African records in athletics are the best marks set in a track and field and road running events by an athlete who competes for a member nation of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA). The organisation is responsible for ratification and it analyses each record before approving it. Records may be set in any continent and at any competition, providing that the correct measures are in place (such as wind-gauges) to allow for a verifiable and legal mark.

Outdoor

Key to tables:   Awaiting ratification   Record not kept by CAA   Not ratified or later rescinded by CAA

+ = en route to a longer distance
h = hand timing
A = affected by altitude
Mx = mixed race
Wo = woman only race
NWI = no wind measurement
# = not ratified by federation
a = aided road course according to IAAF rule 260.28
X = annulled due to doping violation
OT = oversized track (> 200m in circumference)

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref Video
100 y 9.40 NWI Kofi Okyir  Ghana 12 April 1974 Austin, United States
100 m 9.85 (+1.7 m/s) Olusoji Fasuba  Nigeria 12 May 2006 Doha, Qatar
9.84 (+1.2 m/s) Akani Simbine  South Africa 6 July 2021 Gyulai István Memorial Székesfehérvár, Hungary [1]
9.77 A (+1.2 m/s) Ferdinand Omanyala  Kenya 18 September 2021 Kip Keino Classic Nairobi, Kenya [2]
150 m (bend) 14.99+ (+0.3 m/s) Frankie Fredericks  Namibia 20 August 1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany [3]
200 m 19.68 (+0.4 m/s) Frankie Fredericks  Namibia 1 August 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States
200 m straight 19.84 (+0.6 m/s) Wayde van Niekerk  South Africa 4 June 2017 Boost Boston Games Boston, United States [4]
300 m 30.81 Wayde Van Niekerk  South Africa 28 June 2017 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [5]
400 m 43.03 Wayde van Niekerk  South Africa 14 August 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [6]
500 m (road) 57.69 David Rudisha  Kenya 10 September 2016 Great North CityGames Newcastle, United Kingdom [7]
600 m 1:13.10 David Rudisha  Kenya 5 June 2016 British Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom [8]
800 m 1:40.91 David Rudisha  Kenya 9 August 2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom [9]
1000 m 2:11.96 Noah Ngeny  Kenya 5 September 1999 IAAF Grand Prix Rieti, Italy
1500 m 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 14 July 1998 Golden Gala Rome, Italy
Mile 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 7 July 1999 Golden Gala Rome, Italy
2000 m 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 7 September 1999 ISTAF Berlin, Germany [10]
3000 m 7:20.67 Daniel Komen  Kenya 1 September 1996 IAAF Grand Prix Rieti, Italy
Two miles 7:58.61 Daniel Komen  Kenya 19 July 1997 Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium
5000 m 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 31 May 2004 Hengelo, Netherlands
12:35.36 Joshua Cheptegei  Uganda 14 August 2020 Herculis Fontvieille, Monaco [11]
5 km (road) 12:49 Berihu Aregawi  Ethiopia 31 December 2021 Cursa dels Nassos Barcelona, Spain [12]
10000 m 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 26 August 2005 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium
26:11.00 Joshua Cheptegei  Uganda 7 October 2020 Valencia, Spain [13]
10 km (road) 26:44 Leonard Patrick Komon  Kenya 26 September 2010 Singelloop Utrecht, Netherlands [14]
26:41 a Jacob Kiplimo  Uganda 31 December 2018 San Silvestre Vallecana Madrid, Spain [15]
26:38 Joshua Cheptegei  Uganda 1 December 2019 10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Valencia, Spain [16]
26:24 Rhonex Kipruto  Kenya 12 January 2020 10K Valencia Ibercaja Valencia, Spain [17]
15 km (road) 41:13 Leonard Patrick Komon  Kenya 21 November 2010 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen, Netherlands [18]
41:05+ Geoffrey Kamworor  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark [19]
41:10+ Kibiwott Kandie  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia, Spain [20]
41:05 Joshua Cheptegei  Uganda 18 November 2018 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen, Netherlands [21] [1]
10 miles (road) 44:24 [a] Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 4 September 2005 Tilburg, Netherlands
20000 m (track) 56:26.0+ Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [22] [2]
20 km (road) 55:21+ Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 21 March 2010 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal [23]
