1997 in athletics (track and field)

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This page contains an overview of the year 1997 in athletics.

Major Events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
800 m Wilson Kipketer  Denmark 1:41.73[1] Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 7 July
800 m Wilson Kipketer  Denmark 1:41.24 Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland 13 August
800 m Wilson Kipketer  Denmark 1:41.11 Germany Cologne, Germany 24 August
5000 m Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 12:41.86 Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland 13 August
5000 m Daniel Komen  Kenya 12:39.74 Belgium Brussels, Belgium 22 August
10,000 m Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 26:31.32 Norway Oslo, Norway 4 July
10,000 m Paul Tergat  Kenya 26:27.85 Belgium Brussels, Belgium 22 August
3000 m steeplechase Wilson Boit Kipketer  Kenya 7:59.08 Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland 13 August
3000 m steeplechase Bernard Barmasai  Kenya 7:55.72 Germany Cologne, Germany 24 August

Women[edit]

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
5000 m Dong Yanmei  China 14:31.27 China Shanghai, China 21 October
5000 m Jiang Bo  China 14:28.09 China Shanghai, China 23 October
Pole vault Emma George  Australia 4.50 m Australia Melbourne, Australia 8 February
Pole vault Emma George  Australia 4.55 m Australia Melbourne, Australia 20 February
Hammer throw Mihaela Melinte  Romania 69.58 m Romania Bucharest, Romania 8 March
Hammer throw Olga Kuzenkova  Russia 70.78 m Russia Smolensk, Russia 11 June
Hammer throw Olga Kuzenkova  Russia 73.10 m Germany Munich, Germany 22 June

Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

1996 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS ATHLETE
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Wilson Kipketer (DEN)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Wilson Kipketer (DEN)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Wilson Kipketer (DEN)
Best Male Track Athlete ESPY Award  Michael Johnson (USA)


Women[edit]

1996 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS ATHLETE
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Marion Jones (USA)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Marion Jones (USA)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Astrid Kumbernuss (GER)
Best Female Track Athlete ESPY Award  Marie-José Pérec (FRA)


Season's bests[edit]

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
100 metres  Maurice Greene (USA) 9.86  Marion Jones (USA) 10.76
200 metres  Ato Boldon (TRI) 19.77  Marion Jones (USA) 21.76
400 metres  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.75  Cathy Freeman (AUS) 49.39
800 metres  Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:41.11 WR  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:54.82
1500 metres  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:28.91  Jiang Bo (CHN) 3:50.98
3000 metres  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 7:26.02  Gabriela Szabo (ROU) 8:27.78
5000 metres  Daniel Komen (KEN) 12:39.74 WR  Jiang Bo (CHN) 14:28.09 WR
10,000 metres  Paul Tergat (KEN) 26:27.85 WR  Dong Yanmei (CHN) 30:38.09
100/110 metres hurdles  Allen Johnson (USA) 12.93  Ludmila Engquist (SWE) 12.50
400 metres hurdles  Bryan Bronson (USA) 47.64  Kim Batten (USA)
 Nezha Bidouane (MAR)
52.97
3000 metres steeplechase  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 7:55.72 WR  Melissa Teemant (USA) 10:30.90
Pole vault  Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.05 m  Emma George (AUS) 4.55 m WR
High jump  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.37 m  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL)
 Inga Babakova (UKR)
2.02 m
Long jump  Iván Pedroso (CUB) 8.63 m  Lyudmila Galkina (RUS) 7.05 m
Triple jump  Yoelbi Quesada (CUB) 17.85 m  Sárka Kaspárková (CZE) 15.20 m
Shot put  Randy Barnes (USA) 22.03 m  Astrid Kumbernuss (GER) 21.22 m
Discus throw  Lars Reidel (GER) 71.50 m  Xiao Yanling (CHN) 70.00 m
Javelin throw  Jan Železný (CZE) 94.02 m  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 69.66 m
Hammer throw  Heinz Weis (GER) 83.04 m  Olga Kuzenkova (RUS) 73.10 m WR
Heptathlon  Sabine Braun (GER) 6787 pts
Decathlon  Tomás Dvorák (CZE) 8837 pts
4×100 metres relay  Canada
Robert Esmie
Glenroy Gilbert
Bruny Surin
Donovan Bailey
37.86  United States
Chryste Gaines
Marion Jones
Inger Miller
Gail Devers
41.47
4×400 metres relay  United Kingdom
Iwan Thomas
Roger Black
Jamie Baulch
Mark Richardson
2:56.65  Germany
Anke Feller
Uta Rohländer-Fromm
Anja Rücker
Grit Breuer
3:20.92

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This time did not set a new world record. Rather, it equaled Sebastian Coe's existing world record.

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