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
East German women controversially set many world records in the 1970s and 1980s. World record holder Marita Koch maintains her innocence, although released government files detail her drug usage.[1]

World records in athletics are ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations. 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.[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 on drugs 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 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; athletes' personal sponsors and the promoters of major meetings such as the IAAF 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 other disciplines this issue does not arise, since it is practically impossible to deliberately break a record by a small margin, except in the high jump.

World records[edit]

The IAAF started to recognize 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. The women's 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. In February 2014, Bubka's record was surpassed indoors by Renaud Lavillenie jumping 6.16 m which qualifies as both the Indoor world record and the world record.

Key to tables[edit]

  Awaiting ratification   will not be ratified by IAAF

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 IAAF
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 Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
100 m
9.58
+0.9
Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt  JAM
16 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin  GER [5] P
200 m
19.19
−0.3
Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt  JAM
20 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin  GER [5] P
400 m
43.03
van Niekerk, WaydeWayde van Niekerk  RSA
14 Aug 2016
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro  BRA [6] P
800 m
1:40.91
Rudisha, DavidDavid Rudisha  KEN
9 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London  GBR [7] P
1000 m
2:11.96
Ngeny, NoahNoah Ngeny  KEN
5 Sep 1999
Rieti Meeting Rieti  ITA P
1500 m
3:26.00
El Guerrouj, HichamHicham El Guerrouj  MAR
14 Jul 1998
Golden Gala Rome  ITA P
Mile
3:43.13
El Guerrouj, HichamHicham El Guerrouj  MAR
7 Jul 1999
Golden Gala Rome  ITA P
2000 m
4:44.79
El Guerrouj, HichamHicham El Guerrouj  MAR
7 Sep 1999
ISTAF Berlin  GER
3000 m
7:20.67
Komen, DanielDaniel Komen  KEN
1 Sep 1996
Rieti Meeting Rieti  ITA P
5000 m
12:37.35
Bekele, KenenisaKenenisa Bekele  ETH
31 May 2004
Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo  NED P
10,000 m (track)
26:17.53
Bekele, KenenisaKenenisa Bekele  ETH
26 Aug 2005
Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL P
10 km (road)
26:44.00
Komon, Leonard PatrickLeonard Patrick Komon  KEN
26 Sep 2010
Singelloop Utrecht  NED [8]
15 km (road)
41:13.00
Komon, Leonard PatrickLeonard Patrick Komon  KEN
21 Nov 2010
Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen  NED [9]
20,000 m (track)
56:25.98
+ Gebrselassie, HaileHaile Gebrselassie  ETH
27 Jun 2007
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [10]
20 km (road)
55:21.00
+ Tadese, ZersenayZersenay Tadese  ERI
21 Mar 2010
Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon  POR [11]
Half marathon
58:23.00
Tadese, ZersenayZersenay Tadese  ERI
21 Mar 2010
Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon  POR [11] P
One hour (track)
21,285 m
Gebrselassie, HaileHaile Gebrselassie  ETH
27 Jun 2007
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [12] P
25,000 m (track)
1:12:25.40
+ Mosop, MosesMoses Mosop  KEN
3 Jun 2011
Prefontaine Classic Eugene  USA [13]
25 km (road)
1:11:18.00
Kimetto, Dennis KiprutoDennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN
6 May 2012
BIG 25 Berlin  GER [14][15]
30,000 m (track)
1:26:47.40
Mosop, MosesMoses Mosop  KEN
3 Jun 2011
Prefontaine Classic Eugene  USA [13][16]
30 km (road)
1:27:13.00
+ Biwott, StanleyStanley Biwott  KEN
24 Apr 2016
London Marathon London  GBR [17]
1:27:13.00
+ Kipchoge, EliudEliud Kipchoge  KEN
24 Apr 2016
London Marathon London  GBR [17]
Marathon[a]
2:02:57.00
Kimetto, Dennis KiprutoDennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN
28 Sep 2014
Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [18] P
100 km (road)
6:13:33.00
Sunada, TakahiroTakahiro Sunada  JPN
21 Jun 1998
Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu  JPN [19]
3000 m steeplechase
7:53.63
Shaheen, Saif SaaeedSaif Saaeed Shaheen  QAT
3 Sep 2004
Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL P
7:53.17
X Boulami, BrahimBrahim Boulami  MAR
16 Aug 2002
Weltklasse Zürich Zürich   SUI
110 m hurdles
12.80
+0.3
Merritt, AriesAries Merritt  USA
7 Sep 2012
Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL [20] P
400 m hurdles
46.78
Young, KevinKevin Young  USA
6 Aug 1992
Olympic Games Barcelona  ESP P
High jump
2.45 m
Sotomayor, JavierJavier Sotomayor  CUB
27 Jul 1993
Gran Premio Diputación Salamanca  ESP P
Pole vault
6.16 m
i Lavillenie, RenaudRenaud Lavillenie  FRA
15 Feb 2014
Pole Vault Stars Donetsk  UKR [21] P
Long jump
8.95 m
+0.3
Powell, MikeMike Powell  USA
30 Aug 1991
World Championships Tokyo  JPN P
Triple jump
18.29 m
+1.3
Edwards, JonathanJonathan Edwards  GBR
