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The Bislett Games is an annual track and field event at the Bislett stadionmarker in Oslomarker, Norwaymarker that is one of the IAAF Golden League meetings. It is sponsored by ExxonMobil and officially known as the ExxonMobil Bislett Games.

History

Arne Haukvik was the founder the games in 1965, a former politician and director of the meeting, who used to invite the athlete, sponsors and the press to his home for his traditional “strawberry party” the day before the event each year. He died of cancer in 2002 at age 76. The tradition however is continued.

The Bislett stadion was used for speed skating events at the Olympics, but nowadays it is better known for its Bislett Games athletics meeting. Bislett Games attract the best track and field athletes from all over the world, and 61 world record have been set on its forgiving, brick-coloured track so far. Due to the building of the new Bislett Stadion in Oslo, which started in April 2004, the traditional athletics meeting was staged on Fana stadionmarker in Bergenmarker in 2004 under the name Bergen Bislett Games. Bislett stadium was again used from 2005.

In 2009, a severe storm delayed proceedings and even caused damage to the track-side clock display. Sanya Richards recorded the fastest women's 400 metres time since 2006 while the Dream Mile brought a number of records—with winner Deresse Mekonnen improving upon his Ethiopian record, Kenyan William Biwott setting a world junior record and third-placed Augustine Choge beating his personal best. Former javelin winners Andreas Thorkildsen and Tero Pitkämäki continued their five-year shared dominance of the Bislett Games, with Pitkämäki taking the victory this time. Six athletes won their second 2009 Golden League race to retain eligibility for the jackpot.

World records

Over the course of its history, numerous world records have been set at the Games.
Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2008 5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba
2008 800 m (junior) 1:42.69 Abubaker Kaki
2007 5000 m 14:16.63 Meseret Defar
2004 5000 m 14:24.68 Elvan Abeylegesse
2004 5000 m (junior) 14:30.88 Tirunesh Dibaba
2000 Javelin throw 69.48 m Trine Hattestad
1997 10000 m 26:31.32 Haile Gebreselassie
1994 10000 m 26:52.23 William Sigei
1994 20000 m walk 2:04:55 Bernardo Segura
1993 10000 m 26:58.38 Yobes Ondieki
1986 10000 m 30:13.74 Ingrid Kristiansen
1985 5000 m 13:00.40 Said Aouita
1984 5000 m 14:58.89 Ingrid Kristiansen
1984 10000 m 30:59.42 Ingrid Kristiansen
1982 5000 m 13:00.41 David Moorcroft
1981 1000 m 2:12.81 Sebastian Coe
1979 800 m 1:42.33 Sebastian Coe
1975 3000 m 8:46.6 Grete Waitz
1975 3000 m steeplechase 8:10.4 Anders Gärderud
1974 1000 m 2:13.9 Rick Wohlhuter
1965 10000 m 27:39.4 Ron Clarke
1964 Javelin throw 87.12 m & 91.72 m Terje Pedersen
1955 1500 m 3:40.8 Laszlo Tabori

Gunnar Nielsen


1955 3000 m steeplechase 8:45.4 Pentti Karvonen
1953 Hammer throw 62.36 m Sverre Strandli
1952 Hammer throw 61.25 m Sverre Strandli
1936 110 m hurdles 13.7 Forrest Towns
1935 110 m hurdles 14.2 Alvin Moreau
1934 Shot put 17.40 m Jack Torrance
1934 Discus throw 52.42 m Harald Andersson
1925 Pole vault 4.23 m Charles Hoff
1924 110 m hurdles 14.2 Percy Beard


Meeting Records

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 9.88 Ato Boldon 13 July 2001
200 m 19.82 Frank Fredericks 5 July 1996
400 m 43.86 Michael Johnson 21 July 1995
800 m 1:42.33 Sebastian Coe 5 July 1979
1000 m 2:12.18 Sebastian Coe 11 July 1981
1500 m 3:29.12 Hicham El Guerrouj 9 July 1998
Mile 3:44.90 Hicham El Guerrouj 4 July 1997
2000 m 4:51.52 John Walker 30 June 1976
3000 m 7:27.42 Haile Gebrselassie 9 July 1998
2 Miles 8:15.2 Rod Dixon 17 July 1979
5000 m 12:52.26 Kenenisa Bekele 27 June 2003
6 Miles 26:47.0 Ron Clarke 14 July 1965
10000 m 26:31.32 Haile Gebrselassie 4 July 1997
110 m hurdles 13.14
13.14 (+0.2 m/s)
Allen Johnson
Stanislav Olijars


4 July 1997
27 June 2003

400 m hurdles 47.67 Edwin Moses 17 July 1979
2000 m steeplechase 5:20.00 Krzysztof Wesołowski 28 June 1984
3000 m steeplechase 8:03.36 Moses Kiptanui 21 July 1995
High jump 2.37 m Javier Sotomayor 1 July 1989
Pole vault 6.00 m Tim Lobinger 30 June 1999
Long jump 8.33 m James Beckford 30 June 1999
Triple jump 18.01 m Jonathan Edwards 9 July 1998
Shot put 22.02 m Werner Günthör 6 July 1991
Discus throw 70.51 m Virgilijus Alekna 15 June 2007
Hammer throw 81.14 m Jurij Tamm 16 July 1985
Javelin throw 94.22 m (old design)
92.60 m (Current design)
Michael Wessing
Raymond Hecht


3 August 1978
21 July 1995
5000 m walk 20:27.0+ Erling Andersen 3 August 1979
10000 m walk 40:50.0 Erling Andersen 3 August 1979
20000 m walk 1:27:56.8 Erling Andersen 23 August 1981
30000 m walk 2:35:45.6 Tore Brustad 20 July 1970
50000 m walk 4:42:10.0 Per Ola Sverre 9 August 1974


Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.82 Marion Jones 9 July 1998
200 m 21.94 Gwen Torrence 22 July 1994
400 m 49.23 Tatjana Kocembova 23 August 1983
800 m 1:55.04 Jarmila Kratochvilova 23 August 1983
1500 m 3:57.40 Suzy Favor-Hamilton 28 July 2000
Mile 4:17.25 Sonia O'Sullivan 22 July 1994
3000 m 8:27.21 Gabriela Szabo 30 June 1999
5000 m 14:16.63 Meseret Defar 15 June 2007
10000 m 30:13.74 Ingrid Kristiansen 5 July 1986
100 m hurdles 12.53 Gail Devers 28 June 2002
400 m hurdles 53.18 Deon Hemmings 4 July 1997
3000 m steeplechase 9:14.77 Gulnara Galkina 6 June 2008
High jump 2.05 m Stefka Kostadinova 4 July 1987
Pole vault 4.85 m Yelena Isinbayeva 15 June 2007
Long jump 7.29 m Heike Drechsler 22 July 1994
Triple jump 15.11 m (+0.1 m/s) Yamilé Aldama 27 June 2003
Shot put 20.24 m Nunu Abashdize 6 July 1991
Discus throw 71.00 m Galina Savinkova 16 July 1985
Javelin throw 76.34 m (old design)
69.48 m (Current design)
Fatima Whitbread
Trine Hattestad


4 July 1987
28 July 2000
3000 m walk 13:45.7 Frøydis Hilsen 23 August 1981
5000 m walk 22:59.6 Anita Blomberg 17 June 1988


+ = in route to longer distance

See also



References

  1. Turner, Chris (2009-07-03). Richards improves season’s lead in style; World Junior Mile record in Oslo - REPORT - ÅF Golden League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.


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