55:18+ Abraham Kiptum  Kenya 28 October 2018 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia, Spain [24]
55:00+ Geoffrey Kamworor  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark [25]
54:43+ [b] Kibiwott Kandie  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia, Spain [26]
Half marathon 58:18 Abraham Kiptum  Kenya 28 October 2018 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia, Spain [27]
58:01 Geoffrey Kamworor  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark [28]
57:32 Kibiwott Kandie  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia, Spain [29]
57:31 Jacob Kiplimo  Uganda 21 November 2021 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal [30]
One hour (track) 21285 m Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [31] [3]
25000 m (track) 1:12:25.4+ Moses Mosop  Kenya 3 June 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene, United States [32][33]
25 km (road) 1:11:18 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  Kenya 6 May 2012 BIG 25 Berlin, Germany [34][35]
30000 m (track) 1:26:47.4 Moses Mosop  Kenya 3 June 2011 Prefontaine Classic Eugene, United States [32][36]
30 km (road) 1:27:13+ Stanley Biwott  Kenya 24 April 2016 London Marathon London, United Kingdom [37]
1:27:13+ Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 24 April 2016 London Marathon London, United Kingdom [38]
1:26:53+ Birhanu Legese  Ethiopia 29 September 2019 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany [39]
1:26:53+ Sisay Lemma  Ethiopia 29 September 2019 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany [40]
1:26:45+ Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 16 September 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany [41]
Marathon 2:01:39 Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 16 September 2018 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany [42]
2:00:25 # [43] Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 6 May 2017 Breaking2 Monza, Italy [44]
1:59:40 # [45] Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 12 October 2019 Ineos 1:59 Challenge Vienna, Austria [46]
50 km (road) 2:40:13 Stephen Mokoka  South Africa 6 March 2022 Nedbank #Runified 50km Gqeberha, South Africa [47]
100 km (road) 6:24:06 Bongmusa Mthembu  South Africa 27 November 2016 Los Alcázares, Spain
110 m hurdles 13.11 (+1.8 m/s) Antonio Alkana  South Africa 5 June 2017 Josef Odložil Memorial Prague, Czech Republic [48]
200 m hurdles (straight) 22.10 (+1.8 m/s) L. J. van Zyl  South Africa 9 May 2015 Manchester City Games Manchester, United Kingdom [49]
200 m hurdles (bend) 22.6 h OT Hendrik Serfontein South Africa South Africa 23 March 1967 Bloemfontein, South Africa
300 m hurdles 34.8 h Ockert Cilliers  South Africa 8 May 2005 Pliezhausen, Germany
400 m hurdles 47.10 Samuel Matete  Zambia 7 August 1991 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich, Switzerland
2000 m steeplechase 5:14.43 Julius Kariuki  Kenya 21 August 1990 Palio Città della Quercia Rovereto, Italy [50]
3000 m steeplechase 7:53.64 Brimin Kipruto  Kenya 22 July 2011 Herculis Fontvieille, Monaco [51] [4]
7:53.17 X Brahim Boulami  Morocco 16 August 2002 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich, Switzerland
High jump 2.38 m Jacques Freitag  South Africa 5 March 2005 Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Pole vault 6.03 m Okkert Brits  South Africa 18 August 1995 Cologne, Germany
Long jump 8.65 m A (+1.3 m/s) Luvo Manyonga  South Africa 22 April 2017 South African Championships Potchefstroom, South Africa [52]
Triple jump 17.37 m (+2.0 m/s) Tarik Bouguetaïb  Morocco 14 July 2007 Khémisset, Morocco
17.50 m (+1.8 m/s) Hugues Fabrice Zango  Burkina Faso 28 July 2019 French Championships Saint-Étienne, France [53]
17.66 m (+0.5 m/s) Hugues Fabrice Zango  Burkina Faso 29 September 2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar [54]
17.67 m (+0.2 m/s) Hugues Fabrice Zango  Burkina Faso 1 June 2021 Meeting International de Montreuil Montreuil, France [55]
17.82 m (+0.2 m/s) Hugues Fabrice Zango  Burkina Faso 6 July 2021 Gyulai István Memorial Székesfehérvár, Hungary [56]
Shot put 21.97 m Janus Robberts  South Africa 2 June 2001 Prefontaine Classic Eugene, United States
Discus throw 70.32 m Frantz Kruger  South Africa 26 May 2002 Salon-de-Provence, France
Hammer throw 81.27 m Mostafa Al-Gamel  Egypt 21 March 2014 Cairo, Egypt
Javelin throw 92.72 m Julius Yego  Kenya 26 August 2015 World Championships Beijing, China [57]
