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IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Sport "Athletics
Founded 1983
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"Last winners lists
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The IAAF World Championships, commonly referred to as the World Championships in Athletics, is a biennial "athletics event organized by the "International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The World Championships was started in 1976 in response to the "International Olympic Committee dropping the men's 50 km walk from the "Olympic athletics programme for the "1976 Montreal Olympics, despite its constant presence at the games since "1932. The IAAF chose to host its own world championship event instead, a month and a half after the Olympics.[1][2] It was the first World Championships that the IAAF had hosted separate from the Olympic Games (traditionally the main championship for the sport). A second limited event was held in 1980, and a major expansion in 1983 is considered the official start of the event. It was then held every four years until 1991, when it switched to a two year cycle.

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History[edit]

The idea of having an Athletics World Championships was around well before the competition's first event in 1983. In 1913, the IAAF decided that the "Olympic Games would serve as the World Championships for athletics. This was considered suitable for over 50 years until in the late 1960s the desire of many IAAF members to have their own World Championships began to grow. In 1976 at the IAAF Council Meeting in "Puerto Rico an Athletics World Championships separate from the Olympic Games was approved.

Following bids from both "Stuttgart, "West Germany and "Helsinki, "Finland, the IAAF Council awarded the inaugural competition to Helsinki, to take place in 1983 and be held in the "Helsinki Olympic Stadium (where the "1952 Summer Olympics had been held).

Two IAAF world championship events preceded the inaugural edition of the World Championships in Athletics in 1983. The "1976 World Championships had just one event – the men's "50 kilometres walk which was dropped from the Olympic programme for the "1976 Summer Olympics and the IAAF responded by setting up their own contest. Four years later, the "1980 World Championships contained only two newly approved women's events, ("400 metres hurdles and "3000 metres), neither of which featured on the programme for the "1980 Summer Olympics.[3][4]

Over the years the competition has grown in size. In "1983 an estimated 1,300 athletes from 154 countries participated.[5] By the 2003 competition, in "Paris, it had grown to 1,907 athletes from 203 countries with coverage being transmitted to 179 different countries.

There has also been a change in composition over the years, with several new events, all for women, being added. By "2005, the only differences were men's competition in the 50 km walk, and equivalent events in women's "100 m hurdles and "heptathlon to men's "110 m hurdles and "decathlon.

The following list shows when new events were added for the first time.

Championships[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Venue Capacity Events Nations Athletes Top of the
medal table
- "1976 "Malmö "Sweden 18 Sep "Malmö Stadion 30,000 1 20 42  "Soviet Union
- "1980 "Sittard "Netherlands 14 Aug – 16 Aug "De Baandert 22,000 2 21 42  "East Germany
1st "1983 "Helsinki "Finland 7 Aug – 14 Aug "Olympiastadion 50,000 41 153 1,333  "East Germany
2nd "1987 "Rome "Italy 28 Aug – 6 Sep "Stadio Olimpico 60,000 43 156 1,419  "East Germany
3rd "1991 "Tokyo "Japan 23 Aug – 1 Sep "Olympic Stadium 48,000 43 162 1,491  "United States
4th "1993 "Stuttgart "Germany 13 Aug – 22 Aug "Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion 70,000 44 187 1,630  "United States
5th "1995 "Gothenburg "Sweden 5 Aug – 13 Aug "Ullevi 42,000 44 190 1,755  "United States
6th "1997 "Athens "Greece 1 Aug – 10 Aug "Olympiako Stadio 75,000 44 197 1,785  "United States
7th "1999 "Seville "Spain 20 Aug – 29 Aug "Estadio Olímpico 70,000 46 200 1,750  "United States
8th "2001 "Edmonton "Canada 3 Aug – 12 Aug "Commonwealth Stadium 60,000 46 189 1,677  "Russia
9th "2003 "Saint-Denis "France 23 Aug – 31 Aug "Stade de France 78,000 46 198 1,679  "United States
10th "2005 "Helsinki "Finland 6 Aug – 14 Aug "Olympiastadion 45,000 47 191 1,688  "United States
11th "2007 "Osaka "Japan 24 Aug – 2 Sep "Nagai Stadium 45,000 47 197 1,800  "United States
12th "2009 "Berlin "Germany 15 Aug – 23 Aug "Olympiastadion 74,000 47 200 1,895  "United States
13th "2011 "Daegu "South Korea 27 Aug – 4 Sep "Daegu Stadium 65,000 47 199 1,742  "United States
14th "2013 "Moscow "Russia 10 Aug – 18 Aug "Luzhniki Stadium 78,000 47 203 1,784  "United States
15th "2015 "Beijing "China 22 Aug – 30 Aug "Beijing National Stadium 80,000 47 205 1,771  "Kenya
16th "2017 "London "United Kingdom 4 Aug – 13 Aug "London Stadium 60,000 48 205 2,036  "United States
17th "2019 "Doha "Qatar 25 Sep – 6 Oct "Khalifa International Stadium 48,000 49
18th "2021 "Eugene "United States 6 Aug – 15 Aug "Hayward Field 30,000 49

