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1997 in athletics (track and field)

This page contains an overview of the year 1997 in athletics.

Contents

Major EventsEdit

World recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
800 m Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 1:41.73[1]   Stockholm, Sweden 7 July
800 m Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 1:41.24   Zürich, Switzerland 13 August
800 m Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 1:41.11   Cologne, Germany 24 August
5000 m Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 12:41.86   Zürich, Switzerland 13 August
5000 m Daniel Komen   Kenya 12:39.74   Brussels, Belgium 22 August
10,000 m Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 26:31.32   Oslo, Norway 4 July
10,000 m Paul Tergat   Kenya 26:27.85   Brussels, Belgium 22 August
3000 m steeplechase Wilson Boit Kipketer   Kenya 7:59.08   Zürich, Switzerland 13 August
3000 m steeplechase Bernard Barmasai   Kenya 7:55.72   Cologne, Germany 24 August

WomenEdit

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
5000 m Dong Yanmei   China 14:31.27   Shanghai, China 21 October
5000 m Jiang Bo   China 14:28.09   Shanghai, China 23 October
Pole vault Emma George   Australia 4.50 m   Melbourne, Australia 8 February
Pole vault Emma George   Australia 4.55 m   Melbourne, Australia 20 February
Hammer throw Mihaela Melinte   Romania 69.58 m   Bucharest, Romania 8 March
Hammer throw Olga Kuzenkova   Russia 70.78 m   Smolensk, Russia 11 June
Hammer throw Olga Kuzenkova   Russia 73.10 m   Munich, Germany 22 June

AwardsEdit

Season's bestsEdit

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
100 metres   Maurice Greene (USA) 9.86   Marion Jones (USA) 10.76
200 metres   Ato Boldon (TRI) 19.77   Marion Jones (USA) 21.76
400 metres   Michael Johnson (USA) 43.75   Cathy Freeman (AUS) 49.39
800 metres   Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:41.11 WR   Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:54.82
1500 metres   Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:28.91   Jiang Bo (CHN) 3:50.98
3000 metres   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 7:26.02   Gabriela Szabo (ROU) 8:27.78
5000 metres   Daniel Komen (KEN) 12:39.74 WR   Jiang Bo (CHN) 14:28.09 WR
10,000 metres   Paul Tergat (KEN) 26:27.85 WR   Dong Yanmei (CHN) 30:38.09
100/110 metres hurdles   Allen Johnson (USA) 12.93   Ludmila Engquist (SWE) 12.50
400 metres hurdles   Bryan Bronson (USA) 47.64   Kim Batten (USA)
  Nezha Bidouane (MAR)
52.97
3000 metres steeplechase   Bernard Barmasai (KEN) 7:55.72 WR   Melissa Teemant (USA) 10:30.90
Pole vault   Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.05 m   Emma George (AUS) 4.55 m WR
High jump   Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.37 m   Stefka Kostadinova (BUL)
  Inga Babakova (UKR)
2.02 m
Long jump   Iván Pedroso (CUB) 8.63 m   Lyudmila Galkina (RUS) 7.05 m
Triple jump   Yoelbi Quesada (CUB) 17.85 m   Sárka Kaspárková (CZE) 15.20 m
Shot put   Randy Barnes (USA) 22.03 m   Astrid Kumbernuss (GER) 21.22 m
Discus throw   Lars Reidel (GER) 71.50 m   Xiao Yanling (CHN) 70.00 m
Javelin throw   Jan Železný (CZE) 94.02 m   Trine Hattestad (NOR) 69.66 m
Hammer throw   Heinz Weis (GER) 83.04 m   Olga Kuzenkova (RUS) 73.10 m WR
Heptathlon   Sabine Braun (GER) 6787 pts
Decathlon   Tomás Dvorák (CZE) 8837 pts
4×100 metres relay   Canada
Robert Esmie
Glenroy Gilbert
Bruny Surin
Donovan Bailey
37.86   United States
Chryste Gaines
Marion Jones
Inger Miller
Gail Devers
41.47
4×400 metres relay   United Kingdom
Iwan Thomas
Roger Black
Jamie Baulch
Mark Richardson
2:56.65   Germany
Anke Feller
Uta Rohländer-Fromm
Anja Rücker
Grit Breuer
3:20.92

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  • Matti Koskimies (1 January 2012). "Season Bests by Year (Men)". Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  • Matti Koskimies (1 January 2012). "Season Bests by Year (Women)". Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  • Matti Koskimies (1 January 2012). "World Record Progression (Men)". Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  • Matti Koskimies (1 January 2012). "World Record Progression (Women)". Retrieved 7 January 2012.