List of World Athletics Championships records

Athletes competing at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium where the first and tenth editions of the Championships were staged.

The World Championships in Athletics is a biennial event which began in 1983. Organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Championships are a competition comprising track and field athletics events available to male and female athletes from any of the IAAF's 213 member federations. Championship records are set when an athlete achieves the best mark in an event at one of the editions of the Championships. World, area, and national records have been set at the championships over the course of its history.

Competitors at the World Championships come from around the globe and records have been broken by athletes from all six continents. The United States has been the most successful competitor at the World Championships in both medals and records.

Four athletes hold multiple records:

  • Usain Bolt holds records in the 100 and 200 metres as well as the 4 x 100 relay
  • Michael Johnson holds individual and relay records in the 400 metres
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee broke both the heptathlon and long jump records
  • Jarmila Kratochvílová set the records in the 400 and 800 metres at the inaugural Championships in 1983, which are still unbeaten and are the two oldest records of the Championships.

Men

Colin Jackson broke the 110 metre hurdles world record in 1993; a record which stood for over a decade.
Mike Powell's world record long jump at the 1991 Championships has never been bettered.
Double record holder Michael Johnson has held the 400 metres world record with his run in Seville for over 20 years.
  • Key to tables:

  not ratified or later rescinded by World Athletics

  • Note: World records in bold are current world records, those in bold italics are former world records

Statistics are correct as of July 2022

Event Record Name Location Date Ref Video
100 m 9.58 (+0.9 m/s) WR  Usain Bolt (JAM) Germany Berlin 16 August 2009 [1]
200 m 19.19 (−0.3 m/s) WR  Usain Bolt (JAM) Germany Berlin 20 August 2009 [2]
400 m 43.18 WR  Michael Johnson (USA) Spain Sevilla 26 August 1999 [3]
800 m 1:42.34  Donavan Brazier (USA) Qatar Doha 1 October 2019 [1] [4]
1500 m 3:27.65  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) Spain Sevilla 24 August 1999 [5]
5000 m 12:52.79  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) France Paris 31 August 2003 [6]
10000 m 26:46.31  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) Germany Berlin 17 August 2009
Marathon 2:05:36  Tamirat Tola (ETH) United States Eugene 17 July 2022 [2]
110 m hurdles 12.91 (+0.5 m/s) WR  Colin Jackson (GBR) Germany Stuttgart 20 August 1993
400 m hurdles 46.29  Alison dos Santos (BRA) United States Eugene 19 July 2022 [3]
3000 m steeplechase 8:00.43  Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) Germany Berlin 18 August 2009
High jump 2.41 m  Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR) Russia Moscow 15 August 2013 [4]
Pole vault 6.21 m WR  Armand Duplantis (SWE) United States Eugene 24 July 2022
Long jump 8.95 m (+0.3 m/s) WR  Mike Powell (USA) Japan Tokyo 30 August 1991
Triple jump 18.29 m (+1.3 m/s) WR  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) Sweden Gothenburg 7 August 1995
Shot put 22.94 m  Ryan Crouser (USA) United States Eugene 17 July 2022 [5]
Discus throw 71.13 m  Kristjan Čeh (SLO) United States Eugene 19 July 2022 [6]
Hammer throw 83.63 m[7]  Ivan Tsikhan (BLR) Japan Osaka 27 August 2007
Javelin throw 92.80 m  Jan Železný (CZE) Canada Edmonton 12 August 2001
Decathlon 9045 pts WR  Ashton Eaton (USA) China Beijing 28–29 August 2015 [8]
100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
10.23 (−0.4 m/s) 7.88 m (0.0 m/s) 14.52 m 2.01 m 45.00 13.69 (−0.2 m/s) 43.34 m 5.20 m 63.63 m 4:17.52
20 km walk (road) 1:17:21 WR  Jefferson Pérez (ECU) France Paris 23 August 2003
35 km walk (road) 2:23:14  Massimo Stano (ITA) United States Eugene 24 July 2022 [9]
50 km walk (road) 3:33:12  Yohann Diniz (FRA) United Kingdom London 13 August 2017 [10]
4 × 100 m relay 37.04  Jamaica (JAM)
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
South Korea Daegu 4 September 2011 [11] [7]
4 × 400 m relay 2:54.29 WR  United States (USA)
Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
Germany Stuttgart 22 August 1993 [12] [8]
Key:
WR World record AR Area record NR National record PB Athlete's personal best