Decathlon 8521 pts Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 17–18 August 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [58]
100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
10.75 (−0.4 m/s) 7.52 m (+0.4 m/s) 13.78 m 2.10 m 47.98 14.15 (+0.4 m/s) 42.39 m 4.60 m 66.49 m 4:14.60
3000 m walk (track) 10:47.08 Lebogang Shange  South Africa 21 July 2018 Diamond League London, United Kingdom [59]
5000 m walk (track) 18:05.49 Hatem Ghoula  Tunisia 1 May 1997 Tunis, Tunisia
10000 m walk (track) 38:24.31 Hatem Ghoula  Tunisia 30 May 1998 Tunis, Tunisia
10 km walk (road) 38:12 Hatem Ghoula  Tunisia 28 May 2000 Sesto San Giovanni, Italy [60]
20000 m walk (track) 1:22:51.84 Hatem Ghoula  Tunisia 8 September 1994 Leutkirch, Germany
20 km walk (road) 1:19:02 Hatem Ghoula  Tunisia 10 May 1997 Oder-Neisse Grand Prix Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany
1:18:23 A Samuel Gathimba  Kenya 18 June 2021 Nairobi, Kenya [61]
30000 m walk (track) 2:19:21.4 Hatem Ghoula  Tunisia 12 March 2011 Reims, France
50000 m walk (track) 4:21:44.5 Abdelouaheb Ferguène  Algeria 25 March 1984 Toulouse, France
50 km walk (road) 3:54:12 Marc Mundell  South Africa 13 December 2015 Australian 50 km Walking Championships Melbourne, Australia [62]
4 × 100 m relay 37.94 Osmond Ezinwa
Olapade Adeniken
Francis Obikwelu
Davidson Ezinwa
 Nigeria 9 August 1997 World Championships Athens, Greece
37.65 Thando Dlodlo
Simon Magakwe
Clarence Munyai
Akani Simbine
 South Africa 4 October 2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar [63]
4 × 200 m relay 1:20.42 Simon Magakwe
Chederick van Wyk
Sinesipho Dambile
Akani Simbine
 South Africa 12 May 2019 IAAF World Relays Yokohama, Japan
4 × 400 m relay 2:58.68 Clement Chukwu
Jude Monye
Sunday Bada
Enefiok Udo-Obong
 Nigeria 30 September 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia
2:58.33 Isaac Makwala
Baboloki Thebe
Zibani Ngozi
Bayapo Ndori
 Botswana 6 August 2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan [64]
2:57.27 Isaac Makwala
Baboloki Thebe
Zibane Ngozi
Bayapo Ndori
 Botswana 7 August 2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan [65]
Sprint medley relay (2,2,4,8) 3:16.21 Mike Mokamba (200 m)
Alfas Kishoyian (200 m)
Collins Omae (400 m)
Collin Kipruto (800 m)
 Kenya 27 April 2019 Penn Relays Philadelphia, United States [66]
4 × 800 m relay 7:02.43 Joseph Mwengi Mutua
William Yiampoy
Ismael Kipngetich Kombich
Wilfred Bungei
 Kenya 25 August 2006 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium
Distance medley relay 9:15.56 Elkanah Angwenyi 2:50.8 (1200m)
Thomas Musembi 45.8 (400m)
Alfred Kirwa Yego 1:46.2 (800m)
Alex Kipchirchir 3:52.8 (1600 m)
 Kenya 29 April 2006 Penn Relays Philadelphia, United States
4 × 1500 m relay 14:22.22 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
 Kenya 25 May 2014 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [67]
Ekiden relay 1:57:06 Josephat Muchiri Ndambiri 13:24/ 5 km
Martin Irungu Mathathi 27:12/ 10 km
Daniel Muchunu Mwangi 13:59/ 5 km
Mekubo Mogusu 27:56/ 10 km
Onesmus Nyerere 14:36/ 5 km
John Kariuki 19:59/ 7.195 km
 Kenya 23 November 2005 Chiba Ekiden Chiba, Japan

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref Video
100 y 10.30+ (+1.1 m/s) Ruddy Zang Milama  Gabon 31 May 2011 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [68]
100 m 10.78 (+1.6 m/s) Murielle Ahouré  Ivory Coast 11 June 2016 Star Athletics Pro Meet Montverde, United States [69]
10.78 (-0.3 m/s) Marie-Josee Ta Lou  Ivory Coast 30 July 2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan [70]
150 m (straight) 16.60 (+1.6 m/s) Marie Josée Ta Lou  Ivory Coast 18 May 2018 Great CityGames Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom [71]
150 m (bend) 16.99 (+0.6 m/s) Marie Josée Ta Lou  Ivory Coast 8 September 2020 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [72]
200 m 22.04 (+0.5 m/s) Blessing Okagbare  Nigeria 24 March 2018 Wes Kittley Invitational Abilene, United States [73]
21.81 (+0.8 m/s) Christine Mboma  Namibia 3 August 2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan [74]
21.78 (+0.6 m/s) Christine Mboma  Namibia 9 September 2021 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich, Switzerland [75]
300 m 36.10 Kaltouma Nadjina  Chad 19 August 2001 Gateshead, United Kingdom
35.95+ Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 26 August 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain [76]
