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1998 8th IAAF World Cup - Johannesburg


11/09/1998 - 13/09/1998 Johannesburg



Overall results


1 Africa 110
2 Europe 109
3 Germany 102
4 Americas 97
5 United States 94
6 Great Britain 89
7 Asia 64
8 Oceania 53


1 United States 96
2 Europe 94
3 Africa 88
4 Russia 87
5 Americas 81
6 Germany 75
7 Asia 45
8 Oceania 42


100 m
The 1748m altitude of Johannesburg made up for the headwind, cold(14°) and damp as Obadele Thompson raced to the 8th-quickest timeever, 9.87. Behind him came an Oceanian record by Shirvington andpersonal bests by Ogunkoya, Chambers and Papadias. In lane 2Ogonkoya – surprise winner in Zürich the previous month – was incontrol before Thompson (lane 5) forged ahead for victory
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Obadele Thompson AME 9.87 (CR)
SILVER Seun Ogunkoya AFR 9.92 (PB)
BRONZE Dwain Chambers GBR 10.03 (PB)
4 Tim Harden USA 10.03 (SB)
5 Matt Shirvington OCE 10.07 (PB)
6 Haralabos Papadias EUR 10.15 (PB)
7 Marc Blume GER 10.30 (PB)
8 Zhou Wei ASI 10.37
200 m
One wonders what Fredericks might have achieved in good conditions.As it was, in temperatures of 7°C and on a puddle-strewn track, theNamibian broke 20 seconds after demolishing the rest of the field in thehomestraight.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Frankie Fredericks AFR 19.97 (CR)
SILVER Gentry Bradley USA 20.38 (SB)
BRONZE Troy Douglas EUR 20.40 (SB)
4 Koji Ito ASI 20.40 (SB)
5 Douglas Turner GBR 20.51 (SB)
6 Sebastián Keitel AME 20.62
7 Darryl Wohlsen OCE 20.75
8 Manuel Milde GER 20.85 (PB)
400 m
Coming off the final bend, McIntosh led narrowly from Thomas,Chukwu and Young with all four men in adjacent lanes. As Chukwufaded it was Thomas – the newly-crowned European Champion – whogradually reeled in McIntosh while holding off Young.“That was the toughest race of the year,” concluded the winner.“45.3? Hell, it felt like 42.3.”
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Iwan Thomas GBR 45.33
SILVER Jerome Young USA 45.37
BRONZE Troy McIntosh AME 45.45
4 Clement Chukwu AFR 45.56
5 Ashraf Saber EUR 46.54
6 Sugath Tillakaratne ASI 46.70
7 Patrick Dwyer OCE 46.99
8 Stefan Letzelter GER 47.12
800 m
Like Iwan Thomas in the 400m, Nils Schumann came to Johannesburgafter having just won a European title in Budapest. The German tookthe lead at 200m and went past the bell in 53.87. Schumann was still infront as the field turned into the final straight. A queue of four men –Kimutai, Everett, Bucher and Téllez – were poised to go past theGerman, but Schumann stayed ahead despite a strong challenge fromEverett, the 1994 winner.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Nils Schumann GER 1:48.66
SILVER Mark Everett USA 1:48.73
BRONZE Norberto Tellez AME 1:48.92
4 Japheth Kimutai AFR 1:49.16
5 André Bucher EUR 1:49.55
6 Andrew Hart GBR 1:50.07
7 Shaun Farrell OCE 1:50.69
8 Cheng Bin ASI 1:53.11
1500 m
Rotich led from the start and the pace was moderate (800m: 1:59.85).Silva and Whiteman tracked the African and both made concerted bidsfor victory down the finishing straight, but the African held on for anarrow win. Rotich, a fireman in the Kenyan Air Force, had set a worldhigh altitude best of 3:33.1 earlier in 1998.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Laban Rotich AFR 3:40.87
SILVER Rui Silva EUR 3:40.95
BRONZE Anthony Whiteman GBR 3:40.99
4 Mohamed Sulaiman ASI 3:46.93
5 Hamish Christensen OCE 3:48.64
6 Mark Ostendarp GER 3:49.56
7 Jason Pyrah USA 3:52.10
8 Steve Agar AME 3:57.36
3000 m
Like the Johannesburg 1500m, this race developed into a three-waybattle between Kenya and two Europeans. Nyariki led until the finalbend when European 5000m Champion Viciosa took over, only for theSpaniard to be outkicked by Baumann. “I was not so confident in themiddle of the race,” admitted the German. “I had to keep relaxed andbelieve in myself. Nyariki was only third, meaning that Africa and Europe were levelon 100 points with two events remaining.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Dieter Baumann GER 7:56.24
SILVER Isaac Viciosa EUR 7:56.47
BRONZE Tom Nyariki AFR 7:59.46
4 Pablo Olmedo AME 8:10.58
5 Toshinari Takaoka ASI 8:12.19
6 Dan Browne USA 8:15.88
7 Neil Caddy GBR 8:16.81
8 Alan Bunce OCE 8:20.98
5000 m
Daniel Komen broke the world record at 5000m in 1997 but had beenconcentrating on short distances in 1998. Back in his main event, hescored one of the easiest wins of the weekend. Baumann tried to holdon to the Kenyan but could not live with Komen’s surges and eventu-ally finished third. At the finish, Komen spread his arms wide as if tosay ’was that a race?
