List of world records in athletics

World records in athletics are ratified by World Athletics. Athletics records comprise the best performances in the sports of track and field, road running and racewalking.

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

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.

CriteriaEdit

The criteria which must be satisfied for ratification of a world record are defined by World Athletics in Part III of the Competition Rules.[1] These criteria 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] with the sole exception of the mixed-sex 4 × 400 m relay, introduced by World Athletics in 2017.[3]
  • 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 using banned substances 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. As an exception, according to rule 36.2, specific event organizers may choose to ignore wind velocity readings exclusively for their specific event records (e.g. a performance in a 100 m race at a meeting with a wind reading of +2.4 m/s may be considered that specific meeting record, but will not be considered as a world record).[1]
  • 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 been 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 paymentsEdit

Witnessing a world record brings great pleasure for athletics fans, and athletes' personal sponsors and promoters of major meetings such as the 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 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.[4] Some commentators have complained that neither athlete ever posted as high a mark as they were capable of.[5] In most other disciplines, this issue does not arise, since it is practically impossible to deliberately break a record by a small margin.

World recordsEdit

World Athletics (then IAAF) commenced the recognition of 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,[6] and has, thus far, only affected the men's and women's pole vault, women's 2,000 m and women's triple jump. The women's vault 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. Bubka's world record of 6.14 m, set outdoors in 1994, has been surpassed by five consecutive records set indoors, most recently by Armand Duplantis in 2022 with a 6.20 m (pending) mark. In 2020, Duplantis surpassed Bubka's outdoor world best (the old 6.14 m record), with a 6.15 m vault.

A new IAAF-sanctioned event, the women's 50,000 m walk, does not yet have any recognised world record.

Key to tablesEdit

  Awaiting ratification   not ratified or later rescinded by World Athletics

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 World Athletics
a = aided road course according to IAAF rule 260.28
est = estimate
i = set indoors (overall world record tables only)

MenEdit

Event Perf. W N Average Speed Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
mph km/h
100 m
9.58
+0.9
23.35 37.58 Usain Bolt   JAM
16 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin   GER [7] [1]
200 m
19.19
−0.3
23.31 37.52 Usain Bolt   JAM
20 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin   GER [7] [2]
400 m
43.03
20.79 33.47 Wayde van Niekerk   RSA
14 Aug 2016
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro   BRA [8] [3]
800 m
1:40.91
17.734 28.540 David Rudisha   KEN
9 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London   GBR [9] [4]
1000 m
2:11.96
16.952 27.281 Noah Ngeny   KEN
5 Sep 1999
Rieti Meeting Rieti   ITA [5]
1500 m
3:26.00
16.288 26.214 Hicham El Guerrouj   MAR
14 Jul 1998
Golden Gala Rome   ITA [6]
Mile
3:43.13
16.134 25.965 Hicham El Guerrouj   MAR
7 Jul 1999
Golden Gala Rome   ITA [7]
2000 m
4:44.79
15.709 25.282 Hicham El Guerrouj   MAR
7 Sep 1999
ISTAF Berlin   GER [8]
3000 m
7:20.67
15.229 24.508 Daniel Komen   KEN
1 Sep 1996
Rieti Meeting Rieti   ITA [9]
5000 m
12:35.36
14.807 23.830 Joshua Cheptegei   UGA
14 Aug 2020
Herculis Monaco   MON [10] [10]
5 km (road)
12:49.00
14.54 23.41 Berihu Aregawi   ETH
31 Dec 2021
Cursa dels Nassos Barcelona   ESP [11]
10,000 m
26:11.00
14.239 22.915 Joshua Cheptegei   UGA
7 Oct 2020
Valencia   ESP [12] [11]
10 km (road)
26:24.00
14.12 22.73 Rhonex Kipruto   KEN
