50 metres is a sprint event in track and field. It is a relatively uncommon non-championship event for indoor track and field, normally dominated by the best outdoor 100 metres runners. At outdoor athletics competitions it is used in the Special Olympics and a rare distance, at least for senior athletes. It is an alternative to the 60 metres running event. The imperial distance for 50 metres is 54.68 yards.
|World||Donovan Bailey 5.56 A (1996)|
|World||Irina Privalova 5.96 (1995)|
Records and personal bests in the 50 metres are frequently achieved in February and March as these dates coincide with the indoor athletics season.
All-time top 25Edit
Indoor results only
+ = en route to a longer distance
A = affected by altitude
- Updated 30 November 2018.
- B Ben Johnson of Canada ran 5.55 at Ottawa, Canada on 31 January 1987, but this time was rescinded after Johnson admitted to using steroids between 1981 and 1988.
Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 5.63:
- Maurice Greene also ran 5.59+ (1999).
- Michael Green also ran 5.62+ (1997).
- Donovan Bailey also ran 5.62 (1996).
- Deji Aliu also ran 5.63+ (1999).
- Freddy Mayola also ran 5.63+ (2001).
Outdoor best performancesEdit
+ = en route to 100m mark. N.B. The Seville marks listed are excluding the athlete's reaction times. Bolt's time is inclusive.
|1||5.40+ (calculated; add 0.127, or 0.13)||+0.2||Bruny Surin||Canada||22 August 1999||Seville|||
|2||5.42+ (calculated; add 0.132, or 0.13)||Maurice Greene||Canada|
|3||5.43+ (calculated; add 0.140)||Dwain Chambers||United States|
|3||5.46+ (calculated; add 0.136, or 0.14)||Tim Harden||United States|
|5||5.47+ (calculated)||+0.9||Usain Bolt||Jamaica||16 August 2009||Berlin|||
- Correct as of January 2017.
|1||5.96+||Irina Privalova||Russia||9 February 1995||Madrid|
|2||6.00||Merlene Ottey||Jamaica||4 February 1994||Moscow|
|3||6.02+||Gail Devers||United States||21 February 1999||Liévin|
|4||6.04+||Chioma Ajunwa||Nigeria||22 February 1998||Liévin|
|5||6.05+||Savatheda Fynes||Bahamas||13 February 2000||Liévin|
|Philomena Mensah||Canada||13 February 2000||Liévin|
|7||6.07 A||Gwen Torrence||United States||9 February 1996||Reno|
|8||6.08+||Christy Opara-Thompson||Nigeria||16 February 1997||Liévin|
|6.08||Veronica Campbell-Brown||Jamaica||28 January 2012||New York City|
|10||6.09||Zhanna Block||Ukraine||2 February 1993||Moscow|
|11||6.11||Marita Koch||German Democratic Republic||2 February 1980||Grenoble|
|6.11+||Liliana Allen||Mexico||13 February 2000||Liévin|
|Christine Arron||France||26 February 2006||Aubière|
|14||6.12||Marlies Göhr||German Democratic Republic||2 February 1980||Grenoble|
|Silke Möller||German Democratic Republic||19 February 1988||Berlin|
|Anelia Nuneva||Bulgaria||27 January 1995||Moscow|
|17||6.13||Jeanette Bolden||United States||21 February 1981||Edmonton|
|Michelle Finn-Burrell||United States||15 February 1992||Los Angeles|
|Natalya Merzlyakova||Russia||4 February 1994||Moscow|
|Ekaterina Grigorieva||Russia||4 February 1994||Moscow|
|6.13+||Mercy Nku||Nigeria||25 February 2001||Liévin|
|22||6.14+||Frédérique Bangué||France||16 February 1997||Liévin|
|Petya Pendareva||Bulgaria||21 February 1999||Liévin|
|Muriel Hurtis||France||23 February 2003||Liévin|
|LaVerne Jones-Ferrette||US Virgin Islands||24 February 2012||Liévin|
Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 6.11:
- Irina Privalova also ran 6.01 (1994), 6.03 (1994), 6.04 (1993), 6.05+ (1993, 1997), 6.07 (1994), 6.08 (1994), 6.08+ (1997), 6.09 (1994), 6.11+ (1996).
- Gail Devers also ran 6.03 (1999), 6.10 (1993).
- Merlene Ottey also ran 6.06+ (1999), 6.08+ (1999), 6.11+ (1996).
- Savatheda Fynes also ran 6.07+ (1999).
- Philomena Mensah also ran 6.07+ (1999).
- Christy Opara-Thompson also ran 6.11+ (1997).
Outdoor best performancesEdit
+ = en route to 100m mark
|5.93+ (calculated)||−0.1||Marion Jones||United States||22 August 1999||Seville|
- "All Time Top Lists - Senior Indoor 50 Metres Men". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
- "Biomechanical Analysis of the World Championships in Athletics Seville 1999". IAAF. IAAF. 2001. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- "Biomechanical Analysis 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics" (PDF). IAAF. 17 August 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- "All-time women's best 50m". IAAF. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.