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2001 World Championships in Athletics Edmonton, Canada

2001 8th IAAF World Championships - Edmonton - Women's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Format: Qualifying Round (63.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 9)
Dates: August 3–12, 2001
Nations participating: 189
Athletes participating: 1677
    Main venue: Commonwealth Stadium
Overview by IAAF   EDMONTON STADIUM 
Eleven years after becoming World Junior Champion in USSR colours, Sadova apparently became senior champion for the first time in her fourth World Championship final. Olympic Champion Zvereva, set the pace with a 65.78 qualifier then 67.10 in round 2 of the final. That held first place until the penultimate throw of the fourth round, when Sadova spun her implement out to 68.57, the world’s longest throw of 2001. In the fifth round, Grasu overtook Kelesídou for the bronze. Unfortunately, the winner failed a doping test for caffeine. The Russian Federation exonerated her and the case was to be referred to the Court of Aribtration for Sport, then in December 2002 the penalty was accepted by all parties, making Sadova’s the earliest disqualification of a female winner at these championships. Zvereva, at 40 years 268 days old, therefore became the oldest ever World Champion or medallist.

These are the official results of the Women's Discus Throw event at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There were a total number of 22 participating athletes, with the final held on Saturday 11 August 2001. The qualification mark was set at 63.00 metres.

Ellina Zvereva won the gold medal at 40 years and 269 days old. She is, as of 2017, the oldest World Champion ever.

Records

Standing records prior to the 2001 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) 76.80 m July 9, 1988 East Germany Neubrandenburg, East Germany
Event Record  Martina Hellmann (GDR) 71.62 m August 31, 1987 Italy Rome, Italy
Season Best  Nicoleta Grasu (ROU) 68.31 m June 11, 2001 Greece Athens, Greece
 
  Discus Throw 11 August
  Final
 
1 Ellina Zvereva BLR 16 Nov 60 67.10
2 Nicoleta Grasu ROU 11 Sep 71 66.24
3 Anastasía Kelesídou GRE 28 Nov 72 65.50
4 Franka Dietzsch GER 22 Jan 68 65.38
5 Seilala Sua USA 25 Feb 78 63.74
6 Věra Cechlová CZE 19 Nov 78 61.47
7 Kris Kuehl USA 30 Jul 70 61.04
8 Anja Möllenbeck GER 18 Mar 72 60.49
9 Iryna Yatchenko BLR 31 Oct 65 59.45
10 Li Qiumei CHN 26 Sep 74 57.81
11 Vladimíra Racková CZE 15 May 67 56.43
Natalya Sadova RUS 15 Jul 72 DQ
 
Final 16:00 Distance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1 Ellina Zvereva BLR 67.10m X 67.10 X 64.70 65.37 X
2 Nicoleta Grasu ROU 66.24m 55.70 65.34 63.74 X 66.24 65.73
3 Anastasia Kelesidou GRE 65.50m 61.02 65.50 62.70 63.47 62.37 65.14
4 Franka Dietzsch GER 65.38m 63.62 X 63.12 X 64.60 65.38
5 Seilala Sua USA 63.74m 63.74 X X X X X
6 Vera Pospisilova CZE 61.47m 60.72 59.46 X 60.60 61.47 X
7 Kristin Kuehl USA 61.04m 56.91 61.04 X 59.81 X 59.79
8 Anja Mollenbeck GER 60.49m 60.49 X X
9 Irina Yatchenko BLR 59.45m 57.64 57.12 59.45
10 Qiumei Li CHN 57.81m 57.81 X 57.02
11 Vladimira Rackova CZE 56.43m X 56.43 X
- Natalya Sadova RUS DQ 68.57m 65.24 66.87 66.36 68.57 67.80 67.18
  Qualification 9 August
 
