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2005 World Championships in Athletics

2005 World Championships in Athletics

The 10th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), were held in the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland (August 6, 2005August 14, 2005), the site of the first IAAF World Championships in 1983. One theme of the 2005 championships was paralympic sports, some of which were included as exhibition events. Much of the event was played in extremely heavy rainfall.

Background

With the addition of the women's 3000 metres steeplechase to the schedule, this year's program of events was closer to parity for women and men. With the exception of the 50 km walk the women competed in practically the same events as the men. Two differences remaining from before, though, were the short hurdles race (100 metres for women vs. 110 metres for men), and the multi-event competition (heptathlon for women vs. decathlon for men).

Since the first World Championships in Helsinki 1983, seven new events have been added for women:

The games were originally set to be staged in London, England but wrangling within the government saw them unable to agree to build the required stadium at Picketts Lock therefore forfeiting their chance of being hosts.

Helsinki was considered by many to be the outsider in the race to host the games with rival bids being presented by Berlin in Germany; Brussels in Belgium, Budapest in Hungary, Moscow in Russia and Rome in Italy.

Men's results

Track

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100 m Justin Gatlin
9.88
SB
Michael Frater
10.05 Kim Collins
10.05
200 m Justin Gatlin
20.04 Wallace Spearmon
20.20 John Capel
20.31
SB
Justin Gatlin wins the 200 metres, becoming the second athlete to win a sprint double in a single World Championships (Maurice Greene was the first, in 1999). Tyson Gay finishes fourth (20.34) to complete an American 1-2-3-4, the first time any nation has achieved this in a world championship athletics event. Usain Bolt of Jamaica pulls a muscle at about 150 m into the race and finishes last.
400 m Jeremy Wariner
43.93
WL
Andrew Rock
44.35
PB
Tyler Christopher
44.44
NR
Olympic champion Wariner wins easily, with his first time under 44 seconds.
800 m Rashid Ramzi
1:44.24
PB
Yuriy Borzakovskiy
1:44.51 William Yiampoy
1:44.55
Yuriy Borzakovskiy starts his trademark sprint finish too late to mount an effective challenge to Rashid Ramzi, who wins his second gold in the championships.
1500 m Rashid Ramzi
3:37.88 Adil Kaouch
3:38.00
SB
Rui Silva
3:38.02
This was the first 800-1500 m double in open global championship since New Zealand's Peter Snell achieved it at the Rome Olympics in 1964. Ramzi, near the front at the bell, kicked with 300 metres to go and made another decisive move with 200 to go.
5000 m Benjamin Limo
13:32.55 Sileshi Sihine
13:32.81 Craig Mottram
13:32.96
A slow pace race, ending in a sprint for the line in the last lap. Defending champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya just misses out of the bronze. (13:33.04)
10,000 m Kenenisa Bekele
27:08.33 Sileshi Sihine
27:08.87 Moses Mosop
27:08.96
PB
The pace was slow for the first sixteen laps until Bekele surged to the front with a 62-second seventeenth lap, whittling the pack down to nine men. The pace would dawdle again, the ninth kilometre was the slowest since the first in 2:48, though the last one was run in a furious 2:29. The pack of nine was still together at the bell, although somewhat strung out. Bekele ran the last lap in 54 seconds, holding off the challenge of Mosop thanks to help from Sihine and Dinkessa, who boxed him on the penultimate straight. Bekele would then hold off a charge from Sihine, while Dinkessa faded to seventh due to his exertions.
Marathon Jaouad Gharib
2:10:10 Christopher Isegwe Njunguda
2:10:21
PB
Tsuyoshi Ogata
2:11:16
SB
Gharib attacked just before 30 km mark, getting Italian Olympic champion Stefano Baldini with him. Baldini had cramps few kilometres later and he retired after 35 kilometres.
110 m H Ladji Doucouré
13.07 Liu Xiang
13.08 Allen Johnson
13.10
In a very tight race, Frenchman Ladji Doucouré wins the 110 m hurdles, battling with Allen Johnson in the middle lanes and just crossing the line ahead of the fast finishing Liu Xiang.
400 m H Bershawn Jackson
47.30
PB
James Carter
47.43
PB
Dai Tamesue
48.10
PB
In driving rain, Dai Tamesue starts fast to take the early lead before being overtaken on the final bend. Bershawn Jackson shows better form in the final straight to stretch away from James Carter. Tamesue dives over the line for a bronze to edge out Kerron Clement of the USA who jogs over the line.
3000 m SC Saif Saaeed Shaheen
8:13.31 Ezekiel Kemboi
8:14.95 Brimin Kipruto
8:15.30
A comfortable race for Said Saaeed Shaheen as Ezekiel Kemboi fails to mount a serious challenge. Brimin Kipruto finishes fast to edge Brahim Boulami into fourth place by two hundredths of a second.
20 km Walk Jefferson Pérez
1:18:35
SB
Francisco Javier Fernandez
1:19:36 Juan Manuel Molina
1:19:44
PB
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50 km Walk Sergey Kirdyapkin
3:38:08
PB
Aleksey Voyevodin
3:41:25 Alex Schwazer
3:41:54
NR
Sergey Kirdyapkin, the former junior world champion led from early on and secures the global title in a personal best time. At around the 20 km mark he was caught by Aleksey Voyevodin, but by 40 km Kirdyapkin had shaken off his fellow Russian, who went on to earn silver in 3:41.25. Italian Alex Schwazer powers through late on to claim the bronze in a national record 3:41.54. There were fourteen disqualifications, and seven athletes did not finish.
4 X 100 m
Ladji Doucouré
Ronald Pognon
Eddy De Lépine
Lueyi Dovy
38.08
WL

