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World records in athletics

World records in athletics (track and field) are ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations. 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 distance for which official records are kept is the mile run.

Ratification

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.
  • Except in road events (road running and race walking), the performance must be set in a single-sex race.
  • All team members in a relay race must be of the same nationality.
  • Pacemakers are allowed, provided they have not been lapped; lapped athletes must give way.
  • Drug testing immediately after the performance is now required for ratification of a record. Existing records which predate this requirement are still extant. Athletes who pass the immediate test but are later found to have been on drugs have their performances invalidated.
  • In sprint events up to 200 m and in 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 sprint events up to 400 m, 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 are popular in the sprint and jump events.
  • In road events, the course is not required to be a circuit, but must not have too great a downhill gradient.
  • In road events, the course must be accurately measured, by a certified measurer.

Bonus payments

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

Outdoor world records

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Place
100 m Progression 9.69 Usain Bolt

16 August 2008 Beijing, China
200 m Progression 19.30 Usain Bolt 20 August 2008 Beijing, China
400 m Progression 43.18 Michael Johnson 26 August 1999 Seville, Spain
800 m Progression 1:41.11 Wilson Kipketer 24 August 1997 Cologne, Germany
1000 m 2:11.96 Noah Ngeny 5 September 1999 Rieti, Italy
1500 m Progression 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj 14 July 1998 Rome, Italy
Mile Progression 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj 7 July 1999 Rome, Italy
2000 m 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj 7 September 1999 Berlin, Germany
3000 m Progression 7:20.67 Daniel Komen 1 September 1996 Rieti, Italy
5000 m Progression 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele 31 May 2004 Hengelo, Netherlands
10,000 m Progression 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele 26 August 2005 Brussels, Belgium
10 kilometres (road) 27:02 Haile Gebrselassie 11 December 2002 Doha, Qatar
15 kilometres (road) 41:29 Felix Limo 11 November 2001 Nijmegen, Netherlands
20,000 m 56:26.0 Haile Gebrselassie 27 June 2007 Ostrava, Czech Republic
20 kilometres (road) 55:48 Haile Gebrselassie 15 January 2006 Phoenix, AZ, United States
Half marathon (road) 58:33 Samuel Kamau Wanjiru 17 March 2007 The Hague, Netherlands
