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World Outdoor Records—Women

(Through Sept. 6, 2006)

Event Record Holder Home country Where made Date
Running
100 m   0:10.49Florence Griffith-Joyner United States Indianapolis, Ind. July 16, 1988
200 m 0:21.34 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States Seoul, South Korea Sept. 29, 1988
400 m 0:47.60 Marita Koch East Germany Canberra, AustraliaOct. 6, 1985
800 m 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová Czechoslovakia Munich, W. GermanyJuly 26, 1983
1000 m 2:28.98 Svetlana Masterkova Russia Brussels, Belgium Aug. 23, 1996
1,500 m 3:50.46 Qu Yunxia China Beijing, China Sept. 11, 1993
1 mile 4:12.56 Svetlana Masterkova Russia Zurich, Switzerland Aug. 14, 1996
2,000 m5:25.36Sonia O'SullivanIrelandEdinburgh, ScotlandJuly 8, 1994
3,000 m 8:06.11 Wang Junxia China Beijing, China Sept. 13, 1993
5,000 m 14:24.53Meseret DefarEthiopiaNew York, N.Y.June 3, 2006
10,000 m 29:31.78 Wang Junxia China Beijing, China Sept. 8, 1993
20,000 m 1:05:26.60Tegla Loroupe Kenya Borgholzhausen,
 Germany
Sept. 3, 2000
25,000 m 1:27:05.90Tegla Loroupe Kenya Mengerskirchen,
 Germany
Sept. 21, 2002
30,000 m 1:45:50.00Tegla Loroupe Kenya Warstein, GermanyJune 6, 2003
1 hour18,340 mTegla LoroupeKenyaBorgholzhausen,
 Germany
July 8, 1998
3,000 m
 steeplechase
9:01.59Gulnara SamitovaRussiaIráklio, GreeceJuly 4, 2004
Marathon12:15:25Paula RadcliffeGreat BritainLondon, EnglandApril 13, 2003
Walking
10,000 m41:56.23Nadezhda RyashkinaRussiaSeattle, Wash.July 24, 1990
20,000 m1:26:52.30Olimpiada IvanovaRussiaBrisbane, AustraliaSept. 6, 2001
Hurdles
100 m 0:12.21 Yordanka DonkovaBulgaria Stara Zagora, Bulgaria Aug. 20, 1988
400 m0:52.34Yuliya PechonkinaRussiaTula, RussiaAug. 8, 2003
Relay races
400 m (4 × 100) 0:41.37East Germany E. Germany Canberra, AustraliaOct. 6, 1985
800 m (4 × 200)1:27.46 United States “Blue”United StatesPhiladelphia, Pa.April 29, 2000
1,600 m
 (4 × 400)
3:15.17USSRUSSR Seoul, South Korea Oct. 1, 1988
3,200 m
 (4 × 800)
7:50.17USSR USSR Moscow, USSR Aug. 5, 1984
Field events
High jump 2.09 mStefka Kostadinova Bulgaria Rome, ItalyAug. 30, 1987
Pole vault 5.01 mYelena IsinbayevaRussiaHelsinki, FinlandAug. 12, 2005
Long jump 7.52 mGalina Chistyakova USSR Leningrad, RussiaJune 11, 1988
Triple jump 15.50 mInessa KravetsUkraineGöteborg, SwedenAug. 10, 1995
Shot-put 22.63 m Natalya Lisovskaya USSR Moscow, RussiaJune 7, 1987
Discus throw 76.80 m Gabriele Reinsch East Germany Neubrandenburg,
 E. Ger.
July 9, 1988
Hammer throw77.80 m2Tatyana LysenkoRussiaTallinn, EstoniaAug. 15, 2006
Javelin throw 71.70 m2Osleidys Menéndez CubaHelsinki, FinlandAug. 14, 2005
Heptathlon7,291 ptsJackie Joyner-KerseeUnited States Seoul, South KoreaSept. 24, 1988
Decathlon8,358 ptsAustra SkujyteLithuaniaColumbia, Mo.April 15, 2005
1. Not recognized by IAAF as world record, but considered to be “world-best performance.”
2. Awaiting IAAF ratification.
Source: IAAF.

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