2003 in athletics (track and field)

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2003 in athletics
2003 World Athletics Championships (147769455).jpg
Action at the World Championships in Paris
Major world events World Championships
World Indoor Championships
IAAF Athletes of the Year Hicham El Guerrouj
Hestrie Cloete
2002
2004

This article contains an overview of the sport of athletics, including track and field, cross country and road running, in the year 2003.

The foremost competition of the year was the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, followed by the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. At regional level, athletics was featured at two major games that were held that year: the 2003 Pan American Games and the 2003 All-Africa Games.

Major events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

World records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

2003 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS WINNER
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Christian Olsson (SWE)
Best Male Track Athlete ESPY Award  Tim Montgomery (USA)


Women[edit]

2003 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS WINNER
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Hestrie Cloete (RSA)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Hestrie Cloete (RSA)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Carolina Klüft (SWE)
Best Female Track Athlete ESPY Award  Gail Devers (USA)

Men's best year performances[edit]

400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Félix Sánchez (DOM) 47.25
2.  Kemel Thompson (JAM) 48.05
3.  Periklís Iakovákis (GRE) 48.17
4.  Joey Woody (USA) 48.18
5.  Bershawn Jackson (USA) 48.23


3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saif Saeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:57.38
2.  Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 7:57.42
3.  Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 8:02.49
4.  Bouabdellah Tahri (FRA) 8:06.91
5.  Kipkirui Misoi (KEN) 8:07.74


Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Romain Mesnil (FRA) 5.95 m
2.  Aleksandr Averbukh (ISR) 5.93 m
3.  Tim Lobinger (GER) 5.91 m
4.  Giuseppe Gibilisco (ITA) 5.90 m
5.  Oscar Janson (SWE) 5.87 m


Hammer Throw[edit]


Decathlon[edit]

Women's best year performances[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Chryste Gaines (USA) 10.86
2.  Chandra Sturrup (BAH) 10.89
3.  Torri Edwards (USA) 10.93
4.  Debbie Ferguson (BAH) 10.97
5.  Zhanna Block (UKR) 10.99


200 metres[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Allyson Felix (USA) 22.11
2.  Torri Edwards (USA) 22.28
3.  LaTasha Jenkins (USA) 22.31
4.  Anastasiya Kapachinskaya (RUS) 22.38
5.  Muriel Hurtis-Houairi (FRA) 22.41


Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:05:39


100m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Gail Devers (USA) 12.45
 Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM)
3.  Miesha McKelvy (USA) 12.51
4.  Perdita Felicien (CAN) 12.53
5.  Donica Merriman (USA) 12.65


400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 52.34
2.  Jana Rawlinson (AUS) 53.22
3.  Sandra Glover (USA) 53.34
4.  Andrea Blackett (BAR) 53.71
5.  Ionela Târlea (ROM) 53.87


3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 9:08.33
2.  Alesya Turova (BLR) 9:20.28
3.  Lyubov Ivanova (RUS) 9:24.78
4.  Yekaterina Volkova (RUS) 9:32.31
5.  Dorcus Inzikuru (UGA) 9:39.51


High Jump[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE) 2.06 m
 Hestrie Cloete (RSA) 2.06 m
3.  Marina Kuptsova (RUS) 2.02 m
4.  Inga Babakova (UKR) 2.01 m
 Viktoriya Palamar (UKR) 2.01 m
 Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.01 m
 Amy Acuff (USA) 2.01 m
 Venelina Veneva (BUL) 2.01 m


Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.82 m
2.  Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.75 m
3.  Yvonne Buschbaum (GER) 4.70 m
 Tatyana Polnova (RUS)
 Annika Becker (GER)


Hammer Throw[edit]


Heptathlon[edit]

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Carolina Klüft (SWE) 7001
2.  Eunice Barber (FRA) 6755
3.  Natalya Sazanovich (BLR) 6524
4.  Yelena Prokhorova (RUS) 6452
5.  Denise Lewis (GBR) 6282

Marathon[edit]

Men's competition[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
Med 1.png  Vanderlei de Lima (BRA) 2:19:08
Med 2.png  Bruce Deacon (CAN) 2:20:25
Med 3.png  Diego Colorado (COL) 2:21:48

Best Year Performances[edit]

RANK NAME ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.  Paul Tergat (KEN) 2:04:55 WR Berlin Marathon
2.  Sammy Korir (KEN) 2:04:56 Berlin Marathon
3.  Evans Rutto (KEN) 2:05:50 Chicago Marathon
4.  Titus Munji (KEN) 2:06:15 Berlin Marathon
5.  Michael Kosgei Rotich (KEN) 2:06:33 Paris Marathon
6.  Benoît Zwierzchiewski (FRA) 2:06:36 Paris Marathon
7.  William Kipsang (KEN) 2:06:38 Amsterdam Marathon
8.  Felix Limo (KEN) 2:06:42 Amsterdam Marathon
9.  Wilson Onsare (KEN) 2:06:47 Paris Marathon
10.  Driss El Himer (FRA) 2:06:48 Paris Marathon

Women's competition[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
Med 1.png  Marcia Narloch (BRA) 2:39:54
Med 2.png  Mariela González (CUB) 2:42:55
Med 3.png  Erika Olivera (CHI) 2:44:52

Best Year Performances[edit]

RANK NAME ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:15:24 WR London Marathon
2.  Sun Yingjie (CHN) 2:19:39 Beijing Marathon
3.  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:19:55 London Marathon
4.  Deena Kastor (USA) 2:21:15 London Marathon
5.  Mizuki Noguchi (JPN) 2:21:18 Osaka International Ladies Marathon
6.  Masako Chiba (JPN) 2:21:45 Osaka Marathon
7.  Naoko Sakamoto (JPN) 2:21:51 Osaka Marathon
8.  Lornah Kiplagat (KEN) 2:22:22 Osaka Marathon
9.  Margaret Okayo (KEN) 2:22:31 New York Marathon
10.  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:23:03 New York Marathon

Deaths[edit]

  • April 22 — Mike Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • April 25 — Samson Kitur (37), Kenyan middle-distance runner (b. 1966)
  • April 28 — Juha Tiainen (47), Finnish hammer thrower (b. 1955)
  • September 24 — Benson Masya (33), Kenyan long-distance runner (b. 1970)

References[edit]