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Daniel Komen AFR 13:46.57
SILVER Shaun Creighton OCE 13:53.66
BRONZE Dieter Baumann GER 13:58.40
4 Pablo Olmedo AME 14:01.66
5 Keith Cullen GBR 14:13.32
6 Dan Browne USA 14:22.48
7 Abdellah Béhar EUR 14:24.41
8 Chand Gulab ASI DNF
3000 m Steeplechase
The biggest surprise of the weekend came when the Kenyan worldrecord holder Barmasai was defeated by European Champion Kallabis.The German followed as Barmasai led through 1000m in 2:51.63 and2000m in 5:41.62. With two laps to go it was Barmasai from Kallabis– who only arrived in Johannesburg the day before the race – with Al-Asmari a close third. The Saudi athlete moved into second spot at thebell, but was quickly dropped when Barmasai picked up the pace. Thewater jump was set inside the track, so a sharp turn was necessary andit was at this point that Kallabis slipped through into the lead. TheGerman then sprinted clear on the run-in, leaving Barmasai with thedubious distinction of being the first Kenyan to lose a World Cupsteeplechase
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Damian Kallabis GER 8:31.25
SILVER Bernard Barmasai AFR 8:31.85
BRONZE Saad Shaddad Al-Asmari ASI 8:39.69
4 Alessandro Lambruschini EUR 8:54.10
5 Christian Stephenson GBR 8:55.67
6 Wander do Prado Moura AME 8:59.06
7 Pascal Dobert USA 9:08.36
8 Stephen Thurston OCE 9:37.13
110 m hurdles
Falk Balzer got a flier as his reaction time was recorded as 0.031, butthere was no recall. The German went on to win the race in 13.10, justone hundredth ahead of Jackson, who along with García closed updrastically on Balzer. Formal protests over the start were lodged byGreat Britain and the Americas, but these were rejected.Running in the lane between Jackson and García, the USA’s Torianwas well-placed until he landed badly after the eight, hit the ninth andpushed over the 10th.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Falk Balzer GER 13.10
SILVER Colin Jackson GBR 13.11
BRONZE Anier García AME 13.14
4 Robin Korving EUR 13.25
5 Chen Yanhao ASI 13.49
6 Rod Zuyderwyk OCE 13.78
7 Shawn Bownes AFR 21.33
8 Reggie Torian USA 30.29
400 m hurdles
Matete matched the feat of Ed Moses and scored a third successive winin this, the first men’s track event of the weekend. Woody led for thefirst 300m before the Zambian surged ahead off the final bend. Hewithstood a late challenge from Al-Nubi, who set an Asian record. “Iwas actually running for Mandela,” said Matete, “because I am proudto be from Africa.” It was his 22nd final of the year.Matete had also won the 4x400m relay in Havana 1992, and histotal of four wins matched the men’s record of Miruts Yifter andLinford Christie.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Samuel Matete AFR 48.08 (SB)
SILVER Mubarak Al-Nubi ASI 48.17 (PB)
BRONZE Dinsdale Morgan AME 48.40
4 Paweł Januszewski EUR 48.49
5 Joey Woody USA 48.55
6 Steffen Kolb GER 49.77
7 Anthony Borsumato GBR 49.86
8 Zid Abou Hamed OCE 50.50
High jump
The 1994 victor Sotomayor became the highest total points scorer in asingle event, but he did not win this time. There were three men in at2.31, Sotomayor, Austin and Klyugin. The Cuban was leading oncountback but the American took over with his first-time clearancewhile the other two failed three times. Austin’s win was one of onlythree United States men’s victories in Johannesburg. He chose not totry for a better height, not surprising in view of the temperature of just8°C.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Charles Austin USA 2.31
SILVER Javier Sotomayor AME 2.28
BRONZE Sergey Klyugin EUR 2.28
4 Martin Buss GER 2.25
5 Zhou Zhongge ASI 2.15
=6 Nick Moroney OCE 2.10
