1983 World Championships in Athletics

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1st World Championships in Athletics
Helsinki IAAF 1983.jpg
Host city Helsinki, Finland
Nations participating 153
Athletes participating 1,355
Events 41
Dates August 7–14, 1983
Main venue Helsinki Olympic Stadium
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The inaugural World Championships in Athletics were run under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations and were held at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland between August 7 and August 14, 1983.

The overall medal table was a closely contested affair. East Germany took the most gold medals (10) over the first championships and finished with a total of 22 medals. The United States had the next largest number of golds, with eight, and also had the greatest overall medal haul, having won 24 medals altogether. The Soviet Union won one more medal than the East Germans and had six golds, although almost half of their podium finishers were bronze medalists. Twenty-five nations reached the medal tally at the inaugural competition, with all six continents being represented. During the early 1980s this was the top venue in which Soviet Bloc athletes competed against American athletes due to the American-led boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and the retaliatory Soviet Bloc boycott of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Carl Lewis won both the 100 metres and the long jump, and finished the competition by anchoring the 4×100 metres relay team to a world record time, along with the 200 metres champion Calvin Smith, and bronze medallists Emmit King and Willie Gault. Jarmila Kratochvílová dominated the 400 metres and 800 metres events, setting a world record of 47.99 seconds. Mary Decker enjoyed her best competition performance, taking the golds in the women's 1500 metres and 3000 metres. Other prominent athletes included Marita Koch, who won the 200 m and both relay golds, as well as the 100 m silver medal. Sergey Bubka won the first of his six consecutive World Championship gold medals in the pole vault.

Men's results[edit]

Track[edit]

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Games Gold Silver Bronze
100 m
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Carl Lewis
 United States
10.07 Calvin Smith
 United States
10.21 Emmit King
 United States
10.24
200 m
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Calvin Smith
 United States
20.14 Elliott Quow
 United States
20.41 Pietro Mennea
 Italy
20.51
400 m
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Bert Cameron
 Jamaica
45.05 Michael Franks
 United States
45.22 Sunder Nix
 United States
45.24
800 m
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Willi Wülbeck
 West Germany
1:43.65 Rob Druppers
 Netherlands
1:44.20 Joaquim Cruz
 Brazil
1:44.27
1,500 m
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Steve Cram
 Great Britain
3:41.59 Steve Scott
 United States
3:41.87 Saïd Aouita
 Morocco
3:42.02
5,000 m
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Eamonn Coghlan
 Ireland
13:28.53 Werner Schildhauer
 East Germany
13:30.20 Martti Vainio
 Finland
13:30.34
10,000 m
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Alberto Cova
 Italy
28:01.04 Werner Schildhauer
 East Germany
28:01.18 Hansjörg Kunze
 East Germany
28:01.26
Marathon
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Rob de Castella
 Australia
2:10:03 Kebede Balcha
 Ethiopia
2:10:27 Waldemar Cierpinski
 East Germany
2:10:37
110 m hurdles
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Greg Foster
 United States
13.42 Arto Bryggare
 Finland
13.46 Willie Gault
 United States
13.48
400 m hurdles
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Edwin Moses
 United States
47.50 Harald Schmid
 West Germany
48.61 Aleksandr Kharlov
 Soviet Union
49.03
3,000 m st.
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Patriz Ilg
 West Germany
8:15.06 Bogusław Mamiński
 Poland
8:17.03 Colin Reitz
 Great Britain
8:17.75
20 km walk
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Ernesto Canto
 Mexico
1:20:49 Jozef Pribilinec
 Czechoslovakia
1:20:59 Yevgeniy Yevsyukov
 Soviet Union
1:21:08
50 km walk
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Ronald Weigel
 East Germany
3:43:08 José Marín
 Spain
3:46:42 Sergey Yung
 Soviet Union
3:49:03
4x100 m relay
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Emmit King
Willie Gault
Calvin Smith
Carl Lewis
 United States
37.86
(WR)
Stefano Tilli
Carlo Simionato
Pierfrancesco Pavoni
Pietro Mennea
 Italy
38.37
(NR)
Andrey Prokofyev
Nikolay Sidorov
Vladimir Muravyov
Viktor Bryzgin
 Soviet Union
38.41
4x400 m relay
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Sergey Lovachov
Aleksandr Troshchilo
Nikolay Chernetskiy
Viktor Markin
 Soviet Union
3:00.79 Erwin Skamrahl
Jörg Vaihinger
Harald Schmid
Hartmut Weber
 West Germany
3:01.83 Ainsley Bennett
Garry Cook
Todd Bennett
Phil Brown
 Great Britain
3:03.53

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Field[edit]

