1985 in athletics (track and field)

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This page contains an overview of the year 1985 in athletics (track and field).

International Events[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
Half Marathon  Steve Jones (GBR) 1:01:14 August 11 Birmingham, UK
 Mark Curp (USA) 1:00:55 September 15 Philadelphia, USA
Marathon  Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:07:12 April 20 Rotterdam, Netherlands
High Jump  Rudolf Povarnitsyn (URS) 2.40m August 11 Donetsk, Soviet Union
 Igor Paklin (URS) 2.41m September 4 Kobe, Japan
Shot Put  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.62m September 22 Berlin, Germany

Women[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
400 metres  Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 October 6 Canberra, Australia
5,000 metres  Zola Budd (GBR) 14:48.07 August 26 London, Great Britain
10,000 metres  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 30:59.42 July 27 Oslo, Norway
4x100m Relay  East Germany (GDR)
Silke Möller
Sabine Günther
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
41.37 October 6 Canberra, Australia
400m Hurdles  Sabine Busch (GDR) 53.55 September 22 East Berlin, East Germany

Men's Best Year Performers[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 9.98
2.  Ben Johnson (CAN) 10.00
3.  Harvey Glance (USA) 10.05
4.  Frank Emmelmann (GDR) 10.06
5.  Terry Scott (USA) 10.08

200 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Lorenzo Daniel (USA) 20.07
2.  Kirk Baptiste (USA) 20.11
3.  Roy Martin (USA) 20.13
4.  Calvin Smith (USA) 20.14
5.  Mike Conley (USA) 20.21

400 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Michael Franks (USA) 44.47
2.  Thomas Schönlebe (GDR) 44.62
3.  Innocent Egbunike (NGR) 44.66
4.  Roddie Haley (USA) 44.67
5.  Darrell Robinson (USA) 44.71

800 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:42.49
2.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:42.60
3.  Steve Cram (GBR) 1:42.88
4.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:43.07
5.  David Mack (USA) 1:43.35

1,500 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 3:29.46
2.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:29.67
3.  Sydney Maree (USA) 3:29.77
4.  José Luis González (ESP) 3:30.92
5.  José Manuel Abascal (ESP) 3:31.69

Mile[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:46.32
2.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 3:46.92
3.  José Luis González (ESP) 3:47.79
4.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 3:49.22
5.  Steve Scott (USA) 3:49.93

3,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 7:32.94
2.  Doug Padilla (USA) 7:38.25
3.  Steve Scott (USA) 7:38.53
4.  Thomas Wessinghage (FRG) 7:42.61
5.  Johan Fourie (RSA) 7:44.0

5,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 13:00.40
2.  Sydney Maree (USA) 13:01.15
3.  Alberto Cova (ITA) 13:10.06
4.  Bruce Bickford (USA) 13:13.49
5.  Doug Padilla (USA) 13:15.44

10,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Bruce Bickford (USA) 27:37.17
2.  Mark Nenow (USA) 27:40.85
3.  Ed Eyestone (USA) 27:41.05
4.  Fernando Mamede (POR) 27:41.09
5.  Toshihiko Seko (JPN) 27:42.17

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Mark Curp (USA) 1:00:55

110m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Roger Kingdom (USA) 13.14
2.  Greg Foster (USA) 13.24
3.  Andre Phillips (USA) 13.25
4.  Mark McKoy (CAN) 13.27
 Tonie Campbell (USA)

400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Danny Harris (USA) 47.63
2.  Andre Phillips (USA) 47.67
3.  Harald Schmid (FRG) 47.85
4.  Aleksandr Vasiliyev (URS) 47.92
5.  Amadou Dia Bâ (SEN) 48.29

3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Henry Marsh (USA) 8:09.17
2.  Krzysztof Wesolowski (POL) 8:11.04
3.  Joseph Mahmoud (FRA) 8:11.07
4.  Rainer Schwarz (FRG) 8:11.93
5.  Graeme Fell (CAN) 8:12.58

High Jump[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Igor Paklin (URS) 2.41
2.  Rudolf Povarnitsyn (URS) 2.40
3.  Dietmar Mögenburg (FRG) 2.39
4.  Patrik Sjöberg (SWE) 2.38
5.  Eddy Annys (BEL) 2.36

Long Jump[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.62
2.  Larry Myricks (USA) 8.44
3.  Jason Grimes (USA) 8.43
 Mike Conley (USA)
5.  Robert Emmiyan (URS) 8.30
 László Szalma (HUN)

