India’s best in track and field events: Meet the national athletics record holders

The national marathon mark has been unbroken since 1978 and is the longest-standing Indian athletics record. Five national records, meanwhile, were set at the Olympics.

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At Tokyo 2020, Neeraj Chopra clinched India's first-ever athletics medal, that too gold, at the Olympics, thereby shifting the country's focus on track and field events in a big way.

Neeraj Chopra's gold-winning throw of 87.58m, however, wasn't his personal best or the national record for Indian javelin.

Let us look at India's national athletics records across major track and field events.

100m national record

Amiya Kumar Mallick holds the 100m record in India, with a timing of 10.26 which he managed at the National Federation Cup in 2016.

In the women's category, Dutee Chand holds the 100m national record with a timing of 11.17 seconds, which she achieved at the Indian Grand Prix IV at Patiala in 2021.

200m national record

Amlan Borgohain clocked 20.52 seconds in the men's 200m final of the Federation Cup 2022 to break Muhammed Anas Yahiya's previous national record of 20.63 created at a meet in the Czech Republic back in 2018.

In the women's category, Saraswati Saha holds the Indian 200m record with a timing of 22.82, which she achieved at the National Circuit Meet in Ludhiana in 2002.

400m national record

Muhammed Anas Yahiya holds the national record in this event, clocking 45.21, at the Kladno Athletics meet in the Czech Republic in 2019.

In the women's category, Hima Das holds the record with a timing of 50.79, which she achieved at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

800m national record

Jinson Johnson holds the 800m record, which he clocked 1:45.65 at the National Inter-State Championship in Guwahati, 2018.

In the women's category, Tintu Luka holds the record with a timing of 1:59.17, which she achieved at the 2010 Continental Cup in Split, Croatia.

1500m national record

Jinson Johnson is also the current national record holder in 1500m with a timing of 3:35.24 which he set at the ISTAF Berlin meet in 2019.

In the women's category, Harmilan Bains holds the record with a timing of 4:05.39, achieved at the 2021 National Open Championships at Warangal.

3000m national record

Surendra Singh holds the national record in 3000m with a timing of 7:50.31, which he achieved at Twickenham, United Kingdom in 2008.

In the women's category, Suriya Loganathan holds the record with a timing of 9:04.5, achieved in New Delhi in 2016.

5000m national record

Avinash Sable broke a 30-year-old national record in the men's 5000m when he clocked 13:25.65s at the Sound Running Track Meet in San Juan Capistrano, USA in 2022. He broke the previous record of 13:29.70 set by Bahadur Singh in Birmingham in 1992.

In the women's category, Preeja Sreedharan holds the record with a timing of 15:15.89, achieved at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

10000m national record

Surendra Singh set the national record in the 10000m with a timing of 28:02.89 at the Spanish Olympic Trials in Vigo in 2008.

In the women's category, Preeja Sreedharan holds the record with a timing of 31:50.47, achieved at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

110m hurdles national record

Siddhanth Thingalaya holds the national record in 110m hurdles, with a timing of 13.48, which he achieved at the Altis Invitational event in the United States in 2017.

100m hurdles national record

In the women's-only 100m hurdles, Jyothi Yarraji holds the Indian record with a timing of 13.04 seconds, set at the Harry Schulting Games 2022 in Netherlands in May. It was the third time in a month that she broke the national record. Earlier in May, Jyoti eclipsed the mark of 13.38 held by Anuradha Biswal for over 20 years with a 13.23 before clocking 13.11 at Loughborough International Athletics Meet.

400m hurdles national record

Ayyasamy Dharun broke his own record to set a new national mark with a timing of 48.80 at the 2019 Federation Cup in Patiala.

In the women's category, the legendary PT Usha still holds the record with a timing of 55.42, achieved at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics.

3000m steeplechase national record

Avinash Sable holds the record in the 3000m steeplechase. He clocked a time of 8:16.21 at the 2022 Indian Grand Prix 2 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

In the women's category, Lalita Babar holds the record with a timing of 9:19.76, achieved at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

4×100m relay national record

The Indian team of Rahamatulla Molla, Suresh Sathya, Shameer Mon, A. Qureshi clocked 38.89 at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to set the national record.

Meanwhile, the women's team of Archana S, Dhanalakshmi, Hima Das and Dutee Chand hold the Indian record with a timing of 43.37, achieved at the Indian GP IV in 2021.

