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The IAAF World Indoor Championships is a biennial indoor track and field competition served as the global championship for the sport. Organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the competition was inaugurated as the World Indoor Games in 1985 in Paris, France and were subsequently renamed in 1987 as they are known today.

They have been held every two years except for when they were held in consecutive years 2003 and 2004 to facilitate the need for them to be held in alternate years to the main IAAF World Championships (outdoors) in the future.

Contents

ChampionshipsEdit

Edition Year City Country Date Venue Events Nations Athletes Top of the
medal table
1985 Paris   France 18–19 January 1985 Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 24 69 319   East Germany
1 1987 Indianapolis   United States 6–8 March 1987 Hoosier Dome 24 85 419   Soviet Union
2 1989 Budapest   Hungary 3–5 March 1989 Budapest Sportcsarnok 24 62 373   Soviet Union
3 1991 Seville   Spain 8–10 March 1991 Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo 26[a] 80 518   Soviet Union
4 1993 Toronto   Canada 12–14 March 1993 SkyDome 27[b] 93 537   Russia
5 1995 Barcelona   Spain 10–12 March 1995 Palau Sant Jordi 27 131 594   Russia
6 1997 Paris   France 7–9 March 1997 Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy [1] 28 118 712   United States
7 1999 Maebashi   Japan 5–7 March 1999 Green Dome Maebashi 28 115 451   United States
8 2001 Lisbon   Portugal 9–11 March 2001 Pavilhão Atlântico 28 136 510   United States
9 2003 Birmingham   United Kingdom 14–16 March 2003 National Indoor Arena 28 131 583   United States
10 2004 Budapest   Hungary 5–7 March 2004 Budapest Sports Arena 28 139 677   Russia
11 2006 Moscow   Russia 10–12 March 2006 Olimpiysky Stadium 26 129 562   United States
12 2008 Valencia   Spain 7–9 March 2008 Luis Puig Palace 26 147 574   United States
13 2010 Doha   Qatar 12–14 March 2010 Aspire Dome 26 146 585   United States
14 2012 Istanbul   Turkey 9–11 March 2012 Ataköy Athletics Arena 26 171 629   United States
15 2014 Sopot   Poland 7–9 March 2014 Ergo Arena 26 134 538   United States
16 2016 Portland   United States 17–20 March 2016 Oregon Convention Center 26 137 487   United States
17 2018 Birmingham   United Kingdom 1–4 March 2018 National Indoor Arena 26 134 554   United States
18 2020 Nanjing   China 13–15 March 2020

EventsEdit

The events held have remained more or less the same since they originated, with the main alterations coming in the earlier years.

The 4 x 400 m relay race for both men and women was added to the full schedule in 1991 with the women's triple jump, the latter as an exhibition event before gaining full status at the following championships.

1993 saw the last time the racewalking events were included, and a 1600 m medley relay was tried but was dropped for future games; both were due to poor interest. This same year, a men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon were successfully introduced as non-championship events and have remained in place since.

In 1997 the women's pole vault entered the fray, two years before it made an appearance at the games' outdoor counterpart.

The 200 m was removed from the 2006 championships in Moscow onwards, as the event was deemed unfair and the results had become too predictable: the tight bends involved in the race meant any athletes not drawn in one of the outside lanes had minimal or no chance of winning.

Outstanding achievementsEdit

Seven gold medalsEdit

Mozambique's Maria de Lurdes Mutola won seven gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the women's 800 m from 1993 to 2008.

Natalya Nazarova has won seven gold and one silver medal from 1999 to 2008 in the 400 m and 4 × 400 m relay.

Five gold medalsEdit

Cuban Iván Pedroso won five straight golds in the men's long jump from 1993–2001.
Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria won five gold medals in the women's high jump.

