List of world records in athletics

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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.

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 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,[1] with the sole exception of the mixed-sex 4 × 400 m relay, introduced by the IAAF in 2017.[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 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.
  • 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 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 any other discipline, except in the high jump, this issue does not arise, since it is practically impossible to deliberately break a record by a small margin.

World recordsEdit

The 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,[4] and has, thus far, only affected the men's and women's pole vault, and women's 2,000 m. 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. 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.

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

Key to tablesEdit

  Awaiting ratification ‹See Tfd›   not ratified or later rescinded by IAAF ‹See Tfd›

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)

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 [5]
200 m 19.19 −0.3 23.31 37.52 Usain Bolt   JAM 20 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin   GER [5]
400 m 43.03 20.79 33.47 Wayde van Niekerk   RSA 14 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro   BRA [6]
800 m 1:40.91 17.734 28.540 David Rudisha   KEN 9 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London   GBR [7]
1000 m 2:11.96 16.952 27.281 Noah Ngeny   KEN 5 Sep 1999 Rieti Meeting Rieti   ITA
1500 m 3:26.00 16.2884 26.2136 Hicham El Guerrouj   MAR 14 Jul 1998 Golden Gala Rome   ITA
Mile 3:43.13 16.1341 25.9653 Hicham El Guerrouj   MAR 7 Jul 1999 Golden Gala Rome   ITA
2000 m 4:44.79 15.7094 25.2818 Hicham El Guerrouj   MAR 7 Sep 1999 ISTAF Berlin   GER
3000 m 7:20.67 15.2287 24.5081 Daniel Komen   KEN 1 Sep 1996 Rieti Meeting Rieti   ITA
5000 m 12:37.35 14.7682 23.7671 Kenenisa Bekele   ETH 31 May 2004 Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo   NED
12:35.36 14.8070 23.8296 Joshua Cheptegei   UGA 14 Aug 2020 Herculis Monaco   MON [8]
5 km (road) 12:51.00 14.51 23.35 Joshua Cheptegei   UGA 16 Feb 2020 Monaco Run 5km Monaco   MON [9]
10,000 m 26:17.53 14.1800 22.8205 Kenenisa Bekele   ETH 26 Aug 2005 Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL
10 km (road) 26:24.00 14.12 22.73 Rhonex Kipruto   KEN 12 Jan 2020 10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia   ESP [10]
Half marathon 58:01.00 13.5576 21.8187 Geoffrey Kamworor   KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen   DEN [11]
One hour (track) 21,285 m 13.2259 21.2850 Haile Gebrselassie   ETH 27 Jun 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [12]
21,330 m 13.254 21.330 Mo Farah   GBR 4 Sep 2020 Diamond League Brussels   BEL [13]
Marathon[a]
2:01:39
12.9316 20.8113 Eliud Kipchoge   KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [14]
1:59:40.2
[b] 13.136 21.156 Eliud Kipchoge   KEN 12 Oct 2019 Ineos 1:59 Challenge Vienna   AUT [15]
100 km (road) 6:09:14.00 10.0972 16.2499 Nao Kazami   JPN 24 Jun 2018 Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu   JPN [16]
110 m hurdles 12.80 +0.3 19.22 30.94 Aries Merritt   USA 7 Sep 2012 Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL [17]
400 m hurdles 46.78 19.127 30.782 Kevin Young   USA 6 Aug 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona   ESP
3000 m steeplechase 7:53.63 14.1689 22.8026 Saif Saaeed Shaheen   QAT 3 Sep 2004 Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL
7:53.17 X 14.1827 22.8248 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
Pole vault 6.18 m i Armand Duplantis   SWE 15 Feb 2020 Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow   GBR [18] P
Long jump 8.95 m +0.3 Mike Powell   USA 30 Aug 1991 World Championships Tokyo   JPN
Triple jump 18.29 m +1.3 Jonathan Edwards   GBR 7 Aug 1995 World Championships Gothenburg   SWE [19]
Shot put 23.12 m Randy Barnes   USA 20 May 1990 Jack in the Box Invitational Westwood   USA [20]
Discus throw 74.08 m Jürgen Schult   GDR 6 Jun 1986 Neubrandenburg   GDR
Hammer throw 86.74 m Yuriy Sedykh   URS 30 Aug 1986 European Championships Stuttgart   GER
Javelin throw 98.48 m [c] Jan Železný   CZE 25 May 1996 Jena   GER
Decathlon 9126 pts [d] Kevin Mayer   FRA 16 Sep 2018 Décastar Talence   FRA [21]
20,000 m walk (track) 1:17:25.60 [e] 9.6304 15.4985 Bernardo Segura   MEX 7 May 1994 Bergen   NOR
20 km walk (road) 1:16:36.00 9.7343 15.6658 Yusuke Suzuki   JPN 15 Mar 2015 Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi   JPN [22]
2 hours walk (track) 29,572 m + 9.1876 14.7860 Maurizio Damilano   ITA 3 Oct 1992 Cuneo   ITA
30,000 m walk (track) 2:01:44.10 9.1878 14.7862 Maurizio Damilano   ITA 3 Oct 1992 Cuneo   ITA
50,000 m walk (track) 3:35:27.20 8.6522 13.9243 Yohann Diniz   FRA 12 Mar 2011 Reims   FRA [23]
50 km walk (road) 3:32:33.00 8.7703 14.1143 Yohann Diniz   FRA 15 Aug 2014 European Championships Zürich    SUI [24]
4×100 m relay 36.84 24.2882 39.0879 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
  JAM 11 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London   GBR [25]
4×200 m relay 1:18.63 22.7592 36.6272 Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
  JAM 24 May 2014 World Relays Nassau   BAH [26]
4×400 m relay 2:54.29 20.5354 33.0484 Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
  USA 22 Aug 1993 World Championships Stuttgart   GER [f] [27]
4×800 m relay 7:02.43 16.9453 27.2708 Joseph Mutua
William Yiampoy
Ismael Kombich
Wilfred Bungei
  KEN 25 Aug 2006 Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL
Distance medley relay 9:15.50 [g] 16.1076 25.9226 Kyle Merber
Brycen Spratling
Brandon Johnson
Ben Blankenship
  USA 3 May 2015 World Relays Nassau   BAH [28]
4×1500 m relay 14:22.22 15.5664 25.0516 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
  KEN 25 May 2014 World Relays Nassau   BAH [29]
Road relay
42.195 km
1:57:06.00 [h] 13.4341 21.6200 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 P
200 m 21.34 +1.3 20.97 33.74 Florence Griffith Joyner   USA 29 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul   KOR P
400 m 47.60 18.798 30.252 Marita Koch   GDR 6 Oct 1985 World Cup Canberra   AUS P
800 m 1:53.28 15.798 25.424 Jarmila Kratochvílová   TCH 26 Jul 1983 Munich   FRG P
1000 m 2:28.98 15.015 24.164 Svetlana Masterkova   RUS 23 Aug 1996 Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL P
1500 m 3:50.07 14.584 23.471 Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 17 Jul 2015 Herculis Fontvieille   MON [32] P
Mile 4:12.33 14.267 22.961 Sifan Hassan   NED 12 Jul 2019 Herculis Fontvieille   MON [33] P
2000 m 5:23.75 i 13.819 22.239 Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 7 Feb 2017 Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell   ESP [34]
3000 m 8:06.11 13.8051 22.2172 Wang Junxia   CHN 13 Sep 1993 Chinese National Games Beijing   CHN P
5000 m 14:11.15 13.1407 21.1479 Tirunesh Dibaba   ETH 6 Jun 2008 Bislett Games Oslo   NOR P
5 km (road) 14:44.00 Wo 12.65 20.36 Sifan Hassan   NED 17 Feb 2019 5 km Herculis Monaco   MON [35]
10,000 m 29:17.45 12.728 20.484 Almaz Ayana   ETH 12 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro   BRA [36] P
10 km (road) 30:29.00 Wo 12.230 19.683 Asmae Leghzaoui   MAR 8 Jun 2002 New York City   USA
29:43.00 Mx 12.546 20.191 Joyciline Jepkosgei   KEN 9 Sep 2017 Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague   CZE [37]
One hour (track) 18,517 m 11.506 18.517 Dire Tune   ETH 12 Jun 2008 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE P
18,930 m 11.763 18.930 Sifan Hassan   NED 4 Sep 2020 Diamond League Brussels   BEL [13]
Half marathon 1:04:31 Mx 12.192 19.621 Ababel Yeshaneh   ETH 21 Feb 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah   UAE [38] P
1:06:11 Wo 11.885 19.126 Netsanet Gudeta   ETH 24 Mar 2018 World Half Marathon Championships Valencia   ESP [39] P
1:05:34 Wo 11.996 19.306 Peres Jepchirchir   KEN 5 Sep 2020 Prague Half Marathon Prague   CZE [40]
1:04:28 Mx a 12.201 19.636 Brigid Kosgei   KEN 8 Sep 2019 Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom   GBR [41]
Marathon[a] 2:14:04.00 Mx 11.734 18.884 Brigid Kosgei   KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [42] P
2:17:01.00 Wo 11.481 18.477 Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London   GBR [43]
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 12.20 +0.3 Kendra Harrison   USA 22 Jul 2016 London Grand Prix London   GBR [44] P
400 m hurdles 52.16 Dalilah Muhammad   USA 4 Oct 2019 World Championships Doha   QAT [45] P
3000 m steeplechase 8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech   KEN 20 Jul 2018 Herculis Fontvieille   MON [46] P
High jump 2.09 m Stefka Kostadinova   BUL 30 Aug 1987 World Championships Rome   ITA P
Pole vault 5.06 m Yelena Isinbayeva   RUS 28 Aug 2009 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich    SUI P
Long jump 7.52 m +1.4 Galina Chistyakova   URS 11 Jun 1988 Brothers Znamensky Memorial Leningrad   URS [47] P
Triple jump 15.50 m +0.9 Inessa Kravets   UKR 10 Aug 1995 World Championships Gothenburg   SWE P
Shot put 22.63 m Natalya Lisovskaya   URS 7 Jun 1987 Brothers Znamensky Memorial Moscow   URS P
Discus throw 76.80 m Gabriele Reinsch   GDR 9 Jul 1988 Neubrandenburg   GDR P
Hammer throw 82.98 m Anita Włodarczyk   POL 28 Aug 2016 Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw   POL [48] P
Javelin throw 72.28 m [c] Barbora Špotáková   CZE 13 Sep 2008 World Athletics Final Stuttgart   GER [49] P
Heptathlon 7291 pts [j][c] Jackie Joyner-Kersee   USA 24 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul   KOR [50] P
Decathlon 8358 pts [k] Austra Skujytė   LTU 15 Apr 2005 Columbia   USA 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 [51]
20 km walk (road) 1:24:38 Liu Hong   CHN 6 Jun 2015 Gran Premio Cantones A Coruña   ESP [52] P
1:23:39 [l] Elena Lashmanova   RUS 9 Jun 2018 Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary   RUS [53]
1:24:31 [m] Elena Lashmanova   RUS 18 Feb 2019 Russian Winter Race Walking Championships Sochi   RUS [54]
50,000 m walk (track) 4:29:45.560 [n] Katie Burnett   USA 13 Jul 2019 National Invitational Racewalks San Diego   USA [55]
50 km walk (road) 3:59:15 Liu Hong   CHN 9 Mar 2019 Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix Huangshan   CHN [56][57] P
3:57:08 [o] Klavdiya Afanasyeva   RUS 15 Jun 2019 Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary   RUS [58]
4×100 m relay 40.82 Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
  USA 10 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London   GBR [59] 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 Irina Podyalovskaya
Nadezhda Olizarenko
Lyubov Gurina
Lyudmila Borisova
  URS 5 Aug 1984 Moscow   URS
Distance medley relay 10:36.50 [p] Treniere Moser
Sanya Richards-Ross
Ajee' Wilson
Shannon Rowbury
  USA 2 May 2015 World Relays Nassau   BAH [60]
4×1500 m relay 16:33.58 Mercy Cherono
Faith Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Obiri
  KEN 24 May 2014 World Relays Nassau   BAH [61]
16:27.02 Colleen Quigley
Elise Cranny
Karissa Schweizer
Shelby Houlihan
  USA 31 Jul 2020 Bowerman TC Intrasquad Meet IV Portland   USA [62] [1]
Road relay
42.195 km
2:11:41.00 Mx[q] Jiang Bo
Dong Yanmei
Zhao Fengting
Ma Zaijie
Lan Lixin
Li Na
  CHN 28 Feb 1998 Beijing   CHN [63]
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 [64] P

