2010 in the sport of athletics

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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]


Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
800 m David Rudisha  Kenya 1:41.09 ISTAF Germany Berlin, Germany 22 August
800 m David Rudisha  Kenya 1:41.01 Rieti Meeting Italy Rieti, Italy 29 August
10 km (road) Leonard Komon  Kenya 26:44 Singelloop Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands 26 September
15 km (road) Leonard Komon  Kenya 41:13 Zevenheuvelenloop Netherlands Nijmegen, Netherlands 21 November
20 km (road) Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 55:21 Lisbon Half Marathon Portugal Lisbon, Portugal 21 March
Half marathon Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 58:23 Lisbon Half Marathon Portugal Lisbon, Portugal 21 March
25 km (road) Samuel Kosgei  Kenya 1:11:50[4] BIG 25 Berlin Germany Berlin, Germany 9 May
Triple jump (indoor) Teddy Tamgho  France 17.90 m World Indoor Championships Qatar Doha, Qatar 14 March
Indoor heptathlon Ashton Eaton  United States 6499 pts[5][6] NCAA Indoor Championship United States Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States 12–13 March


Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
Hammer throw Anita Włodarczyk  Poland 78.30 Enea Cup Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland 6 June
25 km (road) Mary Keitany  Kenya 1:19:53[4] BIG 25 Berlin Germany Berlin, Germany 9 May
4 × 800 m relay (indoor) Tatyana Andrianova
Oksana Spasovhodskaja
Yelena Kofanova
Yevgeniya Zinurova
 Russia (Moscow-1 Team) 8:12.41[7] Russian Indoor Championships Russia Moscow, Russia 28 February

Season's bests[edit]

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
60 metres  Dwain Chambers (GBR) 6.48  LaVerne Jones-Ferrette (ISV) 6.97 NR
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) 1:41.01 WR  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) 8:24.46 Indoors
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) 12.89 NR  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) 26:44 WR  Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 30:45
15 kilometres  Leonard Komon (KEN) 41:13 WR  Peninah Arusei (KEN) 47:48
20 kilometres  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 55:21 WR  Mare Dibaba (ETH) 1:03:47
Half marathon  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 58:23 WR  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 1:07:07
25 kilometres  Samuel Kiplimo Kosgei (KEN) 1:11:50 WR  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:19:53 WR
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 m Indoors  Jennifer Suhr (USA) 4.89 m
High jump  Ivan Ukhov (RUS) 2.38 m Indoors  Blanka Vlašić (CRO) 2.06 m Indoors
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 m AR
Shot put  Christian Cantwell (USA) 22.41 m  Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR) 21.70 m Indoors
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 m WR
Pentathlon  Jessica Ennis (GBR) 4937 pts NR
Heptathlon  Ashton Eaton (USA) 6499 pts WR  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.


Award Winner
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)


Award Winner
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 ongoing 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 Archived 2011-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. 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 2010-08-21. 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 Archived 2010-12-14 at the Wayback Machine. Athletics Weekly (2010-12-10). Retrieved on 2010-12-11.
  14. ^ Dominguez detained in doping investigation Archived 2010-12-15 at the Wayback Machine. 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 Archived December 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  19. ^ Lowe, Andrew (2010-09-09). Wilkins banned for two years Archived 2010-09-14 at the Wayback Machine. 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 Archived 2012-10-26 at the Wayback Machine. 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 (in 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 (in 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 Archived 2010-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. 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: