List of world records in athletics
World records in athletics are ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Athletics records comprise the best performances in the sports of track and field, road running and racewalking.
Records are kept for all events contested at the Olympic Games and some others. Unofficial records for some other events are kept by track and field statisticians. The only non-metric track distance for which official records are kept is the mile run.
The criteria which must be satisfied for ratification also apply to national or other restricted records and also to performances submitted as qualifying marks for eligibility to compete in major events such as the Olympic Games.
The criteria include:
- The dimensions of the track and equipment used must conform to standards. In road events, the course must be accurately measured, by a certified measurer.
- Except in road events (road running and race walking), the performance must be set in a single-sex race.[Note 1]
- All team members in a relay race must be of the same nationality.
- Pacemakers are allowed, provided they have not been lapped; lapped athletes must give way.
- Drug testing immediately after the performance is now required for ratification of a record. Existing records which predate this requirement are still extant. Athletes who pass the immediate test but are later found to have been on drugs have their performances invalidated.
- In running events up to 200 m in distance and in horizontal jump events, wind assistance is permitted only up to 2.0 m/s. In decathlon or heptathlon, average wind assistance of less than 2.0 m/s is required across all applicable disciplines; and maximum of 4.0 m/s in any one event.
- In running events up to 800 m in distance, photo finish fully automatic timing is required.
- There is no restriction on altitude; since the thinner atmosphere of higher altitude provides less air resistance, locations such as Mexico City and Sestriere have previously been the sites of records in the sprint and jump events. See effects of high altitude on humans. Records set at high altitude venues are often marked with an "A" though that does not disqualify it as a record. Under those circumstances, a "sea level" best is also tracked by statisticians. Long-distance races run at altitude, with less oxygen available to the athlete, have shown to be to the athlete's disadvantage.
- In road events, the course is not required to be a circuit, but the overall decrease in elevation between the start and finish shall not exceed 1:1000, i.e. 1 m/km.
- In road events, the start and finish points of a course, measured along a theoretical straight line between them, shall not be further apart than 50% of the race distance.
- Bonus payments 1
World records 2
- Key to tables 2.1
- Men 2.2
- Women 2.3
Indoor world records 3
- Men 3.1
- Women 3.2
Best performances in non-IAAF World Record events 4
Outdoor events 4.1
- Men 4.1.1
- Women 4.1.2
Indoor events 4.2
- Men 4.2.1
- Women 4.2.2
- Outdoor events 4.1
- Women's 100 m 5.1
- Javelin specifications 5.2
- Other Notes 5.3
- See also 6
- Sources 7.1
- Citations 7.2
- External links 8
Witnessing a world record brings great pleasure for athletics fans; athletes' personal sponsors and the promoters of major meetings such as the IAAF Golden League have offered bonuses to athletes breaking a record.
Some middle-distance runners have specialized in acting as pacemakers in longer races, receiving a fee without even finishing the race, and possibly a bonus if a record results. This is a useful occupation for athletes who are capable of running accurately to a specified pace, but not capable of the very fastest times to become champions in their own right.
In the pole vault record bonuses create an incentive for an athlete capable of smashing a record to instead break it by the minimum amount (one centimetre), multiple times, at multiple meetings, in order to accumulate multiple bonuses. This has been done by Sergey Bubka in the men's pole vault, and Yelena Isinbayeva in the women's pole vault. Some commentators have complained that neither athlete ever posted as high a mark as they were capable of. In other disciplines this issue does not arise, since it is practically impossible to deliberately break a record by a small margin, except in the high jump.
The IAAF started to recognize world records in 1912, and indoor world records after 1987. In 2000, IAAF rule 260.18a (formerly 260.6a) was amended, so that "world records" (as opposed to "indoor world records") can be set in a facility "with or without roof." This rule was not applied retroactively, and has thus far only affected the men's and women's pole vault. The women's record has been advanced 9 times indoors by three different women, each ratified as a world record. The last record to be set indoors was in 2004. Sergey Bubka's 1993 pole vault world indoor record of 6.15 m was not considered to be a world record, because it was set before the new rule came into effect. In February 2014, Bubka's record was surpassed indoors by Renaud Lavillenie jumping 6.16 m which qualifies as both the Indoor world record and the world record.
