2012 in athletics (track and field)

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2012 in athletics
Olympic Stadium (London), 1 September 2012.jpg
The Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Olympic athletics
Major world events 2012 Olympic Games
World records set 12
IAAF Athletes of the Year Usain Bolt
Allyson Felix
World Marathon Majors winners Geoffrey Mutai
Mary Jepkosgei Keitany
2011
2013


In 2012 the foremost competition in athletics was the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The International Association of Athletics Federations held four other global level competitions in 2012: the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics and the 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.[1]

For the first time since 1945, there was no global level championship for cross country running, as the IAAF World Cross Country Championships moved to a biennial format.[2] Three of the major continental championships were held a month prior to the London Olympics: the 2012 African Championships in Athletics, 2012 European Athletics Championships and 2012 Oceania Athletics Championships.

The Diamond League entered its third year as the foremost seasonal track and field series.

Major events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

Marathons[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date Ref
400 m hurdles (indoor) Felix Sanchez  Dominican Republic 48.78 Meeting National Val-de-Reuil France Val-de-Reuil, France 18 February [3][4]
Heptathlon (Indoor) Ashton Eaton  United States 6645 pts World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 9–10 March 2012 [5]
25 km (road) Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  Kenya 1:11:18 BIG 25 Germany Berlin, Germany 6 May 2012 [6][7]
Decathlon Ashton Eaton  United States 9039 pts United States Olympic Trials United States Eugene, United States 22–23 June 2012 [8]
800 m David Rudisha  Kenya 1:40.91 Olympic Games United Kingdom London, Great Britain 9 August 2012 [9]
4 × 100 m relay Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
 Jamaica 36.84 Olympic Games United Kingdom London, Great Britain 11 August 2012 [10]
110 m hurdles Aries Merritt  United States 12.80 (+0.3 m/s) Memorial Van Damme Belgium Brussels, Belgium 7 September 2012 [11]

Women[edit]

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date Ref
2000 m steeplechase (Indoor) Yelena Orlova  Russia 6:06.11 Moscow City Championships Russia Moscow, Russia 12 February 2012 [12][13]
Pole vault (Indoor) Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 5.01 m XL Galan Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 23 February 2012 [14][15]
Pentathlon (Indoor) Nataliya Dobrynska  Ukraine 5013 pts World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 9 March 2012 [16]
4 × 100 m relay Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
 United States 40.82 Olympic Games United Kingdom London, Great Britain 10 August 2012 [17]
20 km walk (road) Elena Lashmanova  Russia 1:25:02 Olympic Games United Kingdom London, Great Britain 11 August 2012 [18]

Season's bests[edit]

