1998 in athletics (track and field)

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This page shows the main events during the 1998 year in athletics (track and field) throughout the world.

Major Events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

World records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

1998 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS ATHLETE
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Jonathan Edwards (GBR)
Best Male Track Athlete ESPY Award  Wilson Kipketer (DEN)

Women[edit]

1998 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS ATHLETE
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Marion Jones (USA)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Marion Jones (USA)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Christine Arron (FRA)
Best Female Track Athlete ESPY Award  Marion Jones (USA)

Men's Best Year Performances[edit]

400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Bryan Bronson (USA) 47.03
2.  Angelo Taylor (USA) 47.90
3.  Joey Woody (USA) 47.97
4.  Stéphane Diagana (FRA) 48.04
5.  Ken Harnden (ZIM) 48.05

3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 8:00.67
2.  Wilson Boit Kipketer (KEN) 8:01.05
3.  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 8:04.96
4.  Paul Kosgei (KEN) 8:07.86
5.  Patrick Sang (KEN) 8:08.01

Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Jeff Hartwig (USA) 6.01 m
2.  Dmitriy Markov (BLR) 6.00 m
3.  Jean Galfione (FRA) 5.97 m
4.  Maksim Tarasov (RUS) 5.95 m
5.  Danny Ecker (GER) 5.93 m

Hammer Throw[edit]

Decathlon[edit]

Women's Best Year Performances[edit]

60 metres[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Marion Jones (USA) 6.95
2.  Gail Devers (USA) 7.00
3.  Chioma Ajunwa (NGR) 7.02
4.  Frédérique Bangué (FRA) 7.11
5.  Melanie Paschke (GER) 7.14

100 metres[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Marion Jones (USA) 10.65
2.  Christine Arron (FRA) 10.73
3.  Irina Privalova (RUS) 10.83
4.  Ekateríni Thánou (GRE) 10.87
5.  Chryste Gaines (USA) 10.89

200 metres[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Marion Jones (USA) 21.62
2.  Inger Miller (USA) 22.20
3.  Falilat Ogunkoya (NGR) 22.22
4.  Beverly McDonald (JAM) 22.24
5.  Zhanna Block (UKR) 22.35

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Elana Meyer (RSA) 1:07:29

60m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Michelle Freeman (JAM) 7.74
2.  Melissa Morrison (USA) 7.83
3.  Patricia Girard (FRA) 7.85

100m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Glory Alozie (NGR) 12.44
2.  Michelle Freeman (JAM) 12.52
3.  Melissa Morrison (USA) 12.53
4.  Svetla Dimitrova (BUL) 12.56
5.  Angie Vaughn (USA) 12.63
 Olga Shishigina (KAZ)

400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Kim Batten (USA) 52.74
2.  Nezha Bidouane (MAR) 52.96
3.  Deon Hemmings (JAM) 53.03
4.  Ionela Târlea (ROM) 53.37
5.  Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova (UKR) 53.40

3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Daniela Petrescu (ROM) 9:55.28
2.  Svetlana Rogova (RUS) 9:57.62
3.  Luminita Gogârlea (ROM) 10:00.50
4.  Lesley Lehane (USA) 10:08.29
5.  Alina Cucerzan (ROM) 10:08.70

High Jump[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Venelina Veneva (BUL) 2.03 m
2.  Monica Iagăr (ROM) 2.02 m
3.  Yelena Gulyayeva (RUS) 2.01 m
4.  Khristina Kalcheva (BUL) 1.99 m
5.  Zuzana Hlavonová (CZE) 1.98 m
 Tisha Waller (USA)

Shot Put[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Viktoriya Pavlysh (UKR) 21.69 m
2.  Irina Korzhanenko (RUS) 20.82 m
3.  Corrie de Bruin (NED) 18.87 m
4.  Daniela Curovic (FR Yugoslavia) 18.86 m

Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Emma George (AUS) 4.59 m
2.  Daniela Bártová (CZE) 4.51 m
3.  Stacy Dragila (USA) 4.42 m
4.  Anzhela Balakhonova (UKR) 4.40 m
5.  Yelena Belyakova (RUS) 4.38 m

Hammer Throw[edit]

Heptathlon[edit]

RANK 1998 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Denise Lewis (GBR) 6559
2.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 6502
3.  DeDee Nathan (USA) 6479
4.  Irina Belova (RUS) 6466
5.  Kelly LaBounty (USA) 6465

Marathon[edit]

Men's Best Year Performances[edit]

RANK NAME ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.  Ronaldo da Costa (BRA) 2:06:05 WR Berlin Marathon
2.  Ondoro Osoro (KEN) 2:06:53 Chicago Marathon
3.  Khalid Khannouchi (MAR) 2:07:19 Chicago Marathon
4.  Fabián Roncero (ESP) 2:07:26 Rotterdam Marathon
5.  Josephat Kiprono (KEN) 2:07:27 Berlin Marathon
6.  Moses Tanui (KEN) 2:07:34 Boston Marathon
7.  Joseph Chebet (KEN) 2:07:37 Boston Marathon
8.  Lee Bong-Ju (KOR) 2:07:44 Rotterdam Marathon
9.  Gert Thys (RSA) 2:07:45 Chicago Marathon
9.  Gert Thys (RSA) 2:07:52 Boston Marathon

Women's Best Year Performances[edit]

RANK NAME ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 2:20:47 Rotterdam Marathon
2.  Naoko Takahashi (JPN) 2:21:47 Bangkok Marathon
3.  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 2:22:23 Amsterdam Marathon
4.  Fatuma Roba (ETH) 2:23:21 Boston Marathon
5.  Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 2:23:57 Chicago Marathon
6.  Franca Fiacconi (ITA) 2:25:17 New York Marathon
7.  Katrin Dörre (GER) 2:25:21 Hamburg Marathon
8.  Marleen Renders (BEL) 2:25:22 Berlin Marathon
9.  Sun Yingjie (CHN) 2:25:45 Tianjin Marathon
10.  Naoko Takahashi (JPN) 2:25:48 Nagoya Marathon

Deaths[edit]

  • April 6 — Edgar Ablowich (84), American sprinter (b. 1913)
  • August 17 — Władysław Komar (58), Polish shot putter (b. 1940)
  • September 16 — John Systad (86), Norwegian long-distance runner (b. 1912)
  • December 2 — Mikio Oda (93), Japanese athlete (b. 1905)

References[edit]