Camille Herron- 100 miles in 12:42, 7:37 per mile pace.
Jim Walmsley fighting off bears to win a 100 mile race in 14:30
100m 9.58 without a doubt
Honourable mention Ryun 1:39
Daniel Komen s 3000.
Almaz Ayana 10000m. She absolutely destroyed it, and ran everyone else to PBs in that race.
great WR I have ever seen. hands down.
I agree, whilst the women’s 10000m event was relatively weak until Ayana blew it apart (conservative sit and kick approach culminating in a last 600m sprint) The fact that she produced it on the worlds biggest stage and that it was the first track final of the Rio Olympics made it an outstanding moment in female distance running.
In addition I want to add that I contacted her management team so ask her whereabouts this season and received the response that she has a knee injury and will most likely convert to road racing upon her return to competition as she enjoyed her Delhi half marathon and that road running will better suit her running style.
I take from this that we may not see Ayana at the diamond League again, or running 5000m at world meets, but will probably still blow away the 10k - whilst otherwise refocusing on half / marathon events.
Even though Kipchoge's marathon doesn't technically count, it's worthy of consideration because we got to see a performance closer to the human limit in that event than any of the records in the other distance races have produced. Running two and a half minutes faster than anyone else in history with the only measurable advantage coming from what the IAAF considers to be illegal pacing is more impressive to me than a "legit" world record that a handful of other athletes have come close to equaling.
But the number one answer is Bolt's 100, for reasons already mentioned, with his 200 a very close second. The 100 has the deepest talent pool, and the margin by which Bolt is better than anyone else is huge.