2010 in athletics (track and field)

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2010 in athletics
David Rudisha KBC Night of Athletics 2010.jpg
David Rudisha twice broke the 800 m world record
Major world events2010 World Indoor Championships
World records set10
New competitionsIAAF Diamond League

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2010 in athletics
David Rudisha KBC Night of Athletics 2010.jpg
David Rudisha twice broke the 800 m world record
Major world events2010 World Indoor Championships
World records set10
New competitionsIAAF Diamond League

In 2010 there was no obvious, primary athletics championship, as neither the Summer Olympics nor the World Championships in Athletics occurred in the year. The foremost championships to be held in 2010 included: the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2010 European Athletics Championships, 2010 African Championships in Athletics, and Athletics at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[1]

Two major competitions debuted in new formats. The IAAF Diamond League – a worldwide expansion on the European-centred IAAF Golden League concept – saw a schedule of fourteen one-day meetings with some of the sport's most prominent athletes centrally contracted to a track and field series for the first time.[2] The second competition was the renamed IAAF Continental Cup (formerly World Cup) which had its format simplified: previously a contest between several countries and continents, it comprised only four teams (Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia/Oceania).[3]

Major events[edit]





World records[edit]


800 mDavid Rudisha Kenya1:41.09ISTAFGermany Berlin, Germany22 August
800 mDavid Rudisha Kenya1:41.01Rieti MeetingItaly Rieti, Italy29 August
10 km (road)Leonard Komon Kenya26:44SingelloopNetherlands Utrecht, Netherlands26 September
15 km (road)Leonard Komon Kenya41:13ZevenheuvelenloopNetherlands Nijmegen, Netherlands21 November
20 km (road)Zersenay Tadese Eritrea55:21Lisbon Half MarathonPortugal Lisbon, Portugal21 March
Half marathonZersenay Tadese Eritrea58:23Lisbon Half MarathonPortugal Lisbon, Portugal21 March
25 km (road)Samuel Kosgei Kenya1:11:50[4]BIG 25 BerlinGermany Berlin, Germany9 May
Triple jump (indoor)Teddy Tamgho France17.90 mWorld Indoor ChampionshipsQatar Doha, Qatar14 March
Indoor heptathlonAshton Eaton United States6499 pts[5][6]NCAA Indoor ChampionshipUnited States Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States12–13 March


Hammer throwAnita Włodarczyk Poland78.30Enea CupPoland Bydgoszcz, Poland6 June
25 km (road)Mary Keitany Kenya1:19:53[4]BIG 25 BerlinGermany Berlin, Germany9 May
4×800 m relay (indoor)Tatyana Andrianova
Oksana Spasovhodskaja
Yelena Kofanova
Yevgeniya Zinurova
 Russia (Moscow-1 Team)8:12.41[7]Russian Indoor ChampionshipsRussia Moscow, Russia28 February

Season's bests[edit]

Best marks of the year
60 metres Dwain Chambers (GBR)6.48 LaVerne Jones-Ferrette (ISV)6.97NR
100 metres Tyson Gay (USA)
 Nesta Carter (JAM)
9.78 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)10.78
200 metres Usain Bolt (JAM)19.56 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)21.98
400 metres Jeremy Wariner (USA)44.13 Debbie Dunn (USA)49.64
800 metres David Rudisha (KEN)1:41.01WR Alysia Johnson (USA)1:57.34
1500 metres Silas Kiplagat (KEN)3:29.27 Anna Alminova (RUS)3:57.65
3000 metres Tariku Bekele (ETH)7:28.70 Meseret Defar (ETH)8:24.46Indoors
5000 metres Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)12:51.21 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)14:27.41
10,000 metres Josphat Kiprono Menjo (KEN)26:56.74 Meselech Melkamu (ETH)31:04.52
60 metres hurdles Dayron Robles (CUB)7.34 Lolo Jones (USA)7.72
100/110 metres hurdles David Oliver (USA)12.89NR Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (CAN)12.52
400 metres hurdles Bershawn Jackson (USA)47.32 Lashinda Demus (USA)52.82
3000 metres steeplechase Brimin Kipruto (KEN)8:00.90 Milcah Chemos Cheywa (KEN)9:11.71
10 kilometres Leonard Komon (KEN)26:44WR Lineth Chepkurui (KEN)30:45
15 kilometres Leonard Komon (KEN)41:13WR Peninah Arusei (KEN)47:48
20 kilometres Zersenay Tadese (ERI)55:21WR Mare Dibaba (ETH)1:03:47
Half marathon Zersenay Tadese (ERI)58:23WR Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)1:07:07
25 kilometres Samuel Kiplimo Kosgei (KEN)1:11:50WR Mary Keitany (KEN)1:19:53WR
30 kilometres Tsegaye Kebede (ETH)1:28:46 Atsede Baysa (ETH)1:39:28
Marathon Patrick Makau (KEN)2:04:48 Liliya Shobukhova (RUS)2:20:25
20 kilometres race walk Alex Schwazer (ITA)1:18:24 Anisya Kirdyapkina (RUS)1:25:11
50 kilometres race walk Yohan Diniz (FRA)3:40:37
Pole vault Steven Hooker (AUS)6.01 mIndoors Jennifer Suhr (USA)4.89 m
High jump Ivan Ukhov (RUS)2.38 mIndoors Blanka Vlašić (CRO)2.06 mIndoors
Long jump Christian Reif (GER)8.47 m Olga Kucherenko (RUS)7.13 m
Triple jump Teddy Tamgho (FRA)17.98 m Olga Rypakova (KAZ)15.25 mAR
Shot put Christian Cantwell (USA)22.41 m Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR)21.70 mIndoors
Discus throw Gerd Kanter (EST)71.45 m Nadine Müller (GER)67.78 m
Javelin throw Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR)90.37 m Maria Abakumova (RUS)68.89 m
Hammer throw Koji Murofushi (JPN)80.99 m Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)78.30 mWR
Pentathlon Jessica Ennis (GBR)4937 ptsNR
Heptathlon Ashton Eaton (USA)6499 ptsWR Jessica Ennis (GBR)6823 pts
Decathlon Bryan Clay (USA)8483 pts
4×100 metres relay United States
Trell Kimmons
Wallace Spearmon
Tyson Gay
Michael Rodgers
37.45[8] Ukraine
Olesya Povh
Nataliya Pohrebnyak
Mariya Ryemyen
Elizaveta Bryzhina
4×400 metres relay United States U23
LeJerald Betters
O'Neal Wilder
Joey Hughes
Tavaris Tate
2:58.83 Russia
Anastasiya Kapachinskaya
Antonina Krivoshapka
Kseniya Ustalova
Tatyana Firova


