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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.
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Jürgen Schult beside the indication of his new discus world record, 1986
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East German women controversially set many world records in the 1970s and 1980s. World record holder Marita Koch maintains her innocence, although released government files detail her drug usage.[1]

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.

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.[Note 1]
  • 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 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

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 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 issue does not arise, since it is practically impossible to deliberately break a record by a small margin, except in the high jump.[2]

World records

The IAAF started to recognize 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,[3] and has thus far only affected the men's and women's pole vault. The women's 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.

Key to tables

      Awaiting ratification

ht = 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

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meeting Place Ref
100 m (progression) 9.58 (+0.9 m/s) Usain Bolt Template:Country data Jamaica 16 August 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany [4]Video on YouTube
200 m (progression)

19.19 (−0.3 m/s) Usain Bolt Template:Country data Jamaica 20 August 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany [4]Video on YouTube
400 m (progression) 43.18 Michael Johnson 23x15px United States 26 August 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain Video on YouTube
800 m (progression) 1:40.91 David Rudisha Template:Country data Kenya 9 August 2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain [5]Video on YouTube
1000 m (progression) 2:11.96 Noah Ngeny Template:Country data Kenya 5 September 1999 Rieti Meeting Rieti, Italy
1500 m (progression) 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj 23x15px Morocco 14 July 1998 Golden Gala Rome, Italy
Mile (progression) 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj 23x15px Morocco 7 July 1999 Golden Gala Rome, Italy
2000 m 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj 23x15px Morocco 7 September 1999 ISTAF Berlin, Germany
3000 m (progression) 7:20.67 Daniel Komen Template:Country data Kenya 1 September 1996 Rieti Meeting Rieti, Italy
5000 m (progression) 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele 23x15px Ethiopia 31 May 2004 Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo, Netherlands Video on YouTube
10,000 m (progression) 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele 23x15px Ethiopia 26 August 2005 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium Video on YouTube
10 km (road) 26:44 Leonard Patrick Komon Template:Country data Kenya 26 September 2010 Singelloop Utrecht, Netherlands [6]
15 km (road) 41:13 Leonard Patrick Komon Template:Country data Kenya 21 November 2010 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen, Netherlands [7]
20,000 m (track) 56:25.98+ Haile Gebrselassie 23x15px Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [8]
20 km (road) 55:21+ Zersenay Tadese 23x15px Eritrea 21 March 2010 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal [9]
Half marathon (progression) 58:23 Zersenay Tadese 23x15px Eritrea 21 March 2010 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal [9]
One hour (progression) 21,285 m Haile Gebrselassie 23x15px Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [10]
25,000 m (track) 1:12:25.4+ Moses Mosop Template:Country data Kenya 3 June 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene, United States [11]
25 km (road) 1:11:18 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Template:Country data Kenya 6 May 2012 BIG 25 Berlin, Germany [12][13]
30,000 m (track) 1:26:47.4 Moses Mosop Template:Country data Kenya 3 June 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene, United States [11][14]
30 km (road) 1:27:37+ Emmanuel Mutai Template:Country data Kenya 28 September 2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany [15]Video on YouTube
Marathon (progression) 2:02:57[Note 2] Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Template:Country data Kenya 28 September 2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany [16]Video on YouTube
100 km (road) 6:13:33 Takahiro Sunada Template:Country data Japan 21 June 1998 Yūbetsu, Japan
3000 m steeplechase (progression) 7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen 23x15px Qatar 3 September 2004 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium Video on YouTube
110 m hurdles (progression) 12.80 (+0.3 m/s) Aries Merritt 23x15px United States 7 September 2012 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium [17]Video on YouTube
400 m hurdles (progression) 46.78 Kevin Young 23x15px United States 6 August 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
High jump (progression) 2.45 m Javier Sotomayor 23x15px Cuba 27 July 1993 Salamanca, Spain
Pole vault (progression) 6.16 m i Renaud Lavillenie 23x15px France 15 February 2014 Pole Vault Stars Donetsk, Ukraine [18]
Long jump (progression) 8.95 m (+0.3 m/s) Mike Powell 23x15px United States 30 August 1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan
Triple jump (progression) 18.29 m (+1.3 m/s) Jonathan Edwards 23x15px United Kingdom 7 August 1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden [19]Video on YouTube
Shot put (progression) 23.12 m Randy Barnes 23x15px United States 20 May 1990 Jack in the Box Invitational Westwood, United States [20]
Discus throw (progression) 74.08 m Jürgen Schult 23x15px East Germany 6 June 1986 Neubrandenburg, East Germany
Hammer throw (progression) 86.74 m Yuriy Sedykh 23x15px Soviet Union 30 August 1986 European Championships Stuttgart, Germany
Javelin (progression) 98.48 m
(See below)
Jan Železný 23x15px Czech Republic 25 May 1996 Jena, Germany
Decathlon (progression) 9039 pts Ashton Eaton 23x15px United States 22–23 June 2012 United States Olympic Trials Eugene, United States [21]
10.21 (+0.4 m/s) (100 m), 8.23 m (+0.8 m/s) (long jump), 14.20 m (shot put), 2.05 m (high jump), 46.70 (400 m) /
13.70 (-0.8 m/s) (110 m hurdles), 42.81 m (discus), 5.30 m (pole vault), 58.87 m (javelin), 4:14.48 min (1500 m)
10,000 m walk (track) 37:53.09 Paquillo Fernández 23x15px Spain 27 July 2008 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
10 km walk (road) 37:11 Roman Rasskazov 23x15px Russia 28 May 2000 Saransk, Russia [22]
20,000 m walk (track) 1:17:25.6[Note 3] Bernardo Segura 23x15px Mexico 7 May 1994 Bergen, Norway
20 km walk (road) (progression) 1:17:16 Vladimir Kanaykin 23x15px Russia 29 September 2007 Saransk, Russia
1:16:43 #[Note 4] Sergey Morozov 23x15px Russia 8 June 2008 Saransk, Russia
1:16:36 Yusuke Suzuki Template:Country data Japan 15 March 2015 Asian Race Walking Championships Template:Country data JPN Nomi, Japan [23]
2 hours walk (track) 29,572 m + Maurizio Damilano 23x15px Italy 3 October 1992 Cuneo, Italy
30,000 m walk (track) 2:01:44.1 Maurizio Damilano 23x15px Italy 3 October 1992 Cuneo, Italy
50,000 m walk (track) 3:35:27.20 Yohann Diniz 23x15px France 12 March 2011 Reims, France [24]
50 km walk (road) (progression) 3:32:33 Yohann Diniz 23x15px France 15 August 2014 European Championships 23x16px Zürich, Switzerland [25]Video on YouTube
4×100 m relay (progression) 36.84 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
Template:Country data Jamaica 11 August 2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain [26]
4×200 m relay(progression) 1:18.63 Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
Template:Country data Jamaica 24 May 2014 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [27]Video on YouTube
4×400 m relay (progression) 2:54.29 Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
23x15px United States 22 August 1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany [Note 5]Video on YouTube
4×800 m relay 7:02.43 Joseph Mutua
William Yiampoy
Ismael Kombich
Wilfred Bungei
Template:Country data Kenya 25 August 2006 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium
Distance medley relay 9:15.50 Kyle Merber 2:53.56 (1200 m)
Brycen Spratling 45.95 (400 m)
Brandon Johnson 1:44.75 (800 m)
Ben Blankenship 3:51.24 (1600 m)
23x15px United States 3 May 2015 IAAF World Relays 23x15px Nassau, Bahamas [28]
4×1500 m relay 14:22.22 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
Template:Country data Kenya 25 May 2014 IAAF World Relays 23x15px Nassau, Bahamas [29]Video on YouTube
Marathon road relay (Ekiden) 1:57:06 Josephat Ndambiri 13:24 (5 km)
Martin Mathathi 27:12 (10 km)
Daniel Muchunu Mwangi 13:59 (5 km)
Mekubo Mogusu 27:56 (10 km)
Onesmus Nyerre 14:36 (5 km)
John Kariuki 19:59 (7.195 km)
Template:Country data Kenya 23 November 2005 Chiba Ekiden Chiba, Japan

