Athletics at the 1997 Mediterranean Games

At the 1997 Mediterranean Games, the athletics events were held at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Italy from 15–19 June 1997.[1] A total of forty-three events were contested, of which 23 by male and 20 by female athletes. A total of 24 Games records were broken or equalled during the competition.

Athletics at the 1997 Mediterranean Games
Stadio San Nicola Bari 2009.jpg
The athletics stadium was also the Games main stadium
Dates15–19 June
Host cityBari, Italy
VenueStadio San Nicola
Records set24


The host country, Italy, topped the medal table with twelve gold medals and a total haul of 36 medals – by far the largest. France was the second most successful nation with ten golds and 23 medals, while Greece with seven golds and 19 overall. Morocco, Algeria, Spain and Slovenia also featured prominently on the podiums. Fourteen nations had medal winning athletes in the competition.

Greece won both the 100 metres titles through Angelos Pavlakakis and Ekaterini Thanou, both of whom ran meet record times. Christine Arron won the women's 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay for France. Morocco's Nezha Bidouane took the women's 400 metres hurdles title, an event in which she would later win at the 1997 World Championships.

Medal summaryEdit

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres   Angelos Pavlakakis (GRE) 10.13 GR   Anninos Marcoullides (CYP) 10.23   Stéphane Cali (FRA) 10.28
200 metres   Giovanni Puggioni (ITA) 20.44 GR   Georgios Panagiotopoulos (GRE) 20.53   Prodromos Katsantonis (CYP) 20.55
400 metres   Jean-Louis Rapnouil (FRA) 45.58   Marco Vaccari (ITA) 45.74   Samir-Adel Louahla (ALG) 46.07
800 metres   Giuseppe D'Urso (ITA) 1:47.10   Andrea Longo (ITA) 1:47.54   Djabir Saïd-Guerni (ALG) 1:47.76
1500 metres   Driss Maazouzi (MAR) 3:44.77   Branko Zorko (CRO) 3:45.17   Reyes Estévez (ESP) 3:45.40
5000 metres   Alberto García (ESP) 13:25.29 GR   El Hassan Lahssini (MAR) 13:28.95   Saïd Berioui (MAR) 13:53.98
10,000 metres   Ismaïl Sghyr (MAR) 28:05.74 GR   Abderrahim Zitouna (MAR) 28:19.85   Kamel Kohil (ALG) 28:24.19
110 metres hurdles   Vincent Clarico (FRA) 13.61   Mauro Re (ITA) 13.71   Emiliano Pizzoli (ITA) 13.72
400 metres hurdles   Zid Abou Hamed (SYR) 49.25   Laurent Ottoz (ITA) 49.27   Miro Kocuvan (SLO) 49.43
3000 metres steeplechase   Brahim Boulami (MAR) 8:18.80 GR   Hicham Bouaouiche (MAR) 8:20.30   Giuseppe Maffei (ITA) 8:23.43
4×100 metres relay   Italy (ITA)
Nicola Asumi
Giovanni Puggioni
Angelo Cipolloni
Sandro Floris
38.61 GR   Spain (ESP)
Frutos Feo
Venancio José
Jordi Mayoral
Francisco Javier Navarro
38.85   Cyprus (CYP)
Georgios Skender
Anninos Marcoullides
Prodromos Katsantonis
Yiannis Zisimides
39.12
4×400 metres relay   Algeria (ALG)
Samir-Adel Louahla
Kamel Talhaoui
Ahmed Aichaoui
Malik Louahla
3:02.78 GR   France (FRA)
Pierre-Marie Hilaire
Rodrigue Nordin
Jimmy Coco
Fred Mango
3:02.84   Italy (ITA)
Michele Grando
Fabrizio Mori
Walter Groff
Ashraf Saber
3:03.08
Marathon   Azzedine Sakhri (ALG) 2:20:40   Giovanni Ruggiero (ITA) 2:21:08   Mustapha Damaoui (MAR) 2:21:32
20 km walk   Giovanni De Benedictis (ITA) 1:24:59   Michele Didoni (ITA) 1:25:21   Hatem Ghoula (TUN) 1:25:36
High jump   Stevan Zorić (YUG) 2.28 m GR=   Arturo Ortíz (ESP)
  Ignacio Pérez (ESP)
2.26 m Not awarded
Pole vault   Alain Andji (FRA) 5.70 m GR   Juan Gabriel Concepción (ESP) 5.50 m   Andrea Giannini (ITA) 5.50 m
Long jump   Gregor Cankar (SLO) 8.00 m   Konstandinos Koukodimos (GRE) 7.95 m   Dimitros Hatzopoulos (GRE) 7.92 m
Triple jump   Paolo Camossi (ITA) 16.63 m   Hristos Meletoglou (GRE) 16.50 m   Germain Martial (FRA) 16.18 m
Shot put   Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 19.54 m   Corrado Fantini (ITA) 19.19 m   Stevimir Ercegovac (CRO) 19.00 m
Discus throw   Igor Primc (SLO) 61.66 m   Diego Fortuna (ITA) 59.90 m   Simone Sbrogiò (ITA) 59.20 m
Hammer throw   Christophe Épalle (FRA) 78.44 m GR   Raphaël Piolanti (FRA) 77.20 m   Enrico Sgrulletti (ITA) 76.32 m
Javelin throw   Konstadinos Gatsioudis (GRE) 89.22 m GR   Dimitrios Polymerou (GRE) 77.88 m   Maher Ridane (TUN) 77.10 m
Decathlon   Pierre-Alexandre Vial (FRA) 8070 pts GR   Beniamino Poserina (ITA) 7991 pts   Prodromos Korkizoglou (GRE) 7932 pts