Triple Jump[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Willie Banks (USA) 17.97
2.  Charles Simpkins (USA) 17.86
3.  Khristo Markov (BUL) 17.77
4.  Mike Conley (USA) 17.71
5.  Oleg Protsenko (URS) 17.69

Discus[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Imrich Bugár (TCH) 71.26
2.  Luis Delís (CUB) 70.00
3.  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 69.74
4.  Knut Hjeltnes (NOR) 69.62
5.  Juan Martínez (CUB) 69.32

Hammer[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Jüri Tamm (URS) 84.08
2.  Yuriy Syedikh (URS) 82.70
3.  Günther Rodehau (GDR) 82.64
4.  Christoph Sahner (FRG) 81.56
5.  Matthias Moder (GDR) 80.92

Shot Put[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.62
2.  Sergey Smirnov (URS) 22.05
3.  Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 21.95
4.  Remigius Machura (URS) 21.88
 Udo Beyer (GDR)

Javelin (old design)[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Uwe Hohn (GDR) 96.96
2.  Brian Crouser (USA) 95.10
3.  Duncan Atwood (USA) 94.06
4.  Viktor Yevsyukov (URS) 93.70
5.  Zdeněk Adamec (TCH) 92.94

Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Sergey Bubka (URS) 6.00
2.  Pierre Quinon (FRA) 5.90
3.  Joe Dial (USA) 5.85
4.  Vasiliy Bubka (URS) 5.80
 Mike Tully (USA)
 Thierry Vigneron (FRA)
 Pavel Bogatyryov (URS)
 Philippe Collet (FRA)
 Marian Kolasa (POL)

Decathlon[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Torsten Voss (GDR) 8559
2.  Uwe Freimuth (GDR) 8504
3.  Siegfried Wentz (FRG) 8440
4.  Aleksandr Nevskiy (URS) 8409
5.  John Sayre (USA) 8381

Women's Best Year Performers[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Marlies Göhr (GDR) 10.86
2.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 10.92
3.  Marita Koch (GDR) 10.97
4.  Marina Zhirova (URS) 10.98
5.  Silke Möller (GDR) 10.99

200 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Marita Koch (GDR) 21.78
2.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 21.93
3.  Valerie Brisco (USA) 21.98
4.  Silke Möller (GDR) 22.12
5.  Pam Marshall (USA) 22.39

400 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60
2.  Olga Bryzgina (URS) 48.27
3.  Valerie Brisco (USA) 49.56
4.  Mariya Pinigina (URS) 49.61
5.  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 49.89

800 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ella Kovacs (ROU) 1:55.68
2.  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 1:55.91
3.  Ravilya Agletdinova (URS) 1:56.24
4.  Nadezhda Olizarenko (URS) 1:56.25
5.  Yekaterina Podkopayeva (URS) 1:56.65

1,500 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Mary Slaney (USA) 3:57.24
2.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 3:57.73
3.  Ravilya Agletdinova (URS) 3:58.40
4.  Natalya Artyomova (URS) 3:59.28
5.  Doina Melinte (ROU) 3:59.88

Mile[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Mary Slaney (USA) 4:16.71
2.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 4:17.33
3.  Zola Pieterse (GBR) 4:17.57
4.  Kirsty Wade (GBR) 4:19.41
5.  Ulrike Bruns (GDR) 4:21.59

3,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Mary Slaney (USA) 8:25.83
2.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 8:27.83
3.  Zola Pieterse (GBR) 8:28.83
4.  Zamira Zaytseva (URS) 8:35.74
5.  Ulrike Bruns (GDR) 8:36.51

5,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Zola Pieterse (GBR) 14:48.07
2.  Natalya Artyomova (URS) 14:54.08
3.  Olga Bondarenko (URS) 14:55.76
4.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 14:57.43
5.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 15:06.04

10,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 30:59.42
2.  Olga Bondarenko (URS) 31:25.18
3.  Aurora Cunha (POR) 31:35.46
4.  Svetlana Guskova (URS) 31:57.80
5.  Lynn Jennings (USA) 32:03.37

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Joan Benoit (USA) 1:09:44

100m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ginka Zagorcheva (BUL) 12.42
2.  Vera Akymova (URS) 12.59
3.  Svetlana Gusarova (URS) 12.61

400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 53.33
2.  Genowefa Błaszak (POL) 54.27
3.  Tatyana Pavlova (URS) 54.34
4.  Marina Styepanova (URS) 54.37
5.  Judi Brown-King (USA) 54.38