Women’s discus, qualification
The reigning Olympic champion, 40-year-old Ellina ZVEREVA (BLR) opened her season in style at Edmonton. She qualified automatically with her first throw of 65.78m, the best distance today. Qualification, being of rather low quality, saw only four automatic qualifiers. In addition to ZVEREVA, Russian Natalya SADOVA (64.43m), who was fourth in both the Sydney Olympics and 1999 World Championships in Sevilla, Romania’s Nicoleta GRASU (63.37m) and Germany’s Franka Dietzsch (63.15m) reached the qualifying standard of 63.00m.
Only major non-qualifiers in the competition were Stiliani TSIKOUNA (GRE), fifth in the Olympics last year and Irina YATCHENKO (BLR), the bronze medallist at Sydney.
In group A, qualifying to the final by virtue of finishing in the top 12 were Seilala SUA (USA) with 62.54m and Vera POSPISILOVA (CZE) 62.27m, both were quite close to their personal bests. Anastasia KELESIDOU (GRE), silver medallist at both the Sydney Olympics and 1999 World Championships, after only starting her season few weeks before Edmonton, qualified with her second round throw of 62.26m. LI Qiumei (CHN) threw her season’s best 61.90m with her first effort, which was enough for the final.
Group B saw three more qualifiers, American Kristin KUEHL (62.63m), Czech Vladimira RACKOVA (62.32m) and Germany’s Anja Möllenbeck (60.86m).
Ellina Zvereva BLR 16 Nov 60 65.78 Q
Nicoleta Grasu ROU 11 Sep 71 63.37 Q
Franka Dietzsch GER 22 Jan 68 63.15 Q
Kris Kuehl USA 30 Jul 70 62.63 q
Seilala Sua USA 25 Feb 78 62.54 q
Vladimíra Racková CZE 15 May 67 62.32 q
Věra Cechlová CZE 19 Nov 78 62.27 q
Anastasía Kelesídou GRE 28 Nov 72 62.26 q
Li Qiumei CHN 26 Sep 74 61.90 q
Anja Möllenbeck GER 18 Mar 72 60.86 q
Iryna Yatchenko BLR 31 Oct 65 60.67 q
Stilianí Tsikoúna GRE 19 Oct 72 60.32
Ekateríni Vóggoli GRE 30 Oct 70 59.98
Teresa Machado POR 22 Jul 69 59.74
Olena Antonova UKR 16 Jun 72 58.55
Joanna Wiśniewska POL 24 May 72 58.53
Suzy Powell USA 3 Sep 76 58.19
Neelam Jaswant Singh IND 8 Jan 71 56.52
Mélina Robert-Michon FRA 18 Jul 79 56.22
Alison Lever AUS 13 Oct 72 54.31
Tina McDonald CAN 12 Jan 76 46.98
Natalya Sadova RUS 15 Jul 72 DQ
Group A 18:20 Distance 1. 2. 3.
1 Natalya Sadova RUS 64.43m 61.85 64.43
2 Franka Dietzsch GER 63.15m 59.75 58.71 63.15
3 Seilala Sua USA 62.54m 62.54 56.16 55.23
4 Vera Pospisilova CZE 62.27m 62.27 58.43 X
5 Anastasia Kelesidou GRE 62.26m 62.12 62.26 61.47
6 Qiumei Li CHN 61.90m 61.90 60.24 X
7 Irina Yatchenko BLR 60.67m 60.67 58.31 56.39
8 Joanna Wisniewska POL 58.53m 58.53 58.05 X
9 Suzanne Powell USA 58.19m 57.81 57.49 58.19
10 Alison Lever AUS 54.31m 54.31 53.54 X
11 Tina McDonald CAN 46.98m 46.98 X X
Group A 20:15 Distance 1. 2. 3.
1 Ellina Zvereva BLR 65.78m 65.78
2 Nicoleta Grasu ROU 63.37m 59.05 63.37
3 Kristin Kuehl USA 62.63m 59.82 60.90 62.63
4 Vladimira Rackova CZE 62.32m 61.29 62.32 59.33
5 Anja Mollenbeck GER 60.86m 60.86 57.32 57.71
6 Stiliani Tsikouna GRE 60.32m 58.53 60.32 56.13
7 Ekaterini Voggoli GRE 59.98m 59.98 X 59.58
8 Teresa Machado POR 59.74m 59.74 57.62 X
9 Olena Antonova UKR 58.55m 58.55 X X
10 Neelam Jaswant Singh IND 56.52m 56.33 56.52 55.46
11 Melina Robert-Michon FRA 56.22m 55.25 56.22 X
 

Group A 09 AUG 2001 18:20

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 850 Seilala Sua USA USA 65.90 65.64
2 122 Tina McDonald CAN CAN 59.76 59.76
3 25 Alison Lever AUS AUS 63.73 63.25
4 189 Vera Pospíšilová-Cechlová CZE CZE 63.20 63.20
5 74 Iryna Yatchenko BLR BLR 68.94 66.65
6 324 Franka Dietzsch GER GER 69.51 65.87
7 615 Joanna Wisniewska POL POL 63.97 63.75
8 840 Suzanne Powell Roos USA USA 65.30 64.50
9 706 Natalya Sadova RUS RUS 70.02 67.18
10 366 Anastasía Kelesídou GRE GRE 67.70 65.52
11 137 Qiumei Li CHN CHN 67.50 60.99

Group B 09 AUG 2001 20:15

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
1 624 Teresa Machado POR POR 65.40 63.01
2 642 Nicoleta Grasu ROU ROU 68.80 68.31
3 372 Stilianí Tsikoúna GRE GRE 65.13 63.18
4 281 Mélina Robert-Michon FRA FRA 63.87 63.87
5 790 Olena Antonova UKR UKR 66.67 64.20
6 404 Neelam Jaswant Singh IND IND 63.02 59.14
7 190 Vladimíra Racková CZE CZE 65.50 65.50
8 374 Ekateríni Vóggoli GRE GRE 64.82 63.47
9 347 Anja Möllenbeck GER GER 64.63 63.42
10 832 Kristin Kuehl USA USA 65.34 65.27
11 75 Ellina Zvereva BLR BLR 71.58

 

 

 

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