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 the International Association of Athletics Federations. 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 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 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

The IAAF commenced the recognition of world records in 1912, and indoor world records after 1987. In 2000, IAAF rule 260.18a (formerly 260.6a) was amended, so that "world records" (as opposed to "indoor world records") can be set in a facility "with or without roof." This rule was not applied retroactively, [4] and has, thus far, only affected the men's and women's pole vault, and women's 2,000 m. The women's vault record has been advanced 9 times indoors by three different women, each ratified as a world record. The last record to be set indoors was in 2004. Sergey Bubka's 1993 pole vault world indoor record of 6.15 m was not considered to be a world record, because it was set before the new rule came into effect. In February 2014, Bubka's record was surpassed indoors by Renaud Lavillenie jumping 6.16 m which qualifies as both the Indoor world record and the world record.

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

Key to tables

  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

EventPerf.WNAverage SpeedAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RVP
mphkm/h
100 m 9.58+0.923.3537.58 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM 16 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [5]
P
200 m 19.19−0.323.3137.52 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM 20 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [5]
P
400 m 43.0320.7933.47 Wayde van Niekerk Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA 14 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA [6]
P
800 m 1:40.9117.73428.540 David Rudisha Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 9 Aug 2012 Olympic Games London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [7]
P
1000 m 2:11.9616.95227.281 Noah Ngeny Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 5 Sep 1999 Rieti Meeting Rieti Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
P
1500 m 3:26.0016.288426.2136 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  MAR 14 Jul 1998 Golden Gala Rome Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
P
Mile 3:43.1316.134125.9653 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  MAR 7 Jul 1999 Golden Gala Rome Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
P
2000 m 4:44.7915.709425.2818 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  MAR 7 Sep 1999 ISTAF Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER
3000 m 7:20.6715.228724.5081 Daniel Komen Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 1 Sep 1996 Rieti Meeting Rieti Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
P
5000 m 12:37.3514.768223.7671 Kenenisa Bekele Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 31 May 2004 Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED
P
5 km (road)12:51.0014.5123.35 Joshua Cheptegei Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA 16 Feb 2020Monaco Run 5km Monaco Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [8]
P
10,000 m 26:17.5314.180022.8205 Kenenisa Bekele Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 26 Aug 2005 Memorial Van Damme Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL
P
10 km (road)26:24.0014.1222.73 Rhonex Kipruto Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 12 Jan 202010K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [9]
P
Half marathon 58:01.0013.557621.8187 Geoffrey Kamworor Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN [10]
P
One hour (track)21,285 m13.225921.2850 Haile Gebrselassie Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 27 Jun 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE [11]
P
Marathon [lower-alpha 1]
2:01:39
12.931620.8113 Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [12]
P
2:00:25
[lower-alpha 2] 13.064121.0245 Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 6 May 2017 Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza Flag of Italy.svg  ITA [13]
1:59:40.2
[lower-alpha 3] 13.13621.156 Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 12 Oct 2019 Ineos 1:59 Challenge Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  AUT [14]
100 km (road)6:09:14.0010.097216.2499 Nao Kazami Flag of Japan.svg  JPN 24 Jun 2018 Lake Saroma Ultramarathon Yūbetsu Flag of Japan.svg  JPN [15]
110 m hurdles 12.80+0.319.2230.94 Aries Merritt Flag of the United States.svg  USA 7 Sep 2012 Memorial Van Damme Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL [16]
P
400 m hurdles 46.7819.12730.782 Kevin Young Flag of the United States.svg  USA 6 Aug 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
P
3000 m steeplechase 7:53.6314.168922.8026 Saif Saaeed Shaheen Flag of Qatar.svg  QAT 3 Sep 2004 Memorial Van Damme Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL
P
7:53.17X14.182722.8248 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 1993Gran Premio Diputación Salamanca Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
P
Pole vault 6.17 m i Armand Duplantis Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE 8 Feb 2020 Copernicus Cup Toruń Flag of Poland.svg  POL [17]
6.18 m i Armand Duplantis Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE 15 Feb 2020Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK [18]
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 [19]
P
Shot put 23.12 m Randy Barnes Flag of the United States.svg  USA 20 May 1990 Jack in the Box Invitational Westwood Flag of the United States.svg  USA [20]
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  GER
P
Javelin throw 98.48 m [lower-alpha 4] Jan Železný Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE 25 May 1996 Jena Flag of Germany.svg  GER
P
Decathlon 9126 pts [lower-alpha 5] Kevin Mayer Flag of France.svg  FRA 16 Sep 2018 Décastar Talence Flag of France.svg  FRA [21]
P
10,000 m walk (track)37:53.099.841015.8375 Paquillo Fernández Flag of Spain.svg  ESP 27 Jul 2008Spanish Championships Santa Cruz Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
10 km walk (road)37:11.0010.026616.1363 Roman Rasskazov Flag of Russia.svg  RUS 28 May 2000 Saransk Flag of Russia.svg  RUS [22]
20,000 m walk (track)1:17:25.60 [lower-alpha 6] 9.630415.4985 Bernardo Segura Flag of Mexico.svg  MEX 7 May 1994 Bergen Flag of Norway.svg  NOR
20 km walk (road)1:16:36.009.734315.6658 Yusuke Suzuki Flag of Japan.svg  JPN 15 Mar 2015 Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi Flag of Japan.svg  JPN [23]
P
2 hours walk (track)29,572 m + 9.187614.7860 Maurizio Damilano Flag of Italy.svg  ITA 3 Oct 1992 Cuneo Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
30,000 m walk (track)2:01:44.109.187814.7862 Maurizio Damilano Flag of Italy.svg  ITA 3 Oct 1992 Cuneo Flag of Italy.svg  ITA
50,000 m walk (track)3:35:27.208.652213.9243 Yohann Diniz Flag of France.svg  FRA 12 Mar 2011 Reims Flag of France.svg  FRA [24]