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
100 m (progression) 10.49 (0.0 m/s)
(See note)
Florence Griffith Joyner 23x15px United States 16 July 1988 US Olympic Trials Indianapolis, United States
200 m (progression) 21.34 (+1.3 m/s) Florence Griffith Joyner 23x15px United States 29 September 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea Video on YouTube
400 m (progression) 47.60 Marita Koch 23x15px East Germany 6 October 1985 World Cup Canberra, Australia
800 m (progression) 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová 23x15px Czechoslovakia 26 July 1983 Munich, West Germany
1000 m (progression) 2:28.98 Svetlana Masterkova 23x15px Russia 23 August 1996 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium Video on YouTube
1500 m (progression) 3:50.46 Qu Yunxia 23x15px China 11 September 1993 Chinese National Games Beijing, PR China
Mile (progression) 4:12.56 Svetlana Masterkova 23x15px Russia 14 August 1996 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich, Switzerland
2000 m 5:25.36 Sonia O'Sullivan 23x15px Ireland 8 July 1994 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
3000 m (progression) 8:06.11 Wang Junxia 23x15px China 13 September 1993 Chinese National Games Beijing, PR China
5000 m (progression) 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba 23x15px Ethiopia 6 June 2008 Bislett Games Oslo, Norway
10,000 m (progression) 29:31.78 Wang Junxia 23x15px China 8 September 1993 Chinese National Games Beijing, PR China
10 km (road) 30:21 Paula Radcliffe 23x15px Great Britain 23 February 2003 World's Best 10K San Juan, Puerto Rico
15 km (road) 46:27.7 Tirunesh Dibaba 23x15px Ethiopia 15 November 2009 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen, Netherlands [30]
46:14+ Florence Kiplagat Template:Country data Kenya 15 February 2015 Barcelona Half Marathon 23x15px Barcelona, Spain [31]
One hour (progression) 18,517 m Dire Tune 23x15px Ethiopia 12 June 2008 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic Video on YouTube
20,000 m (track) 1:05:26.6 Tegla Loroupe Template:Country data Kenya 3 September 2000 Borgholzhausen, Germany
20 km (road) 1:01:56+ Florence Kiplagat Template:Country data Kenya 16 February 2014 Barcelona Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain [32]
1:01:54+ Florence Kiplagat Template:Country data Kenya 15 February 2015 Barcelona Half Marathon 23x15px Barcelona, Spain [33]
Half marathon (progression) 1:05:12 Florence Kiplagat Template:Country data Kenya 16 February 2014 Barcelona Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain [34]
1:05:09 Florence Kiplagat Template:Country data Kenya 15 February 2015 Barcelona Half Marathon 23x15px Barcelona, Spain [35]
25,000 m (track) 1:27:05.84 Tegla Loroupe Template:Country data Kenya 21 September 2002 Mengerskirchen, Germany
25 km (road) 1:19:53 Mary Keitany Template:Country data Kenya 9 May 2010 BIG 25 Berlin, Germany [36]
30,000 m 1:45:50.00 Tegla Loroupe Template:Country data Kenya 7 June 2003 Warstein, Germany
30 km (road) 1:38:23+ Liliya Shobukhova 23x15px Russia 9 October 2011 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States [37][38]
1:36:36+ a # Paula Radcliffe 23x15px Great Britain 13 April 2003 London Marathon London, United Kingdom
Marathon (mixed gender)
(progression)
2:15:25[Note 2] Paula Radcliffe 23x15px Great Britain 13 April 2003 London Marathon London, United Kingdom
Marathon (vs women only)
Both marks recognized as official world record until mixed mark is surpassed
2:17:42 Paula Radcliffe 23x15px Great Britain 17 April 2005 London Marathon London, United Kingdom
100 km (road) 6:33:11 Tomoe Abe Template:Country data Japan 25 June 2000 Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu, Japan
3000 m steeplechase (progression) 8:58.81 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina 23x15px Russia 17 August 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China [39]Video on YouTube
100 m hurdles (progression) 12.21 (+0.7 m/s) Yordanka Donkova 23x15px Bulgaria 20 August 1988 23x15px Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
400 m hurdles (progression) 52.34 Yuliya Pechonkina 23x15px Russia 8 August 2003 Tula, Russia
High jump (progression) 2.09 m Stefka Kostadinova 23x15px Bulgaria 30 August 1987 World Championships Rome, Italy Video on YouTube
Pole vault (progression) 5.06 m Yelena Isinbayeva 23x15px Russia 28 August 2009 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich, Switzerland video
Long jump (progression) 7.52 m (+1.4 m/s) Galina Chistyakova 23x15px Soviet Union 11 June 1988 Brothers Znamensky Memorial Leningrad, Soviet Union [40]
Triple jump (progression) 15.50 m (+0.9 m/s) Inessa Kravets 23x15px Ukraine 10 August 1995 World Championships Göteborg, Sweden Video on YouTube
Shot put (progression) 22.63 m Natalya Lisovskaya 23x15px Soviet Union 7 June 1987 Moscow, Soviet Union
Discus throw (progression) 76.80 m Gabriele Reinsch 23x15px East Germany 9 July 1988 Neubrandenburg, East Germany
Hammer throw (progression) 79.58 m Anita Włodarczyk 23x15px Poland 31 August 2014 ISTAF Berlin 23x15px Berlin, Germany [41]Video on YouTube
Javelin throw (progression) 72.28 m
(See below)
Barbora Špotáková 23x15px Czech Republic 13 September 2008 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany [42]
Heptathlon (progression) 7291 pts
(See below)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee 23x15px United States 23–24 September 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea [43]
12.69 (+0.5 m/s) (100 m hurdles), 1.86 m (high jump), 15.80 m (shot put), 22.56 (+1.6 m/s) (200 m) /
7.27 m (+0.7 m/s) (long jump), 45.66 m (javelin), 2:08.51 (800 m)
Decathlon (progression) 8358 pts Austra Skujytė 23x15px Lithuania 14–15 April 2005 Columbia, United States
12.49 (100 m), 46.19 m (discus), 3.10 m (pole vault), 48.78 m (javelin), 57.19 (400 m) /
14.22 (100 m hurdles), 6.12 m (long jump), 16.42 m (shot put), 1.78 m (high jump), 5:15.86 (1500 m)
10,000 m walk (track) 41:56.23 Nadezhda Ryashkina 23x15px Soviet Union 24 July 1990 Seattle, United States
41:37.9 # Gao Hongmiao 23x15px China 7 April 1994 Beijing, PR China
10 km walk (road) 41:04 # Yelena Nikolayeva 23x15px Russia 20 April 1996 Sochi, Russia [44]
20,000 m walk (track) 1:26:52.3 Olimpiada Ivanova 23x15px Russia 6 September 2001 Brisbane, Australia
20 km walk (road) (progression) 1:25:02 Elena Lashmanova 23x15px Russia 11 August 2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain [45]
1:24:50 X Olimpiada Ivanova 23x15px Russia 4 March 2001 Adler, Russia
1:24:47 Elmira Alembekova 23x15px Russia 27 February 2015 Russian Race Walking Championships 23x15px Sochi, Russia [46]
4×100 m relay (progression) 40.82 Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
23x15px United States 10 August 2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain [47]Video on YouTube
4×200 m relay 1:27.46 LaTasha Jenkins,
LaTasha Colander-Richardson,
Nanceen Perry,
Marion Jones
23x15px United States 29 April 2000 Penn Relays Philadelphia, United States
4×400 m relay (progression) 3:15.17 Tatyana Ledovskaya,
Olga Nazarova,
Mariya Pinigina,
Olga Bryzgina
23x15px Soviet Union 1 October 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea
4×800 m relay 7:50.17 Nadezhda Olizarenko,
Lyubov Gurina,
Lyudmila Borisova,
Irina Podyalovskaya
23x15px Soviet Union 5 August 1984 Moscow, Soviet Union
Distance medley relay 10:36.50 Treniere Moser 3:18.38 (1200 m)
Sanya Richards-Ross 50.12 (400 m)
Ajee' Wilson 2:00.08 (800 m)
Shannon Rowbury 4:27.92 (1600 m)
23x15px United States 2 May 2015 IAAF World Relays 23x15px Nassau, Bahamas [48]
4×1500 m relay 16:33.58 Mercy Cherono
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Onsando Obiri
Template:Country data Kenya 24 May 2014 IAAF World Relays 23x15px Nassau, Bahamas [49]Video on YouTube
Ekiden relay 2:11:41 Jiang Bo 15:42 (5 km)
Dong Yanmei 31:36 (10 km)
Zhao Fengdi 15:16 (5 km)
Ma Zaijie 31:01 (10 km)
Lan Lixin 15:50 (5 km)
Li Na 22:16 (7.195 km)
23x15px China 28 February 1998 Beijing, China

