List of world records in athletics

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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

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.

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.

Criteria[edit]

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 4x400m relay, introduced by the IAAF in 2017.[2] However, the IAAF has yet to recognise a world record in this particular event.
  • 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 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 payments[edit]

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 records[edit]

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.

One current IAAF-sanctioned event, the mixed-sex 4x400 m relay, does not have any recognised world record.

Key to tables[edit]

  Awaiting ratification   will not be ratified by IAAF

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)

Men[edit]

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
100 m 9.58 +0.9 Usain Bolt  JAM 16 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin  GER [5]
200 m 19.19 −0.3 Usain Bolt  JAM 20 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin  GER [5]
400 m 43.03 Wayde van Niekerk  RSA 14 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro  BRA [6]
800 m 1:40.91 David Rudisha  KEN 9 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London  GBR [7]
1000 m 2:11.96 Noah Ngeny  KEN 5 Sep 1999 Rieti Meeting Rieti  ITA
1500 m 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR 14 Jul 1998 Golden Gala Rome  ITA
Mile 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR 7 Jul 1999 Golden Gala Rome  ITA
2000 m 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR 7 Sep 1999 ISTAF Berlin  GER
3000 m 7:20.67 Daniel Komen  KEN 1 Sep 1996 Rieti Meeting Rieti  ITA
5000 m (track) 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele  ETH 31 May 2004 Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo  NED
5 km (road) 13:29.00 Julien Wanders   SUI 17 Feb 2019 5km Herculis Monaco  MON [8]
13:00.00 [a] Sammy Kipketer  KEN 26 Mar 2000 Carlsbad 5000 Carlsbad  USA [9]
10,000 m (track) 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele  ETH 26 Aug 2005 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
10 km (road) 26:44.00 Leonard Patrick Komon  KEN 26 Sep 2010 Singelloop Utrecht  NED [10]
26:41.00 a Jacob Kiplimo  UGA 31 Dec 2018 San Silvestre Vallecana Madrid  ESP [11]
20,000 m (track) 56:25.98 + Haile Gebrselassie  ETH 27 Jun 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [12]
Half marathon 58:18.00 Abraham Kiptum  KEN 28 Oct 2018 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia  ESP [13]
One hour (track) 21,285 m Haile Gebrselassie  ETH 27 Jun 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [14]
25,000 m (track) 1:12:25.40 + Moses Mosop  KEN 3 Jun 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene  USA [15]