High Jump[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.06
2.  Tamara Bykova (URS) 2.02
3.  Silvia Costa (CUB) 2.01
4.  Charmaine Weavers (RSA) 2.00
 Louise Ritter (USA)

Long Jump[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Heike Drechsler (GDR) 7.44
2.  Yelena Khlopotnova (URS) 7.31
3.  Galina Chistyakova (URS) 7.28
4.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.24
5.  Helga Radtke (GDR) 7.19

Shot Put[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS) 21.73
2.  Natalya Akhrymenko (URS) 21.08
3.  Helena Fibingerová (TCH) 21.03
4.  Mihaela Loghin (ROU) 20.97
5.  Helma Knorscheidt (GDR) 20.79

Discus[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Galina Savinkova (URS) 72.96
2.  Zdeňka Šilhavá (TCH) 70.70
3.  Maritza Marten (CUB) 70.50
4.  Martina Hellmann (GDR) 69.78
5.  Florenţa Crăciunescu (ROU) 69.50

Javelin (old design)[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Petra Meier (GDR) 75.40
2.  Fatima Whitbread (GBR) 72.98
3.  Ivonne Leal (CUB) 71.82
4.  Tessa Sanderson (GBR) 71.18
5.  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 70.62

Heptathlon[edit]

RANK 1985 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 6718
2.  Jane Frederick (USA) 6666
3.  Malgorzata Nowak (POL) 6616
4.  Sabine John (GDR) 6595
5.  Natalya Shubenkova (URS) 6510

Marathon[edit]

Year Rankings[edit]

Men[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME DATE EVENT
1. Portugal Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:07.12 WR April 20 Rotterdam, Netherlands
2. Wales Stephen Jones (WAL) 2:07.13 October 20 Chicago, United States
3. Djibouti Djama Robleh (DJI) 2:08.08 October 20 Chicago, United States
4. Djibouti Hussein Ahmed Salah (DJI) 2:08.09 April 14 Hiroshima, Japan
5. Japan Takeyuki Nakayama (JPN) 2:08.15 April 14 Hiroshima, Japan
6. Wales Stephen Jones (WAL) 2:08.16 April 21 London, United Kingdom
7. Djibouti Djama Robleh (DJI) 2:08.26 April 14 Hiroshima, Japan
8. England Charlie Spedding (ENG) 2:08.33 April 21 London, United Kingdom
9. Australia Robert de Castella (AUS) 2:08.48 October 20 Chicago, United States
10. South Africa Mark Plaatjes (RSA) 2:08.58 May 4 Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Women[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME DATE EVENT
1. Norway Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:21:06 WR April 21 London, United Kingdom
2. United States Joan Samuelson (USA) 2:21:21 October 20 Chicago, United States
3. Norway Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:23:05 October 20 Chicago, United States
4. Portugal Rosa Mota (POR) 2:23:29 October 20 Chicago, United States
5. Netherlands Carla Beurskens (NED) 2:27:50 October 20 Chicago, United States
6. England Veronique Marot (ENG) 2:28:04 October 20 Chicago, United States
7. England Sarah Rowell (ENG) 2:28:06 April 21 London, United Kingdom
8. Republic of Ireland Carey May (IRL) 2:28:07 January 27 Osaka, Japan
9. Norway Grete Waitz (NOR) 2:28:34 April 21 New York, United States
10. Canada Sylvia Ruegger (CAN) 2:28:36 January 6 Houston, United States

National Champions[edit]

NATION MEN'S WINNER TIME WOMEN'S WINNER TIME PLACE DATE
Australia Australia Grenville Wood 2:13:37 Elizabeth Patmore 2:46:00 Sydney June 9
Belgium Belgium Frederik Vandervennet 2:15:49 Agnes Pardaens 2:42:25 Leuven June 9
Canada Canada Roger Schwegel 2:22:32 Bernadette Duffy 2:48:09 Winnipeg June 16
Japan Japan Hisatoshi Shintaku 2:09:51 Fukuoka December 1
Netherlands Netherlands Cor Vriend 2:15:51 Eefje van Wissen 2:39:32 Enschede June 22
West Germany West Germany Herbert Steffny 2:12:12 Charlotte Teske 2:32:38 Frankfurt May 19

International Races[edit]