Indoor world records

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
50 m 5.55 X[Note 6] Ben Johnson 23x15px Canada 31 January 1987 Ottawa, Canada [50]
5.56 A Donovan Bailey 23x15px Canada 9 February 1996 Bill Cosby Invitational Reno, United States
5.56 #[Note 7] Maurice Greene 23x15px United States 13 February 1999 Los Angeles, United States [51]
60 m 6.39 Maurice Greene 23x15px United States 3 February 1998 Madrid, Spain
3 March 2001 USA Championships Atlanta, United States
200 m 19.92 Frankie Fredericks 23x15px Namibia 18 February 1996 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
400 m 44.57 Kerron Clement 23x15px United States 12 March 2005 NCAA Division I Championships Fayetteville, United States
800 m 1:42.67 Wilson Kipketer 23x15px Denmark 9 March 1997 World Championships Paris-Bercy, France
1000 m 2:14.96 Wilson Kipketer 23x15px Denmark 20 February 2000 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom
1500 m 3:31.18 Hicham El Guerrouj 23x15px Morocco 2 February 1997 Sparkassen Cup Stuttgart, Germany
Mile 3:48.45 Hicham El Guerrouj 23x15px Morocco 12 February 1997 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent, Belgium
3000 m 7:24.90 Daniel Komen Template:Country data Kenya 6 February 1998 Budapest, Hungary
5000 m 12:49.60 Kenenisa Bekele 23x15px Ethiopia 20 February 2004 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom
50 m hurdles 6.25 Mark McKoy 23x15px Canada 5 March 1986 Kobe, Japan
60 m hurdles 7.30 Colin Jackson 23x15px United Kingdom 6 March 1994 Sindelfingen, Germany
High jump (progression) 2.43 m Javier Sotomayor 23x15px Cuba 4 March 1989 World Championships Budapest, Hungary
Pole vault (progression) 6.16 m Renaud Lavillenie 23x15px France 15 February 2014 Pole Vault Stars Donetsk, Ukraine [52]
Long jump 8.79 m Carl Lewis 23x15px United States 27 January 1984 Millrose Games New York City, United States
Triple jump 17.92 m
(2nd and 4th jumps in series)
Teddy Tamgho 23x15px France 6 March 2011 European Championships Paris, France [53][54]
Shot put 22.66 m Randy Barnes 23x15px United States 20 January 1989 Sunkist Invitational Los Angeles, United States
Heptathlon 6645 pts Ashton Eaton 23x15px United States 9–10 March 2012 World Championships Istanbul, Turkey [55]
6.79 (60 m), 8.16 m (long jump), 14.56 m (shot put), 2.03 m (high jump) / 7.68 (60 m hurdles), 5.20 m (pole vault), 2:32.77 (1000 m)
5000 m walk 18:07.08 Mikhail Shchennikov 23x15px Russia 14 February 1995 Russian Winter Meeting Moscow, Russia
4×200 m relay 1:22.11 Linford Christie
Darren Braithwaite
Ade Mafe
John Regis
23x15px United Kingdom 3 March 1991 Glasgow, United Kingdom
4×400 m relay 3:02.13 Kyle Clemons
David Verburg
Kind Butler III
Calvin Smith Jr.
23x15px United States 9 March 2014 World Championships Sopot, Poland [56]
3:01.96 #[Note 8] Kerron Clement
Wallace Spearmon
Darold Williamson
Jeremy Wariner
23x15px United States 11 February 2006 Tyson Invitational Fayetteville, United States
4×800 m relay 7:13.11 US All Stars
Richard Jones 1:51.01
David Torrence 1:47.46
Duane Solomon 1:47.99
Erik Sowinski 1:46.67
23x15px United States 8 February 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Roxbury, United States [57][58]

