The 10 Athletics World Records That Will Take The Longest To Break

  1. Women’s Discus,  Gabriele Reinsch, Germany, 76.80m Set in  1988, 2009 best  66.21m, 2009 best compared to WR: 86.21%
  2. Women’s Shotput,  Natalya Lisovskaya, Soviet Union, 22.63m Set in 1987, 2009 best 20.69m,  2009 best compared to WR: 91.43%  
  3. Women’s Heptathlon,  Jackie Joyner-Kersee, USA, 7291 points Set in 1988, 2009 best 6731 points, 2009 best compared to WR: 92.32%
  4. Men’s Javelin,  Jan Zelezný, Czech Republic, 98.48m Set in 1996, 2009 best 91.28m, 2009 best compared to WR: 92.69%
  5. Men’s Hammer,  Yuriy Sedykh, Soviet Union, 86.74m Set in 1986, 2009 best 81.77m, 2009 best compared to WR: 94.27%
  6. Women’s long Jump,  Galina Chistyakova, Soviet Union, 7.52m Set in 1988, 2009 best 7.10m, 2009 best compared to WR: 94.41%
  7. Women’s Marathon,  Paula Radcliffe, Great Britain, 2:15:25 set in 2003, 2009 best 2:22:11, 2009 best compared to WR: 95.24%
  8. Women’s Javelin,  Barbora Špotáková, Czech Republic, 72.28m set in 2008, 2009 best 68.92m, 2009 best compared to WR: 95.35%
  9. Men’s Shotput,  Randy Barnes, USA, 23.12m set in 1990, 2009 best 22.16, 2009 best compared to WR: 95.85%
  10. Men’s High Jump,  Javier Sotomayor, Cuba, 2.45m set in 1993, 2009 best 2.35m, 2009 best compared to WR: 95.92%

 

The above list indicates the athletics World Records that are likely to last the longest from September 2009. The list was determined by comparing the best performance of an athlete for a specific event in 2009, to the World Record for the event. This manifested in a percentage, indicating how close the world record had been approached in 2009. The World Records that had been approached the least, according to the percentage are the World Records that are likely to last the longest from September 2009.

It is interesting to note that not one track World Record is in the above list. It is also worthy of note to point out how far out of reach the Women’s Discus WR is, compared to the other WRs.  In the list, where ‘2009 best’ is written, it actually means ‘best performance of any athlete from January 2009 to September 2009.’

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