400 m 49.10 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 29 July 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States [77]
48.54 Christine Mboma  Namibia 30 June 2021 Irena Szewińska Memorial Bydgoszcz, Poland [78]
600 m 1:21.77 Caster Semenya  South Africa 27 August 2017 ISTAF Berlin Berlin, Germany [79]
800 m 1:54.01 Pamela Jelimo  Kenya 29 August 2008 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich, Switzerland [5]
1000 m 2:29.34 Maria Mutola  Mozambique 25 August 1995 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium
2:29.15 Faith Kipyegon  Kenya 14 August 2020 Herculis Fontvieille, Monaco [80]
1500 m 3:50.07 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 17 July 2015 Herculis Fontvieille, Monaco [81]
Mile 4:14.30 [c] Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 6 September 2016 Palio Città della Quercia Rovereto, Italy [82]
2000 m 5:27.50 [d] Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 17 June 2014 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [83]
5:21.56 Francine Niyonsaba  Burundi 14 September 2021 Hanžeković Memorial Zagreb, Croatia [84]
3000 m 8:20.68 [e] Hellen Obiri  Kenya 9 May 2014 Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix Doha, Qatar [85]
8:20.27 [f] Letesenbet Gidey  Ethiopia 30 June 2019 Prefontaine Classic Palo Alto, United States [86] [6]
Two miles 8:58.58 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 14 September 2007 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium
5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 6 June 2008 Bislett Games Oslo, Norway
14:06.62 Letesenbet Gidey  Ethiopia 7 October 2020 Valencia, Spain [87]
5 km (road) 14:29 Wo Senbere Teferi  Ethiopia 12 September 2021 Road to Records Herzogenaurach, Germany [88]
14:19 Mx Ejgayehu Taye  Ethiopia 31 December 2021 Cursa dels Nassos Barcelona, Spain [89]
4 miles (road) 19:14 Viola Kibiwot  Kenya 13 October 2013 4 Mile of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands [90]
10000 m 29:17.45 Almaz Ayana  Ethiopia 12 August 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [91]
29:01.03 Letesenbet Gidey  Ethiopia 8 June 2021 Ethiopian Olympic Trials Hengelo, Netherlands [92]
10 km (road) 29:43 Mx Joyciline Jepkosgei  Kenya 9 September 2017 Birell Prague Grand Prix Prague, Czech Republic [93]
30:01 Wo Agnes Jebet Tirop  Kenya 12 September 2021 Road to Records Herzogenaurach, Germany [94]
29:14 Mx Yalemzerf Yehualaw  Ethiopia 27 February 2022 Castellón 10K Castellón de la Plana, Spain [95]
15 km (road) 45:37+ Joyciline Jepkosgei  Kenya 1 April 2017 Prague Half Marathon Prague, Czech Republic [96]
44:20 Letesenbet Gidey  Ethiopia 17 November 2019 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen, Netherlands [97]
10 miles (road) 50:05+ Mary Keitany  Kenya 18 February 2011 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates [98]
49:21+ a Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 8 September 2019 Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom [99]
One hour (track) 18517 m Dire Tune  Ethiopia 12 June 2008 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic [100]
20000 m (track) 1:05:26.6 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 3 September 2000 Borgholzhausen, Germany
20 km (road) 1:01:25+ Joyciline Jepkosgei  Kenya 1 April 2017 Prague Half Marathon Prague, Czech Republic [96]
1:01:11+ Ababel Yeshaneh  Ethiopia 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates [101]
1:00:43+ Mx Ruth Chepng'etich  Kenya 4 April 2021 Istanbul Half Marathon Istanbul, Turkey [102]
1:01:20+ a Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 8 September 2019 Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom [103]
Half marathon 1:04:51 Mx Joyciline Jepkosgei  Kenya 22 October 2017 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia, Spain [104]
1:04:31 Mx Ababel Yeshaneh  Ethiopia 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates [105]
1:04:02 Mx Ruth Chepng'etich  Kenya 4 April 2021 Istanbul Half Marathon Istanbul, Turkey [106]
1:03:44 Mx Yalemzerf Yehualaw  Ethiopia 29 August 2021 Antrim Coast Half Marathon Larne, Northern Ireland [107]
1:02:52 Mx Letesenbet Gidey  Ethiopia 24 October 2021 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia, Spain [108]
1:04:28 Mx a Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 8 September 2019 Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-South Shields, United Kingdom [109]