7 Aug 1995
World Championships Gothenburg  SWE [22] P
Shot put
23.12 m
Barnes, RandyRandy Barnes  USA
20 May 1990
Jack in the Box Invitational Westwood  USA [23] P
Discus throw
74.08 m
Schult, JürgenJürgen Schult  GDR
6 Jun 1986
Neubrandenburg  GDR P
Hammer throw
86.74 m
Sedykh, YuriyYuriy Sedykh  URS
30 Aug 1986
European Championships Stuttgart  GER P
Javelin throw
98.48 m
[b] Zelezny, JanJan Železný  CZE
25 May 1996
Jena  GER P
Decathlon
9045 pts
[c] Eaton, AshtonAshton Eaton  USA
29 Aug 2015
World Championships Beijing  CHN [24] P
10,000 m walk (track)
37:53.09
Fernandez, PaquilloPaquillo Fernández  ESP
27 Jul 2008
Spanish Championships Santa Cruz  ESP
10 km walk (road)
37:11.00
Rasskazov, RomanRoman Rasskazov  RUS
28 May 2000
Saransk  RUS [25]
20,000 m walk (track)
1:17:25.60
[d] Segura, BernardoBernardo Segura  MEX
7 May 1994
Bergen  NOR
20 km walk (road)
1:16:36.00
Suzuki, YusukeYusuke Suzuki  JPN
15 Mar 2015
Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi  JPN [26] P
2 hours walk (track)
29,572 m
+ Damilano, MaurizioMaurizio Damilano  ITA
3 Oct 1992
Cuneo  ITA
30,000 m walk (track)
2:01:44.10
Damilano, MaurizioMaurizio Damilano  ITA
3 Oct 1992
Cuneo  ITA
50,000 m walk (track)
3:35:27.20
Diniz, YohannYohann Diniz  FRA
12 Mar 2011
Reims  FRA [27]
50 km walk (road)
3:32:33.00
Diniz, YohannYohann Diniz  FRA
15 Aug 2014
European Championships Zürich   SUI [28] P
4×100 m relay
36.84
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
 JAM
11 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London  GBR [29] P
4×200 m relay
1:18.63
Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
 JAM
24 May 2014
World Relays Nassau  BAH [30] P
4×400 m relay
2:54.29
Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
 USA
22 Aug 1993
World Championships Stuttgart  GER [e] P
4×800 m relay
7:02.43
Joseph Mutua
William Yiampoy
Ismael Kombich
Wilfred Bungei
 KEN
25 Aug 2006
Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
Distance medley relay
9:15.50
[f] Kyle Merber
Brycen Spratling
Brandon Johnson
Ben Blankenship
 USA
3 May 2015
World Relays Nassau  BAH [32]
4×1500 m relay
14:22.22
Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
 KEN
25 May 2014
World Relays Nassau  BAH [33]
Road relay
1:57:06.00
[g] 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 Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
100 m
10.49
0.0
[h] Griffith Joyner, FlorenceFlorence Griffith Joyner  USA
16 Jul 1988
US Olympic Trials Indianapolis  USA P
200 m
21.34
+1.3
Griffith Joyner, FlorenceFlorence Griffith Joyner  USA
29 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul  KOR P
400 m
47.60
Koch, MaritaMarita Koch  GDR
6 Oct 1985
World Cup Canberra  AUS P
800 m
1:53.28
Kratochvilova, JarmilaJarmila Kratochvílová  TCH
26 Jul 1983
Munich  FRG P
1000 m
2:28.98
Masterkova, SvetlanaSvetlana Masterkova  RUS
23 Aug 1996
Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL P
1500 m
3:50.07
Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba  ETH
17 Jul 2015
Herculis Fontvieille  MON [36] P
Mile
4:12.56
Masterkova, SvetlanaSvetlana Masterkova  RUS
14 Aug 1996
Weltklasse Zürich Zürich   SUI P
2000 m
5:23.75
i Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba  ETH
7 Feb 2017
Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell  ESP [37]
3000 m
8:06.11
Junxia, WangWang Junxia  CHN
13 Sep 1993
Chinese National Games Beijing  CHN P
5000 m
14:11.15
Dibaba, TiruneshTirunesh Dibaba  ETH
6 Jun 2008
Bislett Games Oslo  NOR P
10,000 m (track)
29:17.45
Ayana, AlmazAlmaz Ayana  ETH
12 Aug 2016
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro  BRA [38] P
10 km (road)
30:04.00
Mx+ Jepkosgei, JoycilineJoyciline Jepkosgei  KEN
1 Apr 2017
Prague Half Marathon Prague  CZE [39]
30:29.00
Wo Leghzaoui, AsmaeAsmae Leghzaoui  MAR
8 Jun 2002
New York City  USA
15 km (road)
45:37.00
Mx+ Jepkosgei, JoycilineJoyciline Jepkosgei  KEN
1 Apr 2017
Prague Half Marathon Prague  CZE [39]
One hour (track)
18,517 m
Tune, DireDire Tune  ETH
12 Jun 2008
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE P
20,000 m (track)
1:05:26.60
Loroupe, TeglaTegla Loroupe  KEN
3 Sep 2000
Borgholzhausen  GER
20 km (road)
1:01:25.00
Mx+ Jepkosgei, JoycilineJoyciline Jepkosgei  KEN
1 Apr 2017
Prague Half Marathon Prague  CZE [39]
Half marathon
1:04:52.00
Mx Jepkosgei, JoycilineJoyciline Jepkosgei  KEN
1 Apr 2017
Prague Half Marathon Prague  CZE [39] P
25,000 m (track)
1:27:05.84
Loroupe, TeglaTegla Loroupe  KEN
21 Sep 2002
Mengerskirchen  GER
25 km (road)
1:19:53.00
Mx Keitany, Mary JepkosgeiMary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
9 May 2010
BIG 25 Berlin  GER [40]
1:19:43.00
+ Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [41]
30,000 m (track)
1:45:50.00
Loroupe, TeglaTegla Loroupe  KEN
7 Jun 2003
Warstein  GER
30 km (road)
1:36:05.00
Wo+ Keitany, Mary JepkosgeiMary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [41]
Marathon[a]
2:15:25.00
Mx[i] Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe  GBR
13 Apr 2003
London Marathon London  GBR P
2:17:01.00
Wo[i] Keitany, Mary JepkosgeiMary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [42]
100 km (road)
6:33:11.00
Abe, TomoeTomoe Abe  JPN
25 Jun 2000
Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu  JPN
3000 m steeplechase
8:52.78
Jebet, RuthRuth Jebet  BHR
27 Aug 2016
Meeting Areva Saint-Denis  FRA [43] P
100 m hurdles
12.20
+0.3
Harrison, KendraKendra Harrison  USA
22 Jul 2016
London Grand Prix London  GBR [44] P
400 m hurdles
52.34
Pechonkina, YuliyaYuliya Pechonkina  RUS
8 Aug 2003
Russian Championships Tula  RUS P
High jump
2.09 m
Kostadinova, StefkaStefka Kostadinova  BUL
30 Aug 1987
World Championships Rome  ITA P
Pole vault
5.06 m
Isinbayeva, YelenaYelena Isinbayeva  RUS
28 Aug 2009
Weltklasse Zürich Zürich   SUI P
Long jump
7.52 m
+1.4
Chistyakova, GalinaGalina Chistyakova  URS
11 Jun 1988
Brothers Znamensky Memorial Leningrad  USSR [45] P
Triple jump
15.50 m
+0.9
Kravets, InessaInessa Kravets  UKR
10 Aug 1995
World Championships Gothenburg  SWE P
Shot put
22.63 m
Lisovskaya, NatalyaNatalya Lisovskaya  URS
7 Jun 1987
Brothers Znamensky Memorial Moscow  USSR P
Discus throw
76.80 m
Reinsch, GabrieleGabriele Reinsch  GDR
9 Jul 1988
Neubrandenburg  GDR P
Hammer throw
82.98 m
Włodarczyk, AnitaAnita Włodarczyk  POL
28 Aug 2016
Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw  POL [46] P
Javelin throw
72.28 m
[b] Spotakova, BarboraBarbora Špotáková  CZE
13 Sep 2008
World Athletics Final Stuttgart  GER [47] P
Heptathlon
7291 pts
[j][b] Joyner-Kersee, JackieJackie Joyner-Kersee  USA
24 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul  KOR [48] P
Decathlon
8358 pts
[k] Skujyte, AustraAustra Skujytė  LTU
5 Apr 2005
Columbia  USA P
10,000 m walk (track)
41:56.23
Ryashkina, NadezhdaNadezhda Ryashkina  URS
24 Jul 1990
Goodwill Games Seattle  USA
41:37.90
# Hongmiao, GaoGao Hongmiao  CHN
7 Apr 1994
Beijing  CHN
10 km walk (road)
41:04.00
# Nikolayeva, YelenaYelena Nikolayeva  RUS
20 Apr 1996
Russian Championships Sochi  RUS [49]
20,000 m walk (track)
1:26:52.30
Ivanova, OlimpiadaOlimpiada Ivanova  RUS
6 Sep 2001
Brisbane  AUS [50]
20 km walk (road)
1:24:38.00
Hong, LiuLiu Hong  CHN
6 Jun 2015
Gran Premio Cantones A Coruña  ESP [51] P
50 km walk (road)
4:08:26.00
Henriques, InêsInês Henriques  POR
15 Jan 2017
Portuguese Championships Porto de Mós  POR [52] P
4:05:56.00
Henriques, InêsInês Henriques  POR
13 Aug 2017
World Chanpionships London  GBR [53] P
4×100 m relay
40.82
Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
 USA
10 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London  GBR [54] 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
Nadezhda Olizarenko
Lyubov Gurina
Lyudmila Borisova
Irina Podyalovskaya
 URS
5 Aug 1984
Moscow  USSR
Distance medley relay
10:36.50
[l] Treniere Moser
Sanya Richards-Ross
Ajee' Wilson
Shannon Rowbury
 USA
2 May 2015
World Relays Nassau  BAH [55]
4×1500 m relay
16:33.58
Mercy Cherono
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Onsando Obiri
 KEN
24 May 2014
World Relays Nassau  BAH [56]
Road relay
2:11:41.00
[m] Jiang Bo
Dong Yanmei
Zhao Fengdi
Ma Zaijie
Lan Lixin
Li Na
 CHN
28 Feb 1998
Beijing  CHN

Indoor world records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R P
50 m
5.55
X[n] Johnson, BenBen Johnson  CAN
31 Jan 1987
Ottawa  CAN [57]
5.56
A Bailey, DonovanDonovan Bailey  CAN
9 Feb 1996
Bill Cosby Invitational Reno  USA
5.56
#[o] Greene, MauriceMaurice Greene  USA
13 Feb 1999
Los Angeles  USA [58]
60 m
6.39
Greene, MauriceMaurice Greene  USA
3 Feb 1998
Madrid  ESP
3 Mar 2001
USA Championships Atlanta  USA
200 m
19.92
Fredericks, FrankieFrankie Fredericks  NAM
18 Feb 1996
Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin  FRA
400 m
44.57
Clement, KerronKerron Clement  USA
12 Mar 2005
NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Fayetteville  USA
800 m
1:42.67
Kipketer, WilsonWilson Kipketer  DEN
9 Mar 1997
World Championships Paris  FRA
1000 m
2:14.20
Souleiman, AyanlehAyanleh Souleiman  DJI
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm  SWE [59]
1500 m
3:31.18
El Guerrouj, HichamHicham El Guerrouj  MAR
2 Feb 1997
Sparkassen Cup Stuttgart  GER
Mile
3:48.45
El Guerrouj, HichamHicham El Guerrouj  MAR
12 Feb 1997
Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL
3000 m
7:24.90
Komen, DanielDaniel Komen  KEN
6 Feb 1998
Budapest  HUN
5000 m
12:49.60
Bekele, KenenisaKenenisa Bekele  ETH
20 Feb 2004
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR
50 m hurdles
6.25
McKoy, MarkMark McKoy  CAN
5 Mar 1986
Kobe  JPN
60 m hurdles
7.30
Jackson, ColinColin Jackson  GBR
6 Mar 1994
Sindelfingen  GER
High jump
2.43 m
Sotomayor, JavierJavier Sotomayor  CUB
4 Mar 1989
World Championships Budapest  HUN P
Pole vault
6.16 m
Lavillenie, RenaudRenaud Lavillenie  FRA
15 Feb 2014
Pole Vault Stars Donetsk  UKR [21] P
Long jump
8.79 m
Lewis, CarlCarl Lewis  USA
27 Jan 1984
Millrose Games New York City  USA
Triple jump
17.92 m
[p] Tamgho, TeddyTeddy Tamgho  FRA
6 Mar 2011
European Championships Paris  FRA [60][61]
Shot put
22.66 m
Barnes, RandyRandy Barnes  USA
20 Jan 1989
Sunkist Invitational Los Angeles  USA
Heptathlon
6645 pts
[q] Eaton, AshtonAshton Eaton  USA
10 Mar 2012
World Championships Istanbul  TUR [62]
5000 m walk
18:07.08
Shchennikov, MikhailMikhail 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
3:02.13
Kyle Clemons
David Verburg
Kind Butler III
Calvin Smith Jr.
