1991 in athletics (track and field)

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This page contains an overview of the year 1991 in athletics.

International Events[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
4x100m Relay  United States (USA)
Michael Marsh
Leroy Burrell
Dennis Mitchell
Carl Lewis
37.67 August 7 Zürich
 United States (USA)
Andre Cason
Leroy Burrell
Dennis Mitchell
Carl Lewis
37.50 September 1 Tokyo
Long jump  Mike Powell (USA) 8.95m August 30 Tokyo

Women[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
Half Marathon  Elana Meyer (RSA) 1:07:59 May 18 East London, South Africa

Men's Best Year Performers[edit]

100 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 100 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 9.86
2.  Leroy Burrell (USA) 9.88
3.  Linford Christie (GBR) 9.92
4.  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 9.95
5.  Raymond Stewart (JAM) 9.96

200 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 200 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Michael Johnson (USA) 19.88
2.  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 20.08
3.  John Regis (GBR) 20.12
4.  Danny Everett (USA) 20.13
5.  Robson da Silva (BRA) 20.15

400 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 400 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Michael Johnson (USA) 44.17
2.  Antonio Pettigrew (USA) 44.36
3.  Roberto Hernández (CUB) 44.40
4.  Danny Everett (USA) 44.42
5.  Steve Lewis (USA) 44.52

800 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 800 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  José Luiz Barbosa (BRA) 1:43.08
2.  William Tanui (KEN) 1:43.30
3.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:43.84
4.  Mark Everett (USA) 1:43.93
5.  Billy Konchellah (KEN) 1:43.96

1,500 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 1,500 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Noureddine Morceli (ALG) 3:31.00
2.  Simon Doyle (AUS) 3:31.96
3.  Fermín Cacho (ESP) 3:32.03
4.  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:32.94
5.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 3:33.28

Mile[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Noureddine Morceli (ALG) 3:49.12
2.  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:49.46
3.  Wilfred Kirochi (KEN) 3:49.77
4.  Jim Spivey (USA) 3:49.83
5.  Simon Doyle (AUS) 3:49.91

3,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Dieter Baumann (FRG) 7:33.91
2.  Yobes Ondieki (KEN) 7:34.74
3.  Noureddine Morceli (ALG) 7:37.34
4.  Brahim Boutayeb (MAR) 7:38.39
5.  Khalid Skah (MAR) 7:38.84

5,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 5,000 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Yobes Ondieki (KEN) 13:01.82
2.  Ibrahim Kinuthia (KEN) 13:09.76
3.  Salvatore Antibo (ITA) 13:10.10
4.  Brahim Boutayeb (MAR) 13:10.44
5.  Richard Chelimo (KEN) 13:11.76

10,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 10,000 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Richard Chelimo (KEN) 27:11.18
2.  John Ngugi (KEN) 27:11.62
3.  Khalid Skah (MAR) 27:23.29
4.  Salvatore Antibo (ITA) 27:24.55
5.  Thomas Osano (KEN) 27:28.87

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Lawrence Peu (RSA) 1:00:58

Marathon[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships Marathon
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Koichi Morishita (JPN) 2:08:53
2.  Takeyuki Nakayama (JPN) 2:09:12
3.  Yakov Tolstikov (URS) 2:09:17
4.  Toru Mimura (JPN) 2:09:23
5.  Salvador García (MEX) 2:09:28

110m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 110m Hurdles
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Tony Dees (USA) 13.05
2.  Greg Foster (USA) 13.06
 Jack Pierce (USA) 13.06
4.  Colin Jackson (GBR) 13.09
5.  Tony Jarrett (GBR) 13.13

400m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 400m Hurdles
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Samuel Matete (ZAM) 47.10
2.  Danny Harris (USA) 47.38
3.  Winthrop Graham (JAM) 47.74
4.  Kevin Young (USA) 47.83
5.  Kriss Akabusi (GBR) 47.86