1:06:11 Wo Netsanet Gudeta  Ethiopia 24 March 2018 World Half Marathon Championships Valencia, Spain [110]
1:05:34 Wo Peres Jepchirchir  Kenya 5 September 2020 Prague Half Marathon Prague, Czech Republic [111]
1:05:16 Wo Peres Jepchirchir  Kenya 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia, Poland [112]
25000 m (track) 1:27:05.9 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 21 September 2002 Mengerskirchen, Germany
25 km (road) 1:19:43+ Wo [g] Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  Kenya 23 April 2017 London Marathon London, United Kingdom [113]
1:19:33+ Mx Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 13 October 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States [114]
30000 m (track) 1:45:50.0 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 6 June 2003 Warstein, Germany
30 km (road) 1:36:05+ Wo Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  Kenya 23 April 2017 London Marathon London, United Kingdom [115]
1:35:18+ Mx Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 13 October 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States [116]
Marathon 2:17:01 Wo Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  Kenya 23 April 2017 London Marathon London, United Kingdom [117]
2:14:04 Mx Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 13 October 2019 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States [118]
50 km (road) 3:04:24 [h] Irvette Van Zyl  South Africa 23 May 2021 Nedbank Runified Race Port Elizabeth, South Africa [119][120]
100 km (road) 7:31:47 Helene Joubert  South Africa 16 September 1995 Winschoten, Netherlands
100 m hurdles 12.44 (+0.4 m/s) Glory Alozie  Nigeria 8 August 1998 Herculis Fontvieille, Monaco
12.44 (0.0 m/s) 28 August 1998 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium
12.44 (+0.7 m/s) 28 August 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain [121]
12.42 (+0.4 m/s) Tobi Amusan 9 September 2021 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich, Switzerland [122]
200 m hurdles (straight) 26.16 (+0.3 m/s) Zeney van der Walt  South Africa 16 June 2019 Adidas Boost Boston Games Boston, United States [123]
300 m hurdles 38.6 h Mame Tacko Diouf  Senegal 21 February 1999 Dakar, Senegal
400 m hurdles 52.90 Nezha Bidouane  Morocco 25 August 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain
2000 m steeplechase 6:02.16 Virginia Nyambura Nganga  Kenya 6 September 2015 ISTAF Berlin, Germany [124]
3000 m steeplechase 8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech  Kenya 20 July 2018 Herculis Fontvieille, Monaco [125]
High jump 2.06 m Hestrie Cloete  South Africa 31 August 2003 World Championships Paris Saint-Denis, France
Pole vault 4.42 m Elmarie Gerryts  South Africa 12 June 2000 Wesel, Germany
Long jump 7.12 m (+0.9 m/s) Chioma Ajunwa  Nigeria 2 August 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States
7.17 m (+1.1 m/s) Ese Brume  Nigeria 29 May 2021 Chula Vista Field Festival Chula Vista, United States [126]
Triple jump 15.39 m (+0.5 m/s) Françoise Mbango Etone  Cameroon 17 August 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China
Shot put 18.43 m Vivian Chukwuemeka  Nigeria 19 April 2003 Mt. SAC Relays Walnut, United States
18.86 m X 1 July 2012 African Championships Porto-Novo, Benin [127][128]
Discus throw 64.87 m Elizna Naudé  South Africa 2 March 2007 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Hammer throw 69.70 m Amy Sène  Senegal 25 May 2014 Forbach, France [129]
70.50 m Annette Echikunwoke  Nigeria 2 April 2021 Oliver Nikoloff Invitational Cincinnati, United States
72.25 m Annette Echikunwoke  Nigeria 16 April 2021 Auburn War Eagle Invite Auburn, United States
69.89 m Oyesade Olatoye  Nigeria 1 May 2021 Jesse Owens Track Classic Columbus, United States [130]
73.93 m Annette Echikunwoke  Nigeria 20 May 2021 Tucson Elite Classic Tucson, United States [131]
75.49 m Annette Echikunwoke  Nigeria 22 May 2021 USATF Throws Festival Tucson, United States [132]
Javelin throw 69.35 m Sunette Viljoen  South Africa 9 June 2012 Adidas Grand Prix New York City, United States [133]
Weight throw 4.22 m Birtukan Bouele  Ethiopia 18 July 2020 International Lucerne Masters Throws Pentathlon Lucerne, Switzerland [134]
Heptathlon 6423 pts Margaret Simpson  Ghana 28–29 May 2005 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria
13.41 (-0.8 m/s) (100 m hurdles), 1.85 m (high jump), 13.01 m (shot put), 24.55 (+1.0 m/s) (200 m) /
