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1983 World Championships in Athletics

The inaugural 1983 World Championships in Athletics were run under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations and were held at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland between 7 and 14 August 1983.

1st World Championships in Athletics
Helsinki IAAF 1983.jpg
Host cityHelsinki, Finland
Nations participating153
Athletes participating1,355
Events41
Dates7–14 August 1983
Officially opened byPresident Mauno Koivisto
Main venueHelsinki Olympic Stadium
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SummaryEdit

The overall medal table was a closely contested affair. East Germany took the most gold medals (10) over the first championships and finished with a total of 22 medals. The United States had the next largest number of golds, with eight, and also had the greatest overall medal haul, having won 24 medals altogether. The Soviet Union won one more medal than the East Germans and had six golds, although almost half of their podium finishers were bronze medalists. Twenty-five nations reached the medal tally at the inaugural competition, with all six continents being represented. During the early 1980s this was the top venue in which Soviet Bloc athletes competed against American athletes due to the American-led boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and the retaliatory Soviet Bloc boycott of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Carl Lewis won both the 100 metres and the long jump, and finished the competition by anchoring the 4×100 metres relay team to a world record time, along with the 200 metres champion Calvin Smith, and bronze medallists Emmit King and Willie Gault. Jarmila Kratochvílová dominated the 400 metres and 800 metres events, setting a world record of 47.99 seconds. Mary Decker enjoyed her best competition performance, taking the golds in the women's 1500 metres and 3000 metres. Other prominent athletes included Marita Koch, who won the 200 m and both relay golds, as well as the 100 m silver medal. Sergey Bubka won the first of his six consecutive World Championship gold medals in the pole vault.

Men's resultsEdit

TrackEdit

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

Games Gold Silver Bronze
100 m
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Carl Lewis
  United States
10.07 Calvin Smith
  United States
10.21 Emmit King
  United States
10.24
200 m
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Calvin Smith
  United States
20.14 Elliott Quow
  United States
20.41 Pietro Mennea
  Italy
20.51
400 m
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Bert Cameron
  Jamaica
45.05 Michael Franks
  United States
45.22 Sunder Nix
  United States
45.24
800 m
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Willi Wülbeck
  West Germany
1:43.65 Rob Druppers
  Netherlands
1:44.20 Joaquim Cruz
  Brazil
1:44.27
1,500 m
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Steve Cram
  Great Britain
3:41.59 Steve Scott
  United States
3:41.87 Saïd Aouita
  Morocco
3:42.02
5,000 m
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Eamonn Coghlan
  Ireland
13:28.53 Werner Schildhauer
  East Germany
13:30.20 Martti Vainio
  Finland
13:30.34
10,000 m
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Alberto Cova
  Italy
28:01.04 Werner Schildhauer
  East Germany
28:01.18 Hansjörg Kunze
  East Germany
28:01.26
Marathon
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Rob de Castella
  Australia
2:10:03 Kebede Balcha
  Ethiopia
2:10:27 Waldemar Cierpinski
  East Germany
2:10:37
110 m hurdles
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Greg Foster
  United States
13.42 Arto Bryggare
  Finland
13.46 Willie Gault
  United States
13.48
400 m hurdles
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Edwin Moses
  United States
47.50 Harald Schmid
  West Germany
48.61 Aleksandr Kharlov
  Soviet Union
49.03
3,000 m st.
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Patriz Ilg
  West Germany
8:15.06 Bogusław Mamiński
  Poland
8:17.03 Colin Reitz
  Great Britain
8:17.75
20 km walk
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Ernesto Canto
  Mexico
1:20:49 Jozef Pribilinec
  Czechoslovakia
1:20:59 Yevgeniy Yevsyukov
  Soviet Union
1:21:08
50 km walk
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Ronald Weigel
  East Germany
3:43:08 José Marín
  Spain
3:46:32 Sergey Yung
  Soviet Union
3:49:03
4 × 100 m relay
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  United States (USA)
Emmit King
Willie Gault
Calvin Smith
Carl Lewis
37.86
(WR)
  Italy (ITA)
Stefano Tilli
Carlo Simionato
Pierfrancesco Pavoni
Pietro Mennea
38.37
(NR)
  Soviet Union (URS)
Andrey Prokofyev
Nikolay Sidorov
Vladimir Muravyov
Viktor Bryzgin
38.41
4 × 400 m relay
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  Soviet Union (URS)
Sergey Lovachov
Aleksandr Troshchilo
Nikolay Chernetskiy
Viktor Markin
3:00.79   West Germany (FRG)
Erwin Skamrahl
Jörg Vaihinger
Harald Schmid
Hartmut Weber
Martin Weppler*
Edgar Nakladal*
3:01.83   Great Britain (GBR)
Ainsley Bennett
Garry Cook
Todd Bennett
Phil Brown
Kriss Akabusi*
3:03.53
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Note: * Indicates athletes who ran in preliminary rounds.

