IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics

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The International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships were inaugurated as the World Indoor Games in 1985 in Paris, France and were subsequently renamed in 1987 as they are known today.

History[edit]

They have been held every two years except for when they were held in consecutive years 2003 and 2004 to facilitate the need for them to be held in alternate years to the main IAAF World Championships (outdoors) in the future.

Championships[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Venue No. of
events
No. of
countries
No. of
athletes
Top of the
medal table
1985 Paris  France 18–19 January 1985 Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 24 69 319  East Germany
1 1987 Indianapolis  United States 6–8 March 1987 Hoosier Dome 24 85 419  Soviet Union
2 1989 Budapest  Hungary 3–5 March 1989 Budapest Sportcsarnok 24 62 373  Soviet Union
3 1991 Seville  Spain 8–10 March 1991 Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo 26[1] 80 518  Soviet Union
4 1993 Toronto  Canada 12–14 March 1993 SkyDome 27[2] 93 537  Russia
5 1995 Barcelona  Spain 10–12 March 1995 Palau Sant Jordi 27 131 594  Russia
6 1997 Paris  France 7–9 March 1997 Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy [1] 28 118 712  United States
7 1999 Maebashi  Japan 5–7 March 1999 Green Dome Maebashi 28 115 451  United States
8 2001 Lisbon  Portugal 9–11 March 2001 Pavilhão Atlântico 28 136 510  United States
9 2003 Birmingham  United Kingdom 14–16 March 2003 National Indoor Arena 28 131 583  United States
10 2004 Budapest  Hungary 5–7 March 2004 Budapest Sports Arena 28 139 677  Russia
11 2006 Moscow  Russia 10–12 March 2006 Olimpiysky Stadium 26 129 562  Russia
12 2008 Valencia  Spain 7–9 March 2008 Luis Puig Palace 26 147 574  United States
13 2010 Doha  Qatar 12–14 March 2010 ASPIRE Dome 26 146 585  United States
14 2012 Istanbul  Turkey 9–11 March 2012 Ataköy Athletics Arena 26 171 629  United States
15 2014 Sopot  Poland 7–9 March 2014 Ergo Arena 26 134 538  United States
16 2016 Portland  United States 17–20 March 2016 Oregon Convention Center 26 137 487  United States
17 2018 Birmingham  United Kingdom 2–4 March 2018 National Indoor Arena
18 2020 Kharkiv  Ukraine TBA Sports Palace "Lokomotyv"

Events[edit]

The events held have remained more or less the same since they originated with the main alterations coming in the earlier years.

The 4 x 400 m relay race for both men and women was added to the full schedule in 1991 as was the women's triple jump, but only as an exhibition event before gaining full status at the following championships.

1993 saw the last of the racewalking events included and a 1600 m medley relay was tried but dropped for future games. This same year a men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon were successfully introduced as non-championship events and have remained in place since.

In 1997 the women's pole vault entered the fray – two years before it made an appearance at the games' outdoor counterpart.

The 200 m has been absent since the 2006 championships in Moscow, as it was deemed unfair. Its results had become too predictable. Because of the tight bends involved, athletes not drawn in one of the outside lanes had next to no chance of winning.

Outstanding achievements[edit]

Seven gold medals[edit]

Mozambique's Maria de Lurdes Mutola won seven gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the women's 800 m from 1993 to 2008.

Natalya Nazarova has won seven gold and one silver medal from 1999 to 2008 in the 400 m and 4 × 400 m relay.

Five gold medals[edit]

Cuban Iván Pedroso won five straight golds in the men's long jump from 1993–2001.
Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria won five gold medals in the women's high jump.

Four gold medals[edit]

Championship records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref Video
60 m 6.42 Maurice Greene  United States 7 March 1999 1999 World Championships Japan Maebashi, Japan [2]
400 m 45.11 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica 10 March 2012 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey [3] [3]
800 m 1:42.67 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark 9 March 1997 1997 World Championships France Paris, France [4]
1500 m 3:33.77 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 7 March 1999 1999 World Championships Japan Maebashi, Japan
3000 m 7:34.71 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 9 March 1997 1997 World Championships France Paris, France
60 m hurdles 7.34 Dayron Robles  Cuba 14 March 2010 2010 World Championships Qatar Doha, Qatar [4] [5]
High jump 2.43 m Javier Sotomayor  Cuba 4 March 1989 1989 World Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Pole vault 6.02 m Renaud Lavillenie  France 17 March 2016 2016 World Championships United States Portland, United States [5]
Long jump 8.62 m Iván Pedroso  Cuba 7 March 1999 1999 World Championships Japan Maebashi, Japan
Triple jump 17.90 m Teddy Tamgho  France 14 March 2010 2010 World Championships Qatar Doha, Qatar [6] [6]
Shot put 22.24 m Ulf Timmermann  East Germany 7 March 1987 1987 World Championships United States Indianapolis, United States
Heptathlon 6645 pts Ashton Eaton  United States 9–10 March 2012 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey [7]
6.79 (60 m), 8.16 m (long jump), 14.56 m (shot put), 2.03 m (high jump) / 7.68 (60 m hurdles), 5.20 m (pole vault), 2:32.77 (1000 m)
4 × 400 m relay 3:02.13 Kyle Clemons
David Verburg
Kind Butler III
Calvin Smith Jr.
 United States 9 March 2014 2014 World Championships Poland Sopot, Poland [8] [7]