6.32 m (+0.7 m/s) (long jump), 52.71 m (javelin), 2:21.71 (800 m)
Decathlon 6915 pts h Margaret Simpson  Ghana 18–19 April 2007 Réduit, Mauritius
100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
3000 m walk (track) 23:23.43 Birtukan Bouele  Ethiopia 7 June 2019 Soirée Inter régionale de demi-fond Belfort, France [135]
5000 m walk (track) 23:10.88 Amsale Yacobe  Ethiopia 20 September 1992 Seoul, South Korea
21:49.27 Chahinez Nasri  Tunisia 8 June 2016 Meeting National Michel Musson Blois, France [136]
22:59.19 A Aynalem Eshetu  Ethiopia 15 May 2011 African Junior Championships Gaborone, Botswana [137][138]
22:12.9 h Chaïma Trabelsi  Tunisia 18 June 2010 CAA Silver Meet Tunis, Tunisia [139]
5 km walk (road) 22:20 Nicolene Cronje  South Africa 5 March 2004 ABSA Series Durban, South Africa [140]
10000 m walk (track) 44:41.8 h A Grace Wanjiru Njue  Kenya 5 March 2016 AK Thika Meet Thika, Kenya [141]
10 km walk (road) 45:05.4 Susan Vermeulen  South Africa 17 April 1999 Bloemfontein, South Africa
45:02 Chahinez Nasri  Tunisia 28 May 2016 XXX Gran Premio Cantones A Coruña, Spain [142]
15 km walk (road) 1:10:31+ Anél Oosthuizen  South Africa 9 April 2016 Poděbrady Walking Race Poděbrady, Czech Republic [143]
20000 m walk (track) 1:36:18.3 Nicolene Cronje  South Africa 17 March 2004 Durban, South Africa
20 km walk (road) 1:30:43 Grace Wanjiru Njue  Kenya 26 June 2016 African Championships Durban, South Africa [144]
1:28:15 A [i] Grace Wanjiru Njue  Kenya 15 July 2011 Kenyan Championships Nairobi, Kenya [145]
1:30:40 A 6 June 2018 Kenya Defence Forces Championships Nairobi, Kenya [146]
50 km walk (road) 4:48:00 Nathalie le Roux  South Africa 5 May 2018 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Taicang, China [147]
4 × 100 m relay 42.39 Beatrice Utondu
Faith Idehen
Christy Opara-Thompson
Mary Onyali-Omagbemi
 Nigeria 7 August 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
4 × 200 m relay 1:30.52 Blessing Okagbare
Regina George
Dominique Duncan
Christy Udoh
 Nigeria 2 May 2015 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [148]
Sprint medley relay (1,1,2,4) 1:46.05 Eunice Kadogo (100 m)
Fresha Mwangi (100 m)
Joan Cherono [de] (200 m)
Evengeline Makena (400 m)
 Kenya 27 April 2019 Penn Relays Philadelphia, United States [149]
4 × 400 m relay 3:21.04 Olabisi Afolabi
Fatima Yusuf
Charity Opara
Falilat Ogunkoya
 Nigeria 3 August 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States
4 × 800 m relay 8:04.28 Agatha Jeruto Kimaswai
Sylvia Chematui Chesebe
Janeth Jepkosgei
Eunice Jepkoech Sum
 Kenya 25 May 2014 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [150]
Distance medley relay 10:43.35 Selah Jepleting Busienei (1200 m)
Joy Nakhumicha Sakari (400 m)
Sylivia Chematui Chesebe (800 m)
Virginia Nyambura Nganga (1600 m)
 Kenya 2 May 2015 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [151]
4 × 1500 m relay 16:33.58 Mercy Cherono
Faith Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Obiri
 Kenya 24 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [152]
Ekiden relay 2:13:35 Philes Ongori
Evelyne Kemunto Kimwei
Catherine Ndereba
Jane Wanjiku Gakunyi
Lucy Wangui Kabuu
Sally Chepyego Kaptich
 Kenya 23 November 2006 Chiba Ekiden Chiba, Japan

Mixed

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref Video
4 × 400 m relay
3:16.90 Jared Nyambweke Momanyi
Maureen Nyatichi Thomas
Hellen Syombua
Aron Koech
 Kenya 11 May 2019 IAAF World Relays Yokohama, Japan [153] [7]
3:13.60 Ifeanyi Emmanuel Ojeli
Imaobong Nse Uko
Samson Oghenewegba Nathaniel
Patience Okon George
 Nigeria 30 July 2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan [154]

Indoor

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
50 m 5.61+ Deji Aliu  Nigeria 21 February 1999 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
55 m 6.02 A Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 22 February 1997 Colorado Springs, United States
60 m 6.45 A Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 20 February 1999 Colorado Springs, United States
100 m 10.05 Frankie Fredericks  Namibia 12 February 1996 Tampere, Finland
200 m 19.92 Frank Fredericks  Namibia 18 February 1996 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
300 m 32.36 Frankie Fredericks  Namibia 28 February 2003 Karlsruhe, Germany
400 m 45.51 Sunday Bada  Nigeria 9 March 1997 World Championships Paris, France
45.37 OT Clement Chukwu  Nigeria 28 February 1998 Kent, United States
