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2002 in athletics (track and field)

This article contains an overview of the sport of athletics, including track and field, cross country and road running, in the year 2002.

2002 in athletics
Major world eventsWorld Championships
World Indoor Championships
IAAF Athletes of the YearHicham El Guerrouj
Paula Radcliffe
2001
2003

There was no primary championships that season, although continental championships were held in Africa, Asia and Europe. The foremost athletics competitions at games events occurred at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2002 Asian Games and the 2002 CAC Games. The 2002 IAAF World Cup was the major global outdoor track and field event.

Paula Radcliffe was among the season's top performers, having set world records at the London and Chicago Marathons, as well becoming European and Commonwealth champion on the track.

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Major eventsEdit

World recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Men's Best Year PerformancesEdit

400m HurdlesEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Félix Sánchez (DOM) 47.35
2.   James Carter (USA) 47.57
3.   Stéphane Diagana (FRA) 47.58
4.   Llewellyn Herbert (RSA) 48.02
5.   Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily (KSA) 48.11


3,000m SteeplechaseEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Brahim Boulami (MAR) 7:58.09
2.   Stephen Cherono (KEN) 7:58.10
3.   Wilson Boit Kipketer (KEN) 8:00.56
4.   Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 8:05.44
5.   Reuben Kosgei (KEN) 8:05.87


Race WalkingEdit


Pole VaultEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.   Jeff Hartwig (USA) 5.90 m
  Tim Lobinger (GER)
3.   Lars Börgeling (GER) 5.85 m
  Aleksandr Averbukh (ISR)
  Patrik Kristiansson (SWE)


Hammer ThrowEdit


DecathlonEdit

Women's Best Year PerformancesEdit

100 metresEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Zhanna Block (UKR) 10.83
2.   Debbie Ferguson (BAH) 10.91
3.   Tayna Lawrence (JAM) 10.93
4.   Chryste Gaines (USA) 10.94
5.   Muriel Hurtis-Houairi (FRA) 10.96


200 metresEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Debbie Ferguson (BAH) 22.20
2.   Zhanna Block (UKR) 22.24
3.   Veronica Campbell (JAM) 22.39
4.   Muriel Hurtis-Houairi (FRA) 22.43
5.   Stephanie Durst (USA) 22.48


Half MarathonEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 1:07:19


Race WalkingEdit


100m HurdlesEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Gail Devers (USA) 12.40
2.   Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) 12.49
3.   Miesha McKelvy (USA) 12.60
  Glory Alozie (ESP)
5.   Anjanette Kirkland (USA) 12.62

400m HurdlesEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 53.10
2.   Jana Rawlinson (AUS) 54.14
3.   Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova (UKR) 54.28
4.   Sandra Glover (USA) 54.40
5.   Surita Febbraio (RSA) 54.45


3,000m SteeplechaseEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Alesya Turova (BLR) 9:16.51
2.   Justyna Bak (POL) 9:22.29
3.   Élodie Olivarès (FRA) 9:33.12
4.   Cristina Casandra (ROM) 9:33.16
5.   Melanie Schulz (GER) 9:38.31


High JumpEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.   Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE) 2.05 m
2.   Hestrie Cloete (RSA) 2.02 m
3.   Iryna Mykhalchenko (UKR) 2.00 m
  Viktoria Seryogina (RUS)
  Marina Kuptsova (RUS)

Pole VaultEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.   Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.78 m
2.   Annika Becker (GER) 4.77 m
3.   Stacy Dragila (USA) 4.72 m
4.   Mary Vincent (USA) 4.65 m
5.   Yvonne Buschbaum (GER) 4.65 m


Hammer ThrowEdit


HeptathlonEdit

RANK 2002 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.   Carolina Klüft (SWE) 6542
2.   Sabine Braun (GER) 6434
3.   Shelia Burrell (USA) 6363
4.   Natalya Sazanovich (BLR) 6341
5.   Austra Skujyté (LTU) 6275

MarathonEdit

Men's competitionEdit

Commonwealth GamesEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
    Francis Naali (TAN) 2:11:58
    Joshua Chelanga (KEN) 2:12:44
    Andrew Letherby (AUS) 2:13:23
4.   Erick Wainaina (KEN) 2:13:27
5.   Luketz Swartbooi (NAM) 2:13:40
6.   Jonathan Wyatt (NZL) 2:14:20
7.   Lee Troop (AUS) 2:16:44
8.   Josiah Bembe (RSA) 2:18:16
9.   Shaun Creighton (AUS) 2:18:19
10.   Dominic Bannister (ENG) 2:19:31

Best Year PerformancesEdit

Women's competitionEdit

Commonwealth GamesEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
    Kerryn McCann (AUS) 2:30:05
    Krishna Stanton (AUS) 2:34:52
    Jackie Gallagher (AUS) 2:36:37
4.   Debbie Robinson (ENG) 2:39:42
5.   Teresa McCluskey (NIR) 2:40:29
6.   Bev Hartigan (ENG) 2:41:27
7.   Carol Galea (MLT) 2:45:48
8.   Marian Sutton (ENG) 2:45:55
9.   Beata Naigambo (NAM) 2:47:22
10.   Elizabeth Mongudhi (NAM) 2:49:19

Best Year PerformancesEdit

DeathsEdit

ReferencesEdit