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2003 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 2003.

2003 in athletics
2003 World Athletics Championships (147769455).jpg
Action at the World Championships in Paris
Major world eventsWorld Championships
World Indoor Championships
IAAF Athletes of the YearHicham El Guerrouj
Hestrie Cloete
2002
2004

The foremost competition of the year was the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, followed by the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. At regional level, athletics was featured at two major games that were held that year: the 2003 Pan American Games and the 2003 All-Africa Games.

Contents

Major eventsEdit

World recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Men's best year performancesEdit

400m HurdlesEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Félix Sánchez (DOM) 47.25
2.   Kemel Thompson (JAM) 48.05
3.   Periklís Iakovákis (GRE) 48.17
4.   Joey Woody (USA) 48.18
5.   Bershawn Jackson (USA) 48.23


3,000m SteeplechaseEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Saif Saeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:57.38
2.   Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 7:57.42
3.   Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 8:02.49
4.   Bouabdellah Tahri (FRA) 8:06.91
5.   Kipkirui Misoi (KEN) 8:07.74


Pole VaultEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.   Romain Mesnil (FRA) 5.95 m
2.   Aleksandr Averbukh (ISR) 5.93 m
3.   Tim Lobinger (GER) 5.91 m
4.   Giuseppe Gibilisco (ITA) 5.90 m
5.   Oscar Janson (SWE) 5.87 m


Hammer ThrowEdit


DecathlonEdit

Women's best year performancesEdit

100 metresEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Chryste Gaines (USA) 10.86
2.   Chandra Sturrup (BAH) 10.89
3.   Torri Edwards (USA) 10.93
4.   Debbie Ferguson (BAH) 10.97
5.   Zhanna Block (UKR) 10.99


200 metresEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Allyson Felix (USA) 22.11
2.   Torri Edwards (USA) 22.28
3.   LaTasha Jenkins (USA) 22.31
4.   Anastasiya Kapachinskaya (RUS) 22.38
5.   Muriel Hurtis-Houairi (FRA) 22.41


Half MarathonEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:05:39


100m HurdlesEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Gail Devers (USA) 12.45
  Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM)
3.   Miesha McKelvy (USA) 12.51
4.   Perdita Felicien (CAN) 12.53
5.   Donica Merriman (USA) 12.65


400m HurdlesEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 52.34
2.   Jana Rawlinson (AUS) 53.22
3.   Sandra Glover (USA) 53.34
4.   Andrea Blackett (BAR) 53.71
5.   Ionela Târlea (ROM) 53.87


3,000m SteeplechaseEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.   Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 9:08.33
2.   Alesya Turova (BLR) 9:20.28
3.   Lyubov Ivanova (RUS) 9:24.78
4.   Yekaterina Volkova (RUS) 9:32.31
5.   Dorcus Inzikuru (UGA) 9:39.51


High JumpEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.   Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE) 2.06 m
  Hestrie Cloete (RSA) 2.06 m
3.   Marina Kuptsova (RUS) 2.02 m
4.   Inga Babakova (UKR) 2.01 m
  Viktoriya Palamar (UKR) 2.01 m
  Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.01 m
  Amy Acuff (USA) 2.01 m
  Venelina Veneva (BUL) 2.01 m


Pole VaultEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.   Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.82 m
2.   Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.75 m
3.   Yvonne Buschbaum (GER) 4.70 m
  Tatyana Polnova (RUS)
  Annika Becker (GER)


Hammer ThrowEdit


HeptathlonEdit

RANK 2003 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.   Carolina Klüft (SWE) 7001
2.   Eunice Barber (FRA) 6755
3.   Natalya Sazanovich (BLR) 6524
4.   Yelena Prokhorova (RUS) 6452
5.   Denise Lewis (GBR) 6282

MarathonEdit

Men's competitionEdit

Pan American GamesEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
    Vanderlei de Lima (BRA) 2:19:08
    Bruce Deacon (CAN) 2:20:25
    Diego Colorado (COL) 2:21:48

Best Year PerformancesEdit

RANK NAME ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.   Paul Tergat (KEN) 2:04:55 WR Berlin Marathon
2.   Sammy Korir (KEN) 2:04:56 Berlin Marathon
3.   Evans Rutto (KEN) 2:05:50 Chicago Marathon
4.   Titus Munji (KEN) 2:06:15 Berlin Marathon
5.   Michael Kosgei Rotich (KEN) 2:06:33 Paris Marathon
6.   Benoît Zwierzchiewski (FRA) 2:06:36 Paris Marathon
7.   William Kipsang (KEN) 2:06:38 Amsterdam Marathon
8.   Felix Limo (KEN) 2:06:42 Amsterdam Marathon
9.   Wilson Onsare (KEN) 2:06:47 Paris Marathon
10.   Driss El Himer (FRA) 2:06:48 Paris Marathon

Women's competitionEdit

Pan American GamesEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
    Marcia Narloch (BRA) 2:39:54
    Mariela González (CUB) 2:42:55
    Erika Olivera (CHI) 2:44:52

Best Year PerformancesEdit

RANK NAME ATHLETE TIME EVENT
1.   Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:15:24 WR London Marathon
2.   Sun Yingjie (CHN) 2:19:39 Beijing Marathon
3.   Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:19:55 London Marathon
4.   Deena Kastor (USA) 2:21:15 London Marathon
5.   Mizuki Noguchi (JPN) 2:21:18 Osaka International Ladies Marathon
6.   Masako Chiba (JPN) 2:21:45 Osaka Marathon
7.   Naoko Sakamoto (JPN) 2:21:51 Osaka Marathon
8.   Lornah Kiplagat (KEN) 2:22:22 Osaka Marathon
9.   Margaret Okayo (KEN) 2:22:31 New York Marathon
10.   Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:23:03 New York Marathon

DeathsEdit

  • April 22 — Mike Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • April 25 — Samson Kitur (37), Kenyan middle-distance runner (b. 1966)
  • April 28 — Juha Tiainen (47), Finnish hammer thrower (b. 1955)
  • September 24 — Benson Masya (33), Kenyan long-distance runner (b. 1970)

ReferencesEdit