All-time medal table[edit]

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Proportional symbol map of the world showing medal totals by country since 1983 for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics

Updated after 2017 Championships

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  "United States (USA) 155 106 91 352
2  "Kenya (KEN) 55 48 37 140
3  "Russia (RUS) 47 54 50 151
4  "Germany (GER) 36 35 43 114
5  Jamaica (JAM) 32 44 39 115
6  "Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 28 33 38 99
7  Ethiopia (ETH) 27 25 25 77
8  Soviet Union (URS) 23 27 28 78
9  Cuba (CUB) 21 23 13 57
10  East Germany (GDR) 21 19 16 56
11  Poland (POL) 17 14 22 53
12  "China (CHN) 15 21 17 53
13  Czech Republic (CZE) 14 6 5 25
14  France (FRA) 13 17 22 52
15  South Africa (RSA) 12 6 9 27
16  "Italy (ITA) 11 15 17 43
17  "Australia (AUS) 11 14 10 35
18  Ukraine (UKR) 11 11 15 37
19  Belarus (BLR) 10 13 12 35
20  Morocco (MAR) 10 12 7 29
21  "Sweden (SWE) 8 5 5 18
22  "Norway 8 4 4 16
23  "Spain 7 16 15 38
24  "Bahamas (BAH) 7 8 8 23
25  "Finland 7 8 7 22
26  "Canada 6 13 12 31
27  "Portugal 6 6 7 19
28  "Bahrain 6 2 2 10
29  "New Zealand 6 1 0 7
30  "Algeria 6 0 3 9
31  "Romania 5 8 10 23
32  "Greece (GRE) 5 6 10 21
33  "Bulgaria 5 3 8 16
34  "Japan 4 7 15 26
35  "Czechoslovakia 4 4 3 11
36  "Croatia 4 3 1 8
37  "Ireland 4 2 0 6
38  "Colombia 4 1 1 6
39   "Switzerland 4 0 3 7
40  "West Germany 3 6 3 12
41  "Netherlands 3 5 9 17
42  "Trinidad and Tobago 3 5 7 15
43  "Mexico 3 4 7 14
44  "Qatar 3 2 2 7
45  "Lithuania 3 2 1 6
46  "Mozambique 3 1 1 5
47  "Ecuador 3 1 0 4
48  "Denmark 3 0 1 4
49  "Estonia (EST) 2 4 2 8
50  "Uganda 2 2 2 6
51  "Dominican Republic 2 1 1 4
52  "Tajikistan 2 1 0 3
53  "Brazil (BRA) 1 6 6 13
 "Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA)[1] 1 5 0 6
54  "Namibia 1 4 0 5
55  "Turkey (TUR) 1 2 1 4
56  "Zambia 1 2 0 3
57  "Belgium 1 1 4 6
58  "Slovenia 1 1 3 5
59  "Tunisia 1 1 1 3
60  "Botswana 1 1 0 2
 "Eritrea 1 1 0 2
 "Panama 1 1 0 2
63  "Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 0 4 5
64  "Slovakia 1 0 3 4
65  "Syria 1 0 2 3
66  "Grenada 1 0 1 2
 "Senegal 1 0 1 2
 "Somalia 1 0 1 2
 "Venezuela 1 0 1 2
70  "Barbados 1 0 0 1
 "North Korea 1 0 0 1
72  "Hungary 0 7 6 13
73  "Nigeria 0 4 4 8
74  "Ivory Coast 0 4 0 4
75  "Kazakhstan 0 3 5 8
76  "Burundi 0 2 1 3
 "Djibouti 0 2 1 3
 "Israel (ISR) 0 2 1 3
79  "Cameroon 0 2 0 2
 "Puerto Rico 0 2 0 2
81  "Austria 0 1 1 2
 "Cyprus 0 1 1 2
 "Ghana 0 1 1 2
 "Latvia 0 1 1 2
 "Sri Lanka 0 1 1 2
 "Suriname 0 1 1 2
 "Tanzania 0 1 1 2
88  "Bermuda 0 1 0 1
 "Egypt 0 1 0 1
 "Sudan 0 1 0 1
91  "Serbia 0 0 3 3
92  "American Samoa 0 0 1 1
 "Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 0 0 1 1
 "Cayman Islands 0 0 1 1
 "Dominica 0 0 1 1
 "Haiti 0 0 1 1
 "India 0 0 1 1
 "Iran 0 0 1 1
 "Saudi Arabia 0 0 1 1
 "South Korea 0 0 1 1
 "Zimbabwe 0 0 1 1
Total 730 737 732 2199
Notes