Kevon Pierre
Marc Burns
Jacey Harper
Darrel Brown
38.10
NR

Jason Gardener
Marlon Devonish
Christian Malcolm
Mark Lewis-Francis
38.27
SB
The United Kingdom just beat Jamaica (38.28, SB) and Australia (38.32, SB) to bronze medal position. The United States' team does not participate, having bungled their first relay stick handoff in their qualification heat the previous day.
4 X 400 m
Andrew Rock
Derrick Brew
Darold Williamson
Jeremy Wariner
2:56.91
WL

Nathaniel McKinney
Avard Moncur
Andrae Williams
Chris Brown
2:57.32
NR

Sanjay Ayre
Brandon Simpson
Lansford Spence
Davian Clarke
2:58.07
SB
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Field

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High Jump Yuriy Krymarenko
2.32 Víctor Moya
2.29
(PB Rybakov)
Yaroslav Rybakov
Surprise winner. Also seven athletes achieved 2.29m. Olympic champion Stefan Holm failed to make the podium
Pole Vault
Rens Blom
5.80
SB
Brad Walker
5.75 Pavel Gerasimov
5.65
SB
In rain and heavy wind, Rens Blom wins the first Dutch gold medal at a World Championship.
Long Jump Dwight Phillips
8.60
WL
Ignisious Gaisah
8.34
NR
Tommi Evilä
8.25
Dwight Phillips takes the gold comfortably with his first jump, but the contest for the other medals is fierce. Tommi Evilä wins Finland's only medal of the championships, just beating Salim Sdiri of France and Joan Lino Martínez of Spain to third place.
Triple Jump Walter Davis
17.57
SB
Yoandri Betanzos
17.42
SB
Marian Oprea
17.40
Leevan Sands, of the Bahamas, in bronze medal position for a long time, is pipped to fourth by Marian Oprea's last jump.
Shot Put Adam Nelson
21.73
SB
Rutger Smith
21.29 Ralf Bartels
20.99
After two Olympic and two World Championship silver medals, Adam Nelson finally takes his first gold at the international level.
Discus Virgilijus Alekna
70.17
CR
Gerd Kanter
68.57 Michael Möllenbeck
65.95
Defending champion Virgilijus Alekna takes home the gold with the competition's only longer-than-70 m throw. Fellow Balt Gerd Kanter is the runner-up.
Javelin Andrus Värnik
87.17 Andreas Thorkildsen
86.18 Sergey Makarov
83.54
Surprise winner Andrus Värnik takes Estonia's first gold medal at the World Championships, beating the reigning Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen by 99 cm. Finland's young star Tero Pitkämäki throws below his usual level in the heavy rain, and finishes fourth (81.27 m).
Hammer Ivan Tikhon
83.89
CR
Vadim Devyatovskiy
82.60 Szymon Ziółkowski
79.35
SB
Tikhon had no marking until after his second throw.
Decathlon Bryan Clay
8732
WL
Roman Šebrle
8521 Attila Zsivóczky
8385
Aleksandr Pogorelov just loses the bronze after the 1500 m.