12 Jan 2020
10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia   ESP [13] [12]
Half marathon
57:31.00
13.67 22.01 Jacob Kiplimo   UGA
21 Nov 2021
EDP Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon   POR [14]
One hour (track)
21,330 m
13.254 21.330 Mo Farah   GBR
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels   BEL [15] [13]
Marathon[a]
2:01:39
12.932 20.811 Eliud Kipchoge   KEN
16 Sep 2018
Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [16]
2:01:09
12.985 20.897 Eliud Kipchoge   KEN
25 Sep 2022
Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [17]
1:59:40.2
[b] 13.136 21.156 Eliud Kipchoge   KEN
12 Oct 2019
Ineos 1:59 Challenge Vienna   AUT [18] [14]
50 km (road)
2:42:07.00
Ketema Negasa   ETH
23 May 2021
Nedbank Runified Race Port Elizabeth   RSA [19][20]
2:40:13.00
11.63 18.72 Stephen Mokoka   RSA
6 March 2022
Nedbank Runified 50km Gqeberha   RSA [21] [15]
100 km (road)
6:09:14.00
10.097 16.250 Nao Kazami   JPN
24 Jun 2018
Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu   JPN [22]
110 m hurdles
12.80
+0.3
19.22 30.94 Aries Merritt   USA
7 Sep 2012
Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL [23] [16]
400 m hurdles
45.94
19.477 31.345 Karsten Warholm   NOR
3 Aug 2021
Olympic Games Tokyo   JPN [24] [17]
3000 m steeplechase
7:53.63
14.169 22.803 Saif Saaeed Shaheen   QAT
3 Sep 2004
Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL [18]
7:53.17
X 14.183 22.825 Brahim Boulami   MAR
16 Aug 2002
Weltklasse Zürich Zürich    SUI
High jump
2.45 m
Javier Sotomayor   CUB
27 Jul 1993
Gran Premio Diputación Salamanca   ESP [19]
Pole vault
6.21 m
Armand Duplantis   SWE
24 Jul 2022
World Championships Eugene   USA [25] [20] P
Long jump
8.95 m
+0.3
Mike Powell   USA
30 Aug 1991
World Championships Tokyo   JPN [21]
Triple jump
18.29 m
+1.3
Jonathan Edwards   GBR
7 Aug 1995
World Championships Gothenburg   SWE [26] [22]
Shot put
23.37 m
Ryan Crouser   USA
18 June 2021
United States Olympic Trials Eugene   USA [27]
Discus throw
74.08 m
Jürgen Schult   GDR
6 Jun 1986
Neubrandenburg   GDR [23]
Hammer throw
86.74 m
Yuriy Sedykh   URS
30 Aug 1986
European Championships Stuttgart   FRG [24]
Javelin throw
98.48 m
[c] Jan Železný   CZE
25 May 1996
Jena   GER [25]
Decathlon
9126 pts
[d] Kevin Mayer   FRA
16 Sep 2018
Décastar Talence   FRA [28] [26]
20,000 m walk (track)
1:17:25.60
[e] 9.630 15.499 Bernardo Segura   MEX
7 May 1994
Bergen   NOR
20 km walk (road)
1:16:36.00
9.734 15.666 Yusuke Suzuki   JPN
15 Mar 2015
Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi   JPN [29]
2 hours walk (track)
29,572 m
+ 9.188 14.786 Maurizio Damilano   ITA
3 Oct 1992
Cuneo   ITA
30,000 m walk (track)
2:01:44.10
9.188 14.786 Maurizio Damilano   ITA
3 Oct 1992
Cuneo   ITA
35 km walk (road)
2:22:00.00
Standard [30]
50,000 m walk (track)
3:35:27.20
8.652 13.924 Yohann Diniz   FRA
12 Mar 2011
Reims   FRA [31]
50 km walk (road)
3:32:33.00
8.770 14.114 Yohann Diniz   FRA
15 Aug 2014
European Championships Zürich    SUI [32] [27]
4×100 m relay
36.84
24.288 39.088 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
  JAM
11 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London   GBR [33] [28]
4×200 m relay
1:18.63
22.759 36.627 Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
  JAM
24 May 2014
World Relays Nassau   BAH [34] [29]
4×400 m relay
2:54.29
20.535 33.048 Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
  USA
22 Aug 1993
World Championships Stuttgart   GER [f] [35] [30]
4×800 m relay
7:02.43
16.945 27.271 Joseph Mutua
William Yiampoy
Ismael Kombich
Wilfred Bungei
  KEN
25 Aug 2006
Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL [31]
Distance medley relay
9:15.50
[g] 16.108 25.923 Kyle Merber
Brycen Spratling
Brandon Johnson
Ben Blankenship
  USA
3 May 2015
World Relays Nassau   BAH [36]
4×1500 m relay
14:22.22
15.566 25.052 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
  KEN
25 May 2014
World Relays Nassau   BAH [37] [32]
Road relay
42.195 km
1:57:06.00
[h] 13.434 21.620 Josephat Ndambiri
Martin Mathathi
Daniel Muchunu Mwangi
Mekubo Mogusu
Onesmus Nyerre
John Kariuki
  KEN
23 Nov 2005
Chiba Ekiden Chiba   JPN