^[1]  "ANA was the name, under which Russian athletes competed in the "2017 Championships. Their medals were not included in the official medal table.[6]

All-time placing table[edit]

In the "IAAF placing table the total score is obtained from assigning eight points to the first place and so on to one point for the eight placed finalists. Points are shared in situations where a tie occurs. However, the IAAF site shows all points rounded to the nearest integer.

Updated after 2015 Championships (30 June 2017)[7]

Rank Country 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 5 6 7 8 Medals Points
1  "United States 145 94+1= 80+2= 62+5= 72+3= 62+2= 62+1= 58+4= 322 3320
2  "Germany 59 56 60+2= 69+2= 60+1= 59+1= 49+5= 40+1= 177 2156.5
3  "Russia 48 51+5= 50+3= 50+2= 45+3= 45+1= 38+1= 41 157 1795.5
4  "Kenya 50 46 33 37 33 21 38 16 129 1392
5  "Jamaica 31 44 35+1= 25 24 21 24 20 111 1123.5
6  "Great Britain 25 31 36 32+2= 43+1= 24 26+1= 18 92 1120.5
7  "Soviet Union 23 25+2= 28 21+1= 17 12 11 17+1= 78 793
8  "Ethiopia 25 22 25 18 15 13 16 13 72 738
9  "France 10 17 19+1= 21 25+1= 26 23+1= 29+1= 47 679.6
10  "Cuba 21 22+1= 12 27 7+2= 15 20 17 56 672.5
11  "China 13 17+1= 15 19 25 16+1= 17 15 46 614
12  "Poland 15 11+1= 14+3= 21+1= 16 18+1= 21+1= 18+2= 44 595.3
13  "Italy 11 14+1= 15 12 17+2= 22 28+3= 25+1= 41 568
14  "Spain 7 16 14+1 15 18 22 11 16 38 508.5
15  "Ukraine 11 8+2= 13 19 17 14+1= 19+1= 7 34 487.6

Multiple medalists[edit]

