60 metres

60 metres, or 60-meter dash, is a sprint event in track and field. It is a championship event for indoor championships, normally dominated by the best outdoor 100 metres runners. At outdoor venues it is a rare distance, at least for senior athletes. The format of the event is similar to other sprint distances. The sprinters follow three initial instructions: 'ready', instructing them to take up position in the starting blocks; 'set', instructing them to adopt a more efficient starting posture, which also isometrically preloads their muscles. This will enable them to start faster. The final instruction is the firing of the starter's pistol. Upon hearing this the sprinters stride forwards from the blocks.

Athletics
60 metres
Men's records
World Christian Coleman 6.34 A (2018)
Women's records
World Irina Privalova 6.92 (1993, 1995)

The 60 metres was an Olympic event in the 1900 and 1904 Summer Games but was removed from the schedule thereafter. American Christian Coleman currently holds the men's world record in the 60 metres with a time of 6.34 seconds,[1] while Russian Irina Privalova holds the women's world record at 6.92.

In the past, it was common for athletes to compete in the 60 yards (54.86 m) race. This is not part of the lineage of the 60 metres, but is the predecessor of the 55 metres race. 60 metres is 65.6168 yards.

Area records

Updated 4 January 2019.[2][3]

Area Men Women
Time (s) Athlete Nation Time (s) Athlete Nation
Africa6.45 ALeonard Myles-Mills Ghana6.97Murielle Ahouré Ivory Coast
Asia6.42Su Bingtian China7.09Susanthika Jayasinghe Sri Lanka
Europe6.42Dwain Chambers United Kingdom6.92Irina Privalova Russia
North, Central America
and Caribbean
6.34 AChristian Coleman United States6.95Gail Devers
Marion Jones
 United States
 United States
Oceania6.52Matthew Shirvington Australia7.30Sally McLellan Australia
South America6.52José Carlos Moreira Brazil7.17Rosângela Santos Brazil

Top 25 performers

Indoor results only

Men

Updated February 2019.[4]

Rank Time (s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.34 A Christian Coleman  United States 18 February 2018 Albuquerque [5]
2 6.39 Maurice Greene  United States 3 February 1998 Madrid
3 March 2001 Atlanta
3 6.40 A Ronnie Baker  United States 18 February 2018 Albuquerque [6]
4 6.41Andre Cason United States14 February 1992Madrid
5 6.42 Dwain Chambers  United Kingdom 7 March 2009 Turin
Su Bingtian  China 3 March 2018 Birmingham [7]
7 6.43 Tim Harden  United States 7 March 1999 Maebashi
8 6.44 Asafa Powell  Jamaica 18 March 2016 (round 1) Portland [8]
18 March 2016 (semifinal) Portland [9]
9 6.45Bruny Surin Canada13 February 1993Liévin
6.45 A Leonard Myles-Mills Ghana20 February 1999Colorado Springs
Terrence Trammell United States17 February 2001Pocatello
6.45 Justin Gatlin United States1 March 2003Boston
Ronald Pognon France13 February 2005Karlsruhe
6.45 ATrell Kimmons United States26 February 2012Albuquerque
15 6.46Jon Drummond United States1 February 1998Stuttgart
6.46 AMarcus Brunson United States30 January 1999Flagstaff
6.46 Jason Gardener United Kingdom7 March 1999Maebashi
Tim Montgomery United States11 March 2001Lisbon
Leonard Scott United States26 February 2005Liévin
20 6.47 Linford Christie United Kingdom19 February 1995Liévin
Shawn Crawford United States28 February 2004Boston
Dwight Phillips United States24 February 2005Madrid
Lerone Clarke Jamaica18 February 2012Birmingham
James Dasaolu United Kingdom15 February 2014Birmingham [10]
Kim Collins Saint Kitts and Nevis17 February 2015Łódź [11]
Trayvon Bromell  United States 18 March 2016 Portland [12]

Note: The following athletes have had their performances annulled because of doping offense:

Time (s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
6.41Ben Johnson Canada7 March 1987Indianapolis[13]

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 6.47 seconds:

Outdoor best performances

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+ = en route to 100m mark

Rank Time (s) Wind (m/s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.31+ (calculated) +0.9 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 16 August 2009 Berlin [14]

Women

Updated February 2019.[15]

