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The IAAF Golden League is an annual series of athletics meetings organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The league was formed in 1998 to increase the profile of the leading athletics competitions - in the first season, those at Oslo, Rome, Monaco, Zurich, Brussels and Berlin. Athletes (in selected events) who win their event at all six meetings take a share of a $1 million jackpot. In addition, events at Golden League meetings scored more Grand Prix points than other Grand Prix meetings. A seventh event, at St-Denis, Paris, was added in 1999, and Monaco was dropped from the league in 2003 after it was awarded the IAAF World Athletics Final. For 2004, the Bislett Games move from Oslo to Bergen, due to the redevelopment of the Bislett Stadion.

Various rules have changed as the new competition finds its feet. The list of events which qualify for the jackpot is different each year, but there are usually six men's events and six women's. In 2000, the $1 million was reduced to 50 kg of gold bars, but this was reverted in 2003. Also, in 2000 and 2001, athletes only had to win at 5 out of 7 meetings to qualify for the jackpot.


Jackpot winners

Year Winners Event(s)
2000 Hicham El Guerrouj 1500m/mile
Maurice Greene 100m
Trine Hattestad javelin
Tatyana Kotova long jump
2001 André Bucher 800m
Hicham El Guerrouj 1500m/mile/2000m
Allen Johnson 110m hurdles
Marion Jones 100m
Violeta Szekely 1500m
Olga Yegorova 3000m/5000m
2002 Hicham El Guerrouj 1500m
Ana Guevara 400m
Marion Jones 100m
Felix Sánchez 400m hurdles
2003 Maria Mutola 800m


The meetings that were at some time involved are:



Event Bislett Games
Golden Gala
Meeting Gaz de France
Weltklasse Zürich Memorial van Damme
100m   Aziz Zakari, GHA Francis Obikwelu, POR Asafa Powell, JAM Asafa Powell, JAM  
200m Shawn Crawford, USA Stéphane Buckland, MRI Francis Obikwelu, POR Bernard Williams, USA Frank Fredericks, NAM  
400m Timothy Benjamin, GBR   Leslie Djhone, FRA   Otis Harris, USA  
800m Yuriy Borzakovskiy, RUS Wilson Kipketer, DEN William Yiampoy, KEN Wilfred Bungei, KEN Wilfred Bungei, KEN  
1500m Bernard Lagat, KEN Rashid Ramzi, BRN Bernard Lagat, KEN Bernard Lagat, KEN    
3000m         Eliud Kipchoge,KEN  
5000m John Kibowen, KEN Eliud Kipchoge, KEN   John Kibowen, KEN    
10000m         Abdullah Ahmad Hassan, QAT  
110m hurdles   Allen Johnson, USA Allen Johnson, USA Allen Johnson, USA    
400m hurdles Felix Sanchez, DOM Felix Sanchez, DOM Felix Sanchez, DOM Felix Sanchez, DOM Bayano Kamani, PAN  
3000m steeplechase   Paul Kipsiele Koech, KEN Ezekiel Kemboi, KEN Saif Saaeed Shaheen, QAT Saif Saaeed Shaheen, QAT  
Triple jump Christian Olsson, SWE Christian Olsson, SWE Christian Olsson, SWE Christian Olsson, SWE Christian Olsson, SWE  
Pole vault   Aleksandr Averbukh, ISR Aleksandr Averbukh, ISR Timothy Mack, USA    
Shot put         Manuel Martínez, ESP  
Discus Virgilijus Alekna, LTU Virgilijus Alekna, LTU Virgilijus Alekna, LTU Robert Fazekas, HUN Virgilijus Alekna, LTU  
Javelin     Breaux Greer, USA Breaux Greer, USA    
100m LaTasha Colander, USA Yuliya Nesterenko, BLR Christine Arron, FRA Christine Arron, FRA Aleen Bailey, JAM  
200m     Muna Lee, USA   Kim Gevaert, BEL  
400m Tonique Williams-Darling, BAH Tonique Williams-Darling, BAH Tonique Williams-Darling, BAH Tonique Williams-Darling, BAH Tonique Williams-Darling, BAH  
800m   Jolanda Ceplak, SLO   Maria Mutola, MOZ    
1500m Iryna Lishchynska, UKR Olga Yegorova, RUS Judit Varga, HUN Wioletta Janowska, POL Tatyana Tomashova, RUS  
3000m/5000m Elvan Abeylegesse, TUR Ejegayehu Dibaba, ETH Isabella Ochichi, KEN Edith Masai, KEN Edith Masai, KEN  
100m hurdles Gail Devers, USA Glory Alozie, ESP Perdita Felicien, CAN Perdita Felicien, CAN Mariya Koroteyeva, RUS  
400m hurdles   Jana Pitman, AUS   Sandra Glover, USA    
Long jump   Tatyana Lebedeva, RUS        
High jump Hestri Cloete, RSA Hestri Cloete, RSA Hestri Cloete, RSA Hestri Cloete, RSA Yelena Slesarenko, RUS  
Pole vault         Yelena Isinbayeva, RUS  
Hammer     Yipsi Moreno, CUB      

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