Multiple winners[edit]

Boldface denotes active athletes and highest medal count among all athletes (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Men[edit]

All events[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 "Usain Bolt  "Jamaica "100 m / "200 m / "4 × 100 m relay 2007 2017 11 2 1 14
2 "LaShawn Merritt  "United States "400 m / "4 × 400 m relay 2005 2015 * 8 * 3 - * 11 *
3 "Carl Lewis  "United States "100 m / "200 m / "4 × 100 m relay / "Long jump 1983 1993 8 1 1 10
4 "Michael Johnson  "United States "200 m / "400 m / "4 × 400 m relay 1991 1999 8 - - 8
5 "Mo Farah  "Great Britain "5000 m / "10,000 m 2011 2017 6 2 - 8
6 "Sergey Bubka  "Soviet Union
 "Ukraine
"Pole vault 1983 1997 6 - - 6
7 "Jeremy Wariner  "United States "400 m / "4 × 400 m relay 2005 2009 5 1 - 6
8 "Kenenisa Bekele  "Ethiopia "5000 m / "10,000 m 2003 2009 5 - 1 6
"Lars Riedel  "Germany "Discus throw 1991 2001 5 - 1 6
10 "Maurice Greene  "United States "100 m / "200 m / "4 × 100 m relay 1997 2001 5 - - 5

* including one medal in the relay event in which he participated in the heats only

Individual events[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 "Usain Bolt  "Jamaica "100 m / "200 m 2007 2017 7 1 1 9
2 "Mo Farah  "Great Britain "5000 m / "10,000 m 2011 2017 6 2 - 8
3 "Sergey Bubka  "Soviet Union
 "Ukraine
"Pole vault 1983 1997 6 - - 6
"Michael Johnson  "United States "200 m / "400 m 1991 1999 6 - - 6
5 "Carl Lewis  "United States "100 m / "200 m / "Long jump 1983 1993 5 1 1 7
6 "Kenenisa Bekele  "Ethiopia "5000 m / "10,000 m 2003 2009 5 - 1 6
"Lars Riedel  "Germany "Discus throw 1991 2001 5 - 1 6
8 "Ezekiel Kemboi  "Kenya "3000 m steeplechase 2003 2015 4 3 - 7
9 "Haile Gebrselassie  "Ethiopia "5000 m / "10,000 m 1993 2003 4 2 1 7
10 "Hicham El Guerrouj  "Morocco "1500 m / "5000 m 1995 2003 4 2 - 6

Women[edit]

All events[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 "Allyson Felix  "United States "200 m / "400 m / "4 × 100 m relay / "4 × 400 m relay 2005 2017 11 3 2 16
2 "Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  "Jamaica "100 m / "200 m / "4 × 100 m relay 2007 2015 7 * 2 * - * 9 *
3 "Gail Devers  "United States "100 m / "100 m hurdles / "4 × 100 m relay 1991 2001 5 3 - 8
4 "Sanya Richards-Ross  "United States "400 m / "4 × 400 m relay 2003 2015 5 2 - 7
5 "Tirunesh Dibaba  "Ethiopia "5000 m / "10,000 m 2003 2017 5 1 - 6
"Natasha Hastings  "United States "4 × 400 m relay 2007 2017 **** 5 **** 1 - **** 6 ****
7 "Jearl Miles Clark  "United States "400 m / "4 × 400 m relay 1993 2003 4 3 2 9
8 "Valerie Adams (Vili)  "New Zealand "Shot put 2005 2013 4 1 - 5
"Vivian Cheruiyot  "Kenya "5000 m / "10,000 m 2007 2015 4 1 - 5
10 "Jackie Joyner-Kersee  "United States "Heptathlon / "Long jump 1987 1993 4 - - 4
"Brittney Reese  "United States "Long jump 2009 2017 4 - - 4

* including one medal in the relay event in which she participated in the heats only
**** including four medals in the relay events in which she participated in the heats only