Indoor world recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
50 m 5.55 X[r] Ben Johnson   CAN 31 Jan 1987 Ottawa   CAN [65]
5.56 A Donovan Bailey   CAN 9 Feb 1996 Bill Cosby Invitational Reno   USA
5.56 #[s] Maurice Greene   USA 13 Feb 1999 Los Angeles   USA [66]
60 m 6.34 A Christian Coleman   USA 18 Feb 2018 USA Championships Albuquerque   USA [67] P
200 m 19.92 Frankie Fredericks   NAM 18 Feb 1996 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin   FRA
400 m 44.57 Kerron Clement   USA 12 Mar 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Fayetteville   USA
44.52 #[s] Michael Norman   USA 10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station   USA [68]
800 m 1:42.67 Wilson Kipketer   DEN 9 Mar 1997 World Championships Paris   FRA
1000 m 2:14.20 Ayanleh Souleiman   DJI 17 Feb 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm   SWE [69]
1500 m 3:31.04 Samuel Tefera   ETH 16 Feb 2019 Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham   GBR [70]
Mile 3:47.01 Yomif Kejelcha   ETH 3 March 2019 Bruce Lehane Invitational Boston   USA [71]
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 7.30 Colin Jackson   GBR 6 Mar 1994 Sindelfingen   GER
High jump 2.43 m Javier Sotomayor   CUB 4 Mar 1989 World Championships Budapest   HUN P
Pole vault 6.18 m Armand Duplantis   SWE 15 Feb 2020 Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow   GBR [18] P
Long jump 8.79 m Carl Lewis   USA 27 Jan 1984 Millrose Games New York City   USA
Triple jump 17.92 m [t] Teddy Tamgho   FRA 6 Mar 2011 European Championships Paris   FRA [72][73]
Shot put 22.66 m Randy Barnes   USA 20 Jan 1989 Sunkist Invitational Los Angeles   USA
Heptathlon 6645 pts [u] Ashton Eaton   USA 10 Mar 2012 World Championships Istanbul   TUR [74]
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 [v] Amere Lattin
Obi Igbokwe
Jermaine Holt
Kahmari Montgomery
  USA 9 Feb 2019 Clemson’s Tiger Paw Invitational Clemson   USA [75]
3:00.77 [w] [x] Zach Shinnick
Rai Benjamin
Ricky Morgan Jr.
Michael Norman
  USA
  ATG
  USA
  USA
10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station   USA [76]
3:01.39 #[s][y] Ilolo Izu
Robert Grant
Devin Dixon
Mylik Kerley
  USA 10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station   USA [68]
3:01.43 [z] [aa] Kunle Fasasi
Grant Holloway
Chantz Sawyers
Benjamin Lobo Vedel
  NGR
  USA
  JAM
  DEN
10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station   USA [68]
4×800 m relay 7:11.30 [ab] Joe McAsey
Kyle Merber
Chris Giesting
Jesse Garn
  USA 25 Feb 2018 BU Last Chance Meet Boston   USA [77]