30,000 m (track) 1:26:47.40 Moses Mosop  KEN 3 Jun 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene  USA [15][16]
Marathon[b]
2:01:39
Eliud Kipchoge  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [17]
2:00:25
[c] Eliud Kipchoge  KEN 6 May 2017 Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza  ITA [18] [1]
100 km (road) 6:09:14.00 Nao Kazami  JPN 24 Jun 2018 Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu  JPN [19]
110 m hurdles 12.80 +0.3 Aries Merritt  USA 7 Sep 2012 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL [20]
400 m hurdles 46.78 Kevin Young  USA 6 Aug 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona  ESP
3000 m steeplechase 7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen  QAT 3 Sep 2004 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
7:53.17 X 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 6.16 m i Renaud Lavillenie  FRA 15 Feb 2014 Pole Vault Stars Donetsk  UKR [21]
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 [22]
Shot put 23.12 m Randy Barnes  USA 20 May 1990 Jack in the Box Invitational Westwood  USA [23]
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 [d] Jan Železný  CZE 25 May 1996 Jena  GER
Decathlon 9126 pts [e] Kevin Mayer  FRA 16 Sep 2018 Décastar Talence  FRA [24]
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 [25]
20,000 m walk (track) 1:17:25.60 [f] Bernardo Segura  MEX 7 May 1994 Bergen  NOR
20 km walk (road) 1:16:36.00 Yusuke Suzuki  JPN 15 Mar 2015 Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi  JPN [26]
2 hours walk (track) 29,572 m + Maurizio Damilano  ITA 3 Oct 1992 Cuneo  ITA
30,000 m walk (track) 2:01:44.10 Maurizio Damilano  ITA 3 Oct 1992 Cuneo  ITA
50,000 m walk (track) 3:35:27.20 Yohann Diniz  FRA 12 Mar 2011 Reims  FRA [27]
50 km walk (road) 3:32:33.00 Yohann Diniz  FRA 15 Aug 2014 European Championships Zürich   SUI [28]
4×100 m relay 36.84 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
 JAM 11 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London  GBR [29]
4×200 m relay 1:18.63 Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
 JAM 24 May 2014 World Relays Nassau  BAH [30]
4×400 m relay 2:54.29 Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
 USA 22 Aug 1993 World Championships Stuttgart  GER [g] [31]
4×800 m relay 7:02.43 Joseph Mutua
William Yiampoy
Ismael Kombich
Wilfred Bungei
 KEN 25 Aug 2006 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
Distance medley relay 9:15.50 [h] Kyle Merber
Brycen Spratling
Brandon Johnson
Ben Blankenship
 USA 3 May 2015 World Relays Nassau  BAH [32]
4×1500 m relay 14:22.22 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
 KEN 25 May 2014 World Relays Nassau  BAH [33]
Road relay
42.195 km
1:57:06.00 [i] Josephat Ndambiri
Martin Mathathi
Daniel Muchunu Mwangi
Mekubo Mogusu
Onesmus Nyerre
John Kariuki
 KEN 23 Nov 2005 Chiba Ekiden Chiba  JPN

