2003 World Championships in Athletics

2003 World Championships in Athletics

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The 9th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held from August 23 to 31, 2003 in the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France.

Contents

Men's Results

Track

1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007

Games Gold Silver Bronze
100 m Kim Collins
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis
10.07 Darrel Brown
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
10.08 Darren Campbell
Great Britain Great Britain
10.08
SB
Reigning World and Olympic Champion Maurice Greene was eliminated in the semi-finals, being out of shape all season, leaving the final without a clear favourite. The final was very close, with early leader Collins eventually edging out Brown, Campbell and Dwain Chambers, who all finished in 10.08 s.

The quarter-finals saw great controversy when American Jon Drummond refused to leave the track after being disqualified for a false start. Afterwards, it was found that Drummond actually did not false start and was unfairly red carded due to a misread flinch

200 m John Capel
United States United States
20.30 Darvis Patton
United States United States
20.31 Shingo Suetsugu
Japan Japan
20.38
John Capel finished eight in the 2000 Olympic final when he thought there was a false start. He played American football for the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs, but wasn't very successful either. In Paris, he beat his friend Patton in a close finish.
400 m Jerome Young
United States United States
44.50
SB
Tyree Washington
United States United States
44.77 Marc Raquil
France France
44.79
NR
Former Jamaican Young clearly beat compatriot and favorite Washington. Crowd favorite Raquil, who was in the back of the field with just 100 m to go raced to a bronze medal in the final metres. After the race, it was revealed that Young had tested positive for doping in 1999, but was let off by the United States Track and Field Association, allowing him to compete in the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal with the American 4 x 400 m relay team.
800 m Djabir Saïd-Guerni
Algeria Algeria
1:44.81 Yuriy Borzakovskiy
Russia Russia
1:44.84 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi
South Africa South Africa
1:44.90
1500 m Hicham El Guerrouj
Morocco Morocco
3:31.77 Mehdi Baala
France France
3:32.31 Ivan Heshko
Ukraine Ukraine
3:33.17
World Record holder El Guerrouj took his fourth consecutive title in the event, holding off French challenger Baala with a fast pace.
5000 m Eliud Kipchoge
Kenya Kenya
12:52.79
CR
Hicham El Guerrouj
Morocco Morocco
12:52.83 Kenenisa Bekele
Ethiopia Ethiopia
12:53.12
10 000 m Kenenisa Bekele
Ethiopia Ethiopia
26:49.57
CR
Haile Gebrselassie
Ethiopia Ethiopia
26:50.77
SB
Sileshi Sihine
Ethiopia Ethiopia
27:01.44
The race was totally dominated by the Ethiopians. 21-year-old four-time cross country World Champion Bekele showed he might become the next long-distance hero, beating Gebrselassie, a four-time winner of the event.
Marathon Jaouad Gharib
Morocco Morocco
2:08:31
CR
Julio Rey
Spain Spain
2:08:38 Stefano Baldini
Italy Italy
2:09:14
110 m H Allen Johnson
United States United States
13.12 Terrence Trammell
United States United States
13.20
SB
Liu Xiang
China China
13.23
400 m H Felix Sanchez
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
47.25
WL
Joey Woody
United States United States
48.18
SB
Periklís Iakovákis
Greece Greece
48.24
2001 World Champion Sánchez was the man to beat in this final, and out-ran the rest of the field by almost a second. South-Africa's Llewellyn Herbert was in silver medal position, but fell on the final hurdle and came in last.
3000 m St. Saif Saaeed Shaheen
Qatar Qatar
8:04.39 Ezekiel Kemboi
Kenya Kenya
8:05.11 Eliseo Martin
Spain Spain
8:09.09
PB
KENn runner Stephen Cherono became a Qatarese citizen just weeks before the World Championships, apparently for a good salary. He did not disappoint his new country, and won Qatar's first World Championship medal in an exciting duel with former compatriot Kemboi, whom he only beat in the final metres. Martín's medal was the first one won in the event by a European since 1993.
20 km Walk Jefferson Pérez
Ecuador Ecuador
1:17:21
WBP
Francisco Fernandez
Spain Spain
1:18:00
SB
Roman Rasskazov
Russia Russia
1:18:07
SB
Pérez, the 1996 Olympic Champion overtook long-time leader Fernández in the final kilometres of the race to set a new World Best Mark (no World Records are recognised in this event) by a second. His gold medal was the first World Championship medal for Ecuador.
50 km Walk Robert Korzeniowski
Poland Poland
3:36.03
WBP
German Skurygin
Russia Russia
3:36:42
NR
Andreas Erm
Germany Germany
3:37:46
NR
Korzeniowski, one of the best race walkers in recent years, lead throughout the race, with competitors dropping off because of disqualification or because of the high pace. His final time was a new World Best Mark.
4 X 100 m John Capel,
Bernard Williams,
Darvis Patton,
Joshua J Johnson
United States United States
38.06 Vicente de Lima,
Edson Luciano Ribeiro,
André Domingos da Silva,
Cláudio Roberto Souza
Brazil Brazil
38.26
SB
Timothy Beck,
Troy Douglas,
Patrick van Balkom,
Caimin Douglas
Netherlands Netherlands
38.87
GBR's quartet (Christian Malcolm, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish, Dwain Chambers) was a close second in 38.08, but was later disqualified because Chambers admitted to taking drugs following the BALCO scandal.
4 X 400 m Leslie Djhone,
Naman Keïta,
Stéphane Diagana,
Marc Raquil
France France
2:58.96
NR
Brandon Simpson,
Danny McFarlane,
Davian Clarke,
Michael Blackwood
Jamaica Jamaica
2:59.60
SB
Avard Moncur,
Dennis Darling,
Nathaniel McKinney,
Chris Brown
Bahamas Bahamas
3:00.53
SB
The USA team (Calvin Harrison, Tyree Washington, Derrick Brew, Jerome Young) won with the time 2:58.88, but was stripped of the gold medal on November 28, 2004 because Calvin Harrison was found guilty of a doping violation (modafinil) in June 2003.