=6 Abderrahmane Hammad AFR 2.10
=6 Dalton Grant GBR 2.10
Pole vault
Tarasov was the world’s number one in 1998 and capped his seasonwith a second-time clearance at 5.85. Two others – Lobinger andHartwig – were also in at that height but both failed, though afterTarasov’s success the German took his third attempt, in vain, at 5.90
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Maksim Tarasov EUR 5.85
SILVER Tim Lobinger GER 5.80
BRONZE Jeff Hartwig USA 5.70
4 Igor Potapovich ASI 5.60
5 Riaan Botha AFR 5.60
6 Mike Edwards GBR 5.40
7 Paul Burgess OCE 5.20
8 Ricardo Diez AME 5.00
Long jump
Pedroso started in style with 8.37 on his first jump, which featured avery accurate take-off. This gave the Cuban a huge lead fromTaurima’s 8.10 at halfway, but the Australian closed the gap consider-ably with an Oceanian record of 8.32 in the fifth, to which Pedrosoresponded with 8.28. The two leaders each fouled or passed in the finaltwo rounds, which saw a new Egyptian record by Mersal of 8.26
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Iván Pedroso AME 8.37
SILVER Jai Taurima OCE 8.32 (PB)
BRONZE Hatem Mersal AFR 8.26 (PB)
4 Kirill Sosunov EUR 8.08
5 Roland McGhee USA 7.79
6 Masaki Morinaga ASI 7.76
7 Kofi Amoah Prah GER 7.75
8 Steve Phillips GBR 7.66
Triple jump
Friedek opened with 17.37 then leapt 17.42 in round two. The lattereffort was initially given a red flag but then ruled valid. The Germanfouled his next three jump before passing in the sixth once his victorywas guaranteed.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Charles Friedek GER 17.42 (SB)
SILVER Denis Kapustin EUR 17.32
BRONZE Yoelbi Quesada AME 17.25
4 Andrew Owusu AFR 17.21
5 LaMark Carter USA 17.20
6 Andrew Murphy OCE 16.89 (SB)
7 Larry Achike GBR 16.69
8 Duan Qifeng ASI 14.09
Shot put
Godina – one of the world’s leading athletes of 1998 – had a huge win-ning margin of 1.03m. The American waited until the final round tospin twice and produce his longest put of 21.48, but two of his earlierthrows – 20.71 and 20.82 – were better than anyone else could muster.It was Godina’s 17th win out of 17 competitions in 1998 – all furtherthan 21m – and his 23rd successive victory since 1997
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD John Godina USA 21.48
SILVER Aleksandr Bagach EUR 20.45
BRONZE Oliver-Sven Buder GER 20.42
4 Burger Lambrechts AFR 20.29 (PB)
5 Mark Proctor GBR 19.66
6 Yojer Medina AME 19.08
7 Justin Anlezark OCE 18.26
8 Bilal Saad Mubarak ASI 18.21
Virgilijus Alekna let from start to finish and saved his best for last. TheLithuanian opened with 68.27and led from Riedel (66.45) at thehalfway stage. The German finished well with 66.85, 67.47 and 67.18,but Alekna’s corresponding responses in the advantageous windy con-ditions were 67.61, 63.95 then 69.66, the longest ever at a major cham-pionship or cup meeting.It was the eighth meeting between Alekna and Riedel in 1998 andmeant that Alekna finished the year as unofficial world number one,having a 5 – 3 advantage.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Virgilijus Alekna EUR 69.66 (CR)
SILVER Lars Riedel GER 67.47
BRONZE Frantz Kruger AFR 65.73 (PB)
4 John Godina USA 65.15
5 Robert Weir GBR 64.39 (SB)
6 Alexis Elizalde AME 62.53
7 Li Shaojie ASI 61.37
8 Ian Winchester OCE 60.56
One month earlier, Tibor Gécsek became the toast of the EuropeanChampionships when he won the hammer gold in front of his homecrowd at Budapest. Throwing after five turns, he produced one of thegreatest ever series: 80.22, 82.43, foul, 82.68 (a cup record), 81.27 and82.39. Yet he expressed disappointment after that last throw as it wasshort of his recent personal best of 82.87. In second place throughoutwas Weis, who therefore completed a set of top World Cup placings:he was first in 1989 and third in 1994
