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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Women's 100m

 

 

Host City: Athens. Greece Format: First round (First 3 & 8 fastest to second round) (Aug 2)
Dates: August 1–10. 1997 Format: Second round (First 3 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 2)
Nations participating: 198 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 3)
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
Reigning champion Torrence declined an invitation to defend and Olympic Champion Devers qualified only for the relay. but the title remained in American hands thanks to Jones. Although hailed as a precocious sprinting sensation since she set world age-15 bests of 11.17 and 22.76 in 1991 this was her senior début in a major international championship. Her success was one of the brightest moments of the Athens World Championships. and she was regarded as the world woman athlete of the 1997. but the story had a sad ending as noted below in the report of the 2001 100m. Jones had to work hard for victory against a much shorter opponent. Pintusevich. She was away slightly the faster but they were locked together at 50m (6.03) and 60m (6.97); Pintusevich was 1/100th ahead at 70m but they were level again at 80m before Jones moved into a 2/100ths lead to win in a personal best of 10.83. Pintusevich. who set a Ukrainian record of 10.85. at first thought she had won and started a lap of honour. only to sink to her knees when she heard the official result. Two metres behind. Fynes edged Arron for the bronze medal. For Ottey – fourth in 1983. third in 1987 and 1991. second in 1993 and 1995 – the hoped for progression to first. at the age of 37. did not materialise. She failed to hear the recall gun for a false start and sprinted flat out for over 50m. She walked back very slowly while the others waited at the start but the damage was done and she gave up when in the race proper she realised she couldn’t catch the leaders.
 These are the results of the women's 100 metres event at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics in Athens, Greece.

Records

World Record  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 10.49 Indianapolis, United States 16 July 1988
Championship Record  Gail Devers (USA) 10.82 Stuttgart, Germany 16 August 1993
 Merlene Ottey (JAM) 10.82 Stuttgart, Germany 16 August 1993
 
  100m 3 August 0.4

Event report women 100 metres final

A new name in women’s sprinting, Marion Jones of the USA, powered her way to the world title this evening, winning in 10.83, a mere two hundredths of a second ahead of Zhanna Pintussevich of the Ukraine. The race had a strange beginning after Sevatheda Fynes of Bahamas false started. Merlene Ottey, in lane 6, did not hear the second gun and sprinted 70m before realising her mistake. She walked very slowly back to the start but the damage to her concentration proved too much. At the second attempt Jones and Fynes got good starts, Ottey a terrible one. At 50m Jones and Fynes were together with Pintussevich closing, at 70m Fynes was marginally in front but from that point Jones powered ahead. Pintussevich, two lanes outside her, made up ground but Jones dipped for the line and held on. As Pintussevich dipped, she appeared to turn her head the wrong way, looking for Ottey. The Jamaican, realising she was not going to win, had given up the chase at about 85m. Pintussevich thought she had won and set off on a victory lap, trailed by a group of photographers, only to fall to the track in disappointment when the result was announced: Jones, 10.83; Pintussevich 10.85.
  Final
1 Marion Jones USA 12 Oct 75 10.83
2 Zhanna Block UKR 6 Jul 72 10.85
3 Savatheda Fynes BAH 17 Oct 74 11.03
4 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 11.05
5 Inger Miller USA 12 Jun 72 11.18
6 Melanie Paschke GER 29 Jun 70 11.19
7 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 11.29
8 Chryste Gaines USA 14 Sep 70 11.32

