1981 in athletics (track and field)

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This page contains an overview of the year 1981 in athletics.

International events

Men's Best Year Performers

100 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 10.00
2.  Mel Lattany (USA) 10.04
3.  James Sanford (USA) 10.05
4.  Stanley Floyd (USA) 10.10
5.  Jeff Phillips (USA) 10.11

200 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  James Sanford (USA) 20.20
2.  Mel Lattany (USA) 20.21
3.  Allan Wells (GBR) 20.26
4.  Frank Emmelmann (GDR) 20.33
5.  Dwayne Evans (USA) 20.34

400 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Bert Cameron (JAM) 44.58
2.  Cliff Wiley (USA) 44.70
3.  Zeke Jefferson (USA) 44.86
4.  Leslie Kerr (USA) 44.90
5.  Howard Henley (USA) 44.92

800 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 1:41.73
2.  Joaquim Cruz (BRA) 1:44.3
3.  Olaf Beyer (GDR) 1:44.31
4.  Mike Boit (KEN) 1:44.49
5.  James Robinson (USA) 1:44.63

1,500 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Steve Ovett (GBR) 3:31.57
2.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 3:31.95
3.  Steve Scott (USA) 3:31.96
4.  Sydney Maree (USA) 3:32.30
5.  Thomas Wessinghage (FRG) 3:33.49

Mile

RANK 1982 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 3:47.33
2.  Steve Ovett (GBR) 3:48.40
3.  Sydney Maree (USA) 3:48.83
4.  Mike Boit (KEN) 3:49.45
5.  José Luis González (ESP) 3:49.67

3,000 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Steve Scott (USA) 7:36.69
2.  Thomas Wessinghage (FRG) 7:36.75
3.  Henry Rono (KEN) 7:41.41
4.  Sydney Maree (USA) 7:43.42
5.  Eamonn Coghlan (IRL) 7:44.99

5,000 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Henry Rono (KEN) 13:06.20
2.  Hansjörg Kunze (GDR) 13:10.40
3.  Valeriy Abramov (URS) 13:11.99
4.  Thomas Wessinghage (FRG) 13:13.47
5.  Julian Goater (GBR) 13:15.59

10,000 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Fernando Mamede (POR) 27:27.7
2.  Werner Schildhauer (GDR) 27:38.43
3.  Mohamed Kedir (ETH) 27:39.44
4.  Alberto Salazar (USA) 27:40.69
5.  Henry Rono (KEN) 27:40.78

Half Marathon

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Herb Lindsay (USA) 1:01:47

Marathon

110m Hurdles

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Renaldo Nehemiah (USA) 12.93
2.  Greg Foster (USA) 13.03
3.  Alejandro Casañas (CUB) 13.36
4.  Sam Turner (USA) 13.38
5.  Dedy Cooper (USA) 13.40

400m Hurdles

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Edwin Moses (USA) 47.14
2.  Andre Phillips (USA) 48.10
3.  David Lee (USA) 48.53
4.  Harald Schmid (FRG) 48.64
5.  Bart Williams (USA) 48.81

3,000m Steeplechase

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Patriz Ilg (FRG) 8:12.13
2.  Mariano Scartezzini (ITA) 8:13.32
3.  Bogusław Mamiński (POL) 8:16.66
4.  Amos Korir (KEN) 8:18.57
5.  Henry Marsh (USA) 8:18.58

High Jump

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Jeff Woodard (USA) 2.33
 Aleksey Demyanyuk (URS)
3.  Roland Dalhäuser (SUI) 2.31
 Gerd Nagel (FRG)
 Dwight Stones (USA)

Long Jump

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.62
2.  Larry Myricks (USA) 8.45
3.  Henry Lauterbach (GDR) 8.35
4.  Winfried Klepsch (FRG) 8.21
5.  Atanas Chochev (BUL) 8.19

Triple Jump

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Willie Banks (USA) 17.56
2.  João Carlos de Oliveira (BRA) 17.37
3.  Zou Zhenxian (CHN) 17.34
4.  Keith Connor (GBR) 17.31
5.  Shamil Abbyasov (URS) 17.30

Discus

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  John Powell (USA) 69.98
2.  Wolfgang Schmidt (GDR) 69.60
3.  Al Oerter (USA) 68.76
4.  Art Swarts (USA) 68.32
5.  Art Burns (USA) 67.86

Hammer

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Klaus Ploghaus (FRG) 80.56
2.  Yuriy Syedikh (URS) 80.18
3.  Sergey Litvinov (URS) 79.60
4.  Roland Steuk (GDR) 78.72
5.  Karl-Hans Riehm (FRG) 78.72

Shot Put

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Brian Oldfield (USA) 22.02
2.  Udo Beyer (GDR) 21.69
3.  Dave Laut (USA) 21.60
4.  Mike Carter (USA) 21.20
5.  Yevgeniy Mironov (URS) 21.11

Pole Vault

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Vladimir Polyakov (URS) 5.81
 Thierry Vigneron (FRA)
3.  Konstantin Volkov (URS) 5.75
4.  Philippe Houvion (FRA) 5.70
 Jean-Michel Bellot (FRA)
 Sergey Kulibaba (URS)
 Aleksandr Krupskiy (URS)

Javelin (old design)

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Detlef Michel (GDR) 92.48
2.  Pentti Sinersaari (FIN) 91.98
3.  Arto Härkönen (FIN) 91.04
4.  Dainis Kula (URS) 90.54
5.  Seppo Hovinen (FIN) 90.38

Decathlon

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Rainer Pottel (GDR) 8334
2.  Yuriy Kutsenko (URS) 8281
3.  Uwe Freimuth (GDR) 8221
4.  Dariusz Ludwig (POL) 8204
5.  Atanas Andonov (BUL) 8220

Women's Best Year Performers

100 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 10.90
2.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 11.07
3.  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 11.09
 Marlies Göhr (GDR)
5.  Angella Taylor (CAN) 11.12

200 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 21.84
2.  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 21.97
3.  Bärbel Wöckel (GDR) 22.07
4.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 22.35
5.  Gesine Walther (GDR) 22.42

400 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 48.61
2.  Marita Koch (GDR) 49.27
3.  Irina Nazarova (RUS) 50.50
4.  Gaby Bussmann (FRG) 50.83
5.  Dagmar Rübsam (GDR) 50.98

800 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Lyudmila Veselkova (URS) 1:56.98
2.  Martina Steuk (GDR) 1:57.16
3.  Fiţa Lovin (ROU) 1:57.42
4.  Tamara Sorokina (URS) 1:57.55
5.  Hildegard Körner (GDR) 1:57.56

1,500 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Olga Dvirna (URS) 3:57.78
2.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 3:58.29
3.  Zamira Zaytseva (URS) 3:58.70
4.  Tamara Sorokina (URS) 3:58.89
5.  Anna Bukis (POL) 3:59.67

Mile

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Lyudmila Veselkova (URS) 4:20.89
2.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 4:21.40
3.  Fiţa Lovin (ROU) 4:21.82
4.  Zamira Zaytseva (URS) 4:22.5
5.  Svetlana Ulmasova (URS) 4:23.8

3,000 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Maricica Puică (ROU) 8:34.30
2.  Tatyana Pozdnyakova (URS) 8:34.80
3.  Alla Yushina (URS) 8:38.34
4.  Olga Dvirna (URS) 8:44.6
5.  Grete Waitz (NOR) 8:44.64

5,000 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Paula Fudge (GBR) 15:14.51
2.  Yelena Sipatova (URS) 15:24.6
3.  Ellen Tittel (FRG) 15:34.76

10,000 metres

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Yelena Sipatova (URS) 32:17.19
2.  Yelena Tsukhlo (URS) 32:20.40
3.  Anna Oyun (URS) 32:36.00
4.  Maria Klyukina (URS) 32:37.40
5.  Marina Danilyuk (URS) 32:46.56

Marathon

100m Hurdles

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Tatyana Anisimova (URS) 12.68
2.  Kerstin Knabe (GDR) 12.85
3.  Danuta Perka (POL) 12.93[1]
4,  Lucyna Kalek (POL) 12.97

400m Hurdles

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Ellen Neumann (GDR) 54.79
2.  Natalya Tsyruk (URS) 55.49
3.  Ana Kasteckaja (URS) 55.51[2]
4.  Petra Pfaff (GDR) 55.54
5.  Genowefa Blaszak (POL) 55.78

High Jump

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Pam Spencer (USA) 1.97 m
2.  Charmaine Gale (RSA) 1.96 m
 Kerstin Dedner (GDR)
 Sara Simeoni (ITA)
 Ulrike Meyfarth (FRG)
 Tamara Bykova (URS)

Long Jump

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Jodi Anderson (USA) 6.96 m
2.  Anişoara Cuşmir (ROU) 6.91 m
 Heike Daute (GDR)
4.  Ramona Neubert (GDR) 6.90 m
5.  Sigrid Ulbricht (GDR) 6.89 m

Discus

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Evelin Jahl (GDR) 71.46 m
2.  Mariya Petkova (BUL) 71.30 m
3.  Valentina Kharchenko (URS) 69.86 m
4.  Galina Savinkova (URS) 69.70 m
5.  Florenţa Crăciunescu (ROU) 68.98 m

Shot Put

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Ilona Slupianek (GDR) 21.61 m
2.  Helena Fibingerová (TCH) 21.57 m
3.  Ines Müller (GDR) 21.14 m
4.  Verzhinia Veselinova (BUL) 21.09 m
5.  Margitta Droese (GDR) 21.08 m

Javelin (old design)

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Antoaneta Todorova (BUL) 71.88 m
2.  Tessa Sanderson (GBR) 68.86 m
3.  Ute Hommola (GDR) 67.24 m
4.  Petra Felke (GDR) 66.60 m
5.  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 66.34 m

Heptathlon

RANK 1981 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Ramona Neubert (GDR) 6788
2.  Sabine Everts (FRG) 6365
3.  Malgorzata Nowak (POL) 6333
4.  Yekaterina Gordiyenko (URS) 6295
5.  Jane Frederick (USA) 6291

Births

January

February

March

April

May

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

  • April 25 – Paul Bontemps (76), Franch long-distance runner (b. 1902)
  • August 2 – Delfo Cabrera (62), Argentine long-distance runner (b. 1919)

References

  1. ^ "World Top Performers". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  2. ^ "World Top Performers". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
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