If you want to closely follow this event and know some facts about the women’s world records for the 23 events that will take place in Moscow you may consider reading these brief notes.
In women, Europe dominates with 16 world records mainly obtained by eastern Europe Athletes. Americas hold 4, Asia 2 and Africa only 1.
The oldest World Record (30 years) belongs to former Czech Republic’s Jarmila Kratochvílová in 800 metres. The more recent one (just about to complete 1 year) was obtained by Elena Lashmanova (Russia) in the 20 Km Walk event.
On average, women’s world records, considering the 23 events, have endured for 15.71 years, meaning that men (12.25 years) beat world records more often. In all sprint races (4x100m relay is the exception) world records have more than 25 years.
If you want to know in detail all the records that officially stand before the championships, see the table below.
And don’t forget that beating a world record entitles athletes a special award.
|100 m||10.49||Florence Griffith Joyner||United States||16 July 1988|
|200 m||21.34||Florence Griffith Joyner||United States||29 September 1988|
|400 m||47.60||Marita Koch||East Germany||6 October 1985|
|800 m||1:53.28||Jarmila Kratochvílová||Czech Republic||26 July 1983|
|1500 m||3:50.46||Qu Yunxia||China||11 September 1993|
|5000 m||14:11.15||Tirunesh Dibaba||Ethiopia||6 June 2008|
|10,000 m||29:31.78||Wang Junxia||China||8 September 1993|
|Marathon||02:15:25||Paula Radcliffe||Great Britain||13 April 2003|
|3000 m steeplechase||8:58.81||Gulnara Samitova-Galkina||Russia||17 August 2008|
|100 m hurdles||12.21||Yordanka Donkova||Bulgaria||20 August 1988|
|400 m hurdles||52.34||Yuliya Pechonkina||Russia||8 August 2003|
|High jump||2.09 m||Stefka Kostadinova||Bulgaria||30 August 1987|
|Pole vault||5.06 m||Yelena Isinbayeva||Russia||28 August 2009|
|Long jump||7.52 m||Galina Chistyakova||Soviet Union||11 June 1988|
|Triple jump||15.50 m||Inessa Kravets||Ukraine||10 August 1995|
|Shot put||22.63 m||Natalya Lisovskaya||Soviet Union||7 June 1987|
|Discus throw||76.80 m||Gabriele Reinsch||East Germany||9 July 1988|
|Hammer throw||79.42 m||Betty Heidler||Germany||21 May 2011|
|Javelin throw||72.28 m||Barbora Špotáková||Czech Republic||13 September 2008|
|Heptathlon||7291 pts||Jackie Joyner-Kersee||United States||23–24 September 1988|
|20 km walk (road)||01:25:02||Elena Lashmanova||Russia||11 August 2012|
|4×100 m relay||40.82||Tianna Madison||United States||10 August 2012|
|4×400 m relay||3:15.17||Tatyana Ledovskaya,||Soviet Union||1 October 1988|