Blanka Vlašić topped the IAAF, Track & Field News and European Athletics polls.


IAAF World Athlete of the Year David Rudisha (KEN)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year David Rudisha (KEN)
European Athlete of the Year Trophy Christophe Lemaitre (FRA)
European Athletics Rising Star Teddy Tamgho (FRA)


IAAF World Athlete of the Year Blanka Vlašić (CRO)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year Blanka Vlašić (CRO)
European Athlete of the Year Trophy Blanka Vlašić (CRO)
European Athletics Rising Star Sandra Perković (CRO)


American sprinter LaShawn Merritt was banned from competition for 21 months.

The highest profile doping case in 2010 was that of 400 m Olympic and World Champion LaShawn Merritt. He failed three out-of-competition tests in October and December 2009, and January 2010, testing positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on each occasion. He claimed that he had inadvertently ingested the substance via an over the counter sex enhancement drug he was using at the time (ExtenZe).[9] Initially set for a two-year ban,[10] he received a reduced 21-month suspension from October 2010 to July 2012 as a result of his co-operation with anti-doping authorities. However, the seriousness of the doping substance meant he was automatically banned from defending his title at the 2012 London Olympics.[11]

A major investigation by the Guardia Civil into doping in Spain, known as Operación Galgo, began in April 2010 and made headline news in December following a number of arrests.[12][13] Marta Domínguez, world steeplechase champion and vice president of the Spanish Athletics Federation, was implicated in the blood doping ring.[14] Manuel Pascua Piqueras, coach to a number of prominent runners, admitted to doping his athletes, while Alemayehu Bezabeh (the 2009 European Cross Country Champion) admitted to using banned substances.[15]

Shelly-Ann Fraser received a six-month suspension for using a banned painkiller.

Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser received a six-month ban after a positive test for pain relief narcotic oxycodone at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting. Her coach Stephen Francis, who had the painkiller on prescription for his kidney stones, gave the banned substance to his athlete to relieve her toothache.[16][17]

Another sprinter Laverne Jones-Ferrette ran the fastest 60 metres in a decade in February, but was absent from outdoor competition in 2010. This was later explained by the revelation that she had failed a drug test for clomiphene on February 16. The substance can be used as a complement to steroid cycles, but can also act as a fertility drug and Jones-Ferrette (who announced her pregnancy in November) claimed this was the intended usage. She was banned from competition for six months, lasting from April to September, and lost her silver medal from the World Indoor Championships.[18] Bobby-Gaye Wilkins won a relay medal for Jamaica at the same championships, but she was also stripped of her medal after testing positive for andarine – a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM).[19]

A series of athletes were disqualified from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi as a result of in-competition testing. Nigerians Samuel Okon and Oludamola Osayomi (the 100 m gold medallist) were banned for using the stimulant methylhexanamine. A third Nigerian, Folashade Abugan who won silver medals in the 400 m individual and relay races, failed a drug test for traces of testosterone prohormone and was stripped of her honours[20] Indian racewalker Rani Yadav was also banned after testing positive for 19-Norandrosterone.[21]

