150 metres

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Usain Bolt lining up for his 150 m world best run in Manchester in 2009

150 metres is a sprint event in track and field. It is a very rarely contested non-championship and not an IAAF-recognised event. Given the proportion of standard running tracks, the event typically incorporates a bend when held in a track and field stadium, although some especially-built tracks allow the event to take place entirely on a straight.

The event was given a high-profile outing in 1997 as an intermediate contest between two 1996 Olympic champions: Donovan Bailey (100 metres) and Michael Johnson (200 metres).[1] Johnson pulled up mid-race, allowing Bailey to win the $1 million prize.[2] This race coincided with a period of similar 150 m meetings between Bailey and the 1992 Olympic champion Linford Christie; the pair raced three years running for high cash prizes in Sheffield, England, in 1995, 1996 and 1997, with Christie winning the first two outings and Bailey winning the last.[3][4]

The Manchester City Games in England – a competition featuring a long, raised track on one of the city's major streets – has provided many of the event's highlights since 2009, including the men's world best of 14.35 seconds, set by Usain Bolt in 2009.[5] Allyson Felix ran the fastest ever 150 m race by a woman in 2013 (16.36 seconds),[6] although faster times have been recorded at intermediate stages of the 200 m event. The Great North City Games (held variously in Newcastle and Gateshead) features a similar setup to the Manchester event and has provided several of the best men's and women's times.[7] The British events typically attracted American, British and Caribbean competitors, and athletes from these places account for nearly all the top 25 best times for men and women. A one-off 150 m race on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro was held in 2013 and Bolt finished in a time close to his own world record.[8]

The 150 m had some significance as a regular indoor event in the 1960s and 1970s as a result of indoor tracks matching that distance. Wales held a national championship over the distance up to 1972 and Finland briefly has a women's national championship in the mid 1960s.[9][10] A relay version of the distance (4 × 150 metres) was contested at the 1967 European Athletics Indoor Championships and was won by the Soviet Union's women's team.[11] The distance attracted the attention of 1980 Olympic 200 m champion Pietro Mennea, whose hand-timed run of 14.8 seconds in Cassino, Italy, in 1983 stood as a world best time for over a quarter of a century.[12] Italy also provided a women's 150 m best that same decade, with Jamaican Merlene Ottey setting a time of 16.46 seconds in Trapani in 1989 – a world best mark which was unbeaten for over two decades.[13]

All-time top 25[edit]

  • + = en route to 200 m performance
  • straight = performance on straight track
  • OT = oversized track (> 200 m in circumference)
  • nw = no wind measurement

Men[edit]

Rank Time Type Wind (m/s) Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 14.35 straight +1.1 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 17 May 2009 Manchester [14]
2 14.41+ straight -0.4 Tyson Gay  United States 16 May 2010 Manchester [15]
3 14.65 straight +1.4 Walter Dix  United States 17 September 2011 Gateshead [16]
4 14.71 straight +1.3 Yohan Blake  Jamaica 17 May 2014 Manchester [17]
5 14.77 straight +0.2 Noah Lyles  United States 20 May 2018 Boston [18]
6 14.81 straight +0.2 Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake  Great Britain 20 May 2018 Boston [19]
7 14.83+ bend +0.4 Michael Johnson  United States 1 August 1996 Atlanta [20]
8 14.87 straight +1.4 Marlon Devonish  Great Britain 17 September 2011 Gateshead [21]
-0.1 Wallace Spearmon  United States 20 May 2012 Manchester [22]
10 14.88 straight +1.4 Daniel Bailey  Antigua and Barbuda 31 March 2013 Rio de Janeiro [23]
11 14.90 straight -1.0 Christophe Lemaitre  France 25 May 2013 Manchester [24]
-0.2 Michael Rodgers  United States 14 September 2013 Newcastle [25]
13 14.91 straight +1.4 Bruno de Barros  Brazil 31 March 2013 Rio de Janeiro [26]
14 14.93+ bend +0.3 John Regis  Great Britain 20 August 1993 Stuttgart [27]
14.93 straight 0.0 Miguel Francis  Antigua and Barbuda 18 June 2016 Somerville [28]
16 14.94+ bend +1.2 Maurice Greene  United States 27 August 1999 Seville [29]
17 14.97+ bend +0.3 Carl Lewis  United States 20 August 1993 Stuttgart [30]
14.97 bend +0.9 Linford Christie  Great Britain 4 September 1994 Sheffield [31]
19 14.98 straight +1.5 Darvis Patton  United States 15 May 2011 Manchester [32]
20 14.99 bend +1.7 Ian Mackie  Great Britain 31 May 1997 Cardiff [33]
14.99 Indoor n/a Donovan Bailey  Canada 1 June 1997 Toronto [34]
14.99+ bend +0.3 Frankie Fredericks  Namibia 20 August 1993 Stuttgart [35]
14.99+ bend +1.2 Claudinei da Silva  Brazil 27 August 1999 Seville [36]
24 15.00 straight +1.3 Kemar Bailey-Cole  Jamaica 17 May 2014 Manchester [37]
25 15.02+ bend +1.2 Francis Obikwelu  Portugal 27 August 1999 Seville [38]

