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Golden Gala is an annual track and field event at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy. Previously one of the IAAF Golden League events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League. Following the 2013 death of Italian sprinting legend Pietro Mennea, the organizers added his name to the title of the meet.

Golden Gala
Stadio Olimpico 2008.JPG
The Stadio Olimpico hosts the event
DateJune – August
LocationRome, Italy Italy
Event typeTrack and field
IAAF Cat.GW[1]
Official siteDiamond League Golden Gala

HistoryEdit

Primo Nebiolo, the Italian president of IAAF since 1981, was the founder of the Golden Gala and had the idea to bring the athletes and the people from the United States and the NATO countries together that were boycotting the Moscow Olympics in 1980 as a result of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Nebiolo died of a heart attack at age 76 in 1999.

At the 2009 edition of the Golden Gala, Kenenisa Bekele, Kerron Stewart, Sanya Richards and Yelena Isinbayeva all remained on target for the 2009 Golden League jackpot.[2] In the 100 m, Tyson Gay equalled his American record and Daniel Bailey set an Antiguan record in the men's race.[3] Antonietta Di Martino brought the sole Italian victory in Rome by beating off favourite Blanka Vlašić in the high jump.[3]

World recordsEdit

Over the course of its history, eight world records have been set at the Gala. The 1500 metres and Mile records by Hicham El Guerrouj still stand. In 2014 Joanne Pavey's 15:04.87 in the 5000 metres bettered the existing masters world record in the W40 division by almost 16 seconds.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2008 Pole vault 5.03 m Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia
2000 Javelin throw 68.22 m Trine Hattestad   Norway
1999 Mile 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco
1998 1500 m 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco
1995 5000 m 12:55.30 Moses Kiptanui   Kenya
1987 5000 m 12:58.39 Saïd Aouita   Morocco
1984 Pole vault 5.94 m
5.91 m
Sergey Bubka
Thierry Vigneron
  Soviet Union
  France
1983 Pole vault 5.83 m Thierry Vigneron   France

Meet recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 9.75 (+0.9 m/s) Justin Gatlin   United States 4 June 2015 [4]
200 m 19.70 (+0.7 m/s) Michael Norman   United States 6 June 2019 [5]
400 m 43.62 Jeremy Wariner   United States 14 July 2006
800 m 1:42.79 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 7 July 1999
1500 m 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 14 July 1998
Mile 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 7 July 1999
2000 m 4:54.02 Venuste Niyongabo   Burundi 8 June 1995
3000 m 7:46.06 Jack Buckner   Great Britain 31 August 1984
5000 m 12:46.53 Eliud Kipchoge   Kenya 2 July 2004
110 m hurdles 13.01 (+0.8 m/s) Allen Johnson   United States 7 July 1999
400 m hurdles 47.48 Abderrahman Samba   Qatar 31 May 2018 [6]
3000 m steeplechase 7:54.31 Paul Kipsiele Koech   Kenya 31 May 2012 [7]
High jump 2.41 m Mutaz Essa Barshim   Qatar 5 June 2014 [8]
Pole vault 5.94 m Sergey Bubka   Soviet Union 31 August 1984
Long jump 8.61 m (0.0 m/s) Dwight Phillips   United States 10 July 2009 [9]
Triple jump 17.96 m (-0.4 m/s) Pedro Pablo Pichardo   Cuba 4 June 2015 [10]
Shot put 21.97 m Konrad Bukowiecki   Poland 6 June 2019 [11]
Discus throw 68.78 m Piotr Małachowski   Poland 10 June 2010
Hammer throw 84.88 m Sergey Litvinov   Soviet Union 10 September 1986
Javelin throw 90.34 m Andreas Thorkildsen   Norway 14 July 2006
4 × 100 m relay 38.31 Santa Monica Track Club
Michael Marsh
Leroy Burrell
Floyd Heard
Carl Lewis
  United States 8 June 1994
4 × 400 m relay 3:01.76 Nigel Levine
Conrad Williams
Chris Clarke
Jack Green
  Great Britain 31 May 2012 [12]

WomenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.75 (+0.6 m/s) Marion Jones   United States 14 July 1998
10.75 (+0.4 m/s) Kerron Stewart   Jamaica 10 July 2009 [13]
200 m 22.19 (+0.8 m/s) Marion Jones   United States 7 July 1999
400 m 49.17 Marita Koch   East Germany 10 September 1986
800 m 1:55.69 Pamela Jelimo   Kenya 11 July 2008
1500 m 3:56.22 Sifan Hassan   Netherlands 8 June 2017 [14]
Mile 4:21.38 Paula Ivan   Romania 19 July 1989
3000 m 8:23.96 Olga Yegorova   Russia 29 June 2001
5000 m 14:12.59 DLR Almaz Ayana   Ethiopia 2 June 2016 [15]
100 m hurdles 12.39 (+1.5 m/s) Vera Komisova   Soviet Union 5 August 1980
400 m hurdles 52.82 Lashinda Demus   United States 10 June 2010
3000 m steeplechase 9:04.96 Hyvin Jepkemoi   Kenya 31 May 2018 [16]
High jump 2.03 m Yelena Slesarenko   Russia 2 July 2004 [17]
Hestrie Cloete   South Africa 2 July 2004 [17]
Blanka Vlašić   Croatia 10 June 2010
Chaunté Howard-Lowe   United States 10 June 2010
Pole vault 5.03 m Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia 13 July 2007
Long jump 7.23 m (−0.3 m/s) Marion Jones   United States 14 July 1998
Triple jump 15.29 m (+0.3 m/s) Yamilé Aldama   Cuba 11 July 2003
Shot put 21.03 m DLR Valerie Adams   New Zealand 31 May 2012 [18]
Discus throw 68.93 m Sandra Perković   Croatia 31 May 2018 [19]
Javelin throw 68.66 m Barbora Špotáková   Czech Republic 10 June 2010
4 × 100 m relay 43.64 Nataliya Strohova
Yelizaveta Bryzgina
Olesya Povh
Natalia Pohrebniak
  Ukraine 2 June 2016 [20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IAAF World Ranking Calendar". IAAF. 2019.
  2. ^ Powell, David (2009-07-10). Bekele – ‘I’m dreaming about this jackpot’ – ÅF Golden League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  3. ^ a b Ramsak, Bob (10 July 2009). "IAAF: Gay powers back with 9.77 in Rome – REPORT - ÅF Golden League| News | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Golden Gala Pietro Mennea – Men's 100m Results". IAAF. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Diamond League – Rome (ITA) – 6th June 2019 – Results – 200m Men" (PDF). IAAF. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. ^ "400m Hurdles Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Men: Results" (PDF). IAAF Diamond League. Omega Timing. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Phil Minshull (5 June 2014). "Barshim soars not shimmies over the bars in Rome – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Long Jump Results" (PDF). www.goldengala.it. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Golden Gala Pietro Mennea – Men's Triple Jump Results". IAAF. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  11. ^ "IAAF Diamond League – Rome (ITA) – 6th June 2019 – Results – Shot Put Men" (PDF). IAAF. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  12. ^ David Martin (31 May 2012). "Bolt's blazing 9.76 one of seven world leads on electric night in Rome - Samsung Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  13. ^ "100 Metres Results". www.goldengala.it. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  14. ^ "1500m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  15. ^ "5000m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  16. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Golden Gala 2004 Result Book" (PDF). www.goldengala.it. 2 July 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  18. ^ "Shot Put Women: Results" (PDF). IAAF Diamond League. Omega Timing. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Discus Throw Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  20. ^ "4×100m Relay Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.

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