Longest Standing World Records - Part 1
The longest-standing world records in Athletics
Every sportsman's dream is to break or set a new record in their respective fields. In athletics, some world records are still untouchable despite all the talents that have passed through over the years.
10. Jonathan Edwards – Triple Jump – 22 Years
Jonathan is the first man in history to set and break a world record in about 20minutes. It all happened in the same meeting at the world championships. He first jumped past the 18-meter barrier with a jump of 18.16 m (59 feet 7 inches), and then broke the record with the second jump of 18.29 m (60 feet).
9. Javier Sotomayor – High Jump – 24 Years
A force to reckon with in the 1990s, Sotomayor was the first high jumper to make an eight feet jump. The record still stands to date.
8. Mike Powell – Long Jump – 26 Years
Powell set a new world record in Tokyo at the 1991 World Championships after he had the longest jump of 18.95 m (29 ft 4 1⁄4 in). He is the fourth man in Athletic history to hold the long jump world record for over 20 years.
7. Randy Barnes – Shot Putt – 27 Years
Barnes became a long-run contender for the longest golf strike after setting a new world record at the Sunkist Invitational in Los Angeles (January 20, 1989). He had a personal best throw of 22.66 m (74.3 ft).
6. Galina Chistyakova – Long Jump – 29 Years
Chistyakova is a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist and the 1989 World Indoor champion. She is remembered for setting a new world long jump record after jumping 7.52 m. Her record still stands today.