DATE MARATHON NATION MEN'S WINNER TIME WOMEN'S WINNER TIME
January 27 Osaka International Ladies Marathon Japan Japan Republic of Ireland Carey May 2:28:07
February 2 Auckland Marathon New Zealand New Zealand United States Jeff Wells 2:16:43 Denmark Kiersti Jakobsen 2:37:12
February 10 Tokyo Marathon Japan Japan Japan Shigeru Soh 2:10:32
March 17 Barcelona Marathon Spain Spain Spain Rafael Garcia 2:18:16 Spain Joaquina Casas 2:48:01
March 31 Vienna Marathon Austria Austria Austria Gerhard Hartmann 2:14:59 Soviet Union Elena Tsukhlo 2:39:01
April 15 Boston Marathon United States United States England Geoff Smith 2:14:05 United States Lisa Rainsberger 2:34:06
April 20 Rotterdam Marathon Netherlands Netherlands Portugal Carlos Lopes 2:07:12 WR Netherlands Wilma Rusman 2:35:32
April 21 London Marathon United Kingdom United Kingdom Wales Stephen Jones 2:08:16 Norway Ingrid Kristiansen 2:21:06 WR
May 5 Pittsburgh Marathon United States United States United States Ken Martin 2:12:57 Australia Lisa Ondieki 2:31:54
May 5 Vancouver Marathon Canada Canada Australia Adrian Wellington 2:24:24 Japan Kikue Teshima 2:55:34
May 6 Belfast Marathon Northern Ireland Belfast Northern Ireland Martin Deane 2:15:52 Northern Ireland Moira O'Neill 2:45:40
May 12 Amsterdam Marathon Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Jose Reveyn 2:19:25 Netherlands Carolien Lucas 2:47:15
May 12 Paris Marathon France France France Jacky Boxberger 2:10:49 United Kingdom Maureen Hurst 2:43:31
May 19 Geneva Marathon Switzerland Switzerland Soviet Union Nikolay Shamyeyev 2:19:17 Soviet Union Nadezhda Gumerova 2:36:04
June 1 Stockholm Marathon Sweden Sweden Sweden Tommy Persson 2:17:18 Sweden Jeanette Nordgren 2:36:43
July 21 San Francisco Marathon United States United States United States Ric Sayre 2:15:08 Denmark Kersti Jakosen 2:38:03
August 25 Reykjavik Marathon Iceland Iceland West Germany Josef Hermann 2:30:04 United Kingdom Leslie Watson 2:52:44
August 31 Oslo Marathon Norway Norway Sweden Josef Machalek 2:19:00 Norway Oddrun Hovsengen 2:43:39
September 29 Berlin Marathon West Germany West Germany England Jimmy Ashworth 2:11:43 Belgium Magda Ilands 2:34:10
September 29 Portland Marathon United States United States United States Leonard HIll 2:19:42 United States Lynn Bernot 2:51:25
October 12 Enschede Marathon Netherlands Netherlands Hungary Zoltan Köszegi 2:15:39 Netherlands Eefje van Wissen 2:39:32
October 12 Niagara Marathon Canada Canada United States Mark Coleman 2:30:29 Canada Charlene MacDonald 3:07:20
October 13 Athens Classic Marathon Greece Greece Sweden Michael Hill 2:26:20 United Kingdom Eryl Davies 3:04:30
October 13 Beijing Marathon China China Japan Shigeru Soh 2:10:23
October 13 Melbourne Marathon Australia Australia Belgium Frederick Vandervennet 2:12:35 Australia Margaret Reddan 2:44:56
October 20 Chicago Marathon United States United States Wales Stephen Jones 2:07:13 United States Joan Samuelson 2:21:21
October 27 New York City Marathon United States United States Italy Orlando Pizzolato 2:11:34 Norway Grete Waitz 2:28:34
October 28 Dublin Marathon Republic of Ireland Ireland Republic of Ireland Dick Hooper 2:16:14 United Kingdom Julia Gates 2:41:26
November 3 Istanbul Marathon Turkey Turkey Turkey Mehmet Terzi 2:12:50
November 17 Buenos Aires Marathon Argentina Argentina Argentina Ruben Huerga 2:25:20 Argentina Derlis Maria Fraschina 3:59:47
November 17 Tokyo Marathon Japan Japan East Germany Katrin Doerre 2:34:21
December 1 Fukuoka Marathon Japan Japan Japan Hisatoshi Shintaku 2:09:51
December 8 Honolulu Marathon United States United States Kenya Ibrahim Hussein 2:12:08 Netherlands Carla Beurskens 2:35:51
December 17 Tiberias Marathon Israel Israel Scotland Lindsay Robertson 2:15:39 United States Sharlet Gilbert 2:42:54

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