What Athlete has held the most WR's

Yiannis Kouros is the number one ultra-marathon runner, having broken more than 160 world records up to now

Haile Gebrselassie 

 set 27 world records, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history.

In September 2008, at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of 2:03:59, breaking his own world record by 27 seconds. The record stood for three years. Since he was over the age of 35, that mark still stands as the Masters Age group world record.

    Sergey Bubka broke the world record for men's pole vault 35 

 times during his career.[3] He broke the outdoor world record 17 times and the indoor world record 18 times

Pole vault career[edit]

Sergey Bubka started competing on the international athletics scene in 1981 when he participated in the European Junior Championship finishing seventh. But the 1983 World Championship held in Helsinki was his actual entry point to the world athletics, where a relatively unknown Bubka snatched the gold, clearing 5.70 metres (18 feet 8 inches). The years that followed witnessed the unparalleled dominance of Bubka, with him setting new records and standards in pole vaulting.

He set his first world record of 5.85m on 26 May 1984 which he improved to 5.88m a week later, and then to 5.90m a month later. He cleared 6.00 metres (19 feet 8 inches) for the first time on 13 July 1985 in Paris.[5] This height had long been considered unattainable. With virtually no opponents, Bubka improved his own record over the next 10 years until he reached his career best and the then world record of 6.14 m (20 feet 134 inches) in 1994.

He became the first athlete ever to jump over 6.10 metres, in San SebastiánSpain in 1991. Until January 2014, no other athlete had cleared 6.07, indoors or outdoors. He set the currently listed world record of 6.14 metres in 1994 after some commentators had already predicted the decline of the great sportsman. Bubka increased the world record by 21 centimetres (8 inches) in the period from 1984 to 1988, more than other pole vaulters had achieved in the previous 12 years. He cleared 6.00 meters or better on 45 occasions, more than all other athletes in history combined (as of 20 April 2009 there have been 42 clearances of 6.00 metres by other athletes).[8]

Bubka officially retired from pole vault in 2001 during a ceremony at his Pole Vault Stars meeting in Donetsk.[9]

Olympics curse[edit]

Despite his dominance in pole vault, Bubka had a relatively poor record in the Olympic Games. The first Olympics after Bubka's introduction to the international athletics was held in 1984 and was boycotted by the USSR along with the majority of other Eastern Bloc countries. Two months before the Games he vaulted 12 cm higher than the eventual Olympic gold medal winner Pierre Quinon. In 1988 Bubka competed in the Seoul Olympics and won his only Olympic gold medal clearing 5.90 m. In 1992 he failed to clear in his first three attempts (5.70, 5.70, 5.75 m) and was out of the Barcelona Olympics. At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 a heel injury caused him to withdraw from the competition without any attempts. In 2000 at the Sydney Olympics he was eliminated from the final after three unsuccessful attempts at 5.70 m.[10]

IAAF World championships[edit]

Bubka won the pole vault event in six consecutive IAAF World Championships in Athletics in the period from 1983 to 1997:

YearCompetitionVenuePositionWinning height
1983World ChampionshipsHelsinki1st5.70
1987World ChampionshipsRome1st5.85
1991World ChampionshipsTokyo1st5.95
1993World ChampionshipsStuttgart1st6.00
1995World ChampionshipsGothenburg1st5.92
1997World ChampionshipsAthens1st6.01

World record progression by Bubka[edit]

Bubka broke the world record for men's pole vault 35 times during his career.[3] He broke the outdoor world record 17 times and the indoor world record 18 times. Bubka lost his outdoor world record only once in his illustrious career. After Thierry Vigneron, of France, broke his record on 31 August 1984 at the Golden Gala international track meet in Rome, Bubka subsequently reclaimed the record on his next run, just minutes later.[11]

The fact that most of the time the record he improved was his own demonstrates his absolute dominance in the event. Exactly how high he could have jumped at his best is unknown: the majority of his world record attempts were made at 1 cm higher than the existing record, and once achieved, he would not attempt another record jump until the next opportunity to compete, even after a substantial clearance showing he could have achieved a higher height.[12]

Height (m)DatePlace
6.1431 July 1994Sestriere
6.1319 September 1992Tokyo
6.1230 August 1992Padova
6.1113 June 1992Dijon
6.105 August 1991Malmö
6.098 July 1991Formia
6.089 June 1991Moscow
6.076 May 1991Shizuoka
6.0610 July 1988Nice
6.059 June 1988Bratislava
6.0323 June 1987Prague
6.018 June 1986Moscow
6.0013 June 1985Paris
5.9431 August 1984Rome
5.9013 July 1984London
5.882 June 1984Paris
5.8526 May 1984Bratislava
Height (m)DatePlace
6.1521 February 1993Donetsk
6.1413 February 1993Lievin
6.1322 February 1992Berlin
6.1223 February 1991Grenoble
6.1119 March 1991Donetsk
6.1015 March 1991San Sebastián
6.089 February 1991Volgograd
6.0517 March 1990Donetsk
6.0311 February 1989Osaka
5.9717 March 1987Torino
5.9615 January 1987Osaka
5.9528 February 1986New York
5.9421 February 1986Inglewood
5.928 February 1986Moscow
5.8715 January 1986Osaka
5.8310 February 1984Inglewood
5.821 February 1984Milano
5.8115 January 1984Vilnius