3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 3,000m Steeplechase
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 8:06.46
2.  Philip Barkutwo (KEN) 8:08.39
3.  Mark Croghan (USA) 8:10.69
4.  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:11.28
5.  William Mutwol (KEN) 8:11.85

High Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships High Jump
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.40
 Charles Austin (USA)
3.  Hollis Conway (USA) 2.37
4.  Dalton Grant (GBR) 2.36
5.  Sorin Matei (ROM) 2.35
 Troy Kemp (BAH)

Long Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Long Jump
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Mike Powell (USA) 8.95
2.  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.87
3.  Larry Myricks (USA) 8.50
 Llewellyn Starks (USA)
5.  Gordon Laine (USA) 8.28

Triple Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Triple Jump
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Kenny Harrison (USA) 17.78
2.  Leonid Voloshin (URS) 17.75
3.  Ralf Jaros (GER) 17.66
4.  Mike Conley (USA) 17.62
5.  Oleg Denishchik (URS) 17.53

Discus[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Discus Throw
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Mike Buncic (USA) 69.36
2.  Erik de Bruin (NED) 68.12
3.  Adewale Olukoju (NGR) 67.80
4.  Lars Riedel (GER) 67.78
5.  Romas Ubartas (URS) 67.54

Shot Put[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Shot Put
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Werner Günthör (SUI) 22.03
2.  Vyacheslav Lykho (URS) 20.77
3.  Lars-Arvid Nilsen (NOR) 20.75
4.  Saulius Kleiza (LTU) 20.67
5.  Sergey Smirnov (URS) 20.55

Hammer[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Igor Astapkovich (URS) 84.26
2.  Andrey Abduvaliyev (URS) 82.80
3.  Yuriy Syedikh (URS) 82.62
4.  Plamen Minev (BUL) 82.40
5.  Sergey Alay (URS) 81.16

Javelin (new design)[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Javelin Throw
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Seppo Räty (FIN) 96.96
2.  Steve Backley (GBR) 91.36
3.  Raymond Hecht (GER) 90.84
4.  Kimmo Kinnunen (FIN) 90.82
5.  Jan Železný (CZE) 90.72

Pole Vault[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Pole Vault
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Sergey Bubka (URS) 6.10
2.  István Bagyula (HUN) 5.92
3.  Rodion Gataullin (URS) 5.90
 Igor Potapovich (URS)
5.  Bill Payne (USA) 5.90

Decathlon[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Dan O'Brien (USA) 8812
2.  Michael Smith (CAN) 8549
3.  Christian Plaziat (FRA) 8518
4.  Dave Johnson (USA) 8467
5.  Christian Schenk (GER) 8402

Women's Best Year Performers[edit]

60 metres[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Irina Privalova (URS) 7.02
2.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 7.04
3.  Katrin Krabbe (GER) 7.06
4.  Liliana Allen (CUB) 7.12

100 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 100 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 10.79
2.  Katrin Krabbe (GER) 10.91
3.  Carlette Guidry (USA) 10.94
4.  Gwen Torrence (USA) 10.96
 Marie-José Pérec (FRA)

200 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 200 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 21.64
2.  Katrin Krabbe (GER) 21.96
3.  Gwen Torrence (USA) 22.07
4.  Irina Privalova (URS) 22.21
5.  Dannette Young (USA) 22.24

400 metres[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 49.13
2.  Grit Breuer (GER) 49.42
3.  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 49.61
4.  Lillie Leatherwood (USA) 49.66
5.  Sandra Myers (ESP) 49.67

800 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 800 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Svetlana Masterkova (URS) 1:57.23
2.  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:57.34
3.  Lilia Nurutdinova (URS) 1:57.50
4.  Ella Kovacs (ROM) 1:57.58
5.  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) 1:57.63

1,500 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 1,500 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Natalya Artyomova (URS) 3:59.16
2.  Hassiba Boulmerka (ALG) 4:00.00
3.  Doina Melinte (ROM) 4:00.83
4.  Violeta Szekely (ROM) 4:02.21
5.  Tatyana Dorovskikh (URS) 4:02.58

