2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships

2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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The 10th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations were held in the Budapest Arena, Hungary between March 5 and March 7, 2004.

Budapest previously hosted the indoor championships 15 years earlier in 1989.

The newly built 13,000 capacity arena was built on the site of a former stadium that was destroyed by fire in 1999.

This was to be the last World Indoor Championships where the 200 m. would be contested as due to the tight bends involved in running indoors any athlete drawn to run on an inside lane was given an enormous disadvantage.

Medal winners

Men: 60 m | 60 m hurdles | 200 m | 400 m | 800 m | 1,500 m | 3,000 m | 4 x 400 m relay | long jump | triple jump | high jump | pole vault | shot put | heptathlon
Women: 60 m | 60 m hurdles | 200 m | 400 m | 800 m | 1,500 m | 3,000 m | 4 x 400 m relay | long jump | triple jump | high jump | pole vault | shot put | pentathlon

Men's 60 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Great Britain Jason Gardener (GBR) United States Shawn Crawford (USA) Greece Georgios Theodoridis (GRE)

After twice finishing third in the event Jason Gardener knew it was time to step up. With the quickest time from the semi-finals he was brimming with confidence and equalled that time of 6.49 seconds to take the gold ahead of the 2001 200 m champion Crawford. The Greek Theodoridis ran a seasons best to take the third place medal ahead of Mickey Grimes USA (4th in personal best), Matic Osovnikar (5th in Slovenian record), Francis Obikwelu Portugal (6th), Simone Collio Italy (7th) and Niconnor Alexander (8th).

Women's 60 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
United States Gail Devers (USA) Belgium Kim Gevaert (BEL) Belarus Yulia Nestsiarenka (BLR)

Gail Devers took her third 60 m gold, to add to her 60 m hurdles title won in 2003, ahead of Gevaert (Belgian record) who pipped Nestsiarenka to silver in a photo finish though both were given the same time. Other finalists were former bronze medalist Torri Edwards USA (4th), Muriel Hurtis France (5th in seasons best), Yuliya Tabakova Russia (6th), Christine Arron France (7th) and Natalya Safronnikova Russia (8th).

Men's 60 m hurdles

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
United States Allen Johnson (USA) China Liu Xiang (CHN) Jamaica Maurice Wignall (JAM)

After only qualifying for the final by virtue of being a fastest loser, Allen Johnson claimed his third world indoor title, to go with his four previous outdoor titles, in a championship record of 7.36 seconds ahead of Liu of China (2nd in Asian record) who went one better than his third in Birmingham the year before and Wignall (3rd in Jamaican record) who edged out, by 1/100th of a second, Stanislavs Olijars of Latvia (4th in personal best). Other finalists were Yuniel Hernández, Cuba (5th), Robert Kronberg, Sweden (6th in seasons best), Yoel Hernández, Cuba (7th) and Dwight Thomas Jamaica (8th).

Women's 60 m hurdles

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Canada Perdita Felicien (CAN) United States Gail Devers (USA) France Linda Ferga-Khodadin (FRA)

Canadian Felicien edged out reigning champion Devers by just 3/100th's of a second with Ferga-Khodadin third in a French national record. Other finalists were Joanna Hayes, USA (4th), Susanna Kallur, Sweden (5th), Lacena Golding-Clarke, Jamaica (6th), Flóra Redoúmi, Greece (7th) and Nicole Ramalalanirina, France (8th).

Men's 200 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Bahamas Dominic Demeritte (BAH) Sweden Johan Wissman (SWE) Germany Tobias Unger (GER)

In a poor year for the event Demeritte improved on his third position from Birmingham in 2003 to take gold in a new Bahamian record of 20.66 seconds albeit the slowest winning time since 1991. No other competitor in the final could even raise themselves to a seasons best although there were national records in the heats for Heber Viera (21.36 s) of Uruguay, Marcelo Figueroa (22.8 s) El Salvador, Hamoud Abdallah Al-Dalhami (21.97 s) Oman and Russel Roman (23.68 s) of Palau though none of these athletes progressed through their respective rounds.

