Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
100 m Progression 9.58 (+0.9 m/s) Usain Bolt Jamaica 16 August 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 
200 m Progression 19.19 (+0.3 m/s) Usain Bolt Jamaica 20 August 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 
400 m Progression 43.18 Michael Johnson United States 26 August 1999 World Championships Seville, Spain
800 m Progression 1:41.11 Wilson Kipketer Denmark 24 August 1997 Cologne, Germany
1000 m 2:11.96 Noah Ngeny Kenya 5 September 1999 IAAF Grand Prix Rieti, Italy
1500 m Progression 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 14 July 1998 Golden Gala Rome, Italy
Mile Progression 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
3000 m Progression 7:20.67 Daniel Komen Kenya 1 September 1996 IAAF Grand Prix Rieti, Italy
5000 m Progression 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 31 May 2004 Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo, Netherlands
10000 m Progression 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 26 August 2005 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, Belgium
10 km (road) 27:01 Micah Kogo Kenya 29 March 2009 Parelloop Brunssum, Netherlands
15 km (road) 41:29 Felix Limo Kenya 11 November 2001 Zevenheuvelenloop Nijmegen, Netherlands
41:29+ Deriba Merga Ethiopia 20 February 2009 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
20000 m (track) 56:26.0 Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic
20 km (road) 55:31+ Samuel Wanjiru Kenya 17 March 2007 City-Pier-City Half Marathon The Hague, Netherlands
Half marathon 58:33 Samuel Wanjiru Kenya 17 March 2007 City-Pier-City Half Marathon The Hague, Netherlands
Hour run (track) 21285 m Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia 27 June 2007 Golden Spike Ostrava Ostrava, Czech Republic
25000 m (track) 1:13:55.8 Toshihiko Seko Japan 22 March 1981 Christchurch, New Zealand
25 km (road) 1:12:45 Paul Malakwen Kosgei Kenya 9 May 2006 Berlin, Germany
30000 m (track) 1:29:18.8 Toshihiko Seko Japan 22 March 1981 Christchurch, New Zealand
30 km (road) 1:27:49+ Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia 20 September 2009 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 
Marathon Progression 2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia 28 September 2008 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany
100 kilometres (road) 6:13:33 Takahiro Sunada Japan 21 June 1998 Tokoro, Japan
Stories From Real Runners
I'M A RUNNER: SARAH PALIN
The former Vice Presidential candidate opens up about her running life and explains why she's still on the trail.
By Dan Simmons
Image by Brian Adams
From the August 2009 issue of Runner's World
Occupation: Governor of Alaska
Residence: Wasilla, Alaska
When did you start running?
I grew up in a running family. My parents caught the running craze in the mid '70s and we grew up doing family runs. I've been running now easy for 35 years.
Do you remember your first race?
My dad was a track coach and he'd get all the neighborhood kids together and take us to Anchorage for track meets when we were very young. Anchorage is 50 miles from Wasilla. And ever since we were little, we'd do 10-K races as family fun runs.
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So you grew up running with your siblings?
Yes, and my siblings and parents were better runners than I was. My mom and dad were marathoners, and one of my sisters is a marathoner. Dad ran Boston a couple times, Mom would win her age group or at least get a ribbon in the big races, and I would just try to keep up.
Sounds like your skills were more suited to basketball?
Well, I appreciated the fact that in running I needed guts more than anything. I could do fine just being really determined. I was thankful that I didn't need a whole lot of skills to run.
And running was your first athletic activity, even before basketball?
Yes. My parents instilled in us that fitness and running were going to be a part of our lives growing up. My siblings and I are all still very active. A lot of days I look forward to getting out to run and think and plan.
Was there ever a period when you didn't run?
Only when I was too pregnant to run. During each of my five pregnancies, I worked out until right before the babies were born. A few summers ago I trained hard and ran a sub-four-hour marathon [2005 Humpy's Marathon in Anchorage]. That was a pretty intense summer of running. There have been other periods where I haven't had the time to get out there and run as hard, so it's waned on and off over the years.
If you go a day or a week without running, what do you learn about yourself?
I feel so crappy if I go more than a few days without running. I have to run. No matter how rotten I feel before or during a run, it's always worth it to me afterwards. Sweat is my sanity. A great frustration I had during the campaign was when the McCain staff wouldn't carve out time for me to go for a run. The days never went as well if I couldn't get out there and sweat.
Did you raise that issue, and put the ultimatum down that you needed to run?
Absolutely, and they would say, "Yes, in a couple of days we're going to start carving out that half-hour or hour to run," and too often it never happened, and that was frustrating. But then it also made it sweeter when I did get out. I would run with the Secret Service and Todd [Palin's husband], if he was on the trail, and it was just such an amazing thing to be running in so many states and communities with such different things to see and experience. But it should have happened more often.
Tell me about a memorable run during the campaign that really stands out.
Oh, my gosh, the one that really stands out I'm embarrassed to death to repeat. I went for a run at John McCain's ranch a couple of days before the debate with Joe Biden. My favorite thing in the world is to run on hot, dusty roads. I don't get enough of that in Alaska, so I was in heaven. And there were plenty of hills, so I knew my thighs were going to just throb and my lungs were going to burn, and that's what I crave.
I like running alone, and having the Secret Service with me added a little bit of pressure. I'm thinking I gotta have good form and can't be hyperventilating and can't be showing too much pain, and that adds a little more pressure on you as you're trying to be out there enjoying your run. Then I fell coming down a hill and was so stinkin' embarrassed that a golf cart full of Secret Service guys had to pull up beside me. My hands just got torn up and I was dripping blood. In the debate you could see a big fat ugly Band-Aid on my right hand. I have a nice war wound now as a reminder of that fall in the palm of my right hand. For much of the campaign, shaking hands was a little bit painful.