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Helsinki winners revisited – Middle Distance Events

In the second of a seven part series to rekindle memories of this summer’s 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Helsinki, Finland (6 -14 August 2005), and to get to know the gold medallists a little better, we present the Middle Distance Events.

Over the course of nine days competition in the Finnish capital, 3 World records, 10 Championship records, and 9 Area records were established, and 43 (22 men and 21 women) new individual event champions were crowned.

As well as publishing reports and flash interviews about each event, the IAAF website through its team of staff and freelance writers produced a feature story/interview with each of these 43 Helsinki world beaters.

Yet given the huge volume of news published during those nine days, some of these articles will no doubt have passed by in a blur, and so to enable us to get better acquainted with these stars, many of whom are from an emerging young generation, we are now pleased to offer links to each of their feature stories/interviews.

Chris Turner
IAAF Editorial Manager

Click on links below to go to the articles


800m: Rashid Ramzi BRN

Ramzi absorbs Athens lesson

1500m: Rashid Ramzi BRN

'From surprise to favourite' - Ramzi speeds to El Guerrouj’s crown

3000m Steeplechase: Saif Saaeed Shaheen QAT

From wet Kenya to wet Finland, Shaheen forgets double attempt


800m: Zulia Calatayud CUB

Quirot’s heir

1500m: Tatyana Tomashova RUS

Tomashova’s day

3000m Steeplechase: Dorcus Inzikuru UGA

Name mistakenly spelt but maybe no longer – DORCUS Inzikuru


Click here for Part One – SPRINT EVENTS