1987 in athletics (track and field)

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This page contains an overview of the year 1987 in athletics.

International Events[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
5,000 metres  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 12:58.39 July 22 Rome, Italy
High Jump  Patrik Sjöberg (SWE) 2.42 m June 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Javelin (new)  Jan Železný (TCH) 87.66 m May 31 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
Pole Vault  Sergey Bubka (URS) 6.03 m June 23 Prague, Czechoslovakia
Shot Put  Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 22.72m August 12 Viareggio, Italy
 Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 22.84m August 12 Viareggio, Italy
 Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 22.91m August 12 Viareggio, Italy


Carl Lewis (USA) equalled the world record in the men's 100 metres held by countryman Calvin Smith since 1983-07-03, clocking 9.93 seconds on 1987-08-30 at the World Championships in Rome, Italy.

Women[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
100m Hurdles  Ginka Zagorcheva (BUL) 12.25 s August 8 Drama, Greece
High Jump  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 m August 30 Rome, Italy
Shot Put  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS) 22.63 m June 7 Moscow, Soviet Union
Javelin (old)  Petra Meier (GDR) 78.90 m July 29 Leipzig, East Germany


Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) equalled the world record in the women's long jump held by East Germany's Heike Drechsler since 1986-06-21, jumping 7.45 metres on 1987-08-13 at a meet in Indianapolis.

Men's Best Year Performers[edit]

100 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 100 metres
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 9.93
2.  Linford Christie (GBR) 10.03
3.  Mark Witherspoon (USA) 10.04
4.  Andrés Simón (CUB) 10.06
5.  Lee McRae (USA) 10.07
 Calvin Smith (USA) 10.07

200 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 200 metres
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 19.92
2.  Floyd Heard (USA) 19.95
3.  Dwayne Evans (USA) 20.08
4.  Calvin Smith (USA) 20.10
5.  Attila Kovács (HUN) 20.11

400 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 400 metres
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Butch Reynolds (USA) 44.10
2.  Innocent Egbunike (NGR) 44.17
3.  Thomas Schönlebe (GDR) 44.33
4.  Danny Everett (USA) 44.47
5.  Derek Redmond (GBR) 44.50

800 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 800 metres
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:43.06
2.  Peter Elliott (GBR) 1:43.41
 José Luiz Barbosa (BRA) 1:43.76
4.  Philippe Collard (FRA) 1:43.95
5.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:44.09

1,500 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 1.500 metres
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 3:30.69
2.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:31.43
3.  Abdi Bile (SOM) 3:31.71
4.  José Luis González (ESP) 3:33.01
5.  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:33.23

Mile[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 3:46.76
2.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:50.08
3.  Abdi Bile (SOM) 3:50.75
4.  Johan Fourie (RSA) 3:50.82
5.  John Gladwin (GBR) 3:51.02

3,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Dieter Baumann (FRG) 7:40.25
2.  Francesco Panetta (ITA) 7:42.73
3.  José Luis González (ESP) 7:42.93
4.  Frank O'Mara (IRL) 7:42.99
5.  Sydney Maree (USA) 7:43.13

5,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 5.000 metres
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 12:58.39
2.  Jack Buckner (GBR) 13:10.48
3.  José Luis González (ESP) 13:12.34
4.  José Manuel Abascal (ESP) 13:12.49
5.  Frank O'Mara (IRL) 13:13.02

10,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 10.000 metres
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Francesco Panetta (ITA) 27:26.95
2.  Wodajo Bulti (ETH) 27:29.41
3.  Jean-Louis Prianon (FRA) 27:34.38
4.  Takeyuki Nakayama (JPN) 27:35.33
5.  Paul Kipkoech (KEN) 27:38.63

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Matthew Temane (RSA) 1:00:10

Marathon[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships Marathon
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Takeyuki Nakayama (JPN) 2:08:18
2.  Hiromi Taniguchi (JPN) 2:09:50
3.  El Mostafa Nechchadi (MAR) 2:10:09
4.  Hugh Jones (GBR) 2:10:11
5.  Gianni Poli (ITA) 2:10:15

