Welcome from IAAF President Dr Primo
Welcome to the Official Web-Site of the 6th IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
Athens is shaping up to be the most watched sporting event in the world in 1997. We are therefore delighted to offer a complete and up-to-date coverage here on the Internet - the fastest and most extensive electronic coverage in the history of our sport. Enjoy!
a talent confirmed
There has been no deception from Marion Jones after her 100 metres triumph in Athens. The 21-year-old American, who took gold ahead of Ukrainian national record holder Zhanna Pintusevich with a new personal best of 10.83, (Pintusevich set a national record of 10.90 in her 2nd round heat and then went on to better it to 10.85 when she won silver in the final), beat Jamaican veteran Merlene Ottey in Monte Carlo on 16 August (21.92 against 22.06) in the 200m after narrowly losing to Ottey in the 100m in the triple world record meeting in Zurich on 13 August (10.97 vs.10.96).
Lars Riedel continues clear run
After confirming his world title in Athens, Germany's discus star Lars Riedel went on to better his Athens' mark of 68.54 in Zurich with a throw of 68.84.
Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania who took silver in Athens with 66.70 was this time 2nd and over 2 metres behind Riedel (66.44). Bronze medallist in Athens, fellow German Jurgen Schult (66.14), only managed a fifth place with 64.90.
Aftermath.. for Johnson
Michael Johnson showed a clean pair of heels to the competition to successfully defend his 400m title in Athens and followed up with a 44.31 400m win in Zurich. Still suffering from injury problems after the ill-fated "head to head" with Donovan Bailey in Toronto, his performance at 200m has been rather less exciting: he scraped into 5th position at the recent Crystal Palace (London) invitational meet behind British trio Doug Turner, Marcus Adam and Julian Golding and Latvian Sergei Insakov.
Whether he can put some glitter back in the gold will be seen in the forthcoming Grand Prix meets in Brussels (22 August) and Berlin (26 August). In the meantime, Fredericks (8 silvers and one gold -Stuttgart 1993 - in World Championships and Olympics since 1991) continues to be one of the most consistent performers on the Grand Prix circuit where he heads the men's 200m standings with 41 points from 5 meetings (4 wins in GPI meets and one GPII win).
Bubka : take 6 + 1
Maksim Tarasov (RUS) is hard on the heels of six-time world champion Sergey Bubka. After Bubka's victory in Athens which made him the only person ever to take six straight world championship golds, Bubka went on to win again in Zurich, with Tarasov equalling Bubka's mark of 5.90 to take 2nd place.
However, Bubka no-heighted in the Herculis meeting in Monte Carlo and Tarasov won (5.90) ahead of Olympic champion Jean Galfione (5.80). Lawrence Johnson (USA) came third in both Zurich and Monte Carlo with 5.80
After gold in Athens and a defeat at the hands (or rather on the heels) of Ethiopian powerhouse Haile Gebrselassie in the 5000m in Zurich, where the "Emperor" once again asserted his supremacy with a shattering 12:41.86 world record mark, Daniel Komen ran a superb 1500 in Monte Carlo, crossing the line in 3:29.46 a full second in front of Burundi's Venuste Niyongabo and fellow Kenyan William Tanui.
Komen apparently still has world record ambitions for the 5000m in Brussels....
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