A list of world records tries to tell something of how the sport of speed skating has evolved during the years. These lists tries to go a little beyond a simple list of world records and my aim has been to follow the evolution on each distance day-by-day by listing the ten best performances. While attempting to make these lists as complete as possible I have tried to go back in the past as far as I can, hopefully without making too many errors. Since my knowledge of female speed skating is somewhat limited, the starting dates for the female lists are quite recent. Please make your choice by clicking on one of the distances.