Women[edit]

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R V P
100 m 10.49 0.0 [j] Florence Griffith Joyner  USA 16 Jul 1988 US Olympic Trials Indianapolis  USA P
200 m 21.34 +1.3 Florence Griffith Joyner  USA 29 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul  KOR P
400 m 47.60 Marita Koch  GDR 6 Oct 1985 World Cup Canberra  AUS P
800 m 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová  TCH 26 Jul 1983 Munich  FRG P
1000 m 2:28.98 Svetlana Masterkova  RUS 23 Aug 1996 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL P
1500 m 3:50.07 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 17 Jul 2015 Herculis Fontvieille  MON [36] P
Mile 4:12.56 Svetlana Masterkova  RUS 14 Aug 1996 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich   SUI P
2000 m 5:23.75 i Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 7 Feb 2017 Mítin Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell  ESP [37]
3000 m 8:06.11 Wang Junxia  CHN 13 Sep 1993 Chinese National Games Beijing  CHN P
5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba  ETH 6 Jun 2008 Bislett Games Oslo  NOR P
5 km (road) 14:44.00 Wo Sifan Hassan  NED 17 Feb 2019 5km Herculis Monaco  MON [8]
10,000 m (track) 29:17.45 Almaz Ayana  ETH 12 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro  BRA [38] P
10 km (road) 30:29.00 Wo Asmae Leghzaoui  MAR 8 Jun 2002 New York City  USA
29:43.00 Mx Joyciline Jepkosgei  KEN 9 Sep 2017 Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague  CZE [39]
One hour (track) 18,517 m Dire Tune  ETH 12 Jun 2008 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE P
20,000 m (track) 1:05:26.60 Tegla Loroupe  KEN 3 Sep 2000 Borgholzhausen  GER
Half marathon 1:04:51 Mx[k] Joyciline Jepkosgei  KEN 22 Oct 2017 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia  SPA [40] P
1:06:11 Wo[k] Netsanet Gudeta  ETH 24 Mar 2018 World Half Marathon Championships Valencia  SPA [41]
25,000 m (track) 1:27:05.84 Tegla Loroupe  KEN 21 Sep 2002 Mengerskirchen  GER
30,000 m (track) 1:45:50.00 Tegla Loroupe  KEN 7 Jun 2003 Warstein  GER
Marathon[b] 2:15:25.00 Mx[k] Paula Radcliffe  GBR 13 Apr 2003 London Marathon London  GBR P
2:17:01.00 Wo[k] Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [42]
100 km (road) 6:33:11.00 Mx 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 [43] P
400 m hurdles 52.34 Yuliya Pechonkina  RUS 8 Aug 2003 Russian Championships Tula  RUS P
3000 m steeplechase 8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech  KEN 20 Jul 2018 Herculis Fontvieille  MON [44] 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  Soviet Union [45] 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  Soviet Union 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 [46] P
Javelin throw 72.28 m [d] Barbora Špotáková  CZE 13 Sep 2008 World Athletics Final Stuttgart  GER [47] P
Heptathlon 7291 pts [l][d] Jackie Joyner-Kersee  USA 24 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul  KOR [48] P
Decathlon 8358 pts [m] Austra Skujytė  LTU 5 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 [49]
20 km walk (road) 1:24:38 Liu Hong  CHN 6 Jun 2015 Gran Premio Cantones A Coruña  ESP [50] P
1:23:39 [n] Elena Lashmanova  RUS 9 Jun 2018 Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary  RUS [52]
50 km walk (road) 4:04:36 Liang Rui  CHN 5 May 2018 World Race Walking Team Championships Taicang  CHN [53] P
3:59:15 Liu Hong  CHN 9 Mar 2019 Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix Huangshan  CHN [54] P
4×100 m relay 40.82 Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
 USA 10 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London  GBR [55] [2] 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 Nadezhda Olizarenko
Lyubov Gurina
Lyudmila Borisova
Irina Podyalovskaya
 URS 5 Aug 1984 Moscow  Soviet Union
Distance medley relay 10:36.50 [o] Treniere Moser
Sanya Richards-Ross
Ajee' Wilson
Shannon Rowbury
 USA 2 May 2015 World Relays Nassau  BAH [56]
4×1500 m relay 16:33.58 Mercy Cherono
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Onsando Obiri
 KEN 24 May 2014 World Relays Nassau  BAH [57]
Road relay
42.195 km
2:11:41.00 Mx[p] Jiang Bo
Dong Yanmei
Zhao Fengdi
Ma Zaijie
Lan Lixin
Li Na
 CHN 28 Feb 1998 Beijing  CHN [58]
2:16:04.00 Wo Genet Gebregiogios
Birhane Adere
Ayelech Worku
Gete Wami
Getenesh Urge
Luchia Yischak
 ETH 13 Apr 1996 Copenhagen  DEN