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 14.88:

Assisted marks[edit]

Any performance with a following wind of more than 2.0 metres per second is not counted for record purposes. Below is a list of the fastest wind-assisted times (14.74 or better). Only times that are superior to legal bests are shown.

Women[edit]

Rank Time Type Wind (m/s) Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 16.10+ bend +1.3 Florence Griffith Joyner  United States 29 September 1988 Seoul [40]
2 16.23+ bend +0.6 Inger Miller  United States 27 August 1999 Seville [41]
16.23 straight -0.7 Shaunae Miller-Uibo  Bahamas 20 May 2018 Boston [42]
4 16.28+ bend +1.7 Allyson Felix  United States 31 August 2007 Osaka
5 16.30 straight +0.1 Tori Bowie  United States 4 June 2017 Boston [43]
6 16.33+ bend 0.0 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 19 September 1993 Stuttgart [44]
7 16.43+ bend +1.7 Veronica Campbell-Brown  Jamaica 31 August 2007 Osaka
8 16.50 straight +1.5 Carmelita Jeter  United States 17 September 2011 Gateshead [45]
9 16.54+ bend +0.6 Merlene Frazer  Jamaica 27 August 1999 Seville [46]
16.54 straight +0.1 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie  Bahamas 17 May 2009 Manchester [47]
10 16.57+ bend +0.6 Beverly McDonald  Jamaica 27 August 1999 Seville [48]
16.57 straight +1.1 Desiree Henry  Great Britain 10 September 2016 Newcastle [49]
-0.7 Michelle-Lee Ahye  Trinidad and Tobago 20 May 2018 Boston [50]
14 16.59 straight +1.2 Candyce McGrone  United States 12 September 2015 Newcastle [51]
15 16.60 straight +1.6 Marie Josée Ta Lou  Ivory Coast 18 May 2018 Manchester [52]
16 16.63 straight +0.2 Anyika Onuora  Great Britain 25 May 2013 Manchester [53]
17 16.64 straight +0.2 Lauryn Williams  United States 25 May 2013 Manchester [54]
18 16.67 straight +1.1 Natasha Hastings  United States 10 September 2016 Newcastle [55]
19 16.69 straight -0.9 Asha Philip  Great Britain 6 September 2014 Newcastle [56]
20 16.70 straight -0.1 Dina Asher-Smith  Great Britain 9 September 2017 Newcastle [57]
19 16.73 bend +2.0 Mariya Ryemyen  Ukraine 31 August 2013 Amsterdam [58]
nw Rose-Aimée Bacoul  France 30 July 1984 San Diego
23 16.75 straight nw Franciela Krasucki  Brazil 31 March 2013 Rio de Janeiro [59]
-0.7 Shashalee Forbes  Jamaica 20 May 2018 Boston [60]
25 16.80 straight +1.1 Jodie Williams  Great Britain 10 September 2016 Newcastle [61]

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 16.80:

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