Athletics:Olympic Records

Athletics has been included in every staging of the Olympic Games.

Men’s Records

100 metres 9.63   Usain Bolt   Jamaica (JAM) 2012 London

200 metres 19.3   Usain Bolt   Jamaica (JAM) 2008 Beijing
400 metres 43.49   Michael Johnson   United States (USA) 1996 Atlanta
800 metres 1:40.91   David Rudisha   Kenya (KEN) 2012 London
1,500 metres 3:32.07   Noah Ngeny   Kenya (KEN) 2000 Sydney
5,000 metres 12:57.82   Kenenisa Bekele   Ethiopia (ETH) 2008 Beijing
10,000 metres 27:01.17   Kenenisa Bekele   Ethiopia (ETH) 2008 Beijing
Marathon 2:06:32   Samuel Wanjiru   Kenya (KEN) 2008 Beijing
110 metres hurdles 12.91   Liu Xiang   China (CHN) 2004 Athens
400 metres hurdles 46.78   Kevin Young   United States (USA) 1992 Barcelona
3,000 m steeplechase 8:05.51   Julius Kariuki   Kenya (KEN) 1988 Seoul

4×100 m relay 36.84   Jamaica (JAM) 2012 London
(Nesta Carter,Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt)

4×400 m relay 2:55.39   United States (USA) 2008 Beijing
LaShawn Merritt
Angelo Taylor
David Neville
Jeremy Wariner

20 km walk 1:18:46   Chen Ding   China (CHN) 2012 London
50 km walk 3:35:59    Sergey Kirdyapkin   Russia (RUS) 2012 London
High jump 2.39 m   Charles Austin   United States (USA) 1996 Atlanta
Long jump 8.90 m   Bob Beamon   United States (USA) 1968 Mexico City
Pole vault 5.97 m   Renaud Lavillenie   France (FRA) 2012 London
Triple jump 18.09 m   Kenny Harrison   United States (USA) 1996 Atlanta
Shot put 22.47 m   Ulf Timmermann   East Germany (GDR) 1988 Seoul
Discus throw 69.89 m   Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania (LTU) 2004 Athens
Hammer throw 84.80 m   Sergey Litvinov   Soviet Union (URS) 1988 Seoul
Javelin throw 90.57 m   Andreas Thorkildsen   Norway (NOR) 2008 Beijing
Decathlon 8893 pts   Roman Šebrle   Czech Republic (CZE) 2004 Athens

Women’s records

100 metres 10.62   Florence Griffith-Joyner   United States (USA) 1988 Seoul
200 metres 21.34   Florence Griffith-Joyner   United States (USA) 1988 Seoul
400 metres 48.25   Marie-José Pérec   France (FRA) 1996 Atlanta
800 metres 1:53.43   Nadezhda Olizarenko   Soviet Union (URS) 1980 Moscow
1,500 metres 3:53.96   Paula Ivan   Romania (ROU) 1988 Seoul
5,000 metres 14:40.79   Gabriela Szabo   Romania (ROU) 2000 Sydney
10,000 metres 29:54.66   Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia (ETH) 2008 Beijing
Marathon 2:23:07    Tiki Gelana   Ethiopia (ETH) 2012 London
100 metres hurdles 12.35   Sally Pearson   Australia (AUS) 2012 London
400 metres hurdles 52.64   Melaine Walker   Jamaica (JAM) 2008 Beijing
3,000 m steeplechase 8:58.81   Gulnara Galkina-Samitova   Russia (RUS) 2008 Beijing

4×100 m relay  40.82   United States (USA) 2012 London
Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter

4×400 m relay 3:15.17   Soviet Union (URS) 1988 Seoul
Tatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina

20 km walk 1:25:02   Elena Lashmanova   Russia (RUS) 2012 London
High jump 2.06 m   Yelena Slesarenko   Russia (RUS) 2004 Athens
Long jump 7.40 m   Jackie Joyner-Kersee   United States (USA) 1988 Seoul
Pole vault 5.05 m   Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia (RUS) 2008 Beijing
Triple jump 15.39 m   Françoise Mbango Etone   Cameroon (CMR) 2008 Beijing
Shot put 22.41 m   Ilona Slupianek   East Germany (GDR) 1980 Moscow
Discus throw 72.30 m   Martina Hellmann   East Germany (GDR) 1988 Seoul
Hammer throw 78.18 m   Tatyana Lysenko   Russia (RUS) 2012 London
Javelin throw 71.53 m   Osleidys Menéndez   Cuba (CUB) 2004 Athens
Heptathlon 7291 pts   Jackie Joyner-Kersee   United States (USA) 1988 Seoul

Most Gold Medals

9 Paavo Nurmi Finland 1920–1928
9 Carl Lewis United States 1984–1996
8 Ray Ewry United States 1900–1908
6 Usain Bolt Jamaica 2008–2012
5 Ville Ritola Finland 1924–1928

The most by a woman is 4

Allyson Felix United States 2004–2012
Evelyn Ashford United States 1984–1992
Sanya Richards-Ross United States 2004–2012
Fanny Blankers-Koen Netherlands 1948
Betty Cuthbert Australia 1956–1964
Bärbel Wöckel East Germany 1976–1980

Most Medals

Paavo Nurmi Finland 1920–1928 (9 gold 3 silver 0 bronze) 12
Carl Lewis United States 1984–1996 (9 1 0) 10
Ray Ewry United States 1900–1908 (8 0 0) 8
Ville Ritola Finland 1924–1928 (5 3 0) 8

Women

Veronica Campbell-Brown Jamaica 2000–2012 (3 2 2) 7
Irena Szewinska Poland 1964–1976 (3 2 2) 7
Shirley Strickland Australia 1948–1956 (3 1 3) 7

Most Golds in Individual Events

8 Ray Ewry United States 1900–1908
7 Carl Lewis United States 1984–1996 ( 4 consecutive golds at Long Jump from 1984-96)
6 Paavo Nurmi Finland 1920–1928

4 Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 1948–1952
Alvin Kraenzlein United States 1900
Hannes Kolehmainen Finland 1912–1920
Usain Bolt Jamaica 2008–2012
Lasse Virén Finland 1972–1976
Al Oerter United States 1956–1968 (golds at Discus in 4 successive games)
Robert Korzeniowski Poland 1996–2004

No woman has won more than 3 individual gold medals.

No woman has ever won three gold medals in the same event.

 

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