21st Century World Records in Athletics

based on statistics at iaaf.org and at en.beijing2008.cn.  A list of the best times and distances from January 1, 2001 to the current day.  Times in black are all-time world records.

Outdoor Records

Men

Event Mark Athlete Nationality Date Site
100 m 9.58 s Usain Bolt Jamaica Aug-16-09 Berlin, Germany
200 m 19.19 s Usain Bolt Jamaica Aug-20-09 Berlin, Germany
400 m 43.03 s Wade Van Niekerk South Africa Aug-14-16 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
800 m 1:40.91 David Rudisha Kenya Aug-09-12 London, England
1000 m 2:13.08 Taoufik Makhloufi Algeria Jul-01-15 Tomblaine, France
1500 m 3:26.12 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco Aug-24-01 Brussels, Belgium
One Mile 3:44.95 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco Jun-29-01 Rome, Italy
2000 m 4:46.88 Ali Saïdi-Sief  Algeria Jun-19-01 Strasbourg, Germany
3000 m 7:25.79 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia Aug-07-07 Stockholm, Sweden
5000 m 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia May-31-04 Hengelo, Netherlands
10000 m 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia Aug-26-05 Brussels, Belgium
10 k road 26:44 Leonard Patrick Komon Kenya Sep-26-10 Utrecht, Netherlands
15 k road 41:13 Leonard Patrick Komon Kenya Nov-21-10 Nijmegen, Netherlands
20000 m 56:25.98 Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia Jun-27-07 Ostrava, Czech Republic
20 k road 55:21+ Zersenay Tadese Eritrea Mar-21-10 Lisbon, Portugal
One Hour 21.285 k Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia Jun-27-07 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Half Marathon 58:23 Zersenay Tadese Eritrea Mar-21-10 Lisbon, Portugal
25000 Metres 1:12:25.4+ Moses Cheruiyot Mosop Kenya Jun-03-11 Eugene, OR, USA
25 k road 1:11:18 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Kenya May-06-12 Berlin, Germany
30000 meters 1:26:47.4 Moses Cheruiyot Mosop Kenya Jun-03-11 Eugene, OR
30 k road 1:27:37 Emmanuel Mutai Kenya Sep-28-14 Berlin, Germany
Marathon 2:02:57 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Kenya Sep-28-14 Berlin,  Germany
100 k 6:18:24 Mario Ardemagni Italy Sep-11-04 Winschoten, Netherlands
3000  m
Steeplechase
7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen Qatar Sep-03-04 Brussels, Belgium
110 m Hurdles 12.80 Aries Merritt U.S.A. Sep-07-12 Brussels, Belgium
400 m Hurdles 47.24 Kerron Clement U.S.A. Jun-26-05 Carson, CA, USA
High Jump 2.43 m Mutaz Essa Barshim Qatar Sep-05-14 Brussels, Belgium
Pole Vault 6.05 m Tie Dmitri Markov Australia Aug-09-01 Edmonton, Canada
Renaud Lavellenie France May-30-15 Eugene, OR, USA
Long Jump 8.74 m Dwight Phillips U.S.A. Jun-07-09 Eugene, OR, USA
Triple Jump 18.21 m Christian Taylor U.S.A. Aug-27-15 Beijing, China
Shot Put 22.67 m Kevin Toth U.S.A. Apr-19-03 Lawrence, KS, USA
Discus 73.38 m Gerd Kanter Estonia Sep-04-06 Helsingborg, Sweden
Hammer 84.90 m Vadim Devyatovskiy Belarus Jul-21-05 Minsk, Belarus
Javelin 92.80 m Jan Železný Czech Republic Aug-12-01 Edmonton, Canada
Decathlon 9,045 pts Ashton Eaton U.S.A. Aug-29-15 Beijing, China
20 K Walk 1:16:36 Yusuke Suzuki Japan Mar-15-15 Nomi, Japan
50 K Walk 3:32:33 Yohann Diniz France Aug-15-14 Zurich, Switzerland
4x100 m relay 36.84 Nesta Carter,
Michael Frater,
Yohan Blake,
Usain Bolt
Jamaica Aug-11-12 London, England
4x200 m relay 1:18.63 Nickel Ashmeade,
Warren Weir,
Jermaine Brown,
Yohan Blake
Jamaica May-24-14 Nassau, Bahamas
4x400 m relay 2:55.39 LaShawn Merritt,
Angelo Taylor,
David Neville,
Jeremy Wariner
U.S.A. Aug-23-08 Beijing, China
4x800 m relay 7:02.43 Joseph Mwengi Mutua,
William Yiampoy,
Ismael Kipngetich Kombich,
Wilfred Bungei
Kenya Aug-25-06 Brussels, Belgium
Road Relay 1:57:06 Josephat Muchiri Ndambiri,
Martin Irungu Mathathi,
Daniel Muchunu Mwangi,
Mekubo Mogusu,
Onesmus Nyerre,
John Kariuki 
Kenya Nov-23-05 Chiba, Japan