WomenEdit

Event Perf. W N mph km/h Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
100 m
10.49
0.0
[i] 21.32 34.32 Florence Griffith Joyner   USA
16 Jul 1988
US Olympic Trials Indianapolis   USA [33] P
200 m
21.34
+1.3
20.97 33.74 Florence Griffith Joyner   USA
29 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul   KOR [34] P
400 m
47.60
18.798 30.252 Marita Koch   GDR
6 Oct 1985
World Cup Canberra   AUS [35] P
800 m
1:53.28
15.798 25.424 Jarmila Kratochvílová   TCH
26 Jul 1983
Munich   FRG [36] P
1000 m
2:28.98
15.015 24.164 Svetlana Masterkova   RUS
23 Aug 1996
Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL [37] P
1500 m
3:50.07
14.584 23.471 Genzebe Dibaba   ETH
17 Jul 2015
Herculis Fontvieille   MON [40] [38] P
Mile
4:12.33
14.267 22.961 Sifan Hassan   NED
12 Jul 2019
Herculis Fontvieille   MON [41] [39] P
2000 m
5:21.56
13.912 22.391 Francine Niyonsaba   BDI
14 Sep 2021
Hanžeković Memorial Zagreb   CRO [42]
3000 m
8:06.11
13.805 22.217 Wang Junxia   CHN
13 Sep 1993
Chinese National Games Beijing   CHN P
5000 m
14:06.62
13.211 21.261 Letesenbet Gidey   ETH
7 Oct 2020
Valencia   ESP [12] [40]
5 km (road)
14:29.00
Wo 12.87 20.71 Senbere Teferi   ETH
12 Sep 2021
5 km Adizero Road to Records Herzogenaurach   GER [43]
14:19.00
Mx 13.02 20.95 Ejgayehu Taye   ETH
31 Dec 2021
Cursa dels Nassos Barcelona   ESP [11]
10,000 m
29:01.03
12.848 20.677 Letesenbet Gidey   ETH
8 Jun 2021
Ethiopian Olympic Trials Hengelo   NED [44] P
10 km (road)
30:01.00
Wo 12.42 19.99 Agnes Tirop   KEN
12 Sep 2021
Adizero Road to Records Herzogenaurach   GER [43]
29:43.00
Mx 12.55 20.19 Joyciline Jepkosgei   KEN
9 Sep 2017
Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague   CZE [45]
29:38.00
Mx 12.58 20.25 Kalkidan Gezahegne   BHN
3 Oct 2021
The Giants Geneva Geneva    SWI [46]
29:14.00
Mx 12.83 20.53 Yalemzerf Yehualaw   ETH
27 Feb 2022
World Athletics Label road race Castellón de la Plana   ESP [47] [41]
One hour (track)
18,930 m
11.763 18.930 Sifan Hassan   NED
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels   BEL [15] [42] P
Half marathon
1:02:52
Mx 12.512 20.135 Letesenbet Gidey   ETH
24 Oct 2021
Valencia Half Marathon Valencia   ESP [48][49] P
1:05:16
Wo 12.055 19.400 Peres Jepchirchir   KEN
17 Oct 2020
World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia   POL [50] [43]
Marathon[a]
2:14:04.00
Mx 11.734 18.884 Brigid Kosgei   KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [51] [44] P
2:17:01.00
Wo 11.481 18.477 Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London   GBR [52]
50 km (road)
2:59:54.00
Mx 10.36 16.68 Desiree Linden   USA
13 Apr 2021
Brooks Running 50km & Marathon Dorena Lake   USA [53][20]
3:04:24.00
Wo 10.11 16.27 Irvette van Zyl   RSA
23 May 2021
Nedbank Runified Race Port Elizabeth   RSA [54][55][20]
100 km (road)
6:33:11.00
Mx 9.4822 15.2601 Tomoe Abe   JPN
25 Jun 2000
Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu   JPN
100 m hurdles
12.12
+0.9
Tobi Amusan   NGR
24 Jul 2022
World Championships Eugene   USA [56] P
400 m hurdles
50.68
Sydney McLaughlin   USA
22 Jul 2022
World Championships Eugene   USA [57] [45] P
3000 m steeplechase
8:44.32
Beatrice Chepkoech   KEN
20 Jul 2018
Herculis Fontvieille   MON [58] P
High jump
2.09 m
Stefka Kostadinova   BUL
30 Aug 1987
World Championships Rome   ITA [46] P
Pole vault
5.06 m
Yelena Isinbayeva   RUS
28 Aug 2009
Weltklasse Zürich Zürich    SUI [47] P
Long jump
7.52 m
+1.4
Galina Chistyakova   URS
11 Jun 1988
Brothers Znamensky Memorial Leningrad   URS [59] [48] P
Triple jump
15.74 m
N/A i Yulimar Rojas   VEN
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade   SRB [60] P
Shot put
22.63 m
Natalya Lisovskaya   URS
7 Jun 1987
Brothers Znamensky Memorial Moscow   URS [49] P
Discus throw
76.80 m
Gabriele Reinsch   GDR
9 Jul 1988
Neubrandenburg   GDR [50] P
Hammer throw
82.98 m
Anita Włodarczyk   POL
28 Aug 2016
Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw   POL [61] [51] P
Javelin throw
72.28 m
[c] Barbora Špotáková   CZE
13 Sep 2008
World Athletics Final Stuttgart   GER [62] [52] P
Heptathlon
7291 pts
[j][c] Jackie Joyner-Kersee   USA
24 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul   KOR [63] P
Decathlon
8358 pts
[k] Austra Skujytė   LTU
15 Apr 2005
Audrey Walton Combined Events Columbia   USA [64][65] P
10,000 m walk (track)
41:56.23
Nadezhda Ryashkina   URS
24 Jul 1990
Goodwill Games Seattle   USA
41:37.90
Gao Hongmiao   CHN
7 Apr 1994
Beijing   CHN
20,000 m walk (track)
1:26:52.30
Olimpiada Ivanova   RUS
6 Sep 2001
Brisbane   AUS [66]
20 km walk (road)
1:23:49
Yang Jiayu   CHN
20 Mar 2021
Chinese Race Walking Championships Huangshan   CHN [67] P
1:23:39
[l] Elena Lashmanova   RUS
9 Jun 2018
Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary   RUS [68]
35 km walk (road)
2:38:00.00
Standard [30]
50,000 m walk (track)
4:29:45.560
[m] Katie Burnett   USA
13 Jul 2019
National Invitational Racewalks San Diego   USA [69]
50 km walk (road)
3:59:15
Liu Hong   CHN
9 Mar 2019
Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix Huangshan   CHN [70][71] P
3:57:08
[l] Klavdiya Afanasyeva   RUS
15 Jun 2019
Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary   RUS [72]
4×100 m relay
40.82
Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
  USA
10 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London   GBR [73] [53] 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 [54] P
4×800 m relay
7:50.17
Irina Podyalovskaya
Nadezhda Olizarenko
Lyubov Gurina
Lyudmila Borisova
  URS
5 Aug 1984
Moscow   URS
Distance medley relay
10:36.50
[n] Treniere Moser
Sanya Richards-Ross
Ajee' Wilson
Shannon Rowbury
  USA
2 May 2015
World Relays Nassau   BAH [74]
10:33.85
i[o] Heather McLean
Kendall Ellis
Roisin Willis
Elle Purrier St. Pierre
  USA
15 Apr 2022
Boston   USA [75]
4×1500 m relay
16:27.02
Colleen Quigley
Elise Cranny
Karissa Schweizer
Shelby Houlihan
  USA
31 Jul 2020
Bowerman TC Intrasquad Meet IV Portland   USA [76] [55]
Road relay
42.195 km
2:11:41.00
Mx[p] Jiang Bo
Dong Yanmei
Zhao Fengting
Ma Zaijie
Lan Lixin
Li Na
  CHN
28 Feb 1998
Beijing   CHN [77]
2:16:04.00
Wo Genet Gebregiogios
Birhane Adere
Ayelech Worku
Gete Wami
Getenesh Urge
Luchia Yischak
  ETH
13 Apr 1996
Copenhagen   DEN

MixedEdit

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
4×400 m relay
3:09.34
Wilbert London
Allyson Felix
Courtney Okolo
Michael Cherry
  USA
29 September 2019
World Championships Doha   QAT [78] [56] P

