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 100 m final Berlin 2009.JPG
Usain Bolt beating Tyson Gay and setting a 100 m world record at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin
Jurgen Schult beside the indication of his new discus world record, 1986 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1986-0608-300, Jurgen Schult.jpg
Jürgen Schult beside the indication of his new discus world record, 1986

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

Contents

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

The criteria which must be satisfied for ratification of a world record are defined by World Athletics in Part III of the Competition Rules. [1] These criteria also apply to national or other restricted records and also to performances submitted as qualifying marks for eligibility to compete in major events such as the Olympic Games.

The criteria include:

Bonus payments

Witnessing a world record brings great pleasure for athletics fans, and athletes' personal sponsors and promoters of major meetings such as the Diamond League and its predecessor, the IAAF Golden League have offered bonuses to athletes breaking a record.

Some middle-distance runners have specialized in acting as pacemakers in longer races, receiving a fee without even finishing the race, and possibly a bonus if a record results. This is a useful occupation for athletes who are capable of running accurately to a specified pace, but not capable of the fastest times to become champions in their own right.

In the pole vault record bonuses create an incentive for an athlete capable of smashing a record to instead break it by the minimum amount (one centimetre), multiple times, at multiple meetings, in order to accumulate multiple bonuses. This has been done by Sergey Bubka in the men's pole vault, and Yelena Isinbayeva in the women's pole vault. [4] Some commentators have complained that neither athlete ever posted as high a mark as they were capable of. [5] In most other disciplines, this issue does not arise, since it is practically impossible to deliberately break a record by a small margin.

World records

World Athletics (then IAAF) commenced the recognition of world records in 1912, and indoor world records after 1987. In 2000, IAAF rule 260.18a (formerly 260.6a) was amended, so that "world records" (as opposed to "indoor world records") can be set in a facility "with or without roof." This rule was not applied retroactively, [6] and has, thus far, only affected the men's and women's pole vault, women's 2,000 m and women's triple jump. The women's vault record has been advanced 9 times indoors by three different women, each ratified as a world record. The last record to be set indoors was in 2004. Sergey Bubka's 1993 pole vault world indoor record of 6.15 m was not considered to be a world record, because it was set before the new rule came into effect. Bubka's world record of 6.14 m, set outdoors in 1994, has been surpassed by five consecutive records set indoors, most recently by Armand Duplantis in 2022 with a 6.20 m (pending) mark. In 2020, Duplantis surpassed Bubka's outdoor world best (the old 6.14 m record), with a 6.15 m vault.

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

Key to tables

  Awaiting ratification  not ratified or later rescinded by World Athletics

h = hand timing
+ = en route to a longer distance
A = affected by altitude
OT = oversized track
X = annulled due to doping violations
# = not officially ratified by World Athletics
a = aided road course according to IAAF rule 260.28
est = estimate
i = set indoors (overall world record tables only)

