150 metres

Usain Bolt lining up for his 150 m world best run in Manchester in 2009

150 metres is a sprint event in track and field. It is a very rarely contested non-championship and not an IAAF-recognised event. Given the proportion of standard running tracks, the event typically incorporates a bend when held in a track and field stadium, although some especially-built tracks allow the event to take place entirely on a straight.

The event was given a high-profile outing in 1997 as an intermediate contest between two 1996 Olympic champions: Donovan Bailey (100 metres) and Michael Johnson (200 metres).[1] Johnson pulled up mid-race, allowing Bailey to win the $1 million prize.[2] This race coincided with a period of similar 150 m meetings between Bailey and the 1992 Olympic champion Linford Christie; the pair raced three years running for high cash prizes in Sheffield, England, in 1995, 1996 and 1997, with Christie winning the first two outings and Bailey winning the last.[3][4]

The Manchester City Games in England – a competition featuring a long, raised track on one of the city's major streets – has provided many of the event's highlights since 2009, including the men's world best of 14.35 seconds, set by Usain Bolt in 2009.[5] Allyson Felix ran the fastest ever 150 m race by a woman in 2013 (16.36 seconds),[6] although faster times have been recorded at intermediate stages of the 200 m event. The Great North City Games (held variously in Newcastle and Gateshead) features a similar setup to the Manchester event and has provided several of the best men's and women's times.[7] The British events typically attracted American, British and Caribbean competitors, and athletes from these places account for nearly all the top 25 best times for men and women. A one-off 150 m race on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro was held in 2013 and Bolt finished in a time close to his own world record.[8]

The 150 m had some significance as a regular indoor event in the 1960s and 1970s as a result of indoor tracks matching that distance. Wales held a national championship over the distance up to 1972 and Finland briefly had a women's national championship in the mid 1960s.[9][10] A relay version of the distance (4 × 150 metres) was contested at the 1967 European Athletics Indoor Championships and was won by the Soviet Union's women's team.[11] The distance attracted the attention of 1980 Olympic 200 m champion Pietro Mennea, whose hand-timed run of 14.8 seconds in Cassino, Italy, in 1983 stood as a world best time for over a quarter of a century.[12] Italy also provided a women's 150 m best that same decade, with Jamaican Merlene Ottey setting a time of 16.46 seconds in Trapani in 1989 – a world best mark which was unbeaten for over two decades.[13]

All-time top 25

  • + = en route to 200 m performance
  • straight = performance on straight track
  • NWI = no wind measurement

Men

Rank Time Type Wind (m/s) Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 14.35 straight +1.1 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 17 May 2009 Manchester [14]
2 14.41+ straight -0.4 Tyson Gay  United States 16 May 2010 Manchester [15]
3 14.65 straight +1.4 Walter Dix  United States 17 September 2011 Gateshead [16]
4 14.69 straight -0.2 Noah Lyles  United States 16 June 2019 Boston [17]
5 14.71 straight +1.3 Yohan Blake  Jamaica 17 May 2014 Manchester [18]
6 14.75 straight +0.1 Jereem Richards  Trinidad and Tobago 23 May 2021 Boston [19]
7 14.81 straight +0.2 Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake  Great Britain 20 May 2018 Boston [20]
8 14.83+ bend +0.4 Michael Johnson  United States 1 August 1996 Atlanta [21]
9 14.87 straight +1.4 Marlon Devonish  Great Britain 17 September 2011 Gateshead [22]
-0.1 Wallace Spearmon  United States 20 May 2012 Manchester [23]
+0.6 Reece Prescod  Great Britain 8 September 2018 Gateshead [24]
12 14.88 straight +1.4 Daniel Bailey  Antigua and Barbuda 31 March 2013 Rio de Janeiro [25]
13 14.90 straight -1.0 Christophe Lemaitre  France 25 May 2013 Manchester [26]
-0.2 Michael Rodgers  United States 14 September 2013 Newcastle [27]
15 14.91 straight +1.4 Bruno de Barros  Brazil 31 March 2013 Rio de Janeiro [28]
16 14.93+ bend +0.3 John Regis  Great Britain 20 August 1993 Stuttgart [29]
14.93 straight 0.0 Miguel Francis  Antigua and Barbuda 18 June 2016 Somerville [30]
18 14.94+ bend +1.2 Maurice Greene  United States 27 August 1999 Seville [31]
14.94 straight +0.1 Andrew Hudson  United States 23 May 2021 Boston [32]
20 14.97+ bend +0.3 Carl Lewis  United States 20 August 1993 Stuttgart [33]
14.97 bend +0.9 Linford Christie  Great Britain 4 September 1994 Sheffield [34]
22 14.98 straight +1.5 Darvis Patton  United States 15 May 2011 Manchester [35]
23 14.99 bend +1.7 Ian Mackie  Great Britain 31 May 1997 Cardiff [36]
14.99 Indoor n/a Donovan Bailey  Canada 1 June 1997 Toronto [37]
14.99+ bend +0.3 Frankie Fredericks  Namibia 20 August 1993 Stuttgart [38]
14.99+ bend +1.2 Claudinei da Silva  Brazil 27 August 1999 Seville [39]

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 14.88:

Assisted marks

Any performance with a following wind of more than 2.0 metres per second is not counted for record purposes. Below is a list of the fastest wind-assisted times (inside 14.92). Only times that are superior to legal bests are shown.

Women

Rank Time Type Wind (m/s) Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 16.10+ bend +1.3 Florence Griffith Joyner  United States 29 September 1988 Seoul [41]
2 16.23+ bend +0.6 Inger Miller  United States 27 August 1999 Seville [42]
16.23 straight -0.7 Shaunae Miller-Uibo  Bahamas 20 May 2018 Boston [43]
4 16.28+ bend +1.7 Allyson Felix  United States 31 August 2007 Osaka
5 16.30 straight +0.1 Tori Bowie  United States 4 June 2017 Boston [44]
6 16.33+ bend 0.0 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 19 August 1993 Stuttgart [45]
7 16.41 bend +1.1 Brianna Rollins-McNeal  United States 20 July 2020 Fort Worth [46]
8 16.43+ bend +1.7 Veronica Campbell-Brown  Jamaica 31 August 2007 Osaka
9 16.50 straight +1.5 Carmelita Jeter  United States 17 September 2011 Gateshead [47]
10 16.53 straight -1.5 Lynna Irby  United States 23 May 2021 Boston [48]
11 16.54+ bend +0.6 Merlene Frazer  Jamaica 27 August 1999 Seville [49]
16.54 straight +0.1 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie  Bahamas 17 May 2009 Manchester [50]
13 16.56 bend +0.6 Dafne Schippers  Netherlands 8 September 2020 Ostrava [51]
14 16.57+ bend +0.6 Beverly McDonald  Jamaica 27 August 1999 Seville [52]
16.57 straight +1.1 Desiree Henry  Great Britain 10 September 2016 Newcastle [53]
-0.7 Michelle-Lee Ahye  Trinidad and Tobago 20 May 2018 Boston [54]
17 16.59 straight +1.2 Candyce McGrone  United States 12 September 2015 Newcastle [55]
18 16.60 straight +1.6 Marie Josée Ta Lou  Ivory Coast 18 May 2018 Manchester [56]
19 16.63 straight +0.2 Anyika Onuora  Great Britain 25 May 2013 Manchester [57]
20 16.64 straight +0.2 Lauryn Williams  United States 25 May 2013 Manchester [58]
21 16.65 straight -1.5 Brittany Brown  United States 23 May 2021 Boston [59]
22 16.67 straight +1.1 Natasha Hastings  United States 10 September 2016 Newcastle [60]
16.67 bend +0.3 Ajla del Ponte  Switzerland 20 June 2020 Meilen [61]
24 16.69 straight -0.9 Asha Philip  Great Britain 6 September 2014 Newcastle [62]
25 16.70 straight -0.1 Dina Asher-Smith  Great Britain 9 September 2017 Newcastle [63]

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 16.70:

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