Serhiy Bubka statue,Donetsk

Bubka possessed great strength, speed and gymnastic abilities.[3] His average speed during pole vaulting reportedly approached 35.7 km/h (9.9 m/s, 22.2 mph)[citation needed]. He gripped the pole higher than most vaulters to get extra leverage, though Bubka himself played down the effect of grip alone.[13] Bubka's strength meant that he could use a pole that was relatively heavy for his weight, thereby generating more recoil force. The statue erected in his honour in Donetsk shows an incorrect (and impossible) vaulting grip on the pole.

His development and mastery of the Petrov/Bubka technical model is also considered a key to his success. (A technical model is a sequence of positions and pressures which describe the method and style form of pole vaulting.) The Petrov/Bubka model is considered superior to many others today, because it allows the vaulter to continuously put energy into the pole while rising towards the bar.[citation needed] Most conventional models focus on creating maximum bend in the pole before leaving the ground, by planting the pole heavily on the landing pad. The Petrov/Bubka model follows the technique used by Kjell Isaksson,[14][15] which concentrates on driving the pole up, rather than bending it while planting it on the landing pad, combined with high running speed. While the traditional models depended on the recoil by bending the pole, the Petrov/Bubka model may exploit the recoil of the pole and exert more energy on the pole during the swinging action.[citation needed]

Awards and positions held[edit]

Bubka (right) at the 2014 IAAF Council Meeting
  • Bubka won the Prince of Asturias Award in Sports in 1991
  • Bubka was awarded the best sportsman of the Soviet Union for three years in a row from 1984 to 1986
  • Bubka was voted Sportsman of the Year for 1997 by the influential newspaper L'Équipe
  • Bubka was honored as the best pole vaulter of the last half century by Track & Field News
  • Bubka was designated an IAAF council member in 2001. In 2011, he was elected a Vice-President of the organization for a four-year term.[16]
  • He is currently serving as the president of National Olympic Committee of Ukraine and is an IOC member[17]
  • Bubka was designated UNESCO Champion for Sport in 2003[18]
  • In 2005 he received the Panathlon International Flambeau d'Or for his contribution to the development and promotion of sport.[19]
  • From 2002 to 2006, he was a member of the Ukrainian Parliament and its Committee on youth policy, physical culture, sport and tourism[20][21]
  • Bubka won the Marca Leyenda in 2005
  • Completed his term in IOC athletes commission in August 2008[22]

Haile Gebrselassie (Amharicኃይሌ ገብረ ሥላሴ?haylē gebre silassē; born 18 April 1973) is an Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete. He won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the event. He won the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. Further to this, he won four world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion.

Haile had major competition wins at distances between 1500 metres and the marathon, moving from outdoor, indoor and cross country running to road running in the latter part of his career. He broke 61 Ethiopian national records ranging from 800 metres to the marathon, set 27 world records, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history.[2][3][4][5][6]

In September 2008, at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of 2:03:59, breaking his own world record by 27 seconds. The record stood for three years. Since he was over the age of 35, that mark still stands as the Masters Age group world record.


International competitions[edit]

1991World Cross Country ChampionshipsAntwerp, Belgium8thJunior race
1992World Cross Country ChampionshipsBoston, United States2ndJunior race
1992World Junior ChampionshipsSeoul, South Korea1st5000 metres
1992World Junior ChampionshipsSeoul, South Korea1st10,000 metres
1993World Cross Country ChampionshipsAmorebieta, Spain7thSenior race
1993African ChampionshipsDurban, South Africa2nd5000 metres
1993African ChampionshipsDurban, South Africa3rd10,000 metres
1993World ChampionshipsStuttgart, Germany2nd5000 metres
1993World ChampionshipsStuttgart, Germany1st10,000 metres
1994World Cross Country ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary3rdSenior race
1994World Road Relay ChampionshipsLitochoro, Greece2ndMarathon relay
1995World Cross Country ChampionshipsDurham, England4thSenior race
1995World ChampionshipsGothenburg, SwedenDNS5000 metres
1995World ChampionshipsGothenburg, Sweden1st10,000 metres
1996World Cross Country ChampionshipsStellenbosch, South Africa5thSenior race
1996Olympic GamesAtlanta, United StatesDNS5000 metres
1996Olympic GamesAtlanta, United States1st10,000 metres
1997World Indoor ChampionshipsParis, France1st3000 metres
1997World ChampionshipsAthens, Greece1st10,000 metres
1999World Indoor ChampionshipsMaebashi, Japan1st1500 metres
1999World Indoor ChampionshipsMaebashi, Japan1st3000 metres
1999World ChampionshipsSeville, Spain1st10,000 metres
2000Olympic GamesSydney, Australia1st10,000 metres
2001World ChampionshipsEdmonton, Canada3rd10,000 metres
2001World Half Marathon ChampionshipsBristol, England1stHalf marathon
2003World Indoor ChampionshipsBirmingham, England1st3000 metres
2003World ChampionshipsParis, France2nd10,000 metres
2004Olympic GamesAthens, Greece5th10,000 metres
2008Olympic GamesBeijing, China6th10,000 metres

