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The Bislett Games is an annual track and field meeting at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway. Previously one of the IAAF Golden League events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League. It is sponsored by ExxonMobil and officially known as the ExxonMobil Bislett Games.

Bislett Games
2010-06-04 Bislett Games.jpg
The Bislett Games 4 June 2010
DateJune–July
LocationOslo, Norway
IAAF Cat.GW[1]
Established14 July 1965 (1965-07-14)

HistoryEdit

 
The Bislett Games are held at Bislett Stadium. Photo: Kjetil Ree

The first international athletics meeting at Bislett was held in 1924. Until 1937 the competitions are known as "The American Meetings". Different organizers staged the meetings between 1947 and 1965 until the three athletics associations BUL, Vidar and Tjalve formed the Bislett Alliance. At this year Arne Haukvik founded the Bislett Games. He was a former politician and director of the meeting, who used to invite the athletes, sponsors and the press to his home for his traditional "strawberry party" the day before the event each year. He died of cancer in 2002 at age 76. The tradition however is continued.

Bislett Stadium was used for speed skating events at the Olympics, but nowadays it is better known for its Bislett Games athletics meeting. Bislett Games attract the best track and field athletes from all over the world, and 65 world records have been set on its forgiving, brick-coloured track so far. Due to the building of the new Bislett Stadium in Oslo, which started in April 2004, the 2004 edition of the traditional athletics meeting was staged on Fana stadion in Bergen under the name Bergen Bislett Games.

In 2009, a severe storm delayed proceedings and even caused damage to the track-side clock display. Sanya Richards recorded the fastest women's 400 metres time since 2006 while the Dream Mile brought a number of records with winner Deresse Mekonnen improving upon his Ethiopian record, Kenyan William Biwott Tanui setting a world junior record and third-placed Augustine Choge beating his personal best. Former javelin winners Andreas Thorkildsen and Tero Pitkämäki continued their five-year shared dominance of the Bislett Games, with Pitkämäki taking the victory this time.[2]

World recordsEdit

Over the course of its history, numerous world records have been set at the Games and former athletics meetings at Bislett stadium. 1985 three new records was set at the same evening.[3]

Bislett GamesEdit

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2008 5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia
2008 800 m (junior) 1:42.69 Abubaker Kaki   Sudan
2007 5000 m 14:16.63 Meseret Defar   Ethiopia
2004 5000 m 14:24.68 Elvan Abeylegesse   Turkey
2004 5000 m (junior) 14:30.88 Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia
2000 Javelin throw 69.48 m Trine Hattestad   Norway
1997 10000 m 26:31.32 Haile Gebreselassie   Ethiopia
1994 10000 m 26:52.23 William Sigei   Kenya
1994 20000 m walk 2:04:55 Bernardo Segura   Mexico
1993 10000 m 26:58.38 Yobes Ondieki   Kenya
1986 10000 m 30:13.74 Ingrid Kristiansen   Norway
1985 10000 m 30:59.42 Ingrid Kristiansen   Norway
1985 5000 m 13:00.40 Saïd Aouita   Morocco
1985 Mile 3:46.32 Steve Cram   United Kingdom
1984 5000 m 14:58.89 Ingrid Kristiansen   Norway
1984 10000 m 30:59.42 Ingrid Kristiansen   Norway
1982 5000 m 13:00.41 David Moorcroft   Great Britain
1981 1000 m 2:12.81 Sebastian Coe   Great Britain
1980 Mile 3:48.8 Steve Ovett   United Kingdom
1979 800 m 1:42.33 Sebastian Coe   Great Britain
1975 3000 m 8:46.6 Grete Waitz   Norway
1975 3000 m steeplechase 8:10.4 Anders Gärderud   Sweden
1974 1000 m 2:13.9 Rick Wohlhuter   United States
1965 10000 m 27:39.4 Ron Clarke   Australia

Differently named meetingsEdit

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
1964 Javelin throw 87.12 m & 91.72 m Terje Pedersen   Norway
1955 1500 m 3:40.8 László Tábori
Gunnar Nielsen
  Hungary
  Denmark
1955 3000 m steeplechase 8:45.4 Pentti Karvonen   Finland
1953 Hammer throw 62.36 m Sverre Strandli   Norway
1952 Hammer throw 61.25 m Sverre Strandli   Norway

American meetingsEdit

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
1936 110 m hurdles 13.7 Forrest Towns   United States
1935 110 m hurdles 14.2 Alvin Moreau   United States
1934 Shot put 17.40 m Jack Torrance   United States
1934 Discus throw 52.42 m Harald Andersson   Sweden
1925 Pole vault 4.23 m Charles Hoff   Norway
1924 110 m hurdles 14.2 Percy Beard   Canada