Indoor world recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
50 m
5.55
X[q] Ben Johnson   CAN
31 Jan 1987
Ottawa   CAN [79]
5.56
A Donovan Bailey   CAN
9 Feb 1996
Bill Cosby Invitational Reno   USA [57]
5.56
#[r] Maurice Greene   USA
13 Feb 1999
Los Angeles   USA [80]
60 m
6.34
A Christian Coleman   USA
18 Feb 2018
USA Championships Albuquerque   USA [81] [58] P
200 m
19.92
Frankie Fredericks   NAM
18 Feb 1996
Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin   FRA [59]
400 m
44.57
Kerron Clement   USA
12 Mar 2005
NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Fayetteville   USA
44.52
#[r] Michael Norman   USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station   USA [82] [60]
800 m
1:42.67
Wilson Kipketer   DEN
9 Mar 1997
World Championships Paris   FRA [61]
1000 m
2:14.20
Ayanleh Souleiman   DJI
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm   SWE [83] [62]
1500 m
3:30.60
Jakob Ingebrigtsen   NOR
17 Feb 2022
Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Liévin   FRA [84] [85]
Mile
3:47.01
Yomif Kejelcha   ETH
3 March 2019
Bruce Lehane Invitational Boston   USA [86] [63]
3000 m
7:24.90
Daniel Komen   KEN
6 Feb 1998
Budapest   HUN
5000 m
12:49.60
Kenenisa Bekele   ETH
20 Feb 2004
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham   GBR
50 m hurdles
6.25
Mark McKoy   CAN
5 Mar 1986
Kobe   JPN
60 m hurdles
7.29
Grant Holloway   USA
24 Feb 2021
World Athletics Indoor Tour Madrid   ESP [87] [64] P
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade   SRB [88]
High jump
2.43 m
Javier Sotomayor   CUB
4 Mar 1989
World Championships Budapest   HUN [65] P
Pole vault
6.20 m
Armand Duplantis   SWE
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade   SRB [89] P
Long jump
8.79 m
Carl Lewis   USA
27 Jan 1984
Millrose Games New York City   USA [66]
Triple jump
18.07 m
Hugues Fabrice Zango   BUR
16 Jan 2021
Aubière   FRA [90] [67]
Shot put
22.82 m
Ryan Crouser   USA
24 Jan 2021
American Track League Fayetteville   USA [91] [68]
Heptathlon
6645 pts
[s] Ashton Eaton   USA
10 Mar 2012
World Championships Istanbul   TUR [92]
5000 m walk
18:07.08
Mikhail 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
3:01.51
[t] Amere Lattin
Obi Igbokwe
Jermaine Holt
Kahmari Montgomery
  USA
9 Feb 2019
Clemson's Tiger Paw Invitational Clemson   USA [93]
3:00.77
[u] [v] Zach Shinnick
Rai Benjamin
Ricky Morgan Jr.
Michael Norman
  USA
  ATG
  USA
  USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station   USA [94] [69]
3:01.39
#[r][w] Ilolo Izu
Robert Grant
Devin Dixon
Mylik Kerley
  USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station   USA [82]
3:01.43
[x] [y] Kunle Fasasi
Grant Holloway
Chantz Sawyers
Benjamin Lobo Vedel
  NGR
  USA
  JAM
  DEN
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station   USA [82]
4 × 800 m relay
7:11.30
[z] Joe McAsey
Kyle Merber
Chris Giesting
Jesse Garn
  USA
25 Feb 2018
BU Last Chance Meet Boston   USA [95]

WomenEdit

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
50 m
5.96
+ Irina Privalova   RUS
9 Feb 1995
Madrid   ESP
60 m
6.92
Irina Privalova   RUS
11 Feb 1993
Madrid   ESP
6.92
Irina Privalova   RUS
9 Feb 1995
Madrid   ESP
200 m
21.87
Merlene Ottey   JAM
13 Feb 1993
Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin   FRA [70]
400 m
49.59
Jarmila Kratochvílová   TCH
7 Mar 1982
Milan   ITA [71]
800 m
1:55.82
Jolanda Čeplak   SLO
3 Mar 2002
European Championships Vienna   AUT [72]
1000 m
2:30.94
Maria Mutola   MOZ
25 Feb 1999
GE Galan Stockholm   SWE
1500 m
3:53.09
Gudaf Tsegay   ETH
9 Feb 2021
Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Liévin   FRA [96] [73]
Mile
4:13.31
Genzebe Dibaba   ETH
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm   SWE [83] [74]
3000 m
8:16.60
Genzebe Dibaba   ETH
6 Feb 2014
XL Galan Stockholm   SWE [97] [75]
5000 m
14:18.86
Genzebe Dibaba   ETH
19 Feb 2015
XL Galan Stockholm   SWE [98] [76]
50 m hurdles
6.58
Cornelia Oschkenat   GDR
20 Feb 1988
East Berlin   GDR
60 m hurdles
7.68
Susanna Kallur   SWE
10 Feb 2008
BW-Bank Meeting Karlsruhe   GER [77] P
7.68
X[aa] Lyudmila Narozhilenko   RUS
2 Mar 1993
San Sebastián   ESP
7.66
X Lyudmila Narozhilenko   RUS
4 Mar 1993
Seville   ESP
7.63
X Lyudmila Narozhilenko   RUS
4 Mar 1993
Seville   ESP
High jump
2.08 m
Kajsa Bergqvist   SWE
4 Feb 2006
Hochsprung mit Musik Arnstadt   GER [78]
Pole vault
5.03 m
#[ab] Jenn Suhr   USA
30 Jan 2016
Golden Eagle Multi and Invitational Brockport   USA [99][100] P
5.02 m
A Jenn Suhr   USA
2 Mar 2013
USA Championships Albuquerque   USA [101] P
Long jump
7.37 m
Heike Drechsler   GDR
13 Feb 1988
Vienna   AUT
Triple jump
15.74 m
Yulimar Rojas   VEN
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade   SRB [102]
Shot put
22.50 m
Helena Fibingerová   TCH
19 Feb 1977
Jablonec   TCH
Pentathlon
5013 pts
[ac] Nataliya Dobrynska   UKR
9 Mar 2012
World Indoor Championships Istanbul   TUR [103]
3000 m walk
11:40.33
Claudia Iovan   ROU
30 Jan 1999
Bucharest   ROU
11:35.34
#[ad] Gillian 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
Olesya Krasnomovets
Olga Zaytseva
Olga Kotlyarova
Yuliya Gushchina
  RUS
28 Jan 2006
Aviva International Match Glasgow   GBR
4 × 800 m relay
8:05.89
Chrishuna Williams
Raevyn Rogers
Charlene Lipsey
Ajeé Wilson
  USA
3 Feb 2018
Millrose Games New York City   USA [104]

Best performances in non-WA World Record eventsEdit

Events which do not qualify for World Athletics-ratified world records are typically referred to as world bests.

While races over imperial measured distances were very common in the first half of the 20th century, only the mile remains common today due to its historical prominence in track and field: all other imperial measured distance races became increasingly rare, and the IAAF deleted these events from the world record books in 1976.

In November 2019, World Athletics (WA; formerly IAAF) also deleted several long-distance events (track distances of 20,000 metres, 25,000 metres and 30,000 metres and road distances of 15 km, 20 km, 25 km and 30 km) from the world record books.