 

Women

Event Mark Athlete Nationality Date Site
100 m 10.64 s Carmelita Jeter USA Sep-20-09 Shanghai, China
200 m 21.63 s Dafne Schippers Netherlands Aug-28-15 Beijing, China
400 m 48.7 s Sanya Richards-Ross U.S.A. Sep-16-06 Athens, Greece
800 m 1:54.01 Pamela Jelimo Kenya Aug-29-08 Zurich, Switzerland
1000 m 2:30.12 Maria de Lurdes Mutola Mozambique Aug-30-02 Brussels, Belgium
1500 m 3:50.07 Genzebe Dibaba Ethiopia Jul-17-15 Fontvieille, Monaco
One Mile 4:14.30 Genzebe Dibaba Ethiopia Sep-09-16 Rovereto, Italy
2000 m 5:27.50 Genzebe Dibaba Ethiopia Jun-17-14 Ostrava, Czech Republic
3000 m 8:20.68 Hellen Onsando Obiri Kenya May-09-14 Doha, Qatar
5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia Jun-06-08 Oslo, Norway
10000 m 29:17.45 Almaz Ayana Ethiopia Aug-12-16 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10 k road 30:21 Paula Radcliffe Great Britain Feb-23-03 San Juan, Puerto Rico
15 k road 46:14+ Florence Kiplagat Kenya Feb-15-15 Barcelona, Spain
20000 m 1:05:35.3 Dire Tune Ethiopia Jun-17-09 Ostrava, Czech Republic
20 k road 1:01:54+ Florence Kiplagat Kenya Feb-15-15 Barcelona, Spain
One Hour 18.517 k Dire Tune Ethiopia Jun-12-08 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Half Marathon 1:05:09 Florence Kiplagat Kenya Feb-15-15 Barcelona, Spain
25000 m 1:27:05.9 Tegla Loroupe Kenya Sep-21-02 Mengerskirchen, Germany
25 k road 1:19:53 Mary Jepkosgei Keitany Kenya May-09-10 Berlin, Germany
30000 m 1:45:50.0 Tegla Loroupe Kenya Jun-07-03 Warstein, Germany
30 k road 1:38:23+ Liliya Shobukhova Russia Oct-09-11 Chicago, IL, USA
Marathon 2:15:25 Paula Radcliffe Great Britain Apr-13-03 London, England
100 k road 7:00:27 Norimi Sakurai Japan Sep-08-07 Winschoten, Netherlands
3000 m
Steeplechase
8:52.78 Ruth Jebet Bahrain Aug-27-16 St. Denis, France
100 m hurdles 12.20 s Kendra Harrison USA Jul-22-16 London, England
400 m hurdles 52.34 s Yuliya Pechonkina Russia Aug-08-03 Tula, Russia
High Jump 2.08 m Blanka Vlašic Croatia Aug-31-09 Zagreb, Croatia
Pole Vault 5.06 m Elena Isinbayeva Russia Aug-28-09 Zurich, Switzerland
Long Jump 7.42 m Tatyana Kotova Russia Jun-23-02 Annecy, France
Triple Jump 15.39 m Françoise Mbango Etone Cameroon Aug-17-08 Beijing, China
Shot Put 21.58 m Nadzeya Ostapchuk Belarus Jul-18-12 Minsk, Belarus
Discus 71.08 m Sandra Perkovic Croatia Aug-16-14 Zurich, Switzerland
Hammer 82.98 m Anita Włodarczyk Poland Aug-20-16 Warsaw, Poland
Javelin 72.28 m Barbora Špotáková Czech Republic Sep-13-08 Stuttgart, Germany
Heptathlon 7032 pts Carolina Klüft Sweden Aug-26-07 Osaka, Japan
Decathlon 8358 pts Austra Skujytė Lituania Apr-14-15-05 Columbia, MO, USA
10000 m walk 42:29.06 Elisa Rigaudo Italy Apr-27-13 Ascoli Piceno, Italy
20000 m walk 1:26:52.3 Olimpiada Ivanova Russia Sep-06-01 Brisbane, Australia
20 k walk 1:24:38 Liu Hong China Jun-06-15 La Coruňa, Spain
4x100 m relay 40.82 s U.S.A. --
Tianna Madison,
Allyson Felix,
Bianca Knight,
Carmelita Jeter
U.S.A. Aug-10-12 London, England
4x200 m relay 1:30.01 United States "Blue"
Angela Daigle-Bowen,
Debbie Dunn,
Julian Clay,
Shaunta Pelham
U.S.A. Apr-24-04 Philadelphia, PA, USA
4x400 m relay 3:16.87 DeeDee Trotter,
Allyson Felix,
Francena McCorory,
Sanya Richards-Ross
U.S.A. Aug-11-12 London, England

