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1981 3rd IAAF World Cup - Rome

 

04/09/1981 - 06/09/1981 Rome

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The 3rd IAAF World Cup in Athletics was an international track and field sporting event sponsored by the International Association of Athletics Federations, held on September 4–6, 1981, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.

Overall results

Men

Pos.TeamResult
1 Europe 147
2  East Germany 130
3  United States 127
4  Soviet Union 118
5 Americas 95
6  Italy 93
7 Africa 66
8 Oceania 61
9 Asia 59

Women

Pos.TeamResult
1  East Germany 120,5
2 Europe 110
3  Soviet Union 98
4  United States 89
5 Americas 72
6  Italy 68,5
7 Oceania 58
8 Asia 32
9 Africa 26
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100 m
Men
A major story was the poor form of the new United States star CarlLewis, who had produced a winning long jump just 25 minutes earlier.The American, who clocked 10.00 earlier in 1981, was lying 4th athalfway before giving up. “I just couldn’t accelerate,” he revealed.As Lewis’s demise registered, it became clear that Obeng was pos-sibly on the way to an upset win. After a brilliant start he was 2m upon Olympic Champion Wells. The Briton just managed to lunge infront to win by 0.01 from the Ghanaian
4 September
Wind: +0.2 m/s
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Allan Wells (GBR) Europe 10.20 9
SILVER Ernest Obeng (GHA) Africa 10.21 8
BRONZE Frank Emmelmann East Germany 10.31 7
4 Nikolay Sidorov Soviet Union 10.41 6
5 Colin Bradford (JAM) Americas 10.44 5
6 Pierfrancesco Pavoni Italy 10.51 4
7 Gerrard Keating (AUS) Oceania 10.70 3
8 Suchart Chairsuvaparb (THA) Asia 10.73 2
9 Carl Lewis United States 10.96 1
200 m
Men
Lattany, a 22 year-old American whose trademark was thick whitewristbands, had become one of the the world’s best since his fifth placein Montréal. The 100m winner Wells (lane 6) held the American (lane4) on the bend but could do nothing in response to Lattany’s second100m, which was timed in 9.71. “Mel Lattany finally has that champi-on’s belt on and nobody can take it away from him,” said the winner
6 September
Wind: +0.1 m/s
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Mel Lattany United States 20.21 9
SILVER Allan Wells (GBR) Europe 20.53 8
BRONZE Frank Emmelmann East Germany 20.57 7
4 Don Quarrie (JAM) Americas 20.66 6
5 Giovanni Bongiorni Italy 21.11 5
6 Yuriy Naumenko Soviet Union 21.13 4
7 Degnan Kablan (CIV) Africa 21.20 3
8 Toshio Toyota (JPN) Asia 21.39 2
9 Peter Van Miltenburg (AUS) Oceania 21.88 1
400 m
Men
Wiley, who ran the third leg on the USA’s world record 4x100m squadin the 1977 World Cup, ran a breathtaking first 300m (31.9) to build upa 5m lead over one of the strongest fields of the meeting. He slowed,but not by enough to be caught by the chasing pack which was led byZuliani. He clipped the Italian record and pipped Cameron. TheJamaican was convinced that he had finished second and refused toshake hands with Zuliani at the awards ceremony.
5 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Cliff Wiley United States 44.88 9
SILVER Mauro Zuliani Italy 45.26 8
BRONZE Bert Cameron (JAM) Americas 45.27 7
4 Hartmut Weber (FRG) Europe 45.52 6
5 Viktor Markin Soviet Union 45.78 5
6 Andreas Knebel East Germany 45.86 4
7 Hassan El Kashief (SUD) Africa 45.96 3
8 Gary Minihan (AUS) Oceania 46.85 2
9 Takevuki Isobe (JPN) Asia 47.71 1
800 m
Men
Coe’s winning time was slow in comparison with his recent worldrecord of 1:41.73, but his win was hugely impressive. Coe’s wide mar-gin of victory was accumulated only in the last 100m, when he glidedaway from the opposition after having taken over the lead at 500m.Only Wagenknecht, at 600m, attempted to challenge the Briton.Robinson was runner-up for the second successive World Cup.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Sebastian Coe (GBR) Europe 1:46.16 9
SILVER James Robinson United States 1:47.31 8
BRONZE Detlef Wagenknecht East Germany 1:47.49 7
4 Mike Hillardt (AUS) Oceania 1:47.59 6
5 Omer Khalifa (SUD) Africa 1:47.63 5
6 Joaquim Cruz (BRA) Americas 1:47.77 4
7 Carlo Grippo Italy 1:47.79 3
8 Nikolay Kirov Soviet Union 1:48.15 2
9 Abraham Rajan (IND) Asia 1:53.21 1
1500 m
Men
Maree and Boit tried to take the sting out of Ovett’s finish, but theDüsseldorf winner followed their moves and coasted past on the lastbend to win with a final 100m of 13.4. Walker, who did not finish in1977, improved several places in the homestraight and outdippedBeyer for second place.
