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1979 in athletics (track and field)

This page contains an overview of the year 1979 in athletics.

Contents

Major EventsEdit

World recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
200 m Pietro Mennea   Italy 19.72   Mexico City, Mexico 12 September
800 m Sebastian Coe   United Kingdom 1:42.33   Oslo, Norway 5 July
1500 m Sebastian Coe   United Kingdom 3:32.03   Zurich, Switzerland 15 August
110 m hurdles Renaldo Nehemiah   United States 13.16   San Jose, United States 14 April
110 m hurdles Renaldo Nehemiah   United States 13.00   Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States 6 May

WomenEdit

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
200 m Marita Koch   East Germany 22.02   Leipzig, East Germany 3 June
200 m Marita Koch   East Germany 21.71   Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany 10 June
400 m Marita Koch   East Germany 48.89   Potsdam, East Germany 29 July
400 m Marita Koch   East Germany 48.60   Turin, Italy 4 August
100 m hurdles Grazyna Rabsztyn   Poland 12.48[1]   Warsaw, Poland 18 June
400 m hurdles Marina Styepanova   Russia 54.78   Moscow, Russia 27 July
Javelin throw Ruth Fuchs   East Germany 69.52 m   Dresden, East Germany 13 June
4 × 100 metres relay Marita Koch
Romy Müller
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
  East Germany 42.10   Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany 10 June
4 × 100 metres relay Christina Lathan
Romy Müller
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
  East Germany 42.09   Turin, Italy 4 August

Season's bestsEdit

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
100 metres   Pietro Mennea (ITA) 10.01   Marlies Göhr (GDR)
  Evelyn Ashford (USA)
10.97
200 metres   Pietro Mennea (ITA) 19.72 WR   Marita Koch (GDR) 21.71 WR
400 metres   Harald Schmid (FRG) 44.92   Marita Koch (GDR) 48.60 WR
800 metres   Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:42.33 WR   Totka Petrova (BUL) 1:56.2
1500 metres   Sebastian Coe (GBR) 3:32.03 WR   Totka Petrova (BUL) 3:57.4
3000 metres   Rudy Chapa (USA) 7:37.70   Grete Waitz (NOR) 8:31.75
5000 metres   Suleiman Nyambui (TAN) 13:12.29
10,000 metres   Karl Fleschen (FRG) 27:36.8
100/110 metres hurdles   Renaldo Nehemiah (USA) 13.00 WR   Grazyna Rabsztyn (POL) 12.48 WR
400 metres hurdles   Edwin Moses (USA) 47.53   Marina Styepanova (RUS) 54.78 WR
3000 metres steeplechase   Henry Rono (KEN) 8:17.92
High jump   Dietmar Mögenburg (GER) 2.32 m   Rosemarie Ackermann (GDR) 1.99 m
Long jump   Larry Myricks (USA) 8.52 m   Brigitte Wujak (GDR) 6.90 m
Triple jump   João Carlos de Oliveira (BRA) 17.27 m
Shot put   Udo Beyer (GER) 21.74 m   Ilona Slupianek (GDR) 22.04 m
Discus throw   Mac Wilkins (USA) 70.66 m   Evelin Jahl (GDR) 69.82 m
Javelin throw   Pentti Sinersaari (FIN) 93.84 m   Ruth Fuchs (GDR) 69.52 m WR
Decathlon   Guido Kratschmer (FRG) 8476 pts
4×100 metres relay   United States
Mike Roberson
Harvey Glance
Bill Collins (athlete)
Mel Lattany
38.30   East Germany
Christina Lathan
Romy Müller
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
42.09 WR
4×400 metres relay   United States
Herman Frazier
Bill Green
Willie Smith
Tony Darden
3:00.70   East Germany
Gabriele Kotte
Christina Lathan
Brigitte Rohde
Marita Koch
3:19.62

NotesEdit

  1. ^ This time did not set a new world record. Rather, it equaled Rabsztyn's existing world record.

ReferencesEdit

  • Matti Koskimies (1 January 2012). "Season Bests by Year (Men)". Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  • Matti Koskimies (1 January 2012). "Season Bests by Year (Women)". Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  • Matti Koskimies (1 January 2012). "World Record Progression (Men)". Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  • Matti Koskimies (1 January 2012). "World Record Progression (Women)". Retrieved 12 January 2012.