Decathlon disciplines

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
100 m 10.23 Ashton Eaton  United States 28 August 2015 2015 World Championships Beijing, China
Long jump 8.07 m Tomáš Dvořák  Czech Republic 6 August 2001 2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada
Shot put 17.54 m Mike Smith  Canada 5 August 1997 1997 World Championships Athens, Greece
High jump 2.24 m Jagan Hames  Australia 5 August 1997 1997 World Championships Athens, Greece
400 m 45.00 Ashton Eaton  United States 28 August 2015 2015 World Championships Beijing, China
110 m hurdles 13.55 Frank Busemann  Germany 6 August 1997 1997 World Championships Athens, Greece
Discus throw 54.39 m Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic 24 July 2022 2022 World Championships Eugene, United States [13]
Pole vault 5.50 m Sébastien Levicq  France 25 August 1999 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain
Javelin throw 79.05 m Niklas Kaul  Germany 3 October 2019 2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar [14]
1500 m 4:11.82 Beat Gähwiler  Switzerland 30 August 1991 1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan

Women

Tirunesh Dibaba was only 20 when she won two gold medals and set the 5000 metres record.
Yelena Isinbayeva broke the pole vault world record for the thirteenth time in 2005.
  • Note:World records in bold are current world records, those in bold italics are former world records

Statistics are correct as of July 2022

Event Record Name Location Date Ref Video
100 m 10.67 (+0.8 m/s)  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) United States Eugene 17 July 2022 [15]
200 m 21.45 (+0.6 m/s)  Shericka Jackson (JAM) United States Eugene 21 July 2022 [16]
400 m 47.99 WR  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) Finland Helsinki 10 August 1983 [9]
800 m 1:54.68  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) Finland Helsinki 9 August 1983 [10]
1500 m 3:51.95  Sifan Hassan (NED) Qatar Doha 5 October 2019 [17]
3000 m
(defunct since 1993)
8:28.71  Yunxia Qu (CHN) Germany Stuttgart 16 August 1993
5000 m 14:26.72  Hellen Obiri (KEN) Qatar Doha 5 October 2019 [18]
10000 m 30:04.18  Berhane Adere (ETH) France Paris 23 August 2003
100 m hurdles 12.12 WR  Tobi Amusan (NGR) United States Eugene 24 July 2022 [19]
12.06 (+2.5 m/s)  Tobi Amusan (NGR) United States Eugene 24 July 2022
400 m hurdles 50.68 WR  Sydney McLaughlin (USA) United States Eugene 22 July 2022 [20]
3000 m steeplechase 8:53.02  Norah Jeruto (KAZ) United States Eugene 20 July 2022 [21]
Marathon 2:18:11  Gotytom Gebreslase (ETH) United States Eugene 18 July 2022 [22]
High jump 2.09 m WR  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) Italy Rome 30 August 1987
Pole vault 5.01 m WR  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) Finland Helsinki 12 August 2005 [23]
Long jump 7.36 m (+0.4 m/s)  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) Italy Rome 4 September 1987
Triple jump 15.50 m (+0.9 m/s) WR  Inessa Kravets (UKR) Sweden Gothenburg 10 August 1995
Shot put 21.24 m  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS) Italy Rome 5 September 1987
 Valerie Adams (NZL) South Korea Daegu 29 August 2011
Discus throw 71.62  Martina Hellmann (GDR) Italy Rome 31 August 1987
Hammer throw 80.85 m  Anita Włodarczyk (POL) China Beijing 27 August 2015 [24]
Javelin throw 71.70 m  Olisdeilys Menéndez (CUB) Finland Helsinki 14 August 2005
71.99 m DQ  Mariya Abakumova (RUS) South Korea Daegu 2 September 2011 [25] [11]
Heptathlon 7128 pts  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) Italy Rome 31 August – 1 September 1987
100m H (wind) High jump Shot put 200m (wind) Long jump (wind) Javelin 800m
12.91 s 1.90 m 16.00 m 22.95 s 7.14 m 45.68 m 2:16.29
10000 m walk (track)
(defunct since 1997)
42:55.49  Annarita Sidoti (ITA) Greece Athens 7 August 1997
10 km walk (road)
(defunct since 1995)
42:13  Irina Stankina (RUS) Sweden Gothenburg 7 August 1995 [26]
20 km walk (road) 1:25:41  Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) Finland Helsinki 7 August 2005
35 km walk (road) 2:39:16  Kimberly García (PER) United States Eugene 22 July 2022 [27]
50 km walk (road) 4:05:56 WR  Inês Henriques (POR) United Kingdom London 13 August 2017 [28]
4 × 100 m relay 41.07  Jamaica (JAM)
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Natasha Morrison
Elaine Thompson
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
China Beijing 29 August 2015
4 × 400 m relay 3:16.71  United States (USA)
Gwen Torrence
Maicel Malone-Wallace
Natasha Kaiser-Brown
Jearl Miles
Germany Stuttgart 22 August 1993 [29]
Key:
WR World record AR Area record NR National record PB Athlete's personal best

