Arturo Barrios

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Arturo Barrios
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  Mexico
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1987 Indianapolis 5000 metres
Gold medal – first place 1991 Havana 5000 metres
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Gold medal – first place 1980 Nassau 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 1980 Nassau 5000 m
Gold medal – first place 1980 Nassau 10,000 m
Pan American Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1980 Sudbury 5000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Sudbury 2000 m s'chase

Arturo Barrios Flores (born December 12, 1962 in Mexico City) is a Mexican long-distance runner who set the 10,000 m world record in 1989, the one hour world record in 1991, and the 20,000 m world record en route to the one hour run world record.[1]


Barrios finished in fifth place in the 10,000 metres at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He is a former world record holder at the 10,000 m (27:08.23, set on August 18, 1989 at the Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) in Berlin, Germany). Barrios' record was not broken until 1993 when Richard Chelimo ran 27:07.91 in Stockholm. This mark stood as the North American record until May 1, 2010, and still stands as the national record of Mexico.[2]

On March 30, 1991, Barrios set world records at one hour (21.101 km) and 20,000 m (56:55.6). These records stood until June 2007, when they were broken by Haile Gebrselassie. Barrios' 1991 performance makes him the first man ever to run a half-marathon distance in less than one hour; the first to do so in an actual half-marathon competition was Moses Tanui in 1993. That performance also still stands as the North American records and the Mexican record for those two events.[3]

In 1992 he participated in the World Cup in Athletics, running the 5000 m with a time of 13:50.95, finishing in second place.

Between 1987 and 1990, Barrios won the San Francisco Bay to Breakers race, considered the largest footrace in the world, four consecutive times.[4]

Barrios became a United States citizen in September 1994. Barrios graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 where he competed in track and cross country.

The annual Arturo Barrios Invitational 5K and 10K road races in Chula Vista, California, launched in 1989,[5] were held for the last time in 2006.[6]

Personal records[edit]

Distance Time Date Venue
1500 meters 3:37.61 13 August 1989 Hengelo, Netherlands
3000 meters 7:35.71 10 July 1989 Nice, France
5000 meters 13:07.79 14 July 1989 London, United Kingdom
10,000 meters 27:08.23 18 August 1989 Berlin, Germany
15000 meters 42:36 29 July 1986 Portland, Oregon
20000 meters 56:55.6 30 March 1991 La Fléche, France
Time Distance Date Location
One Hour 21.101 km 30 March 1991 La Fléche, France


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Mexico
1980 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Nassau, Bahamas 1st 1500 m 3:49.8
1st 5000 m 14:26.4
1st 10000 m 31:20.4
1988 Ibero-American Championships Ciudad de México, México 1st 5000m 14:10.72 A


  1. ^ Progression of IAAF World Records
  2. ^ IAAF North America Area Records
  3. ^ IAAF North America Area Records
  4. ^ Bay to Breakers winners
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-01-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Arturo Barrios race information
  6. ^ Norcross, Don (September 29, 2006). "Adiós, Barrios". Retrieved 6 May 2010.

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Preceded by Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
August 18, 1989 – July 5, 1993
Succeeded by