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A look back at the ratified world records set in 2018

Eliud KipchogeThe past year has been a busy one for athletics statisticians as 21 ratified world records have been set throughout 2018.

Between the start of February and the end of October, at least one world record was set in each calendar month. World records were also set at three of the five World Athletics Series events this year, while some happened at much smaller meetings. Whatever the stage, though, a world record is an achievement worth celebrating.

As 2018 draws to a close, we look back at a timeline of record-breaking marks from this year.

3 February, New York – women’s 4x800m world indoor record

8:05.89 USA (Chrishuna Williams, Raevyn Rogers, Charlene Lipsey, Ajee Wilson)

Previous: 8:06.24 Russia (Aleksandra Bulanova, Yekaterina Martynova, Yelena Kofanova, Anna Balakshina) Moscow 18 Feb 2011 

11 February, Pireaus – men’s pole vault world U20 indoor record

5.78m Emmanouil Karalis (GRE)

Previous: 5.75m Armand Duplantis (SWE) New York 11 Feb 2017

18 February, Albuquerque – men’s 60m world indoor record

6.34 Christian Coleman (USA)

Previous: 6.39 Maurice Greene (USA) Madrid 3 Feb 1998 and Atlanta 3 Mar 2001

25 February, Clermont-Ferrand – men’s pole vault world U20 indoor record

5.81m, 5.88m Armand Duplantis (SWE)

Previous: 5.78m Emmanouil Karalis (GRE) Pireaus 11 Feb 2018

25 February, Boston – men’s 4x800m world indoor record

7:11.30 USA (Joe McAsey, Chris Giesting, Kyle Merber, Jesse Garn)

Previous: 7:13.11 USA (Richard Jones, David Torrence, Duane Solomon, Erik Sowinski) Boston 8 Feb 2014

4 March, Birmingham – men’s 4x400m world indoor record

3:01.77 Poland (Karol Zalewski, Rafal Omelko, Lukasz Krawczuk, Jakub Krzewina)

Previous: 3:02.13 United States (Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler, Calvin Smith) Sopot 9 Mar 2014

24 March, Valencia – women’s half marathon world record

1:06:11wo Netsanet Gudeta Kebede (ETH)

Previous: 1:06:25 Lornah Kiplagat (NED) Udine 14 Oct 2007

31 March, Austin – men’s pole vault world U20 record

5.92m Armand Duplantis (SWE)

Previous: 5.90m Armand Duplantis (SWE) Austin 1 Apr 2017

27 April, Fayetteville – women’s 400m hurdles world U20 record

53.60 Sydney McLaughlin (USA)

Previous: 53.82 Sydney McLaughlin (USA) Sacramento 25 Jun 2017

5 May, Taicang – women’s 50km race walk world record

4:04:36 Liang Rui (CHN)

Previous: 4:05:56 Inês Henriques (POR) London 13 Aug 2017

23 June, Kingston – men’s 110m hurdles world U20 record

12.99 (0.3m/s) Damion Thomas (JAM)

Equalled: 12.99 (0.5m/s) Wilhem Belocian (FRA) Eugene 24 Jul 2014

24 June, Kitami City – men's 100km world record

6:09:14 Nao Kazami (JPN)

Previous: 6:13:33 Takahiro Sunada (JPN) Tokoro 21 Jun 1998

20 July, Monaco – women’s steeplechase world record

8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)

Previous: 8:52.78 Ruth Jebet (BRN) Paris 2 Aug 2016

12 August, Berlin – men’s pole vault world U20 record

5.95m, 6.00m, 6.05m Armand Duplantis (SWE)

Previous: 5.92m Armand Duplantis (SWE) Austin 31 Mar 2018


31 August, Brussels – men’s 5000m world U20 record

12:43.02 Selemon Barega (ETH)

Previous: 12:47.53 Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH) Paris 6 Jul 2012

16 September, Berlin – men’s marathon world record

2:01:39 Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)

Previous: 2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto (KEN) Berlin 28 Sep 2014

16 September, Talence – men’s decathlon world record

9126 Pts Kevin Mayer (FRA)

Previous: 904 5Pts Ashton Eaton (USA) Beijing 29 Aug 2015

28 October, Valencia – men’s half marathon world record

58:18 Abraham Kiptum (KEN)

Previous: 58:23 Zersenay Tadese (ERI) Lisbon 21 March 2010