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List of World Athletics Championships records

Tyson Gay on the way to setting the former 200 metres championship record in Osaka in 2007
Athletes competing at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium where the first and tenth editions of the Championships were staged.

The World Championships in Athletics is a biennial event which began in 1983. Organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Championships are a competition comprising track and field athletics events available to male and female athletes from any of the IAAF's 213 member federations. Championship records are set when an athlete achieves the best mark in an event at one of the editions of the Championships. World, area, and national records have been set at the championships over the course of its history.

Competitors at the World Championships come from around the globe and records have been broken by athletes from all six continents. The United States has been the most successful competitor at the World Championships in both medals and records.

Four athletes hold multiple records: Marion Jones holds both the individual and relay record in the 100 metres, Michael Johnson holds individual and relay records in the 400 metres, Jackie Joyner-Kersee broke both the heptathlon and long jump records in 1987, and Jarmila Kratochvílová set the records in the 400 and 800 metres at the inaugural Championships in 1983. Kratochílová's records have gone unbeaten for over 30 years and are the two oldest records of the Championships.

MenEdit

 
Colin Jackson broke the 110 metre hurdles world record in 1993; a record which stood for over a decade.
 
Mike Powell's world record long jump at the 1991 Championships has never been bettered.
 
Double record holder Michael Johnson has held the 400 metres world record with his run in Seville for over 20 years.
  • Note: World records in bold are current world records, those in bold italics are former world records

Statistics are correct as of October 2019

Event Record Name Location Date Ref Video
100 m 9.58 (+0.9 m/s) WR   Usain Bolt (JAM)   Berlin 16 August 2009 [1]
200 m 19.19 (−0.3 m/s) WR   Usain Bolt (JAM)   Berlin 20 August 2009 [2]
400 m 43.18 WR   Michael Johnson (USA)   Sevilla 26 August 1999 [3]
800 m 1:42.34   Donavan Brazier (USA)   Doha 1 October 2019 [1]
1500 m 3:27.65   Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR)   Sevilla 24 August 1999
5000 m 12:52.79   Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)   Paris 31 August 2003
10000 m 26:46.31   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)   Berlin 17 August 2009
Marathon 2:06:54   Abel Kirui (KEN)   Berlin 22 August 2009 [2]
110 m hurdles 12.91 (+0.5 m/s) WR   Colin Jackson (GBR)   Stuttgart 20 August 1993
400 m hurdles 47.18   Kevin Young (USA)   Stuttgart 19 August 1993
3000 m steeplechase 8:00.43   Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN)   Berlin 18 August 2009
High jump 2.41 m   Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR)   Moscow 15 August 2013 [3]
Pole vault 6.05 m   Dmitri Markov (AUS)   Edmonton 9 August 2001
Long jump 8.95 m (+0.3 m/s) WR   Mike Powell (USA)   Tokyo 30 August 1991
Triple jump 18.29 m (+1.3 m/s) WR   Jonathan Edwards (GBR)   Gothenburg 7 August 1995
Shot put 22.91 m   Joe Kovacs (USA)   Doha 5 October 2019 [4]
Discus throw 70.17 m   Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)   Helsinki 7 August 2005
Hammer throw 83.63 m[5]   Ivan Tsikhan (BLR)   Osaka 27 August 2007
Javelin throw 92.80 m   Jan Železný (CZE)   Edmonton 12 August 2001
Decathlon 9045 pts WR   Ashton Eaton (USA)   Beijing 28–29 August 2015 [6]
100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
10.23 (−0.4 m/s) 7.88 m (0.0 m/s) 14.52 m 2.01 m 45.00 13.69 (−0.2 m/s) 43.34 m 5.20 m 63.63 m 4:17.52
20 km walk (road) 1:17:21 WR   Jefferson Pérez (ECU)   Paris 23 August 2003
50 km walk (road) 3:33:11   Yohann Diniz (FRA)   London 13 August 2017 [7]
4 × 100 m relay 37.04   Jamaica (JAM)
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
  Daegu 4 September 2011 [8] [4]
4 × 400 m relay 2:54.29 WR   United States (USA)
Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Harry Reynolds
Michael Johnson
  Stuttgart 22 August 1993 [9] [5]
Key:
WR World record AR Area record NR National record PB Athlete's personal best

