2011 in athletics (track and field)

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2011 in athletics
Major world events 2011 World Championships
World records set 13
IAAF Athletes of the Year Usain Bolt
Sally Pearson
World Marathon Majors winners Emmanuel Mutai
Liliya Shobukhova
New competitions African XC Championships
2010
2012


In 2011, the foremost athletics event was the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu. The other major global level competition held in 2011 was the World Cross Country Championships.

The 2011 season marked the re-establishment of the African Cross Country Championships, an event created in response to the change of the World Cross Championships from an annual to a biennial format. It was also the first year since 1992 that the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was not held, as that competition also switched to a two-year schedule.

Major events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

National[edit]

Dates Event City
12–13 February Austria Austrian Indoor Championships Linz[1]
12–13 February Latvia Latvian Indoor Championships Kuldīga[2]
18–19 February Lithuania Lithuanian Indoor Championships Klaipėda [3]
19–21 April Tonga Tonga Championships Nukuʻalofa[4]
30–31 May Armenia Armenian Championships Artashat[5]
10–12 June Japan Japanese Championships Kumagaya [6]
23–26 June United States USA Championships Eugene
24–25 June The Bahamas Bahamian Championships Freeport [7]
25–26 June Italy Italian Championships Turin [8]
23–24 July Germany German Championships Kassel[9]
23–24 July Lithuania Lithuanian Championships Kaunas [3]
30–31 July Latvia Latvian Championships [2]
6–7 August Spain Spanish Championships Málaga [10]
11–13 August Poland Polish Championships Bydgoszcz[11]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
Indoor heptathlon Ashton Eaton  United States 6568 pts[12] International Indoor Combined Events Meeting Estonia Tallinn, Estonia 5–6 February
Triple jump (indoor) Teddy Tamgho  France 17.91 m[13] French Indoor Championships France Aubière, France 20 February
17.92 m
17.92 m[14]
European Indoor Championships France Paris, France 6 March
50,000 m track walk Yohann Diniz  France 3:35:27.20 hours[15] N/A France Reims, France 12 March
25,000 metres (track)
30,000 metres (track)
Moses Mosop  Kenya 1:12:25.4
1:26:47.4[16]
Prefontaine Classic United States Eugene, Oregon, USA 4 June
4 × 100 metres relay Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
 Jamaica 37.04[17] World Championships in Athletics South Korea Daegu, South Korea 4 September
30 km (road) Peter Cheruiyot Kirui  Kenya 1:27:37[18] 2011 Berlin Marathon Germany Berlin, Germany 25 September
Marathon Patrick Makau  Kenya 2:03:38[18]

Women[edit]

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
20 km road Mary Keitany  Kenya 1:02:36+[19] Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon United Arab Emirates Ras Al Khaimah, UAE 18 February
Half marathon 1:05:50[19]
4×800 m relay (indoor) Team Moscow
Aleksandra Bulanova
Yekaterina Martynova
Yelena Kofanova
Anna Balakshina
 Russia 8:06.24[20] Russian Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 18 February
20 km road walk Vera Sokolova  Russia 1:25:08[21] Russian Race Walking Championships Sochi, Russia 26 February
Hammer throw Betty Heidler  Germany 79.42 m[22] International Throwing Meeting Halle, Germany 21 May

Season's bests[edit]