Select Indoor Records

Men

Event Mark Athlete Nationality Date Site
50 m 5.58 s Leonard Scott U.S.A. Feb-26-05 Liévin, France
60 m 6.39 s Maurice Greene U.S.A. Mar-03-01 Atlanta, Georgia
50 m hurdles 6.36 s Ladji Doucouré France Feb-26-05 Liévin, France
60 m hurdles 7.33 s Dayron Robles Cuba Feb-08-08 Düsseldorf, Germany
High Jump 2.42 m Ivan Ukhov Russia Feb-25-14 Prague, Czech Republic
Triple Jump 17.92 m Teddy Tamgho France Mar-06-11 Paris, France
Pole Vault 6.16 m Renaud Lavillenie France Feb-15-14 Donetsk, Ukraine
Heptathlon 6645 pts Ashton Eaton U.S.A. Mar-09-10-12 Istanbul, Turkey
5000 m walk 18:08.86 Ivano Brugnetti Italy Feb-17-07 Ancona, Italy

Women

Event Mark Athlete Nationality Date Site
50 m 6.08 s Veronica Campbell-Brown Jamaica Jan-28-12 New York, NY
60 m 6.97 s LaVerne Jones-Ferrette U.S. Virgin Islands Feb-06-10 Stuttgart, Germany
1,500 meters 3:55:17 Genzebe Dibaba Ethiopia Feb-01-14 Karlsruhe, Germany
3,000 meters 8:16.60 Genzebe Dibaba Ethiopia Feb-06-14 Stockholm, Sweden
50 m hurdles 6.67 s Susanna Kallur Sweden Feb-21-08 Stockholm, Sweden
60 m hurdles 7.68 s Susanna Kallur Sweden Feb-10-08 Karlsruhe, Germany
High Jump 2.08 m Kajsa Bergqvist Sweden Feb-04-06 Arnstadt, Germany
Shot Put 21.70 m Nadzeya Ostapchuk Belarus Feb-12-10 Mogilev, Belarus
Pentathlon 5013 pts Nataliya Dobrynska Ukraine Mar-09-12 Istanbul, Turkey
3000 m walk 11:35.34 Gillian O'Sullivan Ireland Feb-15-03 Belfast, Northern Ireland
4 x 800 m relay 8:06.24 Bulanova Aleksandra,
Martynova Ekaterina,
Kofanova Elena,
Balakshina Anna
Russia Feb-18-11 Moscow, Russia

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