2007 in athletics (track and field)

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2007 in athletics
Major world events World Championships
IAAF Athletes of the Year Tyson Gay
Meseret Defar
2006
2008

This article contains an overview of the sport of athletics, including track and field, cross country and road running, in the year 2007.

Major events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK/DISTANCE DATE VENUE
Half marathon (road)  Samuel Kamau Wanjiru (KEN) 58:53 February 9 Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
2000 metres (indoor)  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 4:49.99 February 17 Birmingham, UK
20 kilometres (road)  Samuel Kamau Wanjiru (KEN) 55:31 March 17 The Hague, Netherlands
Half marathon (road)  Samuel Kamau Wanjiru (KEN) 58:33 March 17 The Hague, Netherlands
20,000 m  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 56:26.0 June 27 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Hour run  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 21.285 km June 27 Ostrava, Czech Republic
100 metres  Asafa Powell (JAM) 9.74 September 9 Rieti, Italy
20 kilometres walking (road)  Vladimir Kanaykin (RUS) 1:17:16 September 29 Saransk, Russia
Marathon  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:04:26 September 30 Berlin, Germany

Women[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
5000 m (indoor)  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 14:27.42 January 27 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
3000 m (indoor)  Meseret Defar (ETH) 8:23.72 February 3 Stuttgart, Germany
4 × 800 m relay  Moscow Oblast (RUS)
Anna Balakshina,
Natalya Panteleyeva,
Anna Yemashova,
Olesya Chumakova
8:18.54 February 11 Volgograd, Russia
Hammer throw  Tatyana Lysenko (RUS) 78.61 m May 26 Sochi, Russia
Pole vault  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.93 m February 16 Donetsk, Ukraine
Two miles (world best time)  Meseret Defar (ETH) 9:10.47 May 20 Carson, California, USA
5000 m  Meseret Defar (ETH) 14:16.63 June 15 Oslo, Norway
Two miles (world best time)  Meseret Defar (ETH) 8:58.58 September 14 Brussels, Belgium
20 kilometres (road)  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 1:02:57 October 14 Udine, Italy
Half marathon  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 1:06:25 October 14 Udine, Italy
  • Records for 2 miles are not official world records, they are called world best times

Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

2007 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS WINNER
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Tyson Gay (USA)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Tyson Gay (USA)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Tero Pitkämäki (FIN)
Best Male Track Athlete ESPY Award  Jeremy Wariner (USA)

Women[edit]

2007 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS WINNER
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Meseret Defar (ETH)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Meseret Defar (ETH)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Blanka Vlašić (CRO)
Best Female Track Athlete ESPY Award Not Rewarded

Men's Best Year Performers[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Asafa Powell (JAM) 9.74 WR
2.  Tyson Gay (USA) 9.84
3.  Derrick Atkins (BAH) 9.91
4.  Walter Dix (USA) 9.93
5.  Wallace Spearmon (USA) 9.96

200 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Tyson Gay (USA) 19.62
2.  Walter Dix (USA) 19.69
3.  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.75
4.  Wallace Spearmon (USA) 19.82
5.  Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (NOR) 19.89

400 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Jeremy Wariner (USA) 43.45
2.  LaShawn Merritt (USA) 43.96
3.  Angelo Taylor (USA) 44.05
4.  Christopher Brown (BAH) 44.45
5.  Leslie Djhone (FRA) 44.46

800 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) 1:43.74
2.  Alan Webb (USA) 1:43.84
3.  Yusuf Saad Kamel (BHR) 1:43.87
4.  Abubaker Kaki Khamis (SUD) 1:43.90
5.  Amine Laâlou (MAR) 1:43.94

1500 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Alan Webb (USA) 3:30.54
2.  Tarek Boukensa (ALG) 3:30.92
3.  Mehdi Baala (FRA) 3:31.01
4.  Shedrack Kibet Korir (KEN) 3:31.18
5.  Belal Mansoor Ali (BHR) 3:31.49

