Men's 10,000 Meter American Record Progression


#1

No claim of originality; copied from here: Men’s 10,000 AR Progression from Marty Post via Racing News

Solinsky’s record comes almost 50 years to the day after Buddy Edelen became the first American under 30:00.

Just four months later, Max Truex was the first American under 29:00, crushing Edelen’s record by 1:08.

It took twelve more years before Shorter became the first American to go sub-28:00.

And it was a whopping 38 years after that until Solinsky became the first American under 27:00.

29:58.9 Bud Edelen, Olympic Club Sunnyvale, California, May 6, 1960
28:50.2 Max Truex, Sn Calif Striders, Rome September 8, 1960
28:24.4 Billy Mills, US Marine Corps, Tokyo, October 14, 1964
28:17.6 Billy Mills, US Marine Corps, Augsburg, August 12, 1965
28:08.0 Greg Fredericks, Penn State, Seattle, June 16, 1972
27:58.2 Frank Shorter, Florida TC, Munich, August 31, 1972
27:51.4 Frank Shorter, Florida TC, Munich, September 3, 1972
27:43.6 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon TC, Eugene, Oregon, April 27, 1974
27:39.4 Craig Virgin, Front Runners TC, Walnut, California, June 17, 1979
27:29.16 Craig Virgin, Front Runners TC, Paris, July 17, 1980
27:25.61 Alberto Salazar, Athletics West, Oslo, June 26, 1982
27:20.56 Mark Nenow, Puma TC, Brussels, September 5, 1986
27:13.98 Meb Keflezighi, Nike, Palo Alto, California, May 4, 2001
26:59.60 Chris Solinsky, Nike, Palo Alto, California, May 1, 2010


#2

By decade:

4 ARs in the 60s; total drop from first to last AR was 1:41.

5 ARs in the 70s; total drop from first to last AR was 28.6 seconds.

3 ARs in the 80s; total drop from first to last AR being just a mere 8.6 seconds

0 ARs in the 90s.

1 AR in the 00s, a drop of 6.58 seconds from the previous AR set 15 years earlier.

Against this backdrop of the slowing pace of record progress over the last 50 years, Solinsky’s 14.38 second reduction 9 years after the previous AR is a major performance by any measure.