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Men's and Women's World Indoor Championship Records

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The World Indoor Championships began in 1985 and are currently held every two years. The following records are current through the 2010 World Indoor Championships.

1. 60 meters

Maurice Greene, United States, 6.42. March 7, 1999. Greene also holds the overall World record of 6.39 seconds, set in 1998 and matched in 2001.

 

Gail Devers, United States, 6.95. March 12, 1993.

2. 200 meters

Frank Fredericks, Namibia, 20.10. March 6, 1999. The 200 meters, a difficult event to run indoors on a small, highly-banked track, was discontinued after the 2004 Championships. Fredericks also owns the overall world record of 19.92 seconds set in 1996.

 

Irina Privalova, Russia, 22.15. March 14, 1993. The 200-meter race is no longer run in the World Indoor Championships.

3. 400 meters

Harry Reynolds, United States, 45.26. March 14, 1993.

 

Olesya Forsheva, Russia, 50.04. March 12, 2006.

4. 800 meters

Wilson Kipketer, Denmark, 1:42.67. March 9, 1997. Kipketer’s mark also stands as the overall indoor world record.

 

Ludmila Formanova, Czech Republic, 1:56.90. March 7, 1999.

5. 1500 meters

Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopia, 3:33.77. March 7, 1999.

 

Yuliya Fomenko, Russia, 3:59.41. March 9, 2008.

6. 3000 meters

Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopia, 7:34.71 March 9, 1997. Gebrselassie is the only athlete to own two individual World Indoor Championships records.

 

Elly van Hulst, Netherlands, 8:33.82. March 4, 1989.

7. 60-meter hurdles

Dayron Robles, Cuba, 7.34. March 14, 2010.

 

Lolo Jones, United States, 7.72. March 13, 2010.

8. High jump

Javier Sotomayor, Cuba, 2.43 meters (7 feet, 11½ inches). March 4, 1989. Sotomayor’s effort is also the overall world indoor record.

 

Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria, 2.05 meters (6 feet, 8¾ inches). March 8, 1987.

9. Pole vault

Steven Hooker, Australia, 6.01 meters (19 feet, 8½ inches). March 13, 2010.

 

Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia, 4.86 meters (15 feet, 11¼ inches). March 6, 2004. Isinbayeva also holds the overall indoor world record of 5.00/16-4¾, set in 2009.

10. Long jump

Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, 8.62 meters (28 feet, 3¼ inches). March 7, 1999.

 

Heike Drechsler, East Germany, 7.10 meters (23 feet, 3½ inches). March 7, 1987. Drechsler also holds the overall indoor world mark of 7.37/24-2¼, set in 1988.

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