World Athletics Championships
StatusActive
GenreWorld Championships
Athletics
Date(s)varying
Frequencybiennial
Countryvarying
Inaugurated1983 (1983)
Previous event2022
Next event2023
Organised byWorld Athletics
Websiteworldathletics.org

The World Athletics Championships (until 2019 known as the World Championships in Athletics) are a biennial athletics competition organized by World Athletics (formerly IAAF, International Association of Athletics Federations). Alongside the Olympic Games, they represent the highest level championships of senior international outdoor athletics competition for track and field athletics globally, including marathon running and race walking. Separate World Championships are held by World Athletics for certain other outdoor events, including cross-country running and half-marathon, as well as indoor and age-group championships.

The World Championships were started in 1976 in response to the International Olympic Committee dropping the men's 50 km walk from the Olympic 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 the inaugural championships in 1983, with all the events, is considered the official start of the competition. Until 1980, the Olympic champions were also considered as reigning World champions.

At their debut, these championships were then held every four years, until 1991, when they switched to a two-year cycle.

History

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 1,333 athletes from 153 countries participated.[5] By the 2003 competition, in Paris, it had grown to 1,679 athletes from 198 countries with coverage being transmitted to 179 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

Further information: World Championship records, Men's medalists, and Women's medalists

Edition Year City Country Date Venue Capacity Events Nations Athletes Top of the medal table,
World Team since 2022
1976 Malmö  Sweden 18 Sep Malmö Stadion 30,000 1 20 42  Soviet Union
1980 Sittard  Netherlands 14 – 16 Aug De Baandert 22,000 2 22 42  East Germany
1st 1983 Helsinki  Finland 7 – 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 National Stadium 48,000 43 162 1,491  United States
4th 1993 Stuttgart  Germany 13 – 22 Aug Neckarstadion 70,000 44 187 1,630  United States
5th 1995 Gothenburg  Sweden 5 – 13 Aug Ullevi 42,000 44 190 1,755  United States
6th 1997 Athens  Greece 1 – 10 Aug Olympiako Stadio 75,000 44 197 1,785  United States
7th 1999 Seville  Spain 20 – 29 Aug Estadio de La Cartuja 70,000 46 200 1,750  United States
8th 2001 Edmonton  Canada 3 – 12 Aug Commonwealth Stadium 60,000 46 189 1,602  Russia
9th 2003 Paris  France 23 – 31 Aug Stade de France 78,000 46 198 1,679  United States
10th 2005 Helsinki  Finland 6 – 14 Aug Olympiastadion 45,000 47 191 1,687  United States
11th 2007 Osaka  Japan 24 Aug – 2 Sep Yanmar Stadium Nagai 45,000 47 197 1,800  United States
12th 2009 Berlin  Germany 15 – 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 – 18 Aug Luzhniki Stadium 78,000 47 203 1,784  United States
15th 2015 Beijing  China 22 – 30 Aug Beijing National Stadium 80,000 47 205 1,761  Kenya
16th 2017 London  Great Britain 4 – 13 Aug London Stadium 60,000 48 199 1,857  United States
17th 2019 Doha  Qatar 27 Sep – 6 Oct Khalifa International Stadium 48,000 49 206 1,775  United States
18th 2022 Eugene  United States 15 – 24 Jul Hayward Field 25,000 49 180 1,700+  United States
19th 2023 Budapest  Hungary 19 – 27 Aug National Athletics Centre 34,000
20th 2025 Tokyo  Japan 13–21 Sep[6] National Stadium 68,000

