 Hechtel
15 8:09.49 i Bernard Lagat  United States 16 February 2013 New York City [2]
16 8:09.66i Hailu Mekonnen  Ethiopia 18 February 2001 Birmingham
17 8:10 59 Benjamin Limo  Kenya 28 May 2006 Eugene
18 8:10.78i Arne Gabius  Germany 18 February 2012 Birmingham
19 8:10.98 Khalid Boulami  Morocco 6 July 1996 Hechtel
20 8:11.33 i Ben True  United States 11 February 2017 New York City [3]
21 8:11.48 Alan Webb  United States 4 June 2005 Eugene
22 8:11.56 i Ryan Hill  United States 11 February 2017 New York City
23 8:11.59 Bob Kennedy  United States 19 July 1997 Hechtel
24 8:11.62 Boaz Cheboiywo  Kenya 18 February 2012 Eugene
25 8:11.73 Ismaïl Sghyr  Morocco 6 July 1996 Hechtel

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 8:07.46:

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of May 2017.[4]
Rank Result Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 8:58.58 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 14 September 2007 Brussels
2 9:00.48i Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 15 February 2014 Birmingham
3 9:11.49 Mercy Cherono  Kenya 24 August 2014 Birmingham
4 9:12.23i Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 20 February 2010 Birmingham
5 9:12.35i Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 20 February 2010 Birmingham
6 9:12.59 Viola Kibiwott  Kenya 24 August 2014 Birmingham
7 9:12.68i Sentayehu Ejigu  Ethiopia 20 February 2010 Birmingham
8 9:12.90 Irene Jelagat  Kenya 24 August 2014 Birmingham
9 9:13.85 Mimi Belete  Bahrain 31 May 2014 Eugene
10 9:13.94i Kim Smith  New Zealand 26 January 2008 Boston
11 9:14.09 Priscah Cherono  Kenya 14 September 2007 Brussels
12 9:16.62 Sylvia Kibet  Kenya 14 September 2007 Brussels
13 9:16.95 Betsy Saina  Kenya 24 August 2014 Birmingham
14 9:18.26 Viola Kibiwott  Kenya 14 September 2007 Brussels
15 9:18.35i Jennifer Simpson  United States 2 February 2015 Boston
16 9:19.39i Jessica Augusto  Portugal 20 February 2010 Birmingham
17 9:19.56 Sonia O'Sullivan  Ireland 27 June 1998 Cork
18 9:20.25 Shannon Rowbury  United States 31 May 2014 Eugene
19 9:20.81 Alemitu Haroye  Ethiopia 24 August 2014 Birmingham
20 9:21.04i Sally Kipyego  Kenya 8 February 2014 Boston
21 9:21.35 Amy Rudolph  United States 27 June 1998 Cork
22 9:21.59i Hiwot Ayalew  Ethiopia 15 February 2014 Birmingham
23 9:23.32 Beleynesh Oljira  Ethiopia 31 May 2014 Eugene
24 9:23.38i Regina Jacobs  United States 27 January 2002 Boston
25 9:23.52 Susan Krumins  Netherlands 24 August 2014 Birmingham

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 9:13.27:

World Record Progression[edit]

Men[edit]

Outdoors[edit]