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
400 m 49.59 Jarmila Kratochvílová   TCH 7 Mar 1982 Milan   ITA
800 m 1:55.82 Jolanda Čeplak   SLO 3 Mar 2002 European Championships Vienna   AUT
1000 m 2:30.94 Maria Mutola   MOZ 25 Feb 1999 GE Galan Stockholm   SWE
1500 m 3:55.17 Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 1 Feb 2014 Weltklasse in Karlsruhe Karlsruhe   GER [78]
Mile 4:13.31 Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 17 Feb 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm   SWE [69]
3000 m 8:16.60 Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 6 Feb 2014 XL Galan Stockholm   SWE [79]
5000 m 14:18.86 Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 19 Feb 2015 XL Galan Stockholm   SWE [80]
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
7.68 X[ac] 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
Pole vault 5.03 m #[ad] Jenn Suhr   USA 30 Jan 2016 Golden Eagle Multi and Invitational Brockport   USA [81][82] P
5.02 m A Jenn Suhr   USA 2 Mar 2013 USA Championships Albuquerque   USA [83] P
Long jump 7.37 m Heike Drechsler   GDR 13 Feb 1988 Vienna   AUT
Triple jump 15.43 m Yulimar Rojas   VEN 21 Feb 2020 Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting Madrid   ESP [84]
Shot put 22.50 m Helena Fibingerová   TCH 19 Feb 1977 Jablonec   TCH
Pentathlon 5013 pts [ae] Nataliya Dobrynska   UKR 9 Mar 2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul   TUR [85]
3000 m walk 11:40.33 Claudia Iovan   ROU 30 Jan 1999 Bucharest   ROU
11:35.34 #[af] 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 [86]

Best performances in non-IAAF World Record eventsEdit

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

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

Official record status was removed by World Athletics (IAAF) in November 2019 for several long distance events, including 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.

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 also 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, and even those using light beams are timed by the motion of the athlete, still removing the normal factor of reaction time, while football 40-yard dashes are usually run on a turf surface, as opposed to an all weather track.