Four gold medalsEdit

Championship recordsEdit

Key to tables:   Disqualified
X = annulled due to doping violation

MenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref Video
60 m 6.37 Christian Coleman   United States 3 March 2018 2018 Championships   Birmingham, United Kingdom [1]
400 m 45.11 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica 10 March 2012 2012 Championships   Istanbul, Turkey [2] [2]
800 m 1:42.67 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 9 March 1997 1997 Championships   Paris, France [3]
1500 m 3:33.77 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 7 March 1999 1999 Championships   Maebashi, Japan
3000 m 7:34.71 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 9 March 1997 1997 Championships   Paris, France
60 m hurdles 7.34 Dayron Robles   Cuba 14 March 2010 2010 Championships   Doha, Qatar [3] [4]
High jump 2.43 m Javier Sotomayor   Cuba 4 March 1989 1989 Championships   Budapest, Hungary
Pole vault 6.02 m Renaud Lavillenie   France 17 March 2016 2016 Championships   Portland, United States [4]
Long jump 8.62 m Iván Pedroso   Cuba 7 March 1999 1999 Championships   Maebashi, Japan
Triple jump 17.90 m Teddy Tamgho   France 14 March 2010 2010 Championships   Doha, Qatar [5] [5]
Shot put 22.31 m Tomas Walsh   New Zealand 3 March 2018 2018 Championships   Birmingham, United Kingdom [6]
Heptathlon 6645 pts Ashton Eaton   United States 9–10 March 2012 2012 Championships   Istanbul, Turkey [7]
6.79 (60 m), 8.16 m (long jump), 14.56 m (shot put), 2.03 m (high jump) / 7.68 (60 m hurdles), 5.20 m (pole vault), 2:32.77 (1000 m)
4 × 400 m relay 3:01.77 Karol Zalewski
Rafał Omelko
Łukasz Krawczuk
Jakub Krzewina
  Poland 4 March 2018 2018 Championships   Birmingham, United Kingdom [8]

WomenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref Video
60 m 6.95 Gail Devers   United States 12 March 1993 1993 Championships   Toronto, Canada
400 m 50.04 Olesya Forsheva   Russia 12 March 2006 2006 Championships   Moscow, Russia
800 m 1:56.90 Ludmila Formanová   Czech Republic 7 March 1999 1999 Championships   Maebashi, Japan
1500 m 3:59.41 X Yuliya Fomenko   Russia 9 March 2008 2008 Championships   Valencia, Spain
3:59.75 Gelete Burka   Ethiopia 9 March 2008 2008 Championships   Valencia, Spain
3000 m 8:33.82 Elly van Hulst   Netherlands 4 March 1989 1989 Championships   Budapest, Hungary
60 m hurdles 7.70 Kendra Harrison   United States 3 March 2018 2018 Championships   Birmingham, United Kingdom [9]
High jump 2.05 m Stefka Kostadinova   Bulgaria 8 March 1987 1987 Championships   Indianapolis, United States
Pole vault 4.95 m Sandi Morris   United States 3 March 2018 2018 Championships   Birmingham, United Kingdom [10]
Long jump 7.23 m Brittney Reese   United States 11 March 2012 2012 Championships   Istanbul, Turkey [11] [6]
Triple jump 15.36 m Tatyana Lebedeva   Russia 6 March 2004 2004 Championships   Budapest, Hungary
Shot put 20.67 m Valerie Adams   New Zealand 8 March 2014 2014 Championships   Sopot, Poland
20.85 m X Nadzeya Ostapchuk   Belarus 14 March 2010 2010 Championships   Doha, Qatar [12]
Pentathlon 5013 pts Nataliya Dobrynska   Ukraine 9 March 2012 2012 Championships   Istanbul, Turkey [13]
8.38 (60 m hurdles), 1.84 m (high jump), 16.51 m (shot put), 6.57 m (long jump), 2:11.15 (800 m)
4 × 400 m relay 3:23.85 Quanera Hayes
Georganne Moline
Shakima Wimbley
Courtney Okolo
  United States 4 March 2018 2018 Championships   Birmingham, United Kingdom [14]