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Tibor Gécsek EUR 82.68 (CR)
SILVER Heinz Weis GER 80.13
BRONZE Andrey Abduvaliyev ASI 79.40
4 Alberto Sánchez AME 73.71
5 Michael Jones GBR 72.89
6 Jud Logan USA 70.51
7 Chris Harmse AFR 68.34
8 Justin McDonald OCE 59.62
This was the final individual event of the meeting and, like the otherJohannesburg men’s throws, was won with a classy performance. SteveBackley continued his unbeaten World Cup run with a meeting recordof 88.71 in round two. Russia’s Sergey Makarov placed second forEurope, two places ahead of the African representative, which meantthat Europe led Africa 107-105 in the men’s contest with just the4x400m relay remaining
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Steve Backley GBR 88.71 (CR)
SILVER Sergey Makarov EUR 86.96 (SB)
BRONZE Raymond Hecht GER 84.92
4 Marius Corbett AFR 83.53
5 Emeterio González AME 80.72
6 Adrian Hatcher OCE 73.75
7 Zhang Lianbiao ASI 68.35
8 Ed Kaminski USA DNS
4 x 100 m relay
British relay teams had been in sparkling form all year, with victoriesin the European Cup and European Championships. In Johannesburgthis seasonal experience paid off with a rare win over the United States.It was Africa who took an early lead through Ogunkoya, but they lostground with inferior baton passing and Chambers was already in frontat the start of the anchor leg. Harden stormed through for second placebut never looked like catching the British team.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Allyn Condon, Marlon Devonish, Julian Golding, Dwain Chambers GBR 38.09
SILVER Jonathan Carter, Curtis Perry, Allen Johnson, Tim Harden USA 38.25
BRONZE Seun Ogunkoya, Leonard Myles-Mills, Frankie Fredericks, Eric Nkansah AFR 38.29
4 Bradley McCuaig, Édson Ribeiro, Sebastián Keitel, Claudinei da Silva AME 38.33
5 Darryl Wohlsen, Damien Marsh, David Baxter, Matt Shirvington OCE 38.78
6 Thierry Lubin, Frederic Krantz, Christophe Cheval, Needy Guims EUR 38.80
7 Patrick Schneider, Holger Blume, Manuel Milde, Marc Blume GER 38.89
8 Zhou Wei, Lin Wei, Yin Hanzhao, Han Chaoming ASI 39.35
4 x 400 m relay
Africa needed to finish two places ahead of Europe in order to securethe Nelson Mandela trophy. They managed to do this, but not withoutdrama.The first leg saw the USA and America in front with Europe(Kénteris 47.28) in seventh. McIntosh’s 44.54 put the Americas aheadat halfway before an identical split, by Arnaud Malherbe, broughtAfrica into contention. Meanwhile, Europe were battling for places 5-7 with Germany and Asia.On the anchor, Olympic bronze medallist Davis Kamoga stormedinto the lead for Africa and it looked as if that continent would win therace – and therefore the World Cup – by a clear margin.However, the Ugandan faded in the finishing straight and slippedto fourth place. Meanwhile Jerome Young timed his finish much betterthan in the individual 400m and won the race for the USA.Risking disqualification, Kamoga flung his baton away in disgustafter the finish. In fact, he had still done enough for an overall Africanvictory by one point over Europe. In the race, Asia beat Europe by onehundredth, but even if Europe had prevailed, team victory would stillhave gone to Africa as they had four event wins to Europe’s three.A decade after this race, Antonio Pettigrew was suspended by theIAAF after admitting to using human growth hormone and EPO datingback to 1997. He made the admissions during the trial of coach TrevorGraham, who was convicted of lying to agents investigating theBALCO affair. All of Pettigrew’s performances from January 1, 1997were cancelled, including this relay win and the second place in 2002.His earlier World Cup placings of 1989, 1992 and 1994 still stand.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Mark Hylton, Jamie Baulch, Sean Baldock, Iwan Thomas GBR 2:59.71
