Golden Gala

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Golden Gala
Date June – August
Location Rome, Italy Italy
Event type Track and field
Official site Diamond League Golden Gala

Golden Gala is an annual track and field event at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy. Previously one of the IAAF Golden League events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League.

History[edit]

Primo Nebiolo, the Italian president of IAAF since 1981, was the founder of the Golden Gala and had the idea to bring the athletes and the people from the United States and the NATO countries together that were boycotting the Moscow Olympics in 1980 as a result of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Nebiolo died of a heart attack at age 76 in 1999.

At the 2009 edition of the Golden Gala, Kenenisa Bekele, Kerron Stewart, Sanya Richards and Yelena Isinbayeva all remained on target for the 2009 Golden League jackpot.[1] In the 100 m, Tyson Gay equalled his American record and Daniel Bailey set an Antiguan record in the men's race.[2] Antonietta Di Martino brought the sole Italian victory in Rome by beating off favourite Blanka Vlašić in the high jump.[2]

World records[edit]

Over the course of its history, eight world records have been set at the Gala. The 1500 metres and Mile records by Hicham El Guerrouj still stand.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2008 Pole vault 5.03 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia
2000 Javelin throw 68.22 m Trine Hattestad  Norway
1999 Mile 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco
1998 1500 m 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco
1995 5000 m 12:55.30 Moses Kiptanui  Kenya
1987 5000 m 12:58.39 Saïd Aouita  Morocco
1984 Pole vault 5.94 m
5.91 m
Sergey Bubka
Thierry Vigneron
 Soviet Union
 France
1983 Pole vault 5.83 m Thierry Vigneron  France

Meet Records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 9.76 (−0.1 m/s) Usain Bolt  Jamaica 31 May 2012 [3]
200 m 19.86 (+0.5 m/s) Walter Dix  United States 10 June 2010
400 m 43.62 Jeremy Wariner  United States 14 July 2006
800 m 1:42.79 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark 7 July 1999
1500 m 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 14 July 1998
Mile 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 7 July 1999
2000 m 4:54.02 Venuste Niyongabo  Burundi 8 June 1995
3000 m 7:46.06 Jack Buckner  United Kingdom 31 August 1984
5000 m 12:46.53 Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 2 July 2004
110 m hurdles 13.01 (+0.8 m/s) Allen Johnson  United States 7 July 1999
400 m hurdles 47.73 Félix Sánchez  Dominican Republic 12 July 2002
3000 m steeplechase 7:54.31 Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 31 May 2012 [4]
High jump 2.41 m Mutaz Essa Barshim  Qatar 5 June 2014 [5]
Pole vault 5.94 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union 31 August 1984
Long jump 8.61 m (0.0 m/s) Dwight Phillips  United States 10 July 2009 [6]
Triple jump 17.60 m (0.0 m/s) Jonathan Edwards  United Kingdom 14 July 1998
Shot put 21.67 m Ulf Timmermann  East Germany 10 September 1986
Christian Cantwell  United States 10 June 2010
Discus throw 68.78 m Piotr Małachowski  Poland 10 June 2010
Hammer throw 84.88 m Sergey Litvinov  Soviet Union 10 September 1986
Javelin throw 90.34 m Andreas Thorkildsen  Norway 14 July 2006
4x100 m relay 38.31 Santa Monica Track Club
Michael Marsh
Leroy Burrell
Floyd Heard
Carl Lewis
 United States 8 June 1994
4x400 m relay 3:01.76 Nigel Levine
Conrad Williams
Chris Clarke
Jack Green
 Great Britain 31 May 2012 [7]

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.75 (+0.6 m/s) Marion Jones  United States 14 July 1998
10.75 (+0.4 m/s) Kerron Stewart  Jamaica 10 July 2009 [8]
200 m 22.19 (+0.8 m/s) Marion Jones  United States 7 July 1999
400 m 49.17 Marita Koch  East Germany 10 September 1986
800 m 1:55.69 Pamela Jelimo  Kenya 11 July 2008
1500 m 3:56.54 Abeba Aregawi  Ethiopia 31 May 2012 [9]
Mile 4:21.38 Paula Ivan  Romania 19 July 1989
3000 m 8:23.96 Olga Yegorova  Russia 29 June 2001
5000 m 14:32.57 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 11 July 2008
100 m hurdles 12.39 (+1.5 m/s) Vera Komisova  Soviet Union 5 August 1980
400 m hurdles 52.82 Lashinda Demus  United States 10 June 2010
3000 m steeplechase 9:11.58 Gulnara Galkina-Samitova  Russia 10 July 2009 [10]
High jump 2.03 m Yelena Slesarenko  Russia 2 July 2004 [11]
Hestrie Cloete  South Africa 2 July 2004 [11]
Blanka Vlašić  Croatia 10 June 2010
Chaunté Howard-Lowe  United States 10 June 2010
Pole vault 5.03 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 13 July 2007
Long jump 7.23 m (−0.3 m/s) Marion Jones  United States 14 July 1998
Triple jump 15.29 m (+0.3 m/s) Yamilé Aldama  Cuba 11 July 2003
Shot put 21.03 m Valerie Adams  New Zealand 31 May 2012 [12]
Discus throw 68.90 m Tsvetanka Khristova  Bulgaria 10 September 1986
Javelin throw 68.66 m Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic 10 June 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powell, David (2009-07-10). Bekele – ‘I’m dreaming about this jackpot’ – ÅF Golden League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  2. ^ a b Ramsak, Bob (2009-07-10). Gay powers back with 9.77 in Rome – REPORT – ÅF Golden League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  3. ^ "100m Men: Results" (PDF). IAAF Diamond League. Omega Timing. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Men: Results" (PDF). IAAF Diamond League. Omega Timing. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Phil Minshull (5 June 2014). "Barshim soars not shimmies over the bars in Rome – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Long Jump Results". www.goldengala.it. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  7. ^ David Martin (31 May 2012). "Bolt's blazing 9.76 one of seven world leads on electric night in Rome - Samsung Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "100 Metres Results". www.goldengala.it. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  9. ^ "1500m Women: Results" (PDF). IAAF Diamond League. Omega Timing. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "3000 Metres Steeplechase Results". www.goldengala.it. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  11. ^ a b "Golden Gala 2004 Result Book". www.goldengala.it. 2004-07-02. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  12. ^ "Shot Put Women: Results" (PDF). IAAF Diamond League. Omega Timing. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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