50 km walk (road)3:32:33.008.770314.1143 Yohann Diniz Flag of France.svg  FRA 15 Aug 2014 European Championships Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI [25]
P
4×100 m relay 36.8424.288239.0879 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 [26]
P
4×200 m relay 1:18.6322.759236.6272 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 [27]
P
4×400 m relay 2:54.2920.535433.0484 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 7] [28]
P
4×800 m relay 7:02.4316.945327.2708 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 8] 16.107625.9226 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 [29]
4×1500 m relay 14:22.2215.566425.0516 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 [30]
Road relay
42.195 km
1:57:06.00 [lower-alpha 9] 13.434121.6200 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 10.490.0 [lower-alpha 10] 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+1.320.9733.74 Florence Griffith Joyner Flag of the United States.svg  USA 29 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR P
400 m 47.6018.79830.252 Marita Koch Flag of East Germany.svg  GDR 6 Oct 1985 World Cup Canberra Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS P
800 m 1:53.2815.79825.424 Jarmila Kratochvílová Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  TCH 26 Jul 1983 Munich Flag of Germany.svg  FRG P
1000 m 2:28.9815.01524.164 Svetlana Masterkova Flag of Russia.svg  RUS 23 Aug 1996 Memorial Van Damme Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL P
1500 m 3:50.0714.58423.471 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 17 Jul 2015 Herculis Fontvieille Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [33] P
Mile 4:12.3314.26722.961 Sifan Hassan Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED 12 Jul 2019 Herculis Fontvieille Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [34] P
2000 m 5:23.75 i 13.81922.239 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 7 Feb 2017Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [35]
3000 m 8:06.1113.805122.2172 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 14:11.1513.140721.1479 Tirunesh Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 6 Jun 2008 Bislett Games Oslo Flag of Norway.svg  NOR P
5 km (road)14:44.00 Wo 12.6520.36 Sifan Hassan Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED 17 Feb 20195 km Herculis Monaco Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [36]
P
10,000 m 29:17.4512.72820.484 Almaz Ayana Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 12 Aug 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA [37] P
10 km (road)30:29.00 Wo 12.23019.683 Asmae Leghzaoui Flag of Morocco.svg  MAR 8 Jun 2002 New York City Flag of the United States.svg  USA
P
29:43.00 Mx 12.54620.191 Joyciline Jepkosgei Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 9 Sep 2017Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE [38]
One hour (track)18,517 m11.50618.517 Dire Tune Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 12 Jun 2008 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE P
Half marathon 1:04:51 Mx 12.12919.520 Joyciline Jepkosgei Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 22 Oct 2017 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [39] P
1:04:31 Mx 12.19219.621 Ababel Yeshaneh Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 21 Feb 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  UAE [40]
1:06:11 Wo 11.88519.126 Netsanet Gudeta Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 24 Mar 2018 World Half Marathon Championships Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [41]
1:04:28 a 12.20119.636 Brigid Kosgei Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 8 Sep 2019 Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United KingdomFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [42]
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 [43] 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 [44]
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 [45] P
400 m hurdles 52.16 Dalilah Muhammad Flag of the United States.svg  USA 4 Oct 2019 World Championships Doha Flag of Qatar.svg  QAT [46] P
3000 m steeplechase 8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 20 Jul 2018 Herculis Fontvieille Flag of Monaco.svg  MON [47] P
High jump 2.09 m Stefka Kostadinova Flag of Bulgaria.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 [48] P
Triple jump 15.50 m+0.9 Inessa Kravets Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR 10 Aug 1995 World Championships Gothenburg Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE 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 2016Skolimowska Memorial Warsaw Flag of Poland.svg  POL [49] P
Javelin throw 72.28 m [lower-alpha 4] Barbora Špotáková Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE 13 Sep 2008 World Athletics Final Stuttgart Flag of Germany.svg  GER [50] P
Heptathlon 7291 pts [lower-alpha 11] [lower-alpha 4] Jackie Joyner-Kersee Flag of the United States.svg  USA 24 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR [51] P
Decathlon 8358 pts [lower-alpha 12] Austra Skujytė Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU 5 Apr 2005 Columbia Flag of the United States.svg  USA 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 [52]
20 km walk (road)1:24:38 Liu Hong Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN 6 Jun 2015Gran Premio Cantones A Coruña Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [53] P
1:23:39 [lower-alpha 13] Elena Lashmanova Flag of Russia.svg  RUS 9 Jun 2018Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary Flag of Russia.svg  RUS [54]
50,000 m walk (track)4:29:45.560 [lower-alpha 14] Katie Burnett Flag of the United States.svg  USA 13 Jul 2019National Invitational Racewalks San Diego Flag of the United States.svg  USA [55]
50 km walk (road)3:59:15 Liu Hong Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN 9 Mar 2019Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix Huangshan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  CHN [56] [57] P
3:57:08 [lower-alpha 15] Klavdiya Afanasyeva Flag of Russia.svg  RUS 16 Jun 2019Russian Race Walking Championships Cheboksary Flag of Russia.svg  RUS [58]
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 [59] 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.svg  KOR P
4×800 m relay 7:50.17 Nadiya Olizarenko
Lyubov Gurina
Lyudmila Borisova
Irina Podyalovskaya
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 16] 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 [60]
4×1500 m relay 16:33.58 Mercy Cherono
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Onsando Obiri
Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 24 May 2014 World Relays Nassau Flag of the Bahamas.svg  BAH [61]
Road relay
42.195 km
2:11:41.00 Mx [lower-alpha 17] Jiang Bo
Dong Yanmei
Zhao Fengdi
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 [62]
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 [63] P

Indoor world records

Men

EventPerf.NAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RVP
50 m 5.55X [lower-alpha 18] Ben Johnson Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN 31 Jan 1987 Ottawa Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN [64]
5.56 A Donovan Bailey Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN 9 Feb 1996Bill Cosby Invitational Reno Flag of the United States.svg  USA
5.56 # [lower-alpha 19] Maurice Greene Flag of the United States.svg  USA 13 Feb 1999 Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg  USA [65]
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 [66] 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 19] 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 [67]
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 [68]
1500 m 3:31.04 Samuel Tefera Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 16 Feb 2019 Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [69]
Mile 3:47.01 Yomif Kejelcha Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 3 March 2019Bruce Lehane Invitational Boston Flag of the United States.svg  USA [70]
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 7.30 Colin Jackson Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR 6 Mar 1994 Sindelfingen Flag of Germany.svg  GER
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 6.17 m Armand Duplantis Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE 8 Feb 2020 Copernicus Cup Toruń Flag of Poland.svg  POL [17] P
6.18 m Armand Duplantis Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE 15 Feb 2020Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK [18]
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 17.92 m [lower-alpha 20] Teddy Tamgho Flag of France.svg  FRA 6 Mar 2011 European Championships Paris Flag of France.svg  FRA [71] [72]
Shot put 22.66 m Randy Barnes Flag of the United States.svg  USA 20 Jan 1989 Sunkist Invitational Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg  USA
Heptathlon 6645 pts [lower-alpha 21] Ashton Eaton Flag of the United States.svg  USA 10 Mar 2012 World Championships Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  TUR [73]
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 22] Amere Lattin
Obi Igbokwe
Jermaine Holt
Kahmari Montgomery
Flag of the United States.svg  USA 9 Feb 2019Clemson’s Tiger Paw Invitational Clemson Flag of the United States.svg  USA [74]
3:00.77 [lower-alpha 23] [lower-alpha 24] 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 [75]
3:01.39 # [lower-alpha 19] [lower-alpha 25] 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 [67]
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 [76]

