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Men's Indoor European Records


Men’s indoor track and field records for the European continent, as recognized by the European Athletic Association.

1. 50 Meters

Manfred 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 Meters

Dwain 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 Meters

Linford 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 Meters

Thomas Schonlebe, East Germany, 45.05. February 5, 1988. Schonlebe set an indoor world record at Sindelfingen that stood for four years.

5. 800 Meters

Wilson 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 Meters

Wilson 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 Meters

Andres Diaz, Spain, 3:33.32. February 24, 1999. Diaz set his European record at the Athinai 1999 meet in Greece.

8. 1 Mile

Eamonn 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.

Read more about the fastest mile times in history.

9. 3000 Meters

Sergio Sanchez, Spain, 7:32.41. February 13, 2010. Sanchez established his continental record in a meet in Valencia.

10. 5000 Meters

Bouabdellah Tahri, France, 13.11:13. February 14, 2010. Tahri set his mark in his hometown of Metz in France.

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