Rank Time (s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.92 Irina Privalova  Russia 11 February 1993 Madrid
9 February 1995 Madrid
2 6.95 Gail Devers  United States 12 March 1993 Toronto
Marion Jones United States7 March 1998Maebashi
4 6.96 Merlene Ottey Jamaica14 February 1992Madrid
Ekaterini Thanou Greece7 March 1999Maebashi
6 6.97 LaVerne Jones-Ferrette  United States Virgin Islands 6 February 2010 Stuttgart
Murielle Ahouré  Ivory Coast 2 March 2018 Birmingham [16]
8 6.98 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  Jamaica 9 March 2014 Sopot [17]
Elaine Thompson  Jamaica 18 February 2017 Birmingham [18]
10 7.00 Nelli Cooman Netherlands23 February 1986Madrid
Veronica Campbell-Brown Jamaica14 March 2010Doha
Dafne Schippers  Netherlands 13 February 2016 Berlin [19]
Barbara Pierre  United States 12 March 2016 Portland [20]
14 7.01 Savatheda Fynes Bahamas7 March 1999Maebashi
Me'Lisa Barber United States10 March 2006Moscow
Lauryn Williams United States10 March 2006Moscow
17 7.02 Gwen Torrence United States2 February 1996New York City
Christy Opara-Thompson Nigeria12 February 1997Ghent
Chioma Ajunwa Nigeria22 February 1998Liévin
Philomena Mensah Canada7 March 1999Maebashi
7.02 ACarmelita Jeter United States28 February 2010Albuquerque
7.02Tianna Madison United States11 February 2012Fayetteville
7.02 AJavianne Oliver United States18 February 2018Albuquerque [21]
7.02 Marie-Josée Ta Lou  Ivory Coast 20 February 2019 Düsseldorf [22]
25 7.03 Anelia Nuneva  Bulgaria 22 February 1987 Liévin
Mujinga Kambundji   Switzerland 17 February 2018 Magglingen [23]

Note: The following athletes have had their performances annulled because of doping offense:

Time (s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
7.03 Inger Miller  United States 7 March 1999 Maebashi [24]

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 6.99 seconds:

Outdoor best performances

+ = en route to 100m mark

Rank Time (s) Wind (m/s) Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.80+ (calculated) +0.1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  Jamaica 29 September 2019 Doha
2 6.85+ (calculated) −0.1 Marion Jones  United States 22 August 1999 Seville
3 7.02 +1.7 Elaine Thompson  Jamaica 28 January 2017 Kingston [25]

Olympic medalists

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
 Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)  Walter Tewksbury (USA)  Stan Rowley (AUS)
1904 St. Louis
 Archie Hahn (USA)  William Hogenson (USA)  Fay Moulton (USA)

World Indoor Championships medalists

Men

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Parisa
 Ben Johnson (CAN)  Sam Graddy (USA)  Ronald Desruelles (BEL)
1987 Indianapolis
 Lee McRae (USA) b  Mark Witherspoon (USA)  Pierfrancesco Pavoni (ITA)
1989 Budapest
 Andrés Simón (CUB)  John Myles-Mills (GHA)  Pierfrancesco Pavoni (ITA)
1991 Seville
 Andre Cason (USA)  Linford Christie (GBR)  Chidi Imo (NGR)
1993 Toronto
 Bruny Surin (CAN)  Frankie Fredericks (NAM)  Talal Mansour (QAT)
1995 Barcelona
 Bruny Surin (CAN)  Darren Braithwaite (GBR)  Robert Esmie (CAN)
1997 Paris
 Haralabos Papadias (GRE)  Michael Green (JAM)  Davidson Ezinwa (NGR)
1999 Maebashi
 Maurice Greene (USA)  Tim Harden (USA)  Jason Gardener (GBR)
2001 Lisbon
 Tim Harden (USA)  Tim Montgomery (USA)  Mark Lewis-Francis (GBR)
2003 Birmingham
 Justin Gatlin (USA)  Kim Collins (SKN)  Jason Gardener (GBR)
2004 Budapest
 Jason Gardener (GBR)  Shawn Crawford (USA)  Georgios Theodoridis (GRE)
2006 Moscow
 Leonard Scott (USA)  Andrey Epishin (RUS)  Terrence Trammell (USA)
2008 Valencia
 Olusoji Fasuba (NGR)  Kim Collins (SKN)
 Dwain Chambers (GBR)
none awarded
2010 Doha
 Dwain Chambers (GBR)  Mike Rodgers (USA)  Daniel Bailey (ATG)
2012 Istanbul
 Justin Gatlin (USA)  Nesta Carter (JAM)  Dwain Chambers (GBR)
2014 Sopot
 Richard Kilty (GBR)  Marvin Bracy (USA)  Femi Ogunode (QAT)
2016 Portland
 Trayvon Bromell (USA)  Asafa Powell (JAM)  Ramon Gittens (BAR)
2018 Birmingham
 Christian Coleman (USA)  Su Bingtian (CHN)  Ronnie Baker (USA)

a The event was known as the World Indoor Games in 1985.
b Ben Johnson of Canada originally won the gold medal, but he was disqualified in 1989 after admitting to steroid use between 1981 and 1988.

