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IAAF Golden League

The IAAF Golden League was an annual series of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The 2009 Golden League was the last under the Golden League format and it was replaced by a new annual series known as the IAAF Diamond League.[1]

The series was formed to increase the profile of the leading athletics competitions and it was part of the World Athletics Tour. Athletes (in selected events) who win their event at all six meetings take a share of a USD$ 1 million jackpot. In addition, events at Golden League meetings scored more Grand Prix points than other Grand Prix meetings.

Over its twelve years of competition, it was sponsored by TDK, Ericsson, and finally ÅF.[2]


  • History 1
  • Jackpot winners 2
  • Meetings 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Hurdles at the Bislett Games, one of the meets comprising the Golden League since 1998.

The Golden League developed from the group of prestigious athletics meetings which became known as the Golden Four in the 1990s, comprising Oslo, Zurich, Brussels and Berlin.[3]

The first Golden League season was held in 1998, consisting of the meetings of Oslo, Rome, Monaco, Zurich, Brussels and Berlin.

In 1999 a seventh event, Meeting Gaz de France, at St-Denis, Paris was added.

In 2000 and 2001, the US$ 1 million was reduced to 50 kg of gold bars and athletes only had to win at 5 out of 7 meetings to qualify for the jackpot.

In 2003, the 50 kg of gold bars was reverted to USD 1 million and Monaco was dropped from the league after it was awarded the IAAF World Athletics Final.

In 2004, the Bislett Games were moved from Oslo to Bergen due to the redevelopment of the Bislett stadion.

For the 2006 Golden League, the total prize pool remained at USD 1 million, but the award structure had been changed:

  • Athletes who won any five of the six events would share in a purse of USD 250,000.
  • The remaining USD 750,000 would be divided among athletes who won all six meetings.

In 2007, the Jackpot of USD 1 million were only to be shared amongst those athletes who won at all six meetings. In case no athlete had managed to win all six meetings, USD 500,000 would have been shared amongst those who won at five of the six meetings.[4]

In 2008 IAAF signed a two-year agreement with the Swedish company ÅF for title sponsorship, thus renaming IAAF Golden League to ÅF Golden League.

Various rules changed through the years of competition. The list of events which qualify for the jackpot was different each year, but there were usually six men's events and six (four for 2008) women's. For the year 2008, the disciplines were:

  • Men: 100 m, 400 m, 1500 m, 400 m Hurdles, Long Jump, Javelin Throw.
  • Women: 200 m, 800 m, 100 m Hurdles, High Jump.

For 2009, the disciplines were:

  • Men: 100 m, 400 m, 3000/5000 m, 110 m Hurdles, Javelin Throw.
  • Women: 100 m, 400 m, 100 m Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault.

Jackpot winners

Year Winners Event(s) Prize
Hicham El Guerrouj (1) 1500 m/mile $333,333
Haile Gebreselassie 5000 m/10000 m
Marion Jones 100 m
Wilson Kipketer 800 m $500,000
Gabriela Szabo 3000 m/5000 m
Hicham El Guerrouj (2) 1500 m/mile 12.5 kg gold bar
Maurice Greene 100 m
Trine Hattestad Javelin
Tatyana Kotova Long jump
André Bucher 800 m 8.33 kg Gold Bar
Hicham El Guerrouj (3) 1500 m/mile/2000 m
Allen Johnson 110 m hurdles
Marion Jones (2) 100 m
Violeta Szekely 1500 m
Olga Yegorova 3000 m/5000 m
Hicham El Guerrouj (4) 1500 m 12.5 kg Gold Bar
Ana Guevara 400 m
Marion Jones (3) 100 m
Félix Sánchez 400 m hurdles
Maria de Lurdes Mutola 800 m $1,000,000
Christian Olsson Triple jump $500,000
Tonique Williams-Darling 400 m
Tatyana Lebedeva Triple jump $1,000,000
Asafa Powell 100 m $249,999*
Jeremy Wariner 400 m
Sanya Richards 400 m
Kenenisa Bekele 5000 m $83,333*
Tirunesh Dibaba 5000 m
Irving Saladino Long jump
Yelena Isinbayeva Pole vault $500,000
Sanya Richards (2) 400 m
Pamela Jelimo 800 m $1,000,000
Sanya Richards (3) 400 m $333,333
Yelena Isinbayeva (2) Pole vault
Kenenisa Bekele (2) 3000 m/5000 m


Meetings and dates for the final series in 2009:
Date Meet Stadium City Country
14 June Internationales Stadionfest Olympiastadion Berlin Germany
3 July Bislett Games Bislett Stadion Oslo Norway
10 July Golden Gala Stadio Olimpico Rome Italy
17 July Meeting Areva Stade de France Saint-Denis France
28 August Weltklasse Zürich Letzigrund Zurich Switzerland
4 September Memorial van Damme King Baudouin Stadium Brussels Belgium
  • The Paris meeting was part of the series from 1999 onwards, after the first edition
  • Prior to 2003, a seventh meet, Herculis, was held in Monaco
  • For the inaugural series in 1998, the 1998 IAAF Grand Prix Final served as the seventh and last meeting of the circuit

See also


  1. ^ "IAAF to launch global Diamond League of 1 Day Meetings". IAAF. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  2. ^ Twelve years of the IAAF Golden League. IAAF (2009-09-09). Retrieved on 2009-09-09.

External links

  • IAAF Golden League 2009 Official Site
  • Golden Gala Official Site
  • Memorial van Damme Official Site
  • ISTAF Official site
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