Individual events[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 "Tirunesh Dibaba  "Ethiopia "5000 m / "10,000 m 2003 2017 5 1 - 6
2 "Gail Devers  "United States "100 m / "100 m hurdles 1991 2001 4 2 - 6
3 "Allyson Felix  "United States "200 m / "400 m 2005 2017 4 1 2 7
4 "Valerie Adams (Vili)  "New Zealand "Shot put 2005 2013 4 1 - 5
"Vivian Cheruiyot  "Kenya "5000 m / "10,000 m 2007 2015 4 1 - 5
6 "Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  "Jamaica "100 m / "200 m 2009 2015 4 - - 4
"Jackie Joyner-Kersee  "United States "Heptathlon / "Long jump 1987 1993 4 - - 4
"Brittney Reese  "United States "Long jump 2009 2017 4 - - 4
9 "Tatyana Lebedeva  "Russia "Triple jump / "Long jump 2001 2009 3 2 - 5
10 "Maria Mutola  "Mozambique "800 m 1993 2003 3 1 1 5

Athletes with most appearances[edit]

There are 53 athletes that have competed in at least eight editions.[8]

App. Name Country Years contested Events
12 "Jesús Ángel García Bragado  "Spain "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15 50 km walk
11 "Susana Feitor  "Portugal "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11 10 km walk / 20 km walk
10 "Franka Dietzsch  "Germany "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09 Discus throw
"Nicoleta Grasu  "Romania "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13 Discus throw
"Virgilijus Alekna  "Lithuania "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13 Discus throw
"Kim Collins  "Saint Kitts and Nevis "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "15 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
"João Vieira  "Portugal "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15, "17 20 km walk / 50 km walk
9 "Laverne Eve  "Bahamas "87, "91, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07 Javelin throw
"Tim Berrett  "Canada "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07 20 km walk / 50 km walk
"Jackie Edwards  "Bahamas "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07 Long Jump / Triple Jump
"Maria Mutola  "Mozambique "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07 800 m
"Elisângela Adriano  "Brazil "91, "93, "97, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11 Shot put / Discus throw
"Venelina Veneva  "Bulgaria "91, "95, "99, "01, "03, "05, "09, "11, "15 High Jump
"Danny McFarlane  "Jamaica "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09 400 m / 400 m hurdles / 4x400 m
"Hatem Ghoula  "Tunisia "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "13 20 km walk
"Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie  "Bahamas "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "07, "09, "11, "13 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
"Nicola Vizzoni  "Italy "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13 Hammer throw
"Chris Brown  "Bahamas "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15 400 m / 4x400 m
"Zhang Wenxiu  "China "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15, "17 Hammer throw
8 "Merlene Ottey  "Jamaica /  "Slovenia "83, "87, "91, "93, "95, "97, "03, "07 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
"Jan Železný  "Czechoslovakia /  "Czech Republic "87, "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03 Javelin throw
"Yelena Nikolayeva  "Soviet Union /  "Russia "87, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05 10 km walk / 20 km walk
"Fiona May  "Great Britain /  "Italy "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05 Long Jump
"Beverly McDonald  "Jamaica "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
"Lars Riedel  "Germany "91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05 Discus throw
"Dragutin Topić  "SFR Yugoslavia / IWP * /  "FR Yugoslavia /
 "Serbia and Montenegro /  "Serbia
"91, "93, "95, "97, "99, "05, "07, "09 High Jump
"Iryna Yatchenko  "Soviet Union /  "Belarus "91, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "07, "09 Discus throw
"Eunice Barber  "Sierra Leone /  "France "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07 Heptathlon / Long Jump / 100 m hurdles
"Kevin Sullivan  "Canada "93, "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07 1500 m
"Manuel Martínez  "Spain "93, "95, "97, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09 Shot put
"Steffi Nerius  "Germany "93, "95, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09 Javelin throw
"Amy Acuff  "United States "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09 High Jump
"Chandra Sturrup  "Bahamas "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
"Aleksander Tammert  "Estonia "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09 Discus throw
"María Vasco  "Spain "95, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11 10 km walk / 20 km walk
"Koji Murofushi  "Japan "95, "97, "99, "01, "03, "07, "11, "13 Hammer throw
"Szymon Ziółkowski  "Poland "95, "99, "01, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13 Hammer throw
"Marlon Devonish  "Great Britain "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
"Nadine Kleinert  "Germany "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11 Shot put
"Sergey Makarov  "Russia "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11 Javelin throw
"Ēriks Rags  "Latvia "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11 Javelin throw
"Roman Šebrle  "Czech Republic "97, "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11 Decathlon
"Omar Zepeda  "Mexico "97, "01, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "17 20 km walk / 50 km walk
"Mario Pestano  "Spain "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13 Discus throw
"Félix Sánchez  "Dominican Republic "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13 400 m hurdles / 4x400 m
"Bouabdellah Tahri  "France "99, "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13 1500 m / 3000 m steeplechase
"Inês Henriques  "Portugal "01, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15, "17 20 km walk / 50 km walk
"Zoltán Kővágó  "Hungary "01, "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "15, "17 Discus throw
"Ruth Beitia  "Spain "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15, "17 High Jump
"Allyson Felix  "United States "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15, "17 200 m / 400 m / 4x100 m / 4x400 m
"Gerd Kanter  "Estonia "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15, "17 Discus throw
"Ezekiel Kemboi  "Kenya "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15, "17 3000 m steeplechase
"Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od  "Mongolia "03, "05, "07, "09, "11, "13, "15, "17 Marathon