Meeting recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 9.79 (+0.6 m/s) Usain Bolt   Jamaica 7 June 2012 [4]
200 m 19.79 (+1.7 m/s) Usain Bolt   Jamaica 13 June 2013 [5]
400 m 43.86 Michael Johnson   United States 21 July 1995
800 m 1:42.04 David Rudisha   Kenya 4 June 2010
1000 m 2:12.18 Sebastian Coe   Great Britain 11 July 1981
1500 m 3:29.12 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 9 July 1998
Mile 3:44.90 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 4 July 1997
2000 m 4:51.52 John Walker   New Zealand 30 June 1976
3000 m 7:27.42 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 9 July 1998
Two miles 8:15.2 Rod Dixon   New Zealand 17 July 1979
5000 m 12:52.26 Kenenisa Bekele   Ethiopia 27 June 2003
6 miles 26:47.0 Ron Clarke   Australia 14 July 1965
10000 m 26:31.32 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 4 July 1997
110 m hurdles 13.00 (−0.1 m/s) Ladji Doucoure   France 29 July 2005
400 m hurdles 47.33 Karsten Warholm   Norway 13 June 2019 [6]
2000 m steeplechase 5:20.00 Krzysztof Wesołowski   Poland 28 June 1984
3000 m steeplechase 8:01.83 Paul Kipsiele Koech   Kenya 9 June 2011 [7]
High jump 2.38 m Mutaz Essa Barshim   Qatar 15 June 2017 [8]
Pole vault 6.00 m Tim Lobinger   Germany 30 June 1999
Long jump 8.59 m Ivan Pedroso   Cuba 7 July 1997
Triple jump 18.01 m (+0.4 m/s) Jonathan Edwards   Great Britain 9 July 1998
Shot put 22.29 m Tomas Walsh   New Zealand 7 June 2018 [9]
Discus throw 70.51 m Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania 15 June 2007
Hammer throw 81.14 m Jüri Tamm   Soviet Union 16 July 1985
Javelin throw 94.22 m (Old design)
92.60 m (Current design)
Michael Wessing
Raymond Hecht
  West Germany
  Germany
3 August 1978
21 July 1995
5000 m walk 20:27.0+ Erling Andersen   Norway 3 August 1979
10,000 m walk 40:50.0 Erling Andersen   Norway 3 August 1979
20,000 m walk 1:27:56.8 Erling Andersen   Norway 23 August 1981
30,000 m walk 2:35:45.6 Tore Brustad   Norway 20 July 1970
50,000 m walk 4:42:10.0 Per Ola Sverre   Norway 9 August 1974
4 × 1500 m relay 14:40.4 (ht) Tony Polhill 3:42.9
John Walker 3:40.4
Rod Dixon 3:41.2
Dick Quax 3:35.9
  New Zealand 22 August 1973

WomenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.82 (−0.5 m/s) Marion Jones   United States 9 July 1998
200 m 21.93 (+0.7 m/s) Dafne Schippers   Netherlands 9 June 2016 [10]
400 m 49.23 Taťána Kocembová   Czechoslovakia 23 August 1983
800 m 1:55.04 Jarmila Kratochvílová   Czechoslovakia 23 August 1983
1500 m 3:57.40 Suzy Favor-Hamilton   United States 28 July 2000
Mile 4:17.25 Sonia O'Sullivan   Ireland 22 July 1994
3000 m 8:27.21 Gabriela Szabo   Romania 30 June 1999
5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia 6 June 2008
10,000 m 30:13.74 Ingrid Kristiansen   Norway 5 July 1986
100 m hurdles 12.49 (+0.7 m/s) Sally Pearson   Australia 7 June 2012 [11]
400 m hurdles 53.18 Deon Hemmings   Jamaica 4 July 1997
3000 m steeplechase 9:03.71 Norah Jeruto   Kenya 13 June 2019 [12]
High jump 2.05 m Stefka Kostadinova   Bulgaria 4 July 1987
Pole vault 4.85 m Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia 15 June 2007
Long jump 7.29 m (+0.9 m/s) Heike Drechsler   Germany 22 July 1994
Triple jump 15.11 m (+0.1 m/s) Yamilé Aldama   Cuba 27 June 2003
Shot put 20.26 m Valerie Adams   New Zealand 9 June 2011 [13]
Discus throw 71.00 m Galina Savinkova   Soviet Union 16 July 1985
Javelin throw 76.34 m (Old design)
69.48 m (Current design)
Fatima Whitbread
Trine Hattestad
  United Kingdom
  Norway
4 July 1987
28 July 2000
3000 m walk 13:45.7 Frøydis Hilsen   Norway 23 August 1981
5000 m walk 22:59.6 Anita Blomberg   Norway 17 June 1988

+ = en route to a longer distance

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IAAF World Ranking Calendar". IAAF. 2019.
  2. ^ Turner, Chris (2009-07-03). Richards improves season’s lead in style; World Junior Mile record in Oslo – REPORT – ÅF Golden League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  3. ^ "Er dette det største Bislett-øyeblikket?". Aftenposten (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ "100 Metres Results". IAAF. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  5. ^ Jon Mulkeen (13 June 2013). "Bolt back with a bang in Oslo – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  6. ^ "400m Hurdles Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  7. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Men: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 9 June 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  8. ^ "High Jump Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  10. ^ "200m Results" (PDF). static.sportresult.com. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  11. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Results". IAAF. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  12. ^ Bob Ramsak (13 June 2019). "Coleman dashes 9.85 in Oslo - IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague.com. 9 June 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2011.

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