SILVER Michael McDonald, Troy McIntosh, Alejandro Cárdenas, Roxbert Martin AME 2:59.77
BRONZE Clement Chukwu, Ibrahima Wade, Arnaud Malherbe, Davis Kamoga AFR 3:01.08
4 Klaus Ehmsperger, Jens Dautzenberg, Marc Alexander Scheer, Nils Schumann GER 3:03.65
5 Ibrahim Ismail Faraj, Sugath Tillakaratne, Kenji Tabata, Masayoshi Kan ASI 3:03.94
6 Konstantinos Kenteris, Marc Foucan, Marco Vaccari, Pawel Januszewski EUR 3:03.95
7 Casey Vincent, Michael Hazel, Scott Thom, Brad Jamieson OCE 3:08.57
DSQ Mark Everett, Antonio Pettigrew, Joey Woody, Jerome Young USA
100 m
Marion Jones had enjoyed an unbeaten season in 1998 beforeJohannesburg, and won the 200m on the first day with a scintillating21.62. That made her the second-fastest women ever – after FlorenceGriffith Joyner – and she repeated that feat in the 100m. The Americanhad the slowest reaction time and the worst start, yet by 30m she wasahead and pulled clear to win by 3m. All eyes turned to the tracksideclock which stopped at 10.66, later confirmed as a cup record of 10.65.“I knew this track was fast,” said Jones, “and I wanted to be part of it.”In third place Mary Onyali ran her fastest race since the birth of herdaughter in 1997. She brought her total of individual World Cup pointsto 33; only Marita Koch (46) and Evelyn Ashford (43) have scoredmore among women.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Marion Jones USA 10.65 (CR)
SILVER Chandra Sturrup AME 10.97
BRONZE Mary Onyali AFR 11.05 (SB)
4 Zhanna Pintusevich EUR 11.08
5 Irina Privalova RUS 11.15
6 Andrea Philipp GER 11.25
7 Lauren Hewitt OCE 11.36 (PB)
8 Yan Jiankui ASI 11.47
200 m
Unquestionably the world’s top woman athlete, Jones added to her cre-dentials by racing to the third-fastest time in history, 21.62. Obviouslythe high altitude was an advantage, but otherwise conditions wereunhelpful. It was cool (14°), there was a headwind and Jones wasdrawn in the unfamiliar ninth lane. After a cautious start (reaction time:0.258), the American was slightly ahead of Pintusevich after 100mthen stormed clear in the homestraight to win by more than 6m
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Marion Jones USA 21.62 (CR)
SILVER Falilat Ogunkoya AFR 22.25
BRONZE Zhanna Pintusevich EUR 22.35 (SB)
4 Beverly McDonald AME 22.36
5 Irina Privalova RUS 22.61 (SB)
6 Melanie Paschke GER 22.70 (SB)
7 Tania Van Heer OCE 22.93
8 Yan Jiankui ASI 23.19
400 m
Ogunkoya had clearly been the world number one in 1998 and was anexcellent second to Marion Jones at 200m two days earlier. Sheallowed Breuer – 2nd in 1989 – to set the pace before hitting the frontat 250m and finishing strongly to win in 49.52. “I wanted to win badlybecause this is home for me,” said Ogunkoya
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Falilat Ogunkoya AFR 49.52 (SB)
SILVER Grit Breuer GER 49.86
BRONZE Sandie Richards AME 50.33
4 Helena Fuchsová EUR 50.40
5 Olga Kotlyarova RUS 51.20
6 Kim Graham USA 52.10
7 Damayanthi Darsha ASI 53.30
8 Jane Arnott OCE 54.36
800 m
Miles-Clark made the pace (200m: 26.97, 400m: 57.74) before Mutolaand Vriesde took over at 450m. Mutola duly won her third World Cup,holding off a late challenge from European Champion Afanasyeva,who went from 4th to second in the homestraight. After her win,Mutola reached over the trackside moat to collect Mozambique andSouth African flags from the crowd.“A lot of people came [here] from Mozambique,” she explained,“including my mother.”