Decathlon disciplinesEdit

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
100 m 10.23 Ashton Eaton   United States 28 August 2015 2015 World Championships   Beijing, China
Long jump 8.07 m Tomáš Dvořák   Czech Republic 6 August 2001 2001 World Championships   Edmonton, Canada
Shot put 17.54 m Mike Smith   Canada 5 August 1997 1997 World Championships   Athens, Greece
High jump 2.24 m Jagan Hames   Australia 5 August 1997 1997 World Championships   Athens, Greece
400 m 45.00 Ashton Eaton   United States 28 August 2015 2015 World Championships   Beijing, China
110 m hurdles 13.55 Frank Busemann   Germany 6 August 1997 1997 World Championships   Athens, Greece
Discus throw 53.68 m Bryan Clay   United States 10 August 2005 2005 World Championships   Helsinki, Finland
Pole vault 5.50 m Sébastien Levicq   France 25 August 1999 1999 World Championships   Seville, Spain
Javelin throw 79.05 m Niklas Kaul   Germany 3 October 2019 2019 World Championships   Doha, Qatar [10]
1500 m 4:11.82 Beat Gähwiler    Switzerland 30 August 1991 1991 World Championships   Tokyo, Japan

WomenEdit

 
Tirunesh Dibaba was only 20 when she won two gold medals and set the 5000 metres record.
 
Yelena Isinbayeva broke the pole vault world record for the thirteenth time in 2005.
 
Paula Radcliffe had won only one medal in five Championship appearances before she broke the Marathon record in Helsinki.
  • Note:World records in bold are current world records, those in bold italics are former world records

Statistics are correct as of October 2019

Event Record Name Location Date Ref Video
100 m 10.70 (–0.1 m/s)   Marion Jones (USA)   Sevilla 28 August 1999 [11]
200 m 21.63 (+0.2 m/s)   Dafne Schippers (NED)   Beijing 28 August 2015 [12]
400 m 47.99 WR   Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH)   Helsinki 10 August 1983 [6]
800 m 1:54.68   Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH)   Helsinki 9 August 1983 [7]
1500 m 3:51.95   Sifan Hassan (NED)   Doha 5 October 2019 [13]
3000 m
(defunct since 1993)
8:28.71   Yunxia Qu (CHN)   Stuttgart 16 August 1993
5000 m 14:26.72   Hellen Obiri (KEN)   Doha 5 October 2019 [14]
10000 m 30:04.18   Berhane Adere (ETH)   Paris 23 August 2003
100 m hurdles 12.28 (+1.1 m/s)   Sally Pearson (AUS)   Daegu 3 September 2011 [15]
400 m hurdles 52.16 WR   Dalilah Muhammad (USA)   Doha 4 October 2019 [16]
3000 m steeplechase 8:57.84   Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)   Doha 30 September 2019 [17]
Marathon 2:20:57   Paula Radcliffe (GBR)   Helsinki 14 August 2005
High jump 2.09 m WR   Stefka Kostadinova (BUL)   Rome 30 August 1987
Pole vault 5.01 m WR   Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)   Helsinki 12 August 2005 [18]
Long jump 7.36 m   Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)   Rome 4 September 1987
Triple jump 15.50 m WR   Inessa Kravets (UKR)   Gothenburg 10 August 1995
Shot put 21.24 m   Natalya Lisovskaya (URS)   Rome 5 September 1987
  Valerie Adams (NZL)   Daegu 29 August 2011
Discus throw 71.62   Martina Hellmann (GDR)   Rome 31 August 1987
Hammer throw 80.85 m   Anita Włodarczyk (POL)   Beijing 27 August 2015 [19]
Javelin throw 71.99 m   Mariya Abakumova (RUS)   Daegu 2 September 2011 [20] [8]
Heptathlon 7128 pts   Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)   Rome 31 August – 1 September 1987
10000 m walk (track)
(defunct since 1997)
42:55.49   Annarita Sidoti (ITA)   Athens 7 August 1997
10 km walk (road)
(defunct since 1995)
42:13   Irina Stankina (RUS)   Gothenburg 7 August 1995 [21]
20 km walk (road) 1:25:41   Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS)   Helsinki 7 August 2005
50 km walk (road) 4:05:56 WR   Inês Henriques (POR)   London 13 August 2017 [22]
4 × 100 m relay 41.07   Jamaica (JAM)
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Natasha Morrison
Elaine Thompson
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
  Beijing 29 August 2015
4 × 400 m relay 3:16.71   United States (USA)
Gwen Torrence
Maicel Malone-Wallace
Natasha Kaiser-Brown
Jearl Miles
  Stuttgart 22 August 1993 [23]
Key:
WR World record AR Area record NR National record PB Athlete's personal best