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref Video
50 m 5.96+ Irina Privalova 23x15px Russia 9 February 1995 Madrid, Spain
60 m 6.92 Irina Privalova 23x15px Russia 11 February 1993
February 9, 1995
Madrid, Spain
200 m 21.87 Merlene Ottey Template:Country data Jamaica 13 February 1993 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
400 m 49.59 Jarmila Kratochvílová 23x15px Czechoslovakia 7 March 1982 Milan, Italy
800 m 1:55.82 Jolanda Čeplak 23x15px Slovenia 3 March 2002 European Championships Vienna, Austria
1000 m 2:30.94 Maria Mutola 23x15px Mozambique 25 February 1999 GE Galan Stockholm, Sweden
1500 m 3:55.17 Genzebe Dibaba 23x15px Ethiopia 1 February 2014 Weltklasse in Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Germany [59]
Mile 4:17.14 Doina Melinte 23x15px Romania 9 February 1990 East Rutherford, United States
3000 m 8:16.60 Genzebe Dibaba 23x15px Ethiopia 6 February 2014 XL Galan Stockholm, Sweden [60]
5000 m 14:18.86 Genzebe Dibaba 23x15px Ethiopia 19 February 2015 XL Galan 23x15px Stockholm, Sweden [61]
50 m hurdles 6.58 Cornelia Oschkenat 23x15px East Germany 20 February 1988 East Berlin, East Germany
60 m hurdles 7.68 Susanna Kallur 23x15px Sweden 10 February 2008 BW-Bank Meeting Karlsruhe, Germany
7.68 X[62] Lyudmila Narozhilenko 23x15px Russia 2 March 1993 San Sebastián, Spain
7.66 X 4 March 1993 Seville, Spain
7.63 X 4 March 1993 Seville, Spain
High jump 2.08 m Kajsa Bergqvist 23x15px Sweden 4 February 2006 Hochsprung mit Musik Arnstadt, Germany
Pole vault 5.02 m A Jenn Suhr 23x15px United States 2 March 2013 USA Championships Albuquerque, United States [63] [2]
Long jump 7.37 m Heike Drechsler 23x15px East Germany 13 February 1988 Vienna, Austria
Triple jump 15.36 m Tatyana Lebedeva 23x15px Russia 6 March 2004 World Championships Budapest, Hungary [64]
Shot put 22.50 m Helena Fibingerová 23x15px Czechoslovakia 19 February 1977 Jablonec, Czechoslovakia
Pentathlon 5013 pts Nataliya Dobrynska 23x15px Ukraine 9 March 2012 World Championships Istanbul, Turkey [65]
8.38 (60 m hurdles), 1.84 m (high jump), 16.51 m (shot put), 6.57 m (long jump), 2:11.15 (800 m)
3000 m walk 11:40.33 Claudia Ștef 23x15px Romania 30 January 1999 Bucharest, Romania
11:35.34 #[Note 9] Gillian O'Sullivan 23x15px Ireland 15 February 2003 Belfast, Northern Ireland
4x200 m relay 1:32.41 Yekaterina Kondratyeva
Irina Khabarova
Yuliya Pechonkina
Yuliya Gushchina
23x15px Russia 29 January 2005 Aviva International Match Glasgow, United Kingdom
4x400 m relay 3:23.37 Yuliya Gushchina
Olga Kotlyarova
Olga Zaytseva
Olesya Krasnomovets
23x15px Russia 28 January 2006 Aviva International Match Glasgow, United Kingdom
4x800 m relay 8:06.24 Team Moscow
Aleksandra Bulanova
Yekaterina Martynova
Yelena Kofanova
Anna Balakshina
23x15px Russia 18 February 2011 Russian Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia [66]

Best performances in non-IAAF World Record events

Events which do not qualify for IAAF-ratified world records are typically referred to as world bests. While very common in the first half of 20th century, a large number of races over distances by imperial measurements became rare occurrences and the IAAF removed all imperial measured events from its world record lists in 1976 – with the sole exception being the mile run (which remains common due to its historical prominence in track and field).

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 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; even those using light beams are timed by the motion of the athlete, still removing the normal factor of reaction time. All these factors make track and "football 40" performances incomparable. The world best time for a "football 40" is 4.17 by Deion Sanders. The extrapolated best for an Olympic level athlete, including reacting to a starting gun, currently is by Maurice Greene at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics with a time of 4.24.[67][68]