 USA
9 Mar 2014
World Championships Sopot  POL [63]
3:01.96
#[r] Kerron Clement
Wallace Spearmon
Darold Williamson
Jeremy Wariner
 USA
11 Feb 2006
Tyson Invitational Fayetteville  USA
4×800 m relay
7:13.11
[s] Richard Jones
David Torrence
Duane Solomon
Erik Sowinski
 USA
8 Feb 2014
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Boston  USA [64][65]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R P
50 m
5.96
+ Privalova, IrinaIrina Privalova  RUS
9 Feb 1995
Madrid  ESP
60 m
6.92
Privalova, IrinaIrina Privalova  RUS
11 Feb 1993
Madrid  ESP
9 Feb 1995
200 m
21.87
Ottey, MerleneMerlene Ottey  JAM
13 Feb 1993
Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin  FRA
400 m
49.59
Kratochvilova, JarmilaJarmila Kratochvílová  TCH
7 Mar 1982
Milan  ITA
800 m
1:55.82
Ceplak, JolandaJolanda Čeplak  SVN
3 Mar 2002
European Championships Vienna  AUT
1000 m
2:30.94
Mutola, MariaMaria Mutola  MOZ
25 Feb 1999
GE Galan Stockholm  SWE
1500 m
3:55.17
Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba  ETH
1 Feb 2014
Weltklasse in Karlsruhe Karlsruhe  GER [66]
Mile
4:13.31
Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba  ETH
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm  SWE [59]
2000 m
5:23.75
Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba  ETH
7 Feb 2017
Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell  ESP [37]
3000 m
8:16.60
Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba  ETH
6 Feb 2014
XL Galan Stockholm  SWE [67]
5000 m
14:18.86
Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba  ETH
19 Feb 2015
XL Galan Stockholm  SWE [68]
50 m hurdles
6.58
Oschkenat, CorneliaCornelia Oschkenat  GDR
20 Feb 1988
East Berlin  GDR
60 m hurdles
7.68
Kallur, SusannaSusanna Kallur  SWE
10 Feb 2008
BW-Bank Meeting Karlsruhe  GER
7.68
X[t] Narozhilenko, LyudmilaLyudmila Narozhilenko  RUS
2 Mar 1993
San Sebastián  ESP
7.66
X
4 Mar 1993
Seville  ESP
7.63
X
4 Mar 1993
Seville  ESP
High jump
2.08 m
Bergqvist, KajsaKajsa Bergqvist  SWE
4 Feb 2006
Hochsprung mit Musik Arnstadt  GER
Pole vault
5.03 m
Suhr, JennJenn Suhr  USA
30 Jan 2016
Golden Eagle Multi and Invitational Brockport  USA [69]
5.02 m
A Suhr, JennJenn Suhr  USA
2 Mar 2013
USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [70]
Long jump
7.37 m
Drechsler, HeikeHeike Drechsler  GDR
13 Feb 1988
Vienna  AUT
Triple jump
15.36 m
Lebedeva, TatyanaTatyana Lebedeva  RUS
6 Mar 2004
World Championships Budapest  HUN [71]
Shot put
22.50 m
Fibingerova, HelenaHelena Fibingerová  TCH
19 Feb 1977
Jablonec  CSK
Pentathlon
5013 pts
[u] Dobrynska, NataliyaNataliya Dobrynska  UKR
9 Mar 2012
World Indoor Championships Istanbul  TUR [72]
3000 m walk
11:40.33
Stef, ClaudiaClaudia Ștef  ROM
30 Jan 1999
Bucharest  ROM
11:35.34
#[v] O'Sullivan, GillianGillian 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
Yuliya Gushchina
Olga Kotlyarova
Olga Zaytseva
Olesya Krasnomovets
 RUS
28 Jan 2006
Aviva International Match Glasgow  GBR
4×800 m relay
8:06.24
[w] Aleksandra Bulanova
Yekaterina Martynova
Yelena Kofanova
Anna Balakshina
 RUS
18 Feb 2011
Russian Indoor Championships Moscow  RUS [73]

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 very common in the first half of 20th century, a large number of races over distances by imperial measurements became rare occurrences and the IAAF removed all imperial measured events from its world record lists in 1976 – with the sole exception being the mile run (which remains common due to its historical prominence in track and field).