Heptathlon disciplines

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
100 m hurdles 12.58 (+0.4 m/s) Kendell Williams  United States 2 October 2019 2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar [30]
High jump 1.95 m Carolina Klüft  Sweden 25 August 2007 2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan
Nafissatou Thiam  Belgium 5 August 2017 2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom [31]
Yorgelis Rodríguez  Cuba 5 August 2017 2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom
Katarina Johnson-Thompson  Great Britain 2 October 2019 2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar [32]
Nafissatou Thiam  Belgium
Nafissatou Thiam  Belgium 17 July 2022 2022 World Championships Eugene, United States [33]
Shot put 17.03 m Austra Skujyte  Lithuania 25 August 2007 2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan
200 m 22.84 Dafne Schippers  Netherlands 12 August 2013 2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia
Long jump 7.14 m Jackie Joyner-Kersee  United States 1 September 1987 1987 World Championships Rome, Italy
Javelin throw 58.41 m Anouk Vetter  Netherlands 6 August 2017 2017 World Championships London, Great Britain [34]
800 m 2:05.21 Karolina Tyminska  Poland 30 August 2011 2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea

Mixed

  • Note: World records in bold are current world records, those in bold italics are former world records
Event Record Name Championships Date Ref Video
4 × 400 m relay 3:09.34 WR  United States (USA)
Wilbert London
Allyson Felix
Courtney Okolo
Michael Cherry
2019 World Championships 29 September 2019 [35] [12]

See also

References

General

Specific

  1. ^ "800 Metres Men – Final – Results" (PDF). IAAF. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Men's Marathon Final Race Analysis" (PDF). World Athletics. 17 July 2022. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Men's 400m Hurdles Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 19 July 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  4. ^ "High Jump Result - 14th IAAF World Championships". IAAF. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Men's Shot Put Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 17 July 2022. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Men's Discus Throw Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 19 July 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  7. ^ Note: The original Championships Record of 83.89 metres, set at the 2005 edition also by Ivan Tsikhan, was later retroactively annulled after his re-tested sample taken at those championships showed use of a prohibited substance. Revision of results following sanctions of Tsikhan and Ostapchuk
  8. ^ "Men's Decathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Men's 35km Race Walk Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 24 July 2022. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  10. ^ "50km Race Walk Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  11. ^ "4x100 Metres Results" (PDF). IAAF. 4 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  12. ^ Results – 4 X 400 METRES – Men – Final Archived 2009-06-26 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (1993-08-22). Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  13. ^ "Men's Decathlon – Discus Throw Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 24 July 2022. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Javelin Throw Men − Decathlon − Summary" (PDF). IAAF. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  15. ^ "100m Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 17 July 2022. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  16. ^ "200m Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 21 July 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  17. ^ "1500 Metres Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  18. ^ "5000m Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  19. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Results". World Athletics. 24 July 2022. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  20. ^ "400m Hurldes Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 22 July 2022. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  21. ^ "Women's 3000m Steeplechase Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 20 July 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  22. ^ "Women's Marathon Final Race Analysis" (PDF). World Athletics. 18 July 2022. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  23. ^ Peters, Samuel (2005-08-12). 5.01m Pole Vault WORLD RECORD – Guess who?. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  24. ^ "Hammer Throw Results". IAAF. 27 August 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  25. ^ "Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  26. ^ "10 km Race Walk Results". IAAF. 1995-08-07. Archived from the original on 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  27. ^ "35km Race Walk Final Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 22 July 2022. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  28. ^ "50km Race Walk Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  29. ^ Results – 4 X 400 METRES – Women – Final Archived 2009-06-26 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (1997-08-22). Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
  30. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Women − Heptathlon − Summary" (PDF). IAAF. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  31. ^ "Heptathlon – High Jump Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  32. ^ "High Jump Women − Heptathlon − Summary" (PDF). IAAF. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  33. ^ "Women's Heptathlon – High Jump Results" (PDF). World Athletics. 17 July 2022. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  34. ^ "Heptathlon – Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). IAAF. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  35. ^ "4 x 400 Metres Relay Mixed − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 29 September 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.