World Athletics Championships

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World Athletics Championships
Statusactive
Genre World Championships
Athletics
Date(s)varying
Frequencybiennial
Countryvarying
Inaugurated 1983  ( 1983 )
Previous event 2019
Next event 2022
Organised by World Athletics
Website www.worldathletics.org

The World Athletics Championships are a biennial athletics competition organized by World Athletics (formerly IAAF, International Association of Athletics Federations). The World Championships were started in 1976 in response to the International Olympic Committee dropping the men's 50 km walk from the Olympic programme for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, despite its constant presence at the games since 1932. The IAAF chose to host its own world championship event instead, a month and a half after the Olympics. [1] [2] It was the first World Championships that the IAAF had hosted separate from the Olympic Games (traditionally the main championship for the sport). A second limited event was held in 1980, and the inaugural championships in 1983, with all the events, is considered the official start of the competition. Until 1980, the Olympic champions were considered as reigning World Champions. At their debut, these championships were then held every four years, until 1991, when they switched to a two-year cycle since.

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History

The idea of having an Athletics World Championships was around well before the competition's first event in 1983. In 1913, the IAAF decided that the Olympic Games would serve as the World Championships for athletics. This was considered suitable for over 50 years until in the late 1960s the desire of many IAAF members to have their own World Championships began to grow. In 1976 at the IAAF Council Meeting in Puerto Rico an Athletics World Championships separate from the Olympic Games was approved.

Following bids from both Stuttgart, West Germany and Helsinki, Finland, the IAAF Council awarded the inaugural competition to Helsinki, to take place in 1983 and be held in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium (where the 1952 Summer Olympics had been held).

Two IAAF world championship events preceded the inaugural edition of the World Championships in Athletics in 1983. The 1976 World Championships had just one event – the men's 50 kilometres walk which was dropped from the Olympic programme for the 1976 Summer Olympics and the IAAF responded by setting up their own contest. Four years later, the 1980 World Championships contained only two newly approved women's events, (400 metres hurdles and 3000 metres), neither of which featured on the programme for the 1980 Summer Olympics. [3] [4]

Over the years the competition has grown in size. In 1983 an estimated 1,300 athletes from 154 countries participated. [5] By the 2003 competition, in Paris, it had grown to 1,907 athletes from 203 countries with coverage being transmitted to 179 different countries.

There has also been a change in composition over the years, with several new events, all for women, being added. By 2005, the only differences were men's competition in the 50 km walk, and equivalent events in women's 100 m hurdles and heptathlon to men's 110 m hurdles and decathlon.

The following list shows when new events were added for the first time.

Championships

EditionYearCityCountryDateVenueCapacityEventsNationsAthletesTop of the
medal table
1976 Malmö Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 18 Sep Malmö Stadion 30,00012042Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1980 Sittard Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 14 – 16 Aug De Baandert 22,00022142Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
1st 1983 Helsinki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 7 – 14 Aug Olympiastadion 50,000411531,333Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
2nd 1987 Rome Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 28 Aug – 6 Sep Stadio Olimpico 60,000431561,419Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
3rd 1991 Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 23 Aug – 1 Sep Olympic Stadium 48,000431621,491Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4th 1993 Stuttgart Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 13 – 22 Aug Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion 70,000441871,630Flag of the United States.svg  United States
5th 1995 Gothenburg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 5 – 13 Aug Ullevi 42,000441901,755Flag of the United States.svg  United States
6th 1997 Athens Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1 – 10 Aug Olympiako Stadio 75,000441971,785Flag of the United States.svg  United States
7th 1999 Seville Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 20 – 29 Aug Estadio Olímpico 70,000462001,750Flag of the United States.svg  United States
8th 2001 Edmonton Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3 – 12 Aug Commonwealth Stadium 60,000461891,677Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
9th 2003 Paris Flag of France.svg  France 23 – 31 Aug Stade de France 78,000461981,679Flag of the United States.svg  United States
10th 2005 Helsinki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 6 – 14 Aug Olympiastadion 45,000471911,688Flag of the United States.svg  United States
11th 2007 Osaka Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 24 Aug – 2 Sep Nagai Stadium 45,000471971,800Flag of the United States.svg  United States
12th 2009 Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 15 – 23 Aug Olympiastadion 74,000472001,895Flag of the United States.svg  United States
13th 2011 Daegu Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 27 Aug – 4 Sep Daegu Stadium 65,000471991,742Flag of the United States.svg  United States
14th 2013 Moscow Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 10 – 18 Aug Luzhniki Stadium 78,000472031,784Flag of the United States.svg  United States
15th 2015 Beijing Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 22 – 30 Aug Beijing National Stadium 80,000472051,761Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
16th 2017 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 4 – 13 Aug London Stadium 60,000482052,036Flag of the United States.svg  United States
17th 2019 Doha Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 27 Sep – 6 Oct Khalifa International Stadium 48,000492061,772Flag of the United States.svg  United States
18th 2022 Eugene Flag of the United States.svg  United States 15 – 24 July [6] [7] Hayward Field 30,00049
19th 2023 Budapest Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 18 – 27 Aug National Athletics Centre 40,000