Men

EventPerf.WNAverage SpeedAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RVP
mphkm/h
100 m
9.58
+0.9
23.3537.58 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
16 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [7]
P
200 m
19.19
−0.3
23.3137.52 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
20 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [7]
P
400 m
43.03
20.7933.47 Wayde van Niekerk Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA
14 Aug 2016
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA [8]
P
800 m
1:40.91
17.73428.540 David Rudisha Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
9 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [9]
P
1000 m
2:11.96
16.95227.281 Noah Ngeny Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
5 Sep 1999
Rieti Meeting Rieti Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
P
1500 m
3:26.00
16.28826.214 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  MAR
14 Jul 1998
Golden Gala Rome Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
P
Mile
3:43.13
16.13425.965 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  MAR
7 Jul 1999
Golden Gala Rome Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
P
2000 m
4:44.79
15.70925.282 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  MAR
7 Sep 1999
ISTAF Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER
3000 m
7:20.67
15.22924.508 Daniel Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
1 Sep 1996
Rieti Meeting Rieti Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
P
5000 m
12:35.36
14.80723.830 Joshua Cheptegei Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA
14 Aug 2020
Herculis Monaco Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [10]
P
5 km (road)
12:49.00
14.5423.41 Berihu Aregawi Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
31 Dec 2021
Cursa dels Nassos Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [11]
P
10,000 m
26:11.00
14.23922.915 Joshua Cheptegei Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA
7 Oct 2020
Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [12]
P
10 km (road)
26:24.00
14.1222.73 Rhonex Kipruto Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
12 Jan 2020
10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [13]
P
Half marathon
57:31.00
13.6722.01 Jacob Kiplimo Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA
21 Nov 2021
EDP Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon Flag of Portugal.svg  POR [14]
P
One hour (track)
21,330 m
13.25421.330 Mo Farah Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL [15]
P
Marathon [lower-alpha 1]
2:01:39
12.93220.811 Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
16 Sep 2018
Berlin Marathon Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [16]
P
1:59:40.2
[lower-alpha 2] 13.13621.156 Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
12 Oct 2019
Ineos 1:59 Challenge Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  AUT [17]
50 km (road)
2:42:07.00
Ketema Negasa Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
23 May 2021
Nedbank Runified Race Port Elizabeth Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA [18] [19]
2:40:13.00
11.6318.72 Stephen Mokoka Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA
6 March 2022
Nedbank Runified 50km Gqeberha Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA [20]
100 km (road)
6:09:14.00
10.09716.250 Nao Kazami Flag of Japan.svg  JPN
24 Jun 2018
Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu Flag of Japan.svg  JPN [21]
110 m hurdles
12.80
+0.3
19.2230.94 Aries Merritt Flag of the United States.svg  USA
7 Sep 2012
Memorial Van Damme Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL [22]
P
400 m hurdles
45.94
19.47731.345 Karsten Warholm Flag of Norway.svg  NOR
3 Aug 2021
Olympic Games Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  JPN [23]
P
3000 m steeplechase
7:53.63
14.16922.803 Saif Saaeed Shaheen Flag of Qatar.svg  QAT
3 Sep 2004
Memorial Van Damme Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL
P
7:53.17
X14.18322.825 Brahim Boulami Flag of Morocco.svg  MAR
