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PAAVO NURMI'S WORLD RECORDS (Approved by the IAAF)



EVENT

RECORD

VENUE AND DATE

BROKEN BY


1500 m

3.52,6

Helsinki 19 Jun 1924

Otto Peltzer, Germany 1926

mile

4.10,4

Stockholm 23 Aug 1923

Jules Ladoumègue, Ranska 1931

2000 m

5.26,3

Tampere 4 Sep 1922

Edvn Wide, Sweden 1925

2000 m

5.24,6

Kuopio 18 Jun 1927

Eino Purje, Finland 1927

3000 m

8.28,6

Turku 27 Aug 1922

Edvin Wide, Sweden 1925

3000 m

8.25,4

Berlin 24 May 1926

Paavo Nurmi, Finland 1926

3000 m

8.20,4

Stockholm 13 Jul 1926

Janusz Kusocinski, Poland 1932

2 miles*

8.59,6

Helsinki 24 Jul 1931

Donald Lash, USA 1936

3 miles*

14.11,2

Stockholm 24 Aug 1923

Lauri Lehtinen, Finland 1932

5000 m

14.35,4

Stockholm 12 Sep 1922

Paavo Nurmi, Suom 1924

5000 m

14.28,2

Helsinki 19 Jun 1924

Lauri Lehtinen, Finland 1932

4 miles*

19.15,4

Viipuri 1 Oct 1924

Janusz Kusocinski, Poland 1932

5 miles*

24.06,2

Viipuri 1 Oct 1924

The last officially approved WR;
unoffic. Gordon Pirie, Great Britain 1953

6 miles*

29.36,4

London 8 Jun 1930

Ilmari Salminen, Finland 1937

10 000 m

30.40,2

Stockholm 22 Jun 1921

Ville Ritola, Finland 1924

10 000 m

30.06,2

Kuopio 31 Aug 1924

Ilmari Salminen, Finland 1937

15 000 m*

46.49,6

Berlin 7 Oct 1928

The last officially approved WR;
unoffic. Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finland 1936

10 miles*

50.15,0

Berlin 7 Oct 1928

Viljo Heino, Finland 1945

20 000 m

1.04.38,4

Stockholm 3 Sep 1930

Juan Carlos Zabala, Argentina 1936

One hour race

19 210 m

Berlin 7 Oct 1928

Viljo Heino, Finland 1945

4x1500 m**

16.26,2

Stockholm 12 Jul 1926

Turun Urheiluliitto, Finland 1926

4x1500 m**

16.11,4

Viipuri 17 Jul 1926

Great Britain 1931



Paavo Nurmi's stopwatch


* = World records of these events are no longer officially
approved by the IAAF.
** = Finnish Club Team Turun Urheiluliitto. Nurmi ran the last leg
in both relays.

During his tour of the United States in 1925 Paavo Nurmi made 29
unofficial indoor world records. However, the IAAF did not
approve official indoor world records until 1987.