4×400m relay national record

The Indian men's team comprising Muhammed Anas, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajiv and Amoj Jacob clocked 3:00.25 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to set the 4×400m relay national record. The time is also an Asian record.

Meanwhile, the women's team comprising Chitra Soman, Rajwinder Kaur, K.M. Beenamol and Manjit Kaur hold the record with the timing of 3:26.89, achieved at Athens 2004 Olympics.

4x400m mixed relay national record

The team comprising Muhammed Anas, M.R Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv hold the record with a timing of 3:15.17, achieved at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Marathon national record

Shivnath Singh set the national record in a marathon in 1978 in Jalandhar, with the timing of 2:12:00.

O.P Jaisha holds the record in the women's category with a timing of 2:34:43 set at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.

20km race walk national record

Sandeep Kumar holds the record in the 20km race walk with a timing of 1:20:16. He achieved the timing at the 2021 National Race Walking Championships at Ranchi.

Priyanka Goswami holds the record in the women's category, with a timing of 1:28:45, which she achieved at the 2021 National Race Walking Championships in Ranchi. The feat also earned her a spot at Tokyo 2020.

35km race walk national record

Juned Khan clocked 2.40.16 to pocket the men’s 35km race walk national record at the Indian Open Race Walking Competition 2022. He beat Ram Baboo’s timing of 2.46.31 set at the National Open Athletics Championships in 2021.

Ramandeep Kaur holds the national record in the women’s category. Ramandeep Kaur clocked 3.00.04 at the Indian Open Race Walking Competition 2022 and improved on Priyanka Goswami’s previous record of 3.13.19 by over 13 minutes.

50km race walk national record

Sandeep Kumar set the national record in the 50km race walk, with a timing of 3:55:59.5, at the 2017 National Race Walking Championships in New Delhi.

Long jump national record

Murali Sreeshankar holds the national record in the event with a jump of 8.36m, which he achieved at the Federation Cup 2022.

Anju Bobby George holds the record, among women, with a jump of 6.83m, achieved at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Triple jump national record

Renjith Maheswary holds the record in the triple jump, with a timing of 17.30m, achieved at the 3rd Indian Grand Prix in Bangalore in 2016.

Mayookha Johny holds the record among women with a timing of 14.11m. She set the mark at the 2011 Asian Championships in Kobe, Japan.

High jump national record

Tejaswin Shankar set the national record with a jump of 2.29m at the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout in April 2018.

Sahana Kumari holds the record among women with a jump of 1.92m at the 2012 National Inter-State Championships in Hyderabad.

Pole vault national record

Subramani Siva holds the national record in pole vault with a vault of 5.30m at the 68th Inter-Services Championships in Bangalore, 2018.

Meanwhile, in the women's category, V.S Surekha holds the record with a vault of 4.15m, set at the 2014 National Open Championships in New Delhi.

Shot put national record

Tajinder Pal Singh Toor threw 21.49m at the Indian Grand Prix IV in Patiala in 2021 to set a new national record. In doing so, he also set a new Asian record.

In the women's, Manpreet Kaur holds the record with a throw of 18.86m, achieved at the 2017 Asian Grand Prix in Jinhua, China.

Discus throw national record

Vikas Gowda threw the discus 66.28m far to set a national record at the Old Style Discus Challenge in the USA in 2012.

Kamalpreet Kaur holds the record among women with a throw of 66.59m at the 2021 Indian GP4 in Patiala.

Hammer throw national record

Kamalpreet Singh set the record with a throw of 72.86m at the Tucson Elite Classic in 2015.

Among the women, Sarita Singh holds the record with a throw of 65.25m at the 2017 Federation Cup National Championships in Patiala.

Javelin throw national record

Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra set a national record in the javelin with a throw of 88.07m at the 2021 Indian Grand Prix in Patiala.

Meanwhile, among the women, Annu Rani set the record by throwing her spear 63.82m at the Indian Open Javelin Throw Competition in 2022.

Decathlon national record

Bharatinder Singh holds the national record in the decathlon, notching 7,658 points at the 2011 Indian Inter-State Athletics Championships in Bengaluru.

Heptathlon national record

JJ Shobha holds the record in heptathlon, notching 6211 points, a feat she achieved in 2004 in New Delhi.

