ISTAF Berlin


The Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) is an annual track and field athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. It was first held in July 1921 at the Deutsches Stadion, which was replaced from 1937 by the Stadium of the 1936 Olympic Games. Since 2006 ISTAF has been sponsored by DKB and officially known as the DKB-ISTAF and from 2010, has been part of the IAAF World Challenge, the second tier of global one day athletics events.

ISTAF Berlin
The Olympic Stadium in Berlin
DateAugust–September
LocationOlympiastadion, Berlin
Event typeTrack and field athletics
Established1937
Official siteISTAF

History


On 3 July 1921 the Berliner Sport-Club (BSC), the Sport-Club Charlottenburg (SCC) and the Schwimm-Club Poseidon organised the first sports festival under the current name of Internationales Stadionfest or ISTAF. On 23 March 1937 the BSC, the Deutscher Sport-Club (DSC, later Olympischer Sport-Club OSC) and the SCC, agreed to hold international sports festivals together and organized the first meeting on 1 August 1937 at the Olympic Stadium, where the event is still held today. Four ISTAF meetings, in 1938, 1941, the first post-war in 1949, as well as 1953, were all held at the Mommsen Stadium, but since 1955 meetings have been held annually at Berlin's Olympic Stadium in Charlottenburg. The 2002 and 2003 ISTAF meetings were held at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark instead, due to reconstruction of the Olympic Stadium in preparation for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

There were several ISTAF-free years during the Second World War and after: 1940, as well as 1943-48 and again in 1950 and 1951. A meeting wasn't held in 1972 because of the 1972 Summer Olympics and again in 1973, as a result of the terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympic Games. From 1993 to 1997, the IAAF classified ISTAF among the Golden Four meetings and from 1998 to 2009, it became part of the IAAF Golden League. When the Diamond League was conceived, it had been provisionally planned for Berlin to hold one of its meetings, but it was unable to meet the criteria set for the new elite series, therefore as from 2010, ISTAF became part of the second tier World Challenge circuit instead.

Indoor Events


ISTAF was also held as an indoor meeting at the Deutschlandhalle for a few years until 1968, and from 2014 onwards as the ISTAF Indoor at the Mercedes Benz Arena (formerly O2 World Berlin), the first large indoor athletics event in Berlin for some time.

On 31 January 2021, the ISTAF Indoor Düsseldorf will be held in Düsseldorf as the successor to the PSD Bank Meeting, against a larger backdrop at the ISS Dome. Meeting director and managing director of the ISTAF is Martin Seeber.

World Records


Over the course of its history, many world records have been set at the ISTAF.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2019 2000 m steeplechase 5:52.80 Gesa-Felicitas Krause  Germany
2017 600 m 1:21.77 Caster Semenya  South Africa
2015 2000 m steeplechase 6:02.16 Virginia Nyambura Nganga  Kenya
2014 Hammer throw 79.58 m Anita Włodarczyk  Poland
2010 800 m 1:41.09 David Rudisha  Kenya
1999 2000 m 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco
1990 1000 m 2:30.67 Christine Wachtel  East Germany
1989 10000 m 27:08.23 Arturo Barrios  Mexico
1985 1500 m 3:29.46 Saïd Aouita  Morocco
1978 400 m hurdles 55.44 Krystyna Kacperczyk  Poland
1978 1000 m 2:32.0 Ulrike Bruns  East Germany
1977 High jump 2.00 m Rosemarie Ackermann  East Germany
1977 High jump 1.97 m Rosemarie Ackermann  East Germany
1975 110 m hurdles 13.0 Guy Drut  France
1975 100 m 9.9 Steve Williams  United States
1970 3000 m steeplechase 8:22.0 Kerry O'Brien  Australia
1939 Long jump 6.12 m Christel Schulz German Reich
1939 3000 m 8:24.4 Miklós Szabó  Hungary
1937 80 m hurdles 11.6 Barbara Burke South Africa
1937 100 m 11.6 Stanisława Walasiewicz  Poland

