2008 in athletics (track and field)

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2008 in athletics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Major world events 2008 Olympics
World records set 10
IAAF Athletes of the Year Usain Bolt
Yelena Isinbayeva
World Marathon Majors winners Martin Lel
Irina Mikitenko
2007
2009

This page contains an overview of the year 2008 in athletics

International events[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Performance Athlete Nation Place Date
100 m 9.72 Usain Bolt  Jamaica New York City NY, USA May 31
9.69 Beijing, China August 16
200 m 19.30 August 20
4 x 100 m relay 37.10 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
August 22
110 m hurdles 12.87 Dayron Robles  Cuba Ostrava, Czech Republic June 12
50 km race walk 3:34:14 Denis Nizhegorodov  Russia Cheboksary, Russia May 11
Marathon 2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia Berlin, Germany September 28

Women[edit]

Event Performance Athlete Nation Place Date
5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia Oslo, Norway June 6
One hour run 18,517 m Dire Tune Ostrava, Czech Republic June 12
3000 m steeplechase 8:58.81 Gulnara Galkina-Samitova  Russia Beijing, China August 17
Pole vault 5.03 m Yelena Isinbayeva Rome, Italy July 11
5.04 m Monte Carlo, Monaco July 29
5.05 m Beijing, China August 18
Javelin throw 72.28 Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic Stuttgart, Germany September 13

Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

Award Winner
IAAF World Athlete of the Year Jamaica Usain Bolt
Track & Field Athlete of the Year Jamaica Usain Bolt
European Athlete of the Year Norway Andreas Thorkildsen
European Athletics Rising Star Germany Raphael Holzdeppe

Women[edit]

Award Winner
IAAF World Athlete of the Year Russia Yelena Isinbayeva
Track & Field Athlete of the Year Ethiopia Tirunesh Dibaba
European Athlete of the Year Russia Yelena Isinbayeva
European Athletics Rising Star United Kingdom Stephanie Twell

Men's best year performances[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.69 WR
2.  Asafa Powell (JAM) 9.72
3.  Tyson Gay (USA) 9.77
4.  Travis Padgett (USA) 9.89
 Darvis Patton (USA) 9.89
 Richard Thompson (TRI) 9.89

200 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.30 WR
2.  Walter Dix (USA) 19.86
 Shawn Crawford (USA) 19.86
4.  Wallace Spearmon (USA) 19.90
5.  Rodney Martin (USA) 19.99

400 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  LaShawn Merritt (USA) 43.75
2.  Jeremy Wariner (USA) 43.82
3.  Angelo Taylor (USA) 44.38
4.  Chris Brown (BAH) 44.40
5.  Martyn Rooney (GBR) 44.60

800 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Abubaker Kaki (SUD) 1:42.69
2.  Yuriy Borzakovskiy (RUS) 1:42.79
 Yusuf Saad Kamel (BHR) 1:42.79
4.  Yeimer López (CUB) 1:43.07
5.  Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) 1:43.26

1500 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (KEN) 3:31.49
2.  Augustine Kiprono Choge (KEN) 3:31.57
3.  Asbel Kipruto Kiprop (KEN) 3:31.64
4.  Abdalaati Iguider (MAR) 3:31.88
5.  Shedrack Kibet Korir (KEN) 3:31.94

3000 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (KEN) 7:31.83
2.  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 7:31.94
3.  Augustine Kiprono Choge (KEN) 7:32.01
4.  Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (UGA) 7:32.42
5.  Levy Matebo (KEN) 7:33.01

5000 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:50.18
2.  Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN) 12:50.55
3.  Tariku Bekele (ETH) 12:52.45
4.  Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (UGA) 12:54.70
5.  Abreham Cherkos (ETH) 12:57.56

10000 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:25.97
2.  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 26:50.53
3.  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 26:51.20
4.  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 26:54.32
5.  Leonard Komon (KEN) 26:57.08

110 metres hurdles[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Dayron Robles (CUB) 12.87 WR
2.  David Oliver (USA) 12.95
3.  Terrence Trammell (USA) 13.08
4.  Antwon Hicks (USA) 13.09
5.  Anwar Moore (USA) 13.15

400 metres hurdles[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Angelo Taylor (USA) 47.25
2.  Kerron Clement (USA) 47.79
3.  Bershawn Jackson (USA) 48.02
4.  L.J. van Zyl (RSA) 48.22
5.  Danny McFarlane (JAM) 48.30

3000 metres steeplechase[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 8:00.57
2.  Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong (KEN) 8:07.64
3.  Tareq Mubarak Taher (BHR) 8:08.53
4.  Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (FRA) 8:08.95
5.  Michael Kipyego (KEN) 8:09.05

