We are so used to watching World or Olympic championships, where
records are regularly broken. However, there are some events where it
just doesn't happen that often. Is it because of the nature of a
particular event, or is it because the athlete who breaks a record that
lasts for years and years is almost freakishly good? I tend to think
it's the latter. In my opinion. The length of time that a record lasts
is proportional to their outstanding ability. That's why I've compiled
a list of the current longest lasting World records.
Dates of records are in parentheses.
10. Daniel Komen (1 September 1996)
The Kenyan Komen, ran the 3000 m in 7:20.67 at the Rieti Meeting,which
takes place at the Stadio Raul Guidobaldi in Rieti, Italy. Some have
referred to this time as the "Mt. Everest" of records.
9. Jonathan Edwards (7 August 1995 )
The United Kingdom's Edwards, a Physics graduate, broke the record
for the Triple jump 3 times in 3 weeks until finally achieving 18.29 m
at the World Championships staged in Gothenburg, Sweden
8. Sergey Bubka (31 July 1994)
This incredible pole vaulter, Sergey Bubka, of the Ukraine, broke the
record 17 times until finally recording a height of 6.14m. Sergey often
improved the record by raising the bar by just one cm, and in this way
he could claim extra prize money for breaking the record-obviously very
smart as well as being one of all-time greats in track and field!
7. Javier Sotomayor (27 July 1993)
The Cuban broke the High jump record achieving a height of 2.45 m.
Prior to this, the record was often improved on every other year or so.
It was only 3 cm further than that previously held by Sjoberg from
Sweden. Has the limit for this event been reached?
6. Maurizio Damilano (3 October 1992)
Italy's Damilano achieved a time of 2:01:44.1 for the 30,000 m walk
(track). That works out as an average speed of about 9.4 m.p.h!
5. Kevin Young (6 August 1992)
The American, Kevin Young, raced the 400 m hurdles in a time of
46.78s at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Young's record is noteworthy
because it is today, the longest standing world record (outdoors) in
men's athletics. No other athlete has run faster than 47 seconds for
this event. What is more, it broke the previous record set by the one
and only Ed Moses, a man who won 107 consecutive finals! My guess is
that this time will take many more years to beat.
4. Mike Powell (30 August 1991)
Powell, born in Philadelphia, finally beat Bob Beamon's Long jump
record by 5 cm. The record now stood at 8.95 m, and took place at the
1991 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Beamon's record , set at high
altitude in Mexico City, had lasted almost 23 years. A previous record
holder-Jesse Owens had once held it for over 25 years, so I think we
can safely assume that anyone who brakes this record will likely hold
it for a very long time!
3. Randy Barnes (20 May 1990)
West Virginian, Randy Barnes has now held the Shot put record of 23.12
m, for over 22 years. Interestingly, Barnes has more recently entered
long driving(golf) competition, although as yet, he does not hold this
2. Yuriy Sedykh (30 August 1986)
Russian by birth, but now living in Paris, Sedykh won gold in the
Hammer throw of 86.74 m at the European Championships held in
Stuttgart, Germany. Before setting this last record, Sedykh had an
intense rivalry with fellow compatriot Sergey Litvinov, with whom they
would often exchanging records. Maybe this is one of the secrets to
creating longevity i.e. having a competitor, who can push you to the
1. Jürgen Schult (6 June 1986)
On 25 August 2011 Schult's record for the Discus throw of 74.08 m
finally beat Jesse Owens' record in terms of longevity. This had taken
more than 51 years! The German, born in the former East Germany surely
is the World Champion of champions!