Women's 200 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Belarus Natalya Safronnikova (BLR) Russia Svetlana Goncharenko (RUS) Austria Karin Mayr-Krifka (AUT)

Anastasiya Kapachinskaya had crossed the line first and been awarded the gold medal but this was later taken back after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. This moved Safronnikova up to the gold medal position, 2 places better than her only other medal performance at the indoor championships in 2001 though her winning time of 23.13 s was the slowest the title had been won in. Goncharenko moved into silver position the same place that she had finished in 1999 and one better than her 1997 finish, and Mayr-Krifka took a surprise bronze. The other finalists were Maryna Maydanova and Nataliya Pygyda both of Ukraine.

Men's 400 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Grenada Alleyne Francique (GRN) Jamaica Davian Clarke (JAM) DR Congo Gary Kikaya (COD)

The medal winners all ran season's best times, though not breaking any records. The other finalists were Sofiane Labidi (4th) from Tunisia, Milton Campbell USA (5th) and Joe Mendel USA (6th).

Women's 400 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Russia Natalya Nazarova (RUS) Russia Olesya Krasnomovets (RUS) Bahamas Tonique Williams-Darling (BAH)

In a quickly run race Natalya took gold in a championship record of 50.19 seconds to retain her title with her two main challengers both running personal bests to claim the minor medals. The other finalists were Ionela Târlea ROM, Clay Julian USA and Fani Halkia GRE.

Men's 800 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
South Africa Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) Bahrain Rashid Ramzi (BRN) Brazil Osmar dos Santos (BRA)

Mulaudzi won South Africa's only medal of the championships beating Ramzi who became Bahrain's first ever medallist at either of the athletics world championships with an Asian record of 1:46.15, a four second improvement on his semi-final time from the 2003 championships. The other finalists were Amine Laalou Morocco (4th), William Yiampoy Kenya (5th) and former World Junior Champion Joseph Mutua Kenya a disappointing (6th).

Women's 800 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Mozambique Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) Slovenia Jolanda Čeplak (SLO) Great Britain Joanne Fenn (GBR)

Maria took her record sixth individual gold in the event ahead of world record holder and main rival Jolanda. Joanne ran a personal best in taking the bronze setting a new national record of 1:59.50. Jennifer Toomey USA (4th) and Tatyana Andrianova RUS (5th) also set PB's with Olga Raspopova RUS coming in sixth.

Men's 1,500 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Kenya Paul Korir (KEN) Ukraine Ivan Heshko (UKR) Kenya Laban Rotich (KEN)

In a tactical ran race Korir, who had progressed from the qualifying round as a fastest loser, held off Heshko by just 3/100th's of a second with Rotich a further 1/2 second away in third. Rotich was only awarded the bronze 1 hour after the race when the athlete who had crossed the line in third place, Great Britain's Michael East, was disqualified for a pushing incident. Other finalists were Abdelkader Hachlaf Morocco (4th), James Thie Great Britain (5th), Miroslaw Formela Poland (6th) and José Redolat Spain (7th) and Youssef Baba Morocco (8th).

Women's 1,500 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Ethiopia Kutre Dulecha (ETH) Canada Carmen Douma-Hussar (CAN) Russia Gulnara Samitova (RUS)

Dulecha became Ethiopia's first ever women's 1,500 m medalist at the championships with a surprise win taking the gold ahead of Douma-Hussar (2nd), who set a Canadian national record and Samitova (3rd). It was by far Kutre's best performance at a major competition although she had set a junior world record at the distance outdoors back in 1997. The other finalists were Daniela Yordanova, Bulgaria (4th), Nataliya Tobias, Ukraine (5th), Yuliya Kosenkova Russia (6th), Alesya Turova, Belarus (7th), Lidia Okninska, Poland (8th) and Great Britain's Kelly Holmes who had probably been the favourite going into the race but took a fall just after half way through the race and could not make up the ground eventually finishing 9th.