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 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; even those using light beams are timed by the motion of the athlete, still removing the normal factor of reaction time. Football 40 years dashes are usually run of a turf surface, as opposed to an all weather track. All these factors make track and "football 40" performances incomparable. The world best time for a "football 40" is 4.17 by Deion Sanders. The extrapolated best for an Olympic level athlete, including reacting to a starting gun, currently is by Maurice Greene at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics with a time of 4.24.[74][75] Under conventional football timing on a turf field in 2017, Christian Coleman reportedly ran a 4.12.[76]

Outdoor events[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R P
50 m
5.47
+0.9
+ Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt  JAM
16 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin  GER [77]
60 m
6.31
+0.9
+[x] Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt  JAM
16 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin  GER [78]
100 y
9.00
h Crockett, IvoryIvory Crockett  USA
11 May 1974
Knoxville  USA [79]
McTear, HoustonHouston McTear  USA
9 May 1975
Winter Park  USA [79]
9.07
−0.5
+ Powell, AsafaAsafa Powell  JAM
27 May 2010
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [80]
150 m
14.44
−0.3
+ Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt  JAM
20 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin  GER [81]
150 m straight
14.35
+1.1
Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt  JAM
17 May 2009
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [82]
200 m straight
19.41
−0.4
Gay, TysonTyson Gay  USA
16 May 2010
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [83][84]
220 y straight
19.50
+1.9
h Smith, TommieTommie Smith  USA
7 May 1966
San Jose  USA [85]
19.54
−0.4
Gay, TysonTyson Gay  USA
16 May 2010
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [86]
300 m
30.81
van Niekerk, WaydeWayde van Niekerk  RSA
28 Jun 2017
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [87]
440 y
44.50
Smith, JohnJohn Smith  USA
26 Jun 1971
USA Championships Eugene  USA [88][89][90]
500 m
57.69
[y] Rudisha, DavidDavid Rudisha  KEN
10 Sep 2016
Great North CityGames Newcastle  GBR [91]
600 m
1:12.81
Gray, JohnnyJohnny Gray  USA
24 May 1986
Santa Monica  USA
Two miles
7:58.61
Komen, DanielDaniel Komen  KEN
17 Jul 1997
Hechtel-Eksel  BEL P
5 km (road)
12:59.50
Kipketer, SammySammy Kipketer  KEN
26 Mar 2000
15th Carlsbad 5000 Carlsbad  USA
8 km (road)
21:51.00
+ Merga, DeribaDeriba Merga  ETH
18 Feb 2011
RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [92]
10 miles (road)
44:24.00
[z] Gebrselassie, HaileHaile Gebrselassie  ETH
4 Sep 2005
Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg  NED
35 km (road)
1:41:47.00
+ Kimetto, Dennis KiprutoDennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN
28 Sep 2014
Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [18]
40 km (road)
1:56:29.00
+ Kimetto, Dennis KiprutoDennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN
28 Sep 2014
Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [18]
90 km (road)
5:20:49.00
Shvetsov, LeonidLeonid Shvetsov  RUS
2007
Comrades Marathon Durban  RSA
100,000 m (track)
6:10:20.00
Ritchie, DonDon Ritchie  GBR
28 Oct 1978
London  GBR
2000 m steeplechase
5:10.68
Mekhissi-Benabbad, MahiedineMahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  FRA
30 Jun 2010
Alma Athlé Tour Reims  FRA [93]
200 m hurdles
22.55
Ottoz, LaurentLaurent Ottoz  ITA
31 May 1995
Milan  ITA [94]
200 m hurdles straight
21.90
+1.4
h[aa] Styron, DonDon Styron  USA
2 Apr 1960
Baton Rouge  USA [95]
22.10
+2.0
Turner, AndyAndy Turner  GBR
15 May 2011
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [96]
22.10
+1.8
van Zyl, Louis JacobusLouis Jacobus van Zyl  RSA
9 May 2015
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [97]
220 y hurdles straight
21.90
+1.4
h Styron, DonDon Styron  USA
2 Apr 1960
Baton Rouge  USA [95][98]
300 m hurdles
34.48
Rawlinson, ChrisChris Rawlinson  GBR
30 Jun 2002
Sheffield  GBR
440 y hurdles
48.70
Bolding, JimJim Bolding  USA
25 Jul 1974
Turin  ITA [99]
Standing long jump
12 ft 3 in