Some road racing distances and indoor variations of outdoor events fall outside of WA's lists, and records set in uncommon events usually do not adhere to the strict criteria found in WA-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 also hand-timed and calculated to 1/100th of a second, although studies have shown human beings simply cannot react consistently or accurately enough for this to be a valid method, and even those using light beams are timed by the motion of the athlete, removing the normal factor of reaction time; further, football 40-yard dashes are usually run on a turf surface as opposed to an all weather track. All of these factors make track and "football 40" performances essentially impossible to compare.

The world best time for a "football 40" is 4.17 by Deion Sanders, while the extrapolated best for an Olympic-level athlete (including reacting to a starting gun) is 4.24 by Maurice Greene at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics.[105][106] Under conventional football timing on a turf field in 2017, Christian Coleman reportedly ran a 4.12.[107]

Outdoor eventsEdit

MenEdit

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
50 m
5.40
+0.2
+[ae] Bruny Surin   CAN
22 Aug 1999
World Championships Seville   ESP [108]
60 m
6.25
+[af] [108][109]
6.31
+0.9
+[ag] Usain Bolt   JAM
16 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin   GER [110]
6.29
+0.9
+[ah] Su Bingtian   CHN
1 Aug 2021
Olympic Games Tokyo   JPN
100 y
9.00
h Ivory Crockett   USA
11 May 1974
Knoxville   USA [111]
Houston McTear   USA
9 May 1975
Winter Park   USA [111]
9.07
−0.5
+ Asafa Powell   JAM
27 May 2010
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [112]
150 m
14.44
−0.3
+ Usain Bolt   JAM
20 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin   GER [113]
150 m straight
14.35
+1.1
Usain Bolt   JAM
17 May 2009
Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [114]
200 m straight
19.41
−0.4
Tyson Gay   USA
16 May 2010
Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [115][116]
220 y (straight)
19.50
+1.9
h Tommie Smith   USA
7 May 1966
Video on YouTube San Jose   USA [117]
19.54
−0.4
Tyson Gay   USA
16 May 2010
Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [118]
300 m
30.81
Wayde van Niekerk   RSA
28 Jun 2017
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [119]
440 y
44.50
John Smith   USA
26 Jun 1971
USA Championships Eugene   USA [120][121][122]
500 m
57.69
[ai] David Rudisha   KEN
10 Sep 2016
Great North CityGames Newcastle   GBR [123]
600 m
1:12.81
Johnny Gray   USA
24 May 1986
Santa Monica   USA
Two miles
7:58.61
Daniel Komen   KEN
19 Jul 1997
Hechtel-Eksel   BEL P
8 km (road)
21:11.00
+ Rhonex Kipruto   KEN
12 Jan 2020
10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia   ESP [124] [79]
15 km (road)
40:27.00
+ Jacob Kiplimo   UGA
21 Nov 2021
Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon   POR [125]
10 miles (road)
44:24.00
[aj] Haile Gebrselassie   ETH
4 Sep 2005
Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg   NED
20,000 m (track)
56:20.02
+ Bashir Abdi   BEL
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels   BEL [15] [80]
20 km (road)
54:29.00
+ Jacob Kiplimo   UGA
21 Nov 2021
Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon   POR [126]
25,000 m (track)
1:12:25.40
+ Moses Mosop   KEN
3 Jun 2011
Prefontaine Classic Eugene   USA [127]
25 km (road)
1:11:08.00
+ Eliud Kipchoge   KEN
25 Sep 2022
Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [128]
30,000 m (track)
1:26:47.40
Moses Mosop   KEN
3 Jun 2011
Prefontaine Classic Eugene   USA [127][129]
30 km (road)
1:25:40.00
+ Eliud Kipchoge   KEN
25 Sep 2022
Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [130]
35 km (road)
1:40:10.00
+ Eliud Kipchoge   KEN
25 Sep 2022
Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [131]
40 km (road)
1:54:53.00
+ Eliud Kipchoge   KEN
25 Sep 2022
Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [132]
100,000 m (track)
6:05:41.00
Aleksandr Sorokin   LTU
23 Apr 2022
Centurion Running Track 100 Mile Bedfordshire   GBR [133]
100 miles (track)
11:14:56.00
+ Aleksandr Sorokin   LTU
24 Apr 2021
Centurion Running Track 100 Mile Ashford   UK [134]
100 miles (road)
10:51:39.00
+ Aleksandr Sorokin   LTU
6 Jan 2022
Spartanion Race Tel Aviv   ISR [135]
12-hour run (track)
170,309 m
Aleksandr Sorokin   LTU
24 Apr 2021
Centurion Running Track 100 Mile Ashford   UK [134]
12-hour run (road)
177,410 m
Aleksandr Sorokin   LTU
6 Jan 2022
Spartanion Race Tel Aviv   ISR [135]
24-hour run (road)
319,614 m
Aleksandr Sorokin   LTU
18 Sep 2022
IAU 24 Hour European Championships Verona   ITA [136]
2000 m steeplechase
5:10.68
Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad   FRA
30 Jun 2010
Alma Athlé Tour Reims   FRA [137]
2500 m steeplechase
7:34.4
h George Orton   CAN
15 Jul 1900
Olympic Games Paris   FRA
2590 m steeplechase
7:39.6
h James Lightbody   USA
29 Aug 1904
Olympic Games St. Louis   USA
3460 m steeplechase
10:33.4
h[ak] Volmari Iso-Hollo   FIN
1 Aug 1932
Olympic Games Los Angeles   USA
4000 m steeplechase
12:58.4
h John Rimmer   GBR
16 Jul 1900
Olympic Games Paris   FRA
200 m hurdles
22.55
Laurent Ottoz   ITA
31 May 1995
Milan   ITA [138]
200 m hurdles straight
21.90
+1.4
h[al] Don Styron   USA
2 Apr 1960
Baton Rouge   USA [139]
22.10
+2.0
Andy Turner   GBR
15 May 2011
Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [140]
22.10
+1.8
Louis Jacobus van Zyl   RSA
9 May 2015
Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [141]
220 y hurdles straight
21.90
+1.4
h Don Styron   USA
2 Apr 1960
Baton Rouge   USA [139][142]
300 m hurdles
33.26
Karsten Warholm   NOR
4 Jun 2021
Night of Highlights Oslo   NOR [143] [81]
440 y hurdles
48.70
Jim Bolding   USA
25 Jul 1974
Turin   ITA [144]
Standing long jump
12 ft 3 in
Byron Jones   USA
23 Feb 2015
NFL scouting combine Indianapolis   USA [145]
Standing triple jump
10.95 m
Tydree Lewis   USA
31 Oct 2011
Weight throw
25.41 m
Lance Deal   USA
20 Feb 1993
Azusa   USA
Icosathlon
14571 pts
Joseph Detmer   USA
25 Sep 2010
World Championships Lynchburg   USA [146]
1500 m walk (track)
5:12.00
+ Antanas Grigaliūnas   LTU
12 May 1990
Vilnius   LTU [147]
Mile walk (track)
5:31.08
Tom Bosworth   GBR
9 Jul 2017
London Grand Prix London   GBR [148]
3000 m walk (track)
10:47.11
Giovanni De Benedictis   ITA
19 May 1990
San Giovanni Valdarno   ITA
5000 m walk (track)
18:05.49
Hatem Ghoula   TUN
1 May 1997
Tunis   TUN
5 km walk (road)
18:21
Robert Korzeniowski   POL
15 Sep 1990
Bad Salzdetfurth   GER [149]
10,000 m walk (track)
37:25.21
Eiki Takahashi   JPN
14 Nov 2020
Juntendo University Long Distance meeting Inzai   JPN [150]
10 km walk (road)
37:11.00
Roman Rasskazov   RUS
28 May 2000
Saransk   RUS [151]
30 km walk (road)
2:05:06.00
Nathan Deakes   AUS
27 Aug 2006
Australian Race Walking Championships Hobart   AUS [149]
35 km walk (road)
2:21:31.00
Vladimir Kanaykin   RUS
19 Feb 2006
Russian Winter Race Walking Championships Adler   RUS [152]
50 mile walk (road)
7:44:47.20
[am] Shaul Ladany   ISR
1972
New Jersey   USA [153]
4×110 y relay
38.60
A[an] Earl McCullouch
Fred Kuller
O. J. Simpson
Lennox Miller (JAM)
17 Jun 1967
NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Provo   USA [154]
Swedish relay
1:46.59
[ao] Christopher Williams
Usain Bolt
Davian Clarke
Jermaine Gonzales
  JAM
25 Jul 2006
DN Galan Stockholm   SWE [155]
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 [156]
4×110m shuttle hurdles relay
52.94
[ap] Jason Richardson
Aleec Harris
Aries Merritt
David Oliver
  USA
25 Apr 2015
Drake Relays Des Moines   USA [157]