Heptathlon disciplinesEdit

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref Video
60 m 6.61 Chris Huffins   United States 8 March 1997 1997 Championships   Paris, France
Long jump 8.16 m Ashton Eaton   United States 9 March 2012 2012 Championships   Istanbul, Turkey [15] [7]
Shot put 17.17 m Aleksey Drozdov   Russia 12 March 2010 2010 Championships   Doha, Qatar [16]
High jump 2.21 m Andrei Krauchanka   Belarus 7 March 2014 2014 Championships   Sopot, Poland [17]
60 m hurdles 7.64 Ashton Eaton   United States 8 March 2014 2014 Championships   Sopot, Poland [18]
Pole vault 5.50 m Erki Nool   Estonia 7 March 1999 1999 Championships   Maebashi, Japan
1000 m 2:29.04 Curtis Beach   United States 19 March 2016 2016 Championships   Portland, United States [19]

Pentathlon disciplinesEdit

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
60 m hurdles 7.91 Jessica Ennis   Great Britain 9 March 2012 2012 Championships   Istanbul, Turkey [20]
High jump 1.99 m Tia Hellebaut   Belgium 7 March 2008 2008 Championships   Valencia, Spain
Shot put 17.18 m Nataliya Dobrynska   Ukraine 7 March 2008 2008 Championships   Valencia, Spain
Long jump 6.69 m Natalya Sazanovich   Belarus 9 March 2001 2001 Championships   Lisbon, Portugal
800 m 2:08.09 Jessica Ennis   Great Britain 9 March 2012 2012 Championships   Istanbul, Turkey [21]

Records in defunct eventsEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
200 m 20.10 Frank Fredericks   Namibia 6 March 1999 1999 Championships   Maebashi, Japan
5000 m walk 18:23.55 Mikhail Shchennikov   Soviet Union 10 March 1991 1991 Championships   Seville, Spain
Distance medley relay
(non-championship event)
3:15.10 Mark Everett
James Trapp
Kevin Little
Butch Reynolds
  United States 14 March 1993 1993 Championships   Toronto, Canada

Women's eventsEdit

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Championships Place Ref
200 m 22.15 Irina Privalova   Russia 14 March 1993 1993 Championships   Toronto, Canada
3000 m walk 11:49.73 Yelena Nikolayeva   Russia 12 March 1993 1993 Championships   Toronto, Canada
Distance medley relay
(non-championship event)
3:45.90 Joetta Clark
Wendy Vereen
Kim Batten
Jearl Miles
  United States 14 March 1993 1993 Championships   Toronto, Canada

All-time medal tableEdit

Medal table includes 1985–2018 Championships.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   United States 120 79 73 272
2   Russia 52 48 45 145
3   Ethiopia 27 10 13 50
4   Great Britain 20 34 31 85
5   Soviet Union 19 17 17 53
6   Jamaica 17 23 11 51
7   Cuba 17 16 17 50
8   Germany 16 24 24 64
9   France 15 12 21 48
10   East Germany 12 7 5 24
11   Sweden 11 8 8 27
12   Kenya 10 14 15 29
13   Ukraine 9 14 11 34
14   Romania 9 10 9 28
15   Bulgaria 9 5 7 21
16   Czech Republic 8 8 11 27
17   Canada 8 4 15 27
18   Australia 7 9 5 21
19   Morocco 7 6 8 21
20   Mozambique 7 1 1 9
21   Italy 6 6 12 24
22   Netherlands 6 3 5 14
23   Ireland 6 2 2 10
24   Poland 5 11 17 33
25   Greece 5 3 5 13
26   New Zealand 5 1 4 10
27   Brazil 4 5 6 15
28   Portugal 4 5 4 13
29   Belarus 3 12 8 23
30   Bahamas 3 7 10 20
31   China 3 7 8 18
32   Kazakhstan 3 5 1 9
33   South Africa 3 4 2 8
34   Spain 2 20 15 37
35   Nigeria 2 6 3 11
36   Czechoslovakia 2 4 2 8
37   Hungary 2 2 3 7
38   Burundi 2 2 0 4
39    Switzerland 2 1 4 7
40   Croatia 2 1 3 6
41   Sudan 2 1 1 4
  ANA[1] 2 1 0 3
42   Grenada 2 0 0 2
  Venezuela 2 0 0 2
44   Belgium 1 4 4 9
45   Qatar 1 3 2 6
46   Denmark 1 3 1 5
47   Côte d'Ivoire 1 3 0 4
48   Bahrain 1 1 3 5
49   Bermuda 1 1 1 3
  Serbia 1 1 1 3
51   Ghana 1 1 0 2
  Namibia 1 1 0 2
53   Norway 1 0 2 3
54   Algeria 1 0 1 2
55   Costa Rica 1 0 0 1
  Finland 1 0 0 1
  Djibouti 1 0 0 1
58   Austria 0 4 0 4
59   Trinidad and Tobago 0 2 5 7
60   Slovenia 0 2 2 4
61   Iceland 0 2 1 3
  Estonia 0 2 1 3
63   Cameroon 0 2 0 2
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 2 0 2
65   Barbados 0 1 1 2
  Latvia 0 1 1 2
67   Botswana 0 1 0 1
  Cayman Islands 0 1 0 1
  Panama 0 1 0 1
  Turkey 0 1 0 1
  United States Virgin Islands 0 1 0 1
72   Japan 0 0 3 3
73   Lithuania 0 0 2 2
  Mexico 0 0 2 2
  FR Yugoslavia 0 0 2 2
76   Antigua and Barbuda 0 0 1 1
  British Virgin Islands 0 0 1 1
  Chile 0 0 1 1
  Democratic Republic of the Congo 0 0 1 1
  Dominican Republic 0 0 1 1
  Saudi Arabia 0 0 1 1
  Senegal 0 0 1 1
  Suriname 0 0 1 1
Total 471 478 482 1431
Notes

