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2008 in athletics (track and field)

This page contains an overview of the year 2008 in athletics

2008 in athletics
Major world events2008 Olympics
World records set10
IAAF Athletes of the YearUsain Bolt
Yelena Isinbayeva
World Marathon Majors winnersMartin Lel
Irina Mikitenko
2007
2009

Contents

International eventsEdit

World recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Performance Athlete Nation Place Date
100 m 9.72 Usain Bolt   Jamaica New York City NY, United States May 31
9.69 Beijing, China August 16
200 m 19.30 August 20
4 x 100 m relay 37.10 Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
August 22
110 m hurdles 12.87 Dayron Robles   Cuba Ostrava, Czech Republic June 12
50 km race walk 3:34:14 Denis Nizhegorodov   Russia Cheboksary, Russia May 11
Marathon 2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia Berlin, Germany September 28

WomenEdit

Event Performance Athlete Nation Place Date
5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia Oslo, Norway June 6
One hour run 18,517 m Dire Tune Ostrava, Czech Republic June 12
3000 m steeplechase 8:58.81 Gulnara Galkina-Samitova   Russia Beijing, China August 17
Pole vault 5.03 m Yelena Isinbayeva Rome, Italy July 11
5.04 m Monte Carlo, Monaco July 29
5.05 m Beijing, China August 18
Javelin throw 72.28 Barbora Špotáková   Czech Republic Stuttgart, Germany September 13

AwardsEdit

Men's best year performancesEdit

100 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.69 WR
2.   Asafa Powell (JAM) 9.72
3.   Tyson Gay (USA) 9.77
4.   Travis Padgett (USA) 9.89
  Darvis Patton (USA) 9.89
  Richard Thompson (TRI) 9.89

200 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.30 WR
2.   Walter Dix (USA) 19.86
  Shawn Crawford (USA) 19.86
4.   Wallace Spearmon (USA) 19.90
5.   Rodney Martin (USA) 19.99

400 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   LaShawn Merritt (USA) 43.75
2.   Jeremy Wariner (USA) 43.82
3.   Angelo Taylor (USA) 44.38
4.   Chris Brown (BAH) 44.40
5.   Martyn Rooney (GBR) 44.60

800 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Abubaker Kaki (SUD) 1:42.69
2.   Yuriy Borzakovskiy (RUS) 1:42.79
  Yusuf Saad Kamel (BHR) 1:42.79
4.   Yeimer López (CUB) 1:43.07
5.   Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) 1:43.26

1500 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (KEN) 3:31.49
2.   Augustine Kiprono Choge (KEN) 3:31.57
3.   Asbel Kipruto Kiprop (KEN) 3:31.64
4.   Abdalaati Iguider (MAR) 3:31.88
5.   Shedrack Kibet Korir (KEN) 3:31.94

3000 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (KEN) 7:31.83
2.   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 7:31.94
3.   Augustine Kiprono Choge (KEN) 7:32.01
4.   Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (UGA) 7:32.42
5.   Levy Matebo (KEN) 7:33.01

5000 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 12:50.18
2.   Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN) 12:50.55
3.   Tariku Bekele (ETH) 12:52.45
4.   Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (UGA) 12:54.70
5.   Abreham Cherkos (ETH) 12:57.56

10000 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:25.97
2.   Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 26:50.53
3.   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 26:51.20
4.   Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 26:54.32
5.   Leonard Komon (KEN) 26:57.08

110 metres hurdlesEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Dayron Robles (CUB) 12.87 WR
2.   David Oliver (USA) 12.95
3.   Terrence Trammell (USA) 13.08
4.   Antwon Hicks (USA) 13.09
5.   Anwar Moore (USA) 13.15

400 metres hurdlesEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Angelo Taylor (USA) 47.25
2.   Kerron Clement (USA) 47.79
3.   Bershawn Jackson (USA) 48.02
4.   L.J. van Zyl (RSA) 48.22
5.   Danny McFarlane (JAM) 48.30

3000 metres steeplechaseEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 8:00.57
2.   Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong (KEN) 8:07.64
3.   Tareq Mubarak Taher (BHR) 8:08.53
4.   Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (FRA) 8:08.95
5.   Michael Kipyego (KEN) 8:09.05

Half marathonEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 59:15
  Deriba Merga (ETH) 59:15
3.   Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich (KEN) 59:16
4.   Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 59:26
5.   Patrick Makau Musyoki (KEN) 59:29
  Evans Kiprop Cheruiyot (KEN) 59:29

MarathonEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:03:59 WR
2.   Martin Lel (KEN) 2:05:15
3.   Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:05:24
4.   Abderrahim Goumri (MAR) 2:05:30
5.   James Kipsang Kwambai (KEN) 2:05:36

High jumpEdit

RANK ATHLETE HEIGHT
1.   Andrey Silnov (RUS) 2.38
2.   Stefan Holm (SWE) 2.37
3.   Dusty Jonas (USA) 2.36
4.   Michał Bieniek (POL) 2.35
5.   Kabelo Kgosiemang (BOT) 2.34
  Germaine Mason (GBR) 2.34
  Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS) 2.34

Pole vaultEdit

RANK ATHLETE HEIGHT
1.   Brad Walker (USA) 6.04
2.   Evgeniy Lukyanenko (RUS) 6.01
3.   Steven Hooker (AUS) 6.00
4.   Denys Yurchenko (UKR) 5.83
5.   Maksym Mazuryk (UKR) 5.82

Long jumpEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Irving Saladino (PAN) 8.73
2.   Ibrahim Camejo (CUB) 8.46
3.   Loúis Tsátoumas (GRE) 8.44
4.   Mohamed Salman Al Khuwalidi (KSA) 8.37
5.   Trevell Quinley (USA) 8.36

Triple jumpEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Nelson Évora (POR) 17.67
2.   Phillips Idowu (GBR) 17.62
3.   Leevan Sands (BAH) 17.59
4.   Arnie David Girat (CUB) 17.52
5.   Alexis Copello (CUB) 17.50

Shot putEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Adam Nelson (USA) 22.12
2.   Reese Hoffa (USA) 22.10
3.   Andrei Mikhnevich (BLR) 22.00
4.   Christian Cantwell (USA) 21.76
5.   Tomasz Majewski (POL) 21.51

Javelin throwEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) 90.57
2.   Jarrod Bannister (AUS) 89.02
3.   Tero Pitkämäki (FIN) 87.70
4.   Antti Ruuskanen (FIN) 87.33
5.   Sergey Makarov (RUS) 86.88

Discus throwEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Gerd Kanter (EST) 71.88
2.   Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 71.25
3.   Mario Pestano (ESP) 69.50
4.   Ehsan Haddadi (IRI) 69.32
5.   Ian Waltz (USA) 68.90

Hammer throwEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Ivan Tsikhan (BLR) 84.51
2.   Primož Kozmus (SLO) 82.02
3.   Krisztián Pars (HUN) 81.96
4.   Koji Murofushi (JPN) 81.87
5.   Vadim Devyatovskiy (BLR) 81.70

DecathlonEdit

RANK ATHLETE POINTS
1.   Bryan Clay (USA) 8832
2.   Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) 8585
3.   Trey Hardee (USA) 8534
4.   Leonel Suárez (CUB) 8527
5.   Tom Pappas (USA) 8511

Women's best year performancesEdit

100 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Torri Edwards (USA) 10.78
  Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM) 10.78
3.   Kerron Stewart (JAM) 10.80
4.   Muna Lee (USA) 10.85
5.   Sherone Simpson (JAM) 10.87
  Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 10.87

200 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 21.74
2.   Allyson Felix (USA) 21.93
3.   Kerron Stewart (JAM) 21.99
4.   Muna Lee (USA) 22.01
5.   Sherone Simpson (JAM) 22.11

400 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Christine Ohuruogu (GBR) 49.62
2.   Shericka Williams (JAM) 49.69
3.   Sanya Richards (USA) 49.74
4.   Amantle Montsho (BOT) 49.83
  Allyson Felix (USA) 49.83

800 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Pamela Jelimo (KEN) 1:54.01
2.   Yelena Soboleva (RUS) 1:54.85
3.   Tatyana Andrianova (RUS) 1:56.00
4.   Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:56.07
5.   Svetlana Klyuka (RUS) 1:56.64

1500 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Yelena Soboleva (RUS) 3:56.59
2.   Tatyana Tomashova (RUS) 3:59.42
3.   Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR) 3:59.84
4.   Nancy Jebet Lagat (KEN) 4:00.23
5.   Shannon Rowbury (USA) 4:00.33

3000 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 8:33.66
2.   Wude Ayalew (ETH) 8:35.50
3.   Dolores Checa (ESP) 8:37.78
4.   Peninah Jepchumba (KEN) 8:40.12
5.   Priscah Jepleting Cherono (KEN) 8:42.04

