1998: Sprint, the best
Olympic Stadium. 25th July
Sprinters were the great stars in the 1998 International Meeting Ciutat de Barcelona. In the list of participants there was Donovan Bailey, Olympic champion in Atlanta, Steven Lewis, member of the US relay team 4 x 400m that had beaten six years before in Barcelona 92, and Debbie Ferguson. It was a safe bet for sprint.
The results were not at the same level of the fame the star athletes had but the show was worth it. The three before mentioned athletes fulfilled the expectations easily. Steven Lewis shone in 400m (45.38)
There was a much better level in the field events. In Pole Vault the winner was Gregory Yegorov, who afterwards will stay in Spain for living. He beat Javier Garcia Chico, the local hero in that discipline. In Hammer the Hungarian Balazs Kiss got an incredible result of 81,12m.
In the men category there were just a few Spanish victories. The one from Isaac Viciosa who won in the 1500m race continuing with the traditional Spanish superiority in this discipline and Raul Chapado in Triple Jump.
Glory Alozie, representing the Nigerian flag, won as expected in the 100m hurdles race (12.81) and the Mozambican Maria Mutola, with almost no opponents, won in 800m.
100m: D. Bailey CAN 10.27, D. Ezinwa NGR 10.30, M. Green USA 10.43
400m: S. Lewis USA 45.38, K. Harnden 45.49, S. Parrela BRA 45.68
800m: M. Everett USA 1:46.91, A. Díaz 1:47.02, N. Kahan 1:47.05
1500m: I. Viciosa 3:36.12, S. El Ghazi MAR 3.36.36, M. Pancorbo 3:36.56, V. Morente 3:41.89
3000m: B. Limo KEN 7:44.16, B. Toledo 7:44.17, M. Bett KEN 7:44.20
110m hurdles: D. Ross USA 13.71, S. Bownes USA 13.79, I. Kazanov URS 13.82
Pole vault: G. Yegorov URS 5,70m, J. García Chico 5,55m, N. Fernandes POR 5,45m
Triple jump: R. Chapado 16,46m, K. Taillepierre FRA 15,63m, J. M. Torras 15,60m
Shot put: R. Virastyuk URS 20,09m, M. Martínez 19,86m, G. Guset ROM 18,96m
Hammer: B. Kiss HUN 81,12m, H. Weiss GER 80,38m, H. Klose GER 77,41m
100m: D. Ferguson BAH 11.18, Z. Feagin USA 11.42, E. Ojokolo NGR 11.47
800m: M. Mutola MOZ 1:58.27, Y. Afanasieva RUS 2:00.17, S. Stals BEL 2:00.88
1500m: O. Nelyubova RUS 4:05.70, V. Dejaeghere BEL 4:10.40, A. Smolders BEL 4:11.38
5000m: N. Rocha MEX 15:27.39, R. Nagel FRA 15:28.14, G. Georgis ETH 15:33.46
100m hurdles: G. Alozie NGR 12.81, A. Atede NGR 12.91, Y. Ovchanova RUS 13.45
400m hurdles: E.Paniagua 57.67, E.Lahoz 57.68
High jump: V Fyodorova RUS 1,92m, V. Styopina RUS 1,90m, M. Mendía 1,86m
Discus: F Dietzsch GER 62,32m, I. Yatchenko BLR 62,04m, A. Kelesidou GRE 60,94m