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Games Gold Silver Bronze
Long jump
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 Carl Lewis (USA) 8.55  Jason Grimes (USA) 8.29  Mike Conley (USA) 8.12
Triple jump
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 Zdzisław Hoffmann (POL) 17.42  Willie Banks (USA) 17.18  Ajayi Agbebaku (NGR) 17.18
High jump
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 Hennadiy Avdyeyenko (URS) 2.32  Tyke Peacock (USA) 2.32  Zhu Jianhua (CHN) 2.29
Pole vault
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 Sergey Bubka (URS) 5.70  Konstantin Volkov (URS) 5.60  Atanas Tarev (BUL) 5.60
Shot put
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 Edward Sarul (POL) 21.39  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 21.16  Remigius Machura (TCH) 20.98
Discus throw
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 Imrich Bugár (TCH) 67.72  Luis Delís (CUB) 67.36  Gejza Valent (TCH) 66.08
Hammer throw
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 Sergey Litvinov (URS) 82.68  Yuriy Sedykh (URS) 80.94  Zdzisław Kwaśny (POL) 79.42
Javelin throw
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 Detlef Michel (GDR) 89.48  Tom Petranoff (USA) 85.60  Dainis Kūla (URS) 85.58
Decathlon
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 Daley Thompson (GBR) 8666  Jürgen Hingsen (FRG) 8561  Siegfried Wentz (FRG) 8478

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Women's results[edit]

Track[edit]

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Games Gold Silver Bronze
100 m
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 Marlies Oelsner-Gohr (GDR) 10.97
(CR)
 Marita Koch (GDR) 11.02  Diane Williams (USA) 11.06
200 m
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 Marita Koch (GDR) 22.13  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 22.19  Kathy Smallwood-Cook (GBR) 22.37
400 m
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 Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 47.99
(WR)
 Taťána Kocembová (TCH) 48.59
(PB)
 Mariya Pinigina (URS) 49.19
800 m
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 Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 1:54.68  Lyubov Gurina (URS) 1:56.11  Yekaterina Podkopayeva (URS) 1:57.58
1,500 m
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 Mary Decker (USA) 4:00.90  Zamira Zaytseva (URS) 4:01.19  Yekaterina Podkopayeva (URS) 4:02.25
3,000 m
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 Mary Decker (USA) 8:34.62  Brigitte Kraus (FRG) 8:35.11  Tatyana Kovalenko-Kazankina (URS) 8:35.13
Marathon
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 Grete Waitz (NOR) 2:28:09  Marianne Dickerson (USA) 2:31:09  Raisa Smekhnova (URS) 2:31:13
100 m hurdles
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 Bettine Jahn (GDR) 12.35  Kerstin Claus-Knabe (GDR) 12.42  Ginka Boycheva-Zagorcheva (BUL) 12.62
400 m hurdles
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 Yekaterina Fesenko (URS) 54.14  Ana Ambrazienė (URS) 54.15  Ellen Neumann-Fiedler (GDR) 54.55
4x100 m relay
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Silke Gladisch
Marita Koch
Ingrid Brestrich-Auerswald
Marlies Oelsner-Gohr
 East Germany
41.76 Joan Baptiste
Kathy Smallwood-Cook
Beverley Callender
Shirley Thomas
 Great Britain
42.71 Leleith Hodges
Jacqueline Pusey
Juliet Cuthbert
Merlene Ottey
 Jamaica
42.73
4x400 m relay
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Kerstin Walther
Sabine Busch
Marita Koch
Dagmar Rübsam
 East Germany
3:19.73 Taťána Kocembová
Milena Matějkovičová
Zuzana Moravčíková
Jarmila Kratochvílová
 Czechoslovakia
3:20.32 Yelena Korban
Marina Ivanova
Irina Baskakova
Mariya Pinigina
 Soviet Union
3:21.16

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Field[edit]

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Long jump
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 Heike Daute (GDR) 7.27  Anişoara Cuşmir (ROU) 7.15  Carol Lewis (USA) 7.04
High jump
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 Tamara Bykova (URS) 2.01  Ulrike Meyfarth (FRG) 1.99  Louise Ritter (USA) 1.95
Shot put
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 Helena Fibingerová (TCH) 21.05  Helma Knorscheidt (GDR) 20.70  Ilona Schoknecht-Slupianek (GDR) 20.56
Discus throw
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 Martina Opitz (GDR) 68.94  Galina Murasova (URS) 67.44  Mariya Petkova (BUL) 66.44
Javelin throw
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 Tiina Lillak (FIN) 70.82  Fatima Whitbread (GBR) 69.14  Anna Verouli (GRE) 65.72
Heptathlon
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 Ramona Neubert (GDR) 6714  Sabine Paetz (GDR) 6662  Anke Vater (GDR) 6532

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Medal table by country[edit]

Marathon bronze medallist and reigning Olympic champion Waldemar Cierpinski (DDR) celebrates with gold medal winner Robert de Castella (AUS).
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  East Germany 10 7 5 22
2  United States 8 9 7 24
3  Soviet Union 6 6 11 23
4  Czechoslovakia 4 3 2 9
5  West Germany 2 5 1 8
6  Great Britain 2 2 3 7
7  Poland 2 1 1 4
8=  Finland 1 1 1 3
8=  Italy 1 1 1 3
8=  Jamaica 1 1 1 3
11=  Australia 1 0 0 1
11=  Ireland 1 0 0 1
11=  Mexico 1 0 0 1
11=  Norway 1 0 0 1
15=  Cuba 0 1 0 1
15=  Ethiopia 0 1 0 1
15=  Netherlands 0 1 0 1
15=  Romania 0 1 0 1
15=  Spain 0 1 0 1
20  Bulgaria 0 0 3 3
21=  Brazil 0 0 1 1
21=  China 0 0 1 1
21=  Greece 0 0 1 1
21=  Morocco 0 0 1 1
21=  Nigeria 0 0 1 1

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External links[edit]

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