All-time medal table

Proportional symbol map of the world showing medal totals by country since 1983 for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics BLASER Wikipedia final 2.svg
Proportional symbol map of the world showing medal totals by country since 1983 for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics

Updated after the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 17011794381
2Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 605041151
3 Flag of Russia.svg Russia 435248143
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 383647121
5Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 354943127
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain & Northern Ireland 303638104
7Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 29302685
8Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 23272878
9Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 22241460
10Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 21191656
11Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 19252367
12Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 19152559
13Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 155525
14Flag of France.svg  France 13182354
15Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 12141036
16Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 127827
17Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 11161744
18Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 11131539
19Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 1012830
20Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 10111233
21Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 96621
22Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 94417
23Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 89825
24Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 7181439
25Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 78722
26Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 73313
27Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 6141636
28Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 671629
29Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 67922
30Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 61310
31Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 6118
32Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 581124
33Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 561122
34Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 55919
35Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 53816
36Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 44311
37Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 4329
38Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 4239
39Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 4228
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 4228
41Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 4206
42Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 4048
ANA flag (2017).svg  Authorised Neutral Athletes [1] 38112
43Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 36312
44Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 35715
45Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 34714
46Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 3216
47Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 3115
Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 3115
49Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 3014
50Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 26210
51Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic 2114
52Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 2103
53Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada 2013
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 2013
55Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 16613
56Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 1416
57Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1304
58Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1258
59Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 1203
60Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1135
61Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 1113
62Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana 1102
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea 1102
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 1102
65Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1045
66Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 1034
67Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 1023
68Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 1012
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia 1012
70Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados 1001
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 1001
72Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 07714
73Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 0459
74Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 0415
75Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 0358
76Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi 0213
Flag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti 0213
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 0213
79Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 0202
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 0202
81Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0134
82Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0112
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 0112
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 0112
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 0112
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 0112
Flag of Suriname.svg  Suriname 0112
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 0112
89Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 0101
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 0101
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan 0101
92Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 0033
93Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 0011
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso 0011
Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands 0011
Flag of Dominica.svg  Dominica 0011
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 0011
Flag of India.svg  India 0011
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 0011
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 0011
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0011
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 0011
Totals (102 nations)7797877812347
Notes

^[1] ANA flag (2017).svg  ANA is the name, under which Russian athletes competed in the 2017 and 2019 Championships. Their medals were not included in the official medal table. [8]

All-time placing table

In the IAAF placing table the total score is obtained from assigning eight points to the first place and so on to one point for the eight placed finalists. Points are shared in situations where a tie occurs. However, the IAAF site shows all points rounded to the nearest integer.

Updated after the 2017 Championships [9]

RankCountryGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svg45678MedalsPoints
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 155106+1=88+2=64+5=79+3=66+3=6765+4=3523600
2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [a] 606160+2=74+2=64+1=59+1=51+5=42+1=1832246.5
3Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [b] 4651+5=46+3=55+2=44+3=44+2=36+1=411511772
4Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 55483742352342161401517
5Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 28333837+2=45+1=30+1=27+1=21991229
Notes

Multiple medalists

Multiple winners

Boldface denotes active athletes and highest medal count among all athletes (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Men

All events

RankAthleteCountryEventsFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay 20072017112114
2 LaShawn Merritt Flag of the United States.svg  United States 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 20052015 8 *3 11 *
3 Carl Lewis Flag of the United States.svg  United States 100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay / Long jump 1983199381110
4 Michael Johnson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 200 m / 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 1991199988
5 Mo Farah Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 5000 m / 10,000 m 20112017628
6 Sergey Bubka Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Pole vault 1983199766
7 Jeremy Wariner Flag of the United States.svg  United States 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 20052009516
8 Kenenisa Bekele Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 5000 m / 10,000 m 20032009516
Lars Riedel Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Discus throw 19912001516
10 Maurice Greene Flag of the United States.svg  United States 100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay 1997200155

* including one medal in the relay event in which he participated in the heats only

Individual events

RankAthleteCountryEventsFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 100 m / 200 m 200720177119
2 Mo Farah Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 5000 m / 10,000 m 20112017628
3 Sergey Bubka Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Pole vault 1983199766
Michael Johnson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 200 m / 400 m 1991199966
5 Carl Lewis Flag of the United States.svg  United States 100 m / 200 m / Long jump 198319935117
6 Kenenisa Bekele Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 5000 m / 10,000 m 20032009516
Lars Riedel Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Discus throw 19912001516
8 Ezekiel Kemboi Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 3000 m steeplechase 20032015437
9 Haile Gebrselassie Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 5000 m / 10,000 m 199320034217
10 Hicham El Guerrouj Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 1500 m / 5000 m 19952003426

Women

All events

RankAthleteCountryEventsFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Allyson Felix Flag of the United States.svg  United States 200 m / 400 m / 4 × 100 m relay / 4 × 400 m relay / 4 × 400 m mixed relay 20052019 13 *32 18 *
2 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay 200720199 2 * 11 *
3 Gail Devers Flag of the United States.svg  United States 100 m / 100 m hurdles / 4 × 100 m relay 19912001538
4 Sanya Richards-Ross Flag of the United States.svg  United States 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 20032015527
5 Jessica Beard Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4 × 400 m relay / 4 × 400 m mixed relay 20092019 5 *** 1 * 6 ****
Tirunesh Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 5000 m / 10,000 m 20032017516
Natasha Hastings Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4 × 400 m relay 20072017 5 ****1 6 ****
8 Jearl Miles Clark Flag of the United States.svg  United States 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 199320034329
9 Valerie Adams (Vili) Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Shot put 20052013415
Vivian Cheruiyot Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 5000 m / 10,000 m 20072015415

* including one medal in the relay event in which she participated in the heats only
*** including three medals in the relay events in which she participated in the heats only
**** including four medals in the relay events in which she participated in the heats only

Individual events

RankAthleteCountryEventsFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Tirunesh Dibaba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 5000 m / 10,000 m 20032017516
2 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 100 m / 200 m 2009201955
3 Gail Devers Flag of the United States.svg  United States 100 m / 100 m hurdles 19912001426
4 Allyson Felix Flag of the United States.svg  United States 200 m / 400 m 200520174127
5 Valerie Adams (Vili) Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Shot put 20052013415
Vivian Cheruiyot Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 5000 m / 10,000 m 20072015415
7 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Flag of the United States.svg  United States Heptathlon / Long jump 1987199344
Brittney Reese Flag of the United States.svg  United States Long jump 2009201744
Anita Włodarczyk Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Hammer throw 2009201744
10 Liu Hong Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 20 km walk 20092019325

Athletes with most appearances

There are 61 athletes that have competed in at least eight editions. [9]

