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2009 World Championships in Athletics

2009 World Championships in Athletics
Host city Berlin, Germany
Nations participating 202
Athletes participating 2101
Events 47
Dates 15–23 August
Main venue Olympiastadion
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The 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (German: 12. IAAF Leichtathletik WM Berlin 2009) were held in Berlin, Germany from 15–23 August 2009. The majority of events took place in the Olympiastadion, while the marathon and racewalking events started and finished at the Brandenburg Gate.


  • Organisation 1
    • Bidding process 1.1
    • Costs 1.2
    • Media and marketing 1.3
    • Venues 1.4
    • Anti-doping program 1.5
  • Event schedule 2
  • Men's results 3
    • Track 3.1
    • Field 3.2
  • Women's results 4
    • Track 4.1
    • Field 4.2
  • Medal table 5
  • Highlights 6
    • Records 6.1
    • Day 1 (15th) 6.2
    • Day 2 (16th) 6.3
    • Day 3 (17th) 6.4
    • Day 4 (18th) 6.5
    • Day 5 (19th) 6.6
    • Day 6 (20th) 6.7
    • Day 7 (21st) 6.8
    • Day 8 (22nd) 6.9
    • Day 9 (23rd) 6.10
  • Participating nations 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Bidding process

  • Official Berlin website
  • Official IAAF website

External links

  1. ^ IAAF News No.69 IAAF (20 July 2004) Retrieved on 14 August 2009 Archived
  2. ^ a b Event Information - FAQ Berlin 2009 Retrieved on 14 August 2009 Archived
  3. ^ IAAF / LOC Official Press Conference, Berlin 2009 - Congress closes, Competition set to begin IAAF (13 August 2009) Retrieved on 13 August 2009 Archived
  4. ^ a b Berlin to host 2009 World Championships IAAF (4 April 2004) Retrieved on 14 August 2009
  5. ^ a b Turner, Chris (8 August 2006) Berlin 2009 makes its first introductions IAAF Retrieved on 14 August 2009. Archived 8 September 2009
  6. ^ Berlin gets economic boost from World Championships. European Athletics (2010-02-13). Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  7. ^ Wenig, Jörg (13 November 2007) German Government announces special 10 euro coin for Berlin 2009 IAAF Retrieved on 14 August 2009
  8. ^ Mascot 2009 Berlin. Berlin 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  9. ^ IAAF Green Project – Berlin 2009 IAAF (11 August 2009) Retrieved on 14 August 2009
  10. ^ a b "The spectacular athletics event berlin 2009 will be broadcast in over 190 countries". 15 July 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "ARD und ZDF übertragen Leichtathletik-WM im HD-Format" (in German). Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d e Turner, Chris (2009-08-23). IAAF / LOC Press Conference - Berlin 2009 – Championships Debrief. IAAF. Retrieved 2009-09-24. Archived 26 September 2009.
  13. ^ Huge Unique User Figures and Page Hits – IAAF Website, Berlin 2009. IAAF (2009-08-25). Retrieved 2009-09-24. Archived 26 September 2009.
  14. ^ IAAF Website Traffic – Berlin 2009. IAAF (2009). Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  15. ^ Retrieved 20 August 2009
  16. ^ World Championships organising committee, BOC, presents the courses for the marathon and walking events. Berlin 2009 (8 December 2008) Retrieved on 14 August 2009
  17. ^ Event Information Berlin 2009 Retrieved on 14 August 2009
  18. ^ Families of Jesse Owens, Luz Long to unite at World Championships IAAF (5 August 2009) Retrieved on 13 August 2009
  19. ^ $100,000 IAAF World Record Programme supported by TDK and Toyota – Berlin 2009 IAAF (14 August 2009) Retrieved on 14 August 2009 Archived 8 September 2009
  20. ^ Berlin to host largest ever IAAF Anti-Doping operation. IAAF (2009-08-11). Retrieved 12 August 2009 Archived 8 September 2009
  21. ^ Berlin 2009 - Nigerian fails drugs test. Eurosport/Reuters (2009-08-21). Retrieved 2009-09-25. Archived 27 September 2009.
  22. ^ IAAF Newsletter Edition 112. IAAF (2010-04-27). Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  23. ^ Men's Programme. Berlin 2009. Retrieved on 6 January 2009.
  24. ^ Women's programmes. Berlin 2009. Retrieved on 6 January 2009.
  25. ^ "2009 World Championships medal table". Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  26. ^ Patrick Mcgroarty (18 August 2009). "Borchin wins 20K walk gold at worlds".  
  27. ^ Mutwiri Mutuota (17 August 2009). "Masai makes Kenya proud with devastating burst of pace in 10,000m". The Standard. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  28. ^ Karolos Grohmann (15 August 2009). "Explosive Cantwell grabs thrilling shot gold".  
  29. ^ Patrick McGroarty (17 August 2009). "Kaniskina wins 20k walk at worlds".  
  30. ^ Pirate Irwin (17 August 2009). "Kiwi Vili digs deep to defend world shot crown". American Free Press. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  31. ^ "Bolt breaks world record again in Berlin". CCTV. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  32. ^ Chris Lehourites (17 August 2009). "Gay sets American record, finishes 2nd in 100". The Associated Press. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  33. ^ Mitch Phillips (16 August 2009). "Ennis wins heptathlon gold with command performance". Reuters. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  34. ^ "Provisional Entry List" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  35. ^ Provisional Entry List now available IAAF, Monday, 10 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009 Archived 8 September 2009
  36. ^ Berlin Start Lists for Day One, 15 August IAAF, Friday, 14 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009 Archived 8 September 2009
  37. ^ IAAF National Member Federations IAAF. Retrieved 11 August 2009 Archived 8 September 2009
  38. ^ Record field listed for Berlin world athletics Thaindian News citing DPA, Berlin, 9 August. Retrieved 18 August 2009
  39. ^ 205 Member Federations and $7 million in Prize Money set for Berlin. IAAF (3 July 2009) Retrieved on 14 August 2009