Men's 3,000 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Kenya Bernard Lagat (KEN) Portugal Rui Silva (POR) Ethiopia Markos Geneti (ETH)

On the comeback trail after pulling out of the 2003 outdoor championships due to a suspect positive drug test Lagat was overjoyed at taking gold ahead of Silva and Geneti. The other finalists were Spanish pair Antonio Jiménez (4th) and Sergio Gallardo (5th), Gert-Jan Liefers, Netherlands (6th), Kevin Sullivan, Canada (7th), Moroccans Mohammed Amyne (8th) and Hicham Bellani (9th), Australian Craig Mottram (10th), Abiyote Abate, Ethiopia (11th) and Serhiy Lebid, Ukraine 12th.

Women's 3,000 m

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Ethiopia Meseret Defar (ETH) Ethiopia Berhane Adere (ETH) United States Shayne Culpepper (USA)

In the slowest women's 3,000 m the championship had seen, and 22 seconds slower than the quickest heat, 2003 bronze medalist Defar turned the tables on reigning champion Adere with Culpepper taking third. The other finalists were Spain's Marta Domínguez (4th), Great Britain's Joanne Pavey (5th), Yelena Zadorozhnaya, Russia (6th), Sabrina Mockenhaupt, Germany (7th), Ukraine's Maryna Dubrova (8th), Maria McCambridge, Ireland (9th), Belgian Veerle Dejaeghere (10th) and Galina Bogomolova (11th). Great Britain's Hayley Tullett had qualified for the final but did not start due to injury.

Men's 4 x 400 m relay race

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Jamaica Jamaica
Greg Haughton
Leroy Colquhoun
Michael McDonald
Davian Clarke
Russia Russia
Dmitriy Forshev
Boris Gorban
Andrey Rudnitskiy
Aleksandr Usov
Ireland Ireland
Robert Daly
Gary Ryan
David Gillick
David McCarthy

The United States of America team was disqualified for dropping the baton, after crossing the line in third place.This left the way open for the reigning silver medalists Jamaica to step in and snatch the gold ahead of the Russians who took silver and Ireland, who had broken the national record in the heats, going home with the bronze. Switzerland took 4th place with the Bahamians tripped and fell, but managed to take 5th.

Women's 4 x 400 m relay race

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Russia Russia
Olesya Krasnomovets
Olga Kotlyarova
Tatyana Levina
Natalya Nazarova
Belarus Belarus
Natalya Sologub
Anna Kozak
Ilona Usovich
Svetlana Usovich
Romania Romania
Angela Morosanu
Alina Râpanu
Maria Rus
Ionela Târlea

A scintillating run by the Russian women's team saw them take gold in a world record time of 3:23.88. The second placed Belarusians broke their national record to claim silver and the Romanians did the same to take the bronze. Poland also broke their national record but finished without a medal in 4th with the Jamaican ladies finishing 5th and the Greek team, who also set a national record in the heats coming in 6th. An inexperienced USA team could only manage fourth place in their first round heat.

Men's long jump

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
United States Savanté Stringfellow (USA) Jamaica James Beckford (JAM) Russia Vitaliy Shkurlatov (RUS)

Savanté Stringfellow jumped exactly the same distance, 8.40 m, as he had when taking silver at the 2001 outdoors championships. The 2003 outdoor silver medalist Beckford again finished second with Russian Shkurlatov completing the podium line up. Romanian Bogdan Tarus (4th), Volodymyr Zyuskov, Ukraine (5th with a personal best), Great Britain's Chris Tomlinson set a national record finishing (6th), Sosunov Kirill, Russia (7th) and former five time champion Iván Pedroso could only manage 8th place.