3000 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 7:25.79
2.  Moses Kipsiro (UGA) 7:32.03
3.  Alistair Cragg (IRL) 7:32.49
4.  Thomas Longosiwa (KEN) 7:32.79
5.  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 7:33.06

5000 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:49.53
2.  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 12:50.16
3.  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 12:50.38
4.  Moses Kipsiro (UGA) 12:50.72
5.  Joseph Ebuya (KEN) 12:51.00

10000 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:48.73
2.  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 26:48.73
3.  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 26.49.02
4.  Moses Masai (KEN) 26:49.20
5.  Moses Mosop (KEN) 26:49.55

110 metres hurdles[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Liu Xiang (CHN) 12.92
 Dayron Robles (CUB) 12.92
3.  Terrence Trammell (USA) 12.95
4.  Ryan Wilson (USA) 13.02
 David Payne (USA) 13.02

400 metres hurdles[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Kerron Clement (USA) 47.61
2.  James Carter (USA) 47.72
3.  Félix Sánchez (DOM) 48.01
4.  Michael Tinsley (USA) 48.02
5.  Marek Plawgo (POL) 48.12

3000 metres steeplechase[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 7:58.80
2.  Brimin Kipruto (KEN) 8:02.89
3.  Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 8:05.50
4.  Mustafa Mohamed (SWE) 8:05.75
5.  Richard Mateelong (KEN) 8:06.66

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 58:35 WR
2.  Patrick Makau (KEN) 58:56
3.  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 58:59
4.  Evans Cheruiyot (KEN) 59:05
5.  Deribe Mergia (ETH) 59:16

Marathon[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:04:26 WR
2.  Emanuel Mutai (KEN) 2:06:28
3.  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:06:39
4.  Richard Limo (KEN) 2:06:44
5.  Deribe Mergia (ETH) 2:06:50

High Jump[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Donald Thomas (BAH) 2.35
 Stefan Holm (SWE) 2.35
 Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS) 2.35
 Kyriacos Ioannou (CYP) 2.35
5.  Eike Onnen (GER) 2.34
 Andrey Tereshin (RUS) 2.34

Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Brad Walker (USA) 5.95 m
2.  Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.91 m
 Paul Burgess (AUS) 5.91 m
4.  Björn Otto (GER) 5.90 m
5.  Danny Ecker (GER) 5.87 m

Long Jump[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS Distance/m
1.  Louis Tsatoumas (GRE) 8.66
2.  Irving Saladino (PAN) 8.57
3.  Andrew Howe (ITA) 8.47
4.  James Beckford (JAM) 8.37
5.  Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (RSA) 8.34

Triple Jump[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS Distance/m
1.  Jadel Gregório (BRA) 17.90
2.  Nelson Évora (POR) 17.74
3.  Aarik Wilson (USA) 17.58
4.  Christian Olsson (SWE) 17.56
5.  Osniel Tosca (CUB) 17.52

Shot put[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS Distance/m
1.  Reese Hoffa (USA) 22.43
2.  Christian Cantwell (USA) 21.96
3.  Joachim Olsen (DEN) 21.61
 Adam Nelson (USA) 21.61
5.  Andrey Mikhnevich (BLR) 21.27

Javelin Throw[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS Distance/m
1.  Breaux Greer (USA) 91.29
2.  Tero Pitkämäki (FIN) 91.23
3.  Vadims Vasilevskis (LAT) 90.73
4.  Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) 89.51
5.  Sergey Makarov (RUS) 87.46

Discus Throw[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS Distance/m
1.  Gerd Kanter (EST) 72.02
2.  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 71.56
3.  Frantz Kruger (FIN) 69.97
4.  Jarred Rome (USA) 68.37
5.  Mario Pestano (ESP) 68.26

Hammer Throw[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS Distance/m
1.  Ivan Tikhon (BLR) 83.63
2.  Vadim Devyatovskiy (BLR) 82.94
3.  Koji Murofushi (JPN) 82.62
4.  Primož Kozmus (SLO) 82.30
5.  Libor Charfreitag (SVK) 81.60

