IAAF Grand Prix Final

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IAAF Grand Prix Final
Replaced by IAAF Golden League
Sport Track and field
Inaugural season 1985
Continent Worldwide
Ceased 2002
Qualification IAAF Grand Prix
Founder International Association of Athletics Federations

The IAAF Grand Prix Final was an athletics competition featuring track and field events staged by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It was first held in 1985 and replaced in 2003 by the IAAF World Athletics Final. For the most part of its history, the events were staged in early September in European major cities which also played host to prominent annual athletics meetings. Fukuoka City became the first non-European host in 1997. Doha followed in 2000 (also the first time the event was staged in October) and Melbourne was that last non-European host before the final edition of the competition was held in Paris in 2002.[1]

The event programme was half that of a full traditional track and field programme, with events alternating each edition. For example, a men's 100 metres and women's 200 metres were contested in 1985, but not vice-versa – that arrangement was reversed in 1986 and reversed again in 1987, and so forth. Middle-distance running was particularly prominent as a 1500 metres or a mile run were held at every edition of the tournament.[2]

From 1982 to 1992, the winners of the Grand Prix title in an event were decided by the overall seasonal points rankings gained from competing on the IAAF Grand Prix circuit. This was amended in 1993 when seasonal points served as a method of qualifying for the final, with the event winner being the victor at the Grand Prix Final event. The athlete with the greatest number of points accumulated in the season across all events was declared the overall Grand Prix Final champion.[2]

The Grand Prix Final had had a number of world records set in its history, including the Tim Montgomery 100 metres record that was later taken from him after the BALCO scandal.

Editions[edit]

Games Year Dates Host stadium Host city Host country Events
1st 1985 7 September Olympic Stadium Rome Italy 16
2nd 1986 10 September Olympic Stadium Rome Italy 17
3rd 1987 11 September King Baudouin Stadium Brussels Belgium 17
4th 1988 13 September Olympic Stadium West Berlin West Germany 17
5th 1989 1 September Stade Louis II Fontvieille Monaco 17
6th 1990 7 September Olympic Stadium Athens Greece 18
7th 1991 20 September Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Barcelona Spain 17
8th 1992 4 September Stadio Olimpico di Torino Turin Italy 18
9th 1993 10 September Crystal Palace National Sports Centre London United Kingdom 18
10th 1994 3 September Stade Sébastien Charléty Paris France 17
11th 1995 9 September Stade Louis II Fontvieille Monaco 18
12th 1996 7 September Arena Civica Milan Italy 18
13th 1997 13 September Hakatanomori Athletic Stadium Fukuoka City Japan 18
14th 1998 5 September Luzhniki Stadium Moscow Russia 18
15th 1999 11 September Olympic Stadium Munich Germany 18
16th 2000 5 October Khalifa International Stadium Doha Qatar 18
17th 2001 9 September Olympic Park Stadium Melbourne Australia 19
18th 2002 14 September Stade Sébastien Charléty Paris France 18

Overall points leaders[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1985  Doug Padilla (USA) 63  Mike Franks (USA) 60  Sergey Bubka (URS) 59
1986  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 63  Andre Phillips (USA) 61  Steve Scott (USA) 61
1987  Tonie Campbell (USA) 63  Greg Foster (USA) 59  Sergey Bubka (URS) 58
1988  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 63  Mike Conley, Sr. (USA) 61  Danny Harris (USA) 58
1989  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 69  Roger Kingdom (USA) 63  Steve Backley (GBR) 63
1990  Leroy Burrell (USA) 63  Noureddine Morceli (ALG) 61  Danny Harris (USA) 59
1991  Sergey Bubka (URS) 69  Jan Železný (TCH) 63  Michael Johnson (USA) 63
1992  Kevin Young (USA) 63  Werner Günthör (SUI) 63  Igor Astapkovich (EUN) 59
1993  Sergey Bubka (UKR) 72  Jan Železný (CZE) 72  Colin Jackson (GBR) 72
1994  Noureddine Morceli (ALG) 78  Samuel Matete (ZAM) 72  Mike Conley, Sr. (USA) 72
1995  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 84  Jan Železný (CZE) 72  Mark Crear (USA) 72
1996  Daniel Komen (KEN) 103  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 99  Dennis Mitchell (USA) 95
1997  Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 114  Lars Riedel (GER) 99  Mark Crear (USA) 95
1998  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 136  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 114  Bryan Bronson (USA) 97
1999  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 111  Konstadinos Gatsioudis (GRE) 109  Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 108
2000  Angelo Taylor (USA) 101  Yuriy Bilonoh (UKR) 94  Adam Nelson (USA) 93
2001  André Bucher (SUI) 102  Allen Johnson (USA) 101  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 100
2002  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 116  Félix Sánchez (DOM) 116  Christian Olsson (SWE) 102

Women[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1985  Mary Slaney (USA) 69  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 63  Judi Brown-King (USA) 63
1986  Yordanka Donkova (BUL) 69  Maricica Puică (ROM) 65  Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL) 63
1987  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 63  Doina Melinte (ROM) 63  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 61
1988  Paula Ivan (ROM) 63  Grace Jackson (JAM) 63  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 57
1989  Paula Ivan (ROM) 67  Galina Chistyakova (URS) 63  Sandra Farmer-Patrick (USA) 63
1990  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 63  Heike Drechsler (GDR) 63  Petra Felke (GDR) 63
1991  Heike Henkel (GER) 63  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 63  Natalya Artyomova (URS) 63
1992  Heike Drechsler (GER) 63  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 61  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 59
1993  Sandra Farmer-Patrick (USA) 72  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 72  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 72
1994  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 72  Svetla Dimitrova (BUL) 72  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 72
1995  Maria Mutola (MOZ) 78  Anna Biryukova (RUS) 72  Gwen Torrence (USA) 72
1996  Ludmila Engquist (SWE) 93  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 90  Michelle Freeman (JAM) 85
1997  Astrid Kumbernuss (GER) 99  Deon Hemmings (JAM) 93  Kim Batten (USA) 91
1998  Marion Jones (USA) 130  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 107  Falilat Ogunkoya (NGR) 101
1999  Gabriela Szabo (ROM) 108  Maria Mutola (MOZ) 108  Deon Hemmings (JAM) 104
2000  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 110  Marion Jones (USA) 104  Gail Devers (USA) 104
2001  Violeta Szekely (ROM) 116  Maria Mutola (MOZ) 105  Tatyana Tereshchuk (UKR) 96
2002  Marion Jones (USA) 116  Gail Devers (USA) 111  Ana Guevara (MEX) 108

References[edit]

  1. ^ IAAF Grand Prix Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-01-17.
  2. ^ a b IAAF Grand Prix Final. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-01-17.