Heptathlon disciplinesEdit

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
100 m hurdles 12.58 (+0.4 m/s) Kendell Williams   United States 2 October 2019 2019 World Championships   Doha, Qatar [24]
High jump 1.95 m Carolina Klüft   Sweden 25 August 2007 2007 World Championships   Osaka, Japan
Nafissatou Thiam   Belgium 5 August 2017 2017 World Championships   London, United Kingdom [25]
Yorgelis Rodríguez   Cuba 5 August 2017 2017 World Championships   London, United Kingdom
Katarina Johnson-Thompson   Great Britain 2 October 2019 2019 World Championships   Doha, Qatar [26]
Nafissatou Thiam   Belgium
Shot put 17.03 m Austra Skujyte   Lithuania 25 August 2007 2007 World Championships   Osaka, Japan
200 m 22.84 Dafne Schippers   Netherlands 12 August 2013 2013 World Championships   Moscow, Russia
Long jump 7.14 m Jackie Joyner-Kersee   United States 1 September 1987 1987 World Championships   Rome, Italy
Javelin throw 58.41 m Anouk Vetter   Netherlands 6 August 2017 2017 World Championships   London, Great Britain [27]
800 m 2:05.21 Karolina Tyminska   Poland 30 August 2011 2011 World Championships   Daegu, South Korea

MixedEdit

  • Note: World records in bold are current world records, those in bold italics are former world records
Event Record Name Location Date Ref
4 × 400 m relay 3:09.34 WR   United States (USA)
Wilbert London
Allyson Felix
Courtney Okolo
Michael Cherry
  Doha 29 September 2019 [28]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

GeneralEdit

SpecificEdit

  1. ^ "800 Metres Men – Final – Results" (PDF). IAAF. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Marathon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2009-08-22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  3. ^ "High Jump Result - 14th IAAF World Championships". IAAF. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  5. ^ Note: The original Championships Record of 83.89 metres, set at the 2005 edition also by Ivan Tsikhan, was later retroactively annulled after his re-tested sample taken at those championships showed use of a prohibited substance. Revision of results following sanctions of Tsikhan and Ostapchuk
  6. ^ "Men's Decathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  7. ^ "50km Race Walk Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  8. ^ "4x100 Metres Results" (PDF). IAAF. 4 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  9. ^ Results – 4 X 400 METRES – Men – Final Archived 2009-06-26 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (1993-08-22). Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  10. ^ "Javelin Throw Men − Decathlon − Summary" (PDF). IAAF. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  11. ^ Official Results - 100 METRES - Women - Final Archived 2012-08-15 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-07-07.
  12. ^ "200m Results". IAAF. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  13. ^ "1500 Metres Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  14. ^ "5000m Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  15. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  16. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 4 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  17. ^ "3000 Metres Steeplechase Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  18. ^ Peters, Samuel (2005-08-12). 5.01m Pole Vault WORLD RECORD – Guess who?. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  19. ^ "Hammer Throw Results". IAAF. 27 August 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  21. ^ "10 km Race Walk Results". IAAF. 1995-08-07. Archived from the original on 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  22. ^ "50km Race Walk Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  23. ^ Results – 4 X 400 METRES – Women – Final Archived 2009-06-26 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (1997-08-22). Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  24. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Women − Heptathlon − Summary" (PDF). IAAF. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  25. ^ "Heptathlon – High Jump Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  26. ^ "High Jump Women − Heptathlon − Summary" (PDF). IAAF. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Heptathlon – Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). IAAF. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  28. ^ "4 x 400 Metres Relay Mixed − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 29 September 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.