All these factors make track and "football 40" performances essentially incomparable. 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.[87][88] Under conventional football timing on a turf field in 2017, Christian Coleman reportedly ran a 4.12.[89]

Outdoor eventsEdit

MenEdit

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R P
50 m 5.40 +0.2 +[ag] Bruny Surin   CAN 22 Aug 1999 World Championships Seville   ESP [90]
60 m 6.25 +[ah] [90][91]
6.31 +0.9 +[ai] Usain Bolt   JAM 16 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin   GER [92]
100 y 9.00 h Ivory Crockett   USA 11 May 1974 Knoxville   USA [93]
Houston McTear   USA 9 May 1975 Winter Park   USA [93]
9.07 −0.5 + Asafa Powell   JAM 27 May 2010 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [94]
150 m 14.44 −0.3 + Usain Bolt   JAM 20 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin   GER [95]
150 m straight 14.35 +1.1 Usain Bolt   JAM 17 May 2009 Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [96]
200 m straight 19.41 −0.4 Tyson Gay   USA 16 May 2010 Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [97][98]
220 y (straight) 19.50 +1.9 h Tommie Smith   USA 7 May 1966 Video on YouTube San Jose   USA [99]
19.54 −0.4 Tyson Gay   USA 16 May 2010 Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [100]
300 m 30.81 Wayde van Niekerk   RSA 28 Jun 2017 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [101]
440 y 44.50 John Smith   USA 26 Jun 1971 USA Championships Eugene   USA [102][103][104]
500 m 57.69 [aj] David Rudisha   KEN 10 Sep 2016 Great North CityGames Newcastle   GBR [105]
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 [106]
15 km (road) 41:05.00 Joshua Cheptegei   UGA 18 Nov 2018 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen   NED [107]
41:05.00 + Geoffrey Kamworor   KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen   DEN [108]
10 miles (road) 44:24.00 [ak] Haile Gebrselassie   ETH 4 Sep 2005 Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg   NED
20,000 m (track) 56:25.98 + Haile Gebrselassie   ETH 27 Jun 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [109]
20 km (road) 55:00.00 + Geoffrey Kamworor   KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen   DEN [110]
25,000 m (track) 1:12:25.40 + Moses Mosop   KEN 3 Jun 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene   USA [111]
25 km (road) 1:11:18.00 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto   KEN 6 May 2012 BIG 25 Berlin   GER [112][113]
30,000 m (track) 1:26:47.40 Moses Mosop   KEN 3 Jun 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene   USA [111][114]
30 km (road) 1:26:45 + Eliud Kipchoge   KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [115]
35 km (road) 1:41:47.00 + Dennis Kipruto Kimetto   KEN 28 Sep 2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [116]
40 km (road) 1:55:32.00 + Eliud Kipchoge   KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin   GER [117]
50 km (road) 2:43:38.00 + Thompson Magawana   RSA 12 Apr 1988 Cape Town   RSA [118]
90 km (road) 5:20:49.00 Leonid Shvetsov   RUS 2007 Comrades Marathon Durban   RSA
100,000 m (track) 6:10:20.00 Don Ritchie   GBR 28 Oct 1978 London   GBR
24-hour run 303,506 m Yiannis Kouros   AUS 24 Oct 1997 Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour Race Kensington   AUS [119]
2000 m steeplechase 5:10.68 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad   FRA 30 Jun 2010 Alma Athlé Tour Reims   FRA [120]
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[al] 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 [121]
200 m hurdles straight 21.90 +1.4 h[am] Don Styron   USA 2 Apr 1960 Baton Rouge   USA [122]
22.10 +2.0 Andy Turner   GBR 15 May 2011 Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [123]
22.10 +1.8 Louis Jacobus van Zyl   RSA 9 May 2015 Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [124]
220 y hurdles straight 21.90 +1.4 h Don Styron   USA 2 Apr 1960 Baton Rouge   USA [122][125]
300 m hurdles 33.78 Karsten Warholm   NOR 11 Jun 2020 Impossible Games Oslo   NOR [126]
440 y hurdles 48.70 Jim Bolding   USA 25 Jul 1974 Turin   ITA [127]
Standing long jump 12 ft 3 in Byron Jones   USA 23 Feb 2015 NFL scouting combine Indianapolis   USA [128]
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 [129]
1500 m walk (track) 5:12.00 + Antanas Grigaliūnas   LTU 12 May 1990 Vilnius   LTU [130]
Mile walk (track) 5:31.08 Tom Bosworth   GBR 9 Jul 2017 London Grand Prix London   GBR [131]
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 [132]
10,000 m walk (track) 37:53.09 Paquillo Fernández   ESP 27 Jul 2008 Spanish Championships Santa Cruz   ESP
10 km walk (road) 37:11.00 Roman Rasskazov   RUS 28 May 2000 Saransk   RUS [133]
30 km walk (road) 2:05:06.00 Nathan Deakes   AUS 27 Aug 2006 Australian Race Walking Championships Hobart   AUS [134]
35 km walk (road) 2:21:31.00 Vladimir Kanaykin   RUS 19 Feb 2006 Russian Winter Race Walking Championships Adler   RUS [135]
50 mile walk (road) 7:44:47.20 [an] Shaul Ladany   ISR 1972 New Jersey   USA [136]
4×110 y relay 38.60 A[ao] Earl McCullouch
Fred Kuller
O.J. Simpson
Lennox Miller (JAM)
17 Jun 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Provo   USA [137]
Swedish relay 1:46.59 [ap] Christopher Williams
Usain Bolt
Davian Clarke
Jermaine Gonzales
  JAM 25 Jul 2006 DN Galan Stockholm   SWE [138]
4×110m shuttle hurdles relay 52.94 [aq] Jason Richardson
Aleec Harris
Aries Merritt
David Oliver
  USA 25 Apr 2015 Drake Relays Des Moines   USA [139]
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 [140]