Key to tables
ht = hand timing
+ = en route to a longer distance
A = affected by altitude
OT = oversized track
X = annulled due to doping violations
# = not officially ratified by IAAF
a = aided road course according to IAAF rule 260.28
est = estimate
i = set indoors (overall world record tables only)
|100 m (progression)||
10.49 (0.0 m/s)
|Florence Griffith Joyner||United States||16 July 1988||US Olympic Trials||Indianapolis, United States|
|200 m (progression)||21.34 (+1.3 m/s)||Florence Griffith Joyner||United States||29 September 1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||Video on YouTube|
|400 m (progression)||47.60||Marita Koch||East Germany||6 October 1985||World Cup||Canberra, Australia||Video on YouTube|
|800 m (progression)||1:53.28||Jarmila Kratochvílová||Czechoslovakia||26 July 1983||Munich, West Germany|
|1000 m (progression)||2:28.98||Svetlana Masterkova||Russia||23 August 1996||Memorial Van Damme||Brussels, Belgium||Video on YouTube|
|1500 m (progression)||3:50.07||Genzebe Dibaba||Ethiopia||17 July 2015||Herculis||Fontvieille, Monaco|||
|Mile (progression)||4:12.56||Svetlana Masterkova||Russia||14 August 1996||Weltklasse Zürich||Zürich, Switzerland|
|2000 m||5:25.36||Sonia O'Sullivan||Ireland||8 July 1994||Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
|3000 m (progression)||8:06.11||Wang Junxia||China||13 September 1993||Chinese National Games||Beijing, PR China|
|5000 m (progression)||14:11.15||Tirunesh Dibaba||Ethiopia||6 June 2008||Bislett Games||Oslo, Norway|
|10,000 m (progression)||29:31.78||Wang Junxia||China||8 September 1993||Chinese National Games||Beijing, PR China|
|10 km (road)||30:21||Paula Radcliffe||Great Britain||23 February 2003||World's Best 10K||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|15 km (road)||46:14+||Florence Kiplagat||Kenya||15 February 2015||Barcelona Half Marathon||Barcelona, Spain|||
|One hour (progression)||18,517 m||Dire Tune||Ethiopia||12 June 2008||Golden Spike Ostrava||Ostrava, Czech Republic||Video on YouTube|
|20,000 m (track)||1:05:26.6||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||3 September 2000||Borgholzhausen, Germany|
|20 km (road)||1:01:54+||Florence Kiplagat||Kenya||15 February 2015||Barcelona Half Marathon||Barcelona, Spain|||
|Half marathon (progression)||1:05:09||Florence Kiplagat||Kenya||15 February 2015||Barcelona Half Marathon||Barcelona, Spain|||
|25,000 m (track)||1:27:05.84||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||21 September 2002||Mengerskirchen, Germany|
|25 km (road)||1:19:53||Mary Keitany||Kenya||9 May 2010||BIG 25||Berlin, Germany|||
|30,000 m||1:45:50.00||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||7 June 2003||Warstein, Germany|
|30 km (road)||1:38:23+ X||Liliya Shobukhova||Russia||9 October 2011||Chicago Marathon||Chicago, United States|||
|1:36:36+ a #||Paula Radcliffe||Great Britain||13 April 2003||London Marathon||London, United Kingdom|
Marathon (mixed gender)
|2:15:25[Note 2]||Paula Radcliffe||Great Britain||13 April 2003||London Marathon||London, United Kingdom|
Marathon (vs women only)
Both marks recognized as official world record until mixed mark is surpassed
|2:17:42||Paula Radcliffe||Great Britain||17 April 2005||London Marathon||London, United Kingdom|
|100 km (road)||6:33:11||Tomoe Abe||Japan||25 June 2000||Lake Saroma Ultramarathon||Yūbetsu, Japan|
|3000 m steeplechase (progression)||8:58.81||Gulnara Samitova-Galkina||Russia||17 August 2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, PR China||Video on YouTube|
|100 m hurdles (progression)||12.21 (+0.7 m/s)||Yordanka Donkova||Bulgaria||20 August 1988||Stara Zagora, Bulgaria|
|400 m hurdles (progression)||52.34||Yuliya Pechonkina||Russia||8 August 2003||Tula, Russia|
|High jump (progression)||2.09 m||Stefka Kostadinova||Bulgaria||30 August 1987||World Championships||Rome, Italy||Video on YouTube|
|Pole vault (progression)||5.06 m||Yelena Isinbayeva||Russia||28 August 2009||Weltklasse Zürich||Zürich, Switzerland||video|
|Long jump (progression)||7.52 m (+1.4 m/s)||Galina Chistyakova||Soviet Union||11 June 1988||Brothers Znamensky Memorial||Leningrad, Soviet Union|||
|Triple jump (progression)||15.50 m (+0.9 m/s)||Inessa Kravets||Ukraine||10 August 1995||World Championships||Göteborg, Sweden||Video on YouTube|
|Shot put (progression)||22.63 m||Natalya Lisovskaya||Soviet Union||7 June 1987||Moscow, Soviet Union|
|Discus throw (progression)||76.80 m||Gabriele Reinsch||East Germany||9 July 1988||Neubrandenburg, East Germany|
|Hammer throw (progression)||81.08 m||Anita Włodarczyk||Poland||1 August 2015||Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Throws Festival||Władysławowo, Poland|||
|Javelin throw (progression)||
