03 DEC 1998 General News

26 World Records Ratified in 1998, Women in the vanguard with 17 New Marks


3 December, 1998During the 1998 athletics season, the following new records were achieved and ratified: 9 outdoors records, 4 men’s and 5 women’s and 17 indoor records: 5 for men and 12 for women. A newcomer to the prestigious list of outdoor record holders was Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR), thanks to his fantastic 3:26:00 in the 1500m in Rome on 14 July. Maurice Greene (USA) also made his first appearance among the elite of indoor world record holders, clocking 6.39 in the 60m in Madrid on 3 February 1998.

Among women athletes, of particular note was the progression in the pole vault, where Emma George (AUS) was truly a paragon: she bettered the outdoor record three times, to attain 4.59m and repeated the triple feat indoors for a new record mark of 4.55m. In the Junior category, there were two records each for both men and women.

Maria Mutola (MOZ) didn’t enter the lists with her 800m mark in Liévin. Her time of 1:56.36 was not ratified due to her failing to comply with Rule 141.2 ("..that a competitor has run outside his lane, he shall be disqualified.") and 148.8 (g) "In a race run in lanes, no record will be accepted where the runner has run on or inside the inner curved border of his lane."

The outdoor and indoor events for which world records are recognised are laid down, respectively, by article 199 and 299 of the IAAF Statutes. The ratification of such records is the sole prerogative of the President and the General Secretary of the International Federation (and, in the event of doubt, the IAAF Council), in accordance with the procedures laid down in article 148. The National Federation on whose territory the event has been run must send, within 30 days of the date upon which the record was set, the official application and all relevant documentation.

An essential part of the documentation are the results of the anti-doping test - no record can be ratified without proof of a negative doping test - and, especially for races timed using an entirely automatic system, the photo-finish document. For sprints of 200m or less and for the long jump and triple jump, windspeed readings and details of the relevant measuring equipment must be supplied according to the requirements of article 149.

The following marks were ratified during 1998:

WORLD RECORDS SET IN 1998

MEN

1500m

3:26.00

Hicham EL GUERROUJ

MAR

Rome

14 Jul 98

5,000m

12:39.36

Haile GEBRSELASSIE

ETH

Helsinki

13 Jun 98

10,000m

26:22.75

Haile GEBRSELASSIE

ETH

Hengelo

1 Jun 98

4 x 400m Relay

2:54.20

(Jerome Young, Antonio Pettigrew, Tyree Washington, Michael Johnson)

USA

New York

22 Jul 98

WOMEN

1 Hour

18,340

Tegla LOROUPE

KEN

Borgholzhausen

8 Aug 98

Pole Vault

4.59

Emma GEORGE

AUS

Brisbane

21 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.58

Emma GEORGE

AUS

Melbourne

14 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.57

Emma GEORGE

AUS

Auckland

21 Feb 98

Hammer

73. 14

Michaela MELINTE

ROM

Poiana Brasov

16 Jul 98

Note: Application not Submitted - No Doping Control Conducted

Hammer

73.80

Olga KUZENKOVA

RUS

Togliatti

17 May 98

WORLD BEST PERFORMANCE SET IN 1998

MEN

Half Marathon

59:17

Paul TERGAT

KEN

Milano

4 Apr 98

Marathon

2:06.05

Ronaldo da COSTA

BRA

Berlin

20 Sep 98

WOMEN

Marathon

2:20:47

Tegla LOROUPE

KEN

Rotterdam

19 Apr 98

WORLD JUNIOR RECORDS SET IN 1998

MEN

1500m

3:33.24

William CHIRCHIR

79

KEN

Zürich

12 Aug 98

Shot Put

20.39

Janus ROBBERTS

79

RSA

Germiston

7 Mar 98

WOMEN

Pole Vault

4.31

Monika GÖTZ

81

GER

Troisdorf

9 May 98

Pole Vault

4.22

Monika GÖTZ

81

GER

Troisdorf

9 May 98

Application not submitted - No doping control conducted

Pole Vault

4.31

Yvonne BUSCHBAUM

80

GER

Budapest

21 Aug 98

 WORLD INDOOR RECORDS SET IN 1998

MEN

60m

6.39

Maurice GREENE

USA

Madrid

3 Feb 98

60m

6.41

Maurice GREENE

USA

Stuttgart

1 Feb 98

3000m

7:24.90

Daniel KOMEN

KEN

Budapest

6 Feb 98

3000m

7:26.15

Haile GEBRSELASSIE

ETH

Karlsruhe

25 Jan 98

5000m

12:51.48

Daniel KOMEN

KEN

Stockholm

19 Feb 98

WOMEN

Triple Jump

15.16

Ashia HANSEN

GBR

Valencia

28 Feb 98

Pole Vault

4.55

Emma GEORGE

AUS

Adelaide

26 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.50

Emma GEORGE

AUS

Adelaide

26 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.48

Stacy DRAGILA

USA

Sindelfingen

8 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.48

Daniela BARTOVA

CZE

Sindelfingen

8 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.47

Emma GEORGE

AUS

Adelaide

7 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.46

Daniela BARTOVA

CZE

Berlin

6 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.45

Anzhela BALAKHONOVA

UKR

Valencia

1 Mar 98

Pole Vault

4.44

Vala FLOSADOTTIR

ISL

Eskilstuna

14 Feb 98

Pole Vault

4.43

Daniela BARTOVA

CZE

Praha

14 Feb 98

Pole Vault

4.42

Vala FLOSADOTTIR

ISL

Bielefeld

6 Feb 98

Pole Vault

4.41

Daniela BARTOVA

CZE

Erfurt

4 Feb 98

Not ratified because of infringement to IAAF Rule141.2.

800m

1:56.36

Maria MUTOLA

MOZ

Liévin

22 Feb 98

 

 

 

 

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