Memorial Van Damme

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Memorial van Damme is a yearly athletics event at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. It takes place in late August or early September. Before it was one of the IAAF Golden League events. Now it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League.

It was first put together in 1977 by a group of journalists in honour of Ivo van Damme. Damme was a Belgian double medal winner at the Montreal Olympics who was killed in a car accident at the age of 22. A former footballer, he turned to athletics and in particular the 1500 m and 3000 m. Later on, he ran in the 800 m. In 1976, he took part in the Montreal Olympic Games, where he won silver medals in both the 800 m and 1500 m.

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Men[change | change source]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 9.76 (+1.3 m/s) Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica.svg 16 September 2011 [1] [1]
200 m 19.26 (+0.7 m/s) Yohan Blake Flag of Jamaica.svg 16 September 2011 [2] [2]
400 m 44.06 Michael Johnson  United States 28 August 1998
800 m 1:42.20 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark 22 August 1997
1000 m 2:14.95 Sammy Koskei  Kenya 30 August 1985
1500 m 3:26.12 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 24 August 2001
Mile 3:47.30 Noureddine Morceli  Algeria 3 September 1993
3000 m 7:23.09 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 3 September 1999
5000 m 12:39.74 Daniel Komen  Kenya 22 August 1997
10000 m 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele Flag of Ethiopia.svg 26 August 2005
110 m hurdles 12.92 (+0.2 m/s) Allen Johnson  United States 23 August 1996
400 m hurdles 47.51 Andre Phillips  United States 5 September 1986
3000 m steeplechase 7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen  Qatar 3 September 2004
High jump 2.38 m Hollis Conway  United States 10 August 1990
Pole vault 5.95 m Sergey Bubka
Sergey Bubka
Jeff Hartwig
Jeff Hartwig
 Ukraine
 Ukraine
 United States
 United States
19 August 1994
22 August 1997
28 August 1998
3 September 1999
Long jump 8.65 m Carl Lewis  United States 24 August 1984
Triple jump 17.60 m Jonathan Edwards  United Kingdom 30 August 1995
Shot put 22.16 m Reese Hoffa  United States 27 August 2010
Discus throw 69.94 m Imrich Bugár  Czechoslovakia 24 August 1984
Hammer throw 82.26 m Lance Deal  United States 23 August 1996
Javelin throw 93.48 m (old design)
90.50 m (Current design)
Tom Petranoff
Jan Železný
 United States
 Czech Republic
26 August 1983
25 August 1995
4x100 m relay 38.65 United States  United States 19 August 1988
4x800 m relay 7:02.43 Kenya  Kenya 25 August 2006 [3]
4x1500 m relay 14:36.23 William Biwott Tanui
Gideon Gathimba
Geoffrey Rono
Augustine Choge
 Kenya 4 September 2009 [4]

Women[change | change source]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.76 (+0.9 m/s) Marion Jones  United States 22 August 1997
200 m 21.64 Merlene Ottey Flag of Jamaica.svg 13 September 1991
400 m 48.83 Sanya Richards  United States 4 September 2009 [5]
800 m 1.55.16 Pamela Jelimo  Kenya 6 September 2008
1000 m 2:28.98 Svetlana Masterkova  Russia 23 August 1996
1500 m 3.55.33 Süreyya Ayhan  Turkey 5 September 2003
Mile 4.17.75 Maryam Yusuf Jamal  Bahrain 14 September 2007
2000 m 5:30.19 Gelete Burka Flag of Ethiopia.svg 4 September 2009 [6]
3000 m 8.24.81+ Meseret Defar Flag of Ethiopia.svg 14 September 2007
Two miles 8.58.58 Meseret Defar Flag of Ethiopia.svg 14 September 2007
5000 m 14.25.43 Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 6 September 2008
100 m hurdles 12.42 Yordanka Donkova  Bulgaria 5 September 1986
400 m hurdles 53.43 Nezha Bidouane  Morocco 28 August 1998
3000 m steeplechase 9:15.43 Yuliya Zaripova  Russia 16 September 2011 [7]
High jump 2.05 m Anna Chicherova  Russia 16 September 2011 [8]
Pole vault 4.93 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 26 August 2005
Long jump 7.25 m Heike Drechsler  Germany 13 September 1991
Triple jump 15.14 m (+0.3 m/s) Tatyana Lebedeva  Russia 5 September 2003
Shot put 20.57 m Natalya Lisovskaya Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 11 September 1987
Discus throw 69.84 m Tsvetanka Christova  Bulgaria 5 September 1986
Javelin throw 72.18 m (old design)
67.76 m (Current design)
Fatima Whitbread
Trine Hattestad
 United Kingdom
 Norway
5 September 1986
25 August 2000
4x100 m relay 42.97 United States  United States 19 August 1988

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