Memorial Van Damme

athletics tournament held in Belgium

Memorial van Damme is a yearly athletics event at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. It takes place in late August or early September. Before it was one of the IAAF Golden League events. Now it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League.

It was first put together in 1977 by a group of journalists in honour of Ivo van Damme. Damme was a Belgian double medal winner at the Montreal Olympics who was killed in a car accident at the age of 22. A former footballer, he turned to athletics and in particular the 1500 m and 3000 m. Later on, he ran in the 800 m. In 1976, he took part in the Montreal Olympic Games, where he won silver medals in both the 800 m and 1500 m.

World recordsEdit

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Meeting RecordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 9.76 (+1.3 m/s) Usain Bolt   Jamaica 16 September 2011 [1] [1]
200 m 19.26 (+0.7 m/s) Yohan Blake   Jamaica 16 September 2011 [2] [2]
400 m 44.06 Michael Johnson   United States 28 August 1998
800 m 1:42.20 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 22 August 1997
1000 m 2:14.95 Sammy Koskei   Kenya 30 August 1985
1500 m 3:26.12 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 24 August 2001
Mile 3:47.30 Noureddine Morceli   Algeria 3 September 1993
3000 m 7:23.09 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 3 September 1999
5000 m 12:39.74 Daniel Komen   Kenya 22 August 1997
10000 m 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele   Ethiopia 26 August 2005
110 m hurdles 12.92 (+0.2 m/s) Allen Johnson   United States 23 August 1996
400 m hurdles 47.51 Andre Phillips   United States 5 September 1986
3000 m steeplechase 7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen   Qatar 3 September 2004
High jump 2.38 m Hollis Conway   United States 10 August 1990
Pole vault 5.95 m Sergey Bubka
Sergey Bubka
Jeff Hartwig
Jeff Hartwig
  Ukraine
  Ukraine
  United States
  United States
19 August 1994
22 August 1997
28 August 1998
3 September 1999
Long jump 8.65 m Carl Lewis   United States 24 August 1984
Triple jump 17.60 m Jonathan Edwards   United Kingdom 30 August 1995
Shot put 22.16 m Reese Hoffa   United States 27 August 2010
Discus throw 69.94 m Imrich Bugár   Czechoslovakia 24 August 1984
Hammer throw 82.26 m Lance Deal   United States 23 August 1996
Javelin throw 93.48 m (old design)
90.50 m (Current design)
Tom Petranoff
Jan Železný
  United States
  Czech Republic
26 August 1983
25 August 1995
4x100 m relay 38.65 United States   United States 19 August 1988
4x800 m relay 7:02.43 Kenya   Kenya 25 August 2006 [3]
4x1500 m relay 14:36.23 William Biwott Tanui
Gideon Gathimba
Geoffrey Rono
Augustine Choge
  Kenya 4 September 2009 [4]

WomenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.76 (+0.9 m/s) Marion Jones   United States 22 August 1997
200 m 21.64 Merlene Ottey   Jamaica 13 September 1991
400 m 48.83 Sanya Richards   United States 4 September 2009 [5]
800 m 1.55.16 Pamela Jelimo   Kenya 6 September 2008
1000 m 2:28.98 Svetlana Masterkova   Russia 23 August 1996
1500 m 3.55.33 Süreyya Ayhan   Turkey 5 September 2003
Mile 4.17.75 Maryam Yusuf Jamal   Bahrain 14 September 2007
2000 m 5:30.19 Gelete Burka   Ethiopia 4 September 2009 [6]
3000 m 8.24.81+ Meseret Defar   Ethiopia 14 September 2007
Two miles 8.58.58 Meseret Defar   Ethiopia 14 September 2007
5000 m 14.25.43 Vivian Cheruiyot   Kenya 6 September 2008
100 m hurdles 12.42 Yordanka Donkova   Bulgaria 5 September 1986
400 m hurdles 53.43 Nezha Bidouane   Morocco 28 August 1998
3000 m steeplechase 9:15.43 Yuliya Zaripova   Russia 16 September 2011 [7]
High jump 2.05 m Anna Chicherova   Russia 16 September 2011 [8]
Pole vault 4.93 m Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia 26 August 2005
Long jump 7.25 m Heike Drechsler   Germany 13 September 1991
Triple jump 15.14 m (+0.3 m/s) Tatyana Lebedeva   Russia 5 September 2003
Shot put 20.57 m Natalya Lisovskaya   Soviet Union 11 September 1987
Discus throw 69.84 m Tsvetanka Christova   Bulgaria 5 September 1986
Javelin throw 72.18 m (old design)
67.76 m (Current design)
Fatima Whitbread
Trine Hattestad
  United Kingdom
  Norway
5 September 1986
25 August 2000
4x100 m relay 42.97 United States   United States 19 August 1988

+ = en route to a longer distance

ReferencesEdit

  1. "100m Men: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  2. "200m Men: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  3. "4x800 Metres Relay Results". IAAF. 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  4. "4x1500 Metres Relay Results" (PDF). www.sport.be. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  5. "400 Metres Results" (PDF). www.sport.be. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  6. "2000 Metres Results" (PDF). www.sport.be. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  7. "High Jump Women: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  8. "High Jump Women: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.

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