World Records—Women

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

m = meters

M = miles

p = mark pending ratification

(r) = road

y = yards

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Track Events
100 10.49 Florence Griffith Joyner (US) Indianapolis, Indiana 7/16/88
  [T&FN believes the 10.49 is illegally wind-aided and should never have been accepted as the WR]
  [We believe the “real” fastest is 10.61 Florence Griffith Joyner (US) Indianapolis, Indiana, 7/17/88]
200 21.34 Florence Griffith Joyner (US) Seoul, South Korea 9/29/88
400 47.60 Marita Koch (East Germany) Canberra, Australia 10/06/85
600+ 1:22.63 Ana Guevara (Mexico) Guadalajara, Spain 7/25/97
800 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová (Czechoslovakia) Munich, Germany 7/26/83
1000 2:28.98 Svetlana Masterkova (Russia) Brussels, Belgium 8/23/96
1500 3:50.46 Yunxia Qu (China) Beijing, China 9/11/93
  [T&FN believes all the marks made in the Chinese National Games of ’93 and ’97 are flawed.]
  [We believe the “real” fastest is 3:52.47 Tatyana Kazankina (Soviet Union) Zürich, Switzerland, 8/13/80]
Mile 4:12.56 Svetlana Masterkova (Russia) Zürich, Switzerland 8/14/96
2000 5:25.35 Sonia O’Sullivan (Ireland) Edinburgh, Scotland 7/08/94
Steeple 8:58.81 Gulnara Galkina (Russia) Beijing, China 8/17/08
3000 8:06.11 Junxia Wang (China) Beijing, China 9/13/93
  [T&FN believes all the marks made in the Chinese National Games of ’93 and ’97 are flawed.]
  [We believe the “real” fastest is 8:21.42 Gabriela Szabo (Romania) Fontvieille, Monaco, 9/19/02]
2 Miles+ 8:58.58 Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) Brussels, Belgium 9/14/07
5000 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) Oslo, Norway 6/06/08
10,000 29:31.78 Junxia Wang (China) Beijing, China 9/08/93
  [T&FN believes all the marks made in the Chinese National Games of ’93 and ’97 are flawed.]
  [We believe the “real” fastest is 29:53.80 Meselech Melkamu (Ethiopia) Utrecht, Holland 6/14/09]
20,000 1:05:26.6 Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) Borgholzhausen, Germany 9/03/00
Hour 18,517m (11M,878y) Dire Tune (Ethiopia) Ostrava, Czech Republic 6/12/08
25,000 1:27:05.9 Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) Mengerskirchen, Germany 9/02/02
30,000 1:45:50.0 Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) Warstein, Germany 6/06/03
100 Hurdles 12.21 Yordanka Donkova (Bulgaria) Stara Zagora, Bulgaria 8/20/88
400 Hurdles 52.34 Yuliya Pechonkina (Russia) Tula, Russia 8/08/03
Relay Events
4 x 100 40.82 United States London, England 8/11/12
  (Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter)
4 x 200 1:27.46 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4/29/00
  (LaTasha Jenkins, LaTasha Colander-Richardson,
Nanceen Perry, Marion Jones)
4 x 400 3:15.17 Soviet Union Seoul, South Korea 10/01/88
  (Tatyana Ledovskaya 50.12, Olga Nazarova 47.82,
Maria Pinigina 49.43, Olga Bryzgina 47.80)
4 x 800 7:50.17 Soviet Union Moscow, Russia 8/05/84
  (Nadezhda Olizarenko, Lyubov Gurina,
Lyudmila Borisova, Irina Podyalovskaya)
4 x 1500 17:08.34 Tennessee (US) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4/24/09
  (Chanelle Price 4:19.5, Phoebe Wright 4:19.0,
Rolanda Bell 4:19.6, Sarah Bowman 4:10.2)
Sprint Medley+ 3:34.56 Jamaica Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4/25/09
  (Sherri-Ann Brooks, Rosemarie Whyte,
Moya Thompson 51.7, Kenia Sinclair 1:57.43)
Distance Medley+ 10:48.38 Villanova (US) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4/28/88
  (Kathy Franey 3:21.0, Kameisha Bennett 52.8,
Celeste Halliday 2:04.7, Vickie Huber 4:29.9)
4 x 100H+ 52.00 Russia Portsmouth, England 6/05/93
  (Marina Azyabina, Yelena Sinyutina,
Eva Sokolova, Yelizaveta Chernyshova)
  50.78p Boogie Fast TC Gainesville, Florida 4/06/13
  (Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Yvette Lewis, Queen Harrison)
Field Events
High Jump 2.09 | 6-10¼ Stefka Kostadinova (Bulgaria) Rome, Italy 8/30/87
Pole Vault 5.06 | 16-7¼ Yelena Isinbaeva (Russia) Zürich, Switzerland 8/28/09
Long Jump 7.52 | 24-8¼ Galina Chistyakova (Soviet Union) St. Petersburg, Russia 6/11/88
Triple Jump 15.50 | 50-10¼ Inessa Kravets (Ukraine) Göteborg, Sweden 8/10/95
Shot 22.63 | 74-3 Natalya Lisovskaya (Soviet Union) Moscow, Russia 6/07/87
Discus 76.80 | 252-0 Gabriele Reinsch (East Germany) Neubrandenburg, Germany 7/09/88
Hammer 79.42 | 260-7 Betty Heidler (Germany) Halle, Germany 5/21/11
Javelin 72.28 | 237-2 Barbora Špotáková
(Czech Republic)
Stuttgart, Germany 9/13/08
Multi Event
Heptathlon 7291 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US) Seoul, South Korea 9/23–24/88
  (12.69, 1.86/6-1¼, 15.80/51-10, 22.56 [4264],
  7.27/23-10¼, 45.66/149-10, 2:08.51 [3027])
Decathlon 8358 Austra Skujytė (Lithuania) Columbia, Missouri 4/14-15/05
  (12.49, 46.19/151-6, 3.10/10-2, 48.78/160-0, 57.19 [3890],
  4.22w, 6.12/20-1w, 16.42/53-10½, 1.78/5-10, 5:15.86 [4468])
Road Events
10K 30:21 Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) San Juan, Puerto Rico 2/23/03
15K 46:28 Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) Nijmegen, Holland 11/15/09
20K 61:56 Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) Barcelona, Spain 2/16/14
½-Marathon 65:12 Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) Barcelona, Spain 2/16/14
25K 1:19:53 Mary Keitany (Kenya) Berlin, Germany 5/09/10
30K 1:38:49 Mizuki Noguchi (Japan) Berlin, Germany 9/25/05
Marathon 2:15:25 Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) London, England 4/13/03
100K 6:33:11 Tomoe Abe (Japan) Lake Saroma, Japan 5/25/00
Ekiden Relay 2:11:41 China Beijing, China 2/28/98
  (Bo Jiang 15:42, Yanmei Dong 31:36, Fenting Zhao 15:16,
  Zaijie Ma 31:01, Lixin Lan 15:50, Xa Lin 22:16)
Walk Events
10,000 41:56.23 Nadezhda Ryashkina (SU) Seattle, Washington 7/24/90
10K(r) 41:04 Yelena Nikolayeva (Russia) Sochi, Russia 4/20/96
20,000 1:26:52.3 Olimpiada Ivanova (Russia) Brisbane, Australia 9/06/01
20K(r) 1:25:02 Yelena Lashmanova (Russia) London, England 8/11/12

April 12, 2014