16 Aug 2002
Weltklasse Zürich Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI
High jump
2.45 m
Javier Sotomayor Flag of Cuba.svg  CUB
27 Jul 1993
Gran Premio Diputación Salamanca Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
P
Pole vault
6.20 m
i Armand Duplantis Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB [24] P
6.21 m
Armand Duplantis Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE
24 Jul 2022
World Championships Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  USA [25] P
Long jump
8.95 m
+0.3
Mike Powell Flag of the United States.svg  USA
30 Aug 1991
World Championships Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  JPN
P
Triple jump
18.29 m
+1.3
Jonathan Edwards Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
7 Aug 1995
World Championships Gothenburg Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE [26]
P
Shot put
23.37 m
Ryan Crouser Flag of the United States.svg  USA
18 June 2021
United States Olympic Trials Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  USA [27]
P
Discus throw
74.08 m
Jürgen Schult Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR
6 Jun 1986
Neubrandenburg Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR
P
Hammer throw
86.74 m
Yuriy Sedykh Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS
30 Aug 1986
European Championships Stuttgart Flag of Germany.svg  FRG
P
Javelin throw
98.48 m
[lower-alpha 3] Jan Železný Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE
25 May 1996
Jena Flag of Germany.svg  GER
P
Decathlon
9126 pts
[lower-alpha 4] Kevin Mayer Flag of France.svg  FRA
16 Sep 2018
Décastar Talence Flag of France.svg  FRA [28]
P
20,000 m walk (track)
1:17:25.60
[lower-alpha 5] 9.63015.499 Bernardo Segura Flag of Mexico.svg  MEX
7 May 1994
Bergen Flag of Norway.svg  NOR
20 km walk (road)
1:16:36.00
9.73415.666 Yusuke Suzuki Flag of Japan.svg  JPN
15 Mar 2015
Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi Flag of Japan.svg  JPN [29]
P
2 hours walk (track)
29,572 m
+ 9.18814.786 Maurizio Damilano Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
3 Oct 1992
Cuneo Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
30,000 m walk (track)
2:01:44.10
9.18814.786 Maurizio Damilano Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
3 Oct 1992
Cuneo Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
35 km walk (road)
2:22:00.00
Standard [30]
50,000 m walk (track)
3:35:27.20
8.65213.924 Yohann Diniz Flag of France.svg  FRA
12 Mar 2011
Reims Flag of France.svg  FRA [31]
50 km walk (road)
3:32:33.00
8.77014.114 Yohann Diniz Flag of France.svg  FRA
15 Aug 2014
European Championships Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI [32]
P
4×100 m relay
36.84
24.28839.088 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
11 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [33]
P
4×200 m relay
1:18.63
22.75936.627 Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
24 May 2014
World Relays Nassau Flag of the Bahamas.svg  BAH [34]
P
4×400 m relay
2:54.29
20.53533.048 Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
22 Aug 1993
World Championships Stuttgart Flag of Germany.svg  GER [lower-alpha 6] [35]
P
4×800 m relay
7:02.43
16.94527.271 Joseph Mutua
William Yiampoy
Ismael Kombich
Wilfred Bungei
Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
25 Aug 2006
Memorial Van Damme Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL
Distance medley relay
9:15.50
[lower-alpha 7] 16.10825.923 Kyle Merber
Brycen Spratling
Brandon Johnson
Ben Blankenship
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
3 May 2015
World Relays Nassau Flag of the Bahamas.svg  BAH [36]
4×1500 m relay
14:22.22
15.56625.052 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
25 May 2014
World Relays Nassau Flag of the Bahamas.svg  BAH [37]
Road relay
42.195 km
1:57:06.00
[lower-alpha 8] 13.43421.620 Josephat Ndambiri
Martin Mathathi
Daniel Muchunu Mwangi
Mekubo Mogusu
Onesmus Nyerre
John Kariuki
Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
23 Nov 2005
Chiba Ekiden Chiba Flag of Japan.svg  JPN

Women

EventPerf.WNmphkm/hAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RVP
100 m
10.49
0.0
[lower-alpha 9] 21.3234.32 Florence Griffith Joyner Flag of the United States.svg  USA
16 Jul 1988
US Olympic Trials Indianapolis Flag of the United States.svg  USA P
200 m
21.34
+1.3
20.9733.74 Florence Griffith Joyner Flag of the United States.svg  USA
29 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  KOR P
400 m
47.60
18.79830.252 Marita Koch Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR
6 Oct 1985
World Cup Canberra Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS P
800 m
1:53.28
15.79825.424 Jarmila Kratochvílová Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  TCH
26 Jul 1983
Munich Flag of Germany.svg  FRG P
1000 m
2:28.98
15.01524.164 Svetlana Masterkova Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
23 Aug 1996
Memorial Van Damme Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL P
1500 m
3:50.07
14.58423.471 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
17 Jul 2015
Herculis Fontvieille Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [40] P
Mile
4:12.33
14.26722.961 Sifan Hassan Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED
12 Jul 2019
Herculis Fontvieille Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [41] P
2000 m
5:21.56
13.91222.391 Francine Niyonsaba Flag of Burundi.svg  BDI
14 Sep 2021
Hanžeković Memorial Zagreb Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO [42]
3000 m
8:06.11
13.80522.217 Wang Junxia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN
13 Sep 1993
Chinese National Games Beijing Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN P
5000 m
14:06.62
13.21121.261 Letesenbet Gidey Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
7 Oct 2020
Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [12]
P
5 km (road)
14:29.00
Wo 12.8720.71 Senbere Teferi Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
12 Sep 2021
5 km Adizero Road to Records Herzogenaurach Flag of Germany.svg  GER [43]
P
14:19.00
Mx 13.0220.95 Ejgayehu Taye Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
31 Dec 2021
Cursa dels Nassos Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [11]
10,000 m
29:01.03
12.84820.677 Letesenbet Gidey Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
8 Jun 2021
Ethiopian Olympic Trials Hengelo Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED [44] P
10 km (road)
30:01.00
Wo 12.4219.99 Agnes Tirop Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
12 Sep 2021
Adizero Road to Records Herzogenaurach Flag of Germany.svg  GER [43]
P
29:43.00
Mx 12.5520.19 Joyciline Jepkosgei Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
9 Sep 2017
Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE [45]
29:38.00
Mx 12.5820.25 Kalkidan Gezahegne Flag of Bahrain.svg  BHN
3 Oct 2021
The Giants Geneva Geneva Flag of Switzerland.svg   SWI [46]
29:14.00
Mx 12.8320.53 Yalemzerf Yehualaw Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
27 Feb 2022
World Athletics Label road race Castellón de la Plana Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [47]
One hour (track)
18,930 m
11.76318.930 Sifan Hassan Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL [15] P
Half marathon
1:02:52
Mx 12.51220.135 Letesenbet Gidey Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
24 Oct 2021
Valencia Half Marathon Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [48] [49] P
1:05:16
Wo 12.05519.400 Peres Jepchirchir Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
17 Oct 2020
World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia Flag of Poland.svg  POL [50]
Marathon [lower-alpha 1]
2:14:04.00
Mx 11.73418.884 Brigid Kosgei Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
13 Oct 2019
Chicago Marathon Chicago Flag of the United States.svg  USA [51] P
2:17:01.00
Wo 11.48118.477 Mary Jepkosgei Keitany Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
23 Apr 2017
London Marathon London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [52]
50 km (road)
2:59:54.00
Mx 10.3616.68 Desiree Linden Flag of the United States.svg  USA
13 Apr 2021
Brooks Running 50km & Marathon Dorena Lake Flag of the United States.svg  USA [53] [19]
3:04:24.00
Wo 10.1116.27 Irvette Van Zyl Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA
23 May 2021
Nedbank Runified Race Port Elizabeth Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA [54] [55] [19]
100 km (road)
6:33:11.00
Mx 9.482215.2601 Tomoe Abe Flag of Japan.svg  JPN
25 Jun 2000
Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu Flag of Japan.svg  JPN
100 m hurdles
12.20
+0.3
Kendra Harrison Flag of the United States.svg  USA
22 Jul 2016
London Grand Prix London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [56] P
12.12
+0.9
Tobi Amusan Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGR
24 Jul 2022
World Championships Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  USA [57]
400 m hurdles
51.46
Sydney McLaughlin Flag of the United States.svg  USA
4 Aug 2021
Olympic Games Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  JPN [58] P
51.41
Sydney McLaughlin Flag of the United States.svg  USA
25 Jun 2022
USA Championships Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  USA [59]
50.68
Sydney McLaughlin Flag of the United States.svg  USA
22 Jul 2022
World Championships Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  USA [60]
3000 m steeplechase
8:44.32
Beatrice Chepkoech Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
20 Jul 2018
Herculis Fontvieille Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [61] P
High jump
2.09 m
Stefka Kostadinova Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg  BUL
30 Aug 1987
World Championships Rome Flag of Italy.svg  ITA P
Pole vault
5.06 m
Yelena Isinbayeva Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
28 Aug 2009
Weltklasse Zürich Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI P
Long jump
7.52 m
+1.4
Galina Chistyakova Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS
11 Jun 1988
Brothers Znamensky Memorial Leningrad Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS [62] P
Triple jump
15.74 m
N/A i Yulimar Rojas Flag of Venezuela.svg  VEN
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB [63] P
Shot put
22.63 m
Natalya Lisovskaya Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS
7 Jun 1987
Brothers Znamensky Memorial Moscow Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS P
Discus throw
76.80 m
Gabriele Reinsch Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR
9 Jul 1988
Neubrandenburg Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR P
Hammer throw
82.98 m
Anita Włodarczyk Flag of Poland.svg  POL
28 Aug 2016
Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw Flag of Poland.svg  POL [64] P
Javelin throw
72.28 m
[lower-alpha 3] Barbora Špotáková Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE
13 Sep 2008
World Athletics Final Stuttgart Flag of Germany.svg  GER [65] P
Heptathlon
7291 pts
[lower-alpha 10] [lower-alpha 3] Jackie Joyner-Kersee Flag of the United States.svg  USA
24 Sep 1988
Olympic Games Seoul Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  KOR [66] P
Decathlon
8358 pts
[lower-alpha 11] Austra Skujytė Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU
15 Apr 2005
Audrey Walton Combined Events Columbia Flag of the United States.svg  USA [67] [68] P
10,000 m walk (track)
41:56.23
Nadezhda Ryashkina Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS
24 Jul 1990
Goodwill Games Seattle Flag of the United States.svg  USA
41:37.90
Gao Hongmiao Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN
7 Apr 1994
Beijing Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN
20,000 m walk (track)
1:26:52.30
Olimpiada Ivanova Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
6 Sep 2001
Brisbane Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS [69]
20 km walk (road)
1:23:49
Yang Jiayu Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN
20 Mar 2021
Chinese Race Walking Championships Huangshan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN [70] P
1:23:39
[lower-alpha 12] Elena Lashmanova Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
9 Jun 2018
Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary Flag of Russia.svg  RUS [71]
35 km walk (road)
2:38:00.00
Standard [30]
50,000 m walk (track)
4:29:45.560
[lower-alpha 13] Katie Burnett Flag of the United States.svg  USA
13 Jul 2019
National Invitational Racewalks San Diego Flag of the United States.svg  USA [72]
50 km walk (road)
3:59:15
Liu Hong Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN
9 Mar 2019
Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix Huangshan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN [73] [74] P
3:57:08
[lower-alpha 12] Klavdiya Afanasyeva Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
15 Jun 2019
Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary Flag of Russia.svg  RUS [75]
4×100 m relay
40.82
Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
10 Aug 2012
Olympic Games London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [76] P
4×200 m relay
1:27.46
LaTasha Jenkins
LaTasha Colander-Richardson
Nanceen Perry
Marion Jones
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
29 Apr 2000
Penn Relays Philadelphia Flag of the United States.svg  USA
4×400 m relay
3:15.17
Tatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS
1 Oct 1988
Olympic Games Seoul Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  KOR P
4×800 m relay
7:50.17
Irina Podyalovskaya
Nadezhda Olizarenko
Lyubov Gurina
Lyudmila Borisova
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS
5 Aug 1984
Moscow Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  URS
Distance medley relay
10:36.50
[lower-alpha 14] Treniere Moser
Sanya Richards-Ross
Ajee' Wilson
Shannon Rowbury
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
2 May 2015
World Relays Nassau Flag of the Bahamas.svg  BAH [77]
10:33.85
i [lower-alpha 15] Heather McLean
Kendall Ellis
Roisin Willis
Elle Purrier St. Pierre
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
15 Apr 2022
Boston Flag of the United States.svg  USA [78]
4×1500 m relay
16:27.02
Colleen Quigley
Elise Cranny
Karissa Schweizer
Shelby Houlihan
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
31 Jul 2020
Bowerman TC Intrasquad Meet IV Portland Flag of the United States.svg  USA [79]
Road relay
42.195 km
2:11:41.00
Mx [lower-alpha 16] Jiang Bo
Dong Yanmei
Zhao Fengting
Ma Zaijie
Lan Lixin
Li Na
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN
28 Feb 1998
Beijing Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN [80]
2:16:04.00
Wo Genet Gebregiogios
Birhane Adere
Ayelech Worku
Gete Wami
Getenesh Urge
Luchia Yischak
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
13 Apr 1996
Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN

Mixed

EventPerf.NAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RVP
4×400 m relay
3:09.34
Wilbert London
Allyson Felix
Courtney Okolo
Michael Cherry
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
29 September 2019
World Championships Doha Flag of Qatar.svg  QAT [81] P

Indoor world records

Men

EventPerf.NAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RVP
50 m
5.55
X [lower-alpha 17] Ben Johnson Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN
31 Jan 1987
Ottawa Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN [82]
5.56
A Donovan Bailey Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN
9 Feb 1996
Bill Cosby Invitational Reno Flag of the United States.svg  USA
5.56
# [lower-alpha 18] Maurice Greene Flag of the United States.svg  USA
13 Feb 1999
Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg  USA [83]
60 m
6.34
A Christian Coleman Flag of the United States.svg  USA
18 Feb 2018
USA Championships Albuquerque Flag of the United States.svg  USA [84] P
200 m
19.92
Frankie Fredericks Flag of Namibia.svg  NAM
18 Feb 1996
Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin Flag of France.svg  FRA
400 m
44.57
Kerron Clement Flag of the United States.svg  USA
12 Mar 2005
NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Championships Fayetteville Flag of the United States.svg  USA
44.52
# [lower-alpha 18] Michael Norman Flag of the United States.svg  USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station Flag of the United States.svg  USA [85]
800 m
1:42.67
Wilson Kipketer Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN
9 Mar 1997
World Championships Paris Flag of France.svg  FRA
1000 m
2:14.20
Ayanleh Souleiman Flag of Djibouti.svg  DJI
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE [86]
1500 m
3:30.60
Jakob Ingebrigtsen Flag of Norway.svg  NOR
17 Feb 2022
Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Liévin Flag of France.svg  FRA [87] [88]
Mile
3:47.01
Yomif Kejelcha Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
3 March 2019
Bruce Lehane Invitational Boston Flag of the United States.svg  USA [89]
3000 m
7:24.90
Daniel Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
6 Feb 1998
Budapest Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN
5000 m
12:49.60
Kenenisa Bekele Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
20 Feb 2004
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
50 m hurdles
6.25
Mark McKoy Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN
5 Mar 1986
Kobe Flag of Japan.svg  JPN
60 m hurdles
7.29
Grant Holloway Flag of the United States.svg  USA
24 Feb 2021
World Athletics Indoor Tour Madrid Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [90] P
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB [91]
High jump
2.43 m
Javier Sotomayor Flag of Cuba.svg  CUB
4 Mar 1989
World Championships Budapest Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN P
Pole vault
6.20 m
Armand Duplantis Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB [92] P
Long jump
8.79 m
Carl Lewis Flag of the United States.svg  USA
27 Jan 1984
Millrose Games New York City Flag of the United States.svg  USA
Triple jump
18.07 m
Hugues Fabrice Zango Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  BUR
16 Jan 2021
Aubière Flag of France.svg  FRA [93]
Shot put
22.82 m
Ryan Crouser Flag of the United States.svg  USA
24 Jan 2021
American Track League Fayetteville Flag of the United States.svg  USA [94]
Heptathlon
6645 pts
[lower-alpha 19] Ashton Eaton Flag of the United States.svg  USA
10 Mar 2012
World Championships Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  TUR [95]
5000 m walk
18:07.08
Mikhail Shchennikov Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
14 Feb 1995
Russian Winter Meeting Moscow Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
4×200 m relay
1:22.11
Linford Christie
Darren Braithwaite
Ade Mafe
John Regis
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
3 Mar 1991
Glasgow Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
4 × 400 m relay
3:01.51
[lower-alpha 20] Amere Lattin
Obi Igbokwe
Jermaine Holt
Kahmari Montgomery
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
9 Feb 2019
Clemson's Tiger Paw Invitational Clemson Flag of the United States.svg  USA [96]
3:00.77
[lower-alpha 21] [lower-alpha 22] Zach Shinnick
Rai Benjamin
Ricky Morgan Jr.
Michael Norman
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  ATG
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station Flag of the United States.svg  USA [97]
3:01.39
# [lower-alpha 18] [lower-alpha 23] Ilolo Izu
Robert Grant
Devin Dixon
Mylik Kerley
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station Flag of the United States.svg  USA [85]
3:01.43
[lower-alpha 24] [lower-alpha 25] Kunle Fasasi
Grant Holloway
Chantz Sawyers
Benjamin Lobo Vedel
Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGR
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN
10 Mar 2018
NCAA Division I Championships College Station Flag of the United States.svg  USA [85]
4 × 800 m relay
7:11.30
[lower-alpha 26] Joe McAsey
Kyle Merber
Chris Giesting
Jesse Garn
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
25 Feb 2018
BU Last Chance Meet Boston Flag of the United States.svg  USA [98]