|Barbora Špotáková||Czech Republic||13 September 2008||World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany|||
|Jackie Joyner-Kersee||United States||23–24 September 1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea|||
12.69 (+0.5 m/s) (100 m hurdles), 1.86 m (high jump), 15.80 m (shot put), 22.56 (+1.6 m/s) (200 m) /
7.27 m (+0.7 m/s) (long jump), 45.66 m (javelin), 2:08.51 (800 m)
|Decathlon (progression)||8358 pts||Austra Skujytė||Lithuania||14–15 April 2005||Columbia, United States|
12.49 (100 m), 46.19 m (discus), 3.10 m (pole vault), 48.78 m (javelin), 57.19 (400 m) /
14.22 (100 m hurdles), 6.12 m (long jump), 16.42 m (shot put), 1.78 m (high jump), 5:15.86 (1500 m)
|10,000 m walk (track)||41:56.23||Nadezhda Ryashkina||Soviet Union||24 July 1990||Seattle, United States|
|41:37.9 #||Gao Hongmiao||China||7 April 1994||Beijing, PR China|
|10 km walk (road)||41:04 #||Yelena Nikolayeva||Russia||20 April 1996||Sochi, Russia|||
|20,000 m walk (track)||1:26:52.3||Olimpiada Ivanova||Russia||6 September 2001||Brisbane, Australia|
|20 km walk (road) (progression)||1:24:38||Liu Hong||China||6 June 2015||Gran Premio Cantones||La Coruña, Spain|||
|4×100 m relay (progression)||40.82||
|United States||10 August 2012||Olympic Games||London, Great Britain||Video on YouTube|
|4×200 m relay||1:27.46||
|United States||29 April 2000||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, United States|
|4×400 m relay (progression)||3:15.17||
|Soviet Union||1 October 1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea|
|4×800 m relay||7:50.17||
|Soviet Union||5 August 1984||Moscow, Soviet Union|
|Distance medley relay||10:36.50||
Treniere Moser 3:18.38 (1200 m)
Sanya Richards-Ross 50.12 (400 m)
Ajee' Wilson 2:00.08 (800 m)
Shannon Rowbury 4:27.92 (1600 m)
|United States||2 May 2015||IAAF World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas|||
|4×1500 m relay||16:33.58||
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon
Hellen Onsando Obiri
|Kenya||24 May 2014||IAAF World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas||Video on YouTube|
Jiang Bo 15:42 (5 km)
Dong Yanmei 31:36 (10 km)
Zhao Fengdi 15:16 (5 km)
Ma Zaijie 31:01 (10 km)
Lan Lixin 15:50 (5 km)
Li Na 22:16 (7.195 km)
|China||28 February 1998||Beijing, China|
Indoor world records
|50 m||5.55 X[Note 5]||Ben Johnson||Canada||31 January 1987||Ottawa, Canada|||
|5.56 A||Donovan Bailey||Canada||9 February 1996||Bill Cosby Invitational||Reno, United States|
|5.56 #[Note 6]||Maurice Greene||United States||13 February 1999||Los Angeles, United States|||
|60 m||6.39||Maurice Greene||United States||3 February 1998||Madrid, Spain|
|3 March 2001||USA Championships||Atlanta, United States|
|200 m||19.92||Frankie Fredericks||Namibia||18 February 1996||Meeting Pas de Calais||Liévin, France|
|400 m||44.57||Kerron Clement||United States||12 March 2005||NCAA Division I Championships||Fayetteville, United States|
|800 m||1:42.67||Wilson Kipketer||Denmark||9 March 1997||World Championships||Paris-Bercy, France|
|1000 m||2:14.96||Wilson Kipketer||Denmark||20 February 2000||Aviva Indoor Grand Prix||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|1500 m||3:31.18||Hicham El Guerrouj||Morocco||2 February 1997||Sparkassen Cup||Stuttgart, Germany|
|Mile||3:48.45||Hicham El Guerrouj||Morocco||12 February 1997||Indoor Flanders Meeting||Ghent, Belgium|
|3000 m||7:24.90||Daniel Komen||Kenya||6 February 1998||Budapest, Hungary|
|5000 m||12:49.60||Kenenisa Bekele||Ethiopia||20 February 2004||Aviva Indoor Grand Prix||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|50 m hurdles||6.25||Mark McKoy||Canada||5 March 1986||Kobe, Japan|
|60 m hurdles||7.30||Colin Jackson||United Kingdom||6 March 1994||Sindelfingen, Germany|
|High jump (progression)||2.43 m||Javier Sotomayor||Cuba||4 March 1989||World Championships||Budapest, Hungary|
|Pole vault (progression)||6.16 m||Renaud Lavillenie||France||15 February 2014||Pole Vault Stars||Donetsk, Ukraine|||
|Long jump||8.79 m||Carl Lewis||United States||27 January 1984||Millrose Games||New York City, United States|
(2nd and 4th jumps in series)
|Teddy Tamgho||France||6 March 2011||European Championships||Paris, France|||
|Shot put||22.66 m||Randy Barnes||United States||20 January 1989||Sunkist Invitational||Los Angeles, United States|
|Heptathlon||6645 pts||Ashton Eaton||United States||9–10 March 2012||World Championships||Istanbul, Turkey|||
|6.79 (60 m), 8.16 m (long jump), 14.56 m (shot put), 2.03 m (high jump) / 7.68 (60 m hurdles), 5.20 m (pole vault), 2:32.77 (1000 m)|
|5000 m walk||18:07.08||Mikhail Shchennikov||Russia||14 February 1995||Russian Winter Meeting||Moscow, Russia|
|4×200 m relay||1:22.11||
|United Kingdom||3 March 1991||Glasgow, United Kingdom|
|4×400 m relay||3:02.13||
Kind Butler III
Calvin Smith Jr.