5 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Steve Ovett (GBR) Europe 3:34.95 9
SILVER John Walker (NZL) Oceania 3:35.49 8
BRONZE Olaf Beyer East Germany 3:35.58 7
4 Mike Boit (KEN) Africa 2:05.73 6
5 Sydney Maree United States 3:36.56 5
6 Nikolay Kirov Soviet Union 3:38.05 4
7 Claudio Patrignani Italy 3:39.41 3
8 John Craig (CAN) Americas 3:39.86 2
9 Takahashi Ishii (JPN) Asia 3:40.93 1
5000 m
Men
Coghlan was a favourite but was dropped when Abramov surged athalfway. Fontanella (8:47.20 at 3000m) then took over and slowedthings up, giving the Irishman a second chance. A 38.6 final 300m byCoghlan was sufficient to win from Kunze, who was to lower theEuropean record to 13:10.40 three days later.
6 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Eamonn Coghlan (IRL) Europe 14:08.39 9
SILVER Hansjörg Kunze East Germany 14:08.54 8
BRONZE Vittorio Fontanella Italy 14:09.06 7
4 Valeriy Abramov Soviet Union 14:09.85 6
5 Tolossa Kotu (ETH) Africa 14:11.14 5
6 Matt Centrowitz United States 14:11.14 4
7 Gopal Singh Saini (IND) Asia 14:14.88 3
8 Paul Williams (CAN) Americas 14:24.21 2
9 Peter Renner (NZL) Oceania 14:31.67 1
10,000 m
Men
The fast times were due to the pace-setting of Salazar, who led from thestart and passed halfway in 13:54.22. Kedir then led for a kilometrebefore Salazar took over again. With four laps remaining, the six menstill in contention were cooled by torrential rain. The crowd’s favouriteOrtis struck for home, but was overhauled by Kedir.The Ethiopian succeeded in dropping all but European Cup winnerSchildhauer (6th in 1979). The East German overtook the African inthe home-straight and went on to remove more than 10 seconds fromhis GDR record.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Werner Schildhauer East Germany 27:38.43 9 NR
SILVER Mohamed Kedir (ETH) Africa 27:39.44 8
BRONZE Alberto Salazar United States 27:40.69 7
4 Venanzio Ortis Italy 27:42.70 6
5 Martti Vainio (FIN) Europe 27:48.62 5
6 Toomas Turb Soviet Union 27:54.18 4
7 Kunimitsu Itō (JPN) Asia 28:35.95 3
8 Steve Austin (AUS) Oceania 28:51.70 2
9 Peter Butler (CAN) Americas 29:47.05 1
110 m hurdles
Men
The United States selection policy meant that world record holderRenaldo Nehemiah was not considered because he missed the USChampionships through injury. The USA won anyway, though GregFoster had a tough race against the faster-starting Casañas.
