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2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships

12th IAAF World Indoor Championships
Host city Valencia, Spain
Date(s) 7 March–9 March
Main stadium Luis Puig Palace
Participation 574 athletes from
147 nations
Events 26
2010 Doha

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


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



2004 | 2006 | 2008 | 2010 | 2012
Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 m
 Olusoji A. Fasuba (NGR) 6.51 (WL)  Dwain Chambers (GBR) 6.54 (PB) Not awarded
 Kim Collins (SKN) 6.54 (SB)
Fasuba's win became the first indoor short dash World Championship title for Africa
400 m
 Tyler Christopher (CAN) 45.67 (WL)  Johan Wissman (SWE) 46.04 (PB)  Chris Brown (BAH) 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 (SUD) 1:44.81 (WL)  Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) 1:44.91 (NR)  Yusuf Saad Kamel (BHN) 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 (ETH) 3:38.23  Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (KEN) 3:38.54  Juan Carlos Higuero (ESP) 3:38.82
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 (ETH) 7:48.23  Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 7:49.05  Abreham Cherkos (ETH) 7:49.96
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 hurdles
 Liu Xiang (CHN) 7.46 (SB)  Allen Johnson (USA) 7.55  Evgeniy Borisov (RUS) 7.60
 Staņislavs Olijars (LAT) 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 relay
 United States (USA)
James Davis
Jamaal Torrance
Greg Nixon
Kelly Willie
3:06.79 (WL)  Jamaica (JAM)
Michael Blackwood
Edino Steele
Adrian Findlay
DeWayne Barrett
3:07.69 (SB)  Dominican Republic (DOM)
Arismendy Peguero
Carlos Santa
Pedro Mejía
Yoel Tapia
3:07.77 (NR)
High jump
 Stefan Holm (SWE) 2.36  Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS) 2.34  Andra Manson (USA) 2.30 (SB)
 Kyriakos Ioannou (CYP) 2.30
Stefan Holm regained his title from Rybakov who won in 2006 to become 4-time world indoor champion. Ioannou earned Cyprus its first ever medal at an Indoor World Championship.
Pole vault
 Yevgeniy Lukyanenko (RUS) 5.90 (WL)  Brad Walker (USA) 5.85 (PB)  Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.80 (SB)
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Long jump
 Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (RSA) 8.08 (SB)  Chris Tomlinson (GBR) 8.06  Mohamed Salman Al-Khuwalidi (KSA) 8.01
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 (GBR) 17.75 (NR)(WL)  Arnie David Giralt (CUB) 17.47 (PB)  Nelson Évora (POR) 17.27
Idowu's winning jump came in the second round, and set a new British and Commonwealth record.
Shot put
 Christian Cantwell (USA) 21.77  Reese Hoffa (USA) 21.20  Tomasz Majewski (POL) 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 m H, PV, 1000 m)
 Bryan Clay (USA) 6371 (WL)  Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) 6234 (NR)  Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ) 6131
(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.

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)


2004 | 2006 | 2008 | 2010 | 2012
Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 m
 Angela Williams (USA) 7.06 (WL)  Jeanette Kwakye (GBR) 7.08 (NR)  Tahesia Harrigan (IVB) 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 (RUS) 51.09 (WL)  Natalya Nazarova (RUS) 51.10 (SB)  Shareese Woods (USA) 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 (AUS) 2:02.57  Tetiana Petlyuk (UKR) 2:02.66  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) 2:02.97
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
 Gelete Burka (ETH) 3:59.75 (AR)  Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR) 3:59.79 (AR)  Daniela Yordanova (BUL) 4:04.19 (NR)
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. Soboleva was later disqualified for doping along with second placed Yuliya Fomenko, and her world record was rescinded.
3000 m
 Meseret Defar (ETH) 8:38.79  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 8:41.50  Mariem Alaoui Selsouli (MAR) 8:41.66
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 hurdles
 LoLo Jones (USA) 7.80  Candice Davis (USA) 7.93  Anay Tejeda (CUB) 7.98
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 relay
 Russia (RUS)
Yuliya Gushchina
Tatyana Levina
Natalya Nazarova
Olesya Zykina
3:28.17 (WL)  Belarus (BLR)
Anna Kozak
Iryna Khliustava
Sviatlana Usovich
Ilona Usovich
3:28.90 (SB)  United States (USA)
Angel Perkins
Miriam Barnes
Shareese Woods
Moushaumi Robinson
3:29.30 (SB)
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High jump
 Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.03  Yelena Slesarenko (RUS) 2.01  Vita Palamar (UKR) 2.01 (NR)
Blanka Vlasic was the clear favourite for the win after taking the world outdoor title the previous year.
Pole vault
 Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.75  Jennifer Stuczynski (USA) 4.75 (PB)  Fabiana Murer (BRA) 4.70 (AR)
 Monika Pyrek (POL) 4.70 (SB)
Yelena Isinbayeva won her third consecutive Indoor World title.
Long jump
 Naide Gomes (POR) 7.00 (WL)  Maurren Maggi (BRA) 6.89 (AR)  Irina Simagina (RUS) 6.88
Naide Gomes set a National Record to win her first world title.
Triple jump
 Yargelis Savigne (CUB) 15.05 (AR)  Hrysopiyi Devetzi (GRE) 15.00 (NR)  Marija Šestak (SLO) 14.68
Hrysopiyi Devetzi led until the last round, when Yargelis Savigne leaped a new Area Record into victory.
Shot put
 Valerie Vili (NZL) 20.19 (AR)  Nadzeya Astapchuk (BLR) 19.74  Li Meiju (CHN) 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 (BEL) 4867 (WL)  Kelly Sotherton (GBR) 4852 (SB)  Anna Bogdanova (RUS) 4753
(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.

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 5 5 3 13
2  Russia 4 4 3 11
3  Ethiopia 4 2 1 7
4  Great Britain 1 4 5
5  Cuba 1 1 1 3
6  Sweden 1 1 2
 South Africa 1 1 2
8  Australia 1 1 2
 China 1 1 2
 Portugal 1 1 2
11  Belgium 1 1
 Canada 1 1
 Croatia 1 1
 New Zealand 1 1
 Nigeria 1 1
 Sudan 1 1
17  Belarus 3 3
18  Kenya 2 2
19  Brazil 1 1 2
 Ukraine 1 1 2
21  Greece 1 1
 Jamaica 1 1
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 1
24  Poland 2 2
25  Bahamas 1 1
 Bahrain 1 1
 British Virgin Islands 1 1
 Bulgaria 1 1
 Cyprus 1 1
 Dominican Republic 1 1
 Kazakhstan 1 1
 Latvia 1 1
 Morocco 1 1
 Mozambique 1 1
 Saudi Arabia 1 1
 Slovenia 1 1
 Spain 1 1
Total 26 27 28 81

Participating nations


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

External links

  • Official website of 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships
  • Live results from 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships
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