Bislett Games

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The Bislett Games 4 June 2010

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.

History[edit]

The Bislett Games are held at Bislett Stadion. Photo: Kjetil Ree

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.[1]

World records[edit]

Over the course of its history, numerous world records have been set at the Games and former athletics meetings at Bislett stadium.

Bislett Games[edit]

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2008 5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia
2008 800 m (junior) 1:42.69 Abubaker Kaki  Sudan
2007 5000 m 14:16.63 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia
2004 5000 m 14:24.68 Elvan Abeylegesse  Turkey
2004 5000 m (junior) 14:30.88 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia
2000 Javelin throw 69.48 m Trine Hattestad  Norway
1997 10000 m 26:31.32 Haile Gebreselassie  Ethiopia
1994 10000 m 26:52.23 William Sigei  Kenya
1994 20000 m walk 2:04:55 Bernardo Segura  Mexico
1993 10000 m 26:58.38 Yobes Ondieki  Kenya
1986 10000 m 30:13.74 Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway
1985 5000 m 13:00.40 Saïd Aouita  Morocco
1984 5000 m 14:58.89 Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway
1984 10000 m 30:59.42 Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway
1982 5000 m 13:00.41 David Moorcroft  Great Britain
1981 1000 m 2:12.81 Sebastian Coe  Great Britain
1979 800 m 1:42.33 Sebastian Coe  Great Britain
1975 3000 m 8:46.6 Grete Waitz  Norway
1975 3000 m steeplechase 8:10.4 Anders Gärderud  Sweden
1974 1000 m 2:13.9 Rick Wohlhuter  United States
1965 10000 m 27:39.4 Ron Clarke  Australia

Period Of Differently Named Meetings[edit]

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
1964 Javelin throw 87.12 m & 91.72 m Terje Pedersen  Norway
1955 1500 m 3:40.8 László Tábori
Gunnar Nielsen
 Hungary
 Denmark
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[edit]

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
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

Meeting Records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 9.79 (+0.6 m/s) Usain Bolt  Jamaica 7 June 2012 [2]
200 m 19.79 (+1.7 m/s) Usain Bolt  Jamaica 13 June 2013 [3]
400 m 43.86 Michael Johnson  United States 21 July 1995
800 m 1:42.04 David Rudisha  Kenya 4 June 2010
1000 m 2:12.18 Sebastian Coe  Great Britain 11 July 1981
1500 m 3:29.12 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 9 July 1998
Mile 3:44.90 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 4 July 1997
2000 m 4:51.52 John Walker  New Zealand 30 June 1976
3000 m 7:27.42 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 9 July 1998
Two miles 8:15.2 Rod Dixon  New Zealand 17 July 1979
5000 m 12:52.26 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 27 June 2003
6 Miles 26:47.0 Ron Clarke  Australia 14 July 1965
10000 m 26:31.32 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 4 July 1997
110 m hurdles 13.00 (−0.1 m/s) Ladji Doucoure  France 29 July 2005
400 m hurdles 47.67 Edwin Moses  United States 17 July 1979
2000 m steeplechase 5:20.00 Krzysztof Wesołowski  Poland 28 June 1984
3000 m steeplechase 8:01.83 Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 9 June 2011 [4]
High jump 2.37 m Javier Sotomayor  Cuba 1 July 1989
Pole vault 6.00 m Tim Lobinger  Germany 30 June 1999
Long jump 8.53 m (+0.9 m/s) Irving Saladino  Panama 2 June 2006
Triple jump 18.01 m (+0.4 m/s) Jonathan Edwards  Great Britain 9 July 1998
Shot put 22.02 m Werner Günthör   Switzerland 6 July 1991
Discus throw 70.51 m Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania 15 June 2007
Hammer throw 81.14 m Juri Tamm  Soviet Union 16 July 1985
Javelin throw 94.22 m (Old design)
92.60 m (Current design)
Michael Wessing
Raymond Hecht
 West Germany
 Germany
3 August 1978
21 July 1995
5000 m walk 20:27.0+ Erling Andersen  Norway 3 August 1979
10000 m walk 40:50.0 Erling Andersen  Norway 3 August 1979
20000 m walk 1:27:56.8 Erling Andersen  Norway 23 August 1981
30000 m walk 2:35:45.6 Tore Brustad  Norway 20 July 1970
50000 m walk 4:42:10.0 Per Ola Sverre  Norway 9 August 1974
4x1500 m relay 14:40.4 (ht) Tony Polhill 3:42.9
John Walker 3:40.4
Rod Dixon 3:41.2
Dick Quax 3:35.9
 New Zealand 22 August 1973

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.82 (−0.5 m/s) Marion Jones  United States 9 July 1998
200 m 21.94 Gwen Torrence  United States 22 July 1994
400 m 49.23 Taťána Kocembová  Czechoslovakia 23 August 1983
800 m 1:55.04 Jarmila Kratochvílová  Czechoslovakia 23 August 1983
1500 m 3:57.40 Suzy Favor-Hamilton  United States 28 July 2000
Mile 4:17.25 Sonia O'Sullivan  Ireland 22 July 1994
3000 m 8:27.21 Gabriela Szabo  Romania 30 June 1999
5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 6 June 2008
10000 m 30:13.74 Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway 5 July 1986
100 m hurdles 12.49 (+0.7 m/s) Sally Pearson  Australia 7 June 2012 [5]
400 m hurdles 53.18 Deon Hemmings  Jamaica 4 July 1997
3000 m steeplechase 9:07.14 Milcah Chemos Cheiywa  Kenya 7 June 2012 [6]
High jump 2.05 m Stefka Kostadinova  Bulgaria 4 July 1987
Pole vault 4.85 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 15 June 2007
Long jump 7.29 m (+0.9 m/s) Heike Drechsler  Germany 22 July 1994
Triple jump 15.11 m (+0.1 m/s) Yamilé Aldama  Cuba 27 June 2003
Shot put 20.26 m Valerie Adams  New Zealand 9 June 2011 [7]
Discus throw 71.00 m Galina Savinkova  Soviet Union 16 July 1985
Javelin throw 76.34 m (Old design)
69.48 m (Current design)
Fatima Whitbread
Trine Hattestad
 United Kingdom
 Norway
4 July 1987
28 July 2000
3000 m walk 13:45.7 Frøydis Hilsen  Norway 23 August 1981
5000 m walk 22:59.6 Anita Blomberg  Norway 17 June 1988

+ = en route to a longer distance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Chris (2009-07-03). Richards improves season’s lead in style; World Junior Mile record in Oslo – REPORT – ÅF Golden League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  2. ^ "100 Metres Results". IAAF. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Jon Mulkeen (13 June 2013). "Bolt back with a bang in Oslo – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Men: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Results". IAAF. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "3000 Metres Steeplechase Results". IAAF. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Shot Put Results". www.diamondleague.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 

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