2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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12th IAAF World Indoor Championships
Valencia 2008 logo.jpg
Host city Valencia, Spain
Date(s) 7 March–9 March
Main stadium Luis Puig Palace
Participation 574 athletes from
147 nations
Events 26

The 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics were held at the Luis Puig Palace in Valencia, Spain, March 7–9, 2008.

Bid[edit]

Valencia was announced the winning bidder by the IAAF on November 13, 2005 at an IAAF Council meeting in Moscow, Russia.[1]

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

2004 | 2006 | 2008 | 2010 | 2012

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 m
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Olusoji A. Fasuba
 Nigeria
6.51 (WL) Dwain Chambers
 Great Britain
6.54 (PB) Not awarded
Kim Collins
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
6.54 (SB)
Fasuba's win became the first indoor short dash World Championship title for Africa
400 m
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Tyler Christopher
 Canada
45.67 (WL) Johan Wissman
 Sweden
46.04 (PB) Chris Brown
 Bahamas
46.26 (SB)
Tyler Christopher stayed behind Wissman and Brown until the final homestraight, when he sped to victory off the last bend.
800 m
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Abubaker Kaki Khamis
 Sudan
1:44.81 (WL) Mbulaeni Mulaudzi
 South Africa
1:44.91 (NR) Yusuf Saad Kamel
 Bahrain
1:45.26 (AR)
Abubaker Kaki Khamis led from the start in attempt to win and held off the fast approaching Mbulaeni Mulaudzi by a tenth of a second to win his first major international title at just 18!
1500 m
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Deresse Mekonnen
 Ethiopia
3:38.23 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen
 Kenya
3:38.54 Juan Carlos Higuero
 Spain
3:38.82
Mekonnen was initially disqualified for stepping on the inside of the track, and Spaniard Arturo Casado was named as the bronze medallist, but the Ethiopian was reinstated. Higuero's was the first medal of the championships for the host country.
3000 m
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Tariku Bekele
 Ethiopia
7:48.23 Paul Kipsiele Koech
 Kenya
7:49.05 Abreham Cherkos
 Ethiopia
7:49.96
Tariku Bekele won his first World title, succeeding his brother as 3000 m champion, who had won the title at the previous championships.
60 m hurdles
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Liu Xiang
 China
7.46 (SB) Allen Johnson
 United States
7.55 Evgeniy Borisov
 Russia
7.60
Staņislavs Olijars
 Latvia
7.60 (SB)
Liu Xiang and Dayron Robles, the favorites for this event, were expected to battle for the gold, but Robles was eliminated in the heats after mistakenly believing there was a false start.
4 x 400 m relay
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 United States (USA)
James Davis
Jamaal Torrance
Greg Nixon
Kelly Willie
3:06.79 (WL)  Jamaica (JAM)
Michael Blackwood
Edino Steele
Adrian Findlay
DeWayne Barrett
3:07.69 (SB)  Dominican Republic (DOM)
Arismendy Peguero
Carlos Santa
Pedro Mejía
Yoel Tapia
3:07.77 (NR)
High jump
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Stefan Holm
 Sweden
2.36 Yaroslav Rybakov
 Russia
2.34 Andra Manson
 United States
2.30 (SB)
Kyriakos Ioannou
 Cyprus
2.30
Stefan Holm regained his title from Rybakov who won in 2006 to become 4-time world indoor champion. Ioannou earned Cyprus its first ever medal at an Indoor World Championship.
Pole vault
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Yevgeniy Lukyanenko
 Russia
5.90 (WL) Brad Walker
 United States
5.85 (PB) Steven Hooker
 Australia
5.80 (SB)
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Long jump
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Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
 South Africa
8.08 (SB) Chris Tomlinson
 Great Britain
8.06 Mohamed Salman Al-Khuwalidi
 Saudi Arabia
8.01
Tomlinson's 8.06 held the lead from the first round, until the fifth when Mokoena reached 8.08, which Tomlinson was then unable to match. Mokoena's result was the shortest winning jump in the history of the World Indoor Championships.
Triple jump
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Phillips Idowu
 Great Britain
17.75 (NR)(WL) Arnie David Giralt
 Cuba
17.47 (PB) Nelson Évora
 Portugal
17.27
Idowu's winning jump came in the second round, and set a new British and Commonwealth record.
Shot put
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Christian Cantwell
 United States
21.77 Reese Hoffa
 United States
21.20 Tomasz Majewski
 Poland
20.93 (NR)
Hoffa set a 21.49m best at the qualification. Cantwell's victory put was the 4th best in the history of Indoor World Championships.
Heptathlon
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(60 m, LJ, SP, HJ,
60 m H, PV, 1000 m)
Bryan Clay
 United States
6371 (WL) Andrei Krauchanka
 Belarus
6234 (NR) Dmitriy Karpov
 Kazakhstan
6131
(6.71 - 7.75 - 16.21 - 2.09 - 7.86 - 5.00 - 2:55.64) (7.19 - 7.63 - 14.29 - 2.15 - 8.11 - 5.30 - 2:46.49) (7.20 - 7.31 - 16.19 - 2.06 - 8.15 - 5.20 - 2:47.45)
Clay dominated from early on, leading by 170 points after the first two events. Clay was on world record pace as the first day came to a close. Clay fell short of the world record but held on for a comfortable win, taking first in four of seven events.

