1983 World Championships in Athletics

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1st World Championships in Athletics
Helsinki IAAF 1983.jpg
Host city Helsinki, Finland
Nations participating153
Athletes participating1,355
Events41
Dates7–14 August 1983
Officially opened by President Mauno Koivisto
Main venue Helsinki Olympic Stadium

The inaugural 1983 World Championships in Athletics were run under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations and were held at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland between 7 and 14 August 1983.

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Summary

The championships at Helsinki Olympic Stadium, August 1983 Athletics-World-Championship-1983.jpg
The championships at Helsinki Olympic Stadium, August 1983
Carl Lewis at the championships Carl Lewis Helsinki 1983.jpg
Carl Lewis at the championships

The overall medal table was a closely contested affair. East Germany took the most gold medals (10) over the first championships and finished with a total of 22 medals. The United States had the next largest number of golds, with eight, and also had the greatest overall medal haul, having won 24 medals altogether. The Soviet Union won one more medal than the East Germans and had six golds, although almost half of their podium finishers were bronze medalists. Twenty-five nations reached the medal tally at the inaugural competition, with all six continents being represented. During the early 1980s this was the top venue in which Soviet Bloc athletes competed against American athletes due to the American-led boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and the retaliatory Soviet Bloc boycott of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Carl Lewis won both the 100 metres and the long jump, and finished the competition by anchoring the 4×100 metres relay team to a world record time, along with the 200 metres champion Calvin Smith, and bronze medallists Emmit King and Willie Gault. Jarmila Kratochvílová dominated the 400 metres and 800 metres events, setting a world record of 47.99 seconds. Mary Decker enjoyed her best competition performance, taking the golds in the women's 1500 metres and 3000 metres. Other prominent athletes included Marita Koch, who won the 200 m and both relay golds, as well as the 100 m silver medal. Sergey Bubka won the first of his six consecutive World Championship gold medals in the pole vault.

Men's results

Track

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

GamesGoldSilverBronze
100 m
details
Carl Lewis
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
10.07 Calvin Smith
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
10.21 Emmit King
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
10.24
200 m
details
Calvin Smith
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
20.14 Elliott Quow
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
20.41 Pietro Mennea
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
20.51
400 m
details
Bert Cameron
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
45.05 Michael Franks
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
45.22 Sunder Nix
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
45.24
800 m
details
Willi Wülbeck
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
1:43.65 Rob Druppers
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
1:44.20 Joaquim Cruz
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil
1:44.27
1,500 m
details
Steve Cram
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
3:41.59 Steve Scott
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
3:41.87 Saïd Aouita
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
3:42.02
5,000 m
details
Eamonn Coghlan
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
13:28.53 Werner Schildhauer
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
13:30.20 Martti Vainio
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
13:30.34
10,000 m
details
Alberto Cova
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
28:01.04 Werner Schildhauer
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
28:01.18 Hansjörg Kunze
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
28:01.26
Marathon
details
Rob de Castella
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2:10:03 Kebede Balcha
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg  Ethiopia
2:10:27 Waldemar Cierpinski
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
2:10:37
110 m hurdles
details
Greg Foster
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
13.42 Arto Bryggare
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
13.46 Willie Gault
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
13.48
400 m hurdles
details
Edwin Moses
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
47.50 Harald Schmid
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
48.61 Aleksandr Kharlov
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
49.03
3,000 m st.
details
Patriz Ilg
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
8:15.06 Bogusław Mamiński
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
8:17.03 Colin Reitz
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
8:17.75
20 km walk
details
Ernesto Canto
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
1:20:49 Jozef Pribilinec
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
1:20:59 Yevgeniy Yevsyukov
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1:21:08
50 km walk
details
Ronald Weigel
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
3:43:08 José Marín
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
3:46:32 Sergey Yung
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
3:49:03
4 × 100 m relay
details
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)
Emmit King
Willie Gault
Calvin Smith
Carl Lewis
37.86
(WR)
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)
Stefano Tilli
Carlo Simionato
Pierfrancesco Pavoni
Pietro Mennea
38.37
(NR)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)
Andrey Prokofyev
Nikolay Sidorov
Vladimir Muravyov
Viktor Bryzgin
38.41
4 × 400 m relay
details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)
Sergey Lovachov
Aleksandr Troshchilo
Nikolay Chernetskiy
Viktor Markin
3:00.79Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)
Erwin Skamrahl
Jörg Vaihinger
Harald Schmid
Hartmut Weber
Martin Weppler*
Edgar Nakladal*
3:01.83Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)
Ainsley Bennett
Garry Cook
Todd Bennett
Phil Brown
Kriss Akabusi*
3:03.53
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)

Note: * Indicates athletes who ran in preliminary rounds.

Field

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

GamesGoldSilverBronze
Long jump
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Carl Lewis  (USA)8.55Flag of the United States.svg  Jason Grimes  (USA)8.29Flag of the United States.svg  Mike Conley  (USA)8.12
Triple jump
details
Flag of Poland.svg  Zdzisław Hoffmann  (POL)17.42Flag of the United States.svg  Willie Banks  (USA)17.18Flag of Nigeria.svg  Ajayi Agbebaku  (NGR)17.18
High jump
details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Hennadiy Avdyeyenko  (URS)2.32Flag of the United States.svg  Tyke Peacock  (USA)2.32Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Zhu Jianhua  (CHN)2.29
Pole vault
details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Sergey Bubka  (URS)5.70Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Konstantin Volkov  (URS)5.60Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Atanas Tarev  (BUL)5.60
Shot put
details
Flag of Poland.svg  Edward Sarul  (POL)21.39Flag of East Germany.svg  Ulf Timmermann  (GDR)21.16Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Remigius Machura  (TCH)20.98
Discus throw
details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Imrich Bugár  (TCH)67.72Flag of Cuba.svg  Luis Delís  (CUB)67.36Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Géjza Valent  (TCH)66.08
Hammer throw
details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Sergey Litvinov  (URS)82.68Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Yuriy Sedykh  (URS)80.94Flag of Poland.svg  Zdzisław Kwaśny  (POL)79.42
Javelin throw
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  Detlef Michel  (GDR)89.48Flag of the United States.svg  Tom Petranoff  (USA)85.60Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Dainis Kūla  (URS)85.58
Decathlon
details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Daley Thompson  (GBR)8666Flag of Germany.svg  Jürgen Hingsen  (FRG)8561Flag of Germany.svg  Siegfried Wentz  (FRG)8478
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)