Marathon performances[edit]

Representing  Ethiopia
2002London Marathon3rd2:06:35
2005Amsterdam Marathon1st2:06:20
2006London Marathon9th2:09:31
2006Berlin Marathon1st2:05:56
2006Fukuoka Marathon1st2:06:52
2007London MarathonDNF
2007Berlin Marathon1st2:04:26
2008Dubai Marathon1st2:04:53
2008Berlin Marathon1st2:03:59
2009Dubai Marathon1st2:05:29
2009Berlin Marathon1st2:06:08
2010Dubai Marathon1st2:06:09
2010New York City MarathonDNF
2011Berlin MarathonDNF
2012Tokyo Marathon4th2:08:17
2012Fukuoka MarathonDNF

Track and field circuit[edit]

1995Grand Prix FinalMonte Carlo, Monaco1st3000 metres
1998Golden LeagueEurope1stJackpot winnerShared with Hicham El Guerrouj and Marion Jones
1998Grand Prix FinalMoscow, Russia1st3000 metres

World record and best performances[edit]

5000 metres12:56.964 June 1994Hengelo, Netherlands
Two miles8:07.4628 May 1995Kerkrade, NetherlandsThird fastest time ever
10,000 metres26:43.535 June 1995Hengelo, Netherlands
5000 metres12:44.3916 August 1995Zurich, Switzerland
5000 metres13:10.9827 January 1996Sindelfingen, Germany,indoors
3000 metres7:30.724 February 1996Stuttgart, Germany,indoors
5000 metres12:59.0420 February 1997Stockholm, Swedenindoors
Two miles8:01.0831 May 1997Hengelo, NetherlandsSecond fastest time ever
10,000 metres26:31.324 July 1997Oslo, Norway
5000 metres12:41.8613 August 1997Zurich, Switzerland
3000 metres7:26.1525 January 1998Karlsruhe, Germanyindoors
2000 metres4:52.8615 February 1998Birmingham, UKindoors
10,000 metres26:22.751 June 1998Hengelo, Netherlands
5000 metres12:39.3613 June 1998Helsinki, Finland
5000 metres12:50.3814 February 1999Birmingham, UKindoors
10 kilometres27:0211 December 2002Doha, Qatarroad race
Two miles8:04.6921 February 2003Birmingham, UKindoors
15 kilometres41:224 September 2005Tilburg, Netherlandsroad race, not IAAF-ratified
10 miles44:244 September 2005Tilburg, Netherlandsroad race, world best
20 kilometres55:48+15 January 2006Tempe, Arizona, US
Half marathon58:5515 January 2006Tempe, Arizona, US
25 kilometres1:11:3712 March 2006Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlandsroad race, not IAAF-ratified – no post-race EPO test
One hour run21,285 m27 June 2007Ostrava, Czech Republic
Marathon2:04:2630 September 2007Berlin, Germany
Marathon2:03:5928 September 2008Berlin, Germany
30 kilometres1:27:49 +20 September 2009Berlin, Germany

Personal bests[edit]

Outdoor track[edit]

1500 metres3:33.736 June 1999Stuttgart, Germany
Mile run3:52.3927 June 1999Gateshead, England
3000 metres7:25.0928 August 1998Brussels, Belgium
Two miles8:01.0831 May 1997Hengelo, Netherlands
5000 metres12:39.3613 June 1998Helsinki, Finland
10,000 metres26:22.751 June 1998Hengelo, Netherlands
20,000 metres56:26.027 June 2007Ostrava, Czech Republic
One hour run21,285 m27 June 2007Ostrava, Czech Republic


10K run27:0211 December 2002Doha, Qatar
15 km41:3811 November 2001Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ten miles44:244 September 2005Tilburg, Netherlands
20 km55:48+15 January 2006Phoenix, United States
Half marathon58:5515 January 2006Phoenix, United States
25 km1:11:3712 March 2006Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Marathon2:03:5928 September 2008Berlin, Germany

Indoor track[edit]

DistanceTime (min)DateLocation
800 metres1:49.359 February 1997Dortmund, Germany
1000 metres2:20.301 February 1998Stuttgart, Germany
1500 metres3:31.761 February 1998Stuttgart, Germany
2000 metres4:52.8615 February 1998Birmingham, England
3000 metres7:26.1525 January 1998Karlsruhe, Germany
Two miles8:04.6921 February 2003Birmingham, England
5000 metres12:50.3814 February 1999Birmingham, England