What If World Records Had Started Anew in 2000?

(as of September 01, 2019)

There are those who think that the sport—given the dearth of World Records in recent years—would have been better off if the IAAF had listened to proposals to create a set of “new millennium” World Records starting with the 2000 season.

We hasten to note that creating a new set of all-time bests wouldn’t have to mean throwing the old ones out. There would simply be records for the 1900s and another set for the 2000s.

Had the IAAF bought into the idea, this is what the “new millennium” World Records would look like (* = actual IAAF World Record, surpassing the best mark of the 1900s):

 

MEN’S TRACK
100 9.58* Usain Bolt (Jamaica) ’09
200 19.19* Usain Bolt (Jamaica) ’09
400 43.03* Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) ’16
800 1:40.91* David Rudisha (Kenya) ’12
1000 2:13.08 Taoufik Makhloufi (Algeria) ’15
1500 3:26:12 Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) ’01
2000 4:44.49i Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) ’07
Mile 3:44.95 Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) ’01
Steeple 7:53:63* Saïf Shaheen (Qatar) ’04
3000 7:25.02 Ali Saïdi-Sief (Algeria) ’00
5000 12:37.35* Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) ’04
10,000 26:17.53* Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) ’05
110 Hurdles 12.80* Aries Merritt (US) ’12
400 Hurdles 46.92 Karsten Warholm (Norway) ‘’19
Half-Marathon 58:18* Abraham Kiptum (Kenya) ’18
Marathon 2:01:39* Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) ’18
20K Walk 1:16:36* Yusuke Suzuki (Japan) ’15
50K Walk 3:32:33* Yohann Diniz (France) ’14
4 x 100 36.84* Jamaica ’12
4 x 400 2:55.39 United States ’08

 

MEN’S FIELD
High Jump 2.43 | 7-11½ Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar) ’14
Pole Vault 6.16 | 20-2½i* Renaud Lavillenie (France) ’14
Long Jump 8.74 | 28-8¼ Dwight Phillips (US) ’09
Triple Jump 18.21 | 59-9 Christian Taylor (US) ’15
Shot 22.74 | 74-7¼ Ryan Crouser (US) ’19
Discus 73.88 | 242-5 Virgilijus Alekna (Lithuania) ’00
Hammer 84.90 | 278-6 Vadim Devyatovskiy (Belarus) ’05
Javelin 94.44 | 309-10 Johannes Vetter (Germany) ’17
Decathlon 9126* Kevin Mayer (France) ’18

 

WOMEN’S TRACK
100 10.64 Carmelita Jeter (US) ’09
200 21.63 Dafne Schippers (Holland) ’15
400 48.70 Sanya Richards-Ross (US) ’06
800 1:54.01 Pamela Jelimo (Kenya) ’08
1000 2:30.12 Maria Mutola (Mozambique) ’02
1500 3:50.07* Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) ’15
2000 5:23.75i* Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) ’17
Mile 4:12.33* Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) ’19
Steeple 8:44.32* Beatrice Chepkoech (Kenya) ’18
3000 8:16.60i Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) ’14
5000 14:11.15* Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) ’08
10,000 29:17.45* Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) ’16
100 Hurdles 12.20* Keni Harrison (US) ’16
400 Hurdles 52.20* Dalilah Muhammad (US) ’19
Half-Marathon 64.51* Joyciline Jepkosgei (Kenya) ’17
Marathon 2:15:25* Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) ’03
20K Walk 1:24.38* Hong Liu (China) ’15
50K Walk 4:04.36* Rui Liang (China) ’18
4 x 100 40.82* United States ’12
4 x 400 3:16.87 United States ’12

 

WOMEN’S FIELD
High Jump 2.08 | 6-9¾i Kajsa Bergqvist (Sweden) ’06
2.08 | 6-9¾ Blanka Vlašić (Croatia) ’09
Pole Vault 5.06 | 16-7¼* Yelena Isinbaeva (Russia) ’09
Long Jump 7.42 | 24-4¼ Tatyana Kotova (Russia) ’02
Triple Jump 15.39 | 50-6 Françoise Mbango (Cameroon) ’08
Shot 21.46 | 70-5 Larisa Peleshenko (Russia) ’00
Discus 71.41 | 234-3 Sandra Perković (Croatia) ’17
Hammer 82.98 | 272-3* Anita Włodarczyk (Poland) ’16
Javelin 72.28 | 237-2* Barbora Špotáková (Czech Republic) ’08
Heptathlon 7032 Carolina Klüft (Sweden) ’07