Indoor world records[edit]

Men[edit]

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 [59]
5.56 A Donovan Bailey  CAN 9 Feb 1996 Bill Cosby Invitational Reno  USA
5.56 #[r] Maurice Greene  USA 13 Feb 1999 Los Angeles  USA [60]
60 m 6.34 A Christian Coleman  USA 18 Feb 2018 USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [61] 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 Michael Norman 10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [62]
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 [63]
1500 m 3:31.18 Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR 2 Feb 1997 Sparkassen Cup Stuttgart  GER
3:31.04 Samuel Tefera  ETH 16 Feb 2019 Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham  GBR [64]
Mile 3:48.45 Hicham El Guerrouj  MAR 12 Feb 1997 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL
3:47.01 Yomif Kejelcha  ETH 3 March 2019 Bruce Lehane Invitational Boston  USA [65]
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 6.16 m Renaud Lavillenie  FRA 15 Feb 2014 Pole Vault Stars Donetsk  UKR [21] P
Long jump 8.79 m Carl Lewis  USA 27 Jan 1984 Millrose Games New York City  USA
Triple jump 17.92 m [s] Teddy Tamgho  FRA 6 Mar 2011 European Championships Paris  FRA [66][67]
Shot put 22.66 m Randy Barnes  USA 20 Jan 1989 Sunkist Invitational Los Angeles  USA
Heptathlon 6645 pts [t] Ashton Eaton  USA 10 Mar 2012 World Championships Istanbul  TUR [68]
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 3:01.77 Karol Zalewski
Rafał Omelko
Łukasz Krawczuk
Jakub Krzewina
 POL 4 Mar 2018 World Championships Birmingham  UK [69]
3:00.77 [u] [v] Zach Shinnick
Ray Benjamin
Ricky Morgan Jr.
Michael Norman
 USA
 ATG
 USA
 USA
10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [70]
3:01.39 [w] Ilolo Izu
Robert Grant
Devin Dixon
Mylik Kerley
 USA 10 Mar 2018 NCAA Division I Championships College Station  USA [62]
4×800 m relay 7:11.30 [x] Joe McAsey
Kyle Merber
Chris Giesting
Jesse Garn
 USA 25 Feb 2018 BU Last Chance Meet Boston  USA [71]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R 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
9 Feb 1995
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  SVN 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 [72]
Mile 4:13.31 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 17 Feb 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm  SWE [63]
2000 m 5:23.75 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 7 Feb 2017 Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell  ESP [37]
3000 m 8:16.60 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 6 Feb 2014 XL Galan Stockholm  SWE [73]
5000 m 14:18.86 Genzebe Dibaba  ETH 19 Feb 2015 XL Galan Stockholm  SWE [74]
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[y] Lyudmila Narozhilenko  RUS 2 Mar 1993 San Sebastián  ESP
7.66 X 4 Mar 1993 Seville  ESP
7.63 X 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 #[z] Jenn Suhr  USA 30 Jan 2016 Golden Eagle Multi and Invitational Brockport  USA [75][76] P
5.02 m A Jenn Suhr  USA 2 Mar 2013 USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [77] P
Long jump 7.37 m Heike Drechsler  GDR 13 Feb 1988 Vienna  AUT
Triple jump 15.36 m Tatyana Lebedeva  RUS 6 Mar 2004 World Championships Budapest  HUN [78]
Shot put 22.50 m Helena Fibingerová  TCH 19 Feb 1977 Jablonec  CSK
Pentathlon 5013 pts [aa] Nataliya Dobrynska  UKR 9 Mar 2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul  TUR [79]
3000 m walk 11:40.33 Claudia Ștef  ROM 30 Jan 1999 Bucharest  ROM
11:35.34 #[ab] 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 Yuliya Gushchina
Olga Kotlyarova
Olga Zaytseva
Olesya Krasnomovets
 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 [80]

Best performances in non-IAAF World Record events[edit]

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.

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 essenitally 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.[81][82] Under conventional football timing on a turf field in 2017, Christian Coleman reportedly ran a 4.12.[83]

