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60 Meters

This article is about the sprint event. For the radio band, see 60-meter band.

60 metres is a sprint event in track and field athletics. 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 60 metres was an Olympic event in the 1900 and 1904 Summer Games but was removed from the schedule thereafter.

Although Maurice Greene is the men's world record holder with 6.39, split times from Usain Bolt's 100 m world record at the 2009 World Athletics Championships revealed he ran the first 60 m in 6.31 seconds.[1][2] However, records for the 60 m can only be set in that specific event.

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.

Olympic medallists

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris  Alvin Kraenzlein (USA) 7.0  Walter Tewksbury (USA) 7.1  Stan Rowley (AUS) 7.2
1904 St. Louis  Archie Hahn (USA) 7.0  William Hogenson (USA) 7.2  Fay Moulton (USA) 7.2

Area records

Indoor results only. Updated February 2013.

Area Men Women
Time Athlete Nation Time Athlete Nation
Africa 6.45[A] Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 6.99 Murielle Ahoure  Ivory Coast
Asia 6.51 Talal Mansour  Qatar 7.09 Susanthika Jayasinghe  Sri Lanka
Europe 6.42 Dwain Chambers  United Kingdom 6.92 Irina Privalova  Russia
North, Central America
and Caribbean
6.39 Maurice Greene  United States 6.95 Gail Devers
Marion Jones
 United States
 United States
Oceania 6.52 Matthew Shirvington  Australia 7.30 Sally McLellan  Australia
South America 6.52 José Carlos Moreira  Brazil 7.26[A] Esmeralda de Jesús Garcia  Brazil

Top 25 performers


Indoor results only. Updated February 2012.

Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.39 Maurice Greene  United States 3 February 1998 Madrid
2 6.41 Andre Cason 1  United States 14 February 1992 Madrid
3 6.42 Dwain Chambers  United Kingdom 7 March 2009 Turin
4 6.43 Tim Harden  United States 7 March 1999 Maebashi
5 6.45 Bruny Surin  Canada 13 February 1993 Liévin
6.45 A Leonard Myles-Mills  Ghana 20 February 1999 Colorado Springs
Terrence Trammell  United States 17 February 2001 Pocatello
6.45 Justin Gatlin  United States 1 March 2003 Boston
Ronald Pognon  France 13 February 2005 Karlsruhe
6.45 A Trell Kimmons  United States 26 February 2012 Albuquerque
11 6.46 Jon Drummond  United States 1 February 1998 Stuttgart
6.46 A Marcus Brunson  United States 30 January 1999 Flagstaff
6.46 Jason Gardener  United Kingdom 7 March 1999 Maebashi
Tim Montgomery  United States 11 March 2001 Lisbon
Leonard Scott  United States 26 February 2005 Liévin
16 6.47 Linford Christie  United Kingdom 19 February 1995 Liévin
Shawn Crawford  United States 28 February 2004 Boston
Dwight Phillips  United States 24 February 2005 Madrid
Lerone Clarke  Jamaica 18 February 2012 Birmingham
20 6.48 Leroy Burrell  United States 13 February 1991 Madrid
Deji Aliu  Nigeria 21 February 1999 Liévin
Morné Nagel  South Africa 27 January 2002 Dortmund
John Capel  United States 24 February 2003 Fayetteville
Jimmy Vicaut 2 March 2013 Gothenburg [4]
James Dasaolu 2 March 2013 Gothenburg [5]
6.48 A Mike Rodgers  United States 27 February 2011 Albuquerque
27 6.49 Mark McKoy  Canada 6 March 1993 Karlsruhe
Colin Jackson  United Kingdom 11 March 1994 Paris
Michael Green  Jamaica 16 February 1997 Liévin
Ato Boldon  Trinidad and Tobago 23 February 1997 Birmingham
Randall Evans  United States 1 March 1997 Atlanta
Freddy Mayola  Cuba 16 February 2000 Madrid
Coby Miller  United States 9 February 2003 Ghent
Olusoji Fasuba  Nigeria 3 February 2007 Stuttgart
Nesta Carter  Jamaica 18 February 2012 Birmingham
6.49 A D'Angelo Cherry 3 March 2013 Albuquerque [6]

1 Ben Johnson of Canada ran 6.41 at Indianapolis, United States on 7th March 1987, but this time was rescinded after Johnson admitted to using steroids between 1981 and 1988.


Updated February 2012.[7]

Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 6.92 Irina Privalova  Russia 11 February 1993 Madrid
2 6.95 Gail Devers  United States 12 March 1993 Toronto
Marion Jones  United States 7 March 1998 Maebashi
4 6.96 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 14 February 1992 Madrid
Ekaterini Thanou  Greece 7 March 1999 Maebashi
6 6.97 Laverne Jones-Ferrette  United States Virgin Islands 6 February 2010 Stuttgart
7 6.99 Murielle Ahoure  Ivory Coast 16 February 2013 Birmingham [8]
8 7.00 Nelli Cooman  Netherlands 23 February 1986 Madrid
Veronica Campbell-Brown  Jamaica 14 March 2010 Doha
10 7.01 Savatheda Fynes  Bahamas 7 March 1999 Maebashi
Me'Lisa Barber  United States 10 March 2006 Moscow
Lauryn Williams  United States 10 March 2006 Moscow
13 7.02 Gwen Torrence  United States 2 February 1996 New York
Christy Opara-Thompson  Nigeria 12 February 1997 Ghent
Chioma Ajunwa  Nigeria 22 February 1998 Liévin
Philomena Mensah  Canada 7 March 1999 Maebashi
7.02 A Carmelita Jeter  United States 28 February 2010 Albuquerque
7.02 Tianna Madison  United States 11 February 2012 Fayetteville
18 7.03 Anelia Nuneva  Bulgaria 22 February 1987 Liévin
20 7.04 Marita Koch  East Germany 16 February 1987 Senftenberg
Silke Gladisch  East Germany 6 March 1988 Budapest
Carlette Guidry  United States 4 March 1995 Atlanta
Natallia Safronnikava  Belarus 21 February 2001 Minsk
Petya Pendareva  Bulgaria 11 March 2001 Lisbon
Zhanna Block  Ukraine 14 March 2003 Birmingham
Mariya Bolikova  Russia 4 February 2006 Samara
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  Jamaica 21 February 2013 Stockholm
  • A = affected by altitude


External links

  • All-time men's indoors best 60 metres from
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