Outdoor events

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
50 m 5.47+ (+0.9 m/s) Usain Bolt Template:Country data Jamaica 16 August 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany [69]
60 m 6.31+ (+0.9 m/s) Usain Bolt Template:Country data Jamaica 16 August 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany [70]
100 y 9.0 ht Ivory Crockett 23x15px United States 11 May 1974 Knoxville, United States [71]
Houston McTear 23x15px United States 9 May 1975 Winter Park, United States [71]
9.07+ (−0.5 m/s) Asafa Powell Template:Country data Jamaica 27 May 2010 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [72]
150 m (bend) 14.44+ (-0.3 m/s) Usain Bolt Template:Country data Jamaica 20 August 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany [73]
150 m (straight) 14.35 (+1.1 m/s) Usain Bolt Template:Country data Jamaica 17 May 2009 Manchester City Games Manchester, United Kingdom [74]
200 m straight 19.41 (−0.4 m/s) Tyson Gay 23x15px United States 16 May 2010 Manchester City Games Manchester, United Kingdom [75][76]
220 y straight 19.5 ht (+1.9 m/s) Tommie Smith 23x15px United States 7 May 1966 San Jose, United States [77]
19.54 (−0.4 m/s) Tyson Gay 23x15px United States 16 May 2010 Manchester City Games Manchester, United Kingdom [78]
300 m 30.85 A Michael Johnson 23x15px United States 10 April 2000 Engen Grand Prix Pretoria, South Africa [79]
440 y 44.5 John Smith 23x15px United States 26 June 1971 USA Championships Eugene, United States [80][81][82]
500 m 59.32 Orestes Rodriguez 23x15px Cuba 5 February 2013 La Habana, Cuba [83]
600 m 1:12.81 Johnny Gray 23x15px United States 24 May 1986 Santa Monica, United States
Two miles (progression) 7:58.61 Daniel Komen Template:Country data Kenya 17 July 1997 Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium
5 km (road) 12:59.5 Sammy Kipketer Template:Country data Kenya 26 March 2000 15th Carlsbad 5000 Carlsbad, United States
8 km (road) 21:51+ Deriba Merga 23x15px Ethiopia 18 February 2011 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates [84]
10 miles (road) 44:23 Haile Gebrselassie 23x15px Ethiopia 4 September 2005 Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg, Netherlands
35 km (road) 1:41:47+ Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Template:Country data Kenya 28 September 2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany [85]
40 km (road) 1:56:29+ Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Template:Country data Kenya 28 September 2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany [86]
90 km (road) 5:20:49 Leonid Shvetsov 23x15px Russia 2007 Comrades Marathon Durban, South Africa
200 m hurdles (bend) 22.55 Laurent Ottoz 23x15px Italy 31 May 1995 Milan, Italy [87]
200 m hurdles (straight) 21.9y ht (+1.4 m/s) Don Styron 23x15px United States 2 April 1960 Baton Rouge, United States [88]
22.10 (+2.0 m/s) Andy Turner 23x15px Great Britain 15 May 2011 Manchester City Games 23x15px Manchester, Great Britain [89]
22.10 (+1.8 m/s) L. J. van Zyl 23x15px South Africa 9 May 2015 Manchester City Games 23x15px Manchester, Great Britain [90]
220 y Hurdles (straight) 21.9 ht (+1.4 m/s) Don Styron 23x15px United States 2 April 1960 Baton Rouge, United States [88][91]
300 m Hurdles 34.48 Chris Rawlinson 23x15px Great Britain 30 June 2002 Sheffield, United Kingdom
440 y Hurdles 48.7 Jim Bolding 23x15px United States 25 July 1974 Turin, Italy [92]
2000 m steeplechase 5:10.68 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad 23x15px France 30 June 2010 Alma Athlé Tour Reims, France [93]
Standing long jump Script error: No such module "convert". Byron Jones 23x15px United States 23 February 2015 NFL scouting combine 23x15px Indianapolis, United States [94]Video on YouTube
35 lb Weight Throw 25.41 m Lance Deal 23x15px United States 20 February 1993 Azusa, United States
Icosathlon 14571 pts Joseph Detmer 23x15px United States 25 September 2010 World Championships 23x15px Lynchburg, United States [95]
1500 m walk (track) 5:12.0+ Antanas Grigaliūnas 23x15px Lithuania 12 May 1990 Vilnius, Lithuania [96]
Mile walk (track) 5:36.9 Antanas Grigaliūnas 23x15px Lithuania 12 May 1990 Vilnius, Lithuania [96]
5000 m walk (track) 18:05.49 Hatem Ghoula 23x15px Tunisia 1 May 1997 23x15px Tunis, Tunisia
50-mile walk (road) 7:44:47.2 Shaul Ladany Template:Country data Israel 1972 New Jersey, United States [97]
4x110 yard relay 38.6 A University of Southern California