AR Area record | CR championship record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB/PR personal best/record | SB seasonal best | WL world leading (in a given season) | WR world record

Field

1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007

Games Gold Silver Bronze
High jump Jacques Freitag
South Africa South Africa
2.35
SB
Stefan Holm
Sweden Sweden
2.32 Mark Boswell
Canada Canada
2.32
SB
Freitag, a 2.04 m tall 21-year-old, was one of the three jumpers to make 2.32. He was the only one to clear the next height, winning the gold in his first international final.
Long jump Dwight Phillips
United States United States
8.32 James Beckford
Jamaica Jamaica
8.28
SB
Yago Lamela
Spain Spain
8.22
The winning mark in the long jump final, which did not include four-time World Champion Iván Pedroso and 2001 silver medallist Savanté Stringfellow (both eliminated in the qualification), was the shortest in the history of the event. The competition heated up in the 5th round, when the lead changed three times.
Pole vault Giuseppe Gibilisco
Italy Italy
5.90
NR
Okkert Brits
South Africa South Africa
5.85
SB
Patrik Kristiansson
Sweden Sweden
5.85
PB
Gibilisco, who had never placed better than 10th at a major tournament, upset the field with a new National Record of 5.90. Two of the pre-tournament favourites, Aleksandr Averbukh and Romain Mesnil, were already eliminated before the final, while defending World Champion Markov placed fourth in the final.
Triple jump Christian Olsson
Sweden Sweden
17.72 Yoandri Betanzos
Cuba Cuba
17.28
SB
Leevan Sands
Bahamas Bahamas
17.26
World Record holder and double World Champion Jonathan Edwards announced his retirement after the Championships. He qualified for the final, but had to give up after two jumps due to an injury. The title was won by 2002 European Champion Olsson, who started triple jumping after seeing Edwards win the 1995 World Championship in Gothenburg.
Shot put Andrei Mikhnevich
Belarus Belarus
21.69
PB
Adam Nelson
United States United States
21.26 Yuriy Bilonoh
Ukraine Ukraine
21.10
Mikhnevich threw five of his six throws over 21 metre, and his winning mark was a new personal best. He had been suspended until August 6 after a doping offence in 2001. Triple World Champion John Godina made the final, but placed 9th after a foul throw - heavily disputed by Godina - meaning he couldn't get three more attempts.
Discus Virgilijus Alekna
Lithuania Lithuania
69.69
SB
Robert Fazekas
Hungary Hungary
69.01 Vasiliy Kaptyukh
Belarus Belarus
66.51
SB
Five-time World Champion Lars Riedel of Germany was looking for a record-tying sixth title, but he placed fourth behind Alekna, the 2000 Olympic Champion.
Javelin Sergey Makarov
Russia Russia
85.44 Andrus Värnik
Estonia Estonia
85.17 Boris Henry
Germany Germany
84.74
Hammer Ivan Tikhon
Belarus Belarus
83.05 Adrian Ànnus
Hungary Hungary
80.36 Koji Murofushi
Japan Japan
80.12
Decathlon
Details
Tom Pappas
United States United States
8750 Roman Šebrle
Czech Republic Czech Republic
8634 Dmitry Karpov
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
8374
NR

