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All major world records in men's running

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Created 28/05 -21 | Updated 03/06 -21
This is a collection of videos of all men's world records for the distances contested in IAAF world championships. Excluding relays but including some extra spectacular ones. Women's records can be seen in a separate post.

The peak of Usain Bolt

The 100m and 200m records were set by Usain Bolt at the 2009 world championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin.




Front runners

The 400m and 800m records are somewhat similar. They were both set in Olympic finals by front running the whole way. Wayde van Niekerk started in lane 8 of the Olympic stadium in the -16 games in Rio de Janeiro and never had anyone in sight. Similarly, David Rudisha went straight to the front in the 2012 Olympics in London, dragging the entire field to spectacular times.




Noah Ngeny

Ngeny had a short but impressive career. The highlights includes beating Hicham El Guerrouj to get the 1500m gold medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and setting the world record for 1000m in Rieti. He later suffered an unfortunate car accident after which he never performed on the highest level again.



Hicham El Guerrouj

El Guerrouj was the king of middle distance running at the turn of the millenium.
He often chased fast times and set many world records including the 1500m in -98, the mile in -99 in Rome and the 2000m in -99 in Berlin.





Daniel Komen

Komen had like his Kenyan compatriot Ngeny a short career but managed to set one of the most impressive world records in athletics. No one has ever been close to the 3000m time he set in -96 in the same meet in Rieti where Ngeny set his 1000m record in -99.



Joshua Cheptegei

With the 2020 Olympics being moved to 2021, Joshua Cheptegei made the most of the situation and went all in to get the records in the 5000m and the 10 000m that were held by Kenenisa Bekele. Two tries, at Stade Loius II in Monaco and at Pista de Atletismo Jardín del Rio Turia in Valencia, resulted in two world records.




4 men below the old record

Valencia is known as one of the best places to go to run fast on the roads. The half marathon during the 2020 Valencia marathon did not disappoint when 4(!) men ran below 58:01, the old world record held by Geoffrey Kamworor. Fastest of them all was Kibiwott Kandie with a time of 57:32.



Finally for Eliud Kipchoge

Few were surprised when the most consistent marathoner of all time, after running 2:00:25 in the exhibition run of "Breaking 2" in Monza in 2017, managed to set the world record in the Berlin marathon in 2018. In 2019, he ran even faster at the Hauptallee in Vienna, clocking 1:59:40 in another exhibition not confirming to IAAF rules.




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