1997 World Games

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Host cityLahti, Finland
Nations participating73
Athletes participating1,379[1]
Events164 (22 sports)
Opening ceremony7 August
Closing ceremony17 August
Officially opened byPresident Martti Ahtisaari
Main venueLahti Sport Centre
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The 1997 World Games, the fifth World Games, were an international multi-sport event held 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
Ju-jitsu
Korfball
Squash
Tug of war
August  7th  8th  9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th

Medal table[edit]

Official sports[edit]

The medal tally during the fifth World Games is as follows. United States finished at the top of the final medal table.[2] Two bronze medals were awarded in nine karate kumite events. No bronze medals were awarded in two bodybuilding and three weightlifting events. No silver medal was awarded in one weightlifting event.

  *   Host nation (Finland)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)17181045
2 China (CHN)1614535
3 Germany (GER)15161041
4 Russia (RUS)15101338
5 Italy (ITA)12121539
6 Sweden (SWE)851023
7 Great Britain (GBR)68923
8 Japan (JPN)63514
9 Belgium (BEL)63413
10 France (FRA)512724
11 Ukraine (UKR)57012
12 Australia (AUS)54514
13 Czech Republic (CZE)54413
14 Spain (ESP)52714
15 Netherlands (NED)46717
16 Chinese Taipei (TPE)43310
17 Belarus (BLR)3148
18 Canada (CAN)3126
19 Hungary (HUN)2237
20 Colombia (COL)2226
21 Egypt (EGY)2114
22 South Africa (RSA)2046
23 Austria (AUT)1315
24 Slovakia (SVK)1225
25 Denmark (DEN)1214
26 Norway (NOR)1146
27 Slovenia (SVN)1124
 South Korea (KOR)1124
29 Greece (GRE)1113
  Switzerland (SUI)1113
31 Bulgaria (BUL)1102
 Indonesia (INA)1102
 Uzbekistan (UZB)1102
34 Brazil (BRA)1023
35 Argentina (ARG)1012
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)1012
37 Malaysia (MAS)1001
 Saudi Arabia (KSA)1001
39 Finland (FIN)*09817
40 Poland (POL)0257
41 Ireland (IRL)0123
42 Liechtenstein (LIE)0101
 Mexico (MEX)0101
44 Georgia (GEO)0011
 Iran (IRI)0011
 Lithuania (LTU)0011
 New Zealand (NZL)0011
 Philippines (PHI)0011
Totals (48 nations)164163168495

Invitation sports[edit]

  *   Host nation (Finland)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)2103
2 Netherlands (NED)2002
 Sweden (SWE)2002
4 France (FRA)1102
 Italy (ITA)1102
6 Spain (ESP)0202
7 Brazil (BRA)0112
 Finland (FIN)*0112
9 Australia (AUS)0101
10 Japan (JPN)0022
11 Croatia (CRO)0011
 Russia (RUS)0011
 Slovenia (SVN)0011
  Switzerland (SUI)0011
Totals (14 nations)88824

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 Lü Xiaojun
Lu Yijie
Poland Ewelina Fijolek
Andrzej Sokołowski

Sports aerobics[edit]

Men[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men Bulgaria Kalojan Kalojanov Russia Stanislav Marchenkov Netherlands Patrick Nahafahik
Women[edit]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Women 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 (country) 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  Belgium  Chinese Taipei

Squash[edit]

The competition took place at Suurhalli Exhibition.

Men[edit]

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

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Women 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 (invitational)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LAHTI, FIN 1997". International World Games Association. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  2. ^ "Results of the World Games". International World Games Association. Retrieved 2015-10-26.

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