Mile[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Natalya Artyomova (URS) 4:17.00
2.  Hassiba Boulmerka (ALG) 4:20.79
3.  Doina Melinte (ROM) 4:22.04
4.  Mary Slaney (USA) 4:23.35
5.  Zola Pieterse (RSA) 4:23.38

3,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 3,000 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Elana Meyer (RSA) 8:32.00
2.  Zola Pieterse (RSA) 8:35.72
3.  Tatyana Dorovskikh (URS) 8:35.82
4.  Yvonne Murray (GBR) 8:36.05
5.  Yelena Romanova (URS) 8:36.06

5,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Elana Meyer (RSA) 14:49.35
2.  Kathrin Weßel (GER) 14:58.71
3.  Yelena Romanova (URS) 14:59.70
4.  Susan Sirma (KEN) 15:03.52
5.  Uta Pippig (GER) 15:04.87

10,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 10,000 metres
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Elizabeth McColgan (GBR) 30:57.07
2.  Kathrin Weßel (GER) 31:03.62
3.  Jill Hunter (GBR) 31:07.88
4.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 31:20.28
5.  Francie Larrieu-Smith (USA) 31:28.92

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Elana Meyer (RSA) 1:07:59 WR

Marathon[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships Marathon
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Wanda Panfil (POL) 2:24:18
2.  Rosa Mota (POR) 2:26:14
3.  Kim Jones (USA) 2:26:40
4.  Uta Pippig (GER) 2:26:52
5.  Joan Benoit (USA) 2:26:54

60 m Hurldes[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ludmila Enquist (URS) 7.82
2.  Monique Tourret (FRA) 7.82
3.  Alioska Lopez (CUB) 8.03
4.  Ludmila Yurkova (URS) 8.04

100m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 100m Hurdles
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ludmila Engquist (URS) 12.28
2.  Nataliya Grygoryeva (URS) 12.39
3.  Gail Devers (USA) 12.48
4.  Monique Tourret (FRA) 12.83

400m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: World Championships 400m Hurdles
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Tatyana Ledovskaya (URS) 53.11
2.  Sally Gunnell (GBR) 53.16
3.  Janeene Vickers (USA) 53.47
4.  Sandra Farmer-Patrick (USA) 53.54
5.  Kim Batten (USA) 53.98

High Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships High Jump
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Heike Henkel (GER) 2.05 m
2.  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.03 m
3.  Inga Babakova (URS) 2.02 m
4.  Yelena Gulyayeva (URS) 1.99 m
5.  Svetlana Leseva (BUL) 1.98 m
 Yelena Yelesina (URS)

Long Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Long Jump
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Heike Drechsler (GER) 7.37 m
2.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.32 m
3.  Larisa Berezhnaya (URS) 7.24 m
4.  Yelena Sinchukova (URS) 7.20 m
5.  Susen Tiedtke (GER) 7.00 m

Triple Jump[edit]

RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Inessa Kravets (URS) 14.95 m
2.  Li Huirong (CHN) 14.42 m
3.  Yelena Semiraz (URS) 14.35 m
4.  Svetlana Davydova (URS) 13.84 m
5.  Octavia Iacob (ROM) 13.74 m

Shot Put[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Shot Put
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS) 21.12 m
2.  Huang Zhihong (CHN) 20.85 m
3.  Zhou Tianhua (CHN) 20.40 m
4.  Wang Wei (CHN) 19.58 m
5.  Li Xiaoyun (CHN) 19.47 m

Javelin (old design)[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Javelin
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 71.44
2.  Karen Forkel (GER) 70.20
3.  Petra Meier (GER) 69.66
4.  Xu Demei (CHN) 68.78
5.  Silke Renk (GER) 68.34

Heptathlon[edit]

Main competition this year: World Championships Heptathlon
RANK 1991 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 6878
2.  Sabine Braun (GER) 6672
3.  Peggy Beer (GER) 6494
4.  Liliana Nastase (ROM) 6493
5.  Irina Belova (URS) 6448

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]