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 6.85 −0.1 + Marion Jones   USA 22 Aug 1999 World Championships Seville   ESP
100 y 9.91 +1.1 + Veronica Campbell-Brown   JAM 31 May 2011 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava   CZE [141]
150 m 16.10 +1.3 + Florence Griffith Joyner   USA 29 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul   KOR
16.46 −1.5 Merlene Ottey   JAM 27 Sep 1989 Trapani   ITA [142][143]
150 m straight 16.23 -0.7 Shaunae Miller-Uibo   BAH 20 May 2018 Adidas Boost Boston Games Boston   USA [144]
200 m straight 21.76 +0.5 Shaunae Miller-Uibo   BAH 4 Jun 2017 Boost Boston Games Somerville   USA [145]
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 [146]
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 [147]
Two miles 8:58.58 Meseret Defar   ETH 14 Sep 2007 Memorial Van Damme Brussels   BEL
5 km (road) 14:32.00 +[ar] Joyciline Jepkosgei   KEN 9 Sep 2017 Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague   CZE [148]
4 miles (road) 19:14.00 Viola Kibiwot   KEN 13 Oct 2013 4 Mile of Groningen Groningen   NED [149]
8 km (road) 24:30.00 + Mary Keitany   KEN 18 Feb 2011 RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah   UAE [150]
12 km (road) 38:05.00 Brillian Kipkoech   KEN 19 May 2019 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN Cape Town   RSA [151]
15 km (road) 44:20.00 Mx Letesenbet Gidey   ETH 17 Nov 2019 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen   NED [152]
46:59.00 Wo + Lornah Kiplagat   NED 14 Oct 2007 World Road Running Championships Udine   ITA [153]
10 miles (road) 50:05.00 + Mary Keitany   KEN 18 Feb 2011 RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah   UAE [150]
49:21.00 + a Brigid Kosgei   KEN 8 Sep 2019 Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom   GBR [154]
20,000 m (track) 1:05:26.60 Tegla Loroupe   KEN 3 Sep 2000 Borgholzhausen   GER
20 km (road) 1:01:11.00 Mx + Ababel Yeshaneh   ETH 21 Feb 2020 RAK Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah   UAE [155]
1:02:57.00 Wo + Lornah Kiplagat   NED 14 Oct 2007 World Road Running Championships Udine   ITA [156]
25,000 m (track) 1:27:05.84 Tegla Loroupe   KEN 21 Sep 2002 Mengerskirchen   GER
25 km (road) 1:19:33.00 Mx + Brigid Kosgei   KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [157]
1:19:43.00 + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London   GBR [158]
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 [159]
1:36:05.00 Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London   GBR [158]
35 km (road) 1:51:14.00 Mx + Brigid Kosgei   KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [160]
1:52:39.00 Wo + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London   GBR [158]
40 km (road) 2:07:11.00 Mx + Brigid Kosgei   KEN 13 Oct 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago   USA [161]
2:09:38.00 + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London   GBR [158]
50 km (road) 3:07:20.00 Alyson Dixon   GBR 1 Sep 2019 50km World Championships Brasov   ROM [162]
24-hour run (road) 258,339 m Patrycja Bereznowska   POL 2 Jul 2017 IAU 24 Hour World Championship Belfast   GBR [163]
2000 m steeplechase 5:52.80 Gesa Felicitas Krause   GER 1 Sep 2019 ISTAF Berlin   GER [164]
200 m hurdles 24.80 +0.4 h Yadisleidy Pedroso   ITA 6 Apr 2013 Caserta   ITA [165]
25.60 −0.7 h Patricia Girard   FRA 23 Aug 2001 Nantes   FRA [166]
25.79 −0.6 Lauren Wells   AUS 21 Jan 2017 AACT Combined Events Championships Canberra   AUS [167]
200 m hurdles straight 25.05 +1.0 Meghan Beesley   GBR 17 May 2014 Manchester City Games Manchester   GBR [168]
300 m hurdles 38.16 Zuzana Hejnová   CZE 2 Aug 2013 Grand Prix of Cheb Cheb   CZE [169]
Weight throw 24.57 m Brittany Riley   USA 27 Jan 2007
Tetradecathlon 10798 pts Milla Kelo   FIN 8 Sep 2002 Turku   FIN [170]
3000 m walk (track) 11:48.24 Ileana Salvador   ITA 29 Aug 1993 Padua   ITA [171]
