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10,000 metres world record progression

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Current men's world record holder Kenenisa Bekele celebrating his 2009 world title in the 10,000 m
Current men's world record holder Kenenisa Bekele celebrating his 2009 world title in the 10,000 m

The official world records in the 10,000 metres are held by Kenenisa Bekele with 26:17.53 minutes for men and Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia with 29:17.45 minutes for women.

The first world record in the men's 10,000 metres was recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1912. The first ratified record, Jean Bouin's time of 30:58.8 minutes, had been run the year before. As of June 21, 2009, 37 men's world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.[1]

The first world record in the women's 10,000 metres was recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1981. As of June 21, 2009, eight women's world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.[2] Before the event was recognised by the IAAF as an official world record event the 3000 metres was the most common international women's long-distance track event, although women did sometimes compete over 10,000 m before its addition to the World Championships and Olympic programme in 1987 and 1988, respectively.[3]



Time Athlete Date Place
32:35.0[a]  William Howitt (GBR) 1847-04-05 Peckham, United Kingdom
32:09.0[b]  Walter George (GBR) 1882-03-25 London, United Kingdom
31:53.4[b]  Walter George (GBR) 1884-04-07 London, United Kingdom
31:40.0[b]  Walter George (GBR) 1884-07-28 London, United Kingdom
31:23.1  William Cummings (GBR) 1885-09-28 London, United Kingdom
31:02.4  Alfred Shrubb (GBR) 1904-11-05 Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • a Howitt's time was recorded at the point of 10,186 m, en route to a longer distance.[4]
  • b George's times were recorded at the 6.25 miles (10.06 km) point.[4]

IAAF world records

Time Auto Athlete Date Place
30:58.8  Jean Bouin (FRA) November 16, 1911 Paris, France[1]
30:40.2  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) June 22, 1921 Stockholm, Sweden[1]
30:35.4  Ville Ritola (FIN) May 25, 1924 Helsinki, Finland[1]
30:23.2  Ville Ritola (FIN) July 6, 1924 Paris, France[1]
30:06.2  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) August 31, 1924 Kuopio, Finland[1]
30:05.6  Ilmari Salminen (FIN) July 18, 1937 Kouvola, Finland[1]
30:02.0  Taisto Mäki (FIN) September 29, 1938 Tampere, Finland[1]
29:52.6  Taisto Mäki (FIN) September 17, 1939 Helsinki, Finland[1]
29:35.4  Viljo Heino (FIN) August 25, 1944 Helsinki, Finland[1]
29:28.2  Emil Zátopek (CZE) June 11, 1949 Ostrava, Czech Republic[1]
29:27.2  Viljo Heino (FIN) September 1, 1949 Kouvola, Finland[1]
29:21.2  Emil Zátopek (CZE) October 22, 1949 Ostrava, Czech Republic[1]
29:02.6  Emil Zátopek (CZE) August 4, 1950 Turku, Finland[1]
29:01.6  Emil Zátopek (CZE) November 1, 1953 Stara Boleslav, Czech Republic[1]
28:54.2  Emil Zátopek (CZE) June 1, 1954 Brussels, Belgium[1]
28:42.8  Sandor Iharos (HUN) July 15, 1956 Budapest, Hungary[1]
28:30.4  Vladimir Kuts (URS) September 11, 1956 Moscow, Soviet Union[1]
28:18.8  Pyotr Bolotnikov (URS) October 15, 1960 Kiev, Soviet Union[1]
28:18.2  Pyotr Bolotnikov (URS) August 11, 1962 Moscow, Soviet Union[1]
28:15.6  Ron Clarke (AUS) December 18, 1963 Melbourne, Australia[1]
27:39.4 27:39.89  Ron Clarke (AUS) July 14, 1965 Oslo, Norway[1]
27:38.4 27:38.35  Lasse Virén (FIN) September 3, 1972 Munich, Germany[1]
27:30.8 27:30.80  David Bedford (GBR) July 13, 1973 London, United Kingdom[1]
27:30.5 27:30.47  Samson Kimobwa (KEN) June 30, 1977 Helsinki, Finland[1]
27:22.4 27:22.47  Henry Rono (KEN) June 11, 1978 Vienna, Austria[1]
27:13.81  Fernando Mamede (POR) July 2, 1984 Stockholm, Sweden[1]
27:08.23  Arturo Barrios (MEX) August 18, 1989 Berlin, Germany[1]
27:07.91  Richard Chelimo (KEN) July 5, 1993 Stockholm, Sweden[1]
26:58.38  Yobes Ondieki (KEN) July 10, 1993 Oslo, Norway[1]
26:52.23  William Sigei (KEN) July 22, 1994 Oslo, Norway[1]
26:43.53  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) June 5, 1995 Hengelo, Netherlands[1]
26:38.08  Salah Hissou (MAR) August 23, 1996 Brussels, Belgium[1]
26:31.32  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) July 4, 1997 Oslo, Norway[1]
26:27.85  Paul Tergat (KEN) August 22, 1997 Brussels, Belgium[1]
26:22.75  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) June 1, 1998 Hengelo, Netherlands[1]
26:20.31  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) June 8, 2004 Ostrava, Czech Republic[1]
26:17.53  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) August 26, 2005 Brussels, Belgium[1]