Outdoor events[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Perf. W N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R P
50 m 5.40 +0.2 +[ac] Bruny Surin  CAN 22 Aug 1999 World Championships Seville  ESP [84]
60 m 6.25 +[ad] [84][85]
6.31 +0.9 +[ae] Usain Bolt  JAM 16 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin  GER [86]
100 y 9.00 h Ivory Crockett  USA 11 May 1974 Knoxville  USA [87]
Houston McTear  USA 9 May 1975 Winter Park  USA [87]
9.07 −0.5 + Asafa Powell  JAM 27 May 2010 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [88]
150 m 14.44 −0.3 + Usain Bolt  JAM 20 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin  GER [89]
150 m straight 14.35 +1.1 Usain Bolt  JAM 17 May 2009 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [90]
200 m straight 19.41 −0.4 Tyson Gay  USA 16 May 2010 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [91][92]
220 y (straight) 19.50 +1.9 h Tommie Smith  USA 7 May 1966 Video on YouTube San Jose  USA [93]
19.54 −0.4 Tyson Gay  USA 16 May 2010 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [94]
300 m 30.81 Wayde van Niekerk  RSA 28 Jun 2017 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava  CZE [95]
440 y 44.50 John Smith  USA 26 Jun 1971 USA Championships Eugene  USA [96][97][98]
500 m 57.69 [af] David Rudisha  KEN 10 Sep 2016 Great North CityGames Newcastle  GBR [99]
600 m 1:12.81 Johnny Gray  USA 24 May 1986 Santa Monica  USA
Two miles 7:58.61 Daniel Komen  KEN 17 Jul 1997 Hechtel-Eksel  BEL P
5 km (road) 12:59.50 [ag] Sammy Kipketer  KEN 26 Mar 2000 15th Carlsbad 5000 Carlsbad  USA
8 km (road) 21:51.00 + Deriba Merga  ETH 18 Feb 2011 RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [100]
15 km (road) 41:05.00 Joshua Cheptegei  UGA 18 Nov 2018 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen  NED [101]
10 miles (road) 44:24.00 [ah] Haile Gebrselassie  ETH 4 Sep 2005 Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg  NED
20 km (road) 55:21.00 + Zersenay Tadese  ERI 21 Mar 2010 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon  POR [102]
25 km (road) 1:11:18.00 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN 6 May 2012 BIG 25 Berlin  GER [103][104]
30 km (road)
1:26:45
+ Eliud Kipchoge  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [105]
35 km (road) 1:41:47.00 + Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  KEN 28 Sep 2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [106]
40 km (road) 1:55:32 + Eliud Kipchoge  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin  GER [107]
50 km (road) 2:43:38 + Thompson Magawana  RSA 2 Apr 1988 Cape Town  RSA [108]
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
2000 m steeplechase 5:10.68 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  FRA 30 Jun 2010 Alma Athlé Tour Reims  FRA [109]
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[ai] 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 [110]
200 m hurdles straight 21.90 +1.4 h[aj] Don Styron  USA 2 Apr 1960 Baton Rouge  USA [111]
22.10 +2.0 Andy Turner  GBR 15 May 2011 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [112]
22.10 +1.8 Louis Jacobus van Zyl  RSA 9 May 2015 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [113]
220 y hurdles straight 21.90 +1.4 h Don Styron  USA 2 Apr 1960 Baton Rouge  USA [111][114]
300 m hurdles 34.48 Chris Rawlinson  GBR 30 Jun 2002 Sheffield  GBR
440 y hurdles 48.70 Jim Bolding  USA 25 Jul 1974 Turin  ITA [115]
Standing long jump 12 ft 3 in Byron Jones  USA 23 Feb 2015 NFL scouting combine Indianapolis  USA [116]
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 [117]
1500 m walk (track) 5:12.00 + Antanas Grigaliūnas  LTU 12 May 1990 Vilnius  LTU [118]
Mile walk (track) 5:31.08 Tom Bosworth  GBR 9 Jul 2017 London Grand Prix London  GBR [119]
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
50 mile walk (road) 7:44:47.20 [ak] Shaul Ladany  ISR 1972 New Jersey  USA [120]
4×110 y relay 38.60 A[al] Earl McCullouch
Fred Kuller
O.J. Simpson
Lennox Miller (JAM)
17 Jun 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Provo  USA [121]
Swedish relay 1:46.59 [am] Christopher Williams
Usain Bolt
Davian Clarke
Jermaine Gonzales
 JAM 25 Jul 2006 DN Galan Stockholm  SWE [122]
4×110m shuttle hurdles relay 52.94 [an] Jason Richardson
Aleec Harris
Aries Merritt
David Oliver
 USA 25 Apr 2015 Drake Relays Des Moines  USA [123]
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 [124]

Women[edit]

