2006 in athletics (track and field)

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The following events in athletics (track and field) took place in 2006:

Championships[edit]

World Athletics Tour[edit]

The World Athletics Tour is a tournament where athletes accumulate points from placing in designated meets throughout the season. The top-ranking athletes in each event are then allowed entry in the IAAF World Athletics Final.

In 2006 the World Athletics Tour consisted of six IAAF Golden League meets (Oslo, Paris, Rome, Zurich, Brussels, Berlin), six Super Grand Prix meets (Doha, Athens, Lausanne, Stockholm, London (Crystal Palace), Monaco), twelve Grand Prix meets (Melbourne, Dakar, Osaka, Belém, Eugene, Hengelo, Ostrava, Gateshead, Madrid, Helsinki, Rieti, Zagreb) as well as 26 Area Permit Meetings all over the world. The World Athletics Final was held in Stuttgart, having been staged in Monaco the three previous years.

Challenges[edit]

In certain events that are not included in the World Athletics Final, currently race walking and combined events (formerly also cross-country running), distinct tournaments, named challenges, are being held. Similarly to the World Athletics Tour, the participating athletes accumulate points in designated meets, however in this case the final ranking is decided by the points table and not a conclusive meet.

See IAAF World Race Walking Challenge and IAAF World Combined Events Challenge for the 2006 results.

World records[edit]

Senior[edit]

Outdoor[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Place
100 m Men 9.77 s Asafa Powell  Jamaica June 11, 2006 Gateshead, United Kingdom
August 18, 2006 Zurich, Switzerland
5000 m Women 14:24.53 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia June 3, 2006 New York City, USA
15 km (road) Women 46:55 Kayoko Fukushi  Japan February 5, 2006 Marugame, Japan
20 km (road) Men 55:48 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia January 15, 2006 Phoenix, United States
20 km (road) Women 1:03:21 Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands October 8, 2006 Debrecen, Hungary
Half marathon Men 58:55 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia January 15, 2006 Phoenix, United States
110 m hurdles Men 12.88 s Liu Xiang  China July 11, 2006 Lausanne, Switzerland
50 km walk (road) Men 3:35:47 Nathan Deakes  Australia December 6, 2006 Geelong, Australia
4x800 m
relay
Men 7:02.43  Kenya
Joseph Mutua,
William Yiampoy,
Ismael Kombich,
Wilfred Bungei
 Kenya August 25, 2006 Brussels, Belgium
Hammer throw Women 77.26 Gulfiya Khanafeyeva  Russia June 12, 2006 Tula, Russia
77.41 Tatyana Lysenko  Russia June 24, 2006 Zhukovsky, Russia
77.80 Tatyana Lysenko  Russia August 15, 2006 Tallinn, Estonia
NOT RATIFIED:
10 km (road) Men 26:54 Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya December 31, 2006 Madrid, Spain
Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea December 31, 2006 Madrid, Spain
25 km (road) Men 1:11:37 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia March 12, 2006 Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
25 km (road) Women 1:21:31 Constantina Tomescu  Romania October 22, 2006 Chicago, United States
30 km (road) Women 1:38:30 Constantina Tomescu  Romania October 22, 2006 Chicago, United States

Indoor[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Place
1500 m Women 3:58.28 Yelena Soboleva  Russia February 18, 2006 Moscow, Russia
3000 m Women 8:27.86 Liliya Shobukhova  Russia February 17, 2006 Moscow, Russia
High jump Women 2.08 m Kajsa Bergqvist  Sweden February 4, 2006 Arnstadt, Germany
Pole vault Women 4.91 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia February 12, 2006 Donetsk, Ukraine
4x400 m
relay
Women 3:23.37 Yuliya Gushchina,
Olga Kotlyarova,
Olga Zaytseva,
Olesya Krasnomovets
 Russia January 28, 2006 Glasgow, Scotland
NOT RATIFIED:
4x400 m
relay
Men 3:01.96 Kerron Clement,
Wallace Spearmon,
Darold Williamson,
Jeremy Wariner
USA February 11, 2006 Fayetteville, United States

Junior[edit]