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Maria de Lurdes Mutola AFR 1:59.88
SILVER Yelena Afanasyeva RUS 2:00.20
BRONZE Letitia Vriesde AME 2:00.56
4 Jearl Miles Clark USA 2:01.58
5 Malin Ewerlöf EUR 2:02.61
6 Zhang Jian ASI 2:03.09
7 Heike Meissner GER 2:04.50
8 Tamsyn Lewis OCE 2:06.64
1500 m
Disappointingly, only seven women started this race. OlympicChampion Masterkova made her trademark move at the start of thehomestraight to comfortably overhaul Maranga, who had led from thestart. It was Masterkova’s 10th win from 11 races in 1998. TheRussian’s last 200m was covered in 27.7, with her last lap timed in58.8.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Svetlana Masterkova RUS 4:09.41
SILVER Jackline Maranga AFR 4:10.30
BRONZE Carla Sacramento EUR 4:11.66
4 Suzy Favor-Hamilton USA 4:12.52
5 Luminita Zaituc GER 4:16.80
6 Leah Pells AME 4:18.37
7 Mandy Giblin OCE 4:29.50
8 Liu Jing ASI DNS
3000 m
Ouaziz led at a fair pace (1000m: 3:06.23, 2000m: 6:07.18), whichdropped all but Szabo who then sprinted clear with a 29.53 final 200m.Regina Jacobs was well beaten, but her six points in third place kept theUnited States within range of team victory with two events remaining.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Gabriela Szabo EUR 9:00.54
SILVER Zahra Ouaziz AFR 9:01.35
BRONZE Regina Jacobs USA 9:11.15
4 Wang Chunmei ASI 9:14.50 (PB)
5 Olga Yegorova RUS 9:16.72
6 Luminita Zaituc GER 9:18.01
7 Kathy Butler AME 9:30.34
8 Natalie Harvey OCE 9:38.22
5000 m
Just like the other Johannesburg women’s distance races, the first-everWorld Cup 5000m was won with by the woman with the fastest kick.The pace was slow (3000m: Adere 10:30.71) and into the last lap it wasJacobs from O’Sullivan. The American could not respond when theIrishwoman uncorked a 28.5 last 200m “It was a very slow race,” said O’Sullivan. “I’ve never run thatslowly ... at that sort of pace you don’t get tired.”
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Sonia O'Sullivan EUR 16:24.52
SILVER Regina Jacobs USA 16:26.24
BRONZE Berhane Adere AFR 16:38.81
4 Nora Rocha AME 16:44.60
5 Irina Mikitenko GER 16:46.60
6 Liu Shixiang ASI 16:51.74
7 Svetlana Baigulova RUS 17:00.29
8 Melissa Moon OCE 17:10.48
100 m hurdles
Alozie was one of the most improved athletes of 1998, and she cappedher season with a World Cup victory, her 15th win from 17 races thatyear. With both the Asian and European representatives falling overand failing to finish, the result had a dramatic effect on the team stand-ings at the start of day two, moving Africa up from fifth to second placeone point behind Russia.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Glory Alozie AFR 12.58
SILVER Angie Vaughn USA 12.67
BRONZE Irina Korotya RUS 12.77
4 Dionne Rose AME 12.78
5 Caren Soon GER 12.87
6 Debbie Edwards OCE 13.30
- Nicole Ramalalanirina EUR DNF
- Olga Shishigina ASI DNF
400 m hurdles
Just as she had in the 1997 World Championships, Bidouane won thetitle on the run-in. It was Batten (season’s best of 52.74) who started fastest. Running in lane 7, she held a slight lead at the 10th hurdle fromBidouane one lane outside, and Olympic Champion Hemmings in 6.Batten hit that hurdle, allowing the Morrocan and Jamaican to edgeahead in this closely-fought race. The winning time was a new Africanrecord.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Nezha Bidouane AFR 52.96 (CR)
SILVER Deon Hemmings AME 53.03 (SB)
BRONZE Kim Batten USA 53.17
4 Ionela Târlea EUR 54.01
5 Silvia Rieger GER 54.22 (PB)
6 Anna Knoroz RUS 56.09
7 Li Rui ASI 57.64
8 Evette Cordy OCE 58.00
High jump
Both Dinescu and Storbeck had perfect records until 1.93, then theEuropean Champion from Romania failed at 1.96. Storbeck went clearand looked set to win when Dinescu failed again. The Romanian optedto take her final attempt at 1.98, and cleared to put the onus back on theSouth African. Storbeck could not clear that height so settled for sec-ond place. Her 1.96 was an African record, but not a South Africanrecord as a superior height had been achieved during that country’speriod of suspension from the IAAF.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Monica Dinescu-Iagăr EUR 1.98