Women's results

Track

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

GamesGoldSilverBronze
100 m
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  Marlies Göhr  (GDR)10.97
(CR)
Flag of East Germany.svg  Marita Koch  (GDR)11.02Flag of the United States.svg  Diane Williams  (USA)11.06
200 m
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  Marita Koch  (GDR)22.13Flag of Jamaica.svg  Merlene Ottey  (JAM)22.19Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Kathy Cook  (GBR)22.37
400 m
details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Jarmila Kratochvílová  (TCH)47.99
(WR)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Taťána Kocembová  (TCH)48.59
(PB)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Mariya Pinigina  (URS)49.19
800 m
details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Jarmila Kratochvílová  (TCH)1:54.68Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Lyubov Gurina  (URS)1:56.11Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Yekaterina Podkopayeva  (URS)1:57.58
1,500 m
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Mary Decker  (USA)4:00.90Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Zamira Zaytseva  (URS)4:01.19Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Yekaterina Podkopayeva  (URS)4:02.25
3,000 m
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Mary Decker  (USA)8:34.62Flag of Germany.svg  Brigitte Kraus  (FRG)8:35.11Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Tatyana Kazankina  (URS)8:35.13
Marathon
details
Flag of Norway.svg  Grete Waitz  (NOR)2:28:09Flag of the United States.svg  Marianne Dickerson  (USA)2:31:09Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Raisa Smekhnova  (URS)2:31:13
100 m hurdles
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  Bettine Jahn  (GDR)12.35Flag of East Germany.svg  Kerstin Knabe  (GDR)12.42Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Ginka Zagorcheva  (BUL)12.62
400 m hurdles
details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Yekaterina Fesenko  (URS)54.14Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Ana Ambrazienė  (URS)54.15Flag of East Germany.svg  Ellen Fiedler  (GDR)54.55
4 × 100 m relay
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)
Silke Gladisch
Marita Koch
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
41.76Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)
Joan Baptiste
Kathy Cook
Beverley Callender
Shirley Thomas
42.71Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM)
Leleith Hodges
Jacqueline Pusey
Juliet Cuthbert
Merlene Ottey
42.73
4 × 400 m relay
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)
Kerstin Walther
Sabine Busch
Marita Koch
Dagmar Rübsam
Undine Bremer*
Ellen Fiedler*
3:19.73Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)
Taťána Kocembová
Milena Matějkovičová
Zuzana Moravčíková
Jarmila Kratochvílová
3:20.32Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)
Yelena Korban
Marina Ivanova
Irina Baskakova
Mariya Pinigina
3:21.16
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)

Note: * Indicates athletes who ran in preliminary rounds.

Field

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995

GamesGoldSilverBronze
Long jump
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  Heike Daute  (GDR)7.27Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Anişoara Cuşmir  (ROU)7.15Flag of the United States.svg  Carol Lewis  (USA)7.04
High jump
details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Tamara Bykova  (URS)2.01Flag of Germany.svg  Ulrike Meyfarth  (FRG)1.99Flag of the United States.svg  Louise Ritter  (USA)1.95
Shot put
details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Helena Fibingerová  (TCH)21.05Flag of East Germany.svg  Helma Knorscheidt  (GDR)20.70Flag of East Germany.svg  Ilona Slupianek  (GDR)20.56
Discus throw
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  Martina Opitz  (GDR)68.94Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Galina Murasova  (URS)67.44Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Mariya Petkova  (BUL)66.44
Javelin throw
details
Flag of Finland.svg  Tiina Lillak  (FIN)70.82Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Fatima Whitbread  (GBR)69.14Flag of Greece.svg  Anna Verouli  (GRE)65.72
Heptathlon
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  Ramona Neubert  (GDR)6714Flag of East Germany.svg  Sabine Paetz  (GDR)6662Flag of East Germany.svg  Anke Vater  (GDR)6532
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

Marathon bronze medallist and reigning Olympic champion Waldemar Cierpinski (DDR) celebrates with gold medal winner Robert de Castella (AUS). Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1983-0814-017, Helsinki, 1. Leichtathletik-WM, Cierpinski, De Castella.jpg
Marathon bronze medallist and reigning Olympic champion Waldemar Cierpinski (DDR) celebrates with gold medal winner Robert de Castella (AUS).

  *   Host nation (Finland)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)107522
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)89724
3Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)661123
4Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)4329
5Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)2518
6Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)2237
7Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)2114
8Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)*1113
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1113
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM)1113
11Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)1001
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL)1001
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)1001
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)1001
15Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB)0101
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg  Ethiopia  (ETH)0101
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)0101
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania  (ROU)0101
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)0101
20Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)0033
21Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil  (BRA)0011
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)0011
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)0011
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco  (MAR)0011
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria  (NGR)0011
Totals (25 nations)414141123
Source:

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