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
60 metres  Trell Kimmons (USA) 6.45  Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 7.01
100 metres  Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.63  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 10.70
200 metres  Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.32  Allyson Felix (USA) 21.69
400 metres  Kirani James (GRN) 43.94  Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS) 49.16
800 metres  David Rudisha (KEN) 1:40.91 WR  Mariya Savinova (RUS) 1:56.19
1500 metres  Asbel Kiprop (KEN) 3:28.88  Abeba Aregawi (ETH) 3:56.54
Mile run  Asbel Kiprop (KEN) 3:49.22  Brenda Martinez (USA) 4:26.76
3000 metres  Augustine Choge (KEN) 7:29.94  Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego (KEN) 8:35.89
5000 metres  Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 12:46.81  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:35.62
10,000 metres  Emmanuel Bett (KEN) 26:51.16  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 30:20.75
60 metres hurdles  Dexter Faulk (USA) 7.40  Sally Pearson (AUS) 7.73
100/110 metres hurdles  Aries Merritt (USA) 12.80 WR  Sally Pearson (AUS) 12.35
400 metres hurdles  Félix Sánchez (DOM) 47.63  Natalya Antyukh (RUS) 52.70
3000 metres steeplechase  Paul Koech (KEN) 7:54.31  Yuliya Zaripova (RUS) 9:07.03
10 kilometres  Leonard Komon (KEN) 27:15  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 30:47
15 kilometres  Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 41:46  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 47:08
20 kilometres  Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 55:52  Mary Jepkosgei Keitany (KEN) 1:03:12
Half marathon  Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 58:47  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:05:50
25 kilometres  Dennis Kipruto Kimetto (KEN) 1:11:18  Tiki Gelana (KEN) 1:22:33
30 kilometres  Yemane Tsegay (ETH) 1:27:41  Tiki Gelana (ETH) 1:39:07
Marathon  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 2:04:15  Mary Jepkosgei Keitany (KEN) 2:18:37
20 kilometres race walk  Wang Zhen (CHN) 1:17:36  Elena Lashmanova (RUS) 1:25:02
50 kilometres race walk  Sergey Bakulin (RUS) 3:35:59
Pole vault  Björn Otto (GER) 6.01 m  Jennifer Suhr (USA) 4.83 m
High jump  Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
 Ivan Ukhov (RUS)
2.39 m  Anna Chicherova (RUS) 2.05 m
Long jump  Sergey Morgunov (RUS)
 Greg Rutherford (GBR)
8.35 m  Brittney Reese (USA) 7.15 m
Triple jump  Christian Taylor (USA) 17.81 m  Olha Saladuha (UKR) 14.99 m
Shot put  Christian Cantwell (USA) 22.31 m  Valerie Adams (NZL) 21.11 m
Discus throw  Robert Harting (GER) 70.66 m  Sandra Perkovic (CRO) 69.11 m
Javelin throw  Vítězslav Veselý (CZE) 88.34 m  Barbora Špotáková (CZE) 69.55 m
Hammer throw  Krisztián Pars (HUN) 81.89 m  Aksana Miankova (BLR) 78.69 m
Pentathlon  Natallia Dobrynska (UKR) 5013 pts
Heptathlon  Ashton Eaton (USA) 6645 pts WR  Jessica Ennis (GBR) 6955 pts NR
Decathlon  Ashton Eaton (USA) 9039 pts WR
4×100 metres relay  Jamaica
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
36.84 WR  United States
Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
40.82 WR
4×400 metres relay  Bahamas
Chris Brown
Demetrius Pinder
Michael Mathieu
Ramon Miller
2:56.72 NR  United States
DeeDee Trotter
Allyson Felix
Francena McCorory
Sanya Richards-Ross
3:16.87

Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

Award Winner
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Usain Bolt (JAM)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  David Rudisha (KEN)
European Athlete of the Year Trophy  Mo Farah (GBR)
European Athletics Rising Star  Pavel Maslák (CZE)

Women[edit]

Award Winner
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Allyson Felix (USA)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Valerie Adams (NZL)
European Athlete of the Year Trophy  Jessica Ennis (GBR)
European Athletics Rising Star  Angelica Bengtsson (SWE)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012 World Athletics Series Archived 2012-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
  2. ^ 47th IAAF Congress – Day 1 Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF (2009-08-12). Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
  3. ^ "Meeting National Val-de-Reuil 2012 Complete Results". www.bases.athle.com. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Félix Sánchez corre los 400 metros vallas en 48.78" (in Spanish). www.listindiario.com.do. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Heptathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 10 March 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dennis Kipruto Kimetto Big 25 Result". www.berlin25km.r.mikatiming.de. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Decathlon Results". USATF. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "800 Metres Results". IAAF. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "4x100 Metres Relay Results". IAAF. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "110 Metres Hurdles Results". IAAF. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Indoor round up, 800m world lead for Kofanova in Moscow". EAA. 13 February 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-02-15. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Moscow City Championships 2012 Complete Results" (PDF). www.mosathletics.ru. 12 February 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "XL Galan 2012 Complete Results". 23 February 2012. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Isinbayeva clears 5.01m World record in Stockholm!". IAAF. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Pentathlon Results". IAAF. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "4 × 100m Relay Results". IAAF. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "20km Race Walk Results". IAAF. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
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