Retired American sprinters Ramon Clay and Crystal Cox received retrospective bans from the United States Anti-Doping Agency due to their steroid usage relating to the BALCO scandal period from 2001 to 2004. Cox was stripped of her Olympic relay gold medal as a result.[22][23] Former Jamaican runner Raymond Stewart was given a life ban from coaching for trafficking and administering banned substances as part of an on-going investigation. Olympic Bahraini sprinter Roqaya Al-Gassra was banned for two years.[24] Other prominent athletes to receive suspensions included South American triple jump champion Johana Triviño (two years for stanozolol), Asian indoor champion Munira Saleh (life ban for second violation with stanozolol),[25] and 2010 CAC Games medallist Zudikey Rodríguez (methylhexanamine).[26]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ One month to go - IAAF World Indoor Championships. IAAF (2010-02-12). Retrieved on 2010-02-13.
  2. ^ Track and Field’s elite endorse IAAF Diamond League at sparkling launch. IAAF (2009-11-21). Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  3. ^ IAAF Council Meeting notes, Monaco - 21 November. IAAF (2008-11-21). Retrieved on 2009-09-11.
  4. ^ a b Wenig, Jorg (2010-05-09). Kosgei, Keitany shatter 25Km World records in Berlin - Updated. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  5. ^ New Reality Dawns on Record Setter in Heptathlon. The New York Times (2010-03-27). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  6. ^ World record ratified. IAAF (2010-11-17). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  7. ^ IAAF Newsletter Ed. 119. IAAF (2011-01-25). Retrieved on 2011-01-25.
  8. ^ "4x100 Metres Results". www.diamondleague-zurich.com. 2010-08-19. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  9. ^ Shipley, Amy (2010-04-23). Olympic 400-meter champ LaShawn Merritt tests positive for steroid. Washington Post. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  10. ^ US 400m star LaShawn Merritt fails drug test. BBC Sport (2010-04-22). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  11. ^ Cazeneuve, Brian (2010-10-20). LaShawn Merritt banned from competition for 21 months. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  12. ^ World champion Marta Dominguez suspended in drugs probe. BBC Sport (2010-12-10). Retrieved on 2010-12-11.
  13. ^ Bezabeh and Fernández pull out of Euro Cross as Spanish doping probe continues. Athletics Weekly (2010-12-10). Retrieved on 2010-12-11.
  14. ^ Dominguez detained in doping investigation. Athletics Weekly (2010-12-09). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  15. ^ La Guardia Civil interroga a Nuria Fernández y Reyes Estévez. El País (2010-12-10). Retrieved on 2010-12-11.
  16. ^ Shelly-Anne Fraser handed six-month ban for failing drug test. The Guardian (2010-10-06). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  17. ^ Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser fails drugs test . BBC Sport (2010-07-09). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  18. ^ Laverne Jones-Ferrette stripped of world indoor medal after positive test. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  19. ^ Lowe, Andrew (2010-09-09). Wilkins banned for two years. Jamaica Star. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  20. ^ Commonwealth Games 2010: Third Nigerian tests positive. BBC Sport (2010-10-15). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  21. ^ Bull, Andy (2010-10-13). Commonwealth Games 2010: Indian athlete tests positive for drugs. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2010-10-15.
  22. ^ U.S. track star Crystal Cox suspended. United Press International (2010-01-29). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  23. ^ Ramon Clay suspended for steroids use. ESPN (2010-10-22). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  24. ^ IAAF Newsletter - Edition 115. IAAF (2010-07-20). Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  25. ^ Athletes Currently Suspended. IAAF (2010-12-01). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  26. ^ Zudikey Rodríguez reconoce que tomó suplemento (Spanish). Informador (2010-08-11). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  27. ^ Kenyan Olympic Medalist Dies. Albuquerque Journal (2010-02-09). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  28. ^ Gustavo Pallicca(2010-02-21)CI HA LASCIATI LUIGI ULIVELLI (Italian). Athleticanet. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  29. ^ Kenyan middle distance runner David Lelei killed in car crash. IAAF (2010-02-18). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  30. ^ Cleveland Olympian Paul Drayton dies at age 70 from cancer. Cleveland (2010-03-02). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  31. ^ Former Olympic 400 runner-up Wayne Collett dies. USA Today (2010-03-17). Retrieved on 2011-01-04
  32. ^ Rawling, John (2010-08-11). Antonio Pettigrew obituary. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  33. ^ Harold Connolly, 1956 Olympic champion, passes away. IAAF (2010-08-19). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  34. ^ Frank Baumgartl. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  35. ^ Monti, Dave (2011-09-02). Death of Ethiopian runner Berhanu a suicide. Universal Sports. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  36. ^ Shot Put ace Fuchs dies at 82. IAAF (2010-10-18). Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  37. ^ Litsky, Frank (2010-11-14). Record-Setting Track Star Wes Santee Dies at 78. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.

Further reading[edit]

Annual season reviews from IAAF by A. Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava: