Men’s World Records

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

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+ 30.81 Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) Ostrava, Czech Republic 6/28/17
400 43.03 Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8/14/16
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 56:26.0 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
4 x 100 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 1:18.63 Jamaica Nassau, Bahamas 5/24/14
(Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown 19.6, Yohan Blake 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 14:22.22 Kenya Nassau, Bahamas 5/25/14
(Collins Cheboi 3:38.6 Silas Kiplagat 3:32.5, James Magut 3:38.8, Asbel Kiprop 3:32.3)
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 9:15.50 United States Nassau, Bahamas 5/03/15
(Kyle Merber 2:53.56, Brycen Spratling 45.95, Brandon Johnson 1:44.75, Ben Blankenship 3:51.24)
4 x 110H+ 52.94 Team USA Blue Drake Des Moines, Iowa 4/25/15
(Jason Richardson, Aleec Harris, Aries Merritt, David Oliver)
Field Events
High Jump 2.45 | 8-½ Javier Sotomayor (Cuba) Salamanca, Spain 7/27/93
Pole Vault 6.16 | 20-2½i 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 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 9126 Kevin Mayer (France) Talence, France 9/15-16/18
(10.55, 7.80/25-7¼ 16.00/52.6, 2.05/6-8¾, 48.42 [4563], 13.75, 50.54/165-10, 5.45/17-10½, 71.90/235-11, 4:36.11 [4563])
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+ 55:18p Abraham Kiptum (Kenya) Valencia, Spain 10/28/18
½-Mar 58:18p Abraham Kiptum (Kenya) Valencia, Spain 10/28/18
25K+ 1:11:18 Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) Berlin, Germany 5/06/12
30K+ 1:27:13 Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) London, England 4/24/16
1:27:13 Stanley Biwott (Kenya) London, England 4/24/16
1:26:45p Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) Berlin, Germany 9/16/18
Marathon 2:01.39 Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) Berlin, Germany 9/16/18
100K 6:13:33 Takahiro Sunada (Japan) Lake Saroma, Japan 6/21/98
6:09:14 Nao Kazami (Japan) Kitami City, Japan 6/24/18
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) 1:16:36 Yusuke Suzuki (Japan) Nomi, Japan 3/15/15
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) 3:32:33 Yohann Diniz (France) Zürich, Switzerland 8/15/14

as of November 6, 2018