1997 World Championships in Athletics

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6th World Championships in Athletics
Athens IAAF 1997.jpg
Host city Athens, Greece
Nations participating 198
Athletes participating 1882
Dates August 1–10, 1997
Main venue Olympic Stadium
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The 6th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held at the Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece between August 1 and August 10, 1997. In this event participated 1882 athletes from 198 participant nations.[1] Athens used the successful organization of the World Championships the next month during the IOC Session in Lausanne during its campaign to host the 2004 Summer Olympics as proof positive of Athens' and Greece's ability and readiness to organize large-scale, international sporting events.

Men's results[edit]

Track[edit]

1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m
details
 Maurice Greene (USA) 9.86  Donovan Bailey (CAN) 9.91  Tim Montgomery (USA) 9.94
200 m
details
 Ato Boldon (TRI) 20.04  Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 20.23  Claudinei Quirino (BRA) 20.26
400 m
details
 Michael Johnson (USA) 44.12  Davis Kamoga (UGA) 44.37
(NR)
 Tyree Washington (USA) 44.39
(PB)
800 m
details
 Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:43.38  Norberto Téllez (CUB) 1:44.00
(SB)
 Rich Kenah (USA) 1:44.25
(PB)
1,500 m
details
 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:35.83  Fermín Cacho (ESP) 3:36.63  Reyes Estévez (ESP) 3:37.26
5,000 m
details
 Daniel Komen (KEN) 13:07.38  Khalid Boulami (MAR) 13:09.34  Tom Nyariki (KEN) 13:11.09
10,000 m
details
 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 27:24.58  Paul Tergat (KEN) 27:25.62
(SB)
 Salah Hissou (MAR) 27:28.67
(PB)
Marathon
details
 Abel Antón (ESP) 2:13:16  Martín Fiz (ESP) 2:13:21  Steve Moneghetti (AUS) 2:14:16
110 m hurdles
details
 Allen Johnson (USA) 12.93
(WL)
 Colin Jackson (GBR) 13.05
(SB)
 Igor Kováč (SVK) 13.18
(SB)
400 m hurdles
details
 Stéphane Diagana (FRA) 47.70
(WL)
 Llewellyn Herbert (RSA) 47.86
(NR)
 Bryan Bronson (USA) 47.88
3,000 m st.
details
 Wilson Boit Kipketer (KEN) 8:05.84  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 8:06.04  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 8:06.04
20 km walk
details
 Daniel García (MEX) 1:21:43  Mikhail Shchennikov (RUS) 1:21:53  Mikhail Khmelnitskiy (BLR) 1:22:01
50 km walk
details
 Robert Korzeniowski (POL) 3:44:46  Jesús García (ESP) 3:44:59  Miguel Rodríguez (MEX) 3:48:30
4x100 m relay
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 Canada (CAN)
Robert Esmie
Glenroy Gilbert
Bruny Surin
Donovan Bailey
37.86
(WL)
 Nigeria (NGR)
Osmond Ezinwa
Olapade Adeniken
Francis Obikwelu
Davidson Ezinwa
38.07  Great Britain (GBR)
Darren Braithwaite
Darren Campbell
Douglas Walker
Julian Golding
38.14
(SB)
4x400 m relay
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 Great Britain (GBR)
Iwan Thomas
Roger Black
Jamie Baulch
Mark Richardson
2:56.65
(SB)1
 Jamaica (JAM)
Michael McDonald
Greg Haughton
Danny McFarlane
Davian Clarke
2:56.75
(NR)
 Poland (POL)
Tomasz Czubak
Piotr Rysiukiewicz
Piotr Haczek
Robert Maćkowiak
3:00.26

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)

1 The United States (Jerome Young, Antonio Pettigrew, Chris Jones, Tyree Washington) originally won the 4x400m relay in 2:56.47, but were disqualified in 2009 after Antonio Pettigrew admitted to using HGH and EPO between 1997 and 2003. [1]
2A slow, tactical race from the start, with Morceli tracking El Guerrouj all the way. Estevez tried to slow the pace down even further in the second lap to allow Cacho to save energy for his fast sprint finish. With the whole field still bunched up with 600m to go, El Guerrouj put on a burst of speed which only Morceli and Cacho were able to follow, but eventually, they too were dropped as El Guerrouj wound up the pace faster and faster. Cacho sprinted past Morceli in the home straight, and the dispirited defending champion slowed down towards the finish, allowing Estevez to pip him at the line for the bronze medal.

Field[edit]

1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
details
 Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.37
(WL)
 Artur Partyka (POL) 2.35
(SB)
 Tim Forsyth (AUS) 2.35
Pole vault
details
 Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.01
(CR/WL)
 Maksim Tarasov (RUS) 5.96  Dean Starkey (USA) 5.91
(SB)
Long jump
details
 Iván Pedroso (CUB) 8.42
(SB)
 Erick Walder (USA) 8.38
(SB)
 Kirill Sosunov (RUS) 8.18
(SB)
Triple jump
details
 Yoelbi Quesada (CUB) 17.85
(WL/NR)
 Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 17.69  Aliecer Urrutia (CUB) 17.64
(SB)
Shot put
details
 John Godina (USA) 21.441  Oliver-Sven Buder (GER) 21.24  C. J. Hunter (USA) 20.33
Discus throw
details
 Lars Riedel (GER) 68.54  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 66.70
(SB)
 Jürgen Schult (GER) 66.14
(SB)
Hammer throw
details
 Heinz Weis (GER) 81.78  Andriy Skvaruk (UKR) 81.46
(SB)
 Vasiliy Sidorenko (RUS) 80.76
(SB)
Javelin throw
details
 Marius Corbett (RSA) 88.40
(AR)
 Steve Backley (GBR) 86.80  Kostas Gatsioudis (GRE) 86.64
Decathlon
details
 Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) 8837
(CR/WL/NR)
 Eduard Hämäläinen (FIN) 8730
(NR)
 Frank Busemann (GER) 8652

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)

1 Aleksandr Bagach of Ukraine originally won the shot put with 21.47m, but was disqualified after he tested positive for steroids.

Women's results[edit]

Track[edit]

1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m
details
 Marion Jones (USA) 10.83
(WL)
 Zhanna Pintusevich (UKR) 10.85  Savatheda Fynes (BAH) 11.03
(PB)
200 m
details
 Zhanna Pintusevich (UKR) 22.32  Susanthika Jayasinghe (SRI) 22.39  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 22.40
400 m
details
 Cathy Freeman (AUS) 49.77  Sandie Richards (JAM) 49.79
(PB)
 Jearl Miles Clark (USA) 49.90
800 m
details
 Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:57.14  Yelena Afanasyeva (RUS) 1:57.56  Maria Mutola (MOZ) 1:57.59
1,500 m
details
 Carla Sacramento (POR) 4:04.24
(SB)
 Regina Jacobs (USA) 4:04.63  Anita Weyermann (SUI) 4:04.70
(SB)
5,000 m
details
 Gabriela Szabo (ROU) 14:57.68  Roberta Brunet (ITA) 14:58.29
(SB)
 Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) 14:58.85
10,000 m
details
 Sally Barsosio (KEN) 31:32.92
(WJR)
 Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) 31:39.15
(SB)
 Masako Chiba (JPN) 31:41.93
Marathon
details
 Hiromi Suzuki (JPN) 2:29:48  Manuela Machado (POR) 2:31:12  Lidia Șimon (ROU) 2:31:55
10 km walk
details
 Annarita Sidoti (ITA) 42:55.49
(WL)
 Olga Kardopoltseva (BLR) 43:30.20  Valentina Tsybulskaya (BLR) 43:49.24
100 m hurdles
details
 Ludmila Engquist (SWE) 12.50
(SB)
 Svetla Dimitrova (BUL) 12.58  Michelle Freeman (JAM) 12.61
400 m hurdles
details
 Nezha Bidouane (MAR) 52.97
(AR)
 Deon Hemmings (JAM) 53.09
(SB)
 Kim Batten (USA) 53.52
4x100 m relay
details
Chryste Gaines,
Marion Jones,
Inger Miller,
Gail Devers
 United States
41.47
(CR/AR)
Beverly McDonald,
Merlene Frazer,
Juliet Cuthbert,
Beverly Grant
 Jamaica
42.10
(SB)
Patricia Girard-Léno,
Christine Arron,
Delphine Combe,
Sylviane Félix
 France
42.21
(NR)
4x400 m relay
details
Anke Feller,
Uta Rohländer,
Anja Rücker,
Grit Breuer
 Germany
3:20.92
(WL)
Maicel Malone-Wallace,
Kim Graham,
Kim Batten,
Jearl Miles Clark
 United States
3:21.03
(SB)
Inez Turner,
Lorraine Fenton,
Deon Hemmings,
Sandie Richards
 Jamaica
3:21.30
(NR)

