List of medal sweeps at the World Athletics Championships

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A sweep in athletics is when one team wins all available medals in a single event in a sporting event. At the highest level, that would be when one nation wins all the medals in an athletics event at the World Championships in Athletics. In athletics the maximum number of entrants from a single country in most events is three, allowing in theory for athletes from the same country to finish in all three top places.

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Men

Carl Lewis has been a part of four American sweeps. Kenya has swept the 3000 metres steeplechase three times, with Ezekiel Kemboi and Brimin Kipruto a part of two of them.

ChampionshipsEventCountryGoldSilverBronzeRef
AthleteResultAthleteResultAthleteResult
1983 Helsinki 100 m
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Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) Carl Lewis 10.07 Calvin Smith 10.21 Emmit King 10.24 [1]
Long jump
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Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) Carl Lewis 8.55 Jason Grimes 8.29 Mike Conley 8.12 [2]
1991 Tokyo 100 m
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Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) Carl Lewis 9.86 WR Leroy Burrell 9.88 Dennis Mitchell 9.91 [3]
Long jump
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Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) Mike Powell 8.95 WR Carl Lewis 8.91 Larry Myricks 8.42 [4]
1997 Athens 3000 m st.
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya  (KEN) Wilson Boit Kipketer 8:05.84 Moses Kiptanui 8:06.04 Bernard Barmasai 8:06.04 [5]
2001 Edmonton 20 km walk
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Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS) Roman Rasskazov 1:20:31 Ilya Markov 1:20:33 Viktor Burayev 1:20:36 [6]
2003 Paris 10,000 m
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia  (ETH) Kenenisa Bekele 26:49.57 CR Haile Gebrselassie 26:50.77 Sileshi Sihine 27:01.44 [7]
2005 Helsinki 200 m
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Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) Justin Gatlin 20.04 Wallace Spearmon 20.20 John Capel 20.31 [8]
2007 Osaka 400 m
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Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) Jeremy Wariner 43.45 LaShawn Merritt 43.96 Angelo Taylor 44.32 [9]
3000 m st.
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya  (KEN) Brimin Kipruto 8:13.82 Ezekiel Kemboi 8:16.94 Richard Mateelong 8:17.59 [10]
2015 Beijing 3000 m st.
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya  (KEN) Ezekiel Kemboi 8:11.28 Conseslus Kipruto 8:12.38 Brimin Kipruto 8:12.54

Women

Sweeps have only occurred ten times in women's events. The 10,000 metres is the only event to have had three occurrences, in 2001, 2005 and 2011. Ethiopia had most sweeps, at four. Tirunesh Dibaba and her sister Ejegayehu Dibaba were both a part of two of those sweeps, another sister Genzebe Dibaba and cousin Derartu Tulu gave the family participation in all four Ethiopian sweeps. Tirunesh's husband, Sileshi Sihine, was a part of Ethiopia's men's sweep.

ChampionshipsEventCountryGoldSilverBronzeRef
AthleteResultAthleteResultAthleteResult
1983 Helsinki Heptathlon
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Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR) Ramona Neubert 6714 Sabine Paetz 6662 Anke Vater 6532 [11]
1993 Stuttgart 3000 m
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Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN) Qu Yunxia 8:28.71 Zhang Linli 8:29.25 Zhang Lirong 8:31.95 [12]
2001 Edmonton 10,000 m
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia  (ETH) Derartu Tulu 31:48.81 Berhane Adere 31:48.85 Gete Wami 31:49.98 [13]
2005 Helsinki 5000 m
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia  (ETH) Tirunesh Dibaba 14:38.59 Meseret Defar 14:39.54 Ejegayehu Dibaba 14:42.47 [14]
10,000 m
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia  (ETH) Tirunesh Dibaba 30:24.02 Berhane Adere 30:25.41 Ejegayehu Dibaba 30:26.00 [15]
2007 Osaka Long jump
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Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS) Tatyana Lebedeva 7.03 Lyudmila Kolchanova 6.92 Tatyana Kotova 6.90 [16]
2011 Daegu 10,000 m
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya  (KEN) Vivian Cheruiyot 30:48.98 Sally Kipyego 30:50.04 Linet Masai 30:53.59 [17]
Marathon
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Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya  (KEN) Edna Kiplagat 2:28:43 Priscah Jeptoo 2:29:00 Sharon Cherop 2:29:14 [18]
2015 Beijing 5000 m
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Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia  (ETH) Almaz Ayana 14:26.83 CR Senbere Teferi 14:44.07 Genzebe Dibaba 14:44.14
2019 Doha 20km walk
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Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN) Liu Hong 1:32.53 Qieyang Shenjie 1:33.10 Yang Liujing 1:33.17

See also

Footnotes

  1. Butler 2015 , pp. 79–80
  2. Butler 2015 , p. 152
  3. Butler 2015 , pp. 80–81
  4. Butler 2015 , p. 153
  5. Butler 2015 , p. 128
  6. Butler 2015 , p. 193
  7. Butler 2015 , p. 119
  8. Butler 2015 , pp. 91–92
  9. Butler 2015 , p. 98
  10. Butler 2015 , p. 130
  11. Butler 2015 , pp. 308–309
  12. Butler 2015 , p. 248
  13. Butler 2015 , p. 254
  14. Butler 2015 , pp. 250–251
  15. Butler 2015 , p. 255
  16. Butler 2015 , p. 285
  17. Butler 2015 , pp. 255–256
  18. Butler 2015 , p. 261

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