110m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 110m Hurdles
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Greg Foster (USA) 13.17
2.  Tonie Campbell (USA) 13.19
3.  Mark McKoy (CAN) 13.23
4.  Rod Woodson (USA) 13.29
 Jon Ridgeon (GBR) 13.29
 Arthur Blake (USA) 13.29

400m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 400m Hurdles
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Edwin Moses (USA) 47.46
2.  Danny Harris (USA) 47.48
 Harald Schmid (FRG) 47.48
4.  Amadou Dia Bâ (SEN) 48.03
5.  Kevin Young (USA) 48.15

3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 3.000m Steeplechase
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Francesco Panetta (ITA) 8:08.57
2.  Hagen Melzer (GDR) 8:10.32
3.  William Van Dijck (BEL) 8:12.18
4.  Julius Korir (KEN) 8:12.80
5.  Raymond Pannier (FRA) 8:13.88

High Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships High Jump
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Patrik Sjöberg (SWE) 2.42
2.  Igor Paklin (URS) 2.38
 Hennadiy Avdyeyenko (URS) 2.38
4.  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.37
5.  Jim Howard (USA) 2.36
 Ján Zvara (TCH) 2.36

Long Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Long Jump
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Robert Emmiyan (URS) 8.86
2.  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.75
3.  Larry Myricks (USA) 8.66
4.  Jaime Jefferson (CUB) 8.51
5.  Giovanni Evangelisti (ITA) 8.43

Triple Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Triple Jump
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Khristo Markov (BUL) 17.92
2.  Mike Conley (USA) 17.87
3.  Aleksandr Kovalenko (URS) 17.77
4.  Aleksandr Yakovlev (URS) 17.65
5.  Oleg Protsenko (URS) 17.61

Discus[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Discus Throw
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 69.52
2.  Mike Buncic (USA) 68.98
3.  Stefan Fernholm (SWE) 68.30
4.  Luis Delís (CUB) 67.92
5.  Alwin Wagner (FRG) 67.80

Shot Put[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Shot Put
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 22.91
2.  John Brenner (USA) 22.52
3.  Werner Günthör (SUI) 22.47
4.  Udo Beyer (GDR) 22.31
5.  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.01

Hammer[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Sergey Litvinov (URS) 83.48
2.  Igor Astapkovich (URS) 82.96
3.  Vyacheslav Korovin (URS) 82.24
4.  Jüri Tamm (URS) 82.02
5.  Igor Nikulin (URS) 82.00

Javelin (new design)[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Javelin Throw
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Jan Železný (TCH) 87.66
2.  Klaus Tafelmeier (FRG) 86.64
3.  Mick Hill (GBR) 85.24
4.  Viktor Yevsyukov (URS) 85.16
5.  Lev Shatilo (URS) 84.30

Pole Vault[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Pole Vault
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Sergey Bubka (URS) 6.03
2.  Joe Dial (USA) 5.96
3.  Rodion Gataullin (URS) 5.90
4.  Thierry Vigneron (FRA) 5.85
5.  Mike Tully (USA) 5.83

Decathlon[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Decathlon
RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Torsten Voss (GDR) 8680
2.  Siegfried Wentz (FRG) 8645
3.  Pavel Tarnavetskiy (URS) 8375
4.  Simon Poelman (NZL) 8359
5.  Tim Bright (USA) 8340

Women's Best Year Performers[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 10.86
 Silke Möller (GDR) 10.86
3.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 10.87
4.  Marlies Göhr (GDR) 10.93
5.  Heike Drechsler (GDR) 10.95

200 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Silke Möller (GDR) 21.74
2.  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 21.96
3.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 22.01
4.  Pam Marshall (USA) 22.06
 Merlene Ottey (JAM) 22.06