6 September
Wind: -0.2 m/s
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Greg Foster United States 13.32 9
SILVER Alejandro Casañas (CUB) Americas 13.36 8
BRONZE Július Ivan (TCH) Europe 13.66 7
4 Andreas Schlißke East Germany 13.72 6
5 Yuriy Chervanyov Soviet Union 13.76 5
6 Daniele Fontecchio Italy 13.90 4
7 Tim Soper (NZL) Oceania 14.31 3
8 Yoshifumi Fujimori (JPN) Asia 14.31 2
9 Charles Kokoyo (KEN) Africa 14.63 1
400 m hurdles
Men
For the third successive World Cup, Moses opened the men’s trackprogramme with the most commanding of wins, and from lane 9 heonce again approached his own world record which was down to 47.13.It was his 57th consecutive win at the event. Beck, the OlympicChampion, was 15m in arrears
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Edwin Moses United States 47.37 9
SILVER Volker Beck East Germany 49.16 8
BRONZE Harry Schulting (NED) Europe 49.69 7
4 Vasiliy Arkhipenko Soviet Union 49.85 6
5 António Ferreira (BRA) Americas 50.45 5
6 Garry Brown (AUS) Oceania 50.59 4
7 Saverio Gellini Italy 50.69 3
8 Takashi Nagao (JPN) Asia 51.95 2
9 Jackson Melly (KEN) Africa 52.90 1
3000 m steeplechase
Men
Pöntizsch and Maminski were the early pacemakers but most eyeswere on Scartezzini, winner at the past two European Cup Finals. Heforged ahead in the last half lap but was reeled in by Maminski at thefinal hurdle. Both men were then dramatically passed by Marsh, whoknocked Maminski as he squeezed through a gap between the Pole andItalian.The American was quickly disqualified. Not for bumpingMaminski, but for failing to clear the penultimate water jump. TheAmerican, a lawyer, claimed he had been baulked and was forced torun inside the hurdle. The television coverage missed the alleged inci-dent and his appeal was rejected
5 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Bogusław Mamiński (POL) Europe 8:19.89 9
SILVER Mariano Scartezzini Italy 8:19.93 8
BRONZE Masanari Shintaku (JPN) Asia 8:23.64 7
4 Ralf Pönitzsch East Germany 8:24.13 6
5 Gregory Duhaime (CAN) Americas 8:25.12 5
6 Sergey Yepishin Soviet Union 8:28.78 4
7 Eshetu Tura (ETH) Africa 8:35.23 3
8 Peter Larkins (AUS) Oceania 8:39.63 2
Henry Marsh United States DQ 0
Marsh had originally won with 8:19.63 but was disqualified for not clearing the final water jump.
4 × 100 m relay
Men
The USA, anchored again by Williams, were well below strength andsuccumbed to two better-drilled European teams in the second half ofthe race. The notorious Ben Johnson made his début at an IAAF eventfor the Americas.
5 September
Rank Team Athletes Time Points Notes
GOLD Krzysztof Zwoliński (POL), Zenon Licznerski (POL), Leszek Dunecki (POL), Marian Woronin (POL) Europe 38.73 9
SILVER Frank Hollender, Detlef Kübeck, Bernhard Hoff, Frank Emmelmann East Germany 38.79 8
BRONZE Mel Lattany, Anthony Ketchum, Stanley Floyd, Steve Williams United States 38.85 7
4 Yuriy Naumenko, Nikolay Sidorov, Aleksandr Aksinin, Vladimir Muravyov Soviet Union 39.04 6
5 Desai Williams (CAN), Colin Bradford (JAM), Don Quarrie (JAM), Ben Johnson (CAN) Americas 39.13 5
6 Pierfrancesco Pavoni, Giovanni Bongiorni, Diego Nodari, Carlo Simionato Italy 39.67 4
7 Toshio Toyota (JPN), Hideyuki Arikawa (JPN), Hideki Ikeda (JPN), Hirohito Yamazaki (JPN) Asia 40.07 3
8 Gerrard Keating (AUS), Shane Downey (NZL), James Kelly (AUS), Peter Van Miltenberg (AUS) Oceania 40.85 2
Amadou Meité (CIV), Théophile Nkounkou (CGO), Degnan Kablan (CIV), Ernest Obeng (GHA) Africa DQ 0
4 × 400 m relay
Men
The huge crowd of 73,000 witnessed a commanding display by theAmerican quartet, who were never headed and clocked a time whichhad only ever been beaten by the Olympic winning teams of 1968 and1976.