The event was expected to be the largest sports gathering in 2009, continuing in the vein of the World Championships in Athletics being the third largest sports event after the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.[39]

The entry list released on the IAAF Website before the championships contained 2098 athletes from 202 countries and territories.[34][35][36] Out of these athletes, a total of 1984 competed (1086 male, and 898 female) at the championships, with 201 of the 213 IAAF National Member Federations represented.[12][37] The number of athletes competing at the event broke the previous championship record of 1,821 athletes set at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville. The 100 metres race attracted 100 entries, while the Marathon race listed 101 athletes for competition.[38]

Participating nations

Bai Xue of China wins gold in the women's marathon, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia took the 5,000 metres world title, and Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway won the men's javelin with a throw of 89.59 metres. Brittney Reese won the women's long jump with 7.10 metres, beating defending champion Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia. In the last two events of the Championships, the United States won both 4x400m relays.

Day 9 (23rd)

In the women's hammer throw, Anita Włodarczyk of Poland won gold medal with a distance of 77.96m, which is a new world record. Dwight Phillips, USA, won the men's world long jump title for the third time with a jump of 8.54 metres. Phillips received his gold medal from Jesse Owens' granddaughter Marlene Dortch. Godfrey Khotso Mokoena of South Africa won silver (8.47m). Jamaica's 4x100m relay teams highlighted the day by capturing the gold medal in both disciplines.

Day 8 (22nd)

In the 200m, Allyson Felix of the USA crossed the line first in 22.02 seconds with Double Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown from Jamaican coming second with 22.35. In the 400m men final, LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner battled it out with Merritt securing gold with 44.06. Wariner ran a season's best of 44.60, winning the silver medal.

Day 7 (21st)

In the men's 200 metres, Usain Bolt broke his own world record with a time of 19.19 seconds. Alonso Edward of Panama won silver with a national record of 19.81. Wallace Spearmon of the USA won bronze, in 19.85. In the women's 400m Hurdles, Melaine Walker of Jamaica won in 52.42sec, eight hundredths of a second outside Yulia Pechonkina’s World record (52.34). Trey Hardee of the USA had won the Decathlon, but Leonel Suárez of Cuba reversed positions on Aleksandr Pogorelov in the final event.