TIME ATHLETE DATE PLACE
9:17.0  Alfred Shrubb (GBR) 1903-09-12 London, United Kingdom
9:08.4  Alfred Shrubb (GBR) 1904-06-11 Glasgow, United Kingdom
9:08.4  Edvin Wide (SWE) 1925-06-23 Kramfors, Sweden
9:01.4  Edvin Wide (SWE) 1926-09-12 Berlin, Germany
8:59.6  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 1931-06-24 Helsinki, Finland
8:58.4  Don Lash (USA) 1936-06-13 Princeton, USA
8:57.4  Gunnar Höckert (FIN) 1936-09-24 Stockholm, Sweden
8:56.0  Miklós Szabó (HUN) 1937-09-30 Budapest, Hungary
8:53.2  Taisto Mäki (FIN) 1939-06-07 Helsinki, Finland
8:47.8  Gunder Hägg (SWE) 1942-06-03 Stockholm, Sweden
8:46.4  Gunder Hägg (SWE) 1944-06-25 Östersund, Sweden
8:42.8  Gunder Hägg (SWE) 1944-08-04 Stockholm, Sweden
8:40.4  Gaston Reiff (BEL) 1952-08-26 Paris, France
8:33.4  Sándor Iharos (HUN) 1955-05-30 London, United Kingdom
8:32.0  Albie Thomas (AUS) 1958-08-07 Dublin, Ireland
8:30.0  Murray Halberg (NZL) 1961-06-07 Jyväskylä, Finland
8:29.8  Jim Beatty (USA) 1962-06-08 Los Angeles, USA
8:29.6  Michel Jazy (FRA) 1963-06-06 Paris, France
8:26.4  Bob Schul (USA) 1964-08-29 Los Angeles, USA
8:22.6  Michel Jazy (FRA) 1965-06-23 Melun, France
8:19.8  Ron Clarke (AUS) 1967-07-27 Västerås, Sweden
8:19.6  Ron Clarke (AUS) 1968-08-24 London, United Kingdom
8:17.8  Emiel Puttemans (BEL) 1971-08-21 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
8:14.0  Lasse Virén (FIN) 1972-08-14 Stockholm, Sweden
8:13.8  Brendan Foster (GBR) 1973-08-27 London, United Kingdom
8:13.51  Steve Ovett (GBR) 1978-09-15 London, United Kingdom
8:13.45  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 1987-05-28 Turin, Italy
8:12.17  Khalid Skah (MAR) 1993-06-30 Hechtel, Belgium
8:09.01  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 1994-06-30 Hechtel, Belgium
8:07.46  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1995-05-27 Kerkrade, Netherlands
8:03.54  Daniel Komen (KEN) 1996-07-14 Lappeenranta, Finland
8:01.10  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 1997-05-31 Hengelo, Netherlands
7:58.61  Daniel Komen (KEN) 1997-07-19 Hechtel, Belgium

Indoors[edit]

TIME ATHLETE DATE PLACE
8:09.66  Hailu Mekonnen (ETH) 2000-02-20 Birmingham, United Kingdom
8:04.69  Haile Gebreselassie (ETH) 2003-02-21 Birmingham, United Kingdom
8:04.35  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2008-02-16 Birmingham, United Kingdom
8:03.40  Mo Farah (GBR) 2015-02-21 Birmingham, United Kingdom

Women[edit]

Outdoors[edit]

TIME ATHLETE DATE PLACE
9:19.56  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 1998-06-27 Cork, Ireland
9:10.47  Meseret Defar (ETH) 2007-05-20 Carson, USA
8:58.58  Meseret Defar (ETH) 2007-09-14 Brussels, Belgium

Indoors[edit]

TIME ATHLETE DATE PLACE
9:28.15  Lynn Jennings (USA) 1986-02-20 New York City, USA
9:23.38  Regina Jacobs (USA) 2002-01-27 Boston, USA
9:10.50  Meseret Defar (ETH) 2008-01-26 Boston, USA
9:06.26  Meseret Defar (ETH) 2009-02-26 Prague, Czech Republic
9:00.48  Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) 2014-02-15 Birmingham, United Kingdom

High school boys[edit]

Note: this list only covers boys because the history of 2 mile running largely occurred before Title IX, before high school girls were allowed to compete, which occurred about the same time as conversion to metric distances.[5]

TIME ATHLETE SCHOOL CITY DATE PLACE
8:57.8 Mike Ryan Wilcox High School Santa Clara, California 1965
8:48.3 Rick Riley Ferris High School Spokane, Washington May 28, 1966 Washington State Championships[6]
8:41.5 Steve Prefontaine Marshfield High School Coos Bay, Oregon April 25, 1969 Corvallis Invitational, Corvallis, Oregon[6]
8:40.9 Craig Virgin Lebanon High School Lebanon, Illinois June 9, 1973 International Prep Invitational, Prospect, Illinois[6]
(8:40.0i) Gerry Lindgren Rogers High School Spokane, Washington February 15, 1964 Cow Palace, Daly City, California[7]
8:36.3 Jeff Nelson Burbank High School Burbank, California May 6, 1979 Pepsi Invitational, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
8:34.23 German Fernandez Riverbank High School Riverbank, California June 20, 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals, Greensboro, North Carolina video
8:29.46 Lukas Verzbicas Carl Sandburg High School Orland Hills, Illinois June 4, 2011 Prefontaine Classic, Eugene, Oregon video

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "All-time men's best Two miles". alltime-athletics.com. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Two Miles Results". www.branchsportstech.com. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Jon Mulkeen (12 February 2017). "Wilson, Hassan and Okolo shine on night of world leads and records at Millrose Games". IAAF. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "All-time women's best Two miles". alltime-athletics.com. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.cs.uml.edu/~phoffman/nats/gods.htm
  6. ^ a b c http://runningentertainment.com/runningshots25.html
  7. ^ http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/index.php?id=557&option=com_content

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