Women's results

Track

2001 |2003 |2005 |2007 |2009 |
Event: Gold: Silver: Bronze:
100 m Lauryn Williams
10.93 Veronica Campbell
10.95
SB
Christine Arron
10.98
Lauryn Williams obtains a surprise victory beating the favourite Christine Arron that finished only third behind also Veronica Campbell.
200 m Allyson Felix
22.16 Rachelle Boone-Smith
22.31 Christine Arron
22.31
SB
Veronica Campbell ran a terrible bend (she runs out of her lane) and finished fourth.
400 m Tonique Williams-Darling
49.55
SB
Sanya Richards
49.74 Ana Guevara
49.81
In a high quality final (despite heavy rainfall), Tonique Williams-Darling overtakes Sanya Richards just before the finish.
800 m Zulia Calatayud
1:58.82 Hasna Benhassi
1:59.42 Tatyana Andrianova
1:59.60
Former world champion Maria de Lurdes Mutola comes fourth.
1500 m Tatyana Tomashova
4:00.35
SB
Olga Yegorova
4:01.46 Bouchra Ghezielle
4:02.45
Yuliya Chizhenko finished second in 4:00.93, but she was disqualified for obstructing Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain, therefore Olga Yegorova gets the silver and Bouchra Ghezielle of France gets the bronze.
5000 m Tirunesh Dibaba
14:38.59
CR
Meseret Defar
14:39.54 Ejegayehu Dibaba
14:42.47
Tirunesh Dibaba becomes the first woman to win the 5000 m and 10000 m at the same championships. Also, as in the 10000 m race, the winner's elder sister Ejegayehu Dibaba takes the bronze, stepping onto an entirely Ethiopian podium. Ethiopia claim the first four places, the second time that a country has ever achieved this (after the USA Men's 200m above).
10 000 m Tirunesh Dibaba
30:24.02 Berhane Adere
30:25.41
SB
Ejegayehu Dibaba
30:26.00
Fascinating race with Paula Radcliffe, using the race as preparation for the marathon, setting most of the pace before her lack of competitive 10k races this season sees her drop back with three laps to go. The three medal winners shows amazing acceleration with one lap to go, Berhane Adere kicking first but quickly covered by Tirunesh Dibaba with elder sister Ejegayehu Dibaba unable to match their pace. Tirunesh kicks again and goes past Adere with 250 metres to go to claim the gold. Reigning Olympic champion Xing Huina cannot cope with the acceleration and finishes fourth.
Marathon Paula Radcliffe
2:20:57
CR
Catherine Ndereba
2:22:01
SB
Constantina Tomescu
2:23:19
Paula Radcliffe sets the pace of the race, leading all the way from start to finish. Constantina Tomescu is able to keep up with Radcliffe the longest, but begins to fall behind after the 25 km mark and at the end finds herself overtaken by the defending champion Catherine Ndereba. Derartu Tulu finishes fourth.
100 m H Michelle Perry
12.66 Delloreen Ennis-London
12.76 Brigitte Foster-Hylton
12.76
A dramatic race, as Olympic champion Joanna Hayes loses her balance after the second last hurdle, runs into the last hurdle, and comes last.
400 m H Yuliya Pechonkina
52.90
WL
Lashinda Demus
53.27
PB
Sandra Glover
53.32
PB
Yuliya Pechonkina wins the gold. The USA appeals after Pechonkina appears to have not jumped over the first hurdle correctly, but the appeal fails.
3000 m St. Dorcus Inzikuru
9:18.24
CR
Yekaterina Volkova
9:20.49
PB
Jeruto Kiptum
9:26.95
NR
Dorcus Inzikuru wins Uganda's first ever gold medal in the World Championships
20 km Walk Olimpiada Ivanova
1:25:41
WR
Ryta Turava
1:27:05
NR
Susana Feitor
1:28:44
SB
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4 X 100 m
Angela Daigle
Muna Lee
Me'Lisa Barber
Lauryn Williams
41.78
WL

Daniele Browning
Sherone Simpson
Aleen Bailey
Veronica Campbell
41.99
SB

Yulia Nestsiarenka
Natalya Sologub
Alena Nevmerzhitskaya
Oksana Dragun
42.56
NR
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4 X 400 m
Yuliya Pechonkina
Olesya Krasnomovets
Natalya Antyukh
Svetlana Pospelova
3:20.95
Shericka Williams
Novlene Williams
Ronetta Smith
Lorraine Fenton
3:23.29
SB

Lee McConnell
Donna Fraser
Nicola Sanders
Christine Ohuruogu
3:24.44
SB
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Field

