World Records—Men

World Records are those officially ratified by the IAAF. We have also listed the statistically best-acceptable marks in other non-ratified events that are “frequently” contested (+).

If the ratified WR is altitude-aided—i.e., made at an altitude over 1000 meters in an event where the thinner air has a positive effect—we sub-list the unofficial best.

(A) = altitude over 1000 meters

i = indoors

m = meters

M = miles

p = mark pending ratification

(r) = road

y = yards

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Track Events
100 9.58 Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Berlin, Germany 8/16/09
150+ 14.35 Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Manchester, England 5/17/09
200 19.19 Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Berlin, Germany 8/20/09
300+ 30.85(A) Michael Johnson (US) Pretoria, South Africa 3/24/00
  [low-alt WR+ 30.97 Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Ostrava, Czech Republic 5/27/10]
400 43.18 Michael Johnson (US) Seville, Spain 8/26/99
600+ 1:12.81 Johnny Gray (US) Santa Monica, California 5/24/86
800 1:40.91 David Rudisha (Kenya) London, England 8/09/12
1000 2:11.96 Noah Ngeny (Kenya) Rieti, Italy 9/05/99
1500 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) Rome, Italy 7/14/98
Mile 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) Rome, Italy 7/07/99
2000 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) Berlin, Germany 9/07/99
Steeple 7:53.63 Saïf Shaheen (Qatar) Brussels, Belgium 9/03/04
2000St+ 5:10.86 Mahiedine Mekhissi (France) Reims, France 6/30/10
3000 7:20.67 Daniel Komen (Kenya) Rieti, Italy 9/01/96
2 Miles+ 7:58.61 Daniel Komen (Kenya) Hechtel, Belgium 7/19/97
5000 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) Hengelo, Holland 5/31/04
10,000 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) Brussels, Belgium 8/26/05
20,000 56:25.98 Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) Ostrava, Czech Republic 6/27/07
Hour 21,285m (13M,383y) Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) Ostrava, Czech Republic 6/27/07
25,000 1:12:25.4 Moses Mosop (Kenya) Eugene, Oregon 6/03/11
30,000 1:26:47.4 Moses Mosop (Kenya) Eugene, Oregon 6/03/11
110 Hurdles 12.80 Aries Merritt (US) Brussels, Belgium 9/07/12
400 Hurdles 46.78 Kevin Young (US) Barcelona, Spain 8/06/92
Relay Events
4x100 36.84 Jamaica London, England 8/11/12
  (Nesta Carter 10.1, Michael Frater 8.9, Yohan Blake 9.0, Usain Bolt 8.8)
4 x 200 1:18.68 Santa Monica TC (US) Walnut, California 4/17/94
  (Mike Marsh 20.0, Leroy Burrell 19.6, Floyd Heard 19.7, Carl Lewis 19.4)
4 x 400 2:54.29 United States Stuttgart, Germany 8/22/93
  (Andrew Valmon 44.5, Quincy Watts 43.6,
Butch Reynolds 43.23, Michael Johnson 42.94)
4 x 800 7:02.43 Kenya Brussels, Belgium 8/25/06
  (Joseph Mutua 1:46.73, William Yiampoy 1:44.38,
Ismael Kombich 1:45.92, Wilfred Bungei 1:45.40)
4 x 1500 14:36.23 Kenya Brussels, Belgium 9/04/09
  (William Biwott 3:38.5, Gideon Gathimba 3:39.5,
Geoffrey Rono 3:41.4, Augustine Choge 3:36.9)
4 x Mile+ 15:49.08 Ireland Dublin, Ireland 8/17/85
  (Eamonn Coghlan 4:00.2, Marcus O’Sullivan 3:55.3,
Frank O’Mara 3:56.6, Ray Flynn 3:56.98)
Sprint Medley+ 3:10.76 Santa Monica TC (US) Tempe, Arizona 4/06/85
  (Carl Lewis 20.3, Ferran Tyler 20.1, Benny Hollis 47.1, Johnny Gray 1:43.3)
Distance Medley+ 9:15.56 Kenya Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4/29/06
  (Elkanah Angwenyi 2:50.8, Thomas Musembi 45.8,
Alfred Kirwa Yego 1:46.2, Alex Kipchirchir 3:52.8)
4 x 110H+ 53.36 United States Stockholm, Sweden 8/07/07
  (Ron Bramlett, Anwar Moore, David Payne, Aries Merritt)
Field Events
High Jump 2.45 | 8-½ Javier Sotomayor (Cuba) Salamanca, Spain 7/27/93
Pole Vault 6.16i | 20-2½ Renaud Lavillenie (France) Donets’k, Ukraine 2/15/14
Long Jump 8.95 | 29-4½ Mike Powell (US) Tokyo, Japan 8/30/91
Triple Jump 18.29 | 60-¼ Jonathan Edwards (Great Britain) Göteborg, Sweden 8/07/95
Shot 23.12 | 75-10¼ Randy Barnes (US) Westwood, California 5/20/90
  [note: Barnes tested positive for steroids later in the year; in keeping with its standard policy, T&FN does not carry any of his ’90 marks on its all-time lists]
  [best non-Barnes mark: 23.06 | 75-8 Ulf Timmermann (East Germany) Chanía, Crete 5/22/88]
Discus 74.08 | 243-0 Jürgen Schult (East Germany) Neubrandenburg, Germany 6/06/86
Hammer 86.74 | 284-7 Yuriy Syedikh (Soviet Union) Stuttgart, Germany 8/30/86
Javelin 98.48 | 323-1 Jan Železný (Czech Republic) Jena, Germany 5/25/96
Multi Event
Decathlon 9039 Ashton Eaton (US) Eugene, Oregon 6/22-23/12
  (10.21, 8.23/27-0, 14.20/46-7¼, 2.05/6-8¾, 46.70 [4728],
13.70, 42.81/140-5, 5.30/17-4½, 58.87/193-1, 4:14.48 [4311])
Road Events
10K 26:44 Leonard Komon (Kenya) Utrecht, Holland 9/26/10
15K 41:13 Leonard Komon (Kenya) Ra’s al Khaymah,
United Arab Emirates
11/21/10
20K 55:21 Zersenay Tadese (Eritrea) Lisbon, Portugal 3/21/10
½-Mar 58:23 Zersenay Tadese (Eritrea) Lisbon, Portugal 03/21/10
25K 1:11:18 Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) Berlin, Germany 5/06/12
30K

1:27:38

Patrick Makau (Kenya) Berlin, Germany 9/25/11
Marathon  2:03:23 Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) Berlin, Germany 9/29/13
  [note: Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) ran 2:03:02 on an aided-course—Boston, Massachusetts 4/18/11]
100K 6:13:33 Takahiro Sunada (Japan) Lake Saroma, Japan 6/21/98
Ekiden Relay 1:57:06 Kenya Chiba, Japan 11/17/05
  (Josphat Muchiri 13:24, Martin Mathathi 27:12, Daniel Mwangi 13:59,
  Mekubo Mogusu 27:56, Onesmus Nyerre 14:36, John Kariuki 19:59)
Walk Events
20,000 1:17:25.6 Bernardo Segura (Mexico) Bergen, Norway 5/07/94
20K(r) 1:17:16 Vladimir Kanyakin (Russia) Saransk, Russia 9/29/07
30,000 2:01:44.1 Maurizio Damilano (Italy) Cuneo, Italy 10/03/92
50,000 3:35:27.2 Yohann Diniz (France) Reims, France 3/12/11
50K(r) 3:34:14 Denis Nizhegorodov (Russia) Cheboksary, Russia 5/11/08


April 12, 2014