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World Outdoor Records Set in 1997

World outdoor records set or equaled between Oct. 1, 1996 and Sept. 1, 1997; (p) indicates record is pending ratification by the IAAF.


Event Name Record Old Mark Former Holder
800 metersWilson Kipketer, DEN1:41.731:41.73Sebastian Coe, GBR (1981)
800 metersWilson Kipketer, DEN1:41.241:41.73Sebastian Coe, GBR (1981)
& Wilson Kipketer (1997)
800 metersWilson Kipketer, DEN1:41.111:41.24Wilson Kipketer (1997)
3000 steeplechaseWilson Boit Kipketer, KEN7:59.087:59.18Moses Kiptanui, KEN (1995)
3000 steeplechaseBernard Barmasai, KEN7:55.727:59.08Wilson Boit Kipketer, KEN (1997)
5000 metersHaile Gebrselassie, ETH12:41.8612:44.39Haile Gebrselassie, ETH (1995)
5000 metersDaniel Komen, KEN12:39.7412:41.86Haile Gebrselassie, ETH (1997)
10,000 metersHaile Gebrselassie, ETH26:31.3226:38.08Salah Hissou, MOR (1996)
10,000 metersPaul Tergat, KEN26:27.8526:31.32Haile Gebrselassie, ETH (1997)


Event Name Record Old Mark Former Holder
Pole VaultEmma George, AUS14-1114-7 1/2Emma George, AUS (1996)
Hammer ThrowMihaela Melinte, ROM228-3227-11Olga Kuzenkova, RUS (1996)
Hammer ThrowOlga Kuzenkova, RUS232-3228-3Mihaela Melinte, ROM (1996)
Hammer ThrowOlga Kuzenkova, RUS233-8232-3Olga Kuzenkova, RUS (1997)
Hammer ThrowOlga Kuzenkova, RUS239-10233-8Olga Kuzenkova, RUS (1997)

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1997 IAAF World ChampionshipsTrack and Field1997 IAAF Mobil Grand Prix Final

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