|United States||9 March 2014||World Championships||Sopot, Poland|||
|3:01.96 #[Note 7]||
|United States||11 February 2006||Tyson Invitational||Fayetteville, United States|
|4×800 m relay||7:13.11||
US All Stars
Richard Jones 1:51.01
David Torrence 1:47.46
Duane Solomon 1:47.99
Erik Sowinski 1:46.67
|United States||8 February 2014||New Balance Indoor Grand Prix||Roxbury, United States|||
|50 m||5.96+||Irina Privalova||Russia||9 February 1995||Madrid, Spain|
|60 m||6.92||Irina Privalova||Russia||
11 February 1993
February 9, 1995
|200 m||21.87||Merlene Ottey||Jamaica||13 February 1993||Meeting Pas de Calais||Liévin, France|
|400 m||49.59||Jarmila Kratochvílová||Czechoslovakia||7 March 1982||Milan, Italy|
|800 m||1:55.82||Jolanda Čeplak||Slovenia||3 March 2002||European Championships||Vienna, Austria|
|1000 m||2:30.94||Maria Mutola||Mozambique||25 February 1999||GE Galan||Stockholm, Sweden|
|1500 m||3:55.17||Genzebe Dibaba||Ethiopia||1 February 2014||Weltklasse in Karlsruhe||Karlsruhe, Germany|||
|Mile||4:17.14||Doina Melinte||Romania||9 February 1990||East Rutherford, United States|
|3000 m||8:16.60||Genzebe Dibaba||Ethiopia||6 February 2014||XL Galan||Stockholm, Sweden|||
|5000 m||14:18.86||Genzebe Dibaba||Ethiopia||19 February 2015||XL Galan||Stockholm, Sweden|||
|50 m hurdles||6.58||Cornelia Oschkenat||East Germany||20 February 1988||East Berlin, East Germany|
|60 m hurdles||7.68||Susanna Kallur||Sweden||10 February 2008||BW-Bank Meeting||Karlsruhe, Germany|
|7.68 X||Lyudmila Narozhilenko||Russia||2 March 1993||San Sebastián, Spain|
|7.66 X||4 March 1993||Seville, Spain|
|7.63 X||4 March 1993||Seville, Spain|
|High jump||2.08 m||Kajsa Bergqvist||Sweden||4 February 2006||Hochsprung mit Musik||Arnstadt, Germany|
|Pole vault||5.02 m A||Jenn Suhr||United States||2 March 2013||USA Championships||Albuquerque, United States|||||
|Long jump||7.37 m||Heike Drechsler||East Germany||13 February 1988||Vienna, Austria|
|Triple jump||15.36 m||Tatyana Lebedeva||Russia||6 March 2004||World Championships||Budapest, Hungary|||
|Shot put||22.50 m||Helena Fibingerová||Czechoslovakia||19 February 1977||Jablonec, Czechoslovakia|
|Pentathlon||5013 pts||Nataliya Dobrynska||Ukraine||9 March 2012||World Championships||Istanbul, Turkey|||
|8.38 (60 m hurdles), 1.84 m (high jump), 16.51 m (shot put), 6.57 m (long jump), 2:11.15 (800 m)|
|3000 m walk||11:40.33||Claudia Ștef||Romania||30 January 1999||Bucharest, Romania|
|11:35.34 #[Note 8]||Gillian O'Sullivan||Ireland||15 February 2003||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|4x200 m relay||1:32.41||
|Russia||29 January 2005||Aviva International Match||Glasgow, United Kingdom|
|4x400 m relay||3:23.37||
|Russia||28 January 2006||Aviva International Match||Glasgow, United Kingdom|
|4x800 m relay||8:06.24||
|Russia||18 February 2011||Russian Indoor Championships||Moscow, Russia|||
Best performances in non-IAAF World Record events
Events which do not qualify for IAAF-ratified world records are typically referred to as world bests. While very common in the first half of 20th century, a large number of races over distances by imperial measurements became rare occurrences and the IAAF removed all imperial measured events from its world record lists in 1976 – with the sole exception being the mile run (which remains common due to its historical prominence in track and field).