Decathlon[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 8697
2.  Maurice Smith (JAM) 8644
3.  Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) 8617
4.  Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ) 8586
5.  Bryan Clay (USA) 8493

Women's Best Year Performers[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Veronica Campbell (JAM) 10.89
2.  Torri Edwards (USA) 10.90
3.  Me'Lisa Barber (USA) 10.95
4.  Sanya Richards (USA) 10.97
5.  Allyson Felix (USA) 11.01
 Lauryn Williams (USA) 11.01

200 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Allyson Felix (USA) 21.81
2.  Rachelle Smith (USA) 22.31
 Sanya Richards (USA) 22.31
4.  Ebonie Floyd (USA) 22.32
5.  Veronica Campbell (JAM) 22.34

400 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sanya Richards (USA) 49.27
2.  Christine Ohuruogu (GBR) 49.61
3.  DeeDee Trotter (USA) 49.64
4.  Nicola Sanders (GBR) 49.65
5.  Novlene Williams (JAM) 49.66

800 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:56.04
2.  Hasna Benhassi (MAR) 1:56.84
3.  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) 1:56.98
4.  Mayte Martínez (ESP) 1:57.62
5.  Yuliya Krevsun (UKR) 1:57.63

1,500 metres[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Yelena Soboleva (RUS) 3:57.30
2.  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR) 3:58.75
3.  Gelete Burka (ETH) 4:00.48
4.  Irina Lishchinskaya (UKR) 4:00.69
5.  Yuliya Fomenko (RUS) 4:00.7

Mile[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Yelena Soboleva (RUS) 4:15.63
2.  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR) 4:17.75
3.  Olga Yegorova (RUS) 4:20.10
4.  Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 4:20.23
5.  Anna Alminova (RUS) 4:20.86

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 1:06:25 WR
2.  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:06:48
3.  Kara Goucher (USA) 1:06:57
4.  Rita Cheptoo (KEN) 1:07:05
5.  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:07:53

Marathon[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 2:20:38
2.  Mizuki Noguchi (JPN) 2:21:37
3.  Getenesh Wami (ETH) 2:21:45
4.  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:23:09
5.  Wei Yanan (CHN) 2:23:12

100m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Michelle Perry (USA) 12.44
2.  Ginnie Powell (USA) 12.45
3.  Perdita Felicien (CAN) 12.49
 Susanna Kallur (SWE) 12.49
5.  Delloreen Ennis-London (JAM) 12.50

400m Hurdles[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Tiffany Williams (USA) 53.28
2.  Sheena Johnson (USA) 53.29
3.  Jana Rawlinson (AUS) 53.31
4.  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 53.50
5.  Anna Jesien (POL) 53.86

3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Yekaterina Volkova (RUS) 9:06.57
2.  Tatyana Petrova (RUS) 9:09.19
3.  Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 9:11.68
4.  Eunice Jepkorir (KEN) 9:14.52
5.  Ruth Bisibori (KEN) 9:24.51

High Jump[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.07 m
2.  Antonietta Di Martino (ITA) 2.03 m
 Anna Chicherova (RUS) 2.03 m
4.  Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE) 2.02 m
 Yelena Slesarenko (RUS) 2.02 m
 Ruth Beitia (ESP) 2.02 m

Pole Vault[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.91 m
2.  Jennifer Stuczynski (USA) 4.88 m
3.  Monika Pyrek (POL) 4.82 m
 Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.82 m
5.  Katerina Badurová (CZE) 4.75 m

Hammer Throw[edit]

Heptathlon[edit]

RANK 2007 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Carolina Klüft (SWE) 7032
2.  Lyudmila Blonska (UKR) 6832
3.  Kelly Sotherton (GBR) 6510
4.  Jessica Ennis (GBR) 6469
5.  Lilli Schwarzkopf (GER) 6439

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]