WomenEdit

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
50 m
5.93
−0.1
+ Marion Jones   USA
22 Aug 1999
World Championships Seville   ESP
60 m
6.83
+0.4
+ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce   JAM
10 Aug 2022
Monaco Diamond League Monaco   MON [158]
100 y
9.91
+1.1
+ Veronica Campbell-Brown   JAM
31 May 2011
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [159]
150 m
16.10
+1.3
+ Florence Griffith Joyner   USA
29 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul   KOR
16.41
+1.1
Brianna Rollins-McNeal   USA
20 Jul 2020
AP Ranch High-Performance Invitational Fort Worth   USA [160]
150 m straight
16.23
-0.7
Shaunae Miller-Uibo   BAH
20 May 2018
Adidas Boost Boston Games Boston   USA [161]
200 m straight
21.76
+0.5
Shaunae Miller-Uibo   BAH
4 Jun 2017
Boost Boston Games Somerville   USA [162]
300 m
34.14
+ Marita Koch   GDR
6 Oct 1985
World Cup Canberra   AUS
34.41
Shaunae Miller-Uibo   BAH
20 June 2019
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [163]
500 m
1:05.90
Tatana Kocembova   TCH
2 Aug 1984
Ostrava   TCH
600 m
1:21.77
Caster Semenya   RSA
27 August 2017
ISTAF Berlin Berlin   GER [164]
Two miles
8:58.58
Meseret Defar   ETH
14 Sep 2007
Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL
5 km (road)
14:32.00
+[aq] Joyciline Jepkosgei   KEN
9 Sep 2017
Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague   CZE [165]
4 miles (road)
19:14.00
Viola Kibiwot   KEN
13 Oct 2013
4 Mile of Groningen Groningen   NED [166]
8 km (road)
24:30.00
+ Mary Keitany   KEN
18 Feb 2011
RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah   UAE [167]
12 km (road)
38:05.00
Brillian Kipkoech   KEN
19 May 2019
FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN Cape Town   RSA [168]
15 km (road)
44:20.00
Mx Letesenbet Gidey   ETH
17 Nov 2019
Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen   NED [169]
46:59.00
Wo + Lornah Kiplagat   NED
14 Oct 2007
World Road Running Championships Udine   ITA [170]
10 miles (road)
50:05.00
+ Mary Keitany   KEN
18 Feb 2011
RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah   UAE [167]
49:21.00
+ a Brigid Kosgei   KEN
8 Sep 2019
Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom   GBR [171]
20,000 m (track)
1:05:26.60
Tegla Loroupe   KEN
3 Sep 2000
Borgholzhausen   GER
20 km (road)
59:35.00
Mx + Letesenbet Gidey   ETH
24 Oct 2021
Valencia Half Marathon Valencia   ESP [172]
1:02:57.00
Wo + Lornah Kiplagat   NED
14 Oct 2007
World Road Running Championships Udine   ITA [170]
25,000 m (track)
1:27:05.84
Tegla Loroupe   KEN
21 Sep 2002
Mengerskirchen   GER
25K run (road)
1:19:33.00
Mx + Brigid Kosgei   KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [173]
1:19:43.00
Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London   GBR [174]
30,000 m (track)
1:45:50.00
Tegla Loroupe   KEN
6 Jun 2003
Warstein   GER
30 km (road)
1:35:18.00
Mx + Brigid Kosgei   KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [173]
1:36:05.00
Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London   GBR [174]
35 km (road)
1:51:14.00
Mx + Brigid Kosgei   KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [173]
1:52:39.00
Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London   GBR [174]
40 km (road)
2:07:11.00
Mx + Brigid Kosgei   KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [173]
2:09:38.00
Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London   GBR [174]
100 miles (road)
12:42:40.00
Camille Herron   USA
11 Nov 2017
Tunnel Hill 100 Vienna   USA [175]
12-hour run (track)
149,130 m
+ Camille Herron   USA
9 Dec 2017
Desert Solstice Track Invitational Phoenix   USA [175]
24-hour run (road)
270,116 m
Camille Herron   USA
26–27 Oct 2019
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Albi   FRA [176]
2000 m steeplechase
5:52.80
Gesa Felicitas Krause   GER
1 Sep 2019
ISTAF Berlin   GER [177]
200 m hurdles (bend)
24.80
+0.4
h Yadisleidy Pedroso   ITA
6 Apr 2013
Caserta   ITA [178]
25.60
−0.7
h Patricia Girard   FRA
23 Aug 2001
Nantes   FRA [179]
25.79
−0.6
Lauren Wells   AUS
21 Jan 2017
AACT Combined Events Championships Canberra   AUS [180]
200 m hurdles (straight)
24.86
+0.1
Shiann Salmon   JAM
23 May 2021
Adidas Boost Boston Games Boston   USA [181]
300 m hurdles
36.86
Femke Bol   NED
31 May 2022
Ostrava Golden Spike Ostrava   CZE [182]
Tetradecathlon
10798 pts
Milla Kelo   FIN
8 Sep 2002
Turku   FIN [183]
3000 m walk (track)
11:48.24
Ileana Salvador   ITA
29 Aug 1993
Padua   ITA [184]
5000 m walk (track)
20:01.80
Eleonora Giorgi   ITA
18 May 2014
Italian Clubs League Meet Misterbianco   ITA [185]
5 km walk (road)
19:46
Kjersti Plätzer   NOR
27 Aug 2006
Internationaler Geher-Cup Hildesheim   GER [186]
10 km walk (road)
41:04.00
Yelena Nikolayeva   RUS
20 Apr 1996
Russian Championships Sochi   RUS [187]
30 km walk (road)
2:24:33.00
Paola Pérez   ECU
22 Oct 2017
Hauppauge   USA [186]
35 km walk (road)
2:38:24.00
Klavdiya Afanasyeva   RUS
18 Feb 2019
Russian Winter Walking Championships Sochi   RUS
Sprint medley relay (1–1–2–4)
1:35.20
[ar] Destinee Brown
Aaliyah Brown
Kimberlyn Duncan
Raevyn Rogers
  USA
28 Apr 2018
Penn Relays Philadelphia   USA [188]
Swedish relay (1–2–3–4)
2:01.10
[as] Marina Zhirova
Yelena Mizera
Yelena Ruzina
Tatyana Alekseyeva
  RUS
5 June 1993
Portsmouth   GBR
Sprint medley relay (2-2-4-8)
3:34.56
[at] Sherri-Ann Brooks
Rosemarie Whyte
Moya Thompson
Kenia Sinclair
  JAM
1 Apr 2009
Penn Relays Philadelphia   USA
4 × mile relay
18:39.58
Brenda Bushnell
Leann Warren
Kathy Hayes
Claudette Groenendaal
  USA
5 May 1985
Eugene   USA
4×100 m hurdles relay
50.50
Brianna Rollins
Dawn Harper-Nelson
Queen Harrison
Kristi Castlin
  USA
24 Apr 2015
Drake Relays Des Moines   USA