Some road racing distances and indoor variations of outdoor events fall outside of IAAF's lists. Records set in uncommon events usually do not adhere to the strict criteria found in IAAF-ratifiable events. One example is the 150 metres record, which was set by Usain Bolt on a specially-made straight track, while previous performances (such as the Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race) were completed on a traditional circuit which included a partial bend in the track.
The 40 yard dash – a standard acceleration evaluation for American Football players – does not fall within the usual criteria of athletics racing events. In most 40 yard dashes, reaction times are not recorded as timing starts only once the player is in motion, and the standards for timing a "football 40" are so lax and inconsistent that a real world record cannot be claimed. Performances are hand-timed and calculated to 1/100th of a second, although studies show human beings simply cannot react consistently or accurately enough for this to be a valid method; even those using light beams are timed by the motion of the athlete, still removing the normal factor of reaction time. All these factors make track and "football 40" performances incomparable. The world best time for a "football 40" is 4.17 by Deion Sanders. The extrapolated best for an Olympic level athlete, including reacting to a starting gun, currently is by Maurice Greene at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics with a time of 4.24.
|50 m||5.47+ (+0.9 m/s)||Usain Bolt||Jamaica||16 August 2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany|||
|60 m||6.31+ (+0.9 m/s)||Usain Bolt||Jamaica||16 August 2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany|||
|100 y||9.0 ht||Ivory Crockett||United States||11 May 1974||Knoxville, United States|||
|Houston McTear||United States||9 May 1975||Winter Park, United States|||
|9.07+ (−0.5 m/s)||Asafa Powell||Jamaica||27 May 2010||Golden Spike Ostrava||Ostrava, Czech Republic|||
|150 m (bend)||14.44+ (-0.3 m/s)||Usain Bolt||Jamaica||20 August 2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany|||
|150 m (straight)||14.35 (+1.1 m/s)||Usain Bolt||Jamaica||17 May 2009||Manchester City Games||Manchester, United Kingdom|||
|200 m straight||19.41 (−0.4 m/s)||Tyson Gay||United States||16 May 2010||Manchester City Games||Manchester, United Kingdom|||
|220 y straight||19.5 ht (+1.9 m/s)||Tommie Smith||United States||7 May 1966||San Jose, United States|||
|19.54 (−0.4 m/s)||Tyson Gay||United States||16 May 2010||Manchester City Games||Manchester, United Kingdom|||
|300 m||30.85 A||Michael Johnson||United States||10 April 2000||Engen Grand Prix||Pretoria, South Africa|||
|440 y||44.5||John Smith||United States||26 June 1971||USA Championships||Eugene, United States|||
|500 m||59.32||Orestes Rodriguez||Cuba||5 February 2013||La Habana, Cuba|||
|600 m||1:12.81||Johnny Gray||United States||24 May 1986||Santa Monica, United States|
|Two miles (progression)||7:58.61||Daniel Komen||Kenya||17 July 1997||Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium|
|5 km (road)||12:59.5||Sammy Kipketer||Kenya||26 March 2000||15th Carlsbad 5000||Carlsbad, United States|
|8 km (road)||21:51+||Deriba Merga||Ethiopia||18 February 2011||Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon||Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|||
|10 miles (road)||44:23||Haile Gebrselassie||Ethiopia||4 September 2005||Tilburg Ten Miles||Tilburg, Netherlands|
|35 km (road)||1:41:47+||Dennis Kipruto Kimetto||Kenya||28 September 2014||Berlin Marathon||Berlin, Germany|||
|40 km (road)||1:56:29+||Dennis Kipruto Kimetto||Kenya||28 September 2014||Berlin Marathon||Berlin, Germany|||
|90 km (road)||5:20:49||Leonid Shvetsov||Russia||2007||Comrades Marathon||Durban, South Africa|
|200 m hurdles (bend)||22.55||Laurent Ottoz||Italy||31 May 1995||Milan, Italy|||
|200 m hurdles (straight)||21.9y ht (+1.4 m/s)||Don Styron||United States||2 April 1960||Baton Rouge, United States|||
|22.10 (+2.0 m/s)||Andy Turner||Great Britain||15 May 2011||Manchester City Games||Manchester, Great Britain|||
|22.10 (+1.8 m/s)||L. J. van Zyl||South Africa||9 May 2015||Manchester City Games||Manchester, Great Britain|||
|220 y Hurdles (straight)||21.9 ht (+1.4 m/s)||Don Styron||United States||2 April 1960||Baton Rouge, United States|||
|300 m Hurdles||34.48||Chris Rawlinson||Great Britain||30 June 2002||Sheffield, United Kingdom|
|440 y Hurdles||48.7||Jim Bolding||United States||25 July 1974||Turin, Italy|||
|2000 m steeplechase||5:10.68||Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad||France||30 June 2010||Alma Athlé Tour||Reims, France|||
|Standing long jump||12 feet 3 inches (3.73 m)||Byron Jones||United States||23 February 2015||NFL scouting combine||Indianapolis, United States||Video on YouTube|
|35 lb Weight Throw||25.41 m||Lance Deal||United States||20 February 1993||Azusa, United States|
|Icosathlon||14571 pts||Joseph Detmer||United States||25 September 2010||World Championships||Lynchburg, United States|||
|1500 m walk (track)||5:12.0+||Antanas Grigaliūnas||Lithuania||12 May 1990||Vilnius, Lithuania|||
|Mile walk (track)||5:36.9||Antanas Grigaliūnas||Lithuania||12 May 1990||Vilnius, Lithuania|||
|5000 m walk (track)||18:05.49||Hatem Ghoula||Tunisia||1 May 1997||Tunis, Tunisia|
|50-mile walk (road)||7:44:47.2||Shaul Ladany||Israel||1972||New Jersey, United States|||
|4x110 yard relay||38.6 A||
University of Southern California
Lennox Miller (JAM)
|17 June 1967||NCAA Division I Championships||Provo, United States|||
Puma Reggae Team
Christopher Williams (100 m)
Usain Bolt (200 m)
Davian Clarke (300 m)
Jermaine Gonzales (400 m)
|Jamaica||25 July 2006||DN Galan||Stockholm, Sweden|||
|4×110m Shuttle hurdles relay||52.94||
|United States||25 April 2015||Drake Relays||Des Moines, United States|||
|Ireland||17 August 1985||Dublin, Ireland|||
|50 m||5.93+ (−0.1 m/s)||Marion Jones||United States||22 August 1999||World Championships||Seville, Spain|
|60 m||6.85+ (−0.1 m/s)||Marion Jones||United States||22 August 1999||World Championships||Seville, Spain|
|100 y||9.91+ (+1.1 m/s)||Veronica Campbell-Brown||Jamaica||31 May 2011||Golden Spike Ostrava||Ostrava, Czech Republic|||
|150 m (bend)||16.10+ (+1.3 m/s)||Florence Griffith Joyner||United States||29 September 1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea|
|16.46 (−1.5 m/s)||Merlene Ottey||Jamaica||27 September 1989||Trapani, Italy|||
|150 m straight||16.36 (+0.2 m/s)||Allyson Felix||United States||25 May 2013||Manchester City Games||Manchester, United Kingdom|||
|200 m straight||22.55 (+0.2 m/s)||Allyson Felix||United States||16 May 2010||Great City Games Manchester||Manchester, United Kingdom|||
|300 m||34.14+ (ht)||Marita Koch||East Germany||6 October 1985||World Cup||Canberra, Australia|
|35.30 A||Ana Guevara||Mexico||3 May 2003||GP Banamex Meeting||Mexico City, Mexico|||
|500 m||1:05.9||Tatana Kocembova||Czechoslovakia||2 August 1984||Ostrava, Czechoslovakia|
|600 m||1:22.63 A||Ana Quirot||Cuba||25 July 1997||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Two miles||8:58.58||Meseret Defar||Ethiopia||14 September 2007||Memorial Van Damme||Brussels, Belgium|
|5 km (road)||14:46||Meseret Defar||Ethiopia||9 April 2006||15th Carlsbad 5000||Carlsbad, United States|
|4 miles (road)||19:14||Viola Kibiwot||Kenya||13 October 2013||4 Mile of Groningen||Groningen, Netherlands|||
|8 km (road)||24:30+||Mary Keitany||Kenya||18 February 2011||Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon||Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|||
|10 miles (road)||50:05+||Mary Keitany||Kenya||18 February 2011||Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon||Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|||
|35 km (road)||1:54:49+ X||Liliya Shobukhova||Russia||9 October 2011||Chicago Marathon||Chicago, United States|||
|40 km (road)||2:11:28+ X||Liliya Shobukhova||Russia||9 October 2011||Chicago Marathon||Chicago, United States|||
200 m hurdles
|24.8 (ht) (+0.4 m/s)||Yadisleidy Pedroso||Italy||6 April 2013||Caserta, Italy|||
|25.6 (ht) (-0,7 m/s)||Patricia Girard||France||23 August 2001||Nantes, France|||
|25.82 (+1.7 m/s)||Patricia Girard||France||22 September 1999||Nantes, France|
200 m hurdles
|25.05 (+1.0 m/s)||Meghan Beesley||Great Britain||17 May 2014||Manchester City Games||Manchester, United Kingdom|||
