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2003 World Championships in Athletics

The 9th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held from 23 August to 31 August, 2003 in the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France.

Men's Results

Track

1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007
100 m Kim Collins
10.07 Darrel Brown
10.08 Darren Campbell
10.08
SB
Reigning World and Olympic Champion Maurice Greene was eliminated in the semi-finals, being out of shape all season, leaving the final without a clear favourite. The final was very close, with early leader Collins eventually edging out Brown, Campbell and Dwain Chambers, who all finished in 10.08 s.

The quarter-finals saw great controversy when American Jon Drummond refused to leave the track after being disqualified for a false start. Afterwards, it was found that Drummond actually did not false start and was unfairly red carded due to a misread flinch

200 m John Capel
20.30 Darvis Patton
20.31 Shingo Suetsugu
20.38
John Capel finished eight in the 2000 Olympic final when he thought there was a false start. He played American football for the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs, but wasn't very successful either. In Paris, he beat his friend Patton in a close finish.
400 m Jerome Young
44.50
SB
Tyree Washington
44.77 Marc Raquil
44.79
NR
Former Jamaican Young clearly beat compatriot and favourite Washington. Crowd favourite Raquil, who was in the back of the field with just 100 m to go raced to a bronze medal in the final metres. After the race, it was revealed that Young had tested positive for doping in 1999, but was let off by the United States Track and Field Association, allowing him to compete in the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal with the American 4 x 400 m relay team.
800 m Djabir Saïd-Guerni
1:44.81 Yuriy Borzakovskiy
1:44.84 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi
1:44.90
1500 m Hicham El Guerrouj
3:31.77 Mehdi Baala
3:32.31 Ivan Heshko
3:33.17
World Record holder El Guerrouj took his fourth consecutive title in the event, holding off French challenger Baala with a fast pace.
5000 m Eliud Kipchoge
12:52.79
CR
Hicham El Guerrouj
12:52.83 Kenenisa Bekele
12:53.12
10 000 m Kenenisa Bekele
26:49.57
CR
Haile Gebrselassie
26:50.77
SB
Sileshi Sihine
27:01.44
The race was totally dominated by the Ethiopians. 21-year-old four-time cross country World Champion Bekele showed he might become the next long-distance hero, beating Gebrselassie, a four-time winner of the event.
Marathon Jaouad Gharib
2:08:31
CR
Julio Rey
2:08:38 Stefano Baldini
2:09:14
110 m H Allen Johnson
13.12 Terrence Trammell
13.20
SB
Liu Xiang
13.23
400 m H Felix Sanchez
47.25
WL
Joey Woody
48.18
SB
Periklís Iakovákis
48.24
2001 World Champion Sánchez was the man to beat in this final, and out-ran the rest of the field by almost a second. South-Africa's Llewellyn Herbert was in silver medal position, but fell on the final hurdle and came in last.
3000 m St. Saif Saaeed Shaheen
8:04.39 Ezekiel Kemboi
8:05.11 Eliseo Martin
8:09.09
PB
Kenyan runner Stephen Cherono became a Qatarese citizen just weeks before the World Championships, apparently for a good salary. He did not disappoint his new country, and won Qatar's first World Championship medal in an exciting duel with former compatriot Kemboi, whom he only beat in the final metres. Martín's medal was the first one won in the event by a European since 1993.
20 km Walk Jefferson Pérez
1:17:21
WBP
Francisco Fernandez
1:18:00
SB
Roman Rasskazov
1:18:07
SB
Pérez, the 1996 Olympic Champion overtook long-time leader Fernández in the final kilometres of the race to set a new World Best Mark (no World Records are recognised in this event) by a second. His gold medal was the first World Championship medal for Ecuador.
50 km Walk Robert Korzeniowski
3:36.03
WBP
German Skurygin
3:36:42
NR
Andreas Erm
3:37:46
NR
Korzeniowski, one of the best race walkers in recent years, lead throughout the race, with competitors dropping off because of disqualification or because of the high pace. His final time was a new World Best Mark.
4 X 100 m John Capel,
Bernard Williams,
Darvis Patton,
Joshua J Johnson
38.06 Vicente de Lima,
Edson Luciano Ribeiro,
André Domingos da Silva,
Cláudio Roberto Souza
38.26
SB
Timothy Beck,
Troy Douglas,
Patrick van Balkom,
Caimin Douglas
38.87
Great Britain's quartet (Christian Malcolm, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish, Dwain Chambers) was a close second in 38.08, but was later disqualified because Chambers admitted to taking drugs following the BALCO scandal.
4 X 400 m Leslie Djhone,
Naman Keïta,
Stéphane Diagana,
Marc Raquil
2:58.96
NR
Brandon Simpson,
Danny McFarlane,
Davian Clarke,
Michael Blackwood
2:59.60
SB
Avard Moncur,
Dennis Darling,
Nathaniel McKinney,
Chris Brown
3:00.53
SB
The USA team (Calvin Harrison, Tyree Washington, Derrick Brew, Jerome Young) won with the time 2:58.88, but was stripped of the gold medal on November 28, 2004 because Calvin Harrison was found guilty of a doping violation (modafinil) in June 2003.