Outdoor[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Place
4x100 m
relay
Women 43.29 Bianca Knight,
Jeneba Tarmoh,
Elizabeth Olear,
Gabrielle Mayo
USA August 8, 2006 Eugene, United States
Discus throw Men 66.35 Margus Hunt  Estonia August 15, 2006 Beijing, China
66.68 Margus Hunt  Estonia August 16, 2006 Beijing, China
67.32 Margus Hunt  Estonia August 16, 2006 Beijing, China
Hammer throw Men 82.62 Yevgeniy Aydamirov  Russia July 22, 2006 Tula, Russia
NOT RATIFIED:
10 km walk Men 39:45 Sergey Morozov  Russia February 19, 2006 Adler, Russia
39:00 Chu Yafei  China October 21, 2006 Xi'an, China


Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

2006 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS WINNER
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Asafa Powell (JAM)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Asafa Powell (JAM)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Francis Obikwelu (POR)
Best Male Track Athlete ESPY Award  Justin Gatlin (USA)


Women[edit]

2006 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS WINNER
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Sanya Richards (USA)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Sanya Richards (USA)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Carolina Klüft (SWE)
Best Female Track Athlete ESPY Award  Allyson Felix (USA)

Awards[edit]

At the 2006 World Athletics Gala in Monaco Asafa Powell and Sanya Richards were given the IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards for men and women respectively.

At the same time Liu Xiang and Meseret Defar were recognized with the Performance of the Year awards for men and women, for their new world records (see above). The Rising Star Award was given to Margus Hunt for his world junior records, and the Coaches’ Award was given to Woldemeskel Kostre of Ethiopia. Hicham El Guerrouj, Stefka Kostadinova and Jan Železný were presented Distinguished Career Awards.[1]

Transfers of eligibility[edit]

See list of eligibility transfers in athletics

Men's Best Year Performances[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Asafa Powell (JAM) 9.77
2.  Tyson Gay (USA) 9.84
3.  Olusoji Fasuba (NGR) 9.85
4.  Leonard Scott (USA) 9.91
5.  Francis Obikwelu (PRT) 9.99


200 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Xavier Carter (USA) 19.63
2.  Wallace Spearmon (USA) 19.65
3.  Tyson Gay (USA) 19.68
4.  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.88
5.  Asafa Powell (JAM) 19.90


400 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Jeremy Wariner (USA) 43.62
2.  Gary Kikaya (COD) 44.10
3.  LaShawn Merritt (USA) 44.14
4.  Andrew Rock (USA) 44.45
5.  Xavier Carter (USA) 44.53


800 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) 1:43.09
2.  Amine Laâlou (MAR) 1:43.25
3.  Wilfred Bungei (KEN) 1:43.31
4.  Yuriy Borzakovskiy (RUS) 1:43.42
5.  Bram Som (NED) 1:43.45


1,500 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (KEN) 3:29.02
2.  Rachid Ramzi (BHR) 3:29.14
3.  Bernard Lagat (USA) 3:29.68
4.  Ivan Heshko (UKR) 3:31.08
5.  Adil Kaouch (MAR) 3:31.10


Mile[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Alex Kipchirchir (KEN) 3:50.32
2.  Ivan Heshko (UKR) 3:50.89
3.  Bernard Lagat (USA) 3:51.53
4.  Rachid Ramzi (BHR) 3:52.39
5.  Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (KEN) 3:52.41


3,000 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Isaac Kiprono Songok (KEN) 7:28.72
2.  Tariku Bekele (ETH) 7:29.11
3.  Augustine Choge (KEN) 7:29.74
4.  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 7:30.48
5.  Boniface Songok (KEN) 7:31.33


5,000 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:48.09
2.  Isaac Kiprono Songok (KEN) 12:48.66
3.  Saif Saeed Shaheen (QAT) 12:51.98
4.  Edwin Cheruiyot (KEN) 12:52.40
5.  Tariku Bekele (ETH) 12:53.81


10,000 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Micah Kogo (KEN) 26:35.63
2.  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 26:37.25
3.  Boniface Kiprop Toroitich (UGA) 26:41.95
4.  Ibrahim Jeylan (ETH) 27:02.81
5.  Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN) 27:03.20


Race walking[edit]


110m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Liu Xiang (CHN) 12.88
2.  Dominique Arnold (USA) 12.90
3.  Allen Johnson (USA) 12.96
4.  Dayron Robles (CUB) 13.00
5.  Terrence Trammell (USA) 13.02


400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Kerron Clement (USA) 47.39
2.  Bershawn Jackson (USA) 47.48
3.  Periklís Iakovákis (GRE) 47.82
4.  Kenji Narisako (JPN) 47.93
5.  Louis van Zyl (RSA) 48.05


