This is a collection of videos of all women's world records for the distances contested in IAAF world championships excluding relays. Men's records were listed in a previous post
Flo-Jo was on the top of the sprinting world at the end of the 80's. Her world record in the 100m was set at the US Olympic trials in -88 held in . The record is controversial due to the wind. The record was set in the quarter finals on a windy day and all other races and jumps had strong winds recorded. Only this particular race had 0.0 m/s recorded. It was most probably due to a malfunction of the wind gauge but the record still stands. Excluding this 10.49 time, her 10.61 from the finals would be the world record today.
She set the 200m record to 21.34 in the Olympics the same year.
There has been many testimonials about drug use in eastern Europe in the 80's. Two runners who met a lot of suspicion, but never got suspended, were Marita Koch of East Germany and Jarmila Kratochvílová of Czechoslovakia. Koch set world records in the 400m 7 times. Her best time of 47.60 was set in the World Cup in in 1985. The record Koch broke was set by Kratochvílová who was the first woman to run sub 48 seconds in -83. Kratochvílová also set the world record in the 800m in the same year with a time of 1:53.28.
Ethiopian distance domination
We need to move 30 years forward from the sprint records of the 80's to get to the current long distance records. Ethiopian women has broken all these records in the last few years, starting with Genzebe Dibaba in the 1500m in in 2015. With a 3:50.07 she broke the old record of Qu Yunxia set in -93. Another record set by a Chinese woman in -93, the 10 000m record by Wang Junxia, was broken by Almaz Ayana in the . She left the field behind after increasing the pace half way into the race and finished in a time of 29:17.45.
The 5000m record was set by Letesenbet Gidey in a race in that was set up only to break the world record. With a time of 14:06.62 she broke the record of Tirunesh Dibaba, the older sister of aforementioned Genzebe.
The womens road records can be tricky to keep track of since the introduction of "mixed sex" and "women only" world records. That makes four records in total for marathon and half marathon. All of them has been broken since 2017.
Half marathon - mixed sex, 1:04:02 by Ruth Chepng'etich in 2021.
Half marathon - women only, 1:05:16 by Peres Jepchirchir in 2020.
Marathon - mixed sex, 2:14:04 by Brigid Kosgei in 2019.
Marathon - women only, 2:17:01 by Mary Keitany in 2017.