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]

1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
details
 Hanne Haugland (NOR) 1.99  Olga Kaliturina (RUS)
 Inha Babakova (UKR)
1.96
Long jump
details
 Lyudmila Galkina (RUS) 7.05
(WL/PB)
 Niki Xanthou (GRE) 6.94
(SB)
 Fiona May (ITA) 6.91
Triple jump
details
 Šárka Kašpárková (CZE) 15.20
(WL/NR)
 Rodica Mateescu (ROU) 15.16
(NR)
 Olena Hovorova (UKR) 14.67
(PB)
Shot put
details
 Astrid Kumbernuss (GER) 20.71  Vita Pavlysh (UKR) 20.66  Stephanie Storp (GER) 19.22
Discus throw
details
 Beatrice Faumuina (NZL) 66.82  Ellina Zvereva (BLR) 65.90  Natalya Sadova (RUS) 65.14
Javelin throw
details
 Trine Hattestad (NOR) 68.78  Joanna Stone (AUS) 68.64
(PB)
 Tanja Damaske (GER) 67.12
(PB)
Heptathlon
details
 Sabine Braun (GER) 6739  Denise Lewis (GBR) 6654  Remigija Nazarovienė (LTU) 6566

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)

Medals table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1.  United States 6 3 8 17
2.  Germany 5 1 4 10
3.  Cuba 4 1 1 6
4.  Kenya 3 2 2 7
5.  Ukraine 2 4 1 7
6.  Morocco 2 1 1 4
7=  Czech Republic 2 0 0 2
7=  Norway 2 0 0 2
9.  Russia 1 4 3 8
10.  Great Britain 1 4 1 6
11.  Spain 1 3 1 5
12.  Portugal 1 2 1 4
13.  Australia 1 1 2 4
14=  Italy 1 1 1 3
14=  Poland 1 1 1 3
14=  Romania 1 1 1 3
17=  Canada 1 1 0 2
17=  South Africa 1 1 0 2
19=  France 1 0 1 2
19=  Japan 1 0 1 2
19=  Mexico 1 0 1 2
22=  Denmark 1 0 0 1
22=  Ethiopia 1 0 0 1
22=  New Zealand 1 0 0 1
22=  Sweden 1 0 0 1
22=  Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 0 1
27.  Jamaica 0 4 3 7
28.  Belarus 0 2 2 4
29=  Greece 0 1 1 2
29=  Lithuania 0 1 1 2
31=  Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
31=  Finland 0 1 0 1
31=  Namibia 0 1 0 1
31=  Nigeria 0 1 0 1
31=  Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
31=  Uganda 0 1 0 1
36=  Bahamas 0 0 1 1
36=  Brazil 0 0 1 1
36=  Mozambique 0 0 1 1
36=  Slovakia 0 0 1 1
36=   Switzerland 0 0 1 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ [2]. Accessed 2009-04-03. Archived 2009-05-10.