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)97218
2 Great Britain (GBR)33410
3 Canada (CAN)3014
4 Nigeria (NGR)1023
5 Greece (GRE)1012
6 Cuba (CUB)1001
7 Jamaica (JAM)0303
8 Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN)0202
9 China (CHN)0101
 Ghana (GHA)0101
 Namibia (NAM)0101
 Russia (RUS)0101
13 Italy (ITA)0022
 Qatar (QAT)0022
15 Antigua and Barbuda (ATG)0011
 Barbados (BAR)0011
 Belgium (BEL)0011
Totals (17 nations)18191754

Women

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Parisa
 Silke Gladisch (GDR)  Heather Oakes (GBR)  Christelle Bulteau (FRA)
1987 Indianapolis
 Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED)  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) b  Angela Bailey (CAN)
1989 Budapest
 Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED)  Gwen Torrence (USA)  Merlene Ottey (JAM)
1991 Seville
 Irina Sergeyeva (URS)  Merlene Ottey (JAM)  Liliana Allen (CUB)
1993 Toronto
 Gail Devers (USA)  Irina Privalova (RUS)  Zhanna Tarnopolskaya (UKR)
1995 Barcelona
 Merlene Ottey (JAM)  Melanie Paschke (GER)  Carlette Guidry (USA)
1997 Paris
 Gail Devers (USA)  Chandra Sturrup (BAH)  Frederique Bangue (FRA)
1999 Maebashi
 Ekaterini Thanou (GRE)  Gail Devers (USA)  Philomena Mensah (CAN)
2001 Lisbon
 Chandra Sturrup (BAH)  Angela Williams (USA)  Chryste Gaines (USA)
2003 Birmingham
 Angela Williams (USA) c  Torri Edwards (USA)  Merlene Ottey (SLO)
2004 Budapest
 Gail Devers (USA)  Kim Gevaert (BEL)  Yulia Nestsiarenka (BLR)
2006 Moscow
 Me'Lisa Barber (USA)  Lauryn Williams (USA)  Kim Gevaert (BEL)
2008 Valencia
 Angela Williams (USA)  Jeanette Kwakye (GBR)  Tahesia Harrigan (IVB)
2010 Doha
 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)  Carmelita Jeter (USA)  Ruddy Zang Milama (GAB)
2012 Istanbul
 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)  Murielle Ahouré (CIV)  Tianna Madison (USA)
2014 Sopot
 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)  Murielle Ahouré (CIV)  Tianna Bartoletta (USA)
2016 Portland
 Barbara Pierre (USA)  Dafne Schippers (NED)  Elaine Thompson (JAM)
2018 Birmingham
 Murielle Ahouré (CIV)  Marie-Josée Ta Lou (CIV)  Mujinga Kambundji (SUI)


a The event was known as the World Indoor Games in 1985.
b Angella Issajenko of Canada originally won the silver medal, but she was disqualified in 1989 after admitting to steroid use between 1982 and 1988.
c Zhanna Block originally won the gold medal, but she was disqualified after her results from November 2002 onwards were deleted in 2011 for long-term drug use.

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)76417
2 Jamaica (JAM)4127
3 Netherlands (NED)2103
4 Ivory Coast (CIV)1304
5 Bahamas (BAH)1102
6 East Germany (GDR)1001
 Greece (GRE)1001
 Soviet Union (URS)1001
9 Great Britain (GBR)0202
10 Belgium (BEL)0112
11 Bulgaria (BUL)0101
 Germany (GER)0101
 Russia (RUS)0101
14 Canada (CAN)0022
 France (FRA)0022
16 Belarus (BLR)0011
 British Virgin Islands (IVB)0011
 Cuba (CUB)0011
 Gabon (GAB)0011
 Slovenia (SLO)0011
  Switzerland (SWI)0011
 Ukraine (UKR)0011
Totals (22 nations)18181854

Season's bests

Notes and references

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