Women

EventPerf.NAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RVP
50 m
5.96
+ Irina Privalova Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
9 Feb 1995
Madrid Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
60 m
6.92
Irina Privalova Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
11 Feb 1993
Madrid Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
6.92
Irina Privalova Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
9 Feb 1995
Madrid Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
200 m
21.87
Merlene Ottey Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
13 Feb 1993
Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin Flag of France.svg  FRA
400 m
49.59
Jarmila Kratochvílová Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  TCH
7 Mar 1982
Milan Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
800 m
1:55.82
Jolanda Čeplak Flag of Slovenia.svg  SLO
3 Mar 2002
European Championships Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  AUT
1000 m
2:30.94
Maria Mutola Flag of Mozambique.svg  MOZ
25 Feb 1999
GE Galan Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE
1500 m
3:53.09
Gudaf Tsegay Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
9 Feb 2021
Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Liévin Flag of France.svg  FRA [99]
Mile
4:13.31
Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
17 Feb 2016
Globen Galan Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE [86]
3000 m
8:16.60
Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
6 Feb 2014
XL Galan Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE [100]
5000 m
14:18.86
Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
19 Feb 2015
XL Galan Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE [101]
50 m hurdles
6.58
Cornelia Oschkenat Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR
20 Feb 1988
East Berlin Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR
60 m hurdles
7.68
Susanna Kallur Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE
10 Feb 2008
BW-Bank Meeting Karlsruhe Flag of Germany.svg  GER P
7.68
X [lower-alpha 27] Lyudmila Narozhilenko Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
2 Mar 1993
San Sebastián Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
7.66
X Lyudmila Narozhilenko Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
4 Mar 1993
Seville Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
7.63
X Lyudmila Narozhilenko Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
4 Mar 1993
Seville Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
High jump
2.08 m
Kajsa Bergqvist Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE
4 Feb 2006
Hochsprung mit Musik Arnstadt Flag of Germany.svg  GER
Pole vault
5.03 m
# [lower-alpha 28] Jenn Suhr Flag of the United States.svg  USA
30 Jan 2016
Golden Eagle Multi and Invitational Brockport Flag of the United States.svg  USA [102] [103] P
5.02 m
A Jenn Suhr Flag of the United States.svg  USA
2 Mar 2013
USA Championships Albuquerque Flag of the United States.svg  USA [104] P
Long jump
7.37 m
Heike Drechsler Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR
13 Feb 1988
Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  AUT
Triple jump
15.74 m
Yulimar Rojas Flag of Venezuela.svg  VEN
20 Mar 2022
World Championships Belgrade Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB [105]
Shot put
22.50 m
Helena Fibingerová Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  TCH
19 Feb 1977
Jablonec Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  TCH
Pentathlon
5013 pts
[lower-alpha 29] Nataliya Dobrynska Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR
9 Mar 2012
World Indoor Championships Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  TUR [106]
3000 m walk
11:40.33
Claudia Iovan Flag of Romania.svg  ROU
30 Jan 1999
Bucharest Flag of Romania.svg  ROU
11:35.34
# [lower-alpha 30] Gillian O'Sullivan Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL
15 Feb 2003
Belfast Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
4×200 m relay
1:32.41
Yekaterina Kondratyeva
Irina Khabarova
Yuliya Pechonkina
Yuliya Gushchina
Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
29 Jan 2005
Aviva International Match Glasgow Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
4×400 m relay
3:23.37
Olesya Krasnomovets
Olga Zaytseva
Olga Kotlyarova
Yuliya Gushchina
Flag of Russia.svg  RUS
28 Jan 2006
Aviva International Match Glasgow Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
4 × 800 m relay
8:05.89
Chrishuna Williams
Raevyn Rogers
Charlene Lipsey
Ajeé Wilson
Flag of the United States.svg  USA
3 Feb 2018
Millrose Games New York City Flag of the United States.svg  USA [107]

Best performances in non-WA World Record events

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

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

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

Some road racing distances and indoor variations of outdoor events fall outside of WA's lists, and records set in uncommon events usually do not adhere to the strict criteria found in WA-ratifiable events: one example is the 150 metres record, which was set by Usain Bolt on a specially-made straight track, while previous performances (such as the Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race) were completed on a traditional circuit which included a partial bend in the track.

The 40-yard dash, a standard acceleration evaluation for American football players, does not fall within the usual criteria of athletics racing events. In most 40-yard dashes, reaction times are not recorded as timing starts only once the player is in motion, and the standards for timing a "football 40" are so lax and inconsistent that a real world record cannot be claimed.