Event report women 100m semi finals

The final of the women’s 100m looks set to be a battle between the old and the new, represented by Jamaica’s veteran sprinter Merlene Ottey and USA’s latest track star, Marion Jones, as these two ran the fastest times of all qualifiers in the semi-finals. Semi-final 1: Despite one false start against her, Eldece Clarke of the Bahamas was out of the blocks quickest but France’s Christine Arron also got away well and it was she and Zhanna Pintussevich of the Ukraine who had pulled away from the field at 60m. Melanie Paschke of Germany, Chryste Gaines of USA and Natalya Voronova of Russia were edging ahead of the rest, one metre down on the leaders. In a close finish Pintussevich dipped in front of Arron (10.10 to 10.13) and Paschke pipped Gaines at the line (10.34 to 10.35) for the other two qualifying places. Voronova, in 5th, also ran 10.35 and was unlucky to miss out on a place in the final. Semi-final 2: After one false start by the host nation’s Ekaterini Thanou, it was Inger Miller of the USA who was away quickest but Jones immediately powered past her. Ottey had a bad start and found herself two metres down on Jones and trailing Miller and Sevatheda Fynes of the Bahamas at 50m. It was not until 60m that Ottey got moving and came past Fynes for second place, in 11.08. Fynes was third in 11.11 and Miller hung on for fourth in 11.17. Out in front, however, Jones looked ominously easy, winning in 10.94. Thanou was 5th in 11.34, a time that would have given her third place in the first heat and a place in this evening’s final.
  Semifinals 3 August
  Heat 1 0.1
1 Zhanna Block UKR 6 Jul 72 11.10
2 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 11.13
3 Melanie Paschke GER 11.34
4 Chryste Gaines USA 11.35
5 Natalya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova RUS 11.35
6 Eldece Clarke-Lewis BAH 11.41
7 Chioma Ajunwa NGR 11.41
8 Frederique Bangue FRA 11.44
  Heat 2 -0.1
1 Marion Jones USA 12 Oct 75 10.94
2 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 11.08
3 Savatheda Fynes BAH 17 Oct 74 11.11
4 Inger Miller USA 12 Jun 72 11.17
5 Ekaterini Thanou GRE 11.34
6 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS 11.35
7 Debbie Ferguson BAH 11.39
8 Andrea Philipp GER 11.40

Event report women 100m quarter finals

Zhanna Pintusevich (Ukraine) was the fastest of the 2nd round with a National Record of 10.90. American Marion Jones again in good form by easing to 10.96 winning the 3rd heat. All favorites got through to the next round. Merlene Ottey (Jamaica) won her heat with impressive run to 11.00. Also Christine Arron of France was close to the 11 second-mark with 11.04, just 0.01 off personal best. Other fast times by Chioma Ajunwa of Nigeria (11.14), Sevatheda Fynes of Bahamas (11.16) and Natalya Voronova of Russia (11.17).
  Quarterfinals 2 August
  Heat 1 0.7
1 Zhanna Block UKR 6 Jul 72 10.90
2 Chioma Ajunwa NGR 25 Dec 70 11.14
3 Ekateríni Thánou GRE 1 Feb 75 11.19
4 Chryste Gaines USA 14 Sep 70 11.19
5 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS 1 Oct 71 11.20
6 Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllonen FIN 11.38
7 Esther Moller GER 11.42
8 Fang Pei CHN 11.50
  Heat 2 0.4
1 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 11.00
2 Inger Miller USA 12 Jun 72 11.23
3 Andrea Philipp GER 29 Jul 71 11.26
4 Debbie Ferguson BAH 11.28
5 Petya Pendareva BUL 11.39
6 Lucimar Aparecida De Moura BRA 11.44
7 Hanitriniaina Rakotondrabe MAD 11.49
8 Lauren Hewitt AUS 11.55
  Heat 3 0.3
1 Marion Jones USA 12 Oct 75 10.96
2 Melanie Paschke GER 29 Jun 70 11.23
3 Eldece Clarke-Lewis BAH 13 Feb 65 11.27
4 Frederique Bangue FRA 11.31
5 Beverly McDonald JAM 11.31
6 Xuemei Li CHN 11.36
7 Endurance Ojokolo NGR 11.53
8 Heather Samuel ANT 11.56
  Heat 4 -0.3
1 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 11.04
2 Savatheda Fynes BAH 17 Oct 74 11.16
3 Natalya Voronova RUS 9 Jul 65 11.17
4 Nora Ivanova BUL 11.36
5 Xiaomei Liu CHN 11.37
6 Lucrecia Jardim POR 11.40
7 Anzhela Kravchenko UKR 11.43
8 Maria Tsoni GRE 11.62

