The 20,000 metres (approximately 12.43 mi or 65,617 ft) is a rarely contested long-distance running event in track and field competitions; most world records in the event have been set during half marathons and one-hour races, as a half marathon is roughly 21,000 meters.

World Records

+ = indicates a time was taken at an intermediate distance in a longer race

Men

Event Result Athlete Nationality Date Place Meeting Citation
20,000 m (track) 56:20.02+ Bashir Abdi  Belgium 4 September 2020 Brussels Memorial Van Damme [1]
20 km (road) 55:21+ Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 21 Mar 2010 Lisbon Lisbon Half Marathon [2]

Women

Event Result Athlete Nationality Date Place Meeting Citation
20,000 m (track) 1:05:26.6 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 3 Sep 2000 Borgholzhausen [3]
20 km (road) 1:01:25+ Joyciline Jepkosgei  Czech Republic 1 Apr 2017 Prague Prague Half Marathon [4]

All-time top 25

Men

Rank Result (m) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 56:20.02+ Bashir Abdi  Belgium 4 September 2020 Brussels [5]
2 56:20.30+ Mo Farah  Great Britain 4 September 2020 Brussels [6]
3 56:26.0+ Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Ostrava [7]
4 56:51.60+ Sondre Nordstad Moen  Norway 7 August 2020 Kristiansand [8]
5 56:55.6+ h Arturo Barrios  Mexico 30 March 1991 La Fléche
6 57:18.4+ h Dionisio Castro  Portugal 31 March 1990 La Flèche
7 57:24.2+ Jos Hermens  Netherlands 1 May 1976 Arnhem
8 57:28.7+ h Carl Thackery  Great Britain 31 March 1990 La Flèche
9 57:44.4+ h Gaston Roelants  Belgium 20 September 1972 Brussels
10 57:48.7 Toshihiko Seko  Japan 11 May 1985 Odawara
11 57:50.25+ Morhad Amdouni  France 19 September 2020 Lucciana
12 58:17.3+ Daniel Mateo  Spain 20 April 2021 La Nucía [9]
13 58:18.4+ Bertrand Itsweire  France 31 March 1990 La Flèche
14 58:25.0 Bill Rodgers  United States 9 August 1977 Boston
15 58:30.2+ Werner Schildhauer  Germany 29 April 1983 Cottbus
16 58:37.2+ h Rob de Castella  Australia 17 April 1982 Rome
17 58:37.8+ h Mariano Haro  Spain 9 August 1975 San Sebastián
18 58:53.6+ Girmaw Amare  Israel 26 January 2020 Tel Aviv
19 58:43.8 h Franco Fava  Italy 9 April 1977 Rome
20 59:02.0 h Rashid Sharafetdinov  Soviet Union 2 May 1971 Leningrad
21 59:14.02 Stéphane Schweickhardt   Switzerland 15 April 1998 Martigny
22 59:19.0 András Fancsali  Hungary 15 April 1978 Budapest
23 59:24.8+ Leszek Bebło  Poland 31 March 1990 La Flèche
24 59:28.6+ Bill Baillie  New Zealand 24 August 1963 Auckland
25 59:38.6+ Ivan Uvizl  Czechoslovakia 25 September 1980 Ostrava

Women

Rank Result (m) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 1:05:26.6 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 3 September 2000 Borgholzhausen
2 1:06:48.8 Izumi Maki  Japan 19 September 1993 Amagasaki
3 1:06:55.5 Rosa Mota  Portugal 14 May 1983 Lisbon
4 1:07:47.0 Kaori Kumura  Japan 19 September 1993 Amagasaki
6 1:10:30.4+ Helena Javornik  Slovenia 19 July 2006 Maribor
7 1:10:50.2+ h Christa Vahlensieck  West Germany 25 October 1975 Essen
8 1:10:56.6 Ágnes Özéné Sipka  Hungary 16 October 1988 Székesfehérvár
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12 1:15:46.0+ Carolyn Hunter-Rowe  Great Britain 6 March 1994 Barry
13 1:15:50.92 Ivana Sekyrová  Czech Republic 22 November 2009 Plzeň
14 1:18:33 Nikki Long  United States 1 April 2021 Raleigh [10][11]
15 1:22:24 Maxine Johnson  United States 3 October 1982 Brookings
17 1:27:49.0 María Antonia Griñó  Spain 8 December 1978 Mataró
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25 1:42:04.0+ Ria Buiten  Netherlands 28 September 1996 Nantes

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:42:04.0:

In popular culture

Tegla Loroupe's 20,000 meter world record was mentioned in Chapter 1, problem 64P of Chemistry (Seventh Edition) by John E. McMurry, Robert C. Fay, and Jill Kirsten Robinson. [12]

References

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  4. ^ "IAAF: Jepkosgei breaks four world records at Prague Half Marathon| News | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
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  8. ^ "2020 Stadionmila Kristiansand Results" (PDF). stadionmila.no/. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Dani Mateo tritura el récord de España de la hora: 20.593 metros". soycorredor.es (in Spanish). 20 April 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Selmon's hurdles win earns him USATF Athlete of the Week honors". USATF. 9 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Press Release: Raleigh Distance Project sets 3 American Records at inaugural Sir Walter Twilight". sirwalterrunning.com. 2 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
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