2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships

2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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The 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics was held in Valencia, Spain in 2008, March, 7-9 at the Luis Puig Palace.


Bidding process

Valencia was announced the winning bidder by the IAAF on November 13, 2005 at an IAAF Council meeting in Moscow, Russia.[1]



2003 | 2004 | 2006 | 2008 | 2010 |

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 m Olusoji A. Fasuba
Nigeria Nigeria
6.51 (WL) Dwain Chambers
Great Britain Great Britain
Kim Collins
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis
6.54 (PB)

6.54 (SB)

Fasuba's win became the first indoor short dash World Championship title for Africa
400 m Tyler Christopher
Canada Canada
45.67 (WL) Johan Wissman
Sweden Sweden
46.04 (PB) Chris Brown
Bahamas Bahamas
46.26 (SB)
Tyler Christopher stayed behind Wissman and Brown until the final homestraight, when he sped to victory off the last bend.
800 m Abubaker Kaki Khamis
Sudan Sudan
1:44.81 (WL) Mbulaeni Mulaudzi
South Africa South Africa
1:44.91 (NR) Youssef Saad Kamel
Bahrain Bahrain
1:45.26 (AR)
Abubaker Kaki Khamis led from the start in attempt to win and held off the fast approaching Mbulaeni Mulaudzi by a tenth of a second to win his first major international title at just 18!
1500 m Deresse Mekonnen
Ethiopia Ethiopia
3:38.23 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen
Kenya Kenya
3:38.54 Juan Carlos Higuero
Spain Spain
Mekonnen was initially disqualified for stepping on the inside of the track, and Spaniard Arturo Casado was named as the bronze medallist, but the Ethiopian was reinstated. Higuero's was the first medal of the championships for the host country.
3000 m Tariku Bekele
Ethiopia Ethiopia
7:48.23 Paul Kipsiele Koech
Kenya Kenya
7:49.05 Abreham Cherkos Feleke
Ethiopia Ethiopia
Tariku Bekele won his first World title, succeeding his brother as 3000 m champion, who had won the title at the previous championships.
60 m H Liu Xiang
China China
7.46 (SB) Allen Johnson
United States United States
7.55 Evgeniy Borisov
Russia Russia
Staņislavs Olijars
Latvia Latvia

7.60 (SB)

Liu Xiang and Dayron Robles, the favorites for this event, were expected to battle for the gold, but Robles was eliminated in the heats after mistakenly believing there was a false start.
4 X 400 m United States United States
James Davis
Jamaal Torrance
Greg Nixon
Kelly Willie
3:06.79 (WL) Jamaica Jamaica
Michael Blackwood
Edino Steele
Adrian Findlay
DeWayne Barrett
3:07.69 (SB) Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Arismendy Peguero
Carlos Santa
Pedro Mejia
Yoel Tapia
3:07.77 (NR)
High Jump Stefan Holm
Sweden Sweden
2.36 Yaroslav Rybakov
Russia Russia
2.34 Andra Manson
United States United States
Kyriakos Ioannou
Cyprus Cyprus
2.30 (SB)


Stefan Holm regained his title from Rybakov who won in 2006 to become 4-time world indoor champion.
Pole Vault Yevgeniy Lukyanenko
Russia Russia
5.90 (WL) Brad Walker
United States United States
5.85 (PB) Steven Hooker
Australia Australia
5.80 (SB)
Long Jump Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
South Africa South Africa
8.08 (SB) Chris Tomlinson
Great Britain Great Britain
8.06 Mohamed Salman Al-Khuwalidi
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Tomlinson's 8.06 held the lead from the first round, until the fifth when Mokoena reached 8.08, which Tomlinson was then unable to match. Mokoena's result was the shortest winning jump in the history of the World Indoor Championships.
Triple Jump Phillips Idowu
Great Britain Great Britain
17.75 (NR)(WL) Arnie David Giralt
Cuba Cuba
17.47 (PB) Nelson Évora
Portugal Portugal
Idowu's winning jump came in the second round, and set a new British and Commonwealth record.
Shot Put Christian Cantwell
United States United States
21.77 Reese Hoffa
United States United States
21.20 Tomasz Majewski
Poland Poland
20.93 (NR)
Hoffa set a 21.49m best at the qualification. Cantwell's victory put was the 4th best in the history of Indoor World Championships.
(60 m, LJ,
SP, HJ, 60
mH, PV, 1000 m)
Bryan Clay
United States United States
6371 (WL) Andrei Krauchanka
Belarus Belarus
6234 (NR) Dmitriy Karpov
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
(6.71 - 7.75 - 16.21 - 2.09 - 7.86 - 5.00 - 2:55.64) (7.19 - 7.63 - 14.29 - 2.15 - 8.11 - 5.30 - 2:46.49) (7.20 - 7.31 - 16.19 - 2.06 - 8.15 - 5.20 - 2:47.45)
Clay dominated from early on, leading by 170 points after the first two events. Clay was on world record pace as the first day came to a close. Clay fell short of the world record but held on for a comfortable win, taking first in four of seven events.