App.NameCountryYears contestedEvents
13 Jesús Ángel García Bragado Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 19 50 km walk
11 Susana Feitor Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11 10 km walk / 20 km walk
João Vieira Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 20 km walk / 50 km walk
10 Franka Dietzsch Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 Discus throw
Nicoleta Grasu Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13 Discus throw
Virgilijus Alekna Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13 Discus throw
Kim Collins Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 15 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
9 Laverne Eve Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 87, 91, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07 Javelin throw
Tim Berrett Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07 20 km walk / 50 km walk
Jackie Edwards Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07 Long Jump / Triple Jump
Maria Mutola Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07 800 m
Elisângela Adriano Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 91, 93, 97, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11 Shot put / Discus throw
Venelina Veneva-Mateeva Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 91, 95, 99, 01, 03, 05, 09, 11, 15 High Jump
Danny McFarlane Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 400 m / 400 m hurdles / 4x400 m
Hatem Ghoula Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 13 20 km walk
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 07, 09, 11, 13 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
Nicola Vizzoni Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13 Hammer throw
Chris Brown Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15 400 m / 4x400 m
Zhang Wenxiu Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17 Hammer throw
Inês Henriques Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 20 km walk / 50 km walk
Allyson Felix Flag of the United States.svg  United States 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 200 m / 400 m / 4x100 m / 4x400 m / 4x400 m Mixed
Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 Marathon
8 Merlene Ottey Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica / Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 83, 87, 91, 93, 95, 97, 03, 07 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
Jan Železný Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia / Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 87, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03 Javelin throw
Yelena Nikolayeva Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union / Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 87, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05 10 km walk / 20 km walk
Fiona May Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain / Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05 Long Jump
Beverly McDonald Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
Lars Riedel Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05 Discus throw
Dragutin Topić Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  SFR Yugoslavia / IWP * /
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia / Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro / Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 05, 07, 09 High Jump
Iryna Yatchenko Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union / Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 91, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 07, 09 Discus throw
Eunice Barber Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone / Flag of France.svg  France 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07 Heptathlon / Long Jump / 100 m hurdles
Kevin Sullivan Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07 1500 m
Manuel Martínez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 93, 95, 97, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 Shot put
Steffi Nerius Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 93, 95, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 Javelin throw
Amy Acuff Flag of the United States.svg  United States 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 High Jump
Chandra Sturrup Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
Aleksander Tammert Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 Discus throw
María Vasco Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 95, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11 10 km walk / 20 km walk
Koji Murofushi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 07, 11, 13 Hammer throw
Szymon Ziółkowski Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 95, 99, 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13 Hammer throw
Marlon Devonish Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
Nadine Kleinert Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11 Shot put
Sergey Makarov Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11 Javelin throw
Ēriks Rags Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11 Javelin throw
Roman Šebrle Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11 Decathlon
Omar Zepeda Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 97, 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 17 20 km walk / 50 km walk
Mario Pestano Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13 Discus throw
Félix Sánchez Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13 400 m hurdles / 4x400 m
Bouabdellah Tahri Flag of France.svg  France 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13 1500 m / 3000 m steeplechase
Zoltán Kővágó Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 15, 17 Discus throw
Mélina Robert-Michon Flag of France.svg  France 01, 03, 07, 09, 13, 15, 17, 19 Discus throw
Ruth Beitia Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17 High Jump
Gerd Kanter Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17 Discus throw
Ezekiel Kemboi Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17 3000 m steeplechase
Churandy Martina Flag of the Netherlands Antilles.svg  Netherlands Antilles / Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 19 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
Zuzana Hejnová Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 400 m hurdles / 4x400 m
Horacio Nava Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 20 km walk / 50 km walk
Krisztián Pars Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 Hammer throw
Martyn Rooney Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 400 m / 4x400 m / 4x400 m Mixed
Levern Spencer Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 High Jump
Dragana Tomašević Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro / Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 Discus throw

* At the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart, Germany, Dragutin Topić completed as Individual World Championship Participant (IWP) as Athletic Federation of Yugoslavia was suspended by IAAF due to United Nations sanctions stemming from the Yugoslav wars.

World records

A total of 32 world records have been set or equalled at the competition, 17 by men, 13 by women and 2 – in the mixed relay.

The first world record to be set at the World Championships was by Jarmila Kratochvílová of Czechoslovakia, who ran 47.99 seconds to win the women's 400 m final.

A peak of five world records came at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics. The most recent world record was in the Women's 400 metres hurdles, which Dalilah Muhammad of the United States finished in 52.16 second in 2019. World records have become less common as the history of the event has expanded, with no world records set in the 1997, 2001, 2007 and 2013 editions.

American athletes have been the most successful with thirteen world records set by that nation in total, followed by Jamaica and Great Britain on four each. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has broken the most world records at the competition, at four, one more than American Carl Lewis. Jonathan Edwards holds the distinction of breaking the world record twice in one championships – improving upon his own newly-set world record in the 1995 men's triple jump final. The men's 4 × 100 metres relay has yielded the most world records, with five set between 1983 and 2011.

Ben Johnson's time of 9.83 seconds at the 1987 World Championships men's 100 m final was initially considered a world record, but this was later rescinded after Johnson admitted to steroid use between 1981 and 1988.

