1998 IAAF Golden League

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The 1998 IAAF Golden League was the first edition of the annual international track and field meeting series, held from 9 July to 5 September. It was contested at six European meetings: the Bislett Games, Golden Gala, Herculis, Weltklasse Zürich, Memorial Van Damme and the Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF).[1] The series tied in with the 1998 IAAF Grand Prix Final, with the jackpot of US$1,000,000 being decided at that competition. The million-dollar prize represented the single largest prize pot ever in athletics at that point.[2]

The jackpot was available to athletes who won at all of the seven competitions of the series in one of the 12 specified events (7 for men, 5 for women). The jackpot events for 1998 were:[1]

The jackpot winners were Marion Jones (100 metres), Hicham El Guerrouj (1500 metres), Haile Gebrselassie (5000 metres/10,000 metres).[3]

Bryan Bronson, a 400 metres hurdler, was in the running for the prize at a late stage but failed to win at the Grand Prix Final, placing only sixth.[4][5][6] Svetlana Masterkova took six wins out of seven in the 1500 m, only being defeated by Gabriela Szabo in Paris. Michael Johnson had five 400 m victories, but did not compete at the first or last meet of the series. Trine Hattestad (women's javelin) and Maksim Tarasov (men's pole vault) each had four wins on the circuit.

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Bislett Games
9 July
Golden Gala
14 July
Herculis
8 August
Weltklasse Zürich
12 August
Memorial Van Damme
28 August
ISTAF
1 September
Final
5 September
100 m  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 9.95  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 9.97  Ato Boldon (TRI) 9.92  Seun Ogunkoya (NGR) 9.96  Maurice Greene (USA) 9.94  Maurice Greene (USA) 9.94  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 10.11
200 m  Ato Boldon (TRI) 20.23  Jon Drummond (USA) 20.15
400 m  Mark Richardson (GBR) 44.37  Michael Johnson (USA) 44.40  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.96  Michael Johnson (USA)43.68  Michael Johnson (USA) 44.06  Michael Johnson (USA) 44.62  Mark Richardson (GBR) 44.88
800 m  Vebjørn Rodal (NOR) 1:44.17  Patrick Ndururi (KEN) 1:42.90  Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:43.74  Japheth Kimutai (KEN) 1:42.87  Japheth Kimutai (KEN) 1:44.80
1500 m
Mile run
 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:29.12  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 WR  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:28.37  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.45  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:29.67  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:30.23  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:32.03
3000 m
5000 m
 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 7:27.42  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 13:02.63  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 7:25.54  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 12:54.08  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 7:25.09
 Assefa Mezegebu (ETH) 12:53.84
 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 12:56.52  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 7:50.00
10,000 m  Paul Tergat (KEN) 26:46.44
3000 m s'chase  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 8:04.96  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 8:00.67  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 8:01.98
110 m hurdles  Mark Crear (USA) 13.07  Allen Johnson (USA) 12.98  Allen Johnson (USA) 13.06  Allen Johnson (USA) 13.12
400 m hurdles  Bryan Bronson (USA) 47.94  Bryan Bronson (USA) 47.76  Bryan Bronson (USA) 47.93  Bryan Bronson (USA) 47.70  Bryan Bronson (USA) 48.25  Bryan Bronson (USA) 48.03  Stéphane Diagana (FRA) 48.30
Pole vault  Jeff Hartwig (USA) 5.90  Maksim Tarasov (RUS) 5.85  Maksim Tarasov (RUS) 5.90  Maksim Tarasov (RUS) 5.86  Jeff Hartwig (USA) 5.95  Jeff Hartwig (USA) 5.86  Maksim Tarasov (RUS) 5.95
High jump  Artur Partyka (POL) 2.28  Sergey Klyugin (RUS) 2.36  Sergey Klyugin (RUS) 2.28  Stefan Holm (SWE) 2.28  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.31
Triple jump  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 18.01  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 17.60  Denis Kapustin (RUS) 17.39  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 17.75  Denis Kapustin (RUS) 17.00  Denis Kapustin (RUS) 17.15  Charles Friedek (GER) 17.33
Shot put  Kevin Toth (USA) 20.63  John Godina (USA) 21.21
Discus throw  Lars Riedel (GER) 67.90  Virgilijus Alekna (LIT) 67.84
Javelin throw  Aki Parviainen (FIN) 86.00  Steve Backley (GBR) 84.23
Hammer throw  Heinz Weis (GER) 80.8  Tibor Gécsek (HUN) 81.21

Women[edit]

Event Bislett Games
9 July
Golden Gala
14 July
Herculis
8 August
Weltklasse Zürich
12 August
Memorial Van Damme
28 August
ISTAF
1 September
Final
5 September
100 m  Marion Jones (USA) 10.82  Marion Jones (USA) 10.75  Marion Jones (USA) 10.72  Marion Jones (USA) 10.77  Marion Jones (USA) 10.80  Marion Jones (USA) 10.81  Marion Jones (USA) 10.83
200 m  Inger Miller (USA) 22.20
400 m  Charity Opara (NGR) 50.13  Charity Opara (NGR) 49.29  Charity Opara (NGR) 49.88  Grit Breuer (GER) 49.51  Falilat Ogunkoya (NGR) 49.60  Falilat Ogunkoya (NGR) 49.72  Falilat Ogunkoya (NGR) 49.73
800 m
1000 m
 Yelena Afanasyeva (RUS) 1:57.68  Yelena Afanasyeva (RUS) 1:56.63  Maria Mutola (MOZ) 1:56.11  Maria Mutola (MOZ) 2:31.55
1500 m
Mile run
 Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 4:01.37  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 3:58.42  Gabriela Szabo (ROM) 3:56.97  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 3:59.83  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 3:58.95  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 4:03.19  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS)4:03.79
3000 m
5000 m
 Zahra Ouaziz (MAR) 14:44.35  Gabriela Szabo (ROM) 14:31.48  Gete Wami (ETH) 8:40.11
100 m hurdles  Melissa Morrison (USA) 12.67  Angie Vaughn (USA) 12.69  Glory Alozie (NGR) 12.44  Michelle Freeman (JAM) 12.52  Glory Alozie (NGR) 12.44  Glory Alozie (NGR) 12.72  Michelle Freeman (JAM) 12.56
400 m hurdles  Kim Batten (USA) 52.74  Kim Batten (USA) 52.84  Nezha Bidouane (MAR) 53.43
High jump  Monica Iagar-Dinescu (ROM) 1.98
Long jump  Marion Jones (USA) 7.23  Marion Jones (USA) 7.31  Heike Drechsler (GER) 6.78  Marion Jones (USA) 7.13
Discus throw  Natalya Sadova (RUS) 68.50
Javelin throw  Tanja Damaske (GER) 66.57  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 67.23  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 65.71  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 69.59  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 66.22  Tanja Damaske (GER) 68.02  Tanja Damaske (GER) 68.40

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b IAAF Golden League – The New Vision of Athletics. IAAF (1998-03-20). Retrieved on 2014-01-11.
  2. ^ IAAF Golden League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-01-11.
  3. ^ Golden League Intro. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-11-17.
  4. ^ Still in the IAAF Ericsson $1 million Jackpot stakes: after Zürich. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-01-11.
  5. ^ IAAF Grand Prix Final. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-01-11.
  6. ^ IAAF Grand Prix Final 1998 -Results 400 METRES HURDLES - Men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-01-11.
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