Day 6 (20th)

In the discus final, Robert Harting of Germany won gold in front of a home crowd, trowing 69.43 metres. Piotr Malachowski of Poland and Gerd Kanter of Estonia winning silver and bronze, respectively. Jamaican Brigitte Foster-Hylton ran a season's best of 12.51 in the Women's 100m hurdles to take gold. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada (12.54) took silver and Jamaica's Delloreen Ennis-London won bronze.

Day 5 (19th)

In men's Triple Jump, Phillips Idowu of Great Britain, produced a world leading distance of 17.73m earning him a gold medal. Nelson Évora of Portugal achieved a result of 17.55m earning him a silver medal and the Cuban athlete Alexis Copello earned third place with a jump of 17.36m.

Day 4 (18th)

In the women's 3000m steeplechase, Marta Dominguez of Spain won the gold with a time of 9:07:32. Yuliya Zarudneva won the silver and Milcah Chemos Cheywa earned the bronze medal.

In women's triple jump final, Yargelis Savigne won the gold and Mabel Gay took second place. Both of the Cuban athletes did not cross the line of 15m.

In women's pole vault final, the biggest surprise of the day was the Olympic champion and current world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva, failing to clear any height. Anna Rogowska of Poland earned the gold with the result of 4.75m. Monika Pyrek and Chelsea Johnson shared second place with the result of 4.65m. As a result, for the first time in history of World Championships in Athletics, two Polish athletes took gold and silver medal in the same event. Poland is 16th nation to win gold and silver in the same event in the history of World Championships in Athletics. The previous 15 nations were: Canada, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Jamaica, Kenya, Romania, Russia, Spain, USA and also Soviet Union and East Germany.

In women's 100 metres, Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica triumphed with the time of 10.73s. Kerron Stewart finished second with a time of 10.75s and American Carmelita Jeter took the bronze medal with a time of 10.90s.

In the men's 10,000 m final, Kenenisa Bekele won with a time of 26:43:31, which is a Championship record. Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea earned the silver medal with a time of 26:50:12 and Moses Ndiema Masai of Kenya took the bronze with a time of 26:57:39.

In the men's hammer throw, the Olympic champion Primož Kozmus of Slovenia, pulled off the win with a throw of 80.84m, which is a seasonal best. Szymon Ziółkowski of Poland achieved a result of 79.30m earning him a silver medal and the Russian athlete Aleksey Zagornyi earned third place with a throw of 78.09m.

Day 3 (17th)

In the women's 20 km race walk, the Olympic champion from last years games, Olga Kaniskina, took an expectant win by almost a full minute.[29] In the women's shot put, the Olympic gold medallist from last years games and defending world champion, Valerie Vili, won with a throw of 20.44.[30] In the men's 100 metres dash, Usain Bolt broke his own 100 metres sprint world record with a time of 9.58.[31] The defending world champion, Tyson Gay finished second with a time of 9.71, a US national record.[32] Britain's Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon title with a world-leading points score of 6731.[33]

Day 2 (16th)

Valeriy Borchin of Russia won gold in the men's 20 km race walk in a time of 1:18:41, Hao Wang of China won silver and Eder Sanchez of Mexico won bronze.[26] Linet Chepkwemoi Masai of Kenya won gold in the women's 10,000m in 30:51.24, Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia won silver and the bronze medal went to Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia.[27] In the men's shot put, Christian Cantwell of the United States won gold with a mark of 22.03m. Tomasz Majewski of Poland took silver and Ralf Bartels of Germany took bronze.[28]

Day 1 (15th)

At the competition, three world records, nine Championship records, eight area records and 57 national records were broken.[12]



All Information taken from IAAF's website.[25]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (United States) 10 6 6 22
2  Jamaica (Jamaica) 7 4 2 13
3  Kenya (Kenya) 4 5 2 11
4  Russia (Russia) 4 3 6 13
5  Poland (Poland) 2 4 2 8
6  Germany (Germany) 2 3 4 9
7  Ethiopia 2 2 4 8
8  Great Britain (Great Britain) 2 2 2 6
9  South Africa (South Africa) 2 1 0 3
10  Australia (Australia) 2 0 2 4
11  Bahrain (Bahrain) 2 0 1 3
12  Cuba (Cuba) 1 4 1 6
13  China (China) 1 1 2 4
14  Norway (Norway) 1 1 0 2
15  Spain (Spain) 1 0 1 2
16  Barbados (Barbados) 1 0 0 1
16  Croatia (Croatia) 1 0 0 1
16  New Zealand (New Zealand) 1 0 0 1
16  Slovenia (Slovenia) 1 0 0 1
20  France (France) 0 1 2 3
20  Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago) 0 1 2 3
22  Bahamas (Bahamas) 0 1 1 2
22  Japan (Japan) 0 1 1 2
24  Canada (Canada) 0 1 0 1
24  Cyprus (Cyprus) 0 1 0 1
24  Czech Republic (Czech Republic) 0 1 0 1
24  Eritrea (Eritrea) 0 1 0 1
24  Ireland (Ireland) 0 1 0 1
24  Panama (Panama) 0 1 0 1
24  Portugal (Portugal) 0 1 0 1
24  Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) 0 1 0 1
32  Estonia (Estonia) 0 0 1 1
32  Mexico (Mexico) 0 0 1 1
32  Qatar (Qatar) 0 0 1 1
32  Romania (Romania) 0 0 1 1
32  Slovakia (Slovakia) 0 0 1 1
32  Turkey (Turkey) 0 0 1 1
Total 47 48 47 142
      Host nation (Germany)

Medal table

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
 Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.04  Anna Chicherova (RUS) 2.02  Ariane Friedrich (GER) 2.02
Pole vault
 Anna Rogowska (POL) 4.75  Monika Pyrek (POL) 4.65
Not awarded
 Chelsea Johnson (USA) (SB)
Long jump
 Brittney Reese (USA) 7.10
 Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) 6.97
 Karin Mey Melis (TUR) 6.80
Triple jump
 Yargelis Savigne (CUB) 14.95  Mabel Gay (CUB) 14.61
 Anna Pyatykh (RUS) 14.58
Shot put
 Valerie Vili (NZL) 20.44  Nadine Kleinert (GER) 20.20
 Gong Lijiao (CHN) 19.89
Discus throw
 Dani Samuels (AUS) 65.44
 Yarelis Barrios (CUB) 65.31
 Nicoleta Grasu (ROU) 65.20
Javelin throw
 Steffi Nerius (GER) 67.30
 Barbora Špotáková (CZE) 66.42  Mariya Abakumova (RUS) 66.06
Hammer throw
 Anita Włodarczyk (POL) 77.96
 Betty Heidler (GER) 77.12
 Martina Hrasnova (SVK) 74.49
 Jessica Ennis (GBR) 6731
 Jennifer Oeser (GER) 6493
 Kamila Chudzik (POL) 6471

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)

| 2007 | 2009 | 2011 | 2013



* Runners who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
 Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM) 10.73
 Kerron Stewart (JAM) 10.75
 Carmelita Jeter (USA) 10.90
200 metres
 Allyson Felix (USA) 22.02  Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 22.35  Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH) 22.41
400 metres
 Sanya Richards (USA) 49.00
 Shericka Williams (JAM) 49.32
 Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS) 49.71
800 metres
 Caster Semenya (RSA) 1:55.45
 Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:57.90
 Jenny Meadows (GBR) 1:57.93
1500 metres
 Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR) 4:03.74  Lisa Dobriskey (GBR) 4:03.75  Shannon Rowbury (USA) 4:04.18
5000 metres
 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:57.97
 Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet (KEN) 14:58.33
 Meseret Defar (ETH) 14:58.41
10,000 metres
 Linet Chepkwemoi Masai (KEN) 30:51.24
 Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 30:51.34  Wude Ayalew (ETH) 30:51.95
 Bai Xue (CHN) 2:25:15  Yoshimi Ozaki (JPN) 2:25:25  Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 2:25:32
100 metres hurdles
 Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) 12.51
 Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (CAN) 12.54  Delloreen Ennis-London (JAM) 12.55
400 metres hurdles
 Melaine Walker (JAM) 52.42
 Lashinda Demus (USA) 52.96  Josanne Lucas (TRI) 53.20
3000 metres steeplechase
 Marta Domínguez (ESP) 9:07.32
 Yuliya Zarudneva (RUS) 9:08.39
 Milcah Chemos Cheywa (KEN) 9:08.57
20 kilometres walk
 Olga Kaniskina (RUS) 1:28:09  Olive Loughnane (IRL) 1:28:58
 Liu Hong (CHN) 1:29:10
4x100 metres relay
Simone Facey
Shelly-Ann Fraser
Aleen Bailey
Kerron Stewart
Sheniqua Ferguson
Chandra Sturrup
Christine Amertil
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
Marion Wagner
Anne Möllinger
Cathleen Tschirch
Verena Sailer
4x400 metres relay
 United States
Debbie Dunn
Allyson Felix
Lashinda Demus
Sanya Richards
Natasha Hastings*
Jessica Beard*
Rosemarie Whyte
Novlene Williams-Mills
Shereefa Lloyd
Shericka Williams
Kaliese Spencer*
Anastasiya Kapachinskaya
Tatyana Firova
Lyudmila Litvinova
Antonina Krivoshapka
Natalya Nazarova*
Natalya Antyukh*

