Q&A#18

Ultra runner Yiannis Kouros holds how many world records?

Yiannis has over 154 world records to his credit

Yiannis Kouros (GreekΓιάννης Κούρος),(born February 13, 1956 in TripoliGreece) is a Greek ultramarathon runner based in Melbourne. He is sometimes called the "Running God" or "Pheidippides Successor".[1] He holds every men's outdoor road world record from 100 to 1,000 miles and every road and track record from 12 hours to 6 days

Kouros came to prominence when he won the Spartathlon in 1984 in record time[3] and the Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon in 1985 in a record time of 5 days, 5 hours, 7 minutes and 6 seconds. He beat the previous record held by Cliff Young.[4]

Kouros says that his secret is that "when other people get tired they stop, I DON'T. I take over my body with my mind I tell it that it's not tired and it listens".

Kouros has also written over 1,000 poems (several of which appear in his book Symblegmata (Clusters)) and the book The Six-Day Run of the Century.

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According to the International Association of Ultrarunners, as of October 2012.World records

[edit]Distance

100 milesRoad11h 46min 37s13.665 km/h
1000 kmTrack5d 16h 17min 00s7.338 km/h
1000 kmRoad5d 20h 13min 40s7.131 km/h
1000 milesRoad10d 10h 30min 36s6.424 km/h

[edit]Time races

12 hRoad162.543 km13.545 km/h
12 hTrack162.400 km13.533 km/h
24 hRoad290.221 km12.093 km/h
24 hTrack303.506 km12.646 km/h
48 hRoad433.095 km9.023 km/h
48 hTrack473.797 km9.875 km/h
6 daysRoad1028.370 km7.142 km/h
6 daysTrack1038.851 km7.214 km/h




Yiannis Kouros World records
          
World Records highlited in red

Click the following link to see a complete list of Yiannis Kouros World records

Below is a list of some of Yiannis Kouros' Ultra Vistories with some of those Victories resulting in World Records which have been highlited in red. For a more complete list with detailed times etc please click the link above which will open a word file with more updated information.

1) Spartathlon '83 (Athens to Sparta) (250 km in 21h53'40"), course record. 
2) Across Austria 3 day-stage race '84 (Danube) (320 km in total time 23h16'15"), course record. 
3) Six-day run, New York '84 (1,022.8 km), 16 world records unbroken from 1888. 
4) Spartathlon '84 (20h25'00"), new course record. 
5) 24-hour run, New York '84, Sri Chinmoy (177 miles), 3 world records. 
6) 6-day run '84, Colac Vic. AUS (1,023.2 km) 10 world records. 
7) 48-hour run, World Championship, FRA '85 (452 km), 6 world records.
8) Sydney-Melbourne '85, AUS (960 km in 5d05h07'), course record plus 11 world records 
9) 100 km European Championship, BEL '85, 6h25'00", course record. 
10) 24-hour run, New York '85, Sri Chinmoy (178 miles), world record. 
11) 7-day -stage race (Wellington to Auckland) NZ '85 (718 km in 65h14'05"), course record. 
12) 24-hour run Indoor World Championship, Chicago USA '86, 6 world records. 
13) 24-hour run, Montmany, CAN '86 (225 km), course record. 
14) 100 & 70 miles run, New York '86, Sri Chinmoy, course record. 
15) Spartathlon '86 (21h57'). 
16) Sydney-Melbourne '87 (1,060 km in 5d14h47'), course record, 9 world records. 
17) 24-hour run, Montmany, CAN '87 (236 km) new course record. 
18) 24-hour run, Westport, N. Y. '87 (142 miles), course record. 
19) Sydney-Melbourne '88 (1,016km in 5d19h14'), course record. 
20) 1,000 miles run, World Championship, New York '88, Sri Chinmoy (10d10h30'35"), multiple world records.
21) Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Run '88 (430 km in 54h...?), course record.
22) 24-hour Indoor World Championship, England '89 (272.8 km), world record.
23) Olympia-Athens Sri Chinmoy '89 Peace Run (350 km in 34h), course record.
24) Sydney-Melbourne '89 (1,011 km in 5d02h27'), course record.
25) Sydney-Melbourne '90 (1,008 km in 5d23h55').
26) 24-hour run, Olympic Park, Melbourne '90 (280.369 km).
27) Spartathlon '90 (20h29').
28) 24-hour run, Wyong N.S.W. '91 (258 km).
29) Sydney-Melbourne '91, Southern Motors (1,070 km), 5d7h.
30) 12-day Kelefthos run, Crete, Greece '94, course record.
31) 24-hour run, Coburg Stadium, Melbourne, '95 (282.981 km) 5 Australian records.
32) 48-hour World Championship '95, FRA, 2 world records (24h: 285.363 Km & 48h: 470.781 km). 
33) 24-hour run, Coburg Stadium, Melbourne, '96 (293.704 km) 5 World records.
34) 48-hour World Championship '96, FRA, world records (473.797 km).
35) 100km Australian Championship '96, Shepparton (6h56'46"), course record.
36) 24-hour run (Sri Chinmoy) AIS Stadium, Canberra, 2-3/3/97 (295.030 km), 4 W. R. & 7 Australian.
37) 24-hour run, Coburg Stadium, Melbourne, 12-13/4/97 (266.180 km).
38) 48-hour World Championship '97, FRA (422.829 km).
39) Sri Chinmoy Peace Blossoms Run (passing the Swiss Alps) Tenero-Rapperswil (250km in 24h).
40) 24-hour Australian Championship '97, Adelaide, 4-5/10/97 (303.506 km) 5 W. Records (in 200 k, 150 miles, 250 k, 300 k, 24 h.) & 3 Australian (100 k, 150 k, 100 miles) and all the above as veteran records.
41) Radio-marathon for the disciple children (600 km), from Ancient Olympia to Athens and through many villages of Cyprus (Larnaca, Limasol, Nicosia, 8-11/11/97).
42) 100km Australian Championship '98, Traralgon, Vic. 5/4/98 (7h14'35"), course record.
43) 24-hour run, Basel, Switzerland, Sri Chinmoy, 2-3/5/98 (290.225 km) 4 world records (200 k, 150 miles, 250 k and 24 h), 5 veteran records, course rec.
44) Canberra to Sydney 300 km Run for World Peace, 30/4-1/5/99.
45) 24-hour run, Coburg Stadium, Melbourne, 8-9/5/99 (251.2 km).
46) Delphi to Athens, Apollonian Run (180 km in 17h 15'00''), 30/6-1/7/99.
47) Toledo 24h race, Olander Park, Sylvania, OH (USA Championships), 18-19/9/99, course record (269.468 km).
48) 24-hour European Championship '99, Verona, IT, 25-26/9/99 (262.3 km).
49) Radio-marathon for the disciple children (800 km) from Yugoslavian border (Evzonoi) to Athens -600 k in 6 and a half days- and 200 k for 3 days in Cyprus, 18-24/10/ and 1-3/11/99.
50) Ancient Plataiai to Delphi, GRE, searching run, 6/5/00 (107 km in 8:43).
51) 48-hour World Championship, Surgeres, FRA, 1-3/6/00 (404.432 km).
52) 24-hour run, Verona, IT, 23-24/9/00 (265.683km).
53) Six-day run '00, Colac Vic. AUS, 19-25/11/00, (801.6 km) Greek 40-44 veteran records at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 d.
54) 6-hour run '01, Coburg Stadium, Melbourne, 7/4/01 (73.976 km).
55) 24-hour World Championship '01, Verona, IT, 22-23/9/01 (275.828 km).
56) 100 miles Great Lake Run, N. Zealand, 16/2/02 (12:35:48) 3 age 40-49 World Records 
57) International 24-hour run '02, Taipei, TW, 2-3/3/02 (284.70 km) 6 W. Records
58) International 48-hour meeting, Surgeres, FRA, 3-5/5/02 (436.702 km) 7 W. Records

59) Bekescsaba-Arad-Bekescsaba Ultramarathon, HUN-ROM 18-19/5/02 197km in 14:07:33
60) Mexico City 12-hour race, Olympic Committee Stadium, 17/8/02, (154.733km) World best performance in high altitude
61) Toledo 24h race, Olander Park, Sylvania, OH (USA Championships), 14-15/9/02, course record (277.356 km). (2 World 45-49 Records)
62) Sunmart 50 mile Trial, Hunstvile, Huston, TX USA, 14/12/02, (6:09:00:45) 40-49 age group course record
63) International 48-hour meeting, Surgeres, FRA, 2-4/5/03 (438.813 km) age 40-49 W. Records
64) Around the Paros Island, GRE, 21/6/03 53km 3:28:12 course record
65) 6-hour run '04, Haidari Stadium, Athens, GRE, 17/4/04 (84.945 km).
66) International 48-hour meeting, Surgeres, FRA, 28-30/5/04 (443.639 km) 2 age group 40-49 W. Records
67) Around the Paros Island, GRE, 3/7/04 52km 3:28:50 course record
68) Sunmart 50 mile Trial, Hunstvile, Huston, TX USA, 14/12/02, (6:11:)
69) Feidippides's Achievement, GRE (Athens-Sparta-Athens), 53h:43:11, course record
70) 6-day run '05, Colac Vic. AUS (1,036.850 km) 3 world records and 6 age group 45-49 W. Records.
71) 3-day race "Across the Years", Arizona, USA, 29/12/05-1/1/06, ( 520.5km), 2 W. Records and 2 45-49 W. Age Records

 

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