6 September
Rank Team Athletes Time Points Notes
GOLD Walter McCoy, Cliff Wiley, Willie Smith, Tony Darden United States 2:59.12 9 WL
SILVER Eric Josjö (SWE), Fons Brijdenbach (BEL), Koen Gijsbers (NED), Hartmut Weber (FRG) Europe 3:01.47 8
BRONZE Héctor Daley (PAN), Colin Bradford (JAM), Mike Paul (TRI), Bert Cameron (JAM) Americas 3:02.01 7
4 Pavel Roshchin, Viktor Burakov, Vitaliy Fyodotov, Viktor Markin Soviet Union 3:02.93 6
5 Stefano Malinverni, Roberto Tozzi, Alfonso Di Guida, Mauro Zuliani Italy 3:03.23 5
6 Frank Schaffer, Carsten Petters, Volker Beck, Andreas Knebel East Germany 3:03.63 4
7 Brahim Ammour (ALG), Degnan Kablan (CIV), Sammy Koskei (KEN), James Atuti (KEN) Africa 3:05.55 3
8 Gary Minihan (AUS), John Fleming (AUS), Peter Van Miltenberg (AUS), Michael Willis (AUS) Oceania 3:07.11 2
9 Eiji Natori (JPN), Takayuki Isobe (JPN), Shigenobu Omori (JPN), Takashi Nagao (JPN) Asia 3:09.93 1
High jump
Men
Basketball fanatic Peacock coped best with the wet run-up and waseven able to clear 2.24 without stripping off his tracksuit bottoms. TwoGermans were also in at that height, but Freimuth went out at 2.26 andNagel at 2.28, which Peacock cleared first time
6 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Tyke Peacock United States 2.28 9
SILVER Gerd Nagel (FRG) Europe 2.26 8
BRONZE Jörg Freimuth East Germany 2.24 7
4 Valeriy Sereda Soviet Union 2.18 6
5 Milton Ottey (CAN) Americas 2.15 5
6 Massimo Di Giorgio Italy 2.15 4
7 Amadou Dia Ba (SEN) Africa 2.15 3
8 David Hoyle (AUS) Oceania 2.10 2
9 Zhu Jianhua (CHN) Asia 2.10 1
Pole vault
Men
Volkov started badly with one failure at his opening height of 5.30.However, subsequent first-time successes at 5.45, 5.55 and 5.65 meanta clear victory for the Russian, who went on to attempt what wouldhave been an official world record of 5.82
5 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Konstantin Volkov Soviet Union 5.70 9
SILVER Jean-Michel Bellot (FRA) Europe 5.55 8
BRONZE Billy Olson United States 5.50 7
4 Tomomi Takahashi (JPN) Asia 5.40 6
5 Axel Weber East Germany 5.30 5
6 Mauro Barella Italy 5.20 4
7 Rubén Camino (CUB) Americas 5.20 3
8 Kieran McKee (NZL) Oceania 4.70 2
9 Mohammed Ben Saad (ALG) Africa 4.50 1
Long jump
Men
Despite winning, Carl Lewis made a unmemorable start to his career atIAAF events. Wishing to concentrate on the 100m later in the evening,he was hoping to win with his first jump. Instead, he failed to hit thetake-off board and ran through, registering 5.93. He retired after a sec-ond jump of 8.15. This proved enough to win, but only just, as Honeyset Australian records of 8.11 in both the fourth and sixth rounds.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Carl Lewis United States 8.15 9
SILVER Gary Honey (AUS) Oceania 8.11 8 NR
BRONZE Shamil Abbyasov Soviet Union 7.95 7
4 Liu Yuhuang (CHN) Asia 7.89 6
5 Uwe Lange East Germany 7.71 5
6 Giovanni Evangelisti Italy 7.67 4
7 László Szalma (HUN) Europe 7.65 3
8 Charlton Ehizuelen (NGR) Africa 7.47 2
9 Ubaldo Duany (CUB) Americas 5.37 1
Triple jump
Men
A memorable contest, in which world record holder de Oliveira gainedhis third World Cup win and Asia obtained its best World Cup placingthus far. Zou’s 16.97 overtook Oliveira’s 16.90 for the lead in the thirdround. In the fourth, Zou improved to 17.14, only for the Brazilian toimprove to 17.37. Zou responded with 17.34, an Asian record whichonly five other men had ever bettered.Meanwhile, the charismatic Banks had earned the crowd’s supportafter an official made him to remove his personal cassette player. Healso exceeded 17m to beat the Olympic Champion Uudmäe.Another Olympic Champion, long jumper Dombrowski, placedsixth. Injury had prevented him contesting his speciality and his run-upwas restricted to 12 strides. Tragedy struck de Oliveira in December1981 when he lost a leg after the car in which he was travelling wasinvolved in a head-on collision. He died on May 29, 1999 after suffer-ing from problems with his lungs and liver.
5 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD João Carlos de Oliveira (BRA) Americas 17.37 9
SILVER Zou Zhenxian (CHN) Asia 17.34 8 AR
BRONZE Willie Banks United States 17.04 7
4 Jaak Uudmäe Soviet Union 16.83 6
5 Béla Bakosi (HUN) Europe 16.70 5
6 Ken Lorraway (AUS) Oceania 16.70 4
7 Lutz Dombrowski East Germany 16.33 3
8 Ajayi Agbebaku (NGR) Africa 16.14 2
9 Paolo Piapan Italy 15.38 1
Shot put
Men
Beyer won at his third successive World Cup. Mironov placed secondto the East German, just as he had in the Montréal Olympics five yearsearlier.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Udo Beyer East Germany 21.40 9
SILVER Yevgeniy Mironov Soviet Union 20.34 8
BRONZE Dave Laut United States 19.90 7
4 Ralf Reichenbach (FRG) Europe 19.18 6
5 Bishop Dolegiewicz (CAN) Americas 18.88 5
6 Nagui Asaad (EGY) Africa 18.76 4
7 Alessandro Andrei Italy 18.37 3
8 Philip Nettle (AUS) Oceania 17.20 2
Mohamed Al-Zinkawi (KUW) Asia NM 0
Discus throw
Men
The big story of the event was the non-representation of the USA.Former world record holder John Powell had been the official entry,but it transpired that he was not even in Italy, let alone Rome. This wasnot discovered until after the technical meeting, by which time it wasimpossible for the USA to name a substitute.The competition featured a battle between Lemme, the EuropeanCup winner, and Olympic bronze medallist Delís. Lemme took controlin the fifth with 66.26 and extended this to 66.38 in the sixth. Delís fell12cm short with his final effort.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Armin Lemme East Germany 66.38 9
SILVER Luis Delís (CUB) Americas 66.26 8
BRONZE Imrich Bugár (TCH) Europe 64.38 7
4 Dmitry Kovtsun Soviet Union 62.82 6
5 Armando De Vincentiis Italy 58.14 5
6 Mohammed Naguib (EGY) Africa 57.94 4
7 Li Weinan (CHN) Asia 54.52 3
8 Robin Tait (NZL) Oceania 53.24 2
No USA representative
Hammer throw
Men
In the face of a thunderstorm, only Sedykh and Riehm (the Europeancaptain) managed respectable distances. Steuk (best of 78.72) sufferedan injury in the difficult conditions and had only one valid throw.
5 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Yuriy Sedykh Soviet Union 77.42 9
SILVER Karl-Hans Riehm (FRG) Europe 75.60 8
BRONZE Giampaolo Urlando Italy 71.92 7
4 Scott Neilson (CAN) Americas 67.56 6
5 Dave McKenzie United States 66.72 5
6 Shigenobu Murofushi (JPN) Asia 66.64 4
7 Roland Steuk East Germany 65.74 3
8 Hakim Toumi (ALG) Africa 59.80 2
9 Agostino Puopolo (AUS) Oceania 56.18 1
Javelin throw
Men
Left-handed East German Michel, who headed the 1981 world rank-ings at 92.48, took a commanding lead in the first round with 89.38.Olympic Champion Kula threatened with 88.50 in the third before sur-passing Michel in the fifth and avenging his European Cup defeat bythe East German.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Dainis Kula Soviet Union 89.74 9
SILVER Detlef Michel East Germany 89.38 8
BRONZE Pentti Sinersaari (FIN) Europe 83.26 7
4 Rod Ewaliko United States 82.24 6
5 Agostino Ghesini Italy 80.96 5
6 Mike O'Rourke (NZL) Oceania 79.78 4
7 Shen Maomao (CHN) Asia 79.08 3
8 Justin Arop (UGA) Africa 77.76 2
9 Dionisio Quintana (CUB) Americas 77.28 1
100 m
Women
Ashford completed the Rome sprint double, comfortably, in front ofWorld Record holder Göhr. In fact, the East German did not even fin-ish second. Runner-up was Smallwood, who had been a late replace-ment in the European team for Sweden’s Linda Haglund. The Britonhad the best start and hung on to set a new British record.
5 September
Wind: +0.1 m/s
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Evelyn Ashford United States 11.02 9
SILVER Kathy Smallwood (GBR) Europe 11.10 8
BRONZE Marlies Göhr East Germany 11.13 7
4 Angela Taylor (CAN) Americas 11.18 6
5 Natalya Bochina Soviet Union 11.38 5
6 Marisa Masullo Italy 11.53 4
7 Helen Edwards (AUS) Oceania 11.58 3
8 Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR) Africa 11.92 2
9 Yukiko Osako (JPN) Asia 12.14 1
200 m
Women
Having clocked 21.84 into a headwind in Brussels one week earlier,many experts expected Ashford to threaten the world record of 21.71.However, she was handicapped by the inside lane. The draw empha-sised the American’s speed around the bend, and she entered thestraight a metre in front of Kratochvílová and Wöckel. Ashford heldthis advantage to the finish to duplicate her 1979 win.
4 September
Wind: +0.7 m/s
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Evelyn Ashford United States 22.18 9
SILVER Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) Europe 22.31 8
BRONZE Bärbel Wöckel East Germany 22.41 7
4 Angela Taylor (CAN) Americas 22.67 6
5 Natalya Bochina Soviet Union 23.05 5
6 Marisa Masullo Italy 23.22 4
7 Helen Edwards (AUS) Oceania 23.68 3
8 Hannah Afriyie (GHA) Africa 24.63 2
9 Emiko Konishi (JPN) Asia 24.82 1
400 m
Women
The one-lap event again proved to be a World Cup highlight withKratochvílová becoming the first woman to beat Koch since the 1977final. Koch, who had missed most of the season through injury, ran herbest race of 1981 and was only a metre behind the heavily-built Czechwoman at 300m (35.82). The two were almost even for several stridesbefore Kratochvílová went clear with a 12.8 final 100m. She clocked48.61, just 0.01 outside Koch’s world record.
6 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) Europe 48.61 9
SILVER Marita Koch East Germany 49.27 8
BRONZE Jackie Pusey (JAM) Americas 51.48 7
4 Denean Howard United States 51.76 6
5 Erica Rossi Italy 52.50 5
6 Irina Nazarova Soviet Union 53.21 4
7 Leanne Evans (AUS) Oceania 53.44 3
8 Ruth Atuti (KEN) Africa 55.58 2
9 Junko Yoshida (JPN) Asia 56.00 1
800 m
Women
Madeline Manning, the 1968 Olympic Champion, set the pace in whatshe said would be her farewell race. She was leading at 600m (89.28)before Veselkova forged ahead for victory.
5 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Lyudmila Veselkova Soviet Union 1:57.48 9
SILVER Martina Steuk East Germany 1:58.31 8
BRONZE Jolanta Januchta (POL) Europe 1:58.32 7
4 Gabriella Dorio Italy 1:59.43 6
5 Terri-Anne Cater (AUS) Oceania 2:00.56 5
6 Madeline Manning United States 2:01.79 4
7 Brit McRoberts (CAN) Americas 2:02.19 3
8 Mary Chemweno (KEN) Africa 2:05.73 2
9 Geeta Zutshi (IND) Asia 2:09.56 1
1500 m
Women
Dorio pleased an adoring crowd by giving the European Cup winnerSorokina a hard race. The Italian took the lead at 800m (2:15.6) andheld on well when the Soviet runner took off with 200m left. The win-ner ran the final lap in 58.0.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Tamara Sorokina Soviet Union 4:03.33 9
SILVER Gabriella Dorio Italy 4:03.75 8
BRONZE Ulrike Bruns East Germany 4:04.67 7
4 Anna Bukis (POL) Europe 4:06.72 6
5 Jan Merrill United States 4:08.98 5
6 Brit McRoberts (CAN) Americas 4:09.66 4
7 Mary Chemweno (KEN) Africa 4:10.49 3
8 Dianne Rodger (NZL) Oceania 4:19.98 2
9 Zhang Xiuyun (CHN) Asia 4:26.97 1
3000 m
Women
Cruciata, who had set a world record for the one hour run the previousMay, speeded the race up dramatically after halfway and succeeded indropping all but Puica and Zauber.The Romanian sprinted past the Italian on the middle of the lasthomestraight, but she was passed in turn by the long-striding Zauber60m from home
6 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Angelika Zauber East Germany 8:54.89 9
SILVER Maricica Puică (ROM) Europe 8:55.80 8
BRONZE Silvana Cruciata Italy 8:57.10 7
4 Tatyana Pozdnyakova Soviet Union 9:02.95 6
5 Brenda Webb United States 9:13.10 5
6 Justina Chepchirchir (KEN) Africa 9:18.80 4
7 Barbara Moore (NZL) Oceania 9:18.83 3
8 Akemi Masuda (JPN) Asia 9:58.07 2
9 Angelita Lind (PUR) Americas 10:20.92 1
100 m hurdles
Women
Anisimova, 31, was the unquestioned world’s best of 1981. She fin-ished one better than 1979, as did Knabe (née Claus), who had the beststart of all
5 September
Wind: +0.1 m/s
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Tatyana Anisimova Soviet Union 12.85 9
SILVER Kerstin Knabe East Germany 12.91 8
BRONZE Lucyna Langer (POL) Europe 12.97 7
4 Stephanie Hightower United States 13.09 6
5 Penny Gillies (AUS) Oceania 13.59 5
6 Patrizia Lombardo Italy 13.68 4
7 Grisel Machado (CUB) Americas 13.76 3
8 Emi Akimoto (JPN) Asia 13.97 2
9 Cécile Ngambi (CMR) Africa 14.16 1
400 m hurdles
Women
Neumann, the 1980 world silver medallist, was a very easy winner andclocked her third sub-55 second run of 1981. In seventh place came USChampion Sandy Myers, who as Sandra Myers would compete forSpain in the 1989 World Cup and win a world 400m flat bronze forSpain two years later.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Time Points Notes
GOLD Ellen Neumann East Germany 54.82 9
SILVER Genowefa Błaszak (POL) Europe 56.20 8
BRONZE Anna Kastetskaya Soviet Union 56.37 7
4 Lynette Foreman (AUS) Oceania 57.51 6
5 Giuseppina Cirulli Italy 58.11 5
6 Mercedes Mesa (CUB) Americas 59.53 4
7 Sandy Myers United States 59.95 3
8 Yumiko Aoi (JPN) Asia 1:01.72 2
9 Célestine N'Drin (CIV) Africa 1:04.68 1
4 × 100 m relay
Women
The GDR women finally won a World Cup sprint relay, setting a 1981world best time in the process. Europe (an all-British team), winners in1977 and 1979, came to grief at the last changeover when ShirleyThomas went off too soon. In second place, Evelyn Ashford anchoredthe USA to a national record
6 September
Rank Team Athletes Time Points Notes
GOLD Kirsten Siemon, Bärbel Wöckel, Gesine Walther, Marlies Göhr East Germany 42.22 9
SILVER Alice Brown, Jeanette Bolden, Florence Griffith, Evelyn Ashford United States 42.82 8
BRONZE Olga Zolotaryova, Olga Nasonova, Lyudmila Kondratyeva, Natalya Bochina Soviet Union 43.01 7
4 Leleith Hodges (JAM), Jackie Pusey (JAM), Angela Bailey (CAN), Angela Taylor (CAN) Americas 43.06 6
5 Wendy Brown (NZL), Kerrie Waite (AUS), Penny Gillies (AUS), Helen Edwards (AUS) Oceania 44.99 5
6 Antonella Capriotti, Carla Mercurio, Patrizia Lombardo, Marisa Masullo Italy 45.01 4
7 Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR), Cécile Ngambi (CMR), Alice Adala (KEN), Hannah Afriyie (GHA) Africa 46.15 3
8 Tomi Osako (JPN), Yukiko Osako (JPN), Emiko Konishi (JPN), Emi Akimoto (JPN) Asia 46.45 2
Wendy Hoyte (GBR), Kathy Smallwood (GBR), Beverley Callender (GBR), Shirley Thomas (GBR) Europe DNF 0
Dropped the baton at the last changeover
4 × 400 m relay
Women
A 49-second third leg by Wöckel guaranteed another victory for theGDR and meant that Kratochvílová (48.3) had no chance of catchingKoch (48.7) on the anchor stage.
4 September
Rank Team Athletes Time Points Notes
GOLD Dagmar Rübsam, Martina Steuk, Bärbel Wöckel, Marita Koch East Germany 3:20.62 9
SILVER Michelle Scutt (GBR), Verona Elder (GBR), Joslyn Hoyte-Smith (GBR), Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) Europe 3:20.62 8
BRONZE Charmaine Crooks (CAN), Jackie Pusey (JAM), Marita Payne (CAN), June Griffith (GUY) Americas 3:26.42 7
4 Nadyezhda Lyalina, Irina Baskakova, Tatyana Litvinova, Irina Nazarova Soviet Union 3:26.92 6
5 Delisa Walton, Lorna Forde, Arlise Emerson, Denean Howard United States 3:30.72 5
6 Patrizia Lombardo, Morena Pistrino, Giuseppina Cirulli, Erica Rossi Italy 3:36.50 4
7 Leanne Evans (AUS), Lynette Foreman (AUS), Gail Millar (AUS), Marian O'Shaughnessy (AUS) Oceania 3:37.27 3
8 Lydia de Vega (PHI), Junko Yoshida (JPN), Gao Yanqing (CHN), Saik Oik Cum (MAS) Asia 3:47.64 2
9 Marième Boye (SEN), Célestine N'Drin (CIV), Regine Dramiga (UGA), Ruth Atuki (KEN) Africa 3:49.13 1
High jump
Women
Nine years earlier, Meyfarth had sensationally won the Olympic title asa 16 year-old. After years in which she could not reproduce that form,1981 saw her return to the highest level.She won at the European Cup and did so again in the World Cupthanks to a perfect record up to and including 1.96. Bykova also made1.96 the first time but had several earlier failures. Both women wentout at 1.98, by which time heavy rain was falling.
4 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Ulrike Meyfarth (FRG) Europe 1.96 9
SILVER Tamara Bykova Soviet Union 1.96 8
BRONZE Pam Spencer United States 1.92 7
4 Christine Stanton (AUS) Oceania 1.86 6
5 Alessandra Fossati Italy 1.86 4.5
5 Jutta Kirst East Germany 1.86 4.5
7 Hisayo Fukumitsu (JPN) Asia 1.83 3
8 Silvia Costa (CUB) Americas 1.83 2
9 Kawther Akrémi (TUN) Africa 1.60 1
Long jump
Women
Ulbricht (née Heimann) followed up her European Cup win of 1981with a cup record
6 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Sigrid Ulbricht East Germany 6.80 9
SILVER Jodi Anderson United States 6.61 8
BRONZE Anna Włodarczyk (POL) Europe 6.59 7
4 Tatyana Skachko Soviet Union 6.49 6
5 Shonel Ferguson (BAH) Americas 6.34 5
6 Linda Garden (AUS) Oceania 6.10 4
7 Barbara Norello Italy 6.01 3
8 Wu Feng (CHN) Asia 5.76 2
9 Jeanette Yawson (GHA) Africa 5.70 1
Shot put
Women
All of Slupianek’s valid puts were 20.25 or better, meaning that shescored her second World Cup win.
5 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Ilona Slupianek East Germany 20.60 9
SILVER Helena Fibingerová (TCH) Europe 19.92 8
BRONZE María Elena Sarría (CAN) Americas 19.21 7
4 Nina Isayeva Soviet Union 18.08 6
5 Cinzia Petrucci Italy 17.77 5
6 Shen Lijuan (CHN) Asia 17.09 4
7 Denise Wood United States 16.00 3
8 Christine Schulz (AUS) Oceania 14.38 2
9 Odette Mistoul (GAB) Africa 13.56 1
Discus throw
Women
The GDR Captain Jahl had retained her Olympic title since the lastWorld Cup but suffered a rare defeat at the 1981 European Cup by bothPetkova and Savinkova.She avenged this in Rome, but only after another struggle with herZagreb conquerors. Savinkova (63.86) was the first round leader untilJahl’s 65.00 in round 2. Round 4 saw Petkova improve to 66.30, butJahl responded again with 66.70 in the fifth
6 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Evelin Jahl East Germany 66.70 9
SILVER Mariya Petkova (BUL) Europe 66.30 8
BRONZE Galina Savinkova Soviet Union 63.96 7
4 Carmen Romero (CUB) Americas 61.60 6
5 Li Xiaohui (CHN) Asia 55.70 5
6 Leslie Deniz United States 53.20 4
7 Maristella Bano Italy 50.30 3
8 Andrina Rovis-Herman (AUS) Oceania 45.80 2
9 Zoubida Laayouni (MAR) Africa 45.24 1
Javelin throw
Women
Todorova had caused a sensation at the European Cup when shesmashed the world record with 71.88. She cemented her status at theworld’s number one with 70.08 in the fifth round – only the third 70mthrow in history. The 23 year-old Petra Felke made a big breakthroughby throwing a personal best in second place. She was later named as“Miss World Cup.”
6 September
Rank Athlete Team Result Points Notes
GOLD Antoaneta Todorova (BUL) Europe 70.08 9
SILVER Petra Felke East Germany 66.60 8
BRONZE Karin Smith United States 63.04 7
4 Petra Rivers (AUS) Oceania 61.54 6
5 Mayra Villa (CUB) Americas 59.00 5
6 Leolita Blodniece Soviet Union 57.06 4
7 Tang Guoli (CHN) Asia 56.66 3
8 Fausta Quintavalla Italy 52.80 2
9 Agnès Tchuinté (CMR) Africa 52.56 1
 
   
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