AR Area record | CR championship record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB/PR personal best/record | SB seasonal best | WL world leading (in a given season) | WR world record

Women's Results

Track

1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007

Games Gold Silver Bronze
100 m
details
United States Torri Edwards (USA) 10.93
(PB)
Ukraine Zhanna Pintusevich (UKR) 10.99
(SB)
Bahamas Chandra Sturrup (BAH) 11.02
Lima Azimi, who ran her heat in 18.37 seconds, attracted international attention as the first female athlete to represent Afghanistan at any international sports event, following the fall of the Taliban.
200 m
details
Russia Anastasiya Kapachinskaya (RUS) 22.38
(PB)
United States Torri Edwards (USA) 22.47 France Muriel Hurtis (FRA) 22.59
400 m
details
Mexico Ana Guevara (MEX) 48.89
(WL)
Jamaica Lorraine Fenton (JAM) 49.43
(SB)
Senegal Amy Mbacke Thiam (SEN) 49.95
(SB)
800 m
details
Mozambique Maria Mutola (MOZ) 1:59.89 Great Britain Kelly Holmes (GBR) 2:00.18 Russia Natalya Khrushchelyova (RUS) 2:00.29
1,500 m
details
Russia Tatyana Tomashova (RUS) 3:58.52
(CR)
Turkey Sureyya Ayhan (TUR) 3:59.04 Great Britain Hayley Tullett (GBR) 3:59.95
(PB)
5,000 m
details
Ethiopia Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 14:51.72 Spain Marta Dominguez (ESP) 14:52.26 Kenya Edith Masai (KEN) 14:52.30
10,000 m
details
Ethiopia Berhane Adere (ETH) 30:04.18
(CR)
Ethiopia Werknesh Kidane (ETH) 30:07.15
(PB)
China Sun Yingjie (CHN) 30:07.20
(PB)
Marathon
details
Kenya Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:23.55
(CR)
Japan Mizuki Noguchi (JPN) 2:24.14 Japan Masako Chiba (JPN) 2:25.09
100 m hurdles
details
Canada Perdita Felicien (CAN) 12.53
(NR)
Jamaica Brigitte Foster (JAM) 12.57 United States Miesha McKelvy (USA) 12.67
400 m hurdles
details
Australia Jana Pittman (AUS) 53.22
(PB)
United States Sandra Glover (USA) 53.65
(SB)
Russia Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 53.71
20 km walk
details
Russia Yelena Nikolayeva (RUS) 1:26:52
(CR)
Ireland Gillian O'Sullivan (IRL) 1:27:34 Belarus Valentina Tsybulskaya (BLR) 1:28:10
(NR)
4x100 m relay
details
Patricia Girard-Léno
Muriel Hurtis
Sylviane Felix
Christine Arron
France France
41.78
(WL)
Angela Williams
Chryste Gaines
Inger Miller
Torri Edwards
United States United States
41.83
(SB)
Olga Fyodorova
Yuliya Tabakova
Marina Kislova
Larisa Kruglova
Russia Russia
42.66
4x400 m relay
details
Demetria Washington,
Jearl Miles-Clark,
Me'Lisa Barber,
Sanya Richards
United States United States
3:22.63
(WL)
Anastasiya Kapachinskaya,
Natalya Nazarova,
Olesya Zykina,
Yuliya Pechonkina (Nosova)
Russia Russia
3:22.91
(SB)
Allison Beckford,
Lorraine Fenton (Graham),
Ronetta Smith,
Sandie Richards,
Jamaica Jamaica
3:22.92
(SB)