One hour (track) 21.285 km Haile Gebrselassie 27 June 2007 Ostrava, Czech Republic
25,000 m 1:13:55.8 Toshihiko Seko 22 March 1981 Christchurch, New Zealand
25 kilometres (road) 1:12:45 Paul Malakwen Kosgei 9 May 2006 Berlin, Germany
30,000 m 1:29:18.8 Toshihiko Seko 22 March 1981 Christchurch, New Zealand
30 kilometres (road) 1:28:00 Takayuki Matsumiya 27 February 2005 Kumamoto, Japan
Marathon Progression 2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie 28 September 2008 Berlin, Germany
100 kilometres (road) 6:13:33 Takahiro Sunada 21 June 1998 Tokoro, Japan
3000 m
steeplechase
7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen
(born Stephen Cherono, Kenya)
3 September 2004 Brussels, Belgium
110 m hurdles Progression 12.87 s Dayron Robles 12 June 2008 Ostrava, Czech Republic
400 m hurdles 46.78 s Kevin Young 6 August 1992 Barcelona, Spain
High jump Progression 2.45 m Javier Sotomayor 27 July 1993 Salamanca, Spain
Pole vault Progression 6.14 m A Sergey Bubka 31 July 1994 Sestriere, Italy
Long jump Progression 8.95 m Mike Powell 30 August 1991 Tokyo, Japan
Triple jump Progression 18.29 m Jonathan Edwards 7 August 1995 Göteborg, Sweden
Shot put Progression 23.12 m Randy Barnes 20 May 1990 Westwood, USA
Discus 74.08 m Jürgen Schult 6 June 1986 Neubrandenburg, Germany
Hammer 86.74 m Yuriy Sedykh 30 August 1986 Stuttgart, Germany
Javelin 98.48 m
(Current design)
Jan Železný 25 May 1996 Jena, Germany
104.80 m
(old design)
Uwe Hohn 20 July 1984 Berlin, Germany
Decathlon 9026 pts Roman Šebrle 27 May 2001 Götzis, Austria
10.64 s (100 m), 8.11 m (26.61ft) (long jump), 15.33 m (50.3 ft) (shot put), 2.12 m (6.96 ft) (high jump), 47.79 s (400 m), 13.92 s (110 m hurdles), 47.92 m (157.22 ft) (discus), 4.80 m (15.75 ft) (pole vault), 70.16 m (230.18 ft) (javelin), 4:21.98 min (1500 m)
20,000 m walk (track) 1:17:25.6 Bernardo Segura 7 May 1994 Bergen, Norway
20 km walk (road) Progression 1:16:43 Sergey Morozov 8 June 2008 Saransk, Russia
30000 m walk (track) 2:01:44.1 Maurizio Damilano 3 October 1992 Cuneo, Italy
50000 m walk (track) 3:40:57.9 Thierry Toutain 29 September 1996 Héricourt, France
50 km walk (road) Progression 3:34:14 Denis Nizhegorodov 11 May 2008 Cheboksary, Russia
4x100 m relay 37.10 Nesta Carter,
Michael Frater,
Usain Bolt,
Asafa Powell
22 August 2008 Beijing, China
4x200 m relay 1:18.68 Michael Marsh,
Leroy Burrell,
Floyd Heard,
Carl Lewis
17 April 1994 Walnut, USA
4x400 m relay 2:54.29 Andrew Valmon,
Quincy Watts,
Butch Reynolds,
Michael Johnson
22 August 1993 Stuttgart, Germany
4x800 m relay 7:02.43 Joseph Mutua,
William Yiampoy,
Ismael Kombich,
Wilfred Bungei
25 August 2006 Brussels, Belgium
4x1500 relay 14:38.8 Thomas Wessinghage,
Harald Hudak,
Michael Lederer,
Karl Fleschen
17 August 1977 Cologne, Germany