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref Video
60 m 6.95 Gail Devers  United States 12 March 1993 1993 World Championships Canada Toronto, Canada
400 m 50.04 Olesya Forsheva  Russia 12 March 2006 2006 World Championships Russia Moscow, Russia
800 m 1:56.90 Ludmila Formanová  Czech Republic 7 March 1999 1999 World Championships Japan Maebashi, Japan
1500 m 3:59.41 X Yuliya Fomenko  Russia 9 March 2008 2008 World Championships Spain Valencia, Spain
3:59.75 Gelete Burka  Ethiopia 9 March 2008 2008 World Championships Spain Valencia, Spain
3000 m 8:33.82 Elly van Hulst  Netherlands 4 March 1989 1989 World Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
60 m hurdles 7.72 Lolo Jones  United States 13 March 2010 2010 World Championships Qatar Doha, Qatar [9]
High jump 2.05 m Stefka Kostadinova  Bulgaria 8 March 1987 1987 World Championships United States Indianapolis, United States
Pole vault 4.90 m Jennifer Suhr  United States 17 March 2016 2016 World Championships United States Portland, United States [10]
Long jump 7.23 m Brittney Reese  United States 11 March 2012 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey [11] [8]
Triple jump 15.36 m Tatyana Lebedeva  Russia 6 March 2004 2004 World Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Shot put 20.85 m Nadzeya Ostapchuk  Belarus 14 March 2010 2010 World Championships Qatar Doha, Qatar [12]
Pentathlon 5013 pts Nataliya Dobrynska  Ukraine 9 March 2012 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey [13]
8.38 (60 m hurdles), 1.84 m (high jump), 16.51 m (shot put), 6.57 m (long jump), 2:11.15 (800 m)
4 × 400 m relay 3:23.88 Olesya Forsheva
Olga Kotlyarova
Tatyana Levina
Natalya Nazarova
 Russia 7 March 2004 2004 World Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary

X = annulled due to doping violation

Records in defunct events[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
200 m 20.10 Frank Fredericks  Namibia 6 March 1999 1999 World Championships Japan Maebashi, Japan
5000 m walk 18:23.55 Mikhail Shchennikov  Soviet Union 10 March 1991 1991 World Championships Spain Seville, Spain
Distance medley relay
(non-championship event)
3:15.10 Mark Everett
James Trapp
Kevin Little
Butch Reynolds
 United States 14 March 1993 1993 World Championships Canada Toronto, Canada

Women's events[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
200 m 22.15 Irina Privalova  Russia 14 March 1993 1993 World Championships Canada Toronto, Canada
3000 m walk 11:49.73 Yelena Nikolayeva  Russia 12 March 1993 1993 World Championships Canada Toronto, Canada
Distance medley relay
(non-championship event)
3:45.90 Joetta Clark
Wendy Vereen
Kim Batten
Jearl Miles
 United States 14 March 1993 1993 World Championships Canada Toronto, Canada

Heptathlon disciplines[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref Video
60 m 6.61 Chris Huffins  United States 8 March 1997 1997 World Championships France Paris, France
Long jump 8.16 m Ashton Eaton  United States 9 March 2012 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey [14] [9]
Shot put 17.17 m Aleksey Drozdov  Russia 12 March 2010 2010 World Championships Qatar Doha, Qatar [15]
High jump 2.21 m Andrei Krauchanka  Belarus 7 March 2014 2014 World Championships Poland Sopot, Poland [16]
60 m hurdles 7.64 Ashton Eaton  United States 8 March 2014 2014 World Championships Poland Sopot, Poland [17]
Pole vault 5.50 m Erki Nool  Estonia 7 March 1999 1999 World Championships Japan Maebashi, Japan
1000 m 2:29.04 Curtis Beach  United States 19 March 2016 2016 Championships United States Portland, United States [18]