SILVER Hestrie Storbeck AFR 1.96 (PB)
BRONZE Tisha Waller USA 1.93
4 Yelena Gulyayeva RUS 1.93
5 Miki Imai ASI 1.93
6 Alina Astafei GER 1.90
7 Alison Inverarity OCE 1.85
8 Juana Rosario AME 1.85
Long jump
This was Jones’s final outing of what had been a perfect year, with 36wins from 36 contests across all events. There were hopes that shemight get near to the world record of 7.52, but the icy (7°C) and wetconditions were unhelpful. Also, Jones faced the toughest of rivals –Heike Drechsler – who was looking for her third World Cup win in thisevent.The German started well, spanning 7.07 in round one. Jones, usinga very short run-up, fouled then cleared 7.00 in the second. That was asclose as she would get, because her next four efforts were foul, 6.85,6.99 and foul. Drechsler finished with another 7.07 then 7.03, and sobecame the first and only woman to defeat Jones in 1998. Guan in thirdprovided Asia’s women with their highest placing of the weekend
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Heike Drechsler GER 7.07
SILVER Marion Jones USA 7.00
BRONZE Guan Yingnan ASI 6.74
4 Lyudmila Galkina RUS 6.73
5 Tünde Vaszi EUR 6.72
6 Nicole Boegman OCE 6.64
7 Chioma Ajunwa AFR 6.62
8 Flora Hyacinth AME 6.02
Triple jump
The opening event of the Johannesburg World Cup saw Vashédki con-solidate her recent European Championship gold with Greek records inrounds 3 (14.57) and 4 (14.64), the latter jump with plenty to spare onthe take-off board. She led from start to finish, and every one of herfive valid efforts were further than the best of runner-up Lebedeva.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Olga Vasdeki EUR 14.64 (CR)
SILVER Tatyana Lebedeva RUS 14.36
BRONZE Yamilé Aldama AME 14.29
4 Ren Ruiping ASI 14.04
5 Sheila Hudson-Strudwick USA 13.76 (SB)
6 Baya Rahouli AFR 13.69
7 Nicole Mladenis OCE 12.86
8 Nkechi Madubuko GER 12.76
Shot put
One month before Johannesburg, Vita Pavlysh regained her Europeantitle with a toss of 21.69, the world’s longest put since 1988. At theWorld Cup, she started poorly with 18.15 before taking control in thesecond with 20.59. Only one other woman exceeded 19m. At her fourthWorld Cup, Price-Smith moved into third place with her final put.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Vita Pavlysh EUR 20.59
SILVER Irina Korzhanenko RUS 19.04
BRONZE Connie Price-Smith USA 18.79
4 Yumileidi Cumbá AME 18.76
5 Li Meisu ASI 18.00
6 Nadine Kleinert GER 17.60
7 Tania Lutton OCE 15.73
8 Mariam Nnodu-Ibekwe AFR 15.60
European Champion Dietzsch had one only good throw, but that wasgood enough to win in very wet conditions. At the halfway point shewas only fourth on 58.76, the lead being held at 61.74 by Grasu. ThenDietzsch clicked with 67.07 in the fourth. Grasu responded well, buther final throw of 66.25 was not enough to regain the lead.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Franka Dietzsch GER 67.07
SILVER Nicoleta Grasu EUR 66.25
BRONZE Natalya Sadova RUS 64.38
4 Beatrice Faumuina OCE 63.77
5 Liu Fengying ASI 60.42
6 Kristin Kuehl USA 59.88
7 Elizna Naudé AFR 51.39
8 Elisângela Adriano AME 51.26
Stone had competed only three times previously in 1998. With her rightarm heavily strapped, she restricted herself to two throws inJohannesburg, but these were good enough for victory as the 1998World list leader Damaske flopped to fifth place. Stone opened with67.61 and then threw a massive 69.85 in the third. Clearly she had re-injured her arm with that effort, but her face lit up when Ingberginformed her how far it had flown. Oceania’s only previous World Cupvictory had come in the 1977 women’s long jump.