Women's long jump

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Russia Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) Russia Tatyana Kotova (RUS) Sweden Carolina Klüft (SWE)

Lebedeva, fresh from her world record in the triple jump the previous day, jumped a world leading distance of 6.98 m to record her second gold medal ahead of reigning champion Kotova who jumped a seasons best and Sweden's heptathlete queen Klüft who set a national record. The other finalists were China's Yingnan Guan (4th), Latvia's Valentina Gotovska (5th), Italy's Fiona May (6th), Spain's Concepción Montaner (7th) Adina Anton of Romania who finished 8th.

Men's triple jump

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Sweden Christian Olsson (SWE) Brazil Jadel Gregório (BRA) Cuba Yoandri Betanzos (CUB)

Olsson retained his title here with a third round jump of 17.83 m to equal the seven year old indoor world record previously set by Cuba's Aliecer Urrutia in 1997. Gregório had his best performance by far in a major competition by taking home the silver with Betanzos taking the bronze. Other finalists were Belarusian Dmitriy Valyukevich (4th), Marian Oprea, Romania (5th in seasons best), Ukrainian Savolaynen Mykola could not improve on the national record he set in qualifying to finish (6th), Danila Burkenya, Russia (7th) and France's Julien Kapek (8th).

Women's triple jump

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Russia Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) Sudan Yamilé Aldama (SUD) Greece Hrysopiyí Devetzí (GRE)

Lebedeva's first qualifying jump put her through to the final where her second round jump of 15.25 m gave her a comfortable lead over the field. She then opted out of her third and fifth round jumps saving herself in case a big jump was required in the final round. Her nearest rival Aldama had recorded 14.90 m also in the second round to lie in silver medal position with Devetzí's fourth round 14.73 m giving her bronze. Tatyana decided to take her last jump in the knowledge that gold medal was hers and produced a world record jump of 15.36 m. She followed this up by winning the long jump also the following day. The other finalists were Trecia Smith (4th in a Jamaican record), Italy's Magdelin Martinez (5th), Françoise Mbango Etone of Cameroon (6th), Romania's Adelina Gavrila (7th), Olena Hovorova, Ukraine (8th), Mabel Gay, Cuba (9th), Baya Rahouli, Algeria (10th), Italy's Simona La Mantia (11th) and Natalya Safronova of Belarus (12th).

Men's high jump

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Sweden Stefan Holm (SWE) Russia Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS) Czech Republic Jaroslav Bába (CZE)
Jamaica Germaine Mason (JAM)
Romania Ştefan Vasilache (ROU)

Sweden's Stefan Holm went one better than his silver at the outdoors in 2003 with a straight forward win clearing all of his five heights at the first attempt to finish with 2.35 m. Rybakov was the only competitor to mount a challenge but he could only mange 2.32 m. Five athletes were tied with jumps 10 cm behind the winner but countback saw Belarusian Gennadiy Moroz, Ukrainian Andriy Sokolovskyy and Ireland's Adrian O'Dwyer miss out on the medals with Jamie Nieto of USA completing the final line up.

Women's high jump

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Russia Yelena Slesarenko (RUS) Russia Anna Chicherova (RUS) Croatia Blanka Vlašić (CRO)

Two twenty-two year old Russians took the main medals with Slesarenko beating her compatriot Chicherova with a near faultless display, failing on only one of her jumps. Blanka took bronze on countback ahead of Ukrainian Vita Palamar (4th) and Daniela Rath of Germany (6th) all clearing 1.97 m. Spain's Marta Mendía set a personal best in qualifying for the final but ended up in 7th place ahead of Bulgarian Venelina Veneva (8th) and Viktoriya Styopina of Ukraine in 9th.

Men's pole vault

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Russia Igor Pavlov (RUS) Czech Republic Adam Ptácek (CZE) Ukraine Denys Yurchenko (UKR)

In a below par pole vault Russian indoor national champion Pavlov took a surprise gold with a personal best of 5.80 m. followed by four athletes who all cleared 5.70 m. Ptácek took silver and Yurchenko bronze on countback ahead of Sweden's Patrik Kristiansson (4th), German Tim Lobinger (5th). 10 cm further behind were Italian Giuseppe Gibilisco (6th) and Romain Mesnil of France (7th). Netherland's Rens Blom failed to clear his opening height of 5.60 m. to finish in (8th).