|300 m hurdles||38.16||Zuzana Hejnová||Czech Republic||3 August 2013||Grand Prix of Cheb||Cheb, Czech Republic|||
|2000 m steeplechase||6:02.16||Virginia Nyambura Nganga||Kenya||6 September 2015||ISTAF||Berlin, Germany|||
|20 lb weight throw||24.57 m||Brittany Riley||United States||27 January 2007|
|3000 m walk (track)||11:48.24||Ileana Salvador||Italy||29 August 1993||Padua, Italy|||
|5000 m walk (track)||20:01.80||Eleonora Giorgi||Italy||18 May 2014||Italian Clubs League Meet||Misterbianco, Italy|||
|50 km walk (road)||4:10:59||Monica Svensson||Sweden||21 October 2007||Scanzorosciate, Italy|
|4×100 m hurdles relay||50.78||
Team BoogieFast TC
Nia Ali (12.73)
Kristi Castlin (12.56)
Yvette Lewis (12.76)
Queen Harrison (12.61)
|United States||6 April 2013||Florida Relays||Gainesville, United States|||
|Sprint medley relay||3:34.56||
Sherri-Ann Brooks (200 m)
Rosemarie Whyte(200 m)
Moya Thompson 51.7 (400 m)
Kenia Sinclair 1:57.43 (800 m)
|Jamaica||April 2009||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, United States|
|50 y||5.22||Stanley Floyd||United States||22 January 1982||Los Angeles, United States|
|5.15 X[Note 9]||Ben Johnson||Canada||29 January 1988||Toronto, Canada|
|5.0 (ht)||Kirk Clayton||United States||10 January 1970||Calgary, Canada|
|Herb Washington||United States||2 February 1972||Toronto, Canada|||
|Mel Pender||United States||4 March 1972||Orlando, United States|
|Mel Pender||United States||18 March 1972||Hamilton Canada|
|Herb Washington||United States||4 February 1973||Toronto, Canada|
|Manfred Ommer||West Germany||14 March 1975||Leverkusen, West Germany|
|60 y||5.8 (ht)||Herb Washington||United States||12 February 1972||East Lansing, United States|||
|55 m||5.99 A||Obadele Thompson||Barbados||22 February 1997||Colorado Springs, United States|||
|100 m||9.98||Usain Bolt||Jamaica||23 August 2014||Kamila Skolimowska Memorial||Warsaw, Poland||
|150 m||14.99||Donovan Bailey||Canada||1 June 1997||Bailey–Johnson 150-metre race||Toronto, Canada|||
|300 m||31.88||Wallace Spearmon||United States||10 February 2006||Tyson Invitational||Fayetteville, United States|||
|500 m||59.82||Roddie Haley||United States||15 March 1986||NCAA Division I Championships||Oklahoma City, United States|||
|600 m||1:15.12||Nico Motchebon||Germany||28 February 1999||Sindelfingen, Germany|||
|2000 m||4:49.99||Kenenisa Bekele||Ethiopia||17 February 2007||Aviva Indoor Grand Prix||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Two miles||8:03.40||Mo Farah||Great Britain||21 February 2015||Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix||Birmingham, Great Britain|||
|10000 m||27:50.29||Mark Bett||Kenya||10 February 2002||Indoor Flanders Meeting||Ghent, Belgium|||
|Marathon||2:27.21||Michael Wardian||United States||1 July 2010||Arlington, United States|||
|2000 m steeplechase||5:13.77||Paul Kipsiele Koech||Kenya||13 February 2011||Indoor Flanders Meeting||Ghent, Belgium|||
|3000 m steeplechase||8:17.46||Aleksandr Zagoruyko||Soviet Union||21 February 1982||Moscow, Soviet Union|||
|110 m hurdles||13.34||Allen Johnson||United States||14 February 1995||Moscow, Russia|||
|300 m hurdles||34.92 OT||Llewellyn Herbert||South Africa||9 February 1999||Pirkkahall||Tampere, Finland|||
|400 m hurdles||48.78||Felix Sanchez||Dominican Republic||18 February 2012||Meeting National Val-de-Reuil||Val-de-Reuil, France|||
|Discus throw||69.51 m||Gerd Kanter||Estonia||22 March 2009||World Record Indoor Challenge||Växjö, Sweden|||
|Javelin throw||65.10 m||Pontus Bjärkvik||Sweden||13 March 2011||World Indoor Throwing||Växjö, Sweden|||
|35 lb Weight||25.86 m||Lance Deal||United States||4 March 1995||Atlanta, United States|||
|3000 m walk||10:31.42||Andreas Erm||Germany||4 February 2001||Halle, Germany|||
|Two Miles walk||11:54.50||Valdas Kazlauskas||Soviet Union||24 February 1990||Kaunas, Soviet Union|||
|15000 m walk||1:00:03.9||Valdas Kazlauskas||Soviet Union||24 January 1987||Kaunas, Soviet Union|||
|20000 m walk||1:20:40.0 OT||Ronald Weigel||East Germany||27 January 1980||Senftenberg, East Germany|
|Distance medley relay||9:19.93||
Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. 2:49.47
Michael Berry 46.40
Erik Sowinski 1:47.60
Patrick Casey 3:56.48
|United States||31 January 2015||Armory Track Invitational||New York City, United States|||
New York AC
|United States||10 January 1993||Hanover, United States|
|100 m||11.15||Marita Koch||East Germany||12 January 1980||East Berlin, East Germany|
|300 m||35.45||Irina Privalova||Russia||17 January 1993||Moscow, Russia|
|500 m||1:06.31||Olesya Krasnomovets||Russia||7 January 2006||Yekaterinburg, Russia|
|600 m||1:23.44||Olga Kotlyarova||Russia||1 February 2004||Russian Winter Meeting||Moscow, Russia|
|2000 m||5:30.53||Gabriela Szabo||Romania||8 March 1998||Sindelfingen, Germany|
|Two miles||9:00.48||Genzebe Dibaba||Ethiopia||15 February 2014||Aviva Indoor Grand Prix||Birmingham, United Kingdom|||
|10,000 m||32:44.97||Olga Michurina||Russia||23 December 1995||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|2000 m steeplechase||6:05.29||Mariya Bykova||Russia||22 January 2013||Central FD Regional Championships||Belgorod, Russia|||
|3000 m steeplechase||9:07.00||Tatyana Petrova||Russia||17 February 2006||Moscow, Russia|
|9:54.2[Note 10]||Marcela Lustigova||Czech Republic||11 February 2010||Botnia Games||Korsholm, Finland|||
|100 m hurdles||12.64||Ludmila Engquist||Sweden||10 February 1997||Tampere, Finland|
|300 m hurdles||40.09 OT||Stine Tomb||Norway||5 February 2011||Finland-Sweden-Norway Indoor Match||Tampere, Finland|||
|400 m hurdles||56.41||Sheena Tosta||United States||12 February 2011||Meeting National||Val-de-Reuil, France|||
|Discus throw||62.07 m||Shanice Craft||Germany||14 February 2015||ISTAF Indoor||Berlin, Germany|||
|Javelin throw||57.75 m||Anna Wessman||Sweden||10 March 2012||World Indoor Throwing||Växjö, Sweden|||
|Weight Throw (20 lb)||25.56 m||Brittany Riley||United States||10 March 2007||NCAA Division I Championships||Fayetteville, United States|
|Mile walk||6:16.72||Sada Eidikytė||Soviet Union||24 February 1990||Kaunas, Soviet Union|||
|Two miles walk||13:11.88||Ileana Salvador||Italy||14 February 1990||Genoa, Italy|||
|5000 m walk||20:10.3||Vera Sokolova||Russia||30 December 2010||Mordovian Indoor Championships||Saransk, Russia|||
|10,000 m walk||43:54.63||Yelena Ginko||Belarus||22 February 2008||Belarusian Championships||Mogilev, Belarus|
|4x100 m relay||44.39||
|Germany||31 January 2010||BW-Bank Meeting||Karlsruhe, Germany|||
|Distance medley relay||10:42.57||
Sarah Brown 3:15.54 (1200m)
Mahagony Jones 53.59 (400m)
Megan Krumpoch 2:05.68 (800m)
Brenda Martinez 4:27.77 (1600 m)
|United States||7 February 2015||New Balance Indoor Grand Prix||Boston, United States|||
Women's 100 m
It is widely believed that the wind gauge was faulty for the race in which Florence Griffith Joyner set the official world record for the women's 100 m of 10.49 s. A 1995 report commissioned by the IAAF estimated the true wind speed was between +5.0 m/s and +7.0 m/s, rather than the 0.0 recorded. If this time, recorded in the quarter-final of the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials, were excluded, the world record would be 10.61 s, recorded the next day at the same venue by the same athlete in the final.
The men's javelin specification was changed with effect from 1986, and the women's from 2000. The purpose was to reduce the number of illegal flat landings, but a side-effect was to reduce the distance travelled. The prior world records in individual men's and women's javelin were invalidated, but the prior records in decathlon and heptathlon were not.
The old specification records for men's and women's javelin were as follows:
|Men's||104.80 m||Uwe Hohn||East Germany||20 July 1984||East Berlin, East Germany|
|Women's||80.00 m||Petra Felke||East Germany||9 September 1988||Potsdam, East Germany|
The current decathlon world record was set with the current javelin specification. The best performance in heptathlon using the new specification javelin is:
|7032||Carolina Klüft||Sweden||26 August 2007||World Championships||Osaka, Japan|||
13.15 (+0.1 m/s) (100 m hurdles), 1.95 m (high jump), 14.81 m (shot put), 23.38 (+0.3 m/s) (200 m) /
6.85 m (+1.0 m/s) (long jump), 47.98 m[Note 11] (javelin), 2:12.56 (800 m)
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