Memorial Van Damme: What are the meet records set at the event?

The Memorial Van Damme is a sports competition held in Brussels, Belgium, usually at the end of summer on an annual basis. It takes place at the King Baudouin Stadium and is a significant part of the Wanda Diamond League circuit, following its earlier association with the IAAF Golden League.

The Memorial Van Damme was inaugurated in 1977 by a group of Belgian sports writers led by Wilfred Meert to pay tribute to Ivo Van Damme, a young and talented Belgian athlete. Van Damme, who secured two silver medals at the 1976 Olympics, lost his life in a car crash when he was just 22 years old. Over the years, the meet has been a part of various elite athletics series, including the Golden Four and Golden League, and now serves as a concluding event in the Diamond League alongside the Weltklasse Zürich.

The Memorial Van Damme event is known for its reputation as a venue for world records being smashed. In its history, athletes have set 14 records at this Belgian stadium, with six of those records still unbeaten. This is why the venue is a leading location for current world records in athletics. Athletes have also established two of the best-ever global marks in the men’s 110m hurdles and women’s two miles, at the event, which are yet to be surpassed.

Meet records set at the Memorial Van Damme

With the Brussels Diamond League 2023 all set to take place on September 7 and 8, 2023, let’s take a look at the meeting records established at the Memorial Van Damme event.

EventMen’s Athlete (Country)Men’s RecordWomen’s Athlete (Country)Women’s Record
100 mUsain Bolt (Jamaica)9.76 (+1.3 m/s)Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica), Elaine Thompson (Jamaica)10.72 (-0.3 m/s), 10.72 (+0.6 m/s)
200 mYohan Blake (Jamaica)19.26 (+0.7 m/s) DLRMerlene Ottey (Jamaica)21.64 (+0.8 m/s)
400 mMichael Cherry (United States)44.03Sanya Richards (United States)48.83
800 mWilson Kipketer (Denmark)1:42.20Pamela Jelimo (Kenya)1:55.16
1000 mSammy Koskei (Kenya)2:14.95Svetlana Masterkova (Russia)2:28.98
1500 mHicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)3:26.12Süreyya Ayhan (Turkey)3:55.33
MileNoureddine Morceli (Algeria)3:47.30Sifan Hassan (Netherlands)4:14.74
5000 mDaniel Komen (Kenya)12:39.74Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia)14:18.89
110/100 m hurdlesAries Merritt (United States)12.80 (+0.3 m/s) WRJasmine Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico)12.27 (+0.1 m/s)
400 m hurdlesAndre Phillips (United States)47.51Nezha Bidouane (Morocco)53.43
3000 m steeplechaseSaif Saaeed Shaheen (Qatar)7:53.63Beatrice Chepkoech (Kenya)8:55.10
High jumpMutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar)2.43 m DLRAnna Chicherova (Russia), Yaroslava Mahuchikh (Ukraine)2.05 m
Pole vaultArmand Duplantis (Sweden)6.05 mSandi Morris (United States)5.00 m DLR
Long jumpCarl Lewis (United States)8.65 m (+0.2 m/s)Heike Drechsler (Germany)7.25 m (+1.7 m/s)
Triple jumpJonathan Edwards (United Kingdom)17.60 m (+0.3 m/s)Tatyana Lebedeva (Russia)15.14 m (+0.3 m/s)
Shot putJoe Kovacs (United States)22.61 mValerie Adams (New Zealand)20.59 m
Discus throwImrich Bugár (Czechoslovakia)69.94 mTsvetanka Christova (Bulgaria)69.84 m
Javelin throwTom Petranoff (United States), Jan Železný (Czech Republic)93.48 m (old design), 90.50 m (Current design)Kara Winger (United States)68.11 m (Current design)
4 × 100 m relayUnited States38.65United States42.97

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