* At the "1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart, Germany, "Dragutin Topić completed as Individual World Championship Participant (IWP) as "Athletic Federation of Yugoslavia was suspended by "IAAF due to "United Nations sanctions stemming from "the Yugoslav wars.

World records[edit]

A total of 29 "world records have been set or equalled at the competition, 17 by men and 12 by women.

The first world record to be set at the World Championships was by "Jarmila Kratochvílová of Czechoslovakia, who ran 47.99 seconds to win the "women's 400 m final.

A peak of five world records came at the "1993 World Championships in Athletics. The most recent world record was in the women's "50 kilometres race walk, which Portugal's "Inês Henriques finished in 4:05:56 in 2017. World records have become less common as the history of the event has expanded, with no world records set in the 1997, 2001, 2007 and 2013 editions.

American athletes have been the most successful with ten world records set by that nation in total, followed by Jamaica and Great Britain on four each. Jamaican sprinter "Usain Bolt has broken the most world records at the competition, at four, one more than American "Carl Lewis. "Jonathan Edwards holds the distinction of breaking the world record twice in one championships – improving upon his own newly-set world record in the "1995 men's triple jump final. The men's "4 × 100 metres relay has yielded the most world records, with five set between 1983 and 2011.

"Ben Johnson's time of 9.83 seconds at the "1987 World Championships men's 100 m final was initially considered a world record, but this was later rescinded after Johnson admitted to steroid use between 1981 and 1988.

Also, a doping disqualification has led to a performance being retrospectively recognised as a world record: the 2009 Jamaican men's "4 × 100 metres relay team time of 37.31 seconds was taken as the world record after the team's time of 37.10 at the "2008 Beijing Olympics was rescinded due to the disqualification of "Nesta Carter (not present in the World Championships team).

