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On August 16, 1992 Moses Kiptanui of Kenya broke Said Aouita's World Record for 3,000m by running 7:28.96. Kiptanui's record run ended a 3 year drought in the distance events and signaled a deluge of ever improving records over the next 13 years. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see a list of records set during this period.)

Between that day in August and the end of 2005 there would be 47 World Records set at standard distances ranging from 800m to the Marathon. Adding in Indoor World Records would bring the total to 67, and that still doesn't include records set at esoteric distances such as the 1 Hour Run or 30,000m. The record setters hailed from 8 different countries and total 20 individuals. Add in Olympic and World Champions and you find this period to be the richest in distance running history. It truly was the Golden Age of Distance Running.

This website will be devoted to chronicling that era with videos, photographs and statistics. It will be developed over the coming year as I write a companion book, The Golden Age of Distance Running, that should be out in 2014. Unfortunately because of drugs, cheating, and its brief history, women's distance running will be excluded, so this site will be limited to men for now (but will be expanded to include women later).

So explore the site through the links above to watch historic videos and learn more about the exciting sport of distance running. Feel free to contact me with questions or comments.

Wayne Middlesteadt
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World Records Set During The Golden Age (1992 – 2005)
Indoor Records are in italics font. Underlined records are linked to a video.

World Records as of December 31, 1991

800m                           1:41.73            6/10/1981        SebastianCoe (UK)

800m Indoor              1:44.84            3/04/1989        Paul Ereng (Kenya)

1,000m                        2:12.18            7/11/1981        Sebastian Coe (UK)

1,000m Indoor               2:16.4              2/20/1988        Rob Druppers (Netherlands)

1,500m                        3:29.46            8/23/1985        Saïd Aouita (Morocco)

1,500m Indoor               3:34.16            2/28/1991        Noureddine Morceli (Algeria)

Mile                             3:46.32            7/27/1985        Steve Cram (UK)

Mile Indoor                 3:49.78            2/27/1983        Eamonn Coghlan (Ireland)

2,000m                        4:50.81            7/16/1987        Saïd Aouita (Morocco)

2,000m Indoor               4:54.07            2/21/1987        Eamonn Coghlan (Ireland)

3,000m                        7:29.45            8/20/1989        Saïd Aouita (Morocco)

3,000m Indoor               7:39.2              2/18/1973        Emiel Puttemans (Belgium)

Steeplechase             8:05.35            7/03/1989        Peter Koech (Kenya)

2 Miles                         8:13.45            5/28/1987        Saïd Aouita (Morocco)

2 Miles Indoor                8:13.28            2/18/1973        Emiel Puttemans (Belgium)

5,000m                        12:58.39          7/27/1987        Saïd Aouita (Morocco)

5,000m Indoor               13:20.4            2/06/1981        Suileman Nyambui (Tanzania)

10,000m                      27:08.23          8/18/1989        Arturo Barrios (Mexico)

Marathon                     2:06:50            4/17/1988        Belayneh Dinsamo (Ethiopia)

1992

3,000m Indoor              7:37.31            2/21/1992        Moses Kiptanui (Kenya)

1,000m Indoor              2:15.26            2/22/1992        Noureddine Morceli (Algeria)

3,000m                        7:28.96            8/16/1992        Moses Kiptanui (Kenya)

Steeplechase            8:02.08            8/19/1992        Moses Kiptanui (Kenya)

1,500m                        3:28.82            9/06/1992        Noureddine Morceli (Algeria)

1993

2 Miles                         8:12.17            6/30/1993        Khalid Skah (Morocco)

10,000m                      27:07.91          7/05/1993        Richard Chelimo (Kenya)

10,000m                      26:58.38          7/10/1993        Yobes Ondieki (Kenya)

Mile                             3:44.39            9/05/1993        Noureddine Morceli (Algeria)

1994

5,000m                       12:56.96          6/04/1994        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

2 Miles                         8:09.01            6/30/1994        Moses Kiptanui (Kenya)

10,000m                      26:52.23          7/22/1994        William Sigei (Kenya)

3,000m                         7:25.11            8/02/1994        Noureddine Morceli (Algeria)

1995

3,000m Indoor               7:35.15            2/12/1995        Moses Kiptanui (Kenya)

2 Miles                          8:07.46            5/27/1995        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

10,000m                      26:43.53          6/05/1995        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

5,000m                         12:55.30          6/06/1995        Moses Kiptanui (Kenya)

2,000m                         4:47.88            7/03/1995        Noureddine Morceli (Algeria)

1,500m                        3:27.37            7/12/1995        Noureddine Morceli (Algeria)

5,000m                        12:44.39          8/16/1995        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