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Event: Gold: Silver: Bronze:
High Jump Kajsa Bergqvist
2.02
WL
Chaunte Howard
2.00
PB
Emma Green
1.96
PB
The weather conditions during final were not the best, and may well have hampered performances. Kajsa Bergqvist showed what willpower and dedication can achieve, as she claimed her first world championship gold medal after clearing 2.02m with only one foul in her entire series of jumps despite being having only recovered from injury within the past few months. Newcomer Chaunte Howard was the only real threat to Kajsa, and a big surprise, seemingly to herself as much as to the spectators. Her respectable jump technique and result make her someone to keep an eye on in the future. Swede Emma Green continued her quick rise to the elite level, taking the bronze in her first ever major championships.
Pole Vault Yelena Isinbayeva
5.01
WR
Monika Pyrek
4.60 Pavla Hamáčková
4.50
Already having secured her victory by doing the competition's only 4.70 m jump, Yelena Isinbayeva breaks her own world record from three weeks ago by 1 centimetre.
Long Jump Tianna Madison
6.89
PB
Tatyana Kotova
6.79 Eunice Barber
6.76
An unexpected win for Tianna Madison, as Tatyana Kotova finishes second for the third World Outdoor Championships in a row.
Triple Jump Trecia Smith
15.11
WL
Yargelis Savigne
14.82
PB
Anna Pyatykh
14.78
Trecia Smith makes the three longest jumps in the final to take the gold. Yargelis Savigne takes silver in her first international competition with Anna Pyatykh third. Pre-event favourite Tatyana Lebedeva from Russia, who would go on to be the sole winner of the 2005 Golden League jackpot, did not take part because of injury.
Shot Put Nadzeya Astapchuk
20.51 Olga Ryabinkina
19.64 Valerie Vili
19.62
20 year old Valerie Vili earns a surprise bronze, as Nadzeya Astapchuk wins her first Outdoor World Championships Gold.
Discus Franka Dietzsch
66.56
SB
Natalya Sadova
64.33 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová
63.19
Dominating the competition in her second podium performance over the course of eight World Championships, Franka Dietzsch gets the gold medal, as she did in Sevilla six years ago.
Hammer Olga Kuzenkova
75.10
SB
Yipsi Moreno
73.08 Tatyana Lysenko
72.46
Olga Kuzenkova added the world hammer title to the Olympic crown she had won in Athens the previous year. She achieved this after gaining the silver medal at the three previous championships.
Javelin Osleidys Menéndez
71.70
WR
Christina Obergföll
70.03
AR
Steffi Nerius
65.96
A high-quality contest where Olympic champion Osleidys Menéndez sets a new world record whereas Christina Obergföll sets a new European record.
Heptathlon Carolina Klüft
6887
SB
Eunice Barber
6824 Margaret Simpson
6375
(13.19 - 1.82 - 15.02 - 23.70 - 6.87 - 47.20 - 2:08.89) (12.94 - 1.91 - 13.20 - 24.01 - 6.75 - 48.24 - 2:11.94) (13.55 - 1.79 - 13.33 - 24.94 - 6.09 - 56.36 - 2:17.02)
A close heptathlon saw Eunice Barber take the early lead after winning the 100 mH and HJ. A foot injury hampered Carolina Klüft who jumped 12 cm below her season best in the HJ, however, she struck back in the SP with a PB. After the first day, Barber had only a 2-point lead over Klüft. Day two started with the LJ, where Klüft was expected to jump poorly due to her injury. If she had problems she hid them well, winning with an SB. In the JT Margaret Simpson set a new PB with an impressive 56.36 m, this would propel her to Ghana's first ever world championship medal. Before the final event, Klüft's lead was 18 points and Barber needed to beat her by 1.5 sec in the 800 m to win the gold medal. Barber stuck to Kelly Sotherton, the eventual winner of the race, until the last 200 m but Klüft timed her race perfectly to beat Barber with another PB.

Exhibition events

Paralympic exhibition events at the World Championships:
Event Gold Silver Bronze
T54 Wheelchair racing 100 m men David Weir
14.15 NR Kenny van Weeghel
14.19 Leo-Pekka Tähti
14.22
Paralympic champion Leo-Pekka Tähti got off to a good start, but a battle between Britain's David Weir and Dutchman Kenny van Weeghel pushed both of them forward in the latter stages. Weir eventually won out, breaking his own British record, which he set in the semifinal at the 2004 Paralympics, by 0.02 s.
T54 Wheelchair racing 200 m men David Weir
25.47 Kenny van Weeghel
25.80 Supachai Koysub
26.03
Weir completes a widely anticipated double.
F54 Wheelchair javelin men Jacques Martin
24.97 Markku Niinimäki
23.82 Gerasimos Vrionis
16.75
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T12 Visually impaired 200m women Adria Santos
26.99 Purificacion Santamarta
27.08 Paraskeví Kantza
28.32 (PB)
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Medals table

Position Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
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