Sex Event Record Athlete Nation Date Year
Men "4 × 100 metres relay 37.86 "Emmit King
"Willie Gault
"Calvin Smith
"Carl Lewis
 "United States (USA) 10 August 1983
Women "400 metres 47.99 "Jarmila Kratochvílová  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 10 August 1983
Women "High jump 2.09 m "Stefka Kostadinova  Bulgaria (BUL) 30 August 1987
Men "100 metres 9.86 "Carl Lewis  "United States (USA) 25 August 1991
Men "Long jump 8.95 m "Mike Powell  "United States (USA) 30 August 1991
Men "4 × 100 metres relay 37.50 "Andre Cason
"Leroy Burrell
"Dennis Mitchell
"Carl Lewis
 "United States (USA) 1 September 1991
Men "110 metres hurdles 12.91 "Colin Jackson  "Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 20 August 1993
Men "4 × 100 metres relay 37.40 "Jon Drummond
"Andre Cason
"Dennis Mitchell
"Leroy Burrell
 "United States (USA) 21 August 1993
Men "4 × 400 metres relay 2:54.29 "Andrew Valmon
"Quincy Watts
"Butch Reynolds
"Michael Johnson
 "United States (USA) 22 August 1993
Women "400 metres hurdles 52.74 "Sally Gunnell  "Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 19 August 1993
Women "Triple jump 15.09 m "Anna Biryukova  "Russia (RUS) 21 August 1993
Men "Triple jump 18.16 m "Jonathan Edwards  "Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 7 August 1995
Men "Triple jump 18.29 m "Jonathan Edwards  "Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 7 August 1995
Women "400 metres hurdles 52.61 "Kim Batten  "United States (USA) 11 August 1995
Women "Triple jump 15.50 m "Inessa Kravets  Ukraine (UKR) 10 August 1995
Men "400 metres 43.18 "Michael Johnson  "United States (USA) 26 August 1999
Women "Pole vault 4.60 m "Stacy Dragila  "United States (USA) 21 August 1999
Men "20 kilometres race walk 1:17:21 "Jefferson Pérez  Ecuador (ECU) 23 August 2003
Men "50 kilometres race walk 3:36:03 "Robert Korzeniowski  Poland (POL) 27 August 2003
Women "Pole vault 5.01 m "Yelena Isinbaeva  "Russia (RUS) 12 August 2005
Women "Javelin throw 71.70 m "Osleidys Menéndez  Cuba (CUB) 14 August 2005
Women "20 kilometres walk 1:25:41 "Olimpiada Ivanova  "Russia (RUS) 7 August 2005
Men "100 metres 9.58 "Usain Bolt  Jamaica (JAM) 16 August 2009
Men "200 metres 19.19 "Usain Bolt  Jamaica (JAM) 20 August 2009
Men "4 × 100 metres relay 37.31 "Steve Mullings
"Michael Frater
"Usain Bolt
"Asafa Powell
 Jamaica (JAM) 22 August 2009
Women "Hammer throw 77.96 m "Anita Włodarczyk  Poland (POL) 22 August 2009
Men "4 × 100 metres relay 37.04 "Nesta Carter
"Michael Frater
"Yohan Blake
"Usain Bolt
 Jamaica (JAM) 4 September 2011
Men "Decathlon 9045 pts "Ashton Eaton  "United States (USA) 29 August 2015
Women "50 kilometres race walk 4:05:56 "Inês Henriques  Portugal (POR) 13 August 2017

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Matthews, Peter (2012). Historical Dictionary of Track and Field (pg. 217). Scarecrow Press (eBook). Retrieved on 2013-09-08.
  2. ^ IAAF Statistics Book Moscow 2013 (pg. 179). IAAF/"AFTS (2013). Edited by Mark Butler. Retrieved on 2013-09-09.
  3. ^ IAAF World Championships in Athletics. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2013-09-08.
  4. ^ Archive of Past Events. "IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-09-08.
  5. ^ "First World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki a landmark for track & field." Usatf.org. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  6. ^ https://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships/iaaf-world-championships-london-2017-5151/medaltable
  7. ^ "IAAF Statistics Book – IAAF World Championships London 2017" (PDF). iaaf.org. p. 51. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Statistics book, Moscow 2013
  9. ^ "IAAF: Usain BOLT - Profile". iaaf.org. 

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