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 [125]
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 [126][127]
150 m straight 16.23 -0.7 Shaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH 20 May 2018 Adidas Boost Boston Games Boston  USA [128]
200 m straight 21.76 +0.5 Shaunae Miller-Uibo  BAH 4 Jun 2017 Boost Boston Games Somerville  USA [129]
300 m 34.14 + Marita Koch  GDR 6 Oct 1985 World Cup Canberra  AUS
35.30 A Ana Guevara  MEX 3 May 2003 GP Banamex Meeting Mexico City  MEX [130]
500 m 1:05.90 Tatana Kocembova  TCH 2 Aug 1984 Ostrava  CSK
600 m 1:21.77 Caster Semenya  RSA 27 August 2017 ISTAF Berlin Berlin  GER [131]
Two miles 8:58.58 Meseret Defar  ETH 14 Sep 2007 Memorial Van Damme Brussels  BEL
5 km (road) 14:32.00 +[ao] Joyciline Jepkosgei  KEN 9 Sep 2017 Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague  CZE [132]
4 miles (road) 19:14.00 Viola Kibiwot  KEN 13 Oct 2013 4 Mile of Groningen Groningen  NED [133]
8 km (road) 24:30.00 + Mary Keitany  KEN 18 Feb 2011 RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [100]
15 km (road) 45:37.00 Mx+ Joyciline Jepkosgei  KEN 1 Apr 2017 Prague Half Marathon Prague  CZE [134]
10 miles (road) 50:05.00 + Mary Keitany  KEN 18 Feb 2011 RAK Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah  UAE [100]
20 km (road) 1:01:25.00 Mx+ Joyciline Jepkosgei  KEN 1 Apr 2017 Prague Half Marathon Prague  CZE [134]
25 km (road) 1:19:53.00 Mx Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 9 May 2010 BIG 25 Berlin  GER [135]
1:19:43.00 + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [136]
30 km (road) 1:36:05.00 Wo+ Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [136]
35 km (road) 1:52:39.00 + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [136]
40 km (road) 2:09:38.00 + Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  KEN 23 Apr 2017 London Marathon London  GBR [136]
24-hour run (road) 258,339 m Patrycja Bereznowska  POL 2 Jul 2017 IAU 24 Hour World Championship Belfast  GBR [137]
2000 m steeplechase 6:02.16 Virginia Nyambura Nganga  KEN 6 Sep 2015 ISTAF Berlin  GER [138]
200 m hurdles 24.80 +0.4 h Yadisleidy Pedroso  ITA 6 Apr 2013 Caserta  ITA [139]
25.60 −0.7 h Patricia Girard  FRA 23 Aug 2001 Nantes  FRA [140]
25.79 −0.6 Lauren Wells  AUS 21 Jan 2017 AACT Combined Events Championships Canberra  AUS [141]
200 m hurdles straight 25.05 +1.0 Meghan Beesley  GBR 17 May 2014 Manchester City Games Manchester  GBR [142]
300 m hurdles 38.16 Zuzana Hejnová  CZE 3 Aug 2013 Grand Prix of Cheb Cheb  CZE [143]
Weight throw 24.57 m Brittany Riley  USA 27 Jan 2007
Tetradecathlon 10798 pts Milla Kelo  FIN 8 Sep 2002 Turku  FIN [144]
3000 m walk (track) 11:48.24 Ileana Salvador  ITA 29 Aug 1993 Padua  ITA [145]
5000 m walk (track) 20:01.80 Eleonora Giorgi  ITA 18 May 2014 Italian Clubs League Meet Misterbianco  ITA [146]
10 km walk (road) 41:04.00 Yelena Nikolayeva  RUS 20 Apr 1996 Russian Championships Sochi  RUS [147]
4×100 m hurdles relay 50.78 [ap] Nia Ali
Kristi Castlin
Yvette Lewis
Queen Harrison
 USA 6 Apr 2013 Florida Relays Gainesville  USA [148]
Sprint medley relay (1–1–2–4) 1:35.20 [aq] Destinee Brown
Aaliyah Brown
Kimberlyn Duncan
Raevyn Rogers
 USA 28 April 2018 Penn Relays Philadelphia  USA [149]
Sprint medley relay (2-2-4-8) 3:34.56 [ar] Sherri-Ann Brooks
Rosemarie Whyte
Moya Thompson
Kenia Sinclair
 JAM 1 Apr 2009 Penn Relays Philadelphia  USA

Indoor events[edit]

Men[edit]

