The IAAF is delighted to learn that the 2001 Edmonton World Championships achieved an additional US $3,000,000 profit which will now be ploughed back into Canadian Athletics.... Read More
Ratings went through the roof at Eurosport thanks to the channel's extensive coverage of the 8th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton. The broadcaster registered 67 million different viewers during coverage Edmonton 2001 from 3-12 August.... Read More
It is generally believed that if the fastest 1500m runner is with the leaders during the final part of the 5000m race, he is most likely to win the race. However, as witnessed in the Sydney Olympic Games and again in the World Championships in Edmonton, that is not necessarily true. ... Read More
There was absolutely no possibility that Hestrie Cloete would successfully clear her final attempt in the high jump on Sunday afternoon. Already with the knowledge that she had won, the South African's eyes were so flooded with tears that it was all she could do to keep the crossbar in focus.
Adil Kaouch limped home almost eighteen seconds behind the winner in the 1500 meters Sunday afternoon, but he was still a satisfied man. His work had been done very well. Almost as well as in Seville two years ago.
The final medals table is looking suspiciously like it used to do in the bad old days of the Cold War. But these are warmer times, and all credit to the Russians for getting their act back together after the considerable fall-out following the Soviet disintegration.
Befitting the climax of 10 days of great competition, the final day of the World Championships pits Hicham El-Guerrouj against the resurgent Kenyans over 1500m, a great head to head between Maria Mutola and Stephanie Graf in the 800m, and another chance to see master-craftsman Jan Zelezny at work in the javelin.
The United States' 4x100 metres relay teams tried it both ways.
The U.S. women, after qualifying in moderate fashion by finishing second behind France in the faster of the two heats - France running 42.49 to the Americans 42.64 -replaced anchor women Torri Edwards with Marion Jones for the final.
Since the World Championships in Athletics was inaugurated in Helsinki in 1983, seven men and seven women marathon runners were crowned as the World Champion (Abel Anton won twice). During the same period, five men and five women marathon runners were crowned as the Olympic Champion. Only two marathon runners - Rosa Mota in Roma and Seoul, and Gezahegne Abera in Sydney and Edmonton - have won both of the coveted titles.