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 3:55.17 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 1 Feb 2014 Weltklasse in Karlsruhe Karlsruhe Flag of Germany.svg  GER [77]
Mile 4:13.31 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 17 Feb 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE [68]
3000 m 8:16.60 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 6 Feb 2014 XL Galan Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE [78]
5000 m 14:18.86 Genzebe Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 19 Feb 2015 XL Galan Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE [79]
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
7.68X [lower-alpha 27] Lyudmila Narozhilenko Flag of Russia.svg  RUS 2 Mar 1993 San Sebastián Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
7.66X Lyudmila Narozhilenko Flag of Russia.svg  RUS 4 Mar 1993 Seville Flag of Spain.svg  ESP
7.63X 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 2016Golden Eagle Multi and Invitational Brockport Flag of the United States.svg  USA [80] [81] 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 [82] 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 15.43 m Yulimar Rojas Flag of Venezuela.svg  VEN 21 Feb 2020 Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting Madrid Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [83]
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 [84]
3000 m walk 11:40.33 Claudia Ștef 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 Yuliya Gushchina
Olga Kotlyarova
Olga Zaytseva
Olesya Krasnomovets
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 [85]

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

Official record status was removed by World Athletics (IAAF) in November 2019 for several long distance events, including track distances of 20,000 metres, 25,000 metres and 30,000 metres and road distances of 15 km, 20 km, 25 km and 30 km.

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

The 40-yard dash, a standard acceleration evaluation for American Football players, does not fall within the usual criteria of athletics racing events. In most 40-yard dashes, reaction times are not recorded as timing starts only once the player is in motion, and the standards for timing a "football 40" are so lax and inconsistent that a real world record cannot be claimed. Performances are also hand-timed and calculated to 1/100th of a second, although studies show human beings simply cannot react consistently or accurately enough for this to be a valid method, and even those using light beams are timed by the motion of the athlete, still removing the normal factor of reaction time, while football 40-yard dashes are usually run on a turf surface, as opposed to an all weather track.

All these factors make track and "football 40" performances essentially incomparable. The world best time for a "football 40" is 4.17 by Deion Sanders, while the extrapolated best for an Olympic level athlete, including reacting to a starting gun, is 4.24 by Maurice Greene at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. [86] [87] Under conventional football timing on a turf field in 2017, Christian Coleman reportedly ran a 4.12. [88]

Outdoor events

Men

EventPerf.WNAthlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationCtry.RP
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 [89]
60 m 6.25 + [lower-alpha 32] [89] [90]
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 [91]
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 [92]
Houston McTear Flag of the United States.svg  USA 9 May 1975 Winter Park Flag of the United States.svg  USA [92]
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 [93]
150 m 14.44−0.3 + Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM 20 Aug 2009 World Championships Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [94]
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 [95]
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 [96] [97]
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 [98]
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 [99]
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 [100]
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 [101] [102] [103]
500 m 57.69 [lower-alpha 34] David Rudisha Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 10 Sep 2016 Great North CityGames Newcastle Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR [104]
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 17 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 202010K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia Flag of Spain.svg  ESP [105]
15 km (road)41:05.00 Joshua Cheptegei Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA 18 Nov 2018 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED [106]
41:05.00 + Geoffrey Kamworor Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN [107]
10 miles (road)44:24.00 [lower-alpha 35] Haile Gebrselassie Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 4 Sep 2005 Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED
20,000 m (track)56:25.98 + Haile Gebrselassie Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH 27 Jun 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE [108]
20 km (road)55:00.00 + Geoffrey Kamworor Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 15 Sep 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN [109]
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 [110]
25 km (road)1:11:18.00 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 6 May 2012BIG 25 Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [111] [112]
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 [110] [113]
30 km (road)1:26:45 + Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [114]
35 km (road)1:41:47.00 + Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 28 Sep 2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [115]
40 km (road)1:55:32.00 + Eliud Kipchoge Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN 16 Sep 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  GER [116]
50 km (road)2:43:38.00 + Thompson Magawana Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA 2 Apr 1988 Cape Town Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA [117]
90 km (road)5:20:49.00 Leonid Shvetsov Flag of Russia.svg  RUS 2007 Comrades Marathon Durban Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA
100,000 m (track)6:10:20.00 Don Ritchie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR 28 Oct 1978 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  GBR
2000 m steeplechase 5:10.68 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Flag of France.svg  FRA 30 Jun 2010Alma Athlé Tour Reims Flag of France.svg  FRA [118]
2500 m steeplechase 7:34.4 h George Orton Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN 15 Jul 1900 Olympic Games Paris Flag of France.svg  FRA
2590 m steeplechase 7:39.6 h James Lightbody Flag of the United States.svg  USA 29 Aug 1904 Olympic Games St. Louis Flag of the United States.svg  USA
3460 m steeplechase 10:33.4 h [lower-alpha 36] Volmari Iso-Hollo Flag of Finland.svg  FIN 1 Aug 1932 Olympic Games Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg  USA
4000 m steeplechase 12:58.4 h