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


2003 | 2004 | 2006 | 2008 | 2010 |

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 m Angela Williams
United States United States
7.06 (WL) Jeanette Kwakye
Great Britain Great Britain
7.08 (NR) Tahesia Harrigan
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands
7.09 (NR)
After several seasons of injury, Angela Williams finally wins her first world title in personal best time. Ene Franca Idoko of Nigeria was a favorite, but she stumbled out of the blocks, finishing 7th.
400 m Olesya Zykina
Russia Russia
51.09 (WL) Natalya Nazarova
Russia Russia
51.10 (SB) Shareese Woods
United States United States
51.41 (PB)
Olesya Zykina won the event, which was the closest women's World Indoor 400 m final in history, with Nazarova second for a 1-2 win for Russia.
800 m Tamsyn Lewis
Australia Australia
2:02.57 Tetiana Petlyuk
Ukraine Ukraine
2:02.66 Maria de Lurdes Mutola
Mozambique Mozambique
Tamsyn Lewis surprised by winning her first World title, breaking Mutola's hopes of winning her eighth title on her last competitive year. Home hopeful, Mayte Martínez was a disappointing fourth.
1500 m Yelena Soboleva
Russia Russia
3:57.71 (WR) Yuliya Fomenko
Russia Russia
3:59.41 (PB) Gelete Burka
Ethiopia Ethiopia
3:59.75 (AR)
Yelena Soboleva led for the most of the fast race to win in a new world record time, breaking her own one month old world record by 0.34 s.
3000 m Meseret Defar
Ethiopia Ethiopia
8:38.79 Meselech Melkamu
Ethiopia Ethiopia
8:41.50 Mariem Alaoui Selsouli
Morocco Morocco
Meseret Defar completed a hat-trick of World Indoor 3000 m titles in her kick-finish, which her countrywoman Meselech Melkamu was unable to respond to.
60 m H LoLo Jones
United States United States
7.80 Candice Davis
United States United States
7.93 Anay Tejeda
Cuba Cuba
After new World record holder Swede Susanna Kallur injured a hamstring during her warm-up for the semi-final and pulled out of the competition, Lolo Jones became the favorite, and did indeed win by a fairly large margin. Spanish Josephine Onyia, the home crowd's hope, tripped over the fifth hurdle to finish last.
4 X 400 m Russia Russia
Yuliya Gushchina
Tatyana Levina
Natalya Nazarova
Olesya Zykina
3:28.17 (WL) Belarus Belarus
Anna Kozak
Iryna Khliustava
Sviatlana Usovich
Ilona Usovich
3:28.90 (SB) United States United States
Angel Perkins
Miriam Barnes
Shareese Woods
Moushaumi Robinson
3:29.30 (SB)
High Jump Blanka Vlašić
Croatia Croatia
2.03 Yelena Slesarenko
Russia Russia
2.01 Vita Palamar
Ukraine Ukraine
2.01 (NR)
Pole Vault Yelena Isinbayeva
Russia Russia
4.75 Jennifer Stuczynski
United States United States
4.75 (PB) Fabiana Murer
Brazil Brazil
Monika Pyrek
Poland Poland
4.70 (AR)

4.70 (SB)

Yelena Isinbayeva won her third consecutive Indoor World title.
Long Jump Naide Gomes
Portugal Portugal
7.00 (WL) Maurren Maggi
Brazil Brazil
6.89 (AR) Irina Simagina
Russia Russia
Triple Jump Yargelis Savigne
Cuba Cuba
15.05 (AR) Hrysopiyi Devetzi
Greece Greece
15.00 (NR) Marija Šestak
Slovenia Slovenia
Hrysopiyi Devetzi led until the last round, when Yargelis Savigne leaped a new Area Record into victory.
Shot Put Valerie Vili
New Zealand New Zealand
20.19 (AR) Nadzeya Astapchuk
Belarus Belarus
19.74 Li Meiju
China China
19.09 (PB)
Vili set two area records in her first indoor contest for four years--
(60 mH, HJ, SP,
LJ, 800 m)
Tia Hellebaut
Belgium Belgium
4867 (WL) Kelly Sotherton
Great Britain Great Britain
4852 (SB) Anna Bogdanova
Russia Russia
(8.54 - 1.99 - 13.85 - 6.41 - 2:16.42) (8.25 - 1.81 - 14.57 - 6.45 - 2:09.95) (8.39 - 1.84 - 14.56 - 6.38 - 2:15.67)
Tia Hellebaut's 1.99 clearance in the High Jump moved her into the lead which she was able to keep until the end. In the last event, 800 m, Kelly Sotherton would have needed a 7.7 s lead over Hellebaut to win gold, but finished only 6.47 s ahead.

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


  1. "IAAF announces new tour structure", BBC, 2005-11-13. Retrieved on 2007-08-23.

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