5000 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 14:11.15 WR
2.   Meseret Defar (ETH) 14:12.88
3.   Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) 14:23.75
4.   Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:25.43
5.   Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 14:33.13

10000 metresEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 29:54.66
2.   Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 29:56.34
3.   Shalane Flanagan (USA) 30:22.22
4.   Linet Masai (KEN) 30:26.50
5.   Kimberley Smith (NZL) 30:35.54

100 metres hurdlesEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   LoLo Jones (USA) 12.43
2.   Damu Cherry (USA) 12.47
3.   Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) 12.49
4.   Josephine Onyia (ESP) 12.50
5.   Sally McLellan (AUS) 12.53

400 metres hurdlesEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Melaine Walker (JAM) 52.64
2.   Tiffany Williams (USA) 53.54
3.   Sheena Tosta (USA) 53.58
4.   Tasha Danvers (GBR) 53.84
5.   Anastasiya Rabchenyuk (UKR) 53.96

3000 metres steeplechaseEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) 8:58.81 WR
2.   Eunice Jepkorir (KEN) 9:07.41
3.   Yekaterina Volkova (RUS) 9:07.64
4.   Tatyana Petrova (RUS) 9:12.33
5.   Cristina Casandra (ROU) 9:16.85

Half marathonEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Philes Ongori (KEN) 1:07:57
2.   Yukiko Akaba (JPN) 1:08:11
3.   Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 1:08:17
4.   Genet Getaneh (ETH) 1:08:18
5.   Peninah Arusei (KEN) 1:08:20

MarathonEdit

RANK ATHLETE TIME
1.   Irina Mikitenko (GER) 2:19:19
2.   Askale Tafa (ETH) 2:21:31
3.   Zhang Yingying (CHN) 2:22:38
4.   Berhane Adere (ETH) 2:22:42
5.   Galina Bogomolova (RUS) 2:22:53

High jumpEdit

RANK ATHLETE HEIGHT
1.   Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.06
2.   Tia Hellebaut (BEL) 2.05
3.   Anna Chicherova (RUS) 2.04
4.   Ariane Friedrich (GER) 2.03
  Elena Slesarenko (RUS) 2.03

Pole vaultEdit

RANK ATHLETE HEIGHT
1.   Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.05 WR
2.   Jennifer Stuczynski (USA) 4.92
3.   Fabiana Murer (BRA) 4.80
4.   Monika Pyrek (POL) 4.75
  Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.75
  Yuliya Golubchikova (RUS) 4.75

Long jumpEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Naide Gomes (POR) 7.12
2.   Lyudmila Kolchanova (RUS) 7.04
  Maurren Maggi (BRA) 7.04
4.   Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 7.03
5.   Brittney Reese (USA) 6.95

Triple jumpEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Françoise Mbango Etone (CMR) 15.39
2.   Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 15.32
3.   Hrysopiyi Devetzi (GRE) 15.23
4.   Yargelis Savigne (CUB) 15.20
5.   Olga Rypakova (KAZ) 15.11

Shot putEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR) 20.98
2.   Natallia Mikhnevich (BLR) 20.70
3.   Valerie Vili (NZL) 20.56
4.   Nadine Kleinert (GER) 19.89
5.   Yulia Leantsiuk (BLR) 19.79

Javelin throwEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Barbora Špotáková (CZE) 72.28 WR
2.   Mariya Abakumova (RUS) 70.78
3.   Christina Obergföll (GER) 69.81
4.   Steffi Nerius (GER) 68.34
5.   Linda Stahl (GER) 66.06

Discus throwEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Iryna Yatchenko (BLR) 67.89
2.   Darya Pishchalnikova (RUS) 67.28
3.   Nicoleta Grasu (ROU) 66.51
4.   Stephanie Brown-Trafton (USA) 66.17
5.   Yarelis Barrios (CUB) 66.13

Hammer throwEdit

RANK ATHLETE MARK
1.   Aksana Miankova (BLR) 77.32
2.   Martina Hrasnová (SVK) 76.82
3.   Yipsi Moreno (CUB) 76.62
4.   Darya Pchelnik (BLR) 76.33
5.   Gulfiya Khanafeyeva (RUS) 75.07

HeptathlonEdit

RANK ATHLETE POINTS
1.   Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) 6733
2.   Hyleas Fountain (USA) 6667
3.   Tatyana Chernova (RUS) 6618
4.   Lyudmyla Blonska (UKR) 6570
5.   Olga Kurban (RUS) 6559

DeathsEdit