Women's pole vault

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) United States Stacy Dragila (USA) Russia Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)

With three former winners of the title along with the previous years silver medalist this was always going to be a fascinating contest in this relatively young event. The 21 year old world junior record holder Isinbayeva added to her growing reputation with a world record clearance of 4.86 m. to improve on her silver from a year ago and her bronze at the 2003 outdoors championship taking the gold ahead of the reigning Olympic champion Dragila in silver and reigning world champion Feofanova, bronze. Jillian Schwartz of USA set a personal best in 4th place ahead of Vanessa Boslak who set a French national record in finishing equal fifth with Monika Pyrek of Poland. Pyrek compatriot Anna Rogowska took 7th place with a disappointing 8th place for 1999 champion Nastja Ryjikh.

Men's shot put

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
United States Christian Cantwell (USA) United States Reese Hoffa (USA) Denmark Joachim Olsen (DEN)

Twenty-three-year old Cantwell added to his IAAF World Athletics Final victory from 2003 to take his second major win with his second round throw of 21.49 m. Compatriot Hoffa, 3 years his senior, made his first podium finish in a championship with a personal best opening distance of 21.07 m. ahead of the more experienced Dane Olsen. The improving Tomasz Majewski of Poland also raised his game to improve on the personal best he set in qualifying with a national record in the final but missed out on bronze by 16 cm. to take 4th place. The other finalists were reigning champion Manuel Martínez (5th), Belarusian Andrei Mikhnevich (6th), Great Britain's Carl Myerscough (7th) and Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine (8th).

Women's shot put

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Russia Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS) Cuba Yumileidi Cumbá (CUB) Germany Nadine Kleinert (GER)

Ukrainian Vita Pavlysh finished first only to be stripped of her title when receiving a life time ban after testing positive for anabolic steroids again. This was a repeat of the events following the 1999 Indoor Championship when she had also finished first only for the gold medal to be taken away when she was given a two year ban for the same offense. This left Krivelyova to actually be awarded first place ahead of Cumbá and Kleinert. The other finalists were Krystyna Zabawska tantalisingly just 5 cm. back in 4th, China's Li Meiju (5th), Misleydis González of Cuba 6th, and two time silver medalist Nadzeya Astapchuk of Belarus 7th.

Men's heptathlon

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Czech Republic Roman Šebrle (CZE) United States Bryan Clay (USA) Russia Lev Lobodin (RUS)

With one event to go, Šebrle lay 32 points behind Clay, with Lobodin a further 168 points back in third. But despite a personal best in the 1,000 m. Clay trailed in a massive 50 seconds behind Roman. This handed the gold to the Czech to give him the title to add to the gold he had won in 2001. Clay held onto silver with Lobodin safely in third. In this invitation only event Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Karpov finished fourth ahead of reigning Olympic champion Erki Nool from Estonia (5th), Aleksandr Pogorelov of Russia (6th), former silver medalist Jón Arnar Magnússon of Iceland in (7th) and Ranko Leskovar of Slovenia in (8th).

Women's pentathlon

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Portugal Naide Gomes (POR) Ukraine Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) Lithuania Austra Skujyte (LTU)

With the lowest ever winning number of points, Gomes, who had led from the third event held on from Dobrynska by 32 points with Lithuanian Skujyte a further 48 points behind in the bronze medal position. The second and third place finishers set national records as did Karin Ruckstuhl of Netherlands who was (4th). Belgium's Tia Hellebaut came (5th), Irina Butor of Belarus (6th), Larisa Netseporuk of Estonia (7th) with Kim Schiemenz of USA completing the line up in (8th) place.

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