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Athletics Stats: USA records in track and field events

The United States has a strong history in the field of athletics and is recognized as one of the dominant forces in the world. The country’s athletes have consistently produced extraordinary performances in international competitions, including the Olympic Games and World Athletics Championships. From track and field events to marathons, American athletes have been setting world records and earning medals. 

Historic figures like Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee have left lasting impressions on the sport and become icons not only for their athletic prowess but also for their character and influence off the track. Continuing their legacy, Tyson Gay and Michael Johnson continued this tradition of excellence in events. In the recent past, new sprinters have emerged who have taken the world by storm. They are none other than Noah Lyles, Fred Kerley, Trayvon Bromell, Marvin Bracy, and teen sensation Erriyon Knighton. While Ryan Crouser is a name that is recognized globally for his prowess in the men’s shot put.

In the women’s division, Florence Griffith Joyner and Allyson Felix stand out. Joyner’s dominance was such that the 100m and 200m records that she set in 1988 are yet to be touched. On the other hand, Felix is the most decorated track and field history from the USA in the history of the Olympic Games, having claimed seven gold, three silver, and one bronze. 

USA records in various Olympics Athletics competitions

With the 2023 World Athletics Championships a month away, the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2023 have been organized by the USA Track & Field (USATF) organization. This will serve as the national championships in track and field for the United States athletes and the ones who perform well will represent at this year’s World Championships in Budapest. As the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2023 got underway on July 6 and will continue till July 9, 2023, let’s take a look at the USA records in track and field events.

Who are the USA record holders in track and field events?

EventMenMen’s RecordWomenWomen’s Record
100 mTyson Gay9.69 (+2.0 m/s)Florence Griffith Joyner10.49 (0.0 m/s)
200 mNoah Lyles19.31 (+0.4 m/s)Florence Griffith Joyner21.34 (+1.3 m/s)
400 mMichael Johnson43.18Sanya Richards48.7
800 mDonavan Brazier1:42.34Athing Mu1:55.04
1500 mBernard Lagat3:27.40Shelby Houlihan3:54.99
5000 mGrant Fisher12:46.96Shelby Houlihan14:23.92
10000 mGalen Rupp26:44.36Molly Huddle30:13.17
MarathonKhalid Khannouchi, Ryan Hall2:05:38, 2:04:58 (downhill point-to-point course)Deena Kastor2:19:36
110 m hurdles/ 100 m hurdlesAries Merritt12.80 (+0.3 m/s)Kendra Harrison12.20 (+0.3 m/s)
400 m hurdlesRai Benjamin46.17Sydney McLaughlin50.68
3000 m steeplechaseEvan Jager8:00.45Courtney Frerichs8:57.77
High jumpCharles Austin2.40 mChaunté Lowe2.05 m (6 ft 8+1⁄2 in)
Pole vaultSam Kendricks, KC Lightfoot6.06 m, 6.07 m (subject to ratification)Sandi Morris5.00 m
Long jumpMike Powell8.95 mJackie Joyner-Kersee7.49 m, 7.49 m
Triple jumpChristian Taylor18.21 mTori Franklin14.84 m
Shot putRyan Crouser23.37 mMichelle Carter20.63 m
Discus throwBen Plucknett71.32 m, 72.34 m (disqualified by doping test, but ratified by USATF)Valarie Allman70.15 m
Hammer throwRudy Winkler82.71 mDeAnna Price80.31 m
Javelin throwBreaux Greer91.29 mKara Patterson66.67 m
DecathlonAshton Eaton9045 ptsJackie Joyner-Kersee7291 pts
20 km walk (road)Timothy Seaman, Tim Lewis1:22:02, 1:21:48 (short distance)Maria Michta1:30:49
50 km walk (road)Curt Clausen3:48:04
4 × 100 m relayChristian Coleman, Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Noah Lyles37.1Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter40.82
4 × 400 m relayAndrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Butch Reynolds, Michael Johnson2:54.29Denean Howard, Diane Dixon,Valerie Brisco, Florence Griffith Joyner3:15.51

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