World Games 1997

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V World Games
Host city Finland Lahti
Nations participating ---
Athletes participating ---
Events --- (22 sports)
Officially opened by Martti Ahtisaari
Main venue Lahti Sport Centre

The fifth World Games were held in 1997 in Lahti, Finland on August 7–17, 1997. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies took place at the Lahti Sport Centre.

Sports[edit]

Official sports
Invitational sports

Calendar[edit]

       Opening ceremony        Event competitions        Event finals        Closing ceremony
August  7th  8th  9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th
Ceremonies
Bodybuilding
Bowling
Casting
DanceSport
Fistball
Gymnastics
Korfball
Squash
Tug of war
August  7th  8th  9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th

Medal count[edit]

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World Games 1997
Medals statistics by nation
Rank Nation Official sports Demonstration sports
Gold Silver Bronze Total Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 17 18 10 45 0 0 0 0
2  Germany 16 16 10 42 0 0 0 0
3  China 16 13 7 36 2 1 0 3
4  Russia 16 11 14 41 0 0 0 0
5  Italy 12 12 15 39 1 1 0 2
6  Sweden 8 6 9 23 2 0 0 2
7  United Kingdom 6 8 7 21 0 0 0 0
8  Japan 6 3 5 14 0 0 2 2
9  Belgium 6 3 4 13 0 0 0 0
10  France 5 12 7 24 1 1 0 2

Medalists[edit]

Bodybuilding[edit]

The venue was the Lahti City Theater. The competition took place on August 8 and 9.

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
- 65 kg  Egypt Anwar el-Amawy  Egypt Mohamed Abdel el-Aziz  Brazil José Carlos Santos
- 70 kg  Japan Toshiko Hirota  United States Chris Faildo
- 75 kg  South Korea Kim Jun-Ho  Finland Juha Hakala  Egypt Ahmed al-Sayed
- 80 kg  Germany Kester Pasche  United States Johnny Steward  Finland Yrjö Jokela
- 90 kg  United States Milton Holloway  Germany Ingo Fischer  Hungary Janos Lantos
+ 90 kg  Austria Walter Lettner  Finland Peter Keränen  Lithuania Olegas Zuras

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
- 52 kg  Japan Utako Mizuma  Finland Katja Rydström  Germany Heike Jung
- 57 kg   Switzerland Barbara Furer  Liechtenstein Rita Rinner
+ 57 kg  Germany Michaela Baumer  Finland Pauliina Kosola  Finland Anne Oksanen

Bowling[edit]

The venue was the Lahti Bowling Centre. The competition took place on August 8 to 10.

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Ten-pin bowling - Singles  Netherlands Gery Verbruggen  United States Vernon Peterson  Philippines Rafael Nepomuceno

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Ten-pin bowling - Singles  Germany Patricia Schwarz  France Isabelle Saldjian  South Korea Lee Mi-Young

Mixed[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Ten-pin bowling - Pairs  Malaysia Sharon Low
Daniel Lim
 Australia Cara Honeychurch
Andrew Frawley
 Japan Tomomi Shibata
Shigeo Saito

Casting[edit]

The venue was the Kisapuisto Sports Park. The competition took place on August 10 to 12.

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Fly Accuracy  Germany Thomas Maire  Austria Werner Gattermaier  Norway Frode Semb
Fly Distance Single Handed  Canada Slaveyko Slaveykov  Slovakia Robert Meszaros  Czech Republic Patrik Lexa
Spinning Accuracy Arenberg Target  Czech Republic Patrik Lexa  Sweden Henrik Harjanne  Czech Republic Josef Luxa
Spinning Accuracy  Czech Republic Patrik Lexa  Germany Thomas Maire  Slovakia Jan Meszaros
Spinning Distance Single Handed  Slovakia Jan Meszaros  Germany Thomas Maire  Czech Republic Patrik Lexa
Multiplier Accuracy  United States Steve Rajeff  Canada Harvey Beck  Sweden Henrik Österberg

The source available does not say whether or not there was a Men's Multiplier Distance Single Handed event.