3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Saif Saeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:56.32
2.  Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 7:59.94
3.  Richard Matelong (KEN) 8:07.50
4.  Brimin Kipruto (KEN) 8:08.32
5.  Abdelkader Hachlaf (MAR) 8:08.78


Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Brad Walker (USA) 6.00 m
2.  Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.96 m
3.  Paul Burgess (AUS) 5.92 m
4.  Tim Lobinger (GER) 5.90 m
5.  Danny Ecker (GER) 5.86 m


Hammer Throw[edit]


Decathlon[edit]

Women's Best Year Performances[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sherone Simpson (JAM) 10.82
2.  Veronica Campbell (JAM) 10.99
3.  Kerron Stewart (JAM) 11.03
 Me'Lisa Barber (USA)
 LaTasha Jenkins (USA)


200 metres[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sherone Simpson (JAM) 22.00
2.  Allyson Felix (USA) 22.11
3.  Sanya Richards (USA) 22.17
4.  Kim Gevaert (BEL) 22.20
5.  Carol Rodriguez (PUR) 22.23


Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Edith Masai (KEN) 1:07:16
2.  Kayoko Fukushi (JPN) 1:07:26
3.  Deena Kastor (USA) 1:07:34
4.  Mizuki Noguchi (JPN) 1:07:43
5.  Constantina Tomescu (ROU) 1:08:07


Race walking[edit]


100m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Michelle Perry (USA) 12.43
2.  Damu Cherry (USA) 12.44
3.  Ginnie Powell (USA) 12.48
4.  Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) 12.49
5.  Susanna Kallur (SWE) 12.52


400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Lashinda Demus (USA) 53.02
2.  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 53.14
3.  Faní Halkiá (GRE) 53.71
4.  Tiffany Williams (USA) 53.79
5.  Jana Rawlinson (AUS) 53.82


3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Wioletta Janowska (POL) 9:17.15
2.  Dorcus Inzikuru (UGA) 9:19.51
3.  Alesya Turova (BLR) 9:20.16
4.  Lyubov Ivanova (RUS) 9:21.94
5.  Tatyana Petrova (RUS) 9:22.82


High Jump[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE) 2.05 m
2.  Venelina Veneva (BUL) 2.04 m
3.  Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.03 m
 Tia Hellebaut (BEL)
5.  Chaunte Howard (USA) 2.01 m


Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.91 m
2.  Monika Pyrek (POL) 4.75 m
3.  Anna Rogowska (POL) 4.70 m
 Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)
 Vanessa Boslak (FRA)


Hammer Throw[edit]


Heptathlon[edit]

RANK 2006 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Carolina Klüft (SWE) 6740
2.  Yuliya Ignatkina (RUS) 6463
3.  Lyudmila Blonska (UKR) 6448
4.  Karin Ruckstuhl (NED) 6423
5.  Lilli Schwarzkopf (GER) 6420


Marathon[edit]

Men's competition[edit]

Commonwealth Games[edit]
RANK ATHLETE TIME
Med 1.png  Samson Ramadhani (TAN) 2:11:29
Med 2.png  Fred Tumbo (KEN) 2:12:03
Med 3.png  Dan Robinson (ENG) 2:14:50
4.  Scott Westcott (AUS) 2:16:32
5.  Andrew Letherby (AUS) 2:17:10
6.  Jacob Yator (KEN) 2:17:31
7.  Shane Nankervis (AUS) 2:19:15
8.  Francis Naali (TAN) 2:19:39
9.  Lebenya Nkoka (LES) 2:19:40
10.  Teboho Sello (LES) 2:19:57
European championships[edit]
RANK ATHLETE TIME
Med 1.png  Stefano Baldini (ITA) 2:11:32
Med 2.png  Viktor Röthlin (SUI) 2:11:50
Med 3.png  Julio Rey (ESP) 2:12:37
4.  Luc Krotwaar (NED) 2:12:44
5.  Francesco Ingargiola (ITA) 2:13:04
6.  Dmitriy Semyonov (RUS) 2:13:09
7.  Janne Holmén (FIN) 2:13:10
8.  Alberto Chaíça (POR) 2:13:14
9.  Kamiel Maase (NED) 2:13:46
10.  Luís Jesus (POR) 2:14:15
Asian Games[edit]
RANK ATHLETE TIME
Med 1.png  Mubarak Hassan Shami (QAT) 2:12:44
Med 2.png  Khalid Kamal Yaseen (BHR) 2:15:36
Med 3.png  Satoshi Osaki (JPN) 2:15:36
4.  Satoshi Irifune (JPN) 2:17:24
5.  Ahmed Jumah Jaber (QAT) 2:17:43
6.  Wei Su (CHN) 2:18:55
7.  Ji Young-Jun (KOR) 2:19:35
8.  Ri Kum-Song (PRK) 2:20:19
9.  Ri Kyong-Chol (PRK) 2:23:46
10.  Chia Chang (TPE) 2:23:50
Best Year Performances[edit]
RANK ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:05:56 Berlin Marathon
2.  Sammy Korir (KEN) 2:06:37 Rotterdam Marathon
3.  Felix Limo (KEN) 2:06:39 London Marathon
4.  Martin Lel (KEN) 2:06:41 London Marathon
5.  Paul Kirui (KEN) 2:06:43 Rotterdam Marathon
6.  Charles Kibiwott (KEN) 2:06:51 London Marathon
7.  Julio Rey (ESP) 2:06:52 Hamburg Marathon
 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:06:52 Fukuoka Marathon
9.  Hendrick Ramaala (RSA) 2:06:55 London Marathon
10.  Khalid Khannouchi (USA) 2:07:04 London Marathon

