Women’s 800m World Record Progression


The first world record in the 800 m for women (athletics (track and field)) was recognized by the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale (FSFI) in 1922.[2]

The FSFI was absorbed by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1936.

To June 21, 2009, the IAAF (and the FSFI before it) have ratified 29 world records in the event.[2] “y” denotes time for 880 yards (804.68 m) ratified as a record for the 800 m.

Time Auto Athlete Date Location

2:30.4+ Georgette Lenoir (FRA) 1922-08-20 Paris, France[2]

2:26.6y Mary Lines (GBR) 1922-08-30 London, United Kingdom[2]

2:23.8 Lina Radke (GER) 1927-08-07 Breslau, Germany[2]

2:20.4 Inga Gentzel (SWE) 1928-06-16 Stockholm, Sweden[2]

2:19.6 Lina Radke (GER) 1928-07-01 Brieg, Poland[2]

2:16.8 Lina Radke (GER) 1928-08-02 Amsterdam, Netherlands[2]

2:15.9 Anna Larsson (SWE) 1944-08-28 Stockholm, Sweden[2]

2:14.8 Anna Larsson (SWE) 1945-08-19 Hälsingborg, Sweden[2]

2:13.8 Anna Larsson (SWE) 1945-08-30 Stockholm, Sweden[2]

2:13.0 Yevdokia Vasilyeva (URS) 1950-07-17 Moscow, Soviet Union[2]

2:12.2 Valentina Pomogayeva (URS) 1951-07-26 Moscow, Soviet Union[2]

2:12.0 Nina Otkalenko (URS) 1951-08-26 Minsk, Soviet Union[2]

2:08.5 Nina Otkalenko (URS) 1952-06-15 Kiev, Soviet Union[2]

2:07.3 Nina Otkalenko (URS) 1953-08-27 Moscow, Soviet Union[2]

2:06.6 Nina Otkalenko (URS) 1954-09-16 Kiev, Soviet Union[2]

2:05.0 Nina Otkalenko (URS) 1955-09-24 Zagreb, Yugoslavia[2]

2:04.3 Lyudmila Shevtsova (URS) 1960-07-03 Moscow, Soviet Union[2]

2:04.3 2:04.50 Lyudmila Shevtsova (URS) 1960-09-07 Rome, Italy[2]

2:01.2+ Dixie Willis (AUS) 1962-03-03 Perth, Australia[2]

2:01.1 Ann Packer (GBR) 1964-10-20 Tokyo, Japan[2]

2:01.0 Judy Pollock (AUS) 1967-06-28 Helsinki, Finland[2]

2:00.5 Vera Nikolic (YUG) 1968-07-20 London, United Kingdom[2]

1:58.5 1:58.45 Hildegard Falck (FRG) 1971-07-11 Stuttgart, Germany[2]

1:57.5 1:57.48 Svetla Zlateva (BUL) 1973-08-24 Athens, Greece[2]

1:56.0 Valentina Gerasimova (URS) 1976-06-12 Kiev, Soviet Union[2]

1:54.9 1:54.94 Tatyana Kazankina (URS) 1976-07-26 Montreal, Canada[2]

1:54.9 1:54.85 Nadezhda Olizarenko (URS) 1980-06-12 Moscow, Soviet Union[2]

1:53.5 1:53.43 Nadezhda Olizarenko (URS) 1980-07-27 Moscow, Soviet Union[2]

1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 1983-07-26 Munich, West Germany[2]

(+) – indicates en-route time from longer race.

Auto times to the hundredth of a second were accepted by the IAAF for events up to and including 10,000 m from 1981.[2] Hence, Nadezhda Olizarenko’s record at 1:53.5 was rendered as 1:53.43 from that year.

The current Philippine record holder for this event is Nenita Dungca with a time of 2:07.10 set in 1985.

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3 Responses to Women’s 800m World Record Progression

  1. pieter007 says:

    Very interesting; would look slightly better if you could put it in a table though.

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