Meeting records


Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 9.82 (−0.1 m/s) Yohan Blake  Jamaica 11 September 2011 [1][2]
200 m 19.97 Frankie Fredericks  Namibia 30 August 1996
400 m 43.94 Michael Johnson  United States 27 August 1993
800 m 1:41.09 David Rudisha  Kenya 22 August 2010 [3]
1500 m 3:29.46 Saïd Aouita  Morocco 23 August 1985
Mile 3:45.60 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 26 August 1997 [4]
2000 m 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 7 September 1999 [5]
3000 m 7:28.99 Tariku Bekele  Ethiopia 22 August 2010 [6]
Two miles 8:17.6 Rod Dixon  New Zealand 21 August 1974 [7]
5000 m 12:50.55 Moses Ndiema Masai  Kenya 1 June 2008 [8]
10000 m 27:08.23 Arturo Barrios  Mexico 18 August 1989
110 m hurdles 12.97 (+1.2 m/s) Aries Merritt  United States 2 September 2012 [9]
400 m hurdles 47.08 Karsten Warholm  Norway 13 September 2020 [10]
3000 m steeplechase 8:04.48 Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 11 September 2011 [2][11]
High jump 2.36 m Javier Sotomayor  Cuba 30 August 1994
Pole vault 6.05 m Sergey Bubka  Ukraine 30 August 1994
Long jump 8.57 m (+0.5 m/s) Mike Powell  United States 21 August 1992
Triple jump 17.69 m (−0.5 m/s) Jonathan Edwards  United Kingdom 30 August 1996
Shot put 21.61 m Ryan Whiting  United States 11 September 2011 [2][12]
Discus throw 70.60 m Lars Riedel  Germany 30 August 1996
Hammer throw 82.84 m Heinz Weis  West Germany 18 August 1989
Javelin throw 93.52 m (old design)
91.30 m (Current design)
Bob Roggy
Jan Železný
 United States
 Czech Republic
20 August 1982
1 September 1995
4 × 100 m relay 37.65 Team USA I
Jon Drummond
Bernard Williams
Curtis Johnson
Maurice Greene
 United States 1 September 2000 [13]

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.78 Marion Jones  United States 1 September 2000 [14]
200 m 21.96 (+0.2 m/s) Katrin Krabbe  Germany 10 September 1991
400 m 49.07 Tonique Williams-Darling  Bahamas 12 September 2004 [15]
600 m 1:21.77 Caster Semenya  South Africa 27 August 2017 [16]
800 m 1:54.99 Pamela Jelimo  Kenya 1 June 2008 [17]
1000 m 2:30.67 Christine Wachtel  East Germany 17 August 1990
1500 m 3:57.40 Laura Muir  Great Britain 13 September 2020 [10]
Mile 4:22.45 Marta Pen Freitas  Portugal 2 September 2018 [18]
3000 m 8:46.66 Natalya Artyomova  Soviet Union 18 August 1989
5000 m 14:29.32 Olga Yegorova  Russia 31 August 2001
100 m hurdles 12.37 (+1.4 m/s) Yordanka Donkova  Bulgaria 15 August 1986
400 m hurdles 53.26 Deon Hemmings  Jamaica 26 August 1997
2000 m steeplechase 5:52.80 Gesa-Felicitas Krause  Germany 1 September 2019 [19]
3000 m steeplechase 9:03.70 Norah Jeruto  Kenya 27 August 2017 [20]
High jump 2.06 m Ariane Friedrich  Germany 14 June 2009 [21]
Pole vault 4.83 m Elena Isinbaeva  Russia 14 June 2009 [22]
Long jump 7.10 m Heike Drechsler  Germany 16 September 1992
Triple jump 14.88 m (−0.2 m/s) Tatyana Lebedeva  Russia 10 August 2003 [23]
Shot put 20.98 m Helena Fibingerová  Czechoslovakia 17 August 1984
Discus throw 68.64 m Margitta Pufe  East Germany 17 August 1979
Hammer throw 79.58 m Anita Włodarczyk  Poland 31 August 2014 [24]
Javelin throw 70.53 m (Current design) Maria Abakumova  Russia 1 September 2013 [25]
74.56 m (old design) Petra Felke  East Germany 23 August 1985
4 × 100 m relay 41.55 Team USA
Alice Brown
Diane Williams
Florence Griffith Joyner
Jeanette Bolden
 United States 21 August 1987
4 × 100 m mixed relay 40.58 Kerron Stewart
Aleen Bailey
Mario Forsythe
Kemar Bailey-Cole
 Jamaica 2 September 2012 [26]

List of winners


Track disciplines

References


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  4. "Mile Results". ISTAF. 26 August 1997. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
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  22. "Pole Vault Results". ISTAF. 14 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  23. "Triple Jump Results". ISTAF. 10 August 2003. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
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