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Women[edit]

2004 | 2006 | 2008 | 2010 | 2012

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 m
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Angela Williams
 United States
7.06 (WL) Jeanette Kwakye
 Great Britain
7.08 (NR) Tahesia Harrigan
 British Virgin Islands
7.09 (NR)
After several seasons of injury, Angela Williams finally wins her first world title in personal best time. Ene Franca Idoko of Nigeria was a favorite, but she stumbled out of the blocks, finishing 7th.
400 m
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Olesya Zykina
 Russia
51.09 (WL) Natalya Nazarova
 Russia
51.10 (SB) Shareese Woods
 United States
51.41 (PB)
Olesya Zykina won the event, which was the closest women's World Indoor 400 m final in history, with Nazarova second for a 1-2 win for Russia.
800 m
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Tamsyn Lewis
 Australia
2:02.57 Tetiana Petlyuk
 Ukraine
2:02.66 Maria de Lurdes Mutola
 Mozambique
2:02.97
Tamsyn Lewis surprised by winning her first World title, breaking Mutola's hopes of winning her eighth title on her last competitive year. Home hopeful, Mayte Martínez was a disappointing fourth.
1500 m
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Gelete Burka
 Ethiopia
3:59.75 (AR) Maryam Yusuf Jamal
 Bahrain
3:59.79 (AR) Daniela Yordanova
 Bulgaria
4:04.19 (NR)
Yelena Soboleva led for the most of the fast race to win in a new world record time, breaking her own one-month-old world record by 0.34 s. Soboleva was later disqualified for doping along with second placed Yuliya Fomenko, and her world record was rescinded.
3000 m
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Meseret Defar
 Ethiopia
8:38.79 Meselech Melkamu
 Ethiopia
8:41.50 Mariem Alaoui Selsouli
 Morocco
8:41.66
Meseret Defar completed a hat-trick of World Indoor 3000 m titles in her kick-finish, which her countrywoman Meselech Melkamu was unable to respond to.
60 m hurdles
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LoLo Jones
 United States
7.80 Candice Davis
 United States
7.93 Anay Tejeda
 Cuba
7.98
After new World record holder Swede Susanna Kallur injured a hamstring during her warm-up for the semi-final and pulled out of the competition, Lolo Jones became the favorite, and did indeed win by a fairly large margin. Spanish Josephine Onyia, the home crowd's hope, tripped over the fifth hurdle to finish last.
4 x 400 m relay
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 Russia (RUS)
Yuliya Gushchina
Tatyana Levina
Natalya Nazarova
Olesya Zykina
3:28.17 (WL)  Belarus (BLR)
Anna Kozak
Iryna Khliustava
Sviatlana Usovich
Ilona Usovich
3:28.90 (SB)  United States (USA)
Angel Perkins
Miriam Barnes
Shareese Woods
Moushaumi Robinson
3:29.30 (SB)
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High jump
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Blanka Vlašić
 Croatia
2.03 Yelena Slesarenko
 Russia
2.01 Vita Palamar
 Ukraine
2.01 (NR)
Blanka Vlasic was the clear favourite for the win after taking the world outdoor title the previous year.
Pole vault
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Yelena Isinbayeva
 Russia
4.75 Jennifer Stuczynski
 United States
4.75 (PB) Fabiana Murer
 Brazil
4.70 (AR)
Monika Pyrek
 Poland
4.70 (SB)
Yelena Isinbayeva won her third consecutive Indoor World title.
Long jump
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Naide Gomes
 Portugal
7.00 (WL) Maurren Maggi
 Brazil
6.89 (AR) Irina Simagina
 Russia
6.88
Naide Gomes set a National Record to win her first world title.
Triple jump
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Yargelis Savigne
 Cuba
15.05 (AR) Hrysopiyi Devetzi
 Greece
15.00 (NR) Marija Šestak
 Slovenia
14.68
Hrysopiyi Devetzi led until the last round, when Yargelis Savigne leaped a new Area Record into victory.
Shot put
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Valerie Vili
 New Zealand
20.19 (AR) Nadzeya Astapchuk
 Belarus
19.74 Li Meiju
 China
19.09 (PB)
Vili set two area records in her first indoor contest for four years--
Pentathlon
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(60 mH, HJ, SP,
LJ, 800 m)
Tia Hellebaut
 Belgium
4867 (WL) Kelly Sotherton
 Great Britain
4852 (SB) Anna Bogdanova
 Russia
4753
(8.54 - 1.99 - 13.85 - 6.41 - 2:16.42) (8.25 - 1.81 - 14.57 - 6.45 - 2:09.95) (8.39 - 1.84 - 14.56 - 6.38 - 2:15.67)
Tia Hellebaut's 1.99 clearance in the High jump moved her into the lead which she was able to keep until the end. In the last event, 800 m, Kelly Sotherton would have needed a 7.7 s lead over Hellebaut to win gold, but finished only 6.47 s ahead.

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 5 5 3 13
2  Russia 4 4 3 11
3  Ethiopia 4 2 1 7
4  Great Britain 1 4 5
5  Cuba 1 1 1 3
6  Sweden 1 1 2
 South Africa 1 1 2
8  Australia 1 1 2
 China 1 1 2
 Portugal 1 1 2
11  Belgium 1 1
 Canada 1 1
 Croatia 1 1
 New Zealand 1 1
 Nigeria 1 1
 Sudan 1 1
17  Belarus 3 3
18  Kenya 2 2
19  Brazil 1 1 2
 Ukraine 1 1 2
21  Greece 1 1
 Jamaica 1 1
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 1
24  Poland 2 2
25  Bahamas 1 1
 Bahrain 1 1
 British Virgin Islands 1 1
 Bulgaria 1 1
 Cyprus 1 1
 Dominican Republic 1 1
 Kazakhstan 1 1
 Latvia 1 1
 Morocco 1 1
 Mozambique 1 1
 Saudi Arabia 1 1
 Slovenia 1 1
 Spain 1 1
Total 26 27 28 81

Participating nations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IAAF announces new tour structure". BBC. 2005-11-13. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 

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