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European Athletics Championships records

 

The European Athletics Championships is a quadrennial event which began in 1934. European Athletics accepts only athletes who are representing one of the organisation's European member states and the body recognises records set at editions of the European Athletics Championships. The Championships records in athletics are the best marks set in competitions at the event. The athletics events at the Championships are divided into four groups: track events (including sprints, middle- and long-distance running, hurdling and relays), field events (including javelin, discus, hammer, pole vault, long and triple jumps), road events and combined events (the heptathlon and decathlon).

Great Britain's athletes holds the greatest number of records at the Championships with a total of ten, followed by Russia (9), Germany (7), and Spain (4). Marita Koch and Heike Drechsler each hold multiple records, Koch having broken both the 400 metres record as an individual and as part of the East German relay team and Drechsler holding the records for both long jump and 200 m. World records have been set at the Championships: the French 4×100 metres relay team ran a world record 37.79 seconds at the 1990 Championships. Several athletics events no longer take place at the Championships and thus the events are deemed defunct, and their records unchallengeable.

No records were broken at the 2012 European Athletics Championships – the first time in the history of the event. The next edition takes place between in August 2014 in Zürich.

 

The European Athletics Championships

has been held in a number of European countries; records have fallen in many cities.

Men's records

Statistics are correct as of 19 August 2014
EventRecordNameNationDateVenue
100 m 9.99
(+1.3 m/s)
Francis Obikwelu  Portugal 8 August 2006 2006 Gothenburg
200 m 19.85 Konstantinos Kenteris  Greece 9 August 2002 2002 Munich
400 m 44.52 Iwan Thomas  Great Britain 21 August 1998 1998 Budapest
800 m 1:43.84 Olaf Beyer  East Germany 31 August 1978 1978 Prague
1500 m 3:35.27 Fermín Cacho  Spain 9 August 1994 1994 Helsinki
5000 m 13:10.15 Jack Buckner  Great Britain 31 August 1986 1986 Stuttgart
10,000 m 27:30.99 Martti Vainio  Finland 29 August 1978 1978 Prague
Marathon 2:10:31 Martín Fiz  Spain 14 August 1994 1994 Helsinki
110 m hurdles 13.02
(+1.5 m/s)
Colin Jackson  Great Britain 22 August 1998 1998 Budapest
400 m hurdles 47.48 Harald Schmid  West Germany 8 September 1982 1982 Athens
3000 m steeplechase 8:07.87 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  France 1 August 2010 2010 Barcelona
High jump 2.36 m Andrey Silnov  Russia 9 August 2006 2006 Gothenburg
Long jump 8.47 m
(+1.8 m/s)
Christian Reif  Germany 1 August 2010 2010 Barcelona
Pole vault 6.00 m Rodion Gataullin  Russia 12 August 1994 1994 Helsinki
Triple jump 17.99 m Jonathan Edwards  Great Britain 23 August 1998 1998 Budapest
Shot put 22.22 m Werner Günthör   Switzerland 28 August 1986 1986 Stuttgart
Discus throw 68.87 m Piotr Małachowski  Poland 1 August 2010 2010 Barcelona
Hammer throw 86.74 m Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union 30 August 1986 1986 Stuttgart
Javelin throw 89.72 m Steve Backley  Great Britain 23 August 1998 1998 Budapest
Decathlon 8811 pts Daley Thompson  Great Britain 27-28 August 1986 1986 Stuttgart
(100 m), (long jump), (shot put), (high jump), (400 m) / (110 m hurdles), (discus), (pole vault), (javelin), (1500 m)
20 km walk 1:18:37 Francisco Fernández  Spain 6 August 2002 2002 Munich
50 km walk 3:32:33 Yohann Diniz  France 15 August 2014 2014 Zürich
4×100 m relay 37.79 Max Moriniere
Daniel Sangouma
Jean-Charles Trouabal
Bruno Marie-Rose
 France 31 August 1990 1990 Split
4×400 m relay 2:58.22 Paul Sanders
Kriss Akabusi
John Regis
Roger Black
 Great Britain 1 September 1990 1990 Split