The "Time" column indicates the ratified mark; the "Auto" column indicates a fully automatic time that was also recorded in the event when hand-timed marks were used for official records, or which was the basis for the official mark, rounded to the 10th of a second, depending on the rules then in place.

Auto times to the hundredth of a second were accepted by the IAAF for events up to and including 10,000 m from 1981.[1] However, Henry Rono's 27:22.4, timed to the hundredth at 27:22.47, was not adjusted from 1981.



Time Athlete Date Place
39:25.0  Gertrud Schmidt (GER) 1966 ?[5]
39:10.0  Hannelore Middeke (GER) 1966 ?[5]
38:06.4  Ann O'Brien (IRL) 1967-03-26 Gormanstown, Ireland[5]
35:30.5  Paola Pigni (ITA) 1970-05-09 Milan, Italy[5]
34:51.0  Kathy Gibbons (USA) 1971-06-12 Phoenix, United States[5]
35:00.4  Julie Brown (USA) 1975-03-29 Los Angeles, United States[5]
34:01.4  Christa Vahlensieck (FRG) 1975-08-20 Wolfsburg, Germany[5]
33:34.17  Loa Olafsson (DEN) 1977-03-19 Hvidovre, Denmark[5]
33:15.09  Peg Neppel (USA) 1977-06-09 Los Angeles, United States[5]
32:43.2  Natalia Mărăşescu (ROM) 1978-01-22 Băile Felix, Romania[5]
31:45.4  Loa Olafsson (DEN) 1978-04-06 Copenhagen, Denmark[5]
32:30.80  Olga Krentser (URS) 1981-08-07 Moscow, Soviet Union[5]

IAAF world records

Time Athlete Date Place
32:17.20  Yelena Sipatova (URS) 1981-10-19 Moscow, Soviet Union[2]
31:35.3  Mary Decker-Slaney (USA) 1982-07-16 Eugene, USA[2]
31:35.01  Lyudmila Baranova (URS) 1983-05-29 Krasnodar, Soviet Union[2]
31:27.58  Raisa Sadreydinova (URS) 1983-09-07 Odessa, Soviet Union[2]
31:13.78  Olga Bondarenko (URS) 1984-06-24 Kiev, Soviet Union[2]
30:59.42  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1985-07-27 Oslo, Norway[2]
30:13.74  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1986-07-05 Oslo, Norway[2]
29:31.78  Wang Junxia (CHN) 1993-09-08 Beijing, PR China[2]
29:17.45  Almaz Ayana (ETH) 2016-08-12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (pdf). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 551=2. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (pdf). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 643. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Main > Women, 10000 m > World Records Progression. Brinkster Track and Field. Retrieved on 2014-01-19.
  4. ^ a b 10,000 meters outdoors. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2014-01-19.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hymans, Richard; Matrahazi, Imre. "IAAF World Records Progression" (PDF) (2015 ed.). International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "World records ratified". IAAF. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
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