The following tables show the world record progression in the men's and women's 1000 metres as ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
The first world record in the men's 1000 metres was recognised by the IAAF in 1913. 27 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.
The first world record in the women's 1000 metres was recognised by the IAAF in 1922. 13 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.
|3:08.2||Edith Trickey||Great Britain||London||1924-08-04|
|3:04.4||Gladys Lunn||Great Britain||London||1931-05-16|
|3:00.6||Gladys Lunn||Great Britain||Birmingham||1934-06-23|
|2:35.9||Gunhild Hoffmeister||East Germany||Potsdam||1972-08-20|
|2:35.0||Karin Krebs||East Germany||Potsdam||1974-08-28|
|2:30.67||Christine Wachtel||East Germany||West Berlin||1990-08-17|
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