Earl McCullouch
Fred Kuller
O.J. Simpson
Lennox Miller (JAM)
17 June 1967 NCAA Division I Championships Provo, United States [98]
Swedish relay 1:46.59 Puma Reggae Team
Christopher Williams (100 m)
Usain Bolt (200 m)
Davian Clarke (300 m)
Jermaine Gonzales (400 m)
Template:Country data Jamaica 25 July 2006 DN Galan Stockholm, Sweden [99]
4×110m Shuttle hurdles relay 52.94 USA Blue
Jason Richardson
Aleec Harris
Aries Merritt
David Oliver
23x15px United States 25 April 2015 Drake Relays 23x15px Des Moines, United States [100]
4×mile relay 15:49.08 Eamonn Coghlan
Ray Flynn
Frank O'Mara
Marcus O'Sullivan
23x15px Ireland 17 August 1985 Dublin, Ireland [101]

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
50 m 5.93+ (−0.1 m/s) Marion Jones 23x15px United States 22 August 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain
60 m 6.85+ (−0.1 m/s) Marion Jones 23x15px United States 22 August 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain
100 y 9.91+ (+1.1 m/s) Veronica Campbell-Brown Template:Country data Jamaica 31 May 2011 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [102]
150 m (bend) 16.10+ (+1.3 m/s) Florence Griffith Joyner 23x15px United States 29 September 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea
16.46 (−1.5 m/s) Merlene Ottey Template:Country data Jamaica 27 September 1989 Trapani, Italy [103][104]
150 m straight 16.36 (+0.2 m/s) Allyson Felix 23x15px United States 25 May 2013 Manchester City Games Manchester, United Kingdom [105]
200 m straight 22.55 (+0.2 m/s) Allyson Felix 23x15px United States 16 May 2010 Great City Games Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom [78]
300 m 34.14+ (ht) Marita Koch 23x15px East Germany 6 October 1985 World Cup Canberra, Australia
35.30 A Ana Guevara 23x15px Mexico 3 May 2003 GP Banamex Meeting Mexico City, Mexico [106]
500 m 1:05.9 Tatana Kocembova 23x15px Czechoslovakia 2 August 1984 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
600 m 1:22.63 A Ana Quirot 23x15px Cuba 25 July 1997 Guadalajara, Mexico
Two miles 8:58.58 Meseret Defar 23x15px Ethiopia 14 September 2007 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium
5 km (road) 14:46 Meseret Defar 23x15px Ethiopia 9 April 2006 15th Carlsbad 5000 Carlsbad, United States
4 miles (road) 19:14 Viola Kibiwot Template:Country data Kenya 13 October 2013 4 Mile of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands [107]
8 km (road) 24:30+ Mary Keitany Template:Country data Kenya 18 February 2011 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates [84]
10 miles (road) 50:05+ Mary Keitany Template:Country data Kenya 18 February 2011 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates [84]
35 km (road) 1:54:49+ Liliya Shobukhova 23x15px Russia 9 October 2011 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States [37]
40 km (road) 2:11:28+ Liliya Shobukhova 23x15px Russia 9 October 2011 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States [37]
200 m hurdles
(bend)
24.8 (ht) (+0.4 m/s) Yadisleidy Pedroso 23x15px Italy 6 April 2013 Caserta, Italy [108]
25.6 (ht) (-0,7 m/s) Patricia Girard 23x15px France 23 August 2001 Nantes, France [109]
25.82 (+1.7 m/s) Patricia Girard 23x15px France 22 September 1999 Nantes, France
200 m hurdles
(straight)
25.05 (+1.0 m/s) Meghan Beesley 23x15px Great Britain 17 May 2014 Manchester City Games Manchester, United Kingdom [110]
300 m hurdles 38.16 Zuzana Hejnová 23x15px Czech Republic 3 August 2013 Grand Prix of Cheb Cheb, Czech Republic [111]
2000 m steeplechase 6:03.38 Wioletta Janowska 23x15px Poland 15 July 2006 Gdańsk, Poland
20 lb weight throw 24.57 m Brittany Riley 23x15px United States 27 January 2007
3000 m walk (track) 11:48.24 Ileana Salvador 23x15px Italy 29 August 1993 Padua, Italy [112]
5000 m walk (track) 20:01.80 Eleonora Giorgi 23x15px Italy 18 May 2014 Italian Clubs League Meet Misterbianco, Italy [113]
50 km walk (road) 4:10:59 Monica Svensson 23x15px Sweden 21 October 2007 Scanzorosciate, Italy
4×100 m hurdles relay 50.78 Team BoogieFast TC
Nia Ali (12.73)
Kristi Castlin (12.56)
Yvette Lewis (12.76)
Queen Harrison (12.61)
23x15px United States 6 April 2013 Florida Relays Gainesville, United States [114]
Sprint medley relay 3:34.56 Sherri-Ann Brooks (200 m)
Rosemarie Whyte(200 m)
Moya Thompson 51.7 (400 m)
Kenia Sinclair 1:57.43 (800 m)
Template:Country data Jamaica April 2009 Penn Relays Philadelphia, United States

