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Men's World Championship Records


Men's records from the IAAF outdoor World Championships, which were first held in 1983.

1. 100 Meters

Usain Bolt, Jamaica, 9.58. August 16, 2009. Bolt triumphed in one of the greatest 100-meter races in history, breaking his own world record set during the Beijing Olympics the previous year. Bolt was motivated by a strong challenge from Tyson Gay, who finished second in 9.71 seconds.

2. 200 Meters

Usain Bolt, Jamaica, 19.19. August 20, 2009. Bolt concluded his amazing sprint performance at the Berlin World Championships by setting a second world record. Bolt broke his own mark of 19.30 seconds set during the 2008 Olympics.

3. 400 Meters

Michael Johnson, United States, 43.18. August 26, 1999. The American sprinter had run within two-tenths of a second of Harry Reynolds’ 400-meter world record on three previous occasions. Johnson finally broke through at the 1999 World Championships, beating Reynolds’ mark by .11.

4. 800 Meters

Billy Konchellah, Kenya, 1:43.06. September 1, 1987. Konchellah’s career was frequently interrupted by a severe case of asthma, but he earned two World Championship gold medals, including his record-setting run in the second-ever outdoor Championships, held in Rome.

5. 1500 Meters

Hicham El Guerrouj, Morocco, 3:27.65. August 24, 1999. The Seville 1500-meter final featured a duel between rivals El Guerrouj and Noah Ngeny. As he usually did, El Guerrouj defeated Ngeny (3:28.73) in 1999 and set the Championship record.

6. 5000 Meters

Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, 12:52.79 August 31, 2003. Kipchoge was a surprise winner in 2003, after finishing third in Kenya’s World Championship Trials. He reached the Paris final, then held off Kenenisa Bekele and passed Hicham El Guerrouj on the final straight to earn the gold.

7. 10,000 Meters

Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia, 26:46.31 August 17, 2009. Running in his first 10,000-meter competition of the year, after breaking his foot the previous November, Bekele won his fourth consecutive 10,000-meter World Championship gold medal. Bekele topped his previous Championship record of 26:49.57, set in 2003. Bekele went on to win the 5000-meter gold in Berlin, becoming the first man to earn the 5000-10,000 double in the World Championships.

8. Marathon

Abel Kirui, Kenya, 2:06:54 August 22, 2009. Kirui dominated the Berlin race, smashing the former Championship record by more than a minute, and winning the race by 54 seconds.

9. Steeplechase

Ezekiel Kemboi, Kenya, 8:00.43 August 18, 2009. Kemboi won a duel with fellow Kenyan Richard Mateelong (8:00.89) in a race that was fast-paced from the start.

10. 110-Meter Hurdles

Colin Jackson, Great Britain, 12.91. August 20, 1993. Jackson broke Roger Kingdom’s world record at the Stuttgart Championships, earning the first of Jackson’s two outdoor World Championship gold medals. Jackson’s world mark stood until Liu Xiang broke it in 2006.

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