Long Standing Records

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04/07/2003 at 18:05
Does anyone know what is the longest standing athletics track world record.
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04/07/2003 at 18:10
Not Me!
04/07/2003 at 18:50
04/07/2003 at 18:51
04/07/2003 at 18:53
Kratochvilova 800m if you only mean running
04/07/2003 at 18:58
Artgod, thanks that's a good link but it doesn't seem complete. What about the records for say 5 hours or 50 miles, are there official world records for these events?
04/07/2003 at 19:00

oh yesa please
04/07/2003 at 19:02
Just found this one.

100 miles in 11:30:51 Don Ritchie (GB) London Oct. 15, 1977.

That's 26 years.
04/07/2003 at 19:04
bloody hell

I cant even imaginre

a FAST ultra runner
04/07/2003 at 19:08
He sure was fast but what about this one I've found.

World best WALKING record.
24 hours 133 miles 21 yards Hew Neilson Walton on Thames 14/15 October 1960.
Surely that must be the longest standing at 43 years.

It may not be classed as a World Record, just as a World Best (whatever the difference is).

04/07/2003 at 19:15
What about the old events that aren't done now - standing long jumps and stuff?
04/07/2003 at 19:18
Chariot racing?

Hold on, I'll go and ask JJ about it.

04/07/2003 at 19:21
Why isn't Paula's World record up there as an IAAF record? Or is it "just" a World Best?
04/07/2003 at 19:22
Well if they aren't done any more I suppose the records will stand forever.
I was really looking at track records and considering whether the older they are indicates the quality then or the lack of progress since then. Hundred miles races are held every year and the running record is over twenty years old and the walking record was set over forty years ago. They must have been exceptional athletes.
04/07/2003 at 19:23
Reindeer, world records have to be set on the track (I think).
04/07/2003 at 19:26
Yes, I think you're right, I think they count as WB's otherwise.

I suspect that a lot of the records from the early/mid eighties are the result of drugs that weren't detected as much as anything else.

Having said that I suspect that a lot of the British middle distance records (Coe/Ovett/Cramm era) still stand and would also be from the mid eighties.
04/07/2003 at 19:31
The high altitude at the Mexico Olympics was given as partly the reason for Bob Beamon's World Record in the Long Jump and that stood for an incredibly long time.
Lynn Davis' Long Jump British Record set in the 1960s also stood for a very long time but I'm not sure how long.
04/07/2003 at 19:37
I think it was only broken recently - can't remember the name of the guy who did it - young bloke, blonde straggly hair.

As for Beamonn - I suspect altitude played a part but from what I've heard he wasn't an outstanding jumper at the time, if it was just the altitude then you'd expect others to jump as far.

I have a feeling that Cathy Cook's sprint records still stand, but I couldn't swear to that.
04/07/2003 at 20:07

Some long standing ones here. GB only
05/07/2003 at 04:43
what about the 4 x 800m relay or the 4 x 1500m relay they havent been run in years
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