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Place
100 m Progression 10.49 s Florence Griffith Joyner 16 July 1988 Indianapolis, USA
200 m 21.34 s Florence Griffith Joyner 29 September 1988 Seoul, S. Korea
400 m 47.60 Marita Koch 6 October 1985 Canberra, Australia
800 m Progression 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová Czechoslovakia 26 July 1983 Munich, Germany
1000 metres 2:28.98 Svetlana Masterkova 23 August 1996 Brussels, Belgium
1500 metres Progression 3:50.46 Qu Yunxia 11 September 1993 Beijing, China
Mile Progression 4:12.56 Svetlana Masterkova 14 August 1996 Zürich, Switzerland
2000 metres 5:25.36 Sonia O'Sullivan 8 July 1994 Edinburgh, Scotland
3000 metres Progression 8:06.11 Wang Junxia 13 September 1993 Beijing, PR China
5000 metres Progression 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba 6 June 2008 Oslo, Norway
10,000 metres Progression 29:31.78 Wang Junxia 8 September 1993 Beijing, PR China
10 kilometres (road) 30:21 Paula Radcliffe 23 February 2003 San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
15 kilometres (road) 46:55 Kayoko Fukushi 5 February 2006 Marugame, Japan
One hour 18.517 km Dire Tune 12 June 2008 Ostrava, Czech Republic
20,000 m 1:05:26.6 Tegla Loroupe 3 September 2000 Borgholzhausen, Germany
20 kilometres (road) 1:02:57 Lornah Kiplagat 14 October 2007 Udine, Italy
Half Marathon (road) 1:06:25 Lornah Kiplagat 14 October 2007 Udine, Italy
25,000 m 1:27:05.9 Tegla Loroupe 21 September 2002 Mengerskirchen, Germany
25 kilometres (road) 1:22:13 Mizuki Noguchi 25 September 2005 Berlin, Germany
30,000 m 1:45:50.0 Tegla Loroupe 7 June 2003 Warstein, Germany
30 kilometres (road) 1:38:49 Mizuki Noguchi 25 November 2005 Berlin, Germany
Marathon Progression 2:15:25 Paula Radcliffe 13 April 2003 London, England, UK
100 kilometres (road) 6:33:11 Tomoe Abe 25 June 2000 Tokoro, Japan
3000 m
steeplechase
8:58.81 Gulnara Samitova 17 August 2008 Beijing, China
100 m hurdles Progression 12.21 s Yordanka Donkova 20 August 1988 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
400 m hurdles 52.34 s Yuliya Pechonkina 8 August 2003 Tula, Russia
High jump Progression 2.09 m Stefka Kostadinova 30 August 1987 Rome, Italy
Pole vault Progression 5.05 m Yelena Isinbayeva 18 August 2008 Beijing, China
Long jump 7.52 m Galina Chistyakova 11 June 1988 Leningrad, USSR
Triple jump Progression 15.50 Inessa Kravets 10 August 1995 Göteborg, Sweden
Shot put Progression 22.63 Natalya Lisovskaya 7 June 1987 Moscow, USSR
Discus 76.80 Gabriele Reinsch 9 July 1988 Neubrandenburg, Germany
Hammer throw 77.80 m Tatyana Lysenko 15 August 2006 Tallinn, Estonia
Javelin 72.28 m
(Current design)
Barbora Špotáková 13 September 2008 Stuttgart, Germany
80.00 m
(old design)
Petra Felke 9 September 1988 Potsdam, Germany
Heptathlon 7291 pts Jackie Joyner-Kersee 24 September 1988 Seoul, S. Korea
12.69 s (100 m hurdles), 1.86 m (high jump), 15.80 m (shot put), 22.56 s (200 m), 7.27 m (long jump), 45.66 m (javelin), 2:08.51 (800 m)
Decathlon 8358 pts Austra Skujytė 14 April 2005 –
15 April 2005
Columbia, USA
12.49 s (100 m), 46.19 m (discus), 3.10 m (pole vault), 48.78 m (javelin), 57.19 s (400 m), 14.22 s (100 m hurdles), 6.12 m (long jump), 16.42 m (shot put), 1.78 m (high jump), 5:15.86 (1500 m)
10000 m walk (track) 41:56.23 Nadezhda Ryashkina 24 July 1990 Seattle, USA
20000 m walk (track) 1:26:52.3 Olimpiada Ivanova 6 September 2001 Brisbane, Australia
20 km walk (road) Progression 1:25:41 Olimpiada Ivanova 7 August 2005 Helsinki, Finland
4x100 m relay 41.37 Silke Gladisch,
Sabine Rieger,
Ingrid Auerswald,
Marlies Göhr
6 October 1985 Canberra, Australia
4x200 m relay 1:27.46 LaTasha Jenkins,
LaTasha Colander-Richardson,
Nanceen Perry,
Marion Jones
29 April 2000 Philadelphia, USA
4x400 m relay 3:15.17 Tatyana Ledovskaya,
Olga Nazarova,
Mariya Pinigina,
Olga Bryzgina
1 October 1988 Seoul, S. Korea
4x800 m relay 7:50.17 Nadezhda Olizarenko,
Lyubov Gurina,
Lyudmila Borisova,
Irina Podyalovskaya
5 August 1984 Moscow, USSR