Indoor eventsEdit

MenEdit

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
30 m
3.81
Churandy Martina   NED
14 Nov 2008
Domino Day Amsterdam   NED [189]
40 y
4.12
[au] Christian Coleman   USA
2 May 2017
Trial Knoxville   USA
50 y
5.22
Stanley Floyd   USA
22 Jan 1982
Los Angeles   USA
5.15
X[q] Ben Johnson   CAN
29 Jan 1988
Toronto   CAN
5.00
h Kirk Clayton   USA
10 Jan 1970
Calgary   CAN
Herb Washington   USA
2 Feb 1972
Toronto   CAN [191]
Mel Pender   USA
4 Mar 1972
Orlando   USA
18 Mar 1972
Hamilton   CAN
Herb Washington   USA
4 Feb 1973
Toronto   CAN
Manfred Ommer   FRG
14 Mar 1975
Leverkusen   FRG
60 y
5.80
h Herb Washington   USA
12 Feb 1972
East Lansing   USA [191]
hA Mel Pender   USA
25 May 1973
Salt Lake City   USA
55 m
5.99
A Obadele Thompson   BAR
22 Feb 1997
Colorado Springs   USA [80]
70 y
6.80
h Mel Pender   USA
27 Feb 1965
Mason-Dixon Games Louisville   USA
Craig Wallace   USA
27 Feb 1965
Mason-Dixon Games Louisville   USA
Larry Highbaugh   USA
14 Feb 1970
Mason-Dixon Games Louisville   USA
Jim Green   USA
14 Feb 1970
Mason-Dixon Games Louisville   USA
Mel Pender   USA
13 Feb 1971
Mason-Dixon Games Louisville   USA
Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa   MAD
1 Jun 1973
Mason-Dixon Games Louisville   USA
Warren Edmondson   USA
1 Jun 1973
Mason-Dixon Games Louisville   USA
Harrington Jackson   USA
1 Jun 1973
Mason-Dixon Games Louisville   USA
100 m
9.98
Usain Bolt   JAM
23 Aug 2014
Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw   POL [192][193][194]
150 m
14.99
Donovan Bailey   CAN
1 Jun 1997
Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race Toronto   CAN [195]
300 y
29.27
Terron Wright   USA
7 Feb 1981
Bloomington   USA
300 m
31.56
Steven Gardiner   BAH
28 Jan 2022
South Carolina Invitational Columbia   USA [196]
500 y
53.90
hA Larry James   USA
25 May 1973
ITA meet Salt Lake City   USA [197]
500 m
59.83
[av] Abdalelah Haroun   QAT
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm   SWE [198]
600 y
1:06.93
Moitalel Mpoke   KEN
15 Feb 2020
Lubbock   USA [199]
600 m
1:13.77
Donavan Brazier   USA
24 Feb 2019
USA Indoor Championships Staten Island   USA [200]
1000 y
2:04.39
Johnny Gray   USA
23 Feb 1986
San Diego   USA
2000 m
4:49.99
Kenenisa Bekele   ETH
17 Feb 2007
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham   GBR
Two miles
8:03.40
Mo Farah   GBR
21 Feb 2015
Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham   GBR [201]
10,000 m
27:50.29
Mark Bett   KEN
10 Feb 2002
Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent   BEL [202]
Marathon
2:19:01
Malcolm Richards   USA
17 Mar 2018
The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City   USA [203]
2000 m steeplechase
5:13.77
Paul Kipsiele Koech   KEN
13 Feb 2011
Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent   BEL [204][205]
3000 m steeplechase
8:17.46
Aleksandr Zagoruyko   URS
21 Feb 1982
Moscow   URS [202]
50 y hurdles
5.88
Greg Foster   USA
17 Jan 1986
Los Angeles   USA
60 y hurdles
6.82
Renaldo Nehemiah   USA
30 Jan 1982
Dallas   USA
55 m hurdles
6.89
[aw] Renaldo Nehemiah   USA
20 Jan 1979
New York City   USA
110 m hurdles
13.34
Allen Johnson   USA
14 Feb 1995
Moscow   RUS [202]
300 m hurdles
34.26
OT Karsten Warholm   NOR
10 Feb 2018
Avoimet Pirkanmaan Tampere   FIN [206]
400 m hurdles
48.78
Félix Sánchez   DOM
18 Feb 2012
Meeting National Val-de-Reuil Val-de-Reuil   FRA [207][208]
Discus throw