Performances are also hand-timed and calculated to 1/100th of a second, although studies have shown human beings simply cannot react consistently or accurately enough for this to be a valid method, and even those using light beams are timed by the motion of the athlete, removing the normal factor of reaction time; further, football 40-yard dashes are usually run on a turf surface as opposed to an all weather track. All of these factors make track and "football 40" performances essentially impossible to compare.

The world best time for a "football 40" is 4.17 by Deion Sanders, while the extrapolated best for an Olympic-level athlete (including reacting to a starting gun) is 4.24 by Maurice Greene at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. [108] [109] Under conventional football timing on a turf field in 2017, Christian Coleman reportedly ran a 4.12. [110]

Outdoor events

Men

EventPerf.WNAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RVP
50 m
5.40
+0.2
+ [lower-alpha 31] Bruny Surin Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN
22 Aug 1999
World Championships Seville Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [111]
60 m
6.25
+ [lower-alpha 32] [111] [112]
6.31
+0.9
+ [lower-alpha 33] Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
16 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [113]
6.29
+0.9
+ [lower-alpha 34] Su Bingtian Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN
1 Aug 2021
Olympic Games Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  JPN
100 y
9.00
h Ivory Crockett Flag of the United States.svg  USA
11 May 1974
Knoxville Flag of the United States.svg  USA [114]
Houston McTear Flag of the United States.svg  USA
9 May 1975
Winter Park Flag of the United States.svg  USA [114]
9.07
−0.5
+ Asafa Powell Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
27 May 2010
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE [115]
150 m
14.44
−0.3
+ Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
20 Aug 2009
World Championships Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [116]
150 m straight
14.35
+1.1
Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM
17 May 2009
Manchester City Games Manchester Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [117]
200 m straight
19.41
−0.4
Tyson Gay Flag of the United States.svg  USA
16 May 2010
Manchester City Games Manchester Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [118] [119]
220 y (straight)
19.50
+1.9
h Tommie Smith Flag of the United States.svg  USA
7 May 1966
Video on YouTube San Jose Flag of the United States.svg  USA [120]
19.54
−0.4
Tyson Gay Flag of the United States.svg  USA
16 May 2010
Manchester City Games Manchester Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [121]
300 m
30.81
Wayde van Niekerk Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA
28 Jun 2017
Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE [122]
440 y
44.50
John Smith Flag of the United States.svg  USA
26 Jun 1971
USA Championships Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  USA [123] [124] [125]
500 m
57.69
[lower-alpha 35] David Rudisha Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
10 Sep 2016
Great North CityGames Newcastle Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [126]
600 m
1:12.81
Johnny Gray Flag of the United States.svg  USA
24 May 1986
Santa Monica Flag of the United States.svg  USA
Two miles
7:58.61
Daniel Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
19 Jul 1997
Hechtel-Eksel Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL P
8 km (road)
21:11.00
+ Rhonex Kipruto Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
12 Jan 2020
10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [127]
15 km (road)
40:27.00
+ Jacob Kiplimo Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA
21 Nov 2021
Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon Flag of Portugal.svg  POR [128]
10 miles (road)
44:24.00
[lower-alpha 36] Haile Gebrselassie Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH
4 Sep 2005
Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED
20,000 m (track)
56:20.02
+ Bashir Abdi Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL
4 Sep 2020
Diamond League Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL [15]
20 km (road)
54:29.00
+ Jacob Kiplimo Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA
21 Nov 2021
Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon Flag of Portugal.svg  POR [129]
25,000 m (track)
1:12:25.40
+ Moses Mosop Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
3 Jun 2011
Prefontaine Classic Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  USA [130]
25K run (road)
1:11:18.00
Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
6 May 2012
BIG 25 Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [131] [132]
30,000 m (track)
1:26:47.40
Moses Mosop Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
3 Jun 2011
Prefontaine Classic Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  USA [130] [133]
30 km (road)
1:26:45
+ Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN
16 Sep 2018
Berlin Marathon Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [134]
35 km (road)
1:41:47.00
+ Dennis Kipruto Kimetto </