Women's records

Statistics are correct as of 19 August 2014
EventRecordNameNationDateVenue
100 m 10.73
(+2.0 m/s)
Christine Arron  France 19 August 1998 1998 Budapest
200 m 21.71
(-0.8 m/s)
Heike Drechsler  East Germany 29 August 1986 1986 Stuttgart
400 m 48.16 WR Marita Koch  East Germany 8 September 1982 1982 Athens
800 m 1:55.41 Olga Mineyeva  Soviet Union 8 September 1982 1982 Athens
1500 m 3:56.91 Tatyana Tomashova  Russia 13 August 2006 2006 Gothenburg
5000 m 14:52:20 Alemitu Bekele  Turkey 1 August 2010 2010 Barcelona
10,000 m 30:01.09 Paula Radcliffe  Great Britain 6 August 2002 2002 Munich
Marathon 2:25:14 Christelle Daunay  France 16 August 2014 2014 Zürich
100 m hurdles 12.38 Yordanka Donkova  Bulgaria 29 August 1986 1986 Stuttgart
400 m hurdles 52.92 Natalya Antyukh  Russia 30 July 2010 2010 Barcelona
3000 m steeplechase 9:17.57 Yuliya Zarudneva  Russia 30 July 2010 2010 Barcelona
High jump 2.03 m Tia Hellebaut
Venelina Veneva-Mateeva
Blanka Vlašić
 Belgium
 Bulgaria
 Croatia
11 August 2006
11 August 2006
1 August 2010
2006 Gothenburg
2006 Gothenburg

2010 Barcelona
Long jump 7.30 m
(+0.6 m/s)
Heike Drechsler  East Germany 28 August 1990 1990 Split
Pole vault 4.80 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 12 August 2006 2006 Gothenburg
Triple jump 15.15 m Tatyana Lebedeva  Russia 9 August 2006 2006 Gothenburg
Shot put 21.69 m Vita Pavlysh  Ukraine 20 August 1998 1998 Budapest
Discus throw 71.36 m Diana Sachse  East Germany 28 August 1986 1986 Stuttgart
Hammer throw 78.76 m Anita Włodarczyk  Poland 15 August 2014 2014 Zürich
Javelin throw 67.47 m Mirela Manjani  Greece 8 August 2002 2002 Munich
Heptathlon 6823 pts Jessica Ennis  Great Britain 30–31 July 2010 2010 Barcelona
12.95 (-1,0 m/s) (100 m hurdles), 1.89 m (high jump), 14.05 m (shot put), 23.21 (-0.1 m/s) (200 m) /
6.43 (+1.1 m/s) (long jump), 46.71 m (javelin), 2:10.18 (800 m)
20 km walk 1:26:42 Olimpiada Ivanova  Russia 7 August 2002 2002 Munich
4×100 m relay 41.68 Silke Möller
Katrin Krabbe
Kerstin Behrendt
Sabine Günther
 East Germany 1 September 1990 1990 Split
4×400 m relay 3:16.87 Kirsten Emmelmann
Sabine Busch
Petra Müller
Marita Koch
 East Germany 31 August 1986 1986 Stuttgart