AR Area record | CR championship record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB/PR personal best/record | SB seasonal best | WL world leading (in a given season) | WR world record

Field

1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007

Games Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
details
South Africa Hestrie Cloete (RSA) 2.06
(WL)
Russia Marina Kuptsova (RUS) 2.00 Sweden Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE) 2.00
Pole vault
details
Russia Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4.75
(CR)
Germany Annika Becker (GER) 4.70
(SB)
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.65
Long jump
details
France Eunice Barber (FRA) 6.99
(SB)
Russia Tatyana Kotova (RUS) 6.74 India Anju Bobby George (IND) 6.70
(SB)
Triple jump
details
Russia Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 15.18
(SB)
Cameroon Françoise Mbango Etone (CMR) 15.05
(AR)
Italy Magdelin Martinez (ITA) 14.90
(NR)
Shot put
details
Russia Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS) 20.63 Belarus Nadzeya Astapchuk (BLR) 20.12
(PB)
Ukraine Vita Pavlysh (UKR) 20.08
(SB)
Discus throw
details
Belarus Irina Yatchenko (BLR) 67.32
(SB)
Greece Anastasia Kelesidou (GRE) 67.14
(SB)
Greece Ekaterini Voggoli (GRE) 66.73
(PB)
Hammer throw
details
Cuba Yipsi Moreno (CUB) 73.33 Russia Olga Kuzenkova (RUS) 71.71 France Manuela Montebrun (FRA) 70.92
Javelin throw
details
Greece Mirela Manjani (GRE) 66.52
(WL)
Russia Tatyana Shikolenko (RUS) 63.28 Germany Steffi Nerius (GER) 62.70
Heptathlon
details
Sweden Carolina Klüft (SWE) 7001
(WL)
France Eunice Barber (FRA) 6755
(SB)
Belarus Natalya Sazanovich (BLR) 6524
(SB)
Swedish Carolina Klüft won with big margin following a breaking of her personal best in six of the seven events and the totals. She was the third woman to score more than 7000 points.

AR Area record | CR championship record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB/PR personal best/record | SB seasonal best | WL world leading (in a given season) | WR world record

Medals Table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. United States United States 8 8 1 17
2. Russia Russia 7 7 5 19
3. France France 3 2 3 8
4. Ethiopia Ethiopia 3 2 2 7
5. Belarus Belarus 3 1 3 7
6. Sweden Sweden 2 1 2 5
7. Kenya Kenya 2 1 1 4
=. South Africa South Africa 2 1 1 4
9. Morocco Morocco 2 1 0 3
10. Greece Greece 1 1 2 4
11. Cuba Cuba 1 1 0 2
12. Italy Italy 1 0 2 3
13. Canada Canada 1 0 1 2
14. Algeria Algeria 1 0 0 1
=. Australia Australia 1 0 0 1
=. Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 1 0 0 1
=. Ecuador Ecuador 1 0 0 1
=. Lithuania Lithuania 1 0 0 1
=. Mexico Mexico 1 0 0 1
=. Mozambique Mozambique 1 0 0 1
=. Poland Poland 1 0 0 1
=. Qatar Qatar 1 0 0 1
=. Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 0 0 1
24. Jamaica Jamaica 0 4 1 5
25. Spain Spain 0 3 2 5
26. Hungary Hungary 0 2 0 2
27. Germany Germany 0 1 3 4
=. Japan Japan 0 1 3 4
=. Ukraine Ukraine 0 1 3 4
30. Great Britain Great Britain 0 1 2 3
31. Brazil Brazil 0 1 0 1
=. Cameroon Cameroon 0 1 0 1
=. Czech Republic Czech Republic 0 1 0 1
=. Estonia Estonia 0 1 0 1
=. Ireland Ireland 0 1 0 1
=. Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 0 1 0 1
=. Turkey Turkey 0 1 0 1
38. Bahamas Bahamas 0 0 3 3
39. China China 0 0 2 2
40. India India 0 0 1 1
=. Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1
=. Netherlands Netherlands 0 0 1 1
=. Senegal Senegal 0 0 1 1

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