One hour run
|World||Haile Gebrselassie 21,285 metres (13.226 mi) (2007)|
|World||Dire Tune 18,517 metres (11.506 mi) (2008)|
The one hour run is an athletics event in which competitors try to cover as much distance as possible within one hour. While officially recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations as a track event, it is rarely contested apart from occasional world record attempts.
The event has a long history, with first recorded races dating back to the late 17th century. The first athlete to run more than 20 kilometers in one hour was Emil Zátopek, in September 1951. Zátopek also set the 20,000 meters world record in the same race, and since that time most men's 20,000 m world records were set en route to one hour world records.
Men's world record progression
|18,742 m||Alfred Shrubb||Great Britain||Glasgow||1904-11-05|
|19,021 m||Jean Bouin||France||Stockholm||1913-07-06|
|19,210 m||Paavo Nurmi||Finland||Berlin||1928-10-07|
|19,339 m||Viljo Heino||Finland||Turku||1945-09-30|
|19,558 m||Emil Zátopek||Czechoslovakia||Prague||1951-09-15|
|20,052 m||Emil Zátopek||Czechoslovakia||Stará Boleslav||1951-09-29|
|20,190 m||Bill Baillie||New Zealand||Auckland||1963-08-24|
|20,232 m||Ron Clarke||Australia||Geelong||1965-10-27|
|20,664 m||Gaston Roelants||Belgium||Leuven||1966-10-28|
|20,784 m||Gaston Roelants||Belgium||Brussels||1972-09-20|
|20,907 m||Jos Hermens||Netherlands||Papendal||1975-09-28|
|20,944 m||Jos Hermens||Netherlands||Papendal||1976-05-01|
|21,101 m||Arturo Barrios||Mexico||La Flèche||1991-03-30|
|21,285 m||Haile Gebrselassie||Ethiopia||Ostrava||2007-06-27|
Women's world record progression
|18,084 m||Silvana Cruciata||Italy||Rome||1981-05-02|
|18,340 m||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||Borgholzhausen||1998-08-07|
|18,517 m||Dire Tune||Ethiopia||Ostrava||2008-06-12|
- Milroy, Andy (2005). "History of the Hour Run". Retrieved 2008-06-13.
- "Senior outdoor — One hour men". www.iaaf.org. Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
- "IAAF: One Hour - women - senior - outdoor | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
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