^[1]   ANA was the name, under which Russian athletes competed in the 2018 Championships. Their medals were not included in the official medal table.[22]

All-time placing tableEdit

In the IAAF placing table the total score is obtained from assigning eight points to the first place and so on to one point for the eight place. Points are shared in situations where a tie occurs.

Updated after 2016 Championships[23]

Rank Country       4 5 6 7 8 Medals Points
1   United States 108 66+1= 62+2= 62+1= 43+2= 41+3= 28+1= 32+1= 239 2429.5
2   Russia 50+1= 42+3= 37+1= 25+1= 35 29+1= 20+1= 10 134 1358
3   Germany 28 28 28+2= 27+1= 30+1= 21+2= 19 20+3 86 989
4   Great Britain 16 30+1= 22+1= 20+1= 23+1= 20+3= 15 9+1 70 788.5
5   Cuba 16 17 13+2= 12 19+2= 10 13+1= 7 48 543
6   France 12 11 18+1 16+1= 14+1= 20+2= 13 15 42 536.5
7   Jamaica 16 20 10+1= 13+1= 18 11 5 5 47 523
8   Soviet Union 21 17 15+1= 16 7 5+1= 4 3 54 519
9   Spain 2 21 13 14+1= 15+2= 18 13+1= 11+1= 36 475.5
10   Poland 2+1= 10 13+2= 21+1= 8+2= 18+3= 6 8 28 412

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ +1 non-championship event
  2. ^ +4 non-championship events

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's 60m Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "400 Metres Results". IAAF. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "60 Metres Hurdles Results" (PDF). IAAF. 14 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pole Vault Results" (PDF). IAAF. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Triple Jump Results" (PDF). IAAF. 14 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Men's Shot Put Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "Heptathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 10 March 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Men's 4×400m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018. 
  9. ^ "Women's 60m Hurdles Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 
  10. ^ "Women's Pole Vault Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 
  11. ^ "Long Jump Results" (PDF). IAAF. 11 March 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). IAAF. 14 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Pentathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Women's 4×400m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018. 
  15. ^ "Long Jump Results" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). IAAF. 12 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Heptathlon – High Jump Results Summary". IAAF. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Heptathlon – 60m Hurdles Results Summary". IAAF. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "1000m Heptathlon Results" (PDF). IAAF. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "60 Metres Hurdles Results" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "800 Metres Results" (PDF). IAAF. 9 March 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "IAAF: IAAF World Indoor Championships Medal Table - iaaf.org". iaaf.org. 
  23. ^ "IAAF Statistics Book – IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018". iaaf.org. p. 30. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 

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