1. 50 MetersManfred Kokot, East Germany, 5.61. February 4, 1973. Kokot set the world record at a Berlin meet. The mark stood for 14 years until it was broken by Canada’s Ben Johnson.
2. 60 MetersDwain Chambers, Great Britain, 6.42. March 7, 2009. Chambers broke Ronald Pognon’s continental mark during the semifinals of the 2009 European Indoor Championships in Turin. Chambers couldn’t duplicate the time in the final, but he still won the gold in 6.46 seconds.
3. 200 MetersLinford Christie, Great Britain, 20.25. February 19, 1995. Christie set a world record at Lievin as he edged Namibia’s Frank Fredericks by one-hundredth of a second. Fredericks returned and broke the world mark at the same meet one year later, but Christie’s time remains the European standard.
4. 400 MetersThomas Schonlebe, East Germany, 45.05. February 5, 1988. Schonlebe set an indoor world record at Sindelfingen that stood for four years.
5. 800 MetersWilson Kipketer, Denmark, 1:42.67. March 9, 1997. At the 1997 World Indoor Championships in Paris, Kipketer took almost a full second off the indoor world record during the heats, then lowered his mark while taking the gold medal in the final. His world record still stands as of 2013.
6. 1000 MetersWilson Kipketer, Denmark, 2:14.96. February 20, 2000. Kipketer set a world mark that still stands as of 2013, during a Birmingham meet.
7. 1500 MetersAndres Diaz, Spain, 3:33.32. February 24, 1999. Diaz set his European record at the Athinai 1999 meet in Greece.
8. 1 MileEamonn Coghlan, Ireland, 3:49.78. February 27, 1983. The “Chairman of the Boards” dominated indoor 1500 and mile running in the 1970s and 1980s, setting and re-setting the world mile mark three times. His final world record stood for 14 years until it was broken by Hicham El Guerrouj.
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