5000 m walk (track) 20:01.80 Eleonora Giorgi   ITA 18 May 2014 Italian Clubs League Meet Misterbianco   ITA [172]
5 km walk (road) 19:46 Kjersti Plätzer   NOR 27 Aug 2006 Internationaler Geher-Cup Hildesheim   GER [173]
10 km walk (road) 41:04.00 Yelena Nikolayeva   RUS 20 Apr 1996 Russian Championships Sochi   RUS [174]
30 km walk (road) 2:24:33.00 Paola Pérez   ECU 22 Oct 2017 Hauppauge   USA [175]
35 km walk (road) 2:43:43.00 Eleonora Giorgi   ITA 26 Jan 2020 Italian 35km Race Walking Championships Grosseto   ITA [176]
4×100 m hurdles relay 50.78 [as] Nia Ali
Kristi Castlin
Yvette Lewis
Queen Harrison
  USA 6 Apr 2013 Florida Relays Gainesville   USA [177]
Sprint medley relay (1–1–2–4) 1:35.20 [at] Destinee Brown
Aaliyah Brown
Kimberlyn Duncan
Raevyn Rogers
  USA 28 Apr 2018 Penn Relays Philadelphia   USA [178]
Sprint medley relay (2-2-4-8) 3:34.56 [au] Sherri-Ann Brooks
Rosemarie Whyte
Moya Thompson
Kenia Sinclair
  JAM 1 Apr 2009 Penn Relays Philadelphia   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 [179]
40 y 4.12 [av] 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[r] 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 [181]
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 [181]
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 [66]
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 [182][183][184]
150 m 14.99 Donovan Bailey   CAN 1 Jun 1997 Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race Toronto   CAN [185]
300 y 29.27 Terron Wright   USA 7 Feb 1981 Bloomington   USA
300 m 31.87 Noah Lyles   USA 4 Mar 2017 USA Championships Albuquerque   USA [186]
500 y 53.90 hA Larry James   USA 25 May 1973 ITA meet Salt Lake City   USA [187]
500 m 59.83 [aw] Abdalelah Haroun   QAT 17 Feb 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm   SWE [188]
600 y 1:06.93 Moitalel Mpoke   KEN 15 Feb 2020 Lubbock   USA [189]
600 m 1:13.77 Donavan Brazier   USA 24 Feb 2019 USA Indoor Championships Staten Island   USA [190]
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 [191]
10,000 m 27:50.29 Mark Bett   KEN 10 Feb 2002 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent   BEL [192]
Marathon 2:19:01 Malcolm Richards   USA 17 Mar 2018 The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City   USA [193]
2000 m steeplechase 5:13.77 Paul Kipsiele Koech   KEN 13 Feb 2011 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent   BEL [194][195]
3000 m steeplechase 8:17.46 Aleksandr Zagoruyko   URS 21 Feb 1982 Moscow   URS [192]
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 [ax] Renaldo Nehemiah   USA 20 Jan 1979 New York City   USA
110 m hurdles 13.34 Allen Johnson   USA 14 Feb 1995 Moscow   RUS [192]
300 m hurdles 34.92 OT Llewellyn Herbert   RSA 9 Feb 1999 Pirkkahall Tampere   FIN [196][197]
Karsten Warholm   NOR 11 Feb 2017 Norden Kampen Tampere   FIN [198]
400 m hurdles 48.78 Felix Sanchez   DOM 18 Feb 2012 Meeting National Val-de-Reuil Val-de-Reuil   FRA [199][200]
Discus throw 69.51 m Gerd Kanter   EST 22 Mar 2009 World Record Indoor Challenge Växjö   SWE [201]
Weight throw 25.86 m Lance Deal   USA 4 Mar 1995 Atlanta   USA [192]
Javelin throw 85.78 m Matti Närhi   FIN 3 Mar 1996 Kajaani   FIN [202]
3000 m walk 10:30.28 Tom Bosworth   GBR 25 Feb 2018 Glasgow Grand Prix Glasgow   GBR [203]
Two miles walk 11:54.50 Valdas Kazlauskas   URS 24 Feb 1990 Kaunas   URS [192]
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 [192]
20,000 m walk 1:20:40.00 OT Ronald Weigel   GDR 27 Jan 1980 Senftenberg   GDR
Sprint medley relay 3:15.10 [ay] Mark Everett
James Trapp
Kevin Little
Butch Reynolds
  USA 14 Mar 1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto   CAN [204]
Distance medley relay 9:19.93 [az] Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.
Michael Berry
Erik Sowinski
Patrick Casey
  USA 31 Jan 2015 Armory Track Invitational New York City   USA [205]
4×1 mile relay 16:03.68 [ba] 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 [206]

