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How well do you know your Canadian records?

Andre De Grasse

How often does a Canadian record fall?

With the increase in training knowledge, resources and scientific research being put into modern athletes, it can be easy to think that records must get broken all the time. But, that’s not really the case. In fact, a quick glance at the Canadian record holders from track and field and road racing’s most popular events will show you that some of the records date back to the 1980-1990s, with few of them being broken after 2000.

The oldest record on the Canadian books is the men’s marathon, which despite contemporary runners best efforts, remains unbroken since the Fukuoka Marathon of 1975. The women’s marathon was much more recently improved, with Lanni Marchant’s 2:28:00 performance in 2013. Though the women’s marathon did go through a dry spell; the record was 28 years old when Marchant broke it. It was formerly set by Sylvia Ruegger in 1985.

Here are the Canadian records to date:

Men

100m

Held by: Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin

Time: 9.84

Set: July 27, 1996 (Bailey) Aug. 22, 1999 (Surin)

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200m

Held by: Andre De Grasse

Time: 19.80

Set: Aug. 17, 2016

400m

Held by: Tyler Christopher

Time: 44.44

Set: Aug. 12, 2005

800m

Held by: Gary Reed

Time: 1:43.68

Set: July 29, 2008

1,500m

Held by: Kevin Sullivan

Time: 3:31.71

Set: June 30, 2000

5,000m

Held by: Mohammed Ahmed

Time: 13:01.74

Set: May 28, 2016

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRBq3HnDY3Y/

10,000m

Held by: Cam Levins

Time: 27:07.51

Set: May 29, 2015

Marathon

Held by: Jerome Drayton

Time: 2:10:09

Set: Dec. 07, 1975

Women

100m

Held by: Angela Bailey

Time: 10.98

Set: July 06, 1987

200m

Held by: Marita Payne (Wiggins)

Time: 22.62

Set: July 10, 1983

400m

Held by: Jillian Richardson, Marita Payne (Wiggins)

Time: 49.91

Set: Sept. 25, 1988 (Richardson), August 06, 1984

800m

Held by: Melissa Bishop

Time: 1:57.02

Set: Aug. 20, 2016

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNxnB1dD-9Y/

1,500m

Held by: Lynn Williams

Time: 4:00.27

Set: Aug. 14, 1985

5,000m

Held by: Courtney Babcock

Time: 14:54.98

Set: August 30, 2003

10,000m

Held by: Natasha Wodak

Time: 31:41.59

Set: May 02, 2015

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJEHlOQDzuP/

Marathon

Held by: Lanni Marchant

Time: 2:28:00

Set: Oct. 20, 2013

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on July 31, 2015 and has been updated.