Jones, ByronByron Jones  USA
23 Feb 2015
NFL scouting combine Indianapolis  USA [100]
Standing triple jump
10.95 m
Lewis, TydreeTydree Lewis  USA
31 Oct 2011
Weight throw
25.41 m
Deal, LanceLance Deal  USA
20 Feb 1993
Azusa  USA
Icosathlon
14571 pts
Detmer, JosephJoseph Detmer  USA
25 Sep 2010
World Championships Lynchburg  USA [101]
1500 m walk (track)
5:12.00
+ Grigaliunas, AntanasAntanas Grigaliūnas  LTU
12 May 1990
Vilnius  LTU [102]
Mile walk (track)
5:31.08
Bosworth, TomTom Bosworth  GBR
9 Jul 2017
London Grand Prix London  GBR [103]
3000 m walk (track)
10:47.11
De Benedictis, GiovanniGiovanni De Benedictis  ITA
19 May 1990
San Giovanni Valdarno  ITA
5000 m walk (track)
18:05.49
Ghoula, HatemHatem Ghoula  TUN
1 May 1997
Tunis  TUN
50 mile walk (road)
7:44:47.20
Ladany, ShaulShaul Ladany  ISR
1972
New Jersey  USA [104]
4×110 y relay
38.60
A[ab] Earl McCullouch
Fred Kuller
O.J. Simpson
Lennox Miller (JAM)
17 Jun 1967
NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Provo  USA [105]
Swedish relay
1:46.59
[ac] Christopher Williams
Usain Bolt
Davian Clarke
Jermaine Gonzales
 JAM
25 Jul 2006
DN Galan Stockholm  SWE [106]
4×110m shuttle hurdles relay
52.94
[ad] Jason Richardson
Aleec Harris
Aries Merritt
David Oliver
 USA
25 Apr 2015
Drake Relays Des Moines  USA [107]
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 [108]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
50 m
5.93
−0.1
+ Jones, MarionMarion Jones  USA
22 Aug 1999
World Championships Seville  ESP
60 m
6.85
−0.1
+ Jones, MarionMarion Jones  USA
22 Aug 1999
World Championships Seville  ESP
100 y
9.91
+1.1
+ Campbell-Brown, VeronicaVeronica Campbell-Brown  JAM
31 May 2011
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [109]
150 m
16.10
+1.3
+ Griffith Joyner, FlorenceFlorence Griffith Joyner  USA
29 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul  KOR
16.46
−1.5
Ottey, MerleneMerlene Ottey  JAM
27 Sep 1989
Trapani  ITA [110][111]
150 m straight
16.30
+0.1
Bowie, ToriTori Bowie  USA
4 Jun 2017
Boost Boston Games Somerville  USA [112]
200 m straight
21.76
+0.5
Miller-Uibo, ShaunaeShaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH
4 Jun 2017
Boost Boston Games Somerville  USA [113]
300 m
34.14
+ Koch, MaritaMarita Koch  GDR
6 Oct 1985
World Cup Canberra  AUS
35.30
A Guevara, AnaAna Guevara  MEX
3 May 2003
GP Banamex Meeting Mexico City  MEX [114]
500 m
1:05.90
Kocembova, TatanaTatana Kocembova  TCH
2 Aug 1984
Ostrava  CSK
600 m
1:22.63
A Quirot, AnaAna Quirot  CUB
25 Jul 1997
Guadalajara  MEX
Two miles
8:58.58
Defar, MeseretMeseret Defar  ETH
14 Sep 2007
Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
5 km (road)
14:46.00
Defar, MeseretMeseret Defar  ETH
9 Apr 2006
15th Carlsbad 5000 Carlsbad  USA
4 miles (road)
19:14.00
Kibiwot, ViolaViola Kibiwot  KEN
13 Oct 2013
4 Mile of Groningen Groningen  NED [115]
8 km (road)
24:30.00
+ Keitany, MaryMary Keitany  KEN
18 Feb 2011
RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [92]
10 miles (road)
50:05.00
+ Keitany, MaryMary Keitany  KEN
18 Feb 2011
RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [92]
35 km (road)
1:52:39.00
+ Keitany, Mary JepkosgeiMary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [41]
40 km (road)
2:09:38.00
+ Keitany, Mary JepkosgeiMary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London  GBR [41]
24-hour run (road)
258,339 m
Bereznowska, PatrycjaPatrycja Bereznowska  POL
2 Jul 2017
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Belfast  GBR [116]
2000 m steeplechase
6:02.16
Nganga, Virginia NyamburaVirginia Nyambura Nganga  KEN
6 Sep 2015
ISTAF Berlin  GER [117]
200 m hurdles
24.80
+0.4
h Pedroso, YadisleidyYadisleidy Pedroso  ITA
6 Apr 2013
Caserta  ITA [118]
25.60
−0.7
h Girard, PatriciaPatricia Girard  FRA
23 Aug 2001
Nantes  FRA [119]
25.79
−0.6
Wells, LaurenLauren Wells  AUS
21 Jan 2017
AACT Combined Events Championships Canberra  AUS [120]
200 m hurdles straight
25.05
+1.0
Beesley, MeghanMeghan Beesley  GBR
17 May 2014
Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [121]
300 m hurdles
38.16
Hejnova, ZuzanaZuzana Hejnová  CZE
3 Aug 2013
Grand Prix of Cheb Cheb  CZE [122]
Weight throw
24.57 m
Riley, BrittanyBrittany Riley  USA
27 Jan 2007
Tetradecathlon
10798 pts
Kelo, MillaMilla Kelo  FIN
8 Sep 2002
Turku  FIN [123]