Also, a doping disqualification has led to a performance being retrospectively recognised as a world record: the 2009 Jamaican men's 4 × 100 metres relay team time of 37.31 seconds was taken as the world record after the team's time of 37.10 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was rescinded due to the disqualification of Nesta Carter (not present in the World Championships team).

SexEventRecordAthleteNationDateYear
Men 4 × 100 metres relay 37.86 Emmit King
Willie Gault
Calvin Smith
Carl Lewis
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)10 August1983
Women 400 metres 47.99 Jarmila Kratochvílová Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)10 August1983
Women High jump 2.09 m Stefka Kostadinova Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)30 August1987
Men 100 metres 9.86 Carl Lewis Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)25 August1991
Men Long jump 8.95 m Mike Powell Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)30 August1991
Men 4 × 100 metres relay 37.50 Andre Cason
Leroy Burrell
Dennis Mitchell
Carl Lewis
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)1 September1991
Men 110 metres hurdles 12.91 Colin Jackson Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain & N.I.  (GBR)20 August1993
Men 4 × 100 metres relay 37.40 Jon Drummond
Andre Cason
Dennis Mitchell
Leroy Burrell
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)21 August1993
Men 4 × 400 metres relay 2:54.29 Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)22 August1993
Women 400 metres hurdles 52.74 Sally Gunnell Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain & N.I.  (GBR)19 August1993
Women Triple jump 15.09 m Anna Biryukova Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)21 August1993
Men Triple jump 18.16 m Jonathan Edwards Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain & N.I.  (GBR)7 August1995
Men Triple jump 18.29 m Jonathan Edwards Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain & N.I.  (GBR)7 August1995
Women 400 metres hurdles 52.61 Kim Batten Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)11 August1995
Women Triple jump 15.50 m Inessa Kravets Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR)10 August1995
Men 400 metres 43.18 Michael Johnson Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)26 August1999
Women Pole vault 4.60 m Stacy Dragila Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)21 August1999
Men 20 kilometres race walk 1:17:21 Jefferson Pérez Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador  (ECU)23 August2003
Men 50 kilometres race walk 3:36:03 Robert Korzeniowski Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)27 August2003
Women Pole vault 5.01 m Yelena Isinbaeva Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)12 August2005
Women Javelin throw 71.70 m Osleidys Menéndez Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB)14 August2005
Women 20 kilometres walk 1:25:41 Olimpiada Ivanova Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)7 August2005
Men 100 metres 9.58 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM)16 August2009
Men 200 metres 19.19 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM)20 August2009
Men 4 × 100 metres relay 37.31 Steve Mullings
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM)22 August2009
Women Hammer throw 77.96 m Anita Włodarczyk Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)22 August2009
Men 4 × 100 metres relay 37.04 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM)4 September2011
Men Decathlon 9,045 pts Ashton Eaton Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)29 August2015
Women 50 kilometres race walk 4:05:56 Inês Henriques Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal  (POR)13 August2017
Mixed 4 × 400 metres relay 3:12.42 Tyrell Richard
Jessica Beard
Jasmine Blocker
Obi Igbokwe
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)28 September2019
Mixed 4 × 400 metres relay 3:09.34 Wilbert London III
Allyson Felix
Courtney Okolo
Michael Cherry
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)29 September2019
Women 400 metres hurdles 52.16 Dalilah Muhammad Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)4 October2019

See also

Notes and references

  1. Matthews, Peter (2012). Historical Dictionary of Track and Field (pg. 217). Scarecrow Press (eBook). Retrieved on 8 September 2013.
  2. IAAF Statistics Book Moscow 2013 (pg. 179). IAAF/AFTS (2013). Edited by Mark Butler. Retrieved on 9 September 2013.
  3. IAAF World Championships in Athletics. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 8 September 2013.
  4. Archive of Past Events. IAAF. Retrieved on 8 September 2013.
  5. "First World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki a landmark for track & field." Usatf.org. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  6. Dates confirmed for World Athletics Championships Oregon 2022
  7. World Athletics Championships in Oregon moved to July in 2022
  8. "IAAF: IAAF World Championships London 2017 Medal Table - iaaf.org". iaaf.org.
  9. 1 2 3 4 "IAAF Statistics Book – IAAF World Championships Doha 2019". iaaf.org. p. 48. Retrieved 28 September 2019.

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