Indoor events

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
50 y 5.22 Stanley Floyd 23x15px United States 22 January 1982 Los Angeles, United States
5.15 X[Note 10] Ben Johnson 23x15px Canada 29 January 1988 Toronto, Canada
5.0 (ht) Kirk Clayton 23x15px United States 10 January 1970 Calgary, Canada
Herb Washington 23x15px United States 2 February 1972 Toronto, Canada [115]
Mel Pender 23x15px United States 4 March 1972 Orlando, United States
Mel Pender 23x15px United States 18 March 1972 Hamilton Canada
Herb Washington 23x15px United States 4 February 1973 Toronto, Canada
Manfred Ommer 23x15px West Germany 14 March 1975 Leverkusen, West Germany
60 y 5.8 (ht) Herb Washington 23x15px United States 12 February 1972 East Lansing, United States [115]
55 m 5.99 A Obadele Thompson 23x15px Barbados 22 February 1997 Colorado Springs, United States [51]
100 m 9.98 Usain Bolt Template:Country data Jamaica 23 August 2014 Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw, Poland [116]

[117] [118]

150 m 14.99 Donovan Bailey 23x15px Canada 1 June 1997 Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race Toronto, Canada [119]
300 m 31.88 Wallace Spearmon 23x15px United States 10 February 2006 Tyson Invitational Fayetteville, United States [120]
500 m 59.82 Roddie Haley 23x15px United States 15 March 1986 NCAA Division I Championships 23x15px Oklahoma City, United States [121]
600 m 1:15.12 Nico Motchebon 23x15px Germany 28 February 1999 Sindelfingen, Germany [122]
2000 m 4:49.99 Kenenisa Bekele 23x15px Ethiopia 17 February 2007 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom
Two miles 8:03.40 Mo Farah 23x15px Great Britain 21 February 2015 Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix 23x15px Birmingham, Great Britain [123]
10000 m 27:50.29 Mark Bett Template:Country data Kenya 10 February 2002 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent, Belgium [122]
Marathon 2:27.21 Michael Wardian 23x15px United States 1 July 2010 Arlington, United States [124][125]
2000 m steeplechase 5:13.77 Paul Kipsiele Koech Template:Country data Kenya 13 February 2011 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent, Belgium [126][127]
3000 m steeplechase 8:17.46 Aleksandr Zagoruyko 23x15px Soviet Union 21 February 1982 Moscow, Soviet Union [122]
110 m hurdles 13.34 Allen Johnson 23x15px United States 14 February 1995 Moscow, Russia [122]
300 m hurdles 34.92 OT Llewellyn Herbert 23x15px South Africa 9 February 1999 Pirkkahall Tampere, Finland [128][129]
400 m hurdles 48.78 Felix Sanchez 23x15px Dominican Republic 18 February 2012 Meeting National Val-de-Reuil Val-de-Reuil, France [130][131]
Discus throw 69.51 m Gerd Kanter 23x15px Estonia 22 March 2009 World Record Indoor Challenge Växjö, Sweden [132]
Javelin throw 65.10 m Pontus Bjärkvik 23x15px Sweden 13 March 2011 World Indoor Throwing Växjö, Sweden [133]
35 lb Weight 25.86 m Lance Deal 23x15px United States 4 March 1995 Atlanta, United States [122]
3000 m walk 10:31.42 Andreas Erm 23x15px Germany 4 February 2001 Halle, Germany [122]
Two Miles walk 11:54.50 Valdas Kazlauskas 23x15px Soviet Union 24 February 1990 Kaunas, Soviet Union [122]
15000 m walk 1:00:03.9 Valdas Kazlauskas 23x15px Soviet Union 24 January 1987 Kaunas, Soviet Union [122]
20000 m walk 1:20:40.0 OT Ronald Weigel 23x15px East Germany 27 January 1980 23x15px Senftenberg, East Germany
Distance medley relay 9:19.93 Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. 2:49.47
Michael Berry 46.40
Erik Sowinski 1:47.60
Patrick Casey 3:56.48
23x15px United States 31 January 2015 Armory Track Invitational New York City, United States [134]
4×mile relay 16:16.67 New York AC
Brad Horton
Jeff Smith
Brad Schlapak
Bill Burke
23x15px United States 10 January 1993 23x15pxHanover, United States