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres   Ekaterini Thanou (GRE) 11.13 GR   Frédérique Bangué (FRA) 11.22   Sylviane Félix (FRA) 11.27
200 metres   Christine Arron (FRA) 22.62 GR   Ekaterini Koffa (GRE) 22.80   Alenka Bikar (SLO) 22.95
400 metres   Virna De Angeli (ITA) 51.31 GR   Dora Kyriakou (CYP) 52.02   Patrizia Spuri (ITA) 52.57
800 metres   Hasna Benhassi (MAR) 2:03.70   Jolanda Steblovnik (SLO) 2:03.71   Séverine Foulon (FRA) 2:04.24
1500 metres   Nouria Mérah-Benida (ALG) 4:11.27   Samira Raïf (MAR) 4:11.60   Maite Zúñiga (ESP) 4:11.63
5000 metres   Roberta Brunet (ITA) 15:00.69 GR   Julia Vaquero (ESP) 15:04.48   Zahra Ouaziz (MAR) 15:30.19
10,000 metres   Hrisostomia Iakovou (GRE) 32:34.87 GR   Silvia Sommaggio (ITA) 32:41.79   Olivera Jevtić (YUG) 32:43.42
100 metres hurdles   Patricia Girard (FRA) 12.90   Brigita Bukovec (SLO) 13.01   Carla Tuzzi (ITA) 13.30
400 metres hurdles   Nezha Bidouane (MAR) 55.01 GR   Miriam Alonso (ESP) 55.89   Carla Barbarino (ITA) 56.76
4×100 metres relay   France (FRA)
Frédérique Bangué
Christine Arron
Patricia Girard
Sylviane Félix
42.63 GR   Greece (GRE)
Maria Tsoni
Ekaterini Koffa
Marina Vasarmidou
Ekaterini Thanou
43.07   Italy (ITA)
Stefania Ferrante
Annarita Luciano
Giada Gallina
Manuela Levorato
44.15
4×400 metres relay   Italy (ITA)
Carla Barbarino
Francesca Cola
Patrizia Spuri
Francesca Carbone
3:29.98 GR   France (FRA)
Marie-Louise Bévis
Sophie Domenech
Marie-Line Scholent
Elsa Devassoigne
3:30.62   Spain (ESP)
Miriam Alonso
Esther Lahoz
Miriam Bravo
Yolanda Reyes
3:31.93
Marathon   Serap Aktaş (TUR) 2:39:22   Carol Galea (MLT) 2:43:53   Lale Öztürk (TUR) 2:46:56
10 km walk   Elisabetta Perrone (ITA) 44:40 GR   Annarita Sidoti (ITA) 45:35   Celia Marcén (ESP) 46:07
High jump   Antonella Bevilacqua (ITA) 1.95 m   Niki Bakoyianni (GRE) 1.93 m   Britta Bilač (SLO) 1.91 m
Long jump   Niki Xanthou (GRE) 6.72 m GR   Linda Ferga (FRA) 6.49 m   Anastasia Mahob (FRA) 6.47 m
Triple jump   Olga Vasdeki (GRE) 14.13 m GR   Betty Lise (FRA) 13.81 m   Antonella Capriotti (ITA) 13.80 m
Shot put   Mara Rosolen (ITA) 17.82 m   Eleni Tsentemeidou (GRE) 17.70 m   Margarita Ramos (ESP) 17.42 m
Discus throw   Anastasia Kelesidou (GRE) 66.18 m GR   Styliani Tsikouna (GRE) 61.96 m   Isabelle Devaluez (FRA) 61.28 m
Javelin throw
(Old javelin model)
  Nadine Auzeil (FRA) 57.32 m   Claudia Coslovich (ITA) 57.16 m   Aggeliki Tsiolakoudi (GRE) 56.70 m
Heptathlon   Nathalie Teppe (FRA) 6161 pts   Gertrud Bacher (ITA) 5859 pts   Marie Collonvillé (FRA) 5839 pts

Medal tableEdit

 
Christine Arron won 200 m and relay gold medals for France.
 
A 19-year-old Olivera Jevtić was one of two Yugoslavian medallists.

  *   Host nation (Italy)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Italy*12131136
2  France106723
3  Greece79319
4  Morocco54312
5  Algeria3036
6  Slovenia2237
7  Spain15612
8  FR Yugoslavia1012
  Turkey1012
10  Syria1001
11  Cyprus0224
12  Croatia0112
13  Malta0101
14  Tunisia0022
Totals (14 entries)434343129

ParticipationEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eventi: Giochi del Mediterraneo 97 – Archivio Giugno 1997 Archived 2012-03-16 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian). RAI Sport. Retrieved on 2011-01-15.
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