2004 in athletics (track and field)

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2004 in athletics
Liu xiang 2004.jpg
Hurdler Liu Xiang became Olympic champion and world record holder in 2004.
Major world events Olympic Games
World records set 7
IAAF Athletes of the Year Kenenisa Bekele
Yelena Isinbayeva
2003
2005

This article contains an overview of the sport of athletics, including track and field, cross country and road running, in the year 2004.

The major competition of the year was the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the event, Yelena Isinbayeva cleared a world record 4.91 m in the pole vault. Liu Xiang won the men's 110 metres hurdles with a world record-equalling time of 12.91 seconds,[1] defying traditional beliefs about the physical calibre of Chinese (and Asian) sprint athletes.[2] Hicham El Guerrouj capped off his prominent international career with two gold medals in the 1500 m and 5000 m. The Olympic competition in Athens was marred by an incident involving Greek Olympic medallists Konstantinos Kenteris and Ekaterini Thanou, who were alleged to have staged a motorcycle crash in order to avoid doping tests.[3] Both athletes missed the competition and were later banned for missing three doping tests.[4]

Major events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

World records[edit]

Season's bests[edit]

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
60 metres  Jason Gardener (GBR) 6.46  Yuliya Tabakova (RUS) 7.06
100 metres  Justin Gatlin (USA) 9.85  Ivet Lalova (BUL) 10.77
200 metres  Shawn Crawford (USA) 19.79  Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 22.05
400 metres  Jeremy Wariner (USA) 44.00  Tonique Williams-Darling (BAH) 49.07
800 metres  Wilfred Bungei (KEN) 1:43.06  Tatyana Andrianova (RUS) 1:56.23
1500 metres  Bernard Lagat (KEN) 3:27.40  Kelly Holmes (GBR) 3:57.90
3000 metres  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 7:27.72  Isabella Ochichi (KEN) 8:31.32
5000 metres  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:37.35 WR  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 14:24.68
10,000 metres  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:20.31 WR  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 30:17.15
60 metres hurdles  Allen Johnson (USA) 7.36  Perdita Felicien (CAN) 7.75
100/110 metres hurdles  Liu Xiang (CHN) 12.91 WR=  Joanna Hayes (USA) 12.37
400 metres hurdles  Félix Sánchez (DOM) 47.63  Faní Halkiá (GRE) 52.77
3000 metres steeplechase  Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:53.63 WR  Gulnara Galkina (RUS) 9:01.59 WR
10 kilometres  Gilbert Okari (KEN) 27:35  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 30:41
15 kilometres  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 41:38  Lydia Cheromei (KEN) 47:02
20 kilometres  Salah Hissou (MAR) 57:54  Mizuki Noguchi (JPN) 1:04:19
Half marathon  Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (KEN) 1:00:11  Mizuki Noguchi (JPN) 1:07:47
25 kilometres  Paul Malakwen Kosgei (KEN) 1:12:45  Yoko Shibui (JPN) 1:22:32
30 kilometres  Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (KEN)
 Evans Rutto (KEN)
1:29:08  Yoko Shibui (JPN) 1:39:07
Marathon  Felix Limo (KEN) 2:06:14  Yoko Shibui (JPN) 2:19:41
20 kilometres race walk  Vladimir Stankin (RUS) 1:17:23  Hongjuan Song (CHN) 1:26:46
50 kilometres race walk  Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS) 3:35:29
Pole vault  Timothy Mack (USA) 6.01 m  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.92 m WR
High jump  Stefan Holm (SWE) 2.37 m  Elena Slesarenko (RUS) 2.06 m
Long jump  Dwight Phillips (USA) 8.60 m  Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 7.33 m
Triple jump  Christian Olsson (SWE) 17.93 m (indoor)  Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 15.36 m WR
(indoor)
Shot put  Christian Cantwell (USA) 22.54 m  Irina Korzhanenko (RUS) 20.79 m
Discus throw  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 70.97 m  Iryna Yatchenko (BLR) 69.14 m
Javelin throw  Aleksandr Ivanov (RUS) 87.73 m  Olisdeilys Menéndez (CUB) 71.53 m
Hammer throw  Ivan Tsikhan (BLR) 84.46 m  Yipsi Moreno (CUB) 75.18 m
Pentathlon  Naide Gomes (POR) 4759 pts
Heptathlon  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 6438 pts AR  Carolina Klüft (SWE) 6952 pts
Decathlon  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 8893 pts
4×100 metres relay  United States
Shawn Crawford
Justin Gatlin
Coby Miller
Maurice Greene
37.92  Jamaica
Tanya Lawrence
Sherone Simpson
Aleen Bailey
Veronica Campbell-Brown
41.73
4×400 metres relay  United States
Otis Harris
Derrick Brew
Jeremy Wariner
Darold Williamson
2:55.91  Russia
Olesya Forsheva
Natalya Nazarova
Olesya Zykina
Natalya Antyukh
3:20.16

Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

Kenenisa Bekele topped the global award polls.
Award Winner
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Christian Olsson (SWE)
Best Male Track Athlete ESPY Award  Tom Pappas (USA)

Women[edit]

Yelena Isinbayeva was both the IAAF and Track & Field News award winner.
Award Winner
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Kelly Holmes (GBR)
Best Female Track Athlete ESPY Award  Gail Devers (USA)