3000 m walk (track)
11:48.24
Salvador, IleanaIleana Salvador  ITA
29 Aug 1993
Padua  ITA [124]
5000 m walk (track)
20:01.80
Giorgi, EleonoraEleonora Giorgi  ITA
18 May 2014
Italian Clubs League Meet Misterbianco  ITA [125]
4×100 m hurdles relay
50.78
[ae] Nia Ali
Kristi Castlin
Yvette Lewis
Queen Harrison
 USA
6 Apr 2013
Florida Relays Gainesville  USA [126]
Sprint medley relay (1-1-2-4)
1:35.59
[af] Morolake Akinosun
English Gardner
Dezerea Bryant
Miki Barber
 USA
29 Apr 2017
Penn Relays Philadelphia  USA [127]
Sprint medley relay (2-2-4-8)
3:34.56
[ag] Sherri-Ann Brooks
Rosemarie Whyte
Moya Thompson
Kenia Sinclair
 JAM
1 Apr 2009
Penn Relays Philadelphia  USA

Indoor events[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
30 m
3.81
Martina, ChurandyChurandy Martina  NED
14 Nov 2008
Domino Day Amsterdam  NED [128]
50 y
5.22
Floyd, StanleyStanley Floyd  USA
22 Jan 1982
Los Angeles  USA
5.15
X[n] Johnson, BenBen Johnson  CAN
29 Jan 1988
Toronto  CAN
5.00
h Clayton, KirkKirk Clayton  USA
10 Jan 1970
Calgary  CAN
Washington, HerbHerb Washington  USA
2 Feb 1972
Toronto  CAN [129]
Pender, MelMel Pender  USA
4 Mar 1972
Orlando  USA
Pender, MelMel Pender  USA
18 Mar 1972
Hamilton  CAN
Washington, HerbHerb Washington  USA
4 Feb 1973
Toronto  CAN
Ommer, ManfredManfred Ommer  FRG
14 Mar 1975
Leverkusen  FRG
60 y
5.80
h Washington, HerbHerb Washington  USA
12 Feb 1972
East Lansing  USA [129]
55 m
5.99
A Thompson, ObadeleObadele Thompson  BAR
22 Feb 1997
Colorado Springs  USA [58]
100 m
9.98
Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt  JAM
23 Aug 2014
Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw  POL [130][131][132]
150 m
14.99
Bailey, DonovanDonovan Bailey  CAN
1 Jun 1997
Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race Toronto  CAN [133]
300 m
31.87
Lyles, NoahNoah Lyles  USA
4 Mar 2017
USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [134]
500 m
59.82
Haley, RoddieRoddie Haley  USA
15 Mar 1986
NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Oklahoma City  USA [135]
600 m
1:14.91
Loxsom, CasimirCasimir Loxsom  USA
27 Jan 2017
Penn State National Open University Park  USA [136]
2000 m
4:49.99
Bekele, KenenisaKenenisa Bekele  ETH
17 Feb 2007
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR
Two miles
8:03.40
Farah, MoMo Farah  GBR
21 Feb 2015
Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR [137]
10,000 m
27:50.29
Bett, MarkMark Bett  KEN
10 Feb 2002
Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL [138]
Marathon[a]
2:21:48.00
Zablocki, ChristopherChristopher Zablocki  USA
25 Mar 2017
The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City  USA [139]
2000 m steeplechase
5:13.77
Koech, Paul KipsielePaul Kipsiele Koech  KEN
13 Feb 2011
Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL [140][141]
3000 m steeplechase
8:17.46
Zagoruyko, AleksandrAleksandr Zagoruyko  URS
21 Feb 1982
Moscow  USSR [138]
55 m hurdles
6.89
Nehemiah, RenaldoRenaldo Nehemiah  USA
20 Jan 1979
New York City  USA
110 m hurdles
13.34
Johnson, AllenAllen Johnson  USA
14 Feb 1995
Moscow  RUS [138]
300 m hurdles
34.92
OT Herbert, LlewellynLlewellyn Herbert  RSA
9 Feb 1999
Pirkkahall Tampere  FIN [142][143]
Warholm, KarstenKarsten Warholm  NOR
11 Feb 2017
Norden Kampen Tampere  FIN [144]
400 m hurdles
48.78
Sanchez, FelixFelix Sanchez  DOM
18 Feb 2012
Meeting National Val-de-Reuil Val-de-Reuil  FRA [145][146]
Discus throw
69.51 m
Kanter, GerdGerd Kanter  EST
22 Mar 2009
World Record Indoor Challenge Växjö  SWE [147]
Weight throw
25.86 m
Deal, LanceLance Deal  USA
4 Mar 1995
Atlanta  USA [138]
Javelin throw
65.10 m
[ah] Bjarkvik, PontusPontus Bjärkvik  SWE
13 Mar 2011
World Indoor Throwing Växjö  SWE [148]
85.78 m
[ai] Narhi, MattiMatti Närhi  FIN
3 Mar 1996
Kajaani  FIN [149]
3000 m walk
10:31.42
Erm, AndreasAndreas Erm  GER
4 Feb 2001
Halle  GER [138]
Two miles walk
11:54.50
Kazlauskas, ValdasValdas Kazlauskas  URS
24 Feb 1990
Kaunas  USSR [138]
10,000 m walk
38:23.73
Zhen, WangWang Zhen  CHN
8 Feb 2015
Genoa  ITA
15,000 m walk
1:00:03.90
Kazlauskas, ValdasValdas Kazlauskas  URS
24 Jan 1987
Kaunas  USSR [138]
20,000 m walk
1:20:40.00
OT Weigel, RonaldRonald Weigel  GDR
27 Jan 1980
Senftenberg  GDR
Distance medley relay
9:19.93
[aj] Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.