Indoor world records

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Place
50 m 5.56 s Donovan Bailey 9 February 1996 Reno, USA
60 m 6.39 s Maurice Greene 3 February 1998 Madrid, Spain
3 March 2001 Atlanta, USA
200 m 19.92 s Frankie Fredericks 18 February 1996 Liévin, France
400 m 44.57 s Kerron Clement 12 March 2005 Fayetteville, USA
800 m 1:42.67 Wilson Kipketer 9 March 1997 Paris-Bercy, France
1000 m 2:14.96 Wilson Kipketer 20 February 2000 Birmingham, England
1500 m 3:31.18 Hicham El Guerrouj 2 February 1997 Stuttgart, Germany
Mile 3:48.45 Hicham El Guerrouj 12 February 1997 Ghent, Belgium
3000 m 7:24.90 Daniel Komen 6 February 1998 Budapest, Hungary
5000 m 12:49.60 Kenenisa Bekele 20 February 2004 Birmingham, England
50 m hurdles 6.25 s Mark McKoy 5 March 1986 Kobe, Japan
60 m hurdles 7.30 s Colin Jackson 6 March 1994 Sindelfingen, Germany
High jump 2.43 m Javier Sotomayor 4 March 1989 Budapest, Hungary
Pole vault 6.15 m Sergey Bubka 21 February 1993 Donetsk, Ukraine
Long jump 8.79 m Carl Lewis 27 January 1984 New York City, USA
Triple jump 17.83 m Aliecer Urrutia 1 March 1997 Sindelfingen, Germany
Christian Olsson 7 March 2004 Budapest, Hungary
Shot put 22.66 m Randy Barnes 20 January 1989 Los Angeles, USA
Heptathlon 6476 pts Dan O'Brien 13 March 1993 Toronto, Canada
6.67 s (60 m), 7.84 m (long jump), 16.02 m (shot put), 2.13 m (high jump), 5.20 m (pole vault), 2:57.96 min (1000 m), 7.85 (60 m hurdle)
5000 m walk 18:07.08 Mikhail Shchennikov 14 February 1995 Moscow, Russia
4x200 m relay 1:22.11 Linford Christie,
Darren Braithwaite,
Ade Mafe,
John Regis
3 March 1991 Glasgow, Scotland
4x400 m relay 3:02.83 Andre Morris,
Dameon Johnson,
Deon Minor,
Milton Campbell
7 March 1999 Maebashi, Japan
4x800 m relay 7:13.94 Joey Woody,
Karl Paranya,
Rich Kenah,
David Krummenacker
6 February 2000 Boston, USA

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Place
50 m 5.96 s Irina Privalova 9 February 1995 Madrid, Spain
60 m 6.92 s Irina Privalova 11 February 1993
February 9, 1995
Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain
200 m 21.87 s Merlene Ottey 13 February 1993 Liévin, France
400 m 49.59 s Jarmila Kratochvílová 7 March 1982 Milan, Italy
800 m 1:55.82 Jolanda Čeplak 3 March 2002 Vienna, Austria
1000 m 2:30.94 Maria de Lurdes Mutola 25 February 1999 Stockholm, Sweden
1500 m 3:57.71 Yelena Soboleva 9 March 2008 Valencia, Spain
Mile 4:17.14 Doina Melinte 9 February 1990 East Rutherford, USA
3000 m 8:23.72 Meseret Defar 3 February 2007 Stuttgart, Germany
5000 m 14:27.42 Tirunesh Dibaba 27 January 2007 Boston, USA
50 m hurdles 6.58 s Cornelia Oschkenat 20 February 1988 Berlin, Germany
60 m hurdles 7.68 s Susanna Kallur 10 February 2008 Karlsruhe, Germany
High jump 2.08 m Kajsa Bergqvist 4 February 2006 Arnstadt, Germany
Pole vault 4.95 m Yelena Isinbayeva 16 February 2008 Donetsk, Ukraine
Long jump 7.37 m Heike Drechsler 13 February 1988 Vienna, Austria
Triple jump 15.36 m Tatyana Lebedeva 6 March 2004 Budapest, Hungary
Shot put 22.50 m Helena Fibingerová 19 February 1977 Jablonec, Czechoslovakia
Pentathlon 4991 pts Irina Belova 15 February 1992 Berlin, Germany
8.22 s (60 m hurdles), 1.93 m (high jump), 13.25 m (shot put), 6.67 m (long jump), 2:10.26 min (800 m)
3000 m walk 11:40.33 Claudia Stef 30 January 1999 Bucharest, Romania
4x200 m relay 1:32.41 Yekaterina Kondratyeva,
Irina Khabarova,
Yuliya Pechonkina,
Yuliya Gushchina
29 January 2005 Glasgow, Scotland
4x400 m relay 3:23.37 Yuliya Gushchina,
Olga Kotlyarova,
Olga Zaytseva,
Olesya Krasnomovets
28 January 2006 Glasgow, Scotland
4x800 m relay 8:14.53 Yevgeniya Zinurova,
Olga Kotlyarova ,
Marina Savinova,
Natalya Ignatova
10 February 2008 Moscow, Russia

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