Half marathon[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 59:15
 Deriba Merga (ETH) 59:15
3.  Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich (KEN) 59:16
4.  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 59:26
5.  Patrick Makau Musyoki (KEN) 59:29
 Evans Kiprop Cheruiyot (KEN) 59:29

Marathon[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:03:59 WR
2.  Martin Lel (KEN) 2:05:15
3.  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:05:24
4.  Abderrahim Goumri (MAR) 2:05:30
5.  James Kipsang Kwambai (KEN) 2:05:36

High jump[edit]

RANK ATHLETE HEIGHT
1.  Andrey Silnov (RUS) 2.38
2.  Stefan Holm (SWE) 2.37
3.  Dusty Jonas (USA) 2.36
4.  Michał Bieniek (POL) 2.35
5.  Kabelo Kgosiemang (BOT) 2.34
 Germaine Mason (GBR) 2.34
 Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS) 2.34

Pole vault[edit]

RANK ATHLETE HEIGHT
1.  Brad Walker (USA) 6.04
2.  Evgeniy Lukyanenko (RUS) 6.01
3.  Steven Hooker (AUS) 6.00
4.  Denys Yurchenko (UKR) 5.83
5.  Maksym Mazuryk (UKR) 5.82

Long jump[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Irving Saladino (PAN) 8.73
2.  Ibrahim Camejo (CUB) 8.46
3.  Loúis Tsátoumas (GRE) 8.44
4.  Mohamed Salman Al Khuwalidi (KSA) 8.37
5.  Trevell Quinley (USA) 8.36

Triple jump[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Nelson Évora (POR) 17.67
2.  Phillips Idowu (GBR) 17.62
3.  Leevan Sands (BAH) 17.59
4.  Arnie David Girat (CUB) 17.52
5.  Alexis Copello (CUB) 17.50

Shot put[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Adam Nelson (USA) 22.12
2.  Reese Hoffa (USA) 22.10
3.  Andrei Mikhnevich (BLR) 22.00
4.  Christian Cantwell (USA) 21.76
5.  Tomasz Majewski (POL) 21.51

Javelin throw[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) 90.57
2.  Jarrod Bannister (AUS) 89.02
3.  Tero Pitkämäki (FIN) 87.70
4.  Antti Ruuskanen (FIN) 87.33
5.  Sergey Makarov (RUS) 86.88

Discus throw[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Gerd Kanter (EST) 71.88
2.  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 71.25
3.  Mario Pestano (ESP) 69.50
4.  Ehsan Haddadi (IRI) 69.32
5.  Ian Waltz (USA) 68.90

Hammer throw[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Ivan Tsikhan (BLR) 84.51
2.  Primož Kozmus (SLO) 82.02
3.  Krisztián Pars (HUN) 81.96
4.  Koji Murofushi (JPN) 81.87
5.  Vadim Devyatovskiy (BLR) 81.70

Decathlon[edit]

RANK ATHLETE POINTS
1.  Bryan Clay (USA) 8832
2.  Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) 8585
3.  Trey Hardee (USA) 8534
4.  Leonel Suárez (CUB) 8527
5.  Tom Pappas (USA) 8511

Women's best year performances[edit]

100 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Torri Edwards (USA) 10.78
 Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM) 10.78
3.  Kerron Stewart (JAM) 10.80
4.  Muna Lee (USA) 10.85
5.  Sherone Simpson (JAM) 10.87
 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 10.87

200 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 21.74
2.  Allyson Felix (USA) 21.93
3.  Kerron Stewart (JAM) 21.99
4.  Muna Lee (USA) 22.01
5.  Sherone Simpson (JAM) 22.11

400 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Christine Ohuruogu (GBR) 49.62
2.  Shericka Williams (JAM) 49.69
3.  Sanya Richards (USA) 49.74
4.  Amantle Montsho (BOT) 49.83
 Allyson Felix (USA) 49.83

800 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Pamela Jelimo (KEN) 1:54.01
2.  Yelena Soboleva (RUS) 1:54.85
3.  Tatyana Andrianova (RUS) 1:56.00
4.  Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:56.07
5.  Svetlana Klyuka (RUS) 1:56.64

1500 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Yelena Soboleva (RUS) 3:56.59
2.  Tatyana Tomashova (RUS) 3:59.42
3.  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR) 3:59.84
4.  Nancy Jebet Lagat (KEN) 4:00.23
5.  Shannon Rowbury (USA) 4:00.33