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
60 metres  Mike Rodgers (USA) 6.48  LaKya Brookins (USA) 7.09
100 metres  Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.76  Carmelita Jeter (USA) 10.70
200 metres  Yohan Blake (JAM) 19.26  Shalonda Solomon (USA) 22.15
400 metres  LaShawn Merritt (USA) 44.35  Anastasiya Kapachinskaya (RUS) 49.35
800 metres  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:41.33  Mariya Savinova (RUS) 1:55.87
1500 metres  Asbel Kiprop (KEN) 3:30.46  Morgan Uceny (USA) 4:00.06
Mile run  Haron Keitany (KEN) 3:49.09  Jennifer Simpson (USA) 4:28.60
3000 metres  Yenew Alamirew (ETH) 7:27.26  Sentayehu Ejigu (ETH) 8:30.26 indoor
5000 metres  Mo Farah (GBR) 12:53.11  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:20.87
10,000 metres  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:43.16  Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego (KEN) 30:38.35
60 metres hurdles  David Oliver (USA) 7.37  Kellie Wells (USA) 7.79
100/110 metres hurdles  David Oliver (USA) 12.94  Sally Pearson (AUS) 12.28
400 metres hurdles  L.J. van Zyl (RSA) 47.66  Lashinda Demus (USA) 52.47
3000 metres steeplechase  Brimin Kipruto (KEN) 7:53.64  Yuliya Zaripova (RUS) 9:07.03
10 kilometres  Micah Kogo (KEN)
 Leonard Komon (KEN)
27:15  Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 30:38
15 kilometres  Leonard Komon (KEN) 41:26  Mary Keitany (KEN) 46:40
20 kilometres  Deriba Merga (ETH) 56:16  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:02:36 WR
Half marathon  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 58:30  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:05:50 WR
25 kilometres  Mathew Kisorio (KEN) 1:12:13  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:21:38
30 kilometres  Peter Cheruiyot Kirui (KEN) 1:27:37 WR  Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) 1:38:23 WR
Marathon  Patrick Makau (KEN) 2:03:38 WR  Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) 2:18:20
20 kilometres race walk  Wang Zhen (CHN) 1:18:30  Vera Sokolova (RUS) 1:25:08 WR
50 kilometres race walk  Sergey Bakulin (RUS) 3:38:46
Pole vault  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 6.03 m indoor  Jennifer Suhr (USA) 4.91 m
High jump  Ivan Ukhov (RUS) 2.38 m indoor  Anna Chicherova (RUS) 2.07 m NR
Long jump  Mitchell Watt (AUS) 8.54 m  Brittney Reese (USA) 7.19 m
Triple jump  Christian Taylor (USA) 17.96 m  Yargeris Savigne (CUB)
 Caterine Ibargüen (COL)
14.99 m
Shot put  Dylan Armstrong (CAN) 22.21 m  Valerie Adams (NZL) 21.24 m
Discus throw  Zoltán Kővágó (HUN) 69.50 m  Li Yanfeng (CHN) 67.98 m
Javelin throw  Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) 90.61 m  Maria Abakumova (RUS) 71.99 m NR
Hammer throw  Krisztián Pars (HUN) 81.89 m  Betty Heidler (GER) 79.42 m WR
Pentathlon  Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida (FRA) 4723 pts
Heptathlon  Ashton Eaton (USA) 6568 pts WR  Tatyana Chernova (RUS) 6880 pts
Decathlon  Ashton Eaton (USA) 8729 pts
4×100 metres relay  Jamaica
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
37.04  United States
Bianca Knight
Allyson Felix
Marshevet Myers
Carmelita Jeter
41.56
4×400 metres relay  United States
Greg Nixon
Jamaal Torrance
Michael Berry
LaShawn Merritt
2:58.82  United States
Sanya Richards-Ross
Allyson Felix
Jessica Beard
Francena McCorory
3:18.09

Awards[edit]

Australia's Sally Pearson was the women's IAAF Athlete of the Year.

Men[edit]

Award Winner
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Usain Bolt (JAM)[24]
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  David Rudisha (KEN)[25]
European Athlete of the Year Trophy  Mo Farah (GBR)[26]
European Athletics Rising Star  David Storl (GER)[27]

Women[edit]

Award Winner
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Sally Pearson (AUS)[24]
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)[28]
European Athlete of the Year Trophy  Mariya Savinova (RUS)[26]
European Athletics Rising Star  Jodie Williams (GBR)[27]

Deaths[edit]

