Table 4.

Current and predicted human records for standard race distances

Distance (m)Current world recordAverage predicted absolute world recordCurrent record speed (m s–1)Average predicted absolute maximum speed (m s–1)Average increase in speed (%)
Men1009.69 s9.48 s10.3210.552.22
20019.30 s18.63 s10.3510.733.68
40043.18 s42.73 s9.269.361.06
8001:41.111:38.047.918.173.22
15003:26.003:21.427.287.452.29
30007:20.677:06.426.817.043.34
500012:37.3512:00.86.606.945.09
10,00026:17.5325:03.46.346.654.93
42,1952:03.592:00.475.675.832.72
Women10010.61 s*10.39 s9.439.652.38
20021.34 s20.99 s9.379.531.73
40047.60 s46.75 s8.408.541.65
8001:53.281:50.837.067.202.01
15003:50.463:47.926.516.581.12
30008:06.116.17
500014:16.635.84
10,00029:31.785.64
42,1952:15.252:14.975.195.210.36
  • * The official world record is 10.49 s, but there is compelling evidence that that race was wind aided (Pritchard and Pritchard, 1994)