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
100 m 11.15 Marita Koch 23x15px East Germany 12 January 1980 East Berlin, East Germany
300 m 35.45 Irina Privalova 23x15px Russia 17 January 1993 Moscow, Russia
500 m 1:06.31 Olesya Krasnomovets 23x15px Russia 7 January 2006 Yekaterinburg, Russia
600 m 1:23.44 Olga Kotlyarova 23x15px Russia 1 February 2004 Russian Winter Meeting Moscow, Russia
2000 m 5:30.53 Gabriela Szabo 23x15px Romania 8 March 1998 Sindelfingen, Germany
Two miles 9:00.48 Genzebe Dibaba 23x15px Ethiopia 15 February 2014 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom [135]
10,000 m 32:44.97 Olga Michurina 23x15px Russia 23 December 1995 Saint Petersburg, Russia
2000 m steeplechase 6:05.29 Mariya Bykova 23x15px Russia 22 January 2013 Central FD Regional Championships Belgorod, Russia [136][137]
3000 m steeplechase 9:07.00 Tatyana Petrova 23x15px Russia 17 February 2006 Moscow, Russia
9:54.2[Note 11] Marcela Lustigova 23x15px Czech Republic 11 February 2010 Botnia Games Korsholm, Finland [138][139]
100 m hurdles 12.64 Ludmila Engquist 23x15px Sweden 10 February 1997 Tampere, Finland
300 m hurdles 40.09 OT Stine Tomb 23x15px Norway 5 February 2011 Finland-Sweden-Norway Indoor Match Tampere, Finland [140][141]
400 m hurdles 56.41 Sheena Tosta 23x15px United States 12 February 2011 Meeting National Val-de-Reuil, France [142][143][144]
Discus throw 62.07 m Shanice Craft 23x15px Germany 14 February 2015 ISTAF Indoor 23x15px Berlin, Germany [145]
Javelin throw 57.75 m Anna Wessman 23x15px Sweden 10 March 2012 World Indoor Throwing Växjö, Sweden [146]
Weight Throw (20 lb) 25.56 m Brittany Riley 23x15px United States 10 March 2007 NCAA Division I Championships Fayetteville, United States
Mile walk 6:16.72 Sada Eidikytė 23x15px Soviet Union 24 February 1990 Kaunas, Soviet Union [147]
Two miles walk 13:11.88 Ileana Salvador 23x15px Italy 14 February 1990 Genoa, Italy [147]
5000 m walk 20:10.3 Vera Sokolova 23x15px Russia 30 December 2010 Mordovian Indoor Championships Saransk, Russia [148]
10,000 m walk 43:54.63 Yelena Ginko 23x15px Belarus 22 February 2008 Belarusian Championships Mogilev, Belarus
4x100 m relay 44.39 Anne-Kathrin Elbe
Anne Möllinger
Cathleen Tschirch
Marion Wagner
23x15px Germany 31 January 2010 BW-Bank Meeting Karlsruhe, Germany [149]
Distance medley relay 10:42.57 Sarah Brown 3:15.54 (1200m)
Mahagony Jones 53.59 (400m)
Megan Krumpoch 2:05.68 (800m)
Brenda Martinez 4:27.77 (1600 m)
23x15px United States 7 February 2015 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 23x15px Boston, United States [150]

Notes

Women's 100 m

It is widely believed that the wind gauge was faulty for the race in which Florence Griffith Joyner set the official world record for the women's 100 m of 10.49 s.[151] A 1995 report commissioned by the IAAF estimated the true wind speed was between +5.0 m/s and +7.0 m/s, rather than the 0.0 recorded.[151] If this time, recorded in the quarter-final of the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials, were excluded, the world record would be 10.61 s, recorded the next day at the same venue by the same athlete in the final.[151][152]

Javelin specifications

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.[153]

The old specification records for men's and women's javelin were as follows:

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
Men's 104.80 m Uwe Hohn 23x15px East Germany 20 July 1984 East Berlin, East Germany
Women's 80.00 m Petra Felke 23x15px East Germany 9 September 1988 Potsdam, East Germany

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 Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
7032 Carolina Klüft 23x15px Sweden 26 August 2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan [154]
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[Note 12](javelin), 2:12.56 (800 m)

Other Notes

  1. ^ Rule 260, part 18. IAAF COMPETITION RULES 2008.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ actually 1:17:25.5 but ratified as 1:17:25.6
  4. ^ not ratified because it didn’t fulfil the criteria of having the required three international judges present
  5. ^ The IAAF announced 12 August 2008 that they had rescinded the 1998 world record of 2:54.20 after relay team member Antonio Pettigrew admitted to his use of human growth hormone and EPO between 1997 and 2003. [1]
  6. ^ This time was rescinded by the IAAF after Johnson admitted to using steroids between 1981 and 1988.
  7. ^ insufficient or no doping control
  8. ^ insufficient doping control; IAAF rejected the time of 3:01.96 as no post-race EPO analysis was performed.
  9. ^ no international judges
  10. ^ This time was rescinded after Johnson admitted using steroids between 1981 and 1988.
  11. ^ This is the fastest indoor steeplechase with a water-jump.
  12. ^ This is 2.32 m farther than the distance thrown by Jackie Joyner-Kersee during her world record-setting heptathlon performance of 23–24 September 1988, despite Klüft using the new specification javelin.

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