Athletics
2000 metres
World records
MenMorocco Hicham El Guerrouj 4:44:79 (1999)
WomenBurundi Francine Niyonsaba 5:21.56 (2021)

The 2000 metres or 2000-metre run is a track running event where five laps are completed around an outdoor 400 m track, or ten laps around a 200 m indoor track - the distance is 11.68 meters short of 1¼ miles.

The global governing body World Athletics recognises official world records for the distance, and it is also recorded in continental and national record settings. The men's world record is held by Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj, who ran a time of 4:44.79 in 1999, while the women's world record is held by Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba who ran a time of 5:23.75 in 2017.[1]

The distance regularly features on event programmes of professional one-day track and field meetings, serving as a comparatively novel event with greater scope for record-breaking performances.[2] It is also used at lower level competitions, such as school and youth tournaments.

Despite its world record status, it has not yet featured as a world championship level event indoors or outdoors: the event was briefly held at national level in the mid-1960s at the Spanish Indoor and Soviet Indoor Athletics Championships.[3][4]

Records

World records

Division Time Athlete Nationality Date Place
Men 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 7 September 1999 Berlin
Women 5:21.56 Francine Niyonsaba  Burundi 14 September 2021 Zagreb

Continental records

Type Men's time Men's athlete Men's nationality Women's time Women's athlete Women's nationality
African 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 5:23.75 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia
Asian 4:55.57 Mohamed Suleiman  Qatar 5:29.41 Wang Junxia  China
European 4:50.01 Jakob Ingebrigtsen  Norway 5:25.36 Sonia O'Sullivan  Ireland
North, Central American and Caribbean 4:52.44 Jim Spivey  United States 5:32.7 Mary Slaney  United States
Oceanian 4:50.76 Craig Mottram  Australia 5:37.71 Benita Willis  Australia
South American 5:03.34 Hudson de Souza  Brazil 5:59.96 Niusha Mancilla  Bolivia

All-time top 15

Men

Rank Time Athlete Nationality Date Place
1 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 7 September 1999 Berlin
2 4:46.88 Ali Saïdi-Sief  Algeria 19 June 2001 Strasbourg
3 4:47.88 Noureddine Morceli  Algeria 3 July 1995 Paris
4. 4:48.69 Vénuste Niyongabo  Burundi 12 July 1995 Nice
5 4:48.74 John Kibowen  Kenya 1 August 1998 Hechtel
6 4:50.01 Jakob Ingebrigtsen  Norway 11 June 2020 Oslo
7 4:50.08 Noah Ngeny  Kenya 30 July 1999 Stockholm
8 4:50.76 Craig Mottram  Australia 9 March 2006 Melbourne
9 4:50.81 Saïd Aouita  Morocco 16 July 1987 Paris
10 4:51.30 Daniel Komen  Kenya 5 June 1998 Milan

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 4:51.30:

Women

Rank Time Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 5:21.56 Francine Niyonsaba  Burundi 14 September 2021 Zagreb [7]
2 5:23.75 i Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 7 February 2017 Sabadell
3 5:25.36 Sonia O'Sullivan  Ireland 8 July 1994 Edinburgh
4 5:25.86 Freweyni Hailu  Ethiopia 14 September 2021 Zagreb [8]
5 5:26.93 Yvonne Murray  Great Britain 8 July 1994 Edinburgh
6 5:28.69 Maricica Puică  Romania 11 July 1986 London
7 5:28.72 Tatyana Kazankina  Soviet Union 4 August 1984 Moscow
8 5:29.64 Tatyana Pozdnyakova  Soviet Union 4 August 1984 Moscow
9 5:30.19 Zola Budd  Great Britain 11 July 1986 London
5:30.19 Gelete Burka  Ethiopia 4 September 2009 Brussels
11 5:30.92 Galina Zakharova  Russia 4 August 1984 Moscow
12 5:31.03 Gulnara Galkina  Russia 24 May 2007 Sochi
13 5:31.52 Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 7 June 2009 Eugene
14 5:31.88 Maryam Yusuf Jamal  Bahrain 7 June 2009 Eugene
15 5:32.40 Dawit Seyaum  Ethiopia 14 September 2021 Zagreb [9]
25 5:34.53 Konstanze Klosterhalfen  Germany 17 September 2021 Trier [10]

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 5:34.53:

References

  1. ^ World Records. World Athletics. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  2. ^ Senior outdoor 2000 Metres men. World Athletics. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  3. ^ Spanish Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  4. ^ Soviet Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  5. ^ "All-time men's best 2000 metres". alltime-athletics.com. 22 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  6. ^ "All-time women's best 2000 metres". alltime-athletics.com. 2 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  7. ^ Chris Broadbent (14 September 2021). "Niyonsaba breaks world 2000m record in Zagreb". World Athletics. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  8. ^ Chris Broadbent (14 September 2021). "Niyonsaba breaks world 2000m record in Zagreb". World Athletics. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  9. ^ "2000m Result" (PDF). online.atletika.cz. 14 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Klosterhalfen knackt Uralt-Rekord". sport1.de (in German). 17 September 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
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