500 m 1:00.71 Onkabetse Nkobolo  Botswana 17 February 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm, Sweden [155]
600 m 1:14.79 A Michael Saruni  Kenya 19 January 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational Albuquerque, United States [156]
800 m 1:44.21 Emmanuel Korir  Kenya 3 February 2018 Millrose Games New York City, United States [157]
1:43.98 Michael Saruni  Kenya 9 February 2019 Millrose Games New York City, United States [158]
1000 m 2:14.20 Ayanleh Souleiman  Djibouti 17 February 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm, Sweden [159]
1500 m 3:31.18 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 2 February 1997 Sparkassen Cup Stuttgart, Germany
3:31.04 Samuel Tefera  Ethiopia 16 February 2019 Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom [160]
Mile 3:48.45 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 12 February 1997 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent, Belgium
3:47.01 Yomif Kejelcha  Ethiopia 3 March 2019 Bruce Lehane Invitational Boston, United States [161]
2000 m 4:49.99 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 17 February 2007 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom
3000 m 7:24.90 Daniel Komen  Kenya 6 February 1998 Budapest, Hungary
Two miles 8:04.35 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 16 February 2008 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom
5000 m 12:49.60 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 20 February 2004 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom
10000 m 27:50.29 Mark Bett  Kenya 10 February 2002 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent, Belgium
50 m hurdles 6.48+ Shaun Bownes  South Africa 25 February 2001 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
55 m hurdles 7.13 Lehann Fourie  South Africa 11 February 2012 Millrose Games New York City, United States [162]
60 m hurdles 7.52 Shaun Bownes  South Africa 23 February 2001 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent, Belgium
300 m hurdles 34.92 OT Llewellyn Herbert  South Africa 9 February 1999 Pirkkahall Tampere, Finland [163][164]
400 m hurdles 50.94 Mamadou Hasse  Senegal 12 February 2013 International Meeting Val-de-Reuil Val-de-Reuil, France [165]
49.90 OT Llewellyn Herbert  South Africa 9 February 2005 Botnia Games Korsholm, Finland [166]
2000 m steeplechase 5:13.77 WB Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 13 February 2011 Indoor Flanders Meeting Ghent, Belgium [167][168]
High jump 2.32 m Anthony Idiata  Nigeria 15 February 2000 Patras, Greece
Pole vault 5.90 m Okkert Brits  South Africa 16 February 1997 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
5.90 m Okkert Brits  South Africa 1 June 1997 Toronto, Canada
Long jump 8.44 m Luvo Manyonga  South Africa 2 March 2018 World Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom [169]
Triple jump 17.58 m Hugues Fabrice Zango  Burkina Faso 27 January 2019 Meeting de Paris Paris, France [170]
17.77 m Hugues Fabrice Zango  Burkina Faso 2 February 2020 Meeting de Paris Paris, France [171]
18.07 m Hugues Fabrice Zango  Burkina Faso 16 January 2021 Aubière, France [172]
Shot put 21.47 m Janus Robberts  South Africa 1 December 2001 Norman, United States
Discus throw 63.37 m Yasser Fathy  Egypt 27 March 2010 Wexiö Indoor Throwing Competition Växjö, Sweden [173]
Heptathlon 5911 pts Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 27–28 February 2010 Championnats de France Elite Paris, France [174]
6.89 (60 m), 7.34 m (long jump), 14.00 m (shot put), 1.92 m (high jump) / 8.05 (60 m hurdles), 4.60 m (pole vault), 2:39.86 (1000 m)
5000 m walk 19:39.92 Hédi Teraoui  Tunisia 18 February 2018 French Championships Liévin, France [175]
4 × 400 m relay 3:07.95 Tobi Ogunmola
Noah Akwu
Salihu Isah
Cristian Morton
 Nigeria 8 March 2014 World Championships Sopot, Poland [176]

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
50 m 6.04+ Chioma Ajunwa  Nigeria 22 February 1998 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
55 m 6.58 Beatrice Utondu-Okoye  Nigeria 11 February 1990 Monroe, United States
60 m 6.97 Murielle Ahouré  Ivory Coast 2 March 2018 World Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom [177]
200 m 23.00 Regina George  Nigeria 23 February 2013 Fayetteville, United States
22.80 Murielle Ahouré  Ivory Coast 13 March 2009 NCAA Division I Championships College Station, United States
22.75 Favour Ofili  Nigeria 27 February 2021 SEC Championships Fayetteville, United States [178]
22.61 Favour Ofili  Nigeria 25 February 2022 Southeastern Conference Championships College Station, United States [179]
22.46 Favour Ofili  Nigeria 26 February 2022 Southeastern Conference Championships College Station, United States [180]
300 m 36.33 Amantle Montsho  Botswana 5 March 2010 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France [181]
400 m 50.73 Charity Opara  Nigeria 1 February 1998 Sparkassen Cup Stuttgart, Germany
500 m 1:11.48 Akua Obeng-Akrofi  Ghana 2 February 2018 Metropolitan Indoor Championships New York City, United States [182]
600 m 1:25.76 Regina George  Nigeria 10 January 2014 Arkansas Invitational Fayetteville, United States [183]
800 m 1:57.06 Maria Mutola  Mozambique 21 February 1999 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
1:56.36 [j] 22 February 1998
1000 m 2:30.94 Maria Mutola  Mozambique 25 February 1999 GE Galan Stockholm, Sweden
1500 m 3:55.17 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 1 February 2014 Weltklasse in Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Germany [184]
3:53.09 Gudaf Tsegay  Ethiopia 9 February 2021 Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Liévin, France [185]
Mile 4:13.31 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 17 February 2016 Globen Galan Stockholm, Sweden [159]
2000 m 5:23.75 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 7 February 2017 Míting Internacional de Catalunya Sabadell, Spain [186]
3000 m 8:16.60 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 6 February 2014 XL Galan Stockholm, Sweden [187]
Two miles 9:00.48 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 15 February 2014 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom [188]
5000 m 14:18.86 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 19 February 2015 XL Galan Stockholm, Sweden [189]
50 m hurdles 6.76+ Glory Alozie  Nigeria 25 February 2001 Meeting Pas de Calais Liévin, France
55 m hurdles 7.60 Ime Akpan  Nigeria 13 March 1992 NCAA Division I Women's Championships Indianapolis, United States [190]
60 m hurdles 7.82 Glory Alozie  Nigeria 16 February 1999 Madrid, Spain
400 m hurdles 58.66 Haissat Lambarki  Morocco 29 January 2012 Bordeaux, France [191]
High jump 1.97 m Hestrie Cloete  South Africa 18 February 2001 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom
Pole vault 4.41 m Elmarie Gerryts  South Africa 20 February 2000 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, United Kingdom
Long jump 6.97 m Chioma Ajunwa  Nigeria 5 February 1997 Erfurt, Germany
Triple jump 14.90 m Yamilé Aldama  Sudan 6 March 2004 World Championships Budapest, Hungary [192]
Shot put 18.13 m A Vivian Chukwuemeka  Nigeria 4 February 2006 Flagstaff, United States
18.37 m Auriol Dongmo Mekemnang [k]  Cameroon 29 February 2020 Portuguese Championships Pombal, Portugal [193]
18.13 m Jessica Inchude  Guinea Bissau 13 February 2021 Portuguese Championships Braga, Portugal [194]
Weight throw 22.24 m A Florence Ezeh  Togo 23 February 2001 WAC Championships Reno, United States [195]
Pentathlon 4558 pts Eunice Barber  Sierra Leone 7 March 1997 Paris, France
8.39 (60 m hurdles), 1.80 m (high jump), 13.05 m (shot put), 6.35 m (long jump), 2:18.17 (800 m)
3000 m walk 14:13.46 Tahani Ghazal  Tunisia 3 February 2018 Lyon, France
4 × 400 m relay 3:29.67 [l] Omolara Omotosho
Patience Okon George
Bukola Abogunloko
Folashade Abugan
 Nigeria 8 March 2014 World Championships Sopot, Poland [196]

Notes

  1. ^ The Association of Road Racing Statisticians regard Gebrselassie's time to be 44:23 based on initially reported stopped times of 44:22.8, 44:23.0 and 44:23.1. The race organisers do not confirm these times and officially regard the time to be 44:24
  2. ^ by official result source, 54:42 by World Athletics source
  3. ^ outdoor best; indoor mark ratified as absolute record
  4. ^ outdoor best; indoor mark ratified as absolute record
  5. ^ outdoor best; indoor mark ratified as absolute record
  6. ^ outdoor best; indoor mark ratified as absolute record
  7. ^ by official result source; 1:19:53 by CAA source, probably a mistake
  8. ^ by IAU source; 3:04:23 by other sources
  9. ^ Short course
  10. ^ Disallowed for running inside curb.
  11. ^ Dongmo Mekemnan represented Cameroon until 2017, transferring her eligibility to Portugal which became active in 2020
  12. ^ by official result source; 3:22.67 by CAA source, prabably a mistake

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