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 [150]
40 y 4.12 Christian Coleman  USA 2 May 2017 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
Manfred Ommer  FRG 14 Mar 1975 Leverkusen  FRG
Mel Pender  USA 4 Mar 1972 Orlando  USA
18 Mar 1972 Hamilton  CAN
Herb Washington  USA 2 Feb 1972 Toronto  CAN [151]
4 Feb 1973 Toronto  CAN
60 y 5.80 h 12 Feb 1972 East Lansing  USA [151]
55 m 5.99 A Obadele Thompson  BAR 22 Feb 1997 Colorado Springs  USA [60]
70 y 6.90 h Bob Hayes  USA 16 Feb 1963 Mason-Dixon Games Louisville  USA [152]
100 m 9.98 Usain Bolt  JAM 23 Aug 2014 Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw  POL [153][154][155]
150 m 14.99 Donovan Bailey  CAN 1 Jun 1997 Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race Toronto  CAN [156]
300 m 31.87 Noah Lyles  USA 4 Mar 2017 USA Championships Albuquerque  USA [157]
500 m 59.82 Roddie Haley  USA 15 Mar 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Oklahoma City  USA [158]
600 m 1:13.77 Donavan Brazier  USA 24 Feb 2019 USA Indoor Championships Staten Island  USA [159]
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 [160]
10,000 m 27:50.29 Mark Bett  KEN 10 Feb 2002 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL [161]
Marathon 2:19:01 Malcolm Richards  USA 17 Mar 2018 The Armory Indoor Marathon New York City  USA [162]
2000 m steeplechase 5:13.77 Paul Kipsiele Koech  KEN 13 Feb 2011 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent  BEL [163][164]
3000 m steeplechase 8:17.46 Aleksandr Zagoruyko  URS 21 Feb 1982 Moscow  Soviet Union [161]
55 m hurdles 6.89 Renaldo Nehemiah  USA 20 Jan 1979 New York City  USA
110 m hurdles 13.34 Allen Johnson  USA 14 Feb 1995 Moscow  RUS [161]
300 m hurdles 34.92 OT Llewellyn Herbert  RSA 9 Feb 1999 Pirkkahall Tampere  FIN [165][166]
Karsten Warholm  NOR 11 Feb 2017 Norden Kampen Tampere  FIN [167]
400 m hurdles 48.78 Felix Sanchez  DOM 18 Feb 2012 Meeting National Val-de-Reuil Val-de-Reuil  FRA [168][169]
Discus throw 69.51 m Gerd Kanter  EST 22 Mar 2009 World Record Indoor Challenge Växjö  SWE [170]
Weight throw 25.86 m Lance Deal  USA 4 Mar 1995 Atlanta  USA [161]
Javelin throw 65.10 m [as] Pontus Bjärkvik  SWE 13 Mar 2011 World Indoor Throwing Växjö  SWE [171]
85.78 m [at] Matti Närhi  FIN 3 Mar 1996 Kajaani  FIN [172]
3000 m walk 10:30.28 Tom Bosworth  GBR 25 Feb 2018 Glasgow Grand Prix Glasgow  GBR [173]
Two miles walk 11:54.50 Valdas Kazlauskas  URS 24 Feb 1990 Kaunas  Soviet Union [161]
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  Soviet Union [161]
20,000 m walk 1:20:40.00 OT Ronald Weigel  GDR 27 Jan 1980 Senftenberg  GDR
Distance medley relay 9:19.93 [au] Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.
Michael Berry
Erik Sowinski
Patrick Casey
 USA 31 Jan 2015 Armory Track Invitational New York City  USA [174]
4×1 mile relay 16:03.68 [av] 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 [175]

Women[edit]

Event Perf. N Athlete(s) Nat. Date Meeting Location Ctry. R
60 y 6.54 Evelyn Ashford  USA 7 Feb 1982 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships New York City  USA
55 m 6.65 Savatheda Fynes  BAH 8 Mar 1997 Indianapolis  USA
100 m 11.15 Marita Koch  GDR 12 Jan 1980 East Berlin  GDR
300 m 35.45 Irina Privalova  RUS 17 Jan 1993 Moscow