400 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Olga Bryzgina (URS) 49.38
2.  Petra Schersing (GDR) 49.64
3.  Mariya Pinigina (URS) 49.87
4.  Lillie Leatherwood (USA) 49.95
5.  Olga Nazarova (URS) 49.96

800 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sigrun Wodars (GDR) 1:55.26
2.  Christine Wachtel (GDR) 1:55.32
3.  Lyubov Gurina (URS) 1:55.56
4.  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:55.84
5.  Slobodanka Čolović (YUG) 1:56.51

1,500 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Tatyana Dorovskikh (URS) 3:58.56
2.  Hildegard Körner (GDR) 3:58.67
3.  Doina Melinte (ROU) 3:59.27
4.  Cornelia Bürki (SUI) 3:59.90
5.  Andrea Hahmann (GDR) 4:00.07

Mile[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Doina Melinte (ROU) 4:24.05
2.  Elly van Hulst (NED) 4:25.13
3.  Diana Richburg (USA) 4:25.77
4.  Elizabeth McColgan (GBR) 4:26.11
5.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 4:26.70

3,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ulrike Bruns (GDR) 8:38.1
2.  Yelena Vyazova (URS) 8:38.5
3.  Tatyana Dorovskikh (URS) 8:38.73
4.  Paula Ivan (ROU) 8:39.28
5.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 8:39.45

5,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Liz McColgan (GBR) 15:01.08
2.  Angela Tooby (GBR) 15:13.22
3.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 15:19.76
4.  Wendy Sly (GBR) 15:21.45
5.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 15:23.48

10,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 31:05.85
2.  Yelena Vyazova (URS) 31:09.40
3.  Kathrin Weßel (GDR) 31:11.34
4.  Olga Bondarenko (URS) 31:18.38
5.  Elizabeth McColgan (GBR) 31:19.82

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1:06:40

Marathon[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:22:48
2.  Rosa Mota (POR) 2:25:17
3.  Katrin Dörre (GDR) 2:25:24
4.  Carla Beurskens (NED) 2:26:34
5.  Priscilla Welch (GBR) 2:26:51

100m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ginka Zagorcheva (BUL) 12.25
2.  Yordanka Donkova (BUL) 12.33
3.  Gloria Siebert (GDR) 12.44
4.  Cornelia Oschkenat (GDR) 12.45

400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 53.24
2.  Cornelia Ullrich (GDR) 53.58
3.  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 53.95
4.  Judi Brown-King (USA) 54.23
5.  Sandra Farmer-Patrick (JAM) 54.38

High Jump[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 m
2.  Tamara Bykova (URS) 2.04 m
3.  Louise Ritter (USA) 2.01 m
4.  Desiree du Plessis (RSA) 2.00 m
 Lyudmila Avdeyenko (URS) 2.00 m
 Svetlana Leseva (BUL) 2.00 m

Long Jump[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.45 m
2.  Heike Drechsler (GDR) 7.40 m
3.  Yelena Belevskaya (URS) 7.39 m
4.  Galina Chistyakova (URS) 7.27 m
5.  Irina Valyukevich (URS) 7.17 m

Shot Put[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS) 22.63 m
2.  Claudia Losch (FRG) 22.19 m
3.  Natalya Akhrimenko (URS) 21.34 m
4.  Kathrin Neimke (GDR) 21.21 m
5.  Ines Müller (GDR) 21.20 m

Javelin (old design)[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Petra Meier (GDR) 78.90
2.  Fatima Whitbread (GBR) 76.64
3.  Ingrid Thyssen (GDR) 69.68
4.  Susanne Jung (GDR) 69.60
5.  Beate Peters (FRG) 68.84

Heptathlon[edit]

RANK 1987 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7128
2.  Anke Behmer (GDR) 6692
3.  Svetlana Buraga (URS) 6585
4.  Larisa Nikitina (URS) 6564
5.  Jane Frederick (USA) 6533

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • March 17 — Georg Lammers (81), German athlete (b. 1905)
  • October 20 — Jerzy Chromik (56), Polish long-distance runner (b. 1931)

References[edit]