The Bislett Games is an annual track and field event at the Bislett Stadion in Oslo, Norway. Previously one of the IAAF Golden League events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League. It is sponsored by ExxonMobil and officially known as the ExxonMobil Bislett Games.
The first international athletics meeting at Bislett was held in 1924. Until 1937 the competitions are known as "The American Meetings". Different organizers staged the meetings between 1947 and 1965 until the three athletics associations BUL, Vidar and Tjalve formed the Bislett Alliance. At this year Arne Haukvik founded the Bislett Games. He was a former politician and director of the meeting, who used to invite the athletes, sponsors and the press to his home for his traditional “strawberry party” the day before the event each year. He died of cancer in 2002 at age 76. The tradition however is continued.
The Bislett stadion was used for speed skating events at the Olympics, but nowadays it is better known for its Bislett Games athletics meeting. Bislett Games attract the best track and field athletes from all over the world, and 65 world records have been set on its forgiving, brick-coloured track so far. Due to the building of the new Bislett Stadion in Oslo, which started in April 2004, the 2004 edition of the traditional athletics meeting was staged on Fana stadion in Bergen under the name Bergen Bislett Games.
In 2009, a severe storm delayed proceedings and even caused damage to the track-side clock display. Sanya Richards recorded the fastest women's 400 metres time since 2006 while the Dream Mile brought a number of records with winner Deresse Mekonnen improving upon his Ethiopian record, Kenyan William Biwott Tanui setting a world junior record and third-placed Augustine Choge beating his personal best. Former javelin winners Andreas Thorkildsen and Tero Pitkämäki continued their five-year shared dominance of the Bislett Games, with Pitkämäki taking the victory this time.
Over the course of its history, numerous world records have been set at the Games and former athletics meetings at Bislett stadium.
Period Of Differently Named Meetings
|1964||Javelin throw||87.12 m & 91.72 m||Terje Pedersen||Norway|
|1955||1500 m||3:40.8||László Tábori
|1955||3000 m steeplechase||8:45.4||Pentti Karvonen||Finland|
|1953||Hammer throw||62.36 m||Sverre Strandli||Norway|
|1952||Hammer throw||61.25 m||Sverre Strandli||Norway|
The American Meetings
|1936||110 m hurdles||13.7||Forrest Towns||United States|
|1935||110 m hurdles||14.2||Alvin Moreau||United States|
|1934||Shot put||17.40 m||Jack Torrance||United States|
|1934||Discus throw||52.42 m||Harald Andersson||Sweden|
|1925||Pole vault||4.23 m||Charles Hoff||Norway|
|1924||110 m hurdles||14.2||Percy Beard||Canada|
+ = en route to a longer distance
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