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)

| 2007 | 2009 | 2011 | 2013



Women's results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
 Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS) 2.32  Kyriakos Ioannou (CYP) 2.32  Sylwester Bednarek (POL) 2.32
 Raúl Spank (GER) 2.32
Pole vault
 Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.90  Romain Mesnil (FRA) 5.85  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 5.80
Long jump
 Dwight Phillips (USA) 8.54  Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (RSA) 8.47  Mitchell Watt (AUS) 8.37
Triple jump
 Phillips Idowu (GBR) 17.73
 Nelson Évora (POR) 17.55  Alexis Copello (CUB) 17.36
Shot put
 Christian Cantwell (USA) 22.03
 Tomasz Majewski (POL) 21.91  Ralf Bartels (GER) 21.37
Discus throw
 Robert Harting (GER) 69.43
 Piotr Malachowski (POL) 69.15
 Gerd Kanter (EST) 66.88
Javelin throw
 Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) 89.59
 Guillermo Martinez (CUB) 86.41
 Yukifumi Murakami (JPN) 82.97
Hammer throw
 Primož Kozmus (SLO) 80.84
 Szymon Ziółkowski (POL) 79.30
 Aleksey Zagornyi (RUS) 78.09
 Trey Hardee (USA) 8790
 Leonel Suárez (CUB) 8640
 Aleksandr Pogorelov (RUS) 8528

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)

| 2007 | 2009 | 2011 | 2013



* Runners who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
 Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.58
 Tyson Gay (USA) 9.71
 Asafa Powell (JAM) 9.84
200 metres
 Usain Bolt (JAM) 19.19
 Alonso Edward (PAN) 19.81
 Wallace Spearmon (USA) 19.85
400 metres
 LaShawn Merritt (USA) 44.06
 Jeremy Wariner (USA) 44.60
 Renny Quow (TRI) 45.02
800 metres
 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) 1:45.29  Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN) 1:45.35  Yusuf Saad Kamel (BHR) 1:45.35
1500 metres
 Yusuf Saad Kamel (BHR) 3:35.93  Deresse Mekonnen (ETH) 3:36.01  Bernard Lagat (USA) 3:36.20
5000 metres
 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 13:17.09  Bernard Lagat (USA) 13:17.33  James Kwalia C'Kurui (QAT) 13:17.78
10,000 metres
 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 26:46.31
 Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 26:50.12
 Moses Ndiema Masai (KEN) 26:57.39
 Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:06:54
 Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai (KEN) 2:07:48  Tsegay Kebede (ETH) 2:08:35
110 metres hurdles
 Ryan Brathwaite (BAR) 13.14
 Terrence Trammell (USA) 13.15  David Payne (USA) 13.15
400 metres hurdles
 Kerron Clement (USA) 47.91
 Javier Culson (PUR) 48.09
 Bershawn Jackson (USA) 48.23
3000 metres steeplechase
 Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 8:00.43
 Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong (KEN) 8:00.89
 Bouabdellah Tahri (FRA) 8:01.18
20 kilometres walk
 Valeriy Borchin (RUS) 1:18:41  Wang Hao (CHN) 1:19:06
 Eder Sánchez (MEX) 1:19:22
50 kilometres walk
 Sergey Kirdyapkin (RUS) 3:38:35
 Trond Nymark (NOR) 3:41:16
 Jesús Ángel García (ESP) 3:41:37
4x100 metres relay
Steve Mullings
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
Dwight Thomas*
Lerone Clarke*
 Trinidad and Tobago
Darrel Brown
Marc Burns
Emmanuel Callander
Richard Thompson
Keston Bledman*
 Great Britain
Simeon Williamson
Tyrone Edgar
Marlon Devonish
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
4x400 metres relay
 United States
Angelo Taylor
Jeremy Wariner
Kerron Clement
LaShawn Merritt
Lionel Larry*
Bershawn Jackson*
 Great Britain
Conrad Williams
Michael Bingham
Robert Tobin
Martyn Rooney
Dai Greene*
John Steffensen
Ben Offereins
Tristan Thomas
Sean Wroe
Joel Milburn*

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)

| 2007 | 2009 | 2011 | 2013



Men's results

H Heats Q Qualifiers ½ Semi-finals F Final

Event schedule

Two athletes failed anti-doping tests during the championships: Moroccan steeplechaser Jamel Chatbi tested positive for the stimulant clenbuterol and Nigerian hurdler Amaka Ogoegbunam was found to have Metenolone, an anabolic steroid, in her sample.[21] Another Nigerian hurdler, Olutoyin Augustus, was banned from the championships for having abnormal levels of testosterone.[22]

The event featured one of the most comprehensive anti-doping initiatives ever undertaken by the IAAF. A total of 1000 samples were collected from athletes and tested at labs accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and additional educational anti-doping activities were available. Diack stressed that samples are retained for future analysis, thus currently undetectable drugs could be tested for in the future, preventing athletes from flouting the anti-doping rules.[20]

Anti-doping program

[19] at the record A reward of US$100,000 was given to any athlete who broke a [18] advice to rival Owens remains a prominent example of sportsmanship and friendship in athletics.long jump. Long's Jesse Owens and Luz Long In memory of their historic Olympic achievements at the Olympiastadion in 1936, a meeting took place between the families of [12] The Championships were staged in the 74,845-seat Olympiastadion, which underwent a

The Olympiastadion hosting its first major athletics event: the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Olympiastadion hosting the 1936 Summer Olympics.
The Olympiastadion with its new blue race track


To provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the event, the local organizers also conducted a Champions Run 10K on 22 August between the scheduled time for the men's and women's marathons, using a portion of the official marathon course which passes various Berlin landmarks with a finish at the Brandenburg Gate. The field was limited to 10,000 runners.[15]

The broadcasting rights for the Championships were sold to 213 countries, a new high for the event.[10] ARD and ZDF were the host broadcasting TV networks and producers of the TV signal, and they founded a company named BERTA which provided the signal in high-resolution HDTV for TV stations around the world.[11] The average viewing figures in Germany were 5 million with peaks of 9.9 and 8.6 million for the men's 100 metres final and the women's high jump, respectively. The average audience figures in France were 3.5–4 million, 2.5–3.5 million in the United Kingdom and 4–5 million in Japan.[12] The IAAF website received a record number of page hits and unique users: having around 1 million unique users accessing the website on days five and six,[12][13] and a total of over 90 million page views over the course of the nine days of the competition.[14] Around 3500 media representatives were estimated to have attended the event.[2]

A limited edition anthropomorphic bear, and the name "Berlino" was chosen.[8] The colour scheme of the event, including the official logo, advertising, and the Olympiastadion's track and field, was blue and green. The committee stated that blue represented reliability while green represented the event's environmental ambitions.[5] The event featured a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, including: free public transport with every ticket sold, efforts to reduce energy usage, considerations for waste and recycling management, and environmentally conscious construction and building management. Furthermore, as part of the United Nations Environment Programme, forty-seven trees (one for each athletics event) were planted to create an "Avenue of Champions" in Berlin.[9] The official song for the event was "Foot of the Mountain" by Norwegian group a-ha.[10]

Mascot "Berlino"

Media and marketing

Overall, the event was an economic success for the capital. A total of 417,156 tickets were sold over the nine-day period, and estimates placed the total visitor spend in the city at around €120 million. As a result, Berlin's mayor, Klaus Wowereit, stated that the city would consider applying to host another athletics event in the future, such as the 2016 European Athletics Championships.[6]

Building upon Germany's history of successful athletics events, including the Olympic Village.[5]



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