Field

1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007
High Jump Jacques Freitag
2.35
SB
Stefan Holm
2.32 Mark Boswell
2.32
SB
Freitag, a 2.04 m tall 21-year-old, was one of the three jumpers to make 2.32. He was the only one to clear the next height, winning the gold in his first international final.
Long Jump Dwight Phillips
8.32 James Beckford
8.28
SB
Yago Lamela
8.22
The winning mark in the long jump final, which did not include four-time World Champion Iván Pedroso and 2001 silver medallist Savanté Stringfellow (both eliminated in the qualification), was the shortest in the history of the event. The competition heated up in the 5th round, when the lead changed three times.
Pole Vault Giuseppe Gibilisco
5.90
NR
Okkert Brits
5.85
SB
Patrik Kristiansson
5.85
PB
Gibilisco, who had never placed better than 10th at a major tournament, upset the field with a new National Record of 5.90. Two of the pre-tournament favourites, Aleksandr Averbukh and Romain Mesnil, were already eliminated before the final, while defending World Champion Markov placed fourth in the final.
Triple Jump Christian Olsson
17.72 Yoandri Betanzos
17.28
SB
Leevan Sands
17.26
World Record holder and double World Champion Jonathan Edwards announced his retirement after the Championships. He qualified for the final, but had to give up after two jumps due to an injury. The title was won by 2002 European Champion Olsson, who started triple jumping after seeing Edwards win the 1995 World Championship in Gothenburg.
Shot Put Andrei Mikhnevich
21.69
PB
Adam Nelson
21.26 Yuriy Bilonoh
21.10
Mikhnevich threw five of his six throws over 21 metre, and his winning mark was a new personal best. He had been suspended until August 6 after a doping offence in 2001. Triple World Champion John Godina made the final, but placed 9th after a foul throw - heavily disputed by Godina - meaning he couldn't get three more attempts.

Discus Virgilijus Alekna
69.69
SB
Robert Fazekas
69.01 Vasiliy Kaptyukh
66.51
SB
Five-time World Champion Lars Riedel of Germany was looking for a record-tying sixth title, but he placed fourth behind Alekna, the 2000 Olympic Champion.
Javelin Sergey Makarov
85.44 Andrus Värnik
85.17 Boris Henry
84.74
Hammer Ivan Tikhon
83.05 Adrian Ànnus
80.36 Koji Murofushi
80.12
Decathlon
Details
Tom Pappas
8750 Roman Šebrle
8634 Dmitry Karpov
8374
NR

Women's Results

Track

1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007
100 m

10.93
(PB)

10.99
(SB)

11.02
Lima Azimi, who ran her heat in 18.37 seconds, attracted international attention as the first female athlete to represent Afghanistan at any international sports event, following the fall of the Taliban.
200 m

22.38
(PB)

22.47

22.59
400 m

48.89
(WL)

49.43
(SB)

49.95
(SB)
800 m

1:59.89

2:00.18

2:00.29
1,500 m

3:58.52
(CR)

3:59.04

3:59.95
(PB)
5,000 m

14:51.72

14:52.26

14:52.30
10,000 m

30:04.18
(CR)

30:07.15
(PB)

30:07.20
(PB)
Marathon

2:23.55
(CR)

2:24.14

2:25.09
100 m hurdles

12.53
(NR)

12.57

12.67
400 m hurdles

53.22
(PB)

53.65
(SB)

53.71
20 km walk

1:26:52
(CR)

1:27:34

1:28:10
(NR)
4x100 m relay
Patricia Girard-Léno
Muriel Hurtis
Sylviane Felix
Christine Arron
41.78
(WL)
Angela Williams
Chryste Gaines
Inger Miller
Torri Edwards
41.83
(SB)
Olga Fyodorova
Yuliya Tabakova
Marina Kislova
Larisa Kruglova
42.66
4x400 m relay
Demetria Washington,
Jearl Miles-Clark,
Me'Lisa Barber,
Sanya Richards
3:22.63
(WL)
Anastasiya Kapachinskaya,
Natalya Nazarova,
Olesya Zykina,
Yuliya Pechonkina (Nosova)
3:22.91
(SB)
Allison Beckford,
Lorraine Fenton (Graham),
Ronetta Smith,
Sandie Richards,
3:22.92
(SB)

Field

1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007
High jump

2.06
(WL)

2.00

2.00
Pole vault

4.75
(CR)

4.70
(SB)

4.65
Long jump

6.99
(SB)

6.74

6.70
(SB)
Triple jump

15.18
(SB)

15.05
(AR)

14.90
(NR)
Shot put

20.63

20.12
(PB)

20.08
(SB)
Discus throw

67.32
(SB)

67.14
(SB)

66.73
(PB)
Hammer throw

73.33

71.71

70.92
Javelin throw

66.52
(WL)

63.28

62.70
Heptathlon

7001
(WL)

6755
(SB)

6524
(SB)
Swedish Carolina Klüft won with big margin following a breaking of her personal best in six of the seven events and the totals. She was the third woman to score more than 7000 points.

Medals Table

Position: Nation: Gold: Silver: Bronze: Total:
1. 8 8 1 17
2. 7 7 5 19
3. 3 2 3 8
4. 3 2 2 7
5. 3 1 3 7
6. 2 1 2 5
7. 2 1 1 4
=. 2 1 1 4
9. 2 1 0 3
10. 1 1 2 4
11. 1 1 0 2
12. 1 0 2 3
13. 1 0 1 2
14. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
=. 1 0 0 1
24. 0 4 1 5
25. 0 3 2 5
26. 0 2 0 2
27. 0 1 3 4
=. 0 1 3 4
=. 0 1 3 4
30. 0 1 2 3
31. 0 1 0 1
=. 0 1 0 1
=. 0 1 0 1
=. 0 1 0 1
=. 0 1 0 1
=. 0 1 0 1
=. 0 1 0 1
38. 0 0 3 3
39. 0 0 2 2
40. 0 0 1 1
=. 0 0 1 1
=. 0 0 1 1
=. 0 0 1 1

References

For more information about these results including in-depth results of all heats and finals that include photo finish, wind readings and reaction times see the link below.

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