Michael Berry
Erik Sowinski
Patrick Casey
 USA
31 Jan 2015
Armory Track Invitational New York City  USA [150]
4×1 mile relay
16:12.81
[ak] Donn Cabral
Ford Palmer
Graham Crawford
Kyle Merber
 USA
18 Feb 2017
Artie O’Connor College Invitational New York City  USA [151]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
55 m
6.45
Carr, DaequonDaequon Carr  USA
8 Feb 2014
Winston-Salem  USA
100 m
11.15
Koch, MaritaMarita Koch  GDR
12 Jan 1980
East Berlin  GDR
300 m
35.45
Privalova, IrinaIrina Privalova  RUS
17 Jan 1993
Moscow  RUS
500 m
1:06.31
Krasnomovets, OlesyaOlesya Krasnomovets  RUS
7 Jan 2006
Yekaterinburg  RUS
600 m
1:23.44
Kotlyarova, OlgaOlga Kotlyarova  RUS
1 Feb 2004
Russian Winter Meeting Moscow  RUS
Two miles
9:00.48
Dibaba, GenzebeGenzebe Dibaba  ETH
15 Feb 2014
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR [152]
10,000 m
32:44.97
Michurina, OlgaOlga Michurina  RUS
23 Dec 1995
Saint Petersburg  RUS
Marathon[a]
2:42:30.00
Manninen, LauraLaura Manninen  FIN
25 Mar 2017
The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City  USA [139]
2000 m steeplechase
6:05.29
Bykova, MariyaMariya Bykova  RUS
22 Jan 2013
Central FD Regional Championships Belgorod  RUS [153][154]
3000 m steeplechase
9:07.00
Petrova, TatyanaTatyana Petrova  RUS
17 Feb 2006
Moscow  RUS
9:54.20
[al] Lustigova, MarcelaMarcela Lustigova  CZE
11 Feb 2010
Botnia Games Korsholm  FIN [155][156]
100 m hurdles
12.64
Engquist, LudmilaLudmila Engquist  SWE
10 Feb 1997
Tampere  FIN
300 m hurdles
40.09
OT Tomb, StineStine Tomb  NOR
5 Feb 2011
Finland-Sweden-Norway Indoor Match Tampere  FIN [157][158]
400 m hurdles
56.41
Tosta, SheenaSheena Tosta  USA
12 Feb 2011
Meeting National Val-de-Reuil  FRA [159] [160][161]
Discus throw
62.07 m
Craft, ShaniceShanice Craft  GER
14 Feb 2015
ISTAF Indoor Berlin  GER [162]
Weight throw
25.60 m
A Berry, GwenGwen Berry  USA
4 Mar 2017
USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [134]
Javelin throw
57.75 m
[ah] Wessman, AnnaAnna Wessman  SWE
10 Mar 2012
World Indoor Throwing Växjö  SWE [163]
61.29 m
[ai] Uppa, TainaTaina Uppa  FIN
28 Feb 1999
Mustasaari  FIN [164]
Mile walk
6:16.72
Eidikyte, SadaSada Eidikytė  URS
24 Feb 1990
Kaunas  USSR [165]
Two miles walk
13:11.88
Salvador, IleanaIleana Salvador  ITA
14 Feb 1990
Genoa  ITA [165]
5000 m walk
20:10.30
Sokolova, VeraVera Sokolova  RUS
30 Dec 2010
Mordovian Indoor Championships Saransk  RUS [166]
10,000 m walk
43:54.63
Ginko, YelenaYelena 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 [167]
Distance medley relay
10:40.31
[am] Emma Coburn
Sydney McLaughlin
Brenda Martinez
Jenny Simpson
 USA
28 Jan 2017
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Boston  USA [168]

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.[169]

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
Hohn, UweUwe Hohn  GDR
20 Jul 1984
East Berlin  GDR
Women's
80.00 m
Felke, PetraPetra 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
Kluft, CarolinaCarolina Klüft  SWE
26 Aug 2007
World Championships Osaka  JPN [170]
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[an] (javelin), 2:12.56 (800 m)

Other Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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. ^ a b c See javelin specifications below.
  3. ^ 100m: 10.23 (−0.4m/s), LJ: 7.88m (0.0m/s), SP: 14.52m, HJ: 2.01m, 400m: 45.00, 110mH: 13.69 (−0.2m/s), DT: 43.34m, PV: 5.20m, JT: 63.63m, 1500m: 4:17.52
  4. ^ Actually 1:17:25.5 but ratified as 1:17:25.6.
  5. ^ The IAAF announced on 12 August 2008 that they had rescinded the world record of 2:54.20 set by the United States at Uniondale on 22 July 1998 after relay team member Antonio Pettigrew admitted to his use of human growth hormone and EPO between 1997 and 2003.[31]
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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 10.61 s, recorded the next day at the same venue by the same athlete in the final.[34][35]
  9. ^ a b Both marks recognized as official world record until mixed mark is surpassed.
  10. ^ 100mH: 12.69 (+0.5m/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:&nbsp3.10m, JT: 48.78m, 1500m: 5:15.86
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ Leg1 (5km) Jiang Bo 15:42
    Leg 2 (10km) Dong Yanmei 31:36
    Leg 3 (5km) Zhao Fengdi 15:16
    Leg 4 (10km) Ma Zaijie 31:01
    Leg 5 (5km) Lan Lixin 15:50
    Leg 6 (7.195km) Li Na 22:16
  14. ^ a b This time was rescinded after Johnson admitted using steroids between 1981 and 1988.
  15. ^ Insufficient or no doping control.
  16. ^ 2nd and 4th jumps in series.
  17. ^ 60m: 6.79, LJ: 8.16m, SP: 14.56m, HJ: 2.03m, JT: 45.66m, 60mH: 7.68, PV: 5.20m, 100m: 2:32.77
  18. ^ Insufficient doping control; IAAF rejected the time of 3:01.96 as no post-race EPO analysis was performed.
  19. ^ US All Stars team:
    Leg 1 Richard Jones 1:51.01
    Leg 2 David Torrence 1:47.46
    Leg 3 Duane Solomon 1:47.99
    Leg 4 Erik Sowinski 1:46.67
  20. ^ Athlete failed a doping test.
  21. ^ 60mH: 8.38, HJ: 1.84m, SP: 16.51m, LJ: 6.57m, 800m: 2:11.15
  22. ^ No international judges.
  23. ^ Team Moscow
  24. ^ Calculated.
  25. ^ Road race.
  26. ^ 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
  27. ^ actual race distance was 220 yards
  28. ^ Team University of Southern California
  29. ^ Team Puma Reggae
    Leg 1 (100m) Christopher Williams
    Leg 2 (200m) Usain Bolt
    Leg 3 (300m) Davian Clarke
    Leg 4: (400m) Jermaine Gonzales
  30. ^ Team USA Blue
  31. ^ 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
  32. ^ Leg 1 (100m) Morolake Akinosun
    Leg 2 (100m) English Gardner
    Leg 3 (200m) Dezerea Bryant
    Leg 4 (400m) Miki Barber
  33. ^ 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
  34. ^ a b Current design.
  35. ^ a b Old design.
  36. ^ 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
  37. ^ Team Hoka New Jersey-New York Track Club
  38. ^ This is the fastest indoor steeplechase with a water-jump.
  39. ^ 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
  40. ^ 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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