Seasonal rankings by event[edit]

Men[edit]

400 m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Félix Sánchez (DOM) 47.63
2.  James Carter (USA) 47.68
3.  Bershawn Jackson (USA) 47.86
4.  Danny McFarlane (JAM) 48.00
5.  Ockert Cilliers (RSA) 48.02


3000 m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saif Saeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:53.63
2.  Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 7:59.65
3.  Brahim Boulami (MAR) 8:02.66
4.  Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 8:02.98
5.  Brimin Kipruto (KEN) 8:05.52


Marathon[edit]

RANK NAME ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.  Evans Rutto (KEN) 2:06:16 Chicago Marathon
2.  Evans Rutto (KEN) 2:06:18 London Marathon
3.  Robert Cheboror (KEN) 2:06:22 Amsterdam Marathon
4.  Felix Limo (KEN) 2:06:44 Berlin Marathon
5.  Sammy Korir (KEN) 2:06:48 London Marathon
6.  Joseph Riri (KEN) 2:06:49 Berlin Marathon
7.  Joshua Chelanga (KEN) 2:07:05 Berlin Marathon
8.  Gert Thys (RSA) 2:07:06 Seoul International Marathon
9.  Jaouad Gharib (MAR) 2:07:12 London Marathon
10.  José Rios (ESP) 2:07:42 Otsu Marathon

Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Timothy Mack (USA) 6.01 m
2.  Toby Stevenson (USA) 6.00 m
3.  Jeff Hartwig (USA) 5.86 m
4.  Giuseppe Gibilisco (ITA) 5.85 m
 Aleksandr Averbukh (ISR)


Hammer Throw[edit]


Decathlon[edit]

Women[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ivet Lalova (BUL) 10.77
2.  Veronica Campbell (JAM) 10.91
3.  Yulia Nestsiarenka (BLR) 10.92
4.  Christine Arron (FRA) 10.95
5.  Lauryn Williams (USA) 10.96


200 metres[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Veronica Campbell (JAM) 22.05
2.  Allyson Felix (USA) 22.18
3.  Debbie Ferguson (BAH) 22.30
4.  Aleen Bailey (JAM) 22.33
5.  Tonette Dyer (USA) 22.34
 Irina Khabarova (RUS)

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Benita Johnson (AUS) 1:07:55


100 m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Joanna Hayes (USA) 12.37
2.  Yelena Krasovskaya (UKR) 12.45
3.  Perdita Felicien (CAN) 12.46
4.  Gail Devers (USA) 12.50
5.  Delloreen Ennis-London (JAM) 12.51


400 m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Faní Halkiá (GRE) 52.77
2.  Sheena Johnson (USA) 52.95
3.  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 53.31
4.  Ionela Târlea-Manolache (ROM) 53.32
5.  Brenda Taylor (USA) 53.36


3000 m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 9:01.59
2.  Lyubov Ivanova (RUS) 9:28.02
3.  Dorcus Inzikuru (UGA) 9:29.30
4.  Briana Shook (USA) 9:29.32
5.  Salome Chepchumba (KEN) 9:29.81


High Jump[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Yelena Slesarenko (RUS) 2.06 m
2.  Hestrie Cloete (RSA) 2.04 m
3.  Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.03 m
4.  Viktoriya Styopina (UKR) 2.02 m
5.  Iryna Mykhalchenko (UKR) 2.01 m
 Venelina Veneva (BUL)

Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.92 m
2.  Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.88 m
3.  Stacy Dragila (USA) 4.83 m
4.  Tatyana Polnova (RUS) 4.78 m
5.  Monika Pyrek (POL) 4.72 m


Hammer Throw[edit]


Heptathlon[edit]

RANK 2004 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Carolina Klüft (SWE) 6952
2.  Svetlana Sokolova (RUS) 6594
3.  Austra Skujyté (LTU) 6435
4.  Kelly Sotherton (GBR) 6424
5.  Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) 6387

Marathon[edit]

RANK NAME ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.  Yoko Shibui (JPN) 2:19:41 Berlin Marathon
2.  Margaret Okayo (KEN) 2:22:35 London Marathon
3.  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:23:10 New York Marathon
4.  Susan Chepkemei (KEN) 2:23:13 New York Marathon
5.  Hiromi Ominami (JPN) 2:23:26 Berlin Marathon
6.  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 2:23:28 Xiamen Marathon
7.  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 2:23:45 Chicago Marathon
8.  Reiko Tosa (JPN) 2:23:57 Nagoya Marathon
9.  Sun Yingjie (CHN) 2:24:11 Beijing Marathon
10.  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:24:27 Boston Marathon

Deaths[edit]

  • April 23 – Manuel Alcalde (47), Spanish race walker (b. 1956)
  • December 4 – June Maston (76), Australian sprinter and athletics coach (b. 1928)
  • December 25 – Ian Syster (28), South African long-distance runner (b. 1976)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 110m Hurdles Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-18.
  2. ^ Liu Xiang - 'China's Flying Man'. China.org. Retrieved on 2010-07-18.
  3. ^ Trial for Greek sprinters postponed. USA Today (2009-02-05). Retrieved on 2010-07-18.
  4. ^ IAAF charges Kenteris, Thanou and Tzekos with doping violations. IAAF (2004-12-02). Retrieved on 2010-07-18.
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