Indian national athletics records - men

Indian national athletics records - men
Event Record Athlete Meet
100m 10.26 Amiya Kumar Mallick Federation Cup 2016
200m 20.52 Amlan Borgohain Federation Cup 2022
400m 45.21 Muhammed Anas Kladno Athletics meet 2019
800m 1:45.65 Jinson Johnson National Inter-State Championship 2018
1500m 3:35.24 Jinson Johnson ISTAF Berlin 2019
5000m 13:25.65 Avinash Sable Sound Running Track Meet 2022
10000m 28:02.89 Surendra Singh Spanish Olympic Trials 2008
110m hurdles 13.48 Siddhanth Thingalaya Altis Invitational 2017
400m hurdles 48.80 Ayyasamy Dharun Federation Cup 2019
3000m steeplechase 8:16.21 Avinash Sable Indian Grand Prix 2 2022
4×100 m relay 38.89 Rahamatulla Molla, Suresh Sathya, Shameer Mon, A. Qureshi Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games
4×400m relay 3:00.25 Muhammed Anas, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajiv, Amoj Jacob Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Marathon 2:12:00 Shivnath Singh Jalandhar 1978
20km race walk 1:20:16 Sandeep Kumar Indian Race Walking Championships 2021
35km race walk 2:45:17 Eknath Turambekar Race Walking Team Championships 2022
50km race walk 3:56:00 Sandeep Kumar Indian Race Walking Championships 2017
High jump 2.29m Tejaswin Shankar Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout 2018
Pole vault 5.30m Subramani Siva All-India Inter-Services Championships 2018
Long jump 8.36m Murali Sreeshankar Federation Cup 2022
Triple jump 17.30m Renjith Maheswary Indian Grand Prix 3 2016
Shot put 21.49m Tajinder Pal Singh Toor Indian Grand Prix 4 2021
Discus throw 66.28m Vikas Gowda Old Style Discus Challenge 2012
Hammer throw 72.86m Kamalpreet Singh Tucson Elite Classic 2015
Javelin throw 88.07m Neeraj Chopra Indian Grand Prix 2021
Decathlon 7658 points Bharatinder Singh Indian Inter-State Championships 2011

Indian national athletics records - women

Indian national athletics records - women
Event Record Athlete Meet
100m 11.17 Dutee Chand Indian Grand Prix 4 2021
200m 22.82 Saraswati Saha National Circuit Meet 2002
400m 50.79 Hima Das Jakarta 2018 Asian Games
800m 1:59.17 Tintu Luka Continental Cup 2010
1500m 4:05.39 Harmilan Bains National Open Championships 2021
5000m 15:15.89 Preeja Sreedharan Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games
10000m 31:50.47 Preeja Sreedharan Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games
100m hurdles 13.04 Jyothi Yarraji Harry Schulting Games 2022
400m hurdles 55.42 PT Usha Los Angeles 1984 Olympics
3000m steeplechase 9:19.76 Lalita Babar Rio 2016 Olympics
4×100m relay 43.37 Dutee Chand, Hima Das, S Dhanalakshmi, Archana Suseendran Indian Grand Prix 4 2021
4×400m relay 3:26.89 Rajwinder Kaur, K. M. Beenamol, Chitra K. Soman, Manjit Kaur Athens 2004 Olympics
Marathon 2:34:43 O. P. Jaisha World Championships 2015
20km race walk 1:28:45 Priyanka Goswami National Race Walking Championships 2021
35km race walk 3:13:19 Priyanka Goswami Race Walking Team Championships 2022
High jump 1.92m Sahana Kumari National Inter-State Championships 2012
Pole vault 4.15m V. S. Surekha National Open Championships 2014
Long jump 6.83m Anju Bobby George Athens 2004 Olympics
Triple jump 14.11m Mayookha Johny Asian Championships 2011
Shot put 18.86m Manpreet Kaur Asian Grand Prix 2017
Discus throw 66.59m Kamalpreet Kaur Indian Grand Prix 4 2021
Hammer throw 65.25m Sarita Singh Federation Cup 2017
Javelin throw 63.82m Annu Rani Indian Open Javelin Throw Competition 2022
Heptathlon 6211 points JJ Shobha New Delhi meet 2004

Indian national athletics records - mixed

Indian national athletics records - mixed
Event Record Athletes Meet
4×400m mixed relay 3:15.71 Muhammed Anas, M. R. Poovamma, Hima Das, Arokia Rajiv Jakarta 2018 Asian Games

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