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Fly Accuracy  Czech Republic Hana Tupa  Czech Republic Michaela Krizová  Germany Kathrin Ernst
Fly Distance Single Handed  Czech Republic Michaela Krizová  Czech Republic Hana Tupa  Poland Ewa Borowska
Spinning Accuracy Arenberg Target  Sweden Annika Janson  Czech Republic Michaela Krizová  Finland Marianne Kosonen
Spinning Accuracy  Germany Kathrin Ernst  Czech Republic Michaela Krizová  Canada Brenda Banks
Multiplier Accuracy  Canada Bernda Banks  Finland Marianne Kosonen  Sweden Annika Janson

DanceSport[edit]

The venue was the Urheilutalo. The competition took place on August 10 and 11.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Standard  United Kingdom Hazel Newberry
Christopher Hawkins
 Italy Alessandra Bucciarelli
William Pino
 Germany Pia David
Stefan Ossenkop
Latin  Denmark Mie Bach
Steen Lund
 Slovenia Katerina Venturini
Andrej Skufca
 Finland Katja Koukkula
Jussi Väänänen

Fistball[edit]

The venue was the Lahti Sport Centre. The competition took place on August 9 to 11.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men  Germany  Austria  Brazil

Gymnastics[edit]

Sports acrobatics[edit]

Men[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Pairs  China Song Min
Li Renjie
 United Kingdom Martyn Smith
Mark Flores
 Poland Dariusz Nowak
Marcin Drabicki
Groups  Russia Denys Pirogov
Maksim Vlasov
Aleksandr Maikrov
Oleg Ivanov
 Ukraine Andrey Safonov
Yuriy Zaveryukha
Sergiy Pavlov
Dmitriy Bain
 China Wu Weihuan
Huang Linseng
Chen Wuhua
Jiang Jianfen
Women[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Pairs  Russia Anna Mokhova
Yuliya Lopatkina
 Belarus Yekaterina Raktcheyeva
Oksana Feoktistova
 Belgium Kaat Croubels
Tine Dewaele
Groups  Russia Yelvira Zaliayeva
Svetlana Kushu
Yelena Avakeliyan
 Ukraine Yelena Moyseychea
Nadezhda Surina
Viktoriya Zherdeva
 China Xu Yingxia
Luo Xiajing
Wang Ting
Mixed[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Pairs  Russia Sofiya Galiyulina
Dmitriy Kukva
 China Lu Xiaojun
Lu Yijie
 Poland Ewelina Fijolek
Andrzej Sokołowski

Sports aerobics[edit]

Men[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men  Italy Vito Iaia  France Adrien Galo  Russia Sergey Konstantinov
Women[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men  Australia Juanita Little  Russia Olga Rumyantseva  Slovakia Barbara Vadovicová
Mixed[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Pairs  Russia Tatyana Solovyova
Vladislav Oksner
 Bulgaria Konstantza Popova
Kalojan Kalojanov
 United Kingdom Helen Carpenter-Waters
Alastair Rates
Trios  Hungary Attila Katus
Tamas Katus
Romeo Szentgyörgyi
 Russia Denys Belikov
Stanislav Marchenkov
Vadim Michaylov
 France Grégory Alcan
Xavier Julien
Olivier Salvan

Trampoline[edit]

These were the final individual events of trampoline at the World Games. The individual trampoline has been part of the program of the Olympic Games from 2000.

Men[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual  Belarus Nikolay Kazak  France Emmanuel Durand  Russia Aleksandr Danilchenko
Synchro  Belarus Nikolay Kazak
Vladimir Kakorko
 Germany Michael Serth
Martin Kubicka
 Australia Adrian Wareham
Ji Wallace
Women[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual  Uzbekistan Yelena Savaleva  Ukraine Olena Movchan  Georgia Anna Dogonadze-Lilkendey
Synchro  Ukraine Oksana Tsiguleva
Olena Movchan
 Uzbekistan Yelena Savaleva
Yekaterina Khilko
 Belarus Galina Lebedeva
Natalya Karpenkova

Tumbling[edit]

Men[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual  Russia Vladimir Ignatenkov  United States Rayshine Harris  South Africa Tseko Mogotsi
Women[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual  Belarus Olena Chabanenko  France Chrystel Robert  Russia Natalya Borisenko

Korfball[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Korfball  Netherlands (NED)  Belgium (BEL)  Chinese Taipei (TPE)

Squash[edit]

The competition took place at Suurhalli Exhibition.

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men  Egypt Ahmed Barada  Ireland Derek Ryan  Canada Graham Ryding

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men  Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald  Germany Sabine Schöne  New Zealand Leilani Joyce

Tug of war[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
- 640 kg  Spain   Switzerland  Ireland
- 720 kg  Netherlands  Sweden  Ireland

Women (demonstration)[edit]

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]