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Sergey Bubka enthralls crowd
Sergey Bubka the Ukrainian 6 time world champion and world record holder in the pole vault kept the capacity crowd in the Hakata-no-Mori stadium holding their breath until the last as he made three attempts at a new world record height of 6.15m. Sergey won his event with a 6.05m vault, the highest in the world for the past three years.

Welcome from IAAF President Dr Primo Nebiolo
Welcome to the Official Web-Site of the XIII IAAF Grand Prix Final: Fukuoka '97.

After the tremendous success of our Athens '97 web site - over 10 million hits and 350,000 users - we look forward to providing you the same high standard of coverage of this exciting finale to the 1997 IAAF Grand Prix season.

Primo Nebiolo

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$250,000 victory for Wilson Kipketer and Astrid Kumbernuss
Denmark's Wilson Kipketer won the Wilson Kipketermen's 800m event here in Fukuoka today and confirmed his place at the top of the Overall Grand Prix classification to take home a mammoth $250,000 bonus. Similarly, in the women's shot put, Astrid Kumbernuss (GER) was an easy victor, and a second place by closest rival Deon Hemmings (JAM) Astrid Kumbernussin the 400m hurdles assured Kumbernuss of victory. Both Kipketer and Kumbernuss won $200,000 for their overall placing and $50,000 for their individual event wins.
See the standings of the prize winners and their winnings and an overall résumé from Mark Butler in Fukuoka.

TBS cover GP Final with 30 cameras
Host broadcasters TBS used around 30 different camera positions to provide exceptional coverage of the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan.

1997 an unforgettable year
IAAF President Primo Nebiolo has classified 1997 as an unforgettable year for athletics. In a statement following the GP Final in Fukuoka, Nebiolo said: "It has been a golden year for track and field, starting with the indoor World Championships in Paris, up until Fukuoka. We have had big competitions, big athletes, big records, big crowds. The history of the IAAF and the world athletics family will not forget 1997."

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