Steeplechase              7:59.18            8/16/1995        Moses Kiptanui (Kenya)

1996

5,000m Indoor              13:10.98          1/27/1996        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

3,000m Indoor              7:30.72            2/04/1996        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

2 Miles                         8:03.54            7/14/1996        Daniel Komen (Kenya)

10,000m                      26:38.08          8/23/1996        Salah Hissou (Morocco)

3,000m                        7:20.67            9/01/1996        Daniel Komen (Kenya)

1997

1,500m Indoor             3:31.18            2/02/1997        Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

Mile Indoor                   3:48.45            2/12/1997        Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

5,000m Indoor             12:59.04          2/20/1997        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

800m Indoor                1:43.96            3/07/1997        Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)

800m Indoor                1:42.67            3/09/1997        Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)

2 Miles                         8:01.10            5/31/1997        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

10,000m                      26:31.32          7/04/1997        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

800m                           1:41.73(tie)     7/07/1997        Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)

2 Miles                         7:58.61            7/19/1997        Daniel Komen (Kenya)

Steeplechase               7:59.08            8/13/1997        Wilson Boit Kipketer (Kenya)

5,000m                        12:41.86          8/13/1997        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

800m                           1:41.24            8/13/1997        Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)

5,000m                        12:39.74          8/22/1997        Daniel Komen (Kenya)

10,000m                      26:27.85          8/22/1997        Paul Tergat (Kenya)

Steeplechase              7:55.72            8/24/1997        Bernard Barmasai (Kenya)

800m                          1:41.11            8/24/1997        Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)

1998

3,000m Indoor             7:26.14            1/25/1998        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

3,000m Indoor             7:24.90            2/06/1998        Daniel Komen (Kenya)

2,000m Indoor             4:52.86            2/15/1998        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

5,000m Indoor             12:51.48          2/19/1998        Daniel Komen (Kenya)

10,000m                      26:22.75          6/01/1998        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

5,000m                        12:39.36          6/13/1998        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

1,500m                        3:26.00            7/14/1998        Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

Marathon                     2:06:05            9/20/1998        RonaldoDa Costa (Brazil)

1999

5,000m Indoor            12:50.38          2/14/1999        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

Mile                             3:43.13            7/07/1999        Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

1,000m                        2:11.96            9/05/1999        Noah Ngeny (Kenya)

2,000m                        4:44.79            9/07/1999        Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

Marathon                     2:05:42          10/24/1999        KhalidKhannouchi (Morocco)

2000

1,000m Indoor             2:15.25            2/06/2000        Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)

1,000m Indoor             2:14.96            2/20/2000        Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)

2 Miles Indoor              8:09.66            2/20/2000        Hailu Mekonnen (Ethiopia)

2001

Steeplechase                7:55.28            8/24/2001        Brahim Boulami (Morocco)

2002

Marathon                     2:05:38             4/14/2002        KhalidKhannouchi (USA)

2003

2Miles Indoor                8:04.69             2/21/2003        Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

Marathon                     2:04:55             9/28/2003        PaulTergat (Kenya)

2004

5,000m Indoor             12:49.60          2/20/2004        Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

5,000m                        12:37.35          5/31/2004        Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

10,000m                      26:20.31          6/08/2004        Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

Steeplechase                7:53.63          9/03/2004        Saif Saaeed Shaheen (Qatar)

2005

10,000m                      26:17.53          8/26/2005        Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

World Records as of April 22, 2016 (Records in gold were set during The Golden Age)

800m                           1:40.91            8/09/2012           David Rudisha (Kenya)

800m Indoor              1:42.67           3/09/1997        Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)

1,000m                        2:11.96            9/05/1999          Noah Ngeny (Kenya)

1,000m Indoor           2:14.20          2/17/2016        Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti)

1,500m                        3:26.00            7/14/1998          Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

1,500m Indoor           3:31.18           2/02/1997        Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

Mile                             3:43.13            7/07/1999          Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

Mile Indoor                 3:48.45           2/12/1997        Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

2,000m                        4:44.79            9/07/1999         Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)

2,000m Indoor              4:49.99            2/17/2007          Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

3,000m                        7:20.67            9/01/1996         Daniel Komen (Kenya)

3,000m Indoor           7:24.90           2/06/1998       Daniel Komen (Kenya)

Steeplechase              7:53.63            9/03/2004        Saif Saaeed Shaheen (Qatar)

2 Miles                         7:58.61            7/19/1997        Daniel Komen (Kenya)

2 Miles Indoor                8:04.35            2/16/2008        Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

5,000m                        12:37.35          5/31/2004        Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

5,000m Indoor           12:49.60         2/20/2004      Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

10,000m                      26:17.53          8/26/2005        Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

Marathon                     2:02:57            9/28/2014        Dennis Kimetto (Kenya)