Women's competition[edit]

Commonwealth Games[edit]
RANK ATHLETE TIME
Med 1.png  Kerryn McCann (AUS) 2:30:54
Med 2.png  Hellen Cherono Koskei (KEN) 2:30:56
Med 3.png  Elizabeth Yelling (ENG) 2:32:19
4.  Tracey Morris (WAL) 2:33:13
5.  Josephine Deemay (TAN) 2:36:27
6.  Lioudmila Kortchaguina (CAN) 2:36:43
7.  Kate Smythe (AUS) 2:38:31
8.  Lauren Shelley (AUS) 2:39:13
9.  Hayley Haining (SCO) 2:39:39
10.  Susan Partridge (SCO) 2:39:54
European championships[edit]
RANK ATHLETE TIME
Med 1.png  Ulrike Maisch (GER) 2:30:01
Med 2.png  Olivera Jevtić (SER) 2:30:27
Med 3.png  Irina Permitina (RUS) 2:30:53
4.  Zivile Balciunaite (LTU) 2:31:01
5.  Bruna Genovese (ITA) 2:31:15
6.  Alevtina Biktimirova (RUS) 2:31:23
7.  Deborah Toniolo (ITA) 2:31:31
8.  Giovanna Volpato (ITA) 2:32:04
9.  Anna Incerti (ITA) 2:32:53
10.  Anália Rosa (POR) 2:32:56
Asian Games[edit]
RANK ATHLETE TIME
Med 1.png  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 2:27:03
Med 2.png  Kiyoko Shimahara (JPN) 2:30:34
Med 3.png  Kayako Obata (JPN) 2:30:38
4.  Jo Pun-Hui (PRK) 2:42:34
5.  Choi Kyong-Hee (KOR) 2:44:20
6.  Jong Yong-Ok (PRK) 2:48:49
7.  Kim Eun-jung (KOR) 2:54:33
8.  Otgonbayar Luvsanlkhundeg (MGL) 2:59:55
9.  Wang Ci (CHN) 3:08:10
 Maria Pia Nehme (LIB) DNF
Best Year Performances[edit]
RANK ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.  Deena Kastor (USA) 2:19:36 London Marathon
2.  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 2:19:51 Seoul International Marathon
3.  Berhane Adere (ETH) 2:20:42 Chicago Marathon
4.  Galina Bogomolova (RUS) 2:20:47 Chicago Marathon
5.  Lyudmila Petrova (RUS) 2:21:29 London Marathon
6.  Getenesh Wami (ETH) 2:21:34 Berlin Marathon
7.  Susan Chepkemei (KEN) 2:21:46 Chicago Marathon
8.  Berhane Adere (ETH) 2:21:52 London Marathon
9.  Galina Bogomolova (RUS) 2:21:58 London Marathon
10.  Benita Johnson (AUS) 2:22:36 Chicago Marathon

Deaths[edit]

  • March 9 – Erik Elmsäter (86), Swedish long-distance runner (b. 1919)
  • August 9 – Chinatsu Mori (26), Japanese shot putter (b. 1980)

References[edit]

  1. ^ IAAF (December 2006). IAAF News (83). International Association of Athletics Federations. Archived from the original on June 21, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2007.