Pentathlon disciplines[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
60 m hurdles 7.91 Jessica Ennis  Great Britain 9 March 2012 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey [19]
High jump 1.99 m Tia Hellebaut  Belgium 7 March 2008 2008 World Championships Spain Valencia, Spain
Shot put 17.18 m Nataliya Dobrynska  Ukraine 7 March 2008 2008 World Championships Spain Valencia, Spain
Long jump 6.69 m Natalya Sazanovich  Belarus 9 March 2001 2001 World Championships Portugal Lisbon, Portugal
800 m 2:08.09 Jessica Ennis  Great Britain 9 March 2012 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey [20]

All-time medal table 1985–2016[edit]

Updated after 2016 Championships

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 114 69 71 254
2  Russia 52 48 45 145
3  Ethiopia 23 9 13 45
4  Soviet Union 19 17 17 53
5  Great Britain 18 33 27 78
6  Jamaica 17 21 11 49
7  Germany 16 23 22 61
8  Cuba 16 16 16 48
9  France 13 12 19 44
10  East Germany 12 7 5 24
11  Sweden 11 8 8 27
12  Kenya 10 14 14 28
13  Ukraine 9 14 11 34
14  Romania 9 10 9 28
15  Bulgaria 9 5 7 21
16  Canada 8 3 15 26
17  Australia 7 9 5 21
18  Czech Republic 7 8 10 25
19  Morocco 7 6 7 20
20  Mozambique 7 1 1 9
21  Netherlands 6 2 3 11
22  Ireland 6 2 2 10
23  Italy 5 7 11 23
24 Greece 5 3 4 12
25 Brazil 4 4 6 14
26  Portugal 4 4 4 12
27  New Zealand 4 1 4 9
28  Belarus 3 12 8 23
29  Poland 3 9 16 28
30  Bahamas 3 7 10 20
31  China 3 6 7 16
32  Kazakhstan 3 5 1 9
33  South Africa 3 3 2 7
34  Spain 2 20 13 35
35  Nigeria 2 6 3 11
36  Czechoslovakia 2 4 2 8
37   Switzerland 2 1 3 6
 Croatia 2 1 3 6
39  Sudan 2 1 1 4
40  Grenada 2 0 0 2
40  Costa Rica 2 0 0 2
42  Belgium 1 4 3 8
43  Denmark 1 3 1 5
44  Hungary 1 2 3 6
45  Qatar 1 2 2 5
46  Burundi 1 2 0 3
47  Bahrain 1 1 3 5
48  Bermuda 1 1 1 3
49  Ghana 1 1 0 2
 Namibia 1 1 0 2
51  Norway 1 0 2 3
52  Algeria 1 0 1 2
53  Finland 1 0 0 1
 Djibouti 1 0 0 1
 Venezuela 1 0 0 1
55  Austria 0 3 0 3
56  Trinidad and Tobago 0 2 4 6
57  Slovenia 0 2 2 4
58  Iceland 0 2 1 3
59  Cameroon 0 2 0 2
 Estonia 0 2 0 2
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 2 0 2
 Côte d'Ivoire 0 2 0 2
63  Barbados 0 1 1 2
 Latvia 0 1 1 2
 Serbia 0 1 1 2
 Turkey 0 1 1 2
67  Botswana 0 1 0 1
 Cayman Islands 0 1 0 1
 Panama 0 1 0 1
 United States Virgin Islands 0 1 0 1
71  Japan 0 0 3 3
72  Lithuania 0 0 2 2
 Mexico 0 0 2 2
 FR Yugoslavia 0 0 2 2
75  Antigua and Barbuda 0 0 1 1
 British Virgin Islands 0 0 1 1
 Chile 0 0 1 1
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 0 0 1 1
 Dominican Republic 0 0 1 1
 Saudi Arabia 0 0 1 1
 Senegal 0 0 1 1
 Suriname 0 0 1 1
Total 445 452 456 1353

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ +1 non-championship event
  2. ^ +4 non-championship events
  3. ^ "400 Metres Results". IAAF. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "60 Metres Hurdles Results" (PDF). IAAF. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pole Vault Results" (PDF). IAAF. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Triple Jump Results" (PDF). IAAF. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Heptathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Men's 4x400 metres relay Results". IAAF. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "60 Metres Hurdles Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pole Vault Results" (PDF). IAAF. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Long Jump Results" (PDF). IAAF. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). IAAF. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Pentathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Long Jump Results" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). IAAF. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Heptathlon – High Jump Results Summary". IAAF. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Heptathlon – 60m Hurdles Results Summary". IAAF. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "1000m Heptathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "60 Metres Hurdles Results" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "800 Metres Results" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 

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