20,000 metres

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The 20,000 metres (approximately 12.43 mi or 65,617 ft) is a rarely contested long-distance running event in track and field competitions; most world records in the event have been set during half marathons and one-hour races, as a half marathon is roughly 21,000 meters.

World Records

+ = indicates a time was taken at an intermediate distance in a longer race

Men

  • Zersenay Tadese in the lead pack of the 2013 Prague Half Marathon
    Updated February 2021.
Event Result Athlete Nationality Date Place Meeting Citation
20,000 m (track) 56:20.02+ Bashir Abdi  Belgium 4 September 2020 Brussels Memorial Van Damme [1]
20 km (road) 55:21+ Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 21 Mar 2010 Lisbon Lisbon Half Marathon [2]

Women

  • Correct as of August 2018.
Event Result Athlete Nationality Date Place Meeting Citation
20,000 m (track) 1:05:26.6 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 3 Sep 2000 Borgholzhausen [3]
20 km (road) 1:01:25+ Joyciline Jepkosgei  Czech Republic 1 Apr 2017 Prague Prague Half Marathon [4]

All-time top 25

  • + = en route to longer performance
  • h = hand timed

Men

  • Updated September 2022.
Rank Result (m) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 56:20.02+ Bashir Abdi  Belgium 4 September 2020 Brussels [5]
2 56:20.30+ Mo Farah  Great Britain 4 September 2020 Brussels [6]
3 56:20.55+ Sabastian Sawe  Kenya 2 September 2022 Brussels [7]
4 56:26.0+ Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Ostrava [8]
5 56:51.60+ Sondre Nordstad Moen  Norway 7 August 2020 Kristiansand [9]
6 56:55.6+ h Arturo Barrios  Mexico 30 March 1991 La Fléche
7 57:07.41+ Kibiwott Kandie  Kenya 2 September 2022 Brussels [10]
8 57:18.4+ h Dionisio Castro  Portugal 31 March 1990 La Flèche
9 57:24.2+ Jos Hermens  Netherlands 1 May 1976 Arnhem
10 57:28.7+ h Carl Thackery  Great Britain 31 March 1990 La Flèche
11 57:44.4+ h Gaston Roelants  Belgium 20 September 1972 Brussels
12 57:48.7 Toshihiko Seko  Japan 11 May 1985 Odawara
13 57:50.25+ Morhad Amdouni  France 19 September 2020 Lucciana
14 58:17.3+ Daniel Mateo  Spain 20 April 2021 La Nucía [11]
15 58:18.4+ Bertrand Itsweire  France 31 March 1990 La Flèche
16 58:25.0 Bill Rodgers  United States 9 August 1977 Boston
17 58:30.2+ Werner Schildhauer  Germany 29 April 1983 Cottbus
18 58:37.2+ h Rob de Castella  Australia 17 April 1982 Rome
19 58:37.8+ h Mariano Haro  Spain 9 August 1975 San Sebastián
20 58:53.6+ Girmaw Amare  Israel 26 January 2020 Tel Aviv
21 58:43.8 h Franco Fava  Italy 9 April 1977 Rome
22 59:02.0 h Rashid Sharafetdinov  Soviet Union 2 May 1971 Leningrad
23 59:14.02 Stéphane Schweickhardt  Switzerland 15 April 1998 Martigny
24 59:19.0 András Fancsali  Hungary 15 April 1978 Budapest
25 59:24.8+ Leszek Bebło  Poland 31 March 1990 La Flèche

Women

  • Updated September 2022.
Rank Result Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 1:05:26.6 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 3 September 2000 Borgholzhausen
2 1:05:35.3 Dire Tune  Ethiopia 17 June 2009 Ostrava
3 1:06:48.8 Izumi Maki  Japan 19 September 1993 Amagasaki
4 1:06:55.5 Rosa Mota  Portugal 14 May 1983 Lisbon
5 1:07:19.9 Naomi Sakashita  Japan 10 October 1995 Amagasaki
6 1:07:47.0 Kaori Kumura  Japan 19 September 1993 Amagasaki
7 1:07:49.9 Rika Ota  Japan 17 June 1992 Akashi
8 1:07:52.0 Midori Shimizu  Japan 1 October 1994 Amagasaki
9 1:08:07.6 Megumi Fujiwara  Japan 17 June 1992 Akashi
10 1:08:46.6 Takako Kobayashi  Japan 1 October 1994 Amagasaki
11 1:08:51.9 Junko Asari  Japan 17 June 1992 Akashi
12 1:08:52.6 Nanae Sasaki  Japan 29 May 1984 Tokyo
13 1:08:59.2 Aki Yasaki  Japan 17 June 1992 Akashi
14 1:09:19.1 Chiyuki Ona  Japan 17 June 1992 Akashi
15 1:09:53.0 Blandine Bitzner  France 13 May 2000 La Celle-Saint-Cloud
16 1:10:30.4+ Helena Javornik  Slovenia 19 July 2006 Maribor
17 1:10:35.0 Leah Malot  Kenya 17 June 2009 Ostrava
18 1:10:50.2 Christa Vahlensieck  West Germany 25 October 1975 Essen
19 1:10:56.6 Ágnes Özéné Sipka  Hungary 16 October 1988 Székesfehérvár
20 1:11:00.0 Miki Kitajima  Japan 20 September 1993 Amagasaki
21 1:11:05.0+ Judit Nagy  Hungary 22 October 1989 Székesfehérvár
22 1:11:48.9+ Karolina Szabo  Hungary 23 April 1988 Budapest
23 1:12:44 Maria Luisa Irizar  Spain 23 June 1985 Laredo
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In popular culture

Tegla Loroupe's 20,000 meter world record was mentioned in Chapter 1, problem 64P of Chemistry (Seventh Edition) by John E. McMurry, Robert C. Fay, and Jill Kirsten Robinson. [12]

References

  1. ^ "Hassan and Farah smash world one hour records in Brussels". European Athletics. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  2. ^ "IAAF: Scorching 58:23 world half marathon record by Tadese in Lisbon| News | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  3. ^ "IAAF: Women's outdoor 20,000 Metres | Records | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  4. ^ "IAAF: Jepkosgei breaks four world records at Prague Half Marathon| News | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  5. ^ "Hassan and Farah smash world one hour records in Brussels". European Athletics. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  6. ^ Rich Perelman (4 September 2020). "THE TICKER: Three world records: for Farah, Abdi and Hassan in Brussels; another win for van Aert at Le Tour; double death for Iranian wrestler?". thesportsexaminer.com. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Wanda Diamond League – One Hour Run Results and Split Times" (PDF). sportresult.com. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  8. ^ "IAAF: Men's outdoor 20,000 Metres | Records | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  9. ^ "2020 Stadionmila Kristiansand Results" (PDF). stadionmila.no/. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Wanda Diamond League – One Hour Run Results and Split Times" (PDF). sportresult.com. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Dani Mateo tritura el récord de España de la hora: 20.593 metros". soycorredor.es (in Spanish). 20 April 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Chegg.com". www.chegg.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.