Event report women 100m heats

There were no big surprises in the first round of women's 100 m. Fastest time of the heats was in 4th heat 11.01 by Zhanna Pintusevich of Ukraine, 4th fastest in the world this year. Marion Jones of USA won 7th heat by running 11.09 easing up on the 75 m point. Other heat winners included Christine Arron of France 1st heat (11.13), Ekaterini Thanou of Greece 2nd heat (11.32) Merlene Ottey of Jamaica 3rd heat (11.27), Sevatheda Fynes of Bahamas 5th heat (11.18), Li Xuemei of China 6th heat (11.21) and Inger Miller of USA 8th heat (11.07). 11.54 was enough to qualify with time. There were two National Records broken, Lucrecia Jardim of Portugal with 11.30 and Antonia Cadore of Grenada 12.00.
  Heats 2 August
  Heat 1 0.4
1 Christine Arron FRA 13 Sep 73 11.13
2 Natalya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova RUS 11.31
3 Xiaomei Liu CHN 11.35
4 Heather Samuel ANT 11.46
5 Irina Pukha UKR 11.75
6 Tamara Shanidze GEO 11.97
7 Antonia Cadore GRN 12.00
  Heat 2 -1.5
1 Ekaterini Thanou GRE 11.32
2 Andrea Philipp GER 11.33
3 Debbie Ferguson BAH 11.47
4 Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllonen FIN 11.54
5 Sandra P. Borrero COL 11.83
6 Cydonie Mothersill CAY 11.87
7 N. Rabbaiya INA 12.43
8 Peoria Koshiba PLW 14.55
  Heat 3 0.1
1 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 11.27
2 Melanie Paschke GER 11.31
3 Eldece Clarke-Lewis BAH 11.36
4 Manuela Levorato ITA 11.57
5 Johanna Manninen FIN 11.59
6 Elma Muros-Posadas PHI 12.19
7 Laure Kuetey BEN 12.38
  Heat 4 0.1
1 Zhanna Block UKR 6 Jul 72 11.01
2 Lucrécia Jardim POR 28 Jan 71 11.30
3 Chryste Gaines USA 11.30
4 Lucimar Aparecida De Moura BRA 11.37
5 Maria Tsoni GRE 11.48
6 Marcia Richardson GBR 11.65
7 Deirdre Caruana MLT 12.73
8 Edouwe Appin NAU 14.19
  Heat 5 0.0
1 Savatheda Fynes BAH 17 Oct 74 11.18
2 Chioma Ajunwa NGR 11.28
3 Hanitriniaina Rakotondrabe MAD 11.33
4 Lauren Hewitt AUS 11.54
5 Aida Diop SEN 11.61
6 Giada Gallina ITA 11.64
7 Shyrome Hughes ANG 13.03
  Heat 6 0.0
1 Li Xuemei CHN 5 Jan 77 11.21
2 Petya Pendareva BUL 11.28
3 Frederique Bangue FRA 11.34
4 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS 11.36
5 Natalya Ignatova RUS 11.70
6 Tiresa Paselio SAM 14.36
- Hermin Joseph DMN DNS
  Heat 7 -0.7
1 Marion Jones USA 12 Oct 75 11.09
2 Beverly McDonald JAM 11.29
3 Nora Ivanova BUL 11.42
4 Anzhela Kravchenko UKR 11.46
5 Simmone Jacobs GBR 11.58
6 Myriam Mani CMR 11.62
- Marwa Rostom PAL DNS
- Mayra Mayberry PUR DNS
  Heat 8 0.1
1 Inger Miller USA 12 Jun 72 11.07
2 Esther Moller GER 11.44
3 Endurance Ojokolo NGR 11.53
4 Fang Pei CHN 11.54
5 Delphine Combe FRA 11.55
6 Aksel Gurcan TUR 11.82
7 Devi Maya Paneru NEP 12.97

Heat 1 02 AUG 1997 09:30

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Natalya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova RUS RUS 10.98 11.27
2 Heather Samuel ANT ANT 11.20  
3 Tamara Shanidze GEO GEO    
4 Antonia Cadore GRN GRN    
5 Christine Arron FRA FRA 11.03 11.03
6 Xiaomei Liu CHN CHN 11.02  
7 Iryna Pukha UKR UKR 11.36 11.80

Heat 2 02 AUG 1997 09:36

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Cydonie Mothersille CAY CAY 11.35  
2 Andrea Philipp GER GER 11.05 11.05
3 Ekateríni Thánou GRE GRE 11.09 11.13
4 Peoria Koshiba PLW PLW    
5 Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllönen FIN FIN 11.31 11.68
6 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH BAH 11.19 11.20
7 Sandra P. Borrero COL COL 11.62  
8 N. Rabbaiya INA INA    

Heat 3 02 AUG 1997 09:42

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Elma Muros-Posadas PHI PHI    
2 Merlene Ottey JAM JAM 10.74 11.19
3 Johanna Manninen FIN FIN 11.39 11.39
4 Laure Kuetey BEN BEN 12.20  
5 Eldece Clarke-Lewis BAH BAH 11.33 11.38
6 Melanie Paschke GER GER 11.04 11.45
7 Manuela Levorato ITA ITA 11.54  

Heat 4 02 AUG 1997 09:48

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Lucrécia Jardim POR POR 11.31  
2 Maria Tsoni GRE GRE    
3 Zhanna Block UKR UKR 10.99 11.07
4 Edouwe Appin NRU NRU    
5 Lucimar Aparecida de Moura BRA BRA 11.30 11.30
6 Marcia Richardson GBR GBR 11.42  
7 Chryste Gaines USA USA 11.19 11.22
8 Deirdre Caruana MLT MLT 12.26  

Heat 5 02 AUG 1997 09:54

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Aïda Diop SEN SEN    
2 Hanitriniaina Rakotondrabe MAD MAD 11.32  
3 Chioma Ajunwa NGR NGR 10.84 11.20
4 Shyrome Hughes AIA AIA    
5 Savatheda Fynes BAH BAH 11.12 11.19
6 Lauren Hewitt AUS AUS 11.55 11.63
7 Giada Gallina ITA ITA 11.23 11.23

Heat 6 02 AUG 1997 10:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Petya Pendareva BUL BUL 11.26  
2 Hermin Joseph DMA DMA 11.29 11.76
3 Natalya Ignatova RUS RUS 11.59 11.59
4 Tiresa Paselio SAM SAM    
5 Xuemei Li CHN CHN    
6 Frédérique Bangué FRA FRA 11.26 11.26
7 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS AUS 11.12 11.52

Heat 7 02 AUG 1997 10:06

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Beverly McDonald JAM JAM 11.13 11.13
2 Myriam Léonie Mani CMR CMR 11.76  
3 Marwa Rostom PLE PLE    
4 Marion Jones USA USA 10.90 10.90
5 Mayra Mayberry PUR PUR 11.33  
6 Simmone Jacobs GBR GBR 11.39  
7 Anzhela Kravchenko UKR UKR    
8 Nora Edletzbeger BUL BUL 11.30  

Heat 8 02 AUG 1997 10:12

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Aksel Gürcan TUR TUR 11.77  
2 Delphine Combe FRA FRA 11.39  
3 Endurance Ojokolo NGR NGR 11.31 11.31
4 Esther Möller GER GER 11.34 11.34
5 Inger Miller USA USA 10.96 11.04
6 Fang Pei CHN CHN    
7 Devi Maya Paneru NEP NEP
 

 

 

 

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