FieldEdit

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Long jump
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  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.55   Jason Grimes (USA) 8.29   Mike Conley (USA) 8.12
Triple jump
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  Zdzisław Hoffmann (POL) 17.42   Willie Banks (USA) 17.18   Ajayi Agbebaku (NGR) 17.18
High jump
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  Hennadiy Avdyeyenko (URS) 2.32   Tyke Peacock (USA) 2.32   Zhu Jianhua (CHN) 2.29
Pole vault
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  Sergey Bubka (URS) 5.70   Konstantin Volkov (URS) 5.60   Atanas Tarev (BUL) 5.60
Shot put
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  Edward Sarul (POL) 21.39   Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 21.16   Remigius Machura (TCH) 20.98
Discus throw
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  Imrich Bugár (TCH) 67.72   Luis Delís (CUB) 67.36   Géjza Valent (TCH) 66.08
Hammer throw
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  Sergey Litvinov (URS) 82.68   Yuriy Sedykh (URS) 80.94   Zdzisław Kwaśny (POL) 79.42
Javelin throw
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  Detlef Michel (GDR) 89.48   Tom Petranoff (USA) 85.60   Dainis Kūla (URS) 85.58
Decathlon
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  Daley Thompson (GBR) 8666   Jürgen Hingsen (FRG) 8561   Siegfried Wentz (FRG) 8478
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Women's resultsEdit

TrackEdit

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

Games Gold Silver Bronze
100 m
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  Marlies Göhr (GDR) 10.97
(CR)
  Marita Koch (GDR) 11.02   Diane Williams (USA) 11.06
200 m
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  Marita Koch (GDR) 22.13   Merlene Ottey (JAM) 22.19   Kathy Cook (GBR) 22.37
400 m
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  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 47.99
(WR)
  Taťána Kocembová (TCH) 48.59
(PB)
  Mariya Pinigina (URS) 49.19
800 m
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  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 1:54.68   Lyubov Gurina (URS) 1:56.11   Yekaterina Podkopayeva (URS) 1:57.58
1,500 m
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  Mary Decker (USA) 4:00.90   Zamira Zaytseva (URS) 4:01.19   Yekaterina Podkopayeva (URS) 4:02.25
3,000 m
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  Mary Decker (USA) 8:34.62   Brigitte Kraus (FRG) 8:35.11   Tatyana Kazankina (URS) 8:35.13
Marathon
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  Grete Waitz (NOR) 2:28:09   Marianne Dickerson (USA) 2:31:09   Raisa Smekhnova (URS) 2:31:13
100 m hurdles
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  Bettine Jahn (GDR) 12.35   Kerstin Knabe (GDR) 12.42   Ginka Zagorcheva (BUL) 12.62
400 m hurdles
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  Yekaterina Fesenko (URS) 54.14   Ana Ambrazienė (URS) 54.15   Ellen Fiedler (GDR) 54.55
4 × 100 m relay
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  East Germany (GDR)
Silke Gladisch
Marita Koch
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
41.76   Great Britain (GBR)
Joan Baptiste
Kathy Cook
Beverley Callender
Shirley Thomas
42.71   Jamaica (JAM)
Leleith Hodges
Jacqueline Pusey
Juliet Cuthbert
Merlene Ottey
42.73
4 × 400 m relay
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  East Germany (GDR)
Kerstin Walther
Sabine Busch
Marita Koch
Dagmar Rübsam
Undine Bremer*
Ellen Fiedler*
3:19.73   Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Taťána Kocembová
Milena Matějkovičová
Zuzana Moravčíková
Jarmila Kratochvílová
3:20.32   Soviet Union (URS)
Yelena Korban
Marina Ivanova
Irina Baskakova
Mariya Pinigina
3:21.16
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Note: * Indicates athletes who ran in preliminary rounds.

FieldEdit

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Long jump
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  Heike Daute (GDR) 7.27   Anişoara Cuşmir (ROU) 7.15   Carol Lewis (USA) 7.04
High jump
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  Tamara Bykova (URS) 2.01   Ulrike Meyfarth (FRG) 1.99   Louise Ritter (USA) 1.95
Shot put
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  Helena Fibingerová (TCH) 21.05   Helma Knorscheidt (GDR) 20.70   Ilona Slupianek (GDR) 20.56
Discus throw
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  Martina Opitz (GDR) 68.94   Galina Murasova (URS) 67.44   Mariya Petkova (BUL) 66.44
Javelin throw
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  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 70.82   Fatima Whitbread (GBR) 69.14   Anna Verouli (GRE) 65.72
Heptathlon
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  Ramona Neubert (GDR) 6714   Sabine Paetz (GDR) 6662   Anke Vater (GDR) 6532
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Medal tableEdit

 
Marathon bronze medallist and reigning Olympic champion Waldemar Cierpinski (DDR) celebrates with gold medal winner Robert de Castella (AUS).

  *   Host nation (Finland)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  East Germany (GDR)107522
2  United States (USA)89724
3  Soviet Union (URS)661123
4  Czechoslovakia (TCH)4329
5  West Germany (FRG)2518
6  Great Britain (GBR)2237
7  Poland (POL)2114
8  Finland (FIN)*1113
  Italy (ITA)1113
  Jamaica (JAM)1113
11  Australia (AUS)1001
  Ireland (IRL)1001
  Mexico (MEX)1001
  Norway (NOR)1001
15  Cuba (CUB)0101
  Ethiopia (ETH)0101
  Netherlands (NED)0101
  Romania (ROU)0101
  Spain (ESP)0101
20  Bulgaria (BUL)0033
21  Brazil (BRA)0011
  China (CHN)0011
  Greece (GRE)0011
  Morocco (MAR)0011
  Nigeria (NGR)0011
Totals (25 nations)414141123
Source: [1]

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