69.51 m
Gerd Kanter   EST
22 Mar 2009
World Record Indoor Challenge Växjö   SWE [209]
Weight throw
25.86 m
Lance Deal   USA
4 Mar 1995
Atlanta   USA [202]
Javelin throw
85.78 m
Matti Närhi   FIN
3 Mar 1996
Kajaani   FIN [210]
3000 m walk
10:30.28
Tom Bosworth   GBR
25 Feb 2018
Glasgow Grand Prix Glasgow   GBR [211]
Two miles walk
11:54.50
Valdas Kazlauskas   URS
24 Feb 1990
Kaunas   URS [202]
10,000 m walk
38:23.73
Wang Zhen   CHN
8 Feb 2015
Genoa   ITA
15,000 m walk
1:00:03.90
Valdas Kazlauskas   URS
24 Jan 1987
Kaunas   URS [202]
20,000 m walk
1:20:40.00
OT Ronald Weigel   GDR
27 Jan 1980
Senftenberg   GDR
Sprint medley relay
3:15.10
[ax] Mark Everett
James Trapp
Kevin Little
Butch Reynolds
  USA
14 Mar 1993
World Indoor Championships Toronto   CAN [212]
Distance medley relay
9:19.42
[ay] Cole Hocker
Luis Peralta
Charlie Hunter
Cooper Teare
  USA
  DOM
  AUS
  USA
29 Jan 2021
Razorback Invitational Fayetteville   USA [213]
4 × mile relay
16:03.68
[az] David Ribich (4:08.2)
Henry Wynne (4:01.4)
Brannon Kidder (3:56.8)
Izaic Yorks (3:57.2)
  USA
26 Jan 2019
Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge New York City   USA [214]
4×60y shuttle hurdles relay
27.6
A[ba] T.G. Parker
Joe Kahiapo
Ahart Powers
Dick McIntosh
  USA
21 Feb 1975
Colorado Springs   USA [215]

WomenEdit

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
50 y
5.74
[bb] Evelyn Ashford   USA
18 Feb 1983
San Diego   USA [216]
60 y
6.54
Evelyn Ashford   USA
7 Feb 1982
USA Indoor Track and Field Championships New York City   USA
Jeanette Bolden   USA
21 Feb 1986
Los Angeles   USA
55 m
6.56
Gwen Torrence   USA
14 Mar 1987
NCAA Oklahoma City   USA [217]
100 y
10.15
Heike Drechsler   GDR
8 Feb 1987
Senftenberg   GDR [218]
100 m
11.15
Marita Koch   GDR
12 Jan 1980
East Berlin   GDR
300 y
32.63
Merlene Ottey   JAM
13 Mar 1982
Cedar Falls   USA
300 m
35.45
Irina Privalova   RUS
17 Jan 1993
Moscow   RUS
Shaunae Miller-Uibo   BAH
3 Feb 2018
Millrose Games New York City   USA [104]
500 y
1:00.61
A Jearl Miles-Clark   USA
19 Feb 2000
Pocatello   USA
500 m
1:06.31
Olesya Krasnomovets   RUS
7 Jan 2006
Yekaterinburg   RUS
600 y
1:17.38
Delisa Walton   USA
13 Mar 1982
Cedar Falls   USA
600 m
1:23.44
Olga Kotlyarova   RUS
1 Feb 2004
Russian Winter Meeting Moscow   RUS
1000 y
2:23.5
Joetta Clark   USA
9 Mar 1986
Gainesville   USA
2000 m
5:23.75
Genzebe Dibaba   ETH
7 Feb 2017
Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell   ESP [219]
Two miles
9:00.48
Genzebe Dibaba   ETH
15 Feb 2014
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham   GBR [220]
10,000 m
32:44.97
Olga Michurina   RUS
23 Dec 1995
Saint Petersburg   RUS
Marathon
2:40:55
Lindsey Scherf   USA
17 Mar 2018
The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City   USA [203]
55 m hurdles
7.30

A, [bc] Tiffany Lott-Hogan   USA
22 Feb 1997
Colorado Springs   USA
100 m hurdles
12.64
Ludmila Engquist   SWE
10 Feb 1997
Tampere   FIN
300 m hurdles
40.09
OT Stine Tomb   NOR
5 Feb 2011
Finland-Sweden-Norway Indoor Match Tampere   FIN [221][222]
400 m hurdles
56.41
Sheena Tosta   USA
12 Feb 2011
Meeting National Val-de-Reuil   FRA [223][224][225]
2000 m steeplechase
5:47.79
Maruša Mišmaš   SLO
19 Feb 2020
Meeting Hauts de France Pas de Calais Liévin   FRA [226]
3000 m steeplechase
9:07.00
Tatyana Petrova   RUS
17 Feb 2006
Moscow   RUS
9:54.20
[bd] Marcela Lustigova   CZE
11 Feb 2010
Botnia Games Korsholm