3000 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 8:33.66
2.  Wude Ayalew (ETH) 8:35.50
3.  Dolores Checa (ESP) 8:37.78
4.  Peninah Jepchumba (KEN) 8:40.12
5.  Priscah Jepleting Cherono (KEN) 8:42.04

5000 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 14:11.15 WR
2.  Meseret Defar (ETH) 14:12.88
3.  Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) 14:23.75
4.  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:25.43
5.  Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 14:33.13

10000 metres[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 29:54.66
2.  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 29:56.34
3.  Shalane Flanagan (USA) 30:22.22
4.  Linet Masai (KEN) 30:26.50
5.  Kimberley Smith (NZL) 30:35.54

100 metres hurdles[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  LoLo Jones (USA) 12.43
2.  Damu Cherry (USA) 12.47
3.  Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) 12.49
4.  Josephine Onyia (ESP) 12.50
5.  Sally McLellan (AUS) 12.53

400 metres hurdles[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Melaine Walker (JAM) 52.64
2.  Tiffany Williams (USA) 53.54
3.  Sheena Tosta (USA) 53.58
4.  Tasha Danvers (GBR) 53.84
5.  Anastasiya Rabchenyuk (UKR) 53.96

3000 metres steeplechase[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 8:58.81 WR
2.  Eunice Jepkorir (KEN) 9:07.41
3.  Yekaterina Volkova (RUS) 9:07.64
4.  Tatyana Petrova (RUS) 9:12.33
5.  Cristina Casandra (ROU) 9:16.85

Half marathon[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Philes Ongori (KEN) 1:07:57
2.  Yukiko Akaba (JPN) 1:08:11
3.  Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 1:08:17
4.  Genet Getaneh (ETH) 1:08:18
5.  Peninah Arusei (KEN) 1:08:20

Marathon[edit]

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.  Irina Mikitenko (GER) 2:19:19
2.  Askale Tafa (ETH) 2:21:31
3.  Zhang Yingying (CHN) 2:22:38
4.  Berhane Adere (ETH) 2:22:42
5.  Galina Bogomolova (RUS) 2:22:53

High jump[edit]

RANK ATHLETE HEIGHT
1.  Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.06
2.  Tia Hellebaut (BEL) 2.05
3.  Anna Chicherova (RUS) 2.04
4.  Ariane Friedrich (GER) 2.03
 Elena Slesarenko (RUS) 2.03

Pole vault[edit]

RANK ATHLETE HEIGHT
1.  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.05 WR
2.  Jennifer Stuczynski (USA) 4.92
3.  Fabiana Murer (BRA) 4.80
4.  Monika Pyrek (POL) 4.75
 Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.75
 Yuliya Golubchikova (RUS) 4.75

Long jump[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Naide Gomes (POR) 7.12
2.  Lyudmila Kolchanova (RUS) 7.04
 Maurren Maggi (BRA) 7.04
4.  Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 7.03
5.  Brittney Reese (USA) 6.95

Triple jump[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Françoise Mbango Etone (CMR) 15.39
2.  Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 15.32
3.  Hrysopiyi Devetzi (GRE) 15.23
4.  Yargelis Savigne (CUB) 15.20
5.  Olga Rypakova (KAZ) 15.11

Shot put[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR) 20.98
2.  Natallia Mikhnevich (BLR) 20.70
3.  Valerie Vili (NZL) 20.56
4.  Nadine Kleinert (GER) 19.89
5.  Yulia Leantsiuk (BLR) 19.79

Javelin throw[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Barbora Špotáková (CZE) 72.28 WR
2.  Mariya Abakumova (RUS) 70.78
3.  Christina Obergföll (GER) 69.81
4.  Steffi Nerius (GER) 68.34
5.  Linda Stahl (GER) 66.06

Discus throw[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Iryna Yatchenko (BLR) 67.89
2.  Darya Pishchalnikova (RUS) 67.28
3.  Nicoleta Grasu (ROU) 66.51
4.  Stephanie Brown-Trafton (USA) 66.17
5.  Yarelis Barrios (CUB) 66.13

Hammer throw[edit]

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.  Aksana Miankova (BLR) 77.32
2.  Martina Hrasnová (SVK) 76.82
3.  Yipsi Moreno (CUB) 76.62
4.  Darya Pchelnik (BLR) 76.33
5.  Gulfiya Khanafeyeva (RUS) 75.07

Heptathlon[edit]

RANK ATHLETE POINTS
1.  Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) 6733
2.  Hyleas Fountain (USA) 6667
3.  Tatyana Chernova (RUS) 6618
4.  Lyudmyla Blonska (UKR) 6570
5.  Olga Kurban (RUS) 6559

Deaths[edit]