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 [207]
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 [208]
100 y 10.15 Heike Drechsler   GDR 8 Feb 1987 Senftenberg   GDR [209]
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 [86]
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 [34]
Two miles 9:00.48 Genzebe Dibaba   ETH 15 Feb 2014 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham   GBR [210]
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 [193]
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 [211][212]
400 m hurdles 56.41 Sheena Tosta   USA 12 Feb 2011 Meeting National Val-de-Reuil   FRA [213][214][215]
2000 m steeplechase 5:47.79 Maruša Mišmaš   SLO 19 Feb 2020 Meeting Hauts de France Pas de Calais Liévin   FRA [216]
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   FIN [217][218]
Discus throw 64.03 m Mx Shanice Craft   GER 14 Feb 2020 ISTAF Indoor Berlin   GER [219]
Weight throw 25.60 m A Gwen Berry   USA 4 Mar 2017 USA Championships Albuquerque   USA [186]
Javelin throw 57.75 m [be] Anna Wessman   SWE 10 Mar 2012 World Indoor Throwing Växjö   SWE [220]
61.29 m [bf] Taina Uppa   FIN 28 Feb 1999 Korsholm   FIN [221]
Mile walk 6:16.72 Sada Eidikytė   URS 24 Feb 1990 Kaunas   URS [222]
Two miles walk 13:11.88 Ileana Salvador   ITA 14 Feb 1990 Genoa   ITA [222]
5000 m walk 20:10.30 Vera Sokolova   RUS 30 Dec 2010 Mordovian Indoor Championships Saransk   RUS [223]
10,000 m walk 43:54.63 Yelena 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 [224]
Sprint medley relay 3:45.90 [bg] Joetta Clark-Diggs
Wendy Vereen
Kim Batten
Jearl Miles Clark
  USA 14 Mar 1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto   CAN [225]
Distance medley relay 10:40.31 [bh] Emma Coburn
Sydney McLaughlin
Brenda Martinez
Jenny Simpson
  USA 28 Jan 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Boston   USA [226]

NotesEdit

Javelin specificationsEdit

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.[227]

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 Uwe Hohn   GDR 20 Jul 1984 East Berlin   GDR
Women's 80.00 m Petra 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 Carolina Klüft   SWE 26 Aug 2007 World Championships Osaka   JPN [228]
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[bi] (javelin), 2:12.56 (800 m)

Other NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ Non-ratifiable as the athlete was the sole competitor, ran behind a car, received drinks from a bike, and was paced by rotating pacemakers
  3. ^ a b c See javelin specifications below.
  4. ^ 100m: 10.55 (+0.3m/s), LJ: 7.80m (+1.2m/s), SP: 16.00m, HJ: 2.05m, 400m: 48.42, 110mH: 13.75 (−1.1m/s), DT: 50.54m, PV: 5.45m, JT: 71.90m, 1500m: 4:36.11
  5. ^ Actually 1:17:25.5 but ratified as 1:17:25.6.
  6. ^ A time of 2:54.20 set by the United States at Uniondale on 22 July 1998 was re