The 2008 Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru died in May.
  • 3 January – Zbigniew Jaremski (61), 400 m relay silver medallist at the 1976 Olympics[29]
  • 16 January – Stefka Yordanova (64), 1973 European indoor champion over 800 m[30]
  • 3 February – Robert Young (95), 400 m relay silver medallist at the 1936 Olympics[31]
  • 5 February – Albert Yator (17), Kenyan world junior steeplechase medalist[32]
  • 13 February – Inese Jaunzeme (78), javelin thrower and Latvia's first Olympic champion
  • 19 February – Ollie Matson (70), 400 m runner and 1952 Olympic medallist[33]
  • 25 February – Peter Hildreth (82), 1950 European Championships medallist in the hurdles[34]
  • 14 March – Eduard Gushchin (60), 1968 Olympic medallist in the shot put [35]
  • 19 April – Grete Waitz (57), distance runner and world champion and record holder in the marathon[36]
  • 16 May – Samuel Wanjiru (24), first Kenyan to win the Olympic marathon and a former half marathon world record holder[37]
  • 28 May – Romuald Klim (78), 1964 Olympic champion and former world record holder in the hammer throw[38]
  • 30 May - Ricky Bruch, (64) former world record holder in the discus throw[39]
  • 6 June – Benjamín González (53), World and European indoor medallist over 400 and 800 metres[40]
  • 10 June – Cosimo Caliandro (29), 3000 metres gold medallist at the 2007 European Indoors[41]
  • 10 July – Ragnar Lundberg (86), pole vaulter and 1950 European champion[42]
  • 12 July – Kurt Lundquist (85), 400 m runner and 1948 Olympic relay medallist[43]
  • 17 August – Pierre Quinon (49), 1984 Olympic pole vault champion[44]
  • 2 October – Vera Popkova (68), 1971 European indoor champion over 400 metres[45]
  • 13 October – Abdoulaye Seye (77), sprinter and 1960 Olympic medallist over 200 m[46]
  • 12 December – Sunday Bada (42), 1997 World indoor champion over 400 metres and Olympic relay gold medallist[47]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Austrian Indoor Championships
  2. ^ a b Latvian Championships
  3. ^ a b Lithuanian Championships
  4. ^ Tonga Championships
  5. ^ Armenian Championships
  6. ^ Japanese Championships
  7. ^ Bahamian Championships
  8. ^ Italian Championships
  9. ^ "111. Deutsche Leichtathletik-Meisterschaften" (PDF). Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (in German). 24 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Spanish Championships
  11. ^ 87 Mistrzostwa Polski
  12. ^ Lindmae, Maris (2011-02-06). Eaton sets new World record in Tallinn with 6568 points. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-12.
  13. ^ Tamgho triples to 17.91m World indoor record in Aubiere. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
  14. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2011-03-06). Tamgho twice (!) triples 17.92m World record in Paris as European Indoor Champs conclude. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  15. ^ Warburton, Paul (2011-03-12). Rolling Stones and champagne accompany World 50,000m race walk track record for Diniz. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  16. ^ Martin, Dave (2011-06-04). Mosop rips apart World records for 25,000 and 30,000m in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-05.
  17. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2011-09-04). Daegu 2011 - Day 9 SUMMARY - 4 September. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-14.
  18. ^ a b Butcher, Pat (2011-09-25). Makau stuns with 2:03:38 Marathon World record in Berlin! - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-05.
  19. ^ a b Hutchings, Tim (2011-02-18). Keitany smashes Half Marathon World record in Ras Al Khaimah - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  20. ^ Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-02-19). Women’s World 4x800m Relay record falls in Moscow – Russian indoor champs wrap. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
  21. ^ Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-02-26). Sokolova heads off Kirdyapkina to clock 1:25:08 World record - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  22. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2011-05-21). 79.42m - Heidler breaks World Hammer Throw record in Halle - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
  23. ^ Discus Throw 2011. IAAF (2011-12-15). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  24. ^ a b Bolt and Pearson are World Athletes of the Year – 2011 World Athletics Gala. IAAF (2011-11-12). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  25. ^ http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=959&Itemid=118
  26. ^ a b Farah and Savinova named European Athletes of the Year. IAAF/European Athletics (2011-10-05). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  27. ^ a b Stars of Europe honoured during the Awards Night in Arona. European Athletics (2011-10-05). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  28. ^ http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=960&Itemid=118
  29. ^ Zbigniew Jaremski. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  30. ^ Former European 800m indoor champion Yordanova dies[permanent dead link]. European Athletics (2011-01-19). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  31. ^ Bob Young. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  32. ^ Albert Yator cause of death confirmed Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine.. Athletics Weekly (2011-02-09). Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
  33. ^ Pergament, Alan (2011-02-22). Matson obituary: protecting the NFL? Still Talkin' TV (wnymedia.net). Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  34. ^ 1950 European Athletics Championships medallist Peter Hildreth dies Archived March 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. European Athletics (2011-02-27). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  35. ^ 1968 Olympic medallist Eduard Gushchin dies Archived 2011-04-24 at the Wayback Machine.. European Athletics (2011-03-15). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  36. ^ Distance running legend Grete Waitz passes away, memorial tribute to be held on 11 May. IAAF (2011-04-19). Retrieved on 2011-05-01.
  37. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2011-05-16). Samuel Wanjiru, Olympic Marathon champion, dies at 24. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-05-18.
  38. ^ Klim, Olympic Hammer Throw champion, passes away. IAAF (2011-06-02). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  39. ^ [1] (Swedish)
  40. ^ Spain’s 1982 European Athletics Indoor Championships medallist Benjamin Gonzalez dies. European Athletics (2011-06-09). Retrieved on 2011-06-11.
  41. ^ Italy’s 2007 European indoor championships Cosimo Caliandro killed Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. European Athletics (2011-06-11). Retrieved on 2011-06-11.
  42. ^ Ragnar Lundberg. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  43. ^ Kurt Lundquist. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  44. ^ French Pole Vault ace Pierre Quinon has died. IAAF (2011-08-18). Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  45. ^ Former European indoor 400m champion Vera Popkova passes away Archived 2011-10-09 at the Wayback Machine.. European Athletics (2011-10-04). Retrieved on 2011-10-05.
  46. ^ Abdoulaye Seye, 1960 Olympic bronze medallist, passes away. IAAF (2011-10-14). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  47. ^ 1997 World Indoor champion Sunday Bada dies. IAAF (2011-12-13). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.

Further reading[edit]

Annual season reviews from IAAF by A. Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava: