IAAF Hall of Fame
The IAAF Hall of Fame is a virtual hall of fame established in 2012 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). International athletes who are no longer active and who have distinguished themselves through special achievements in their careers are accepted. The admission is considered the highest honor of the international athletics federation.
The establishment of a “Hall of Fame” was announced on March 8, 2012 - one day before the 14th World Athletics Championships in Istanbul - by Lamine Diack , President of the IAAF. In the same year the international athletics federation celebrates its 100th anniversary and the XXX. Summer Olympics held in London . The IAAF Hall of Fame had been planned for a long time and, according to Diack, should not only honor the achievements of the best athletes, but also raise public awareness of the sport and its history. The first twelve members named were Jesse Owens , Abebe Bikila , Paavo Nurmi , Carl Lewis , Emil Zátopek , Al Oerter , Adhemar da Silva , Edwin Moses , Fanny Blankers-Koen , Betty Cuthbert , Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Wang Junxia . Twelve more athletes have been named before the official inauguration ceremony during the IAAF Centenary Gala on November 24, 2012 in Barcelona . Twelve more athletes were accepted in November 2013.
The specially established IAAF Hall of Fame Selection Panel , chaired by the US IAAF Senior Vice President Bob Hersh, is responsible for selecting the athletes . This includes athletics experts and long-time members of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians (ATFS). Hersh himself was a long-time member of the ATFS.
No new members have been appointed since 2014. The German high jumper Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth refused entry into the Hall of Fame in 2015 because of the scandal surrounding former IAAF President Lamine Diack .
Criteria for inclusion
The IAAF originally set the minimum criteria that a track and field athlete should have won at least two Olympic gold medals or world championship victories during their active time. Athletics competitions for men have been part of the program since the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 , and for women since the IX. 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam . World Athletics Championships have been held since 1983 ( open air ) and 1985 ( indoor ). Potential candidates should also have originally set at least one world record. Athletes who have ended their careers for at least ten years are accepted.
Starting in 2013, an annual admission of up to four athletes was originally planned. In fact, twelve new members were appointed in mid-November 2013.
According to the IAAF, the strict criteria for the first selection in 2012 will be extended from 2013 to include athletes who have achieved exceptional importance in the history of athletics without major medals. In November 2013, the first female athletes without an Olympic victory ( Grete Waitz ) or without a world record ( Marie-José Pérec ) were included.
Members of the "IAAF Hall of Fame"
So far, athletes from the United States (14 athletes) have been recorded most frequently, followed by athletes from the former Soviet Union and today's Ukraine (seven athletes). There are 17 women among the 48 athletes enrolled so far. 32 of the 48 members started in running competitions.
Year of admission
(open air + hall)
(outdoor + indoor)
|Iolanda Balaș||Romania||high jump||2012||1952-1967||2||-||14th||First woman over six feet . Remained undefeated in 140 competitions from 1957 over a period of more than ten years. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome , she jumped 14 cm higher than the runner-up, the biggest advantage so far in a women's high jump competition at the Olympic Games or World Championships.|
|Abebe Bikila||Ethiopia||marathon||2012||1957-1969||2||-||2||First African to win an Olympic gold medal and first athlete to repeat his Olympic marathon victory.|
long jump ,
|2012||1934-1953||4th||-||12||Known as the "flying housewife". Is considered to be the "first great figure in women's athletics".|
Soviet Union , Ukraine
||Pole vault||2012||1975-2001||1||10||35||First pole vaulter over 6.00 m.|
|Valery Brumel||Soviet Union||high jump||2014||1960-1965||1||-||6th|
|Sebastian Coe||United Kingdom||Middle distance run||2012||1973-1990||2||-||12||So far the only athlete who briefly (for about an hour) held all world records over the middle distance.|
|Glenn Davis||United States||Hurdles, sprint||2014||1956-1960||3||-||2||First 400 meter hurdler in under 50 seconds.|
|Mildred Didrikson||United States||Hurdles,
|Harrison Dillard||United States||Sprint,
|2013||1942-1956||4th||-||18th||The only Olympic athlete to win both the 100-meter run and the 110-meter hurdles. Remained undefeated in 82 consecutive competitions from 1947 to 1948.|
German Democratic Republic , Germany
|2014||1981-2004||2||4th||15th||The only long jumper who could repeat her Olympic victory.|
|Hicham El Guerrouj||Morocco||Medium,
long distance running
|Vladimir Golubnichi||Soviet Union||Go||2012||1955-1976||2||-||2|
|Michael Johnson||United States||sprint||2012||1986-2001||4th||8th||8th||First athlete to win the world championship title in the 200 m and 400 m. First person to run the 400 m under 45 seconds in the hall.|
|Jackie Joyner-Kersee||United States||
|2012||1980-2000||3||4th||7th||First female athlete to surpass 7,000 points in the heptathlon.|
middle distance run
|2012||1971-1985||2||0||2||So far the only Olympian to win gold in both the 400 and 800 meter races.|
|Kipchoge Keino||Kenya||Long distance running||2012||1958-1973||2||-||2||First African athletics world record holder on the track.|
|Marita Koch||German Democratic Republic||sprint||2014||1975-1986||1||4th||33||First female 400-meter runner in under 49 seconds and reigning world record holder over this distance since 1985.|
|Hannes Kolehmainen||Finland||Long distance running||2013||1907-1928||4th||-||6th||First " flying Finn ". First 5000 meter runner under 15 minutes.|
|Robert Korzeniowski||Poland||Go||2014||1990-2004||4th||3||1||First walker to be victorious in both short and long distance Olympics. Three-time Olympic champion in a row on the long distance.|
|Stefka Kostadinova||Bulgaria||high jump||2012||1980-1998||1||7th||3||Was defeated only once in 54 consecutive competitions between 1984 and 1989. Won all major international championships and successfully jumped over 2.00 m 197 times, more often than any other high jumper before her.|
|Carl Lewis||United States||Sprint,
|2012||1979-1997||9||8th||12||Besides Al Oerter, the only Olympian who was victorious in four consecutive games in one discipline (long jump)|
|Natalia Lisovskaya||Soviet Union||Shot put||2013||1981-1992||1||3||3||Reigning world record holder since 1984, achieved the four longest strokes so far.|
|Jānis Lūsis||Soviet Union||Javelin throw||2014||1962-1976||1||-||2|
|Svetlana Masterkova||Russia||Middle distance run||2013||1988-2000||2||1||2|
|Bob Mathias||United States||Decathlon||2014||1948-1952||2||-||2||Up to then the youngest athletics Olympic champion and the first decathlete to repeat his Olympic victory.|
|Noureddine Morceli||Algeria||Middle distance run||2013||1988-2000||1||4th||7th|
|Edwin Moses||United States||Hurdles||2012||1975-1988||2||2||4th||Nine years, nine months and 22 days - in 122 races - in the 400 meter hurdles between 1977 and 1987 without a defeat.|
|Paavo Nurmi||Finland||Long distance running||2012||1912-1932||9||-||22nd||With 9 gold and 3 silver medals won between 1920 and 1928, the most successful athlete in Olympic history to date.|
|Dan O'Brien||United States||Decathlon||2012||1983-1998||1||3||3|
|Parry O'Brien||United States||Shot put||2013||1949-1968||2||-||10||Remained undefeated in 116 competitions between July 1952 and June 1956. Founder of a back kick or planing technique named after him as well as the first shot put over 60 feet (18.29 m).|
|Al Oerter||United States||Discus throw||2012||1955-1986||4th||0||3||First Olympian to win four consecutive games in one discipline.|
|Jesse Owens||United States||Sprint,
|2012||1933-1936||4th||-||6th||First long jumper over 8.00 m. Set four world records in 80 minutes at a sporting event in the United States in 1935.|
|Marie-José Pérec||France||sprint||2013||1988-2000||3||2||0||First and so far only female athlete to repeat her 400-meter Olympic victory|
|Wilma Rudolph||United States||sprint||2014||1956-1952||3||-||5|
|Viktor Saneyev||Soviet Union||Triple jump||2013||1964-1980||3||-||3|
|Yuri Sedych||Soviet Union||Hammer throw||2013||1973-1991||2||1||6th||Acting world record holder since 1984, achieved the three longest throws so far.|
|Adhemar da Silva||Brazil||Triple jump||2012||1947-1960||2||-||5||First triple jumper over 16.00 m.|
|Peter Snell||New Zealand||Middle distance run||2012||1954-1965||3||-||12|
|Shirley Strickland de la Hunty||Australia||Sprint, hurdles||2014||1947-1956||3||-||9||First hurdle sprinter to repeat her Olympic victory.|
|2012||1960-1980||3||-||10||So far the only male and female athlete who could set world records in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m.|
|Daley Thompson||United Kingdom||Decathlon||2013||1976-1992||2||1||4th||The only decathlete who held the Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games titles at the same time. Was unbeaten in 26 competitions between 1978 and 1987.|
|Let Virén||Finland||Long distance running||2014||1971-1980||4th||-||3|
|Grete Waitz||Norway||Long distance running||2013||1971-1988||0||1||10||First female marathon runner under 2:30 hours, first female marathon world champion and nine-time winner of the New York City Marathon . Cross-country world champion 1978–1981 and 1983, unbeaten in cross-country races for twelve years.|
|Wang Junxia||People's Republic of China||Long distance running||2012||1991-1996||1||1||3||Dubbed a “running miracle”, Wang dominated the distances from 3000 m to the marathon in 1993.|
|Cornelius Warmerdam||United States||Pole vault||2014||1940-1948||0||-||11||First pole vaulter over 15 feet and 15 years of world record holder.|
|Emil Zatopek||Czechoslovakia||Long distance running||2012||1940-1957||4th||-||18th||First athlete to cover more than 20 km (20.052 km) under one hour (59: 51.8 min). Olympic champion 1952 over 5000 m, 10,000 m and in the marathon.|
- Official website (English)
- IAAF President's Message ( memento of August 20, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) at iaaf.org (PDF file, English; accessed on September 22, 2012).
- IAAF Council Meeting, Monaco, November 14 - NOTES: IAAF Hall of Fame - 12 legends to be inducted at iaaf.org, November 14, 2013 (accessed August 7, 2014).
- Nasse-Meyfarth refuses admission to the Hall of Fame of Athletics sports.yahoo.com November 7, 2015
- Minimum Criteria of Membership at iaaf.org (PDF file, English; accessed on September 22, 2012).
- Fanny Blankers-Koen . In: Internationales Sportarchiv 12/2004 from March 20, 2004, supplemented by news from MA-Journal up to week 26/2012 (accessed via Munzinger Online ).
- Wang Junxia . In: Internationales Sportarchiv 09/1994 of February 21, 1994, supplemented by news from MA-Journal up to week 26/2012 (accessed via Munzinger Online ).