World records

YearAthleteCountryGenderEventMark
1934 Matti Järvinen  Finland Men Javelin throw 76.66 m
1938 Claudia Testoni  Italy Women 80 m hurdles 11.6 sec
1954 Vladimir Kuts  Soviet Union Men 5000 metres 13:56.6 min
1954 Sándor Rozsnyói  Hungary Men 3000 m steeplechase 8:49.6 min
1954 Mikhail Krivonosov  Soviet Union Men Hammer throw 63.34 m
1958 Sergei Popov  Soviet Union Men Marathon 2:15:17 hrs
1962 Salvatore Morale  Italy Men 400 m hurdles 49.2 sec
1962 Maria Itkina  Soviet Union Women 400 metres 53.4 sec
1962 Tamara Press  Soviet Union Women Shot put 18.55 m
1969 Nicole Duclos  France Women 400 metres 51.7 sec (51.72)
1969 Colette Besson  France Women 400 metres 51.7 sec (51.74)
1969 Jaroslava Jehličková  Czechoslovakia Women 1500 metres 4:10.77 min
1969 Rosemary Stirling
Pat Lowe
Janet Simpson
Lillian Board
 Great Britain Women 4×400 metres relay 3:30.8 min (3:30.82)
1969 Bernadette Martin
Nicole Duclos
Eliane Jacq
Colette Besson
 France Women 4×400 metres relay 3:30.8 min (3:30.85)
1969 Nadezhda Chizhova  Soviet Union Women Shot put 20.10 m
1969 Nadezhda Chizhova  Soviet Union Women Shot put 20.43 m
1971 Karin Burneleit  East Germany Women 1500 metres 4:09.62 min
1971 Rita Kühne
Ingelore Lohse
Helga Seidler
Monika Zehrt
 East Germany Women 4×400 metres relay 3:29.3 min
1971 Faina Melnyk  Soviet Union Men Discus throw 64.22 m
1974 Riitta Salin  Finland Women 400 metres 50.14 sec
1974 Doris Maletzki
Renate Stecher
Christina Heinich
Bärbel Eckert
 East Germany Women 4×100 metres relay 42.51 sec
1974 Rosemarie Witschas  East Germany Women High jump 1.95 m
1974 Ruth Fuchs  East Germany Women Javelin throw 67.22 m
1978 Roland Wieser  East Germany Men 20 kilometres walk 1:23:11.5 hrs
1978 Marita Koch  East Germany Women 400 metres 48.94 sec
1978 Tatyana Zelentsova  Soviet Union Women 400 m hurdles 54.89 sec
1978 Sara Simeoni  Italy Women High jump 2.01 m
1982 Daley Thompson  Great Britain Men Decathlon 8743 pts
1982 Marita Koch  East Germany Women 400 metres 48.16 sec
1982 Kirsten Siemon
Sabine Busch
Dagmar Rübsam
Marita Koch
 East Germany Women 4×400 metres relay 3:19.04 min
1982 Ulrike Meyfarth  West Germany Women High jump 2.02 m
1986 Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union Men Hammer throw 86.74 m
1986 Heike Daute-Drechsler  East Germany Women 200 metres 21.71 sec
1986 Marina Makeyeva-Stepanova  Soviet Union Women 400 m hurdles 53.32 sec
1986 Fatima Whitbread  Great Britain Women Javelin throw 77.44 m
1990 Max Morinière
Daniel Sangouma
Jean-Charles Trouabal
Bruno Marie-Rose
 France Men 4×100 metres relay 37.79 sec
2002 Robert Korzeniowski  Poland Men 50 kilometres walk 3:36:39 hrs

Record holders by country

NationMaleFemaleTotal
 Great Britain 7 2 10
 Russia 2 6 8
 East Germany 1 6 7
 France 3 2 5
 Spain 3 0 3
 Greece 1 1 2
 Poland 1 1 2
 Soviet Union 1 1 2
 Belgium 0 1 1
 Bulgaria 0 2 2
 Croatia 0 1 1
 Finland 1 0 1
 Hungary 1 0 1
 Italy 1 0 1
 Portugal 1 0 1
  Switzerland 1 0 1
 Turkey 0 1 1
 Ukraine 0 1 1
 West Germany 1 0 1
 Germany 1 0 1
  

Records in defunct events

Men's events

EventRecordNameNationDateVenueRef
10,000 m walk (track) 45:01.8 Josef Doležal  Czechoslovakia 1954 1954 Berne  

Women's events

EventRecordNameNationDateVenueRef
3000 m 8:30.28 Svetlana Ulmasova  Soviet Union 9 September 1982 1982 Athens  
10 km walk (road) 42:37 Sari Essayah  Finland 9 August 1994 1994 Helsinki  
80 m hurdles 10.6 Teresa Ciepły  Poland 1962 1962 Belgrade  
Javelin throw (Old design) 77.44 m Fatima Whitbread  Great Britain 1986 1986 Stuttgart  
Pentathlon 5299 pts Heide Rosendahl  West Germany 1971 1971 Helsinki
   
   
   
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