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Joanna Stone OCE 69.85 (PB)
SILVER Sonia Bisset AME 65.50
BRONZE Mikaela Ingberg EUR 64.24
4 Tatyana Shikolenko RUS 63.77
5 Tanja Damaske GER 62.51
6 Li Lei ASI 59.45
7 Windy Dean USA 52.46
8 Lindy Leveau AFR 43.18
4 x 100 m relay
Europe led the United States 92 to 88 with just this event remaining.Europe had more earlier victories, so the US needed to beat Europe byfive places to claim the Nelson Mandela Trophy. Germany started wellbut messed up their final exchange leaving US Captain Guidry to winby a big margin in 42.00, a 1998 world best. The French/Bulgarianteam for Europe placed only seventh, so after finishing last in London1994, the United States women took the trophy in 1998. The US quar-tette tossed their spikes and bib numbers into the crowd as part of theirvictory celebrations
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Cheryl Taplin, Chryste Gaines, Inger Miller, Carlette Guidry-White USA 42.00
SILVER Tanya Lawrence, Chandra Sturrup, Beverly McDonald, Philomena Mensah AME 42.44
BRONZE Melanie Paschke, Gabi Rockmeier, Birgit Rockmeier, Andrea Philipp GER 42.81
4 Chioma Ajunwa, Endurance Ojokolo, Rose Aboaja, Mary Onyali AFR 42.91
5 Irina Privalova, Oksana Ekk, Natalya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova, Irina Korotya RUS 43.11
6 Tania Van Heer, Lauren Hewitt, Sharon Cripps, Anna Smythe OCE 43.40
7 Katia Benth, Frederique Bangué, Fabe Dia, Petya Pendareva EUR 43.70
8 Saraswati Dey, Rachita Mistry, E.B. Shyla, Yan Jiankui ASI 47.12
4 x 400 m relay
This was one of the best races of the Johannesburg World Cup. TheUnited States (Hennegan 51.7) led at the first exchange from theAmericas. Röhlander (50.8) put Germany ahead by 800m, thenBlackett of Barbados (50.56) took the lead for the Americas.The 1997 world silver medallist Richards stayed in front for all butthe last 10m of the race, but she was up against European ChampionBreuer, a renowned relay runner. The German came through to winwith a split of 49.26 compared with Richards’s 49.81
Pos. Competitor Team Result
GOLD Anke Feller, Uta Rohländer, Ulrike Urbansky, Grit Breuer GER 3:24.26
SILVER Norfalia Carabali, Deon Hemmings, Andrea Blackett, Sandie Richards AME 3:24.39
BRONZE Natalya Khrushchelyova, Svetlana Goncharenko, Yekaterina Bakhvalova, Olga Kotlyarova RUS 3:25.15
4 Monique Hennagan, Rochelle Stevens, Kim Graham, Jearl Miles Clark USA 3:25.34
5 Ionela Târlea, Yelena Rurak, Tetyana Tereshchuk, Helena Fuchsová EUR 3:26.34
6 Lee Naylor, Anna Smythe, Tamsyn Lewis, Tania Van Heer OCE 3:31.67
7 Ony Paule Ratsimbazafy, Amy Mbacke Thiam, Tacko Diouf, Falilat Ogunkoya AFR 3:35.28
8 Li Rui, Chen Yuxiang, Svetlana Bodritskaya, Damayanthi Darsha ASI 3:43.6





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