All-time medal table

Updated after the 2022 World Athletics Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States183126105414
2 Kenya625544161
3 Russia425248142
4 Germany393648123
5 Jamaica375644137
6 Ethiopia33342895
7United Kingdom Great Britain & Northern Ireland313743111
8Soviet Union Soviet Union23272878
9 China22262573
10 Cuba22241460
11East Germany East Germany21191656
12 Poland20182563
13 Czech Republic155626
14 France14182355
15 Australia14141139
16 Italy12161947
17 South Africa127827
18 Ukraine11141641
19 Morocco1112831
20 Belarus10111233
21 Sweden106824
22 Norway105520
23 Bahamas99826
24 Spain7181641
25 Canada7161740
26 Japan791733
27 Finland78722
28 Portugal77923
29 Bahrain73313
30 Algeria62311
31 New Zealand6118
32 Romania581124
33 Netherlands581023
34 Greece571123
35 Bulgaria53816
36 Uganda52411
37 Qatar52310
38Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia44311
39 Croatia44210
40 Colombia4228
41 Ireland4206
42 Switzerland4059
Authorised Neutral Athletes Authorised Neutral Athletes[1]38112
43West Germany West Germany36312
44 Trinidad and Tobago35715
45 Mexico34714
46 Lithuania3328
47 Dominican Republic3216
48 Ecuador3115
 Grenada3115
 Mozambique3115
51 Denmark3014
 Venezuela3014
53 Brazil26715
54 Estonia26210
55 Belgium22711
56 Slovenia2136
57 Tajikistan2103
58 Peru2002
59 Nigeria15511
60 Namibia1416
61 Kazakhstan1359
62 Turkey1304
63 Zambia1203
64 Tunisia1113
65 Botswana1102
 Eritrea1102
 Panama1102
68 Saint Kitts and Nevis1045
69 Slovakia1034
70 Syria1023
71 Barbados1012
 Senegal1012
 Somalia1012
74 North Korea1001
75 Hungary07714
76 Ivory Coast0415
77 Israel0224
78 Burundi0213
 Djibouti0213
 Puerto Rico0213
81 Cameroon0202
82 Austria0134
83 Bosnia and Herzegovina0112
 Burkina Faso0112
 Cyprus0112
 Ghana0112
 India0112
 Latvia0112
 South Korea0112
 Sri Lanka0112
 Suriname0112
 Tanzania0112
93 Bermuda0101
 Egypt0101
 Sudan0101
96 Serbia0033
97 American Samoa0011
 Cayman Islands0011
 Dominica0011
 Haiti0011
 Iran0011
 Philippines0011
 Saudi Arabia0011
 Zimbabwe0011
Totals (104 entries)8288368302494
Source: World Athletics Championships Oregon 22 – Statistics Handbook 2022 Medal Table
Notes

^[1]  ANA is the name under which Russian athletes competed in the 2017 and 2019 Championships. Their medals were not included in the official medal table.[7][8]

All-time placing table

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 the 2019 Championships[9]

Rank Country 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4 5 6 7 8 Medals Points
1  United States 170 116+1= 92+2= 72+5= 84+3= 71+3= 74+2= 72+4= 381 3911.5
2  Germany[a] 62 61 64+2= 77+2= 65+1= 60+2= 52+5= 45+1= 189 2316
3  Russia[b] 45 54+6= 47+2= 56+2= 41+3= 44+2= 35+1= 40+1= 154 1782.5
4  Kenya 60 50 41 45 38 26 45 19 151 1640
5 United Kingdom Great Britain & N.I. 30 36 38 42+2= 47+1= 33+1= 30+1= 20 104 1313
6  Jamaica 35 49 42+1= 32 28 26 27 24 127 1308.5
7  Ethiopia 29 30 26 23 19 16 19 17 85 892
8  China 20 24+1= 22 19 32 20+1= 20 22+1= 67 814.5
9  Soviet Union 23 25+2= 28 21+1= 17 12 11 17+1= 78 793
10  France 13 18 21+2= 25 27+1= 30+1= 23+1= 31+1= 54 772.6
11  Poland 19 14+1= 21+4= 20+1= 23 22+2= 27 20+2= 59 745.8
12  Cuba 22 23+1= 13+1= 31 10+2= 17 22 19 60 743
13  Italy 11 15+1= 18 12 16+2= 24+1= 30+2= 28+2= 45 603.5
14  Spain 7 17+1= 13+1 18 18 23 17 19 39 549
15  Ukraine 11 11+2= 15 18 21 16+1= 19+1= 8 39 538.6
Notes

Multiple medalists

Multiple winners

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

Men

All events

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 United Kingdom Great Britain & N.I. 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 Paweł Fajdek  Poland Hammer throw 2013 2022 5 5
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

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 United Kingdom Great Britain & N.I. 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 Paweł Fajdek  Poland Hammer throw 2013 2022 5 5
9 Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya 3000 m steeplechase 2003 2015 4 3 7
10 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 5000 m / 10,000 m 1993 2003 4 2 1 7

Women

All events

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 / 4 × 400 m mixed relay 2005 2022 ** 14 ** 3 3 ** 20 **
2 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  Jamaica 100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay 2007 2022 10 * 4 * * 14 *
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 Jessica Beard  United States 4 × 400 m relay / 4 × 400 m mixed relay 2009 2019 *** 5 *** * 1 * **** 6 ****
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 ****
8 Jearl Miles Clark  United States 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 1993 2003 4 3 2 9
9 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
Liu Hong  China 20 km walk 2009 2019 4 1 5

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

Rank Athlete Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  Jamaica 100 m / 200 m 2009 2022 6 1 7
2 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 5000 m / 10,000 m 2003 2017 5 1 6
3 Gail Devers  United States 100 m / 100 m hurdles 1991 2001 4 2 6
4 Allyson Felix  United States 200 m / 400 m 2005 2017 4 1 2 7
5 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
Liu Hong  China 20 km walk 2009 2019 4 1 5
8 Jackie Joyner-Kersee  United States Heptathlon / Long jump 1987 1993 4 4
Brittney Reese  United States Long jump 2009 2017 4 4
Anita Włodarczyk  Poland Hammer throw 2009 2017 4 4

Athletes with most appearances

There are 64 athletes (35 men and 29 women) that have competed in at least eight editions.[9]

App. Name Country Years contested Events
13 Jesús Ángel García Bragado  Spain 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 19 50 km walk
12 João Vieira  Portugal 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 20 km walk / 35 km walk / 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
Inês Henriques  Portugal 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 20 km walk / 35 km walk / 50 km walk
Allyson Felix  United States 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 200 m / 400 m / 4x100 m / 4x400 m / 4x400 m Mixed
Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od  Mongolia 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 Marathon
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-Mateeva  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
Mélina Robert-Michon  France 01, 03, 07, 09, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 Discus 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 & N.I. /  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 & N.I. 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
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 / 4x100 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
Churandy Martina  Netherlands Antilles /  Netherlands 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 19 100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m
Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 400 m hurdles / 4x400 m
Horacio Nava  Mexico 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 20 km walk / 50 km walk
Krisztián Pars  Hungary 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 Hammer throw
Martyn Rooney  Great Britain & N.I. 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 400 m / 4x400 m / 4x400 m Mixed
Levern Spencer  Saint Lucia 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 High Jump
Dragana Tomašević  Serbia and Montenegro /  Serbia 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 Discus throw
Andrés Chocho  Ecuador 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 20 km walk / 35 km walk / 50 km walk
Gong Lijiao  China 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 Shot put
Donald Thomas  Bahamas 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 High Jump

* At the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart, Germany, Dragutin Topić competed as an 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

A total of 35 world records have been set or equalled at the competition: 18 by men, 15 by women, and 2 in the mixed relay.

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 1983 women's 400 m final.

A peak of five world records came at the 1993 Championships.

The most recent world record was in the Men's Pole vault in 2022, when Armand Duplantis of Sweden cleared the new record height of 6.21 metres. World records have become less common as the history of the event has expanded, with no world records set in the 1997, 2001, 2007 or 2013 editions.

American athletes have been the most successful with fourteen world records, followed by Jamaica and Great Britain on four each. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has broken the most world records at the competition, at four, while American Carl Lewis set three. 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 to be a world record, but this was rescinded in 1989 after Johnson admitted to steroid use between 1981 and 1988.

Also, the 2009 Jamaican men's 4 × 100 metres relay team time of 37.31 seconds was retrospectively recognised to as the world record after the team's time of 37.10 at the 2008 Olympics was rescinded after the disqualification of Nesta Carter (who was 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 7 August 1995
Men Triple jump 18.29 m Jonathan Edwards United Kingdom 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 race 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 9,045 pts Ashton Eaton  United States (USA) 29 August 2015
Women 50 kilometres race walk 4:05:56 Inês Henriques  Portugal (POR) 13 August 2017
Mixed 4 × 400 metres relay 3:12.42 Tyrell Richard
Jessica Beard
Jasmine Blocker
Obi Igbokwe
 United States (USA) 28 September 2019
Mixed 4 × 400 metres relay 3:09.34 Wilbert London III
Allyson Felix
Courtney Okolo
Michael Cherry
 United States (USA) 29 September 2019
Women 400 metres hurdles 52.16 Dalilah Muhammad  United States (USA) 4 October 2019
Women 400 metres hurdles 50.68 Sydney McLaughlin  United States (USA) 22 July 2022
Women 100 metres hurdles 12.12 Tobi Amusan  Nigeria (NGR) 24 July 2022
Men Pole vault 6.21 m Armand Duplantis  Sweden (SWE) 24 July 2022

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Matthews, Peter (2012). Historical Dictionary of Track and Field (pg. 217). Scarecrow Press (eBook). Retrieved on 8 September 2013.
  2. ^ IAAF Statistics Book Moscow 2013 Archived 9 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine (pg. 179). IAAF/AFTS (2013). Edited by Mark Butler. Retrieved on 9 September 2013.
  3. ^ IAAF World Championships in Athletics. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 8 September 2013.
  4. ^ Archive of Past Events. IAAF. Retrieved on 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ "First World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki a landmark for track & field." Usatf.org. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  6. ^ https://worldathletics.org/news/press-releases/decisions-229-council-meeting-rome-2022
  7. ^ "IAAF World Championships London 2017 Medal Table". worldathletics.org.
  8. ^ "IAAF World Championships DOHA 2019 Medal Table". worldathletics.org.
  9. ^ a b c d "World Athletics Championships Oregon 22 – Statistics Handbook". worldathletics.org. Retrieved 12 July 2022.