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The 1983 Women’s World Outdoor Championship Medalists

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Highlights from the initial women's World Outdoor Track and Field Championships included double-victories for American Mary Decker-Slaney (in the 1500 and 3000) and Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czechoslovakia (400 and 800).

1st IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 7-14, 1983

  • 100 meters
    GOLD Marlies Oelsner-Gohr, GDR 10.97
    SILVER Marita Koch, GDR 11.02
    BRONZE Diane Williams, USA 11.06

  • 200 meters
    GOLD Marita Koch, GDR 22.13
    SILVER Merlene Ottey, JAM 22.19
    BRONZE Kathy Smallwood-Cook, GBR 22.37

  • 400 meters
    GOLD Jarmila Kratochvilova, TCH 47.99
    SILVER Tatana Kocembova, TCH 48.59
    BRONZE Mariya Kulchunova-Pinigina, URS 49.19

  • 800 meters
    GOLD Jarmila Kratochvilova, TCH 1:54.68
    SILVER Lyubov Gurina, URS 1:56.11
    BRONZE Yekaterina Podkopayeva, URS 1:57.58

  • 1500 meters
    GOLD Mary Decker-Slaney, USA 4:00.90
    SILVER Zamira Zaitseva, URS 4:01.19
    BRONZE Yekaterina Podkopayeva, URS 4:02.25

  • 3000 meters
    GOLD Mary Decker-Slaney, USA 8:34.62
    SILVER Brigitte Kraus, FRG 8:35.11
    BRONZE Tatyana Kazankina, URS 8:35.13

  • Marathon
    GOLD Grete Waitz, NOR 2:28:09
    SILVER Marianne Dickerson, USA 2:31:09
    BRONZE Raisa Katyukova-Smekhnova, URS 2:13:13

  • 100-meter Hurdles
    GOLD Bettine Jahn, GDR 12.35
    SILVER Kerstin Knabe, GDR 12.42
    BRONZE Ginka Zagorcheva, BUL 12.62

  • 400-meter Hurdles
    GOLD Yekaterina Fesenko-Grun, URS 54.14
    SILVER Anna Ambraziene, URS 54.15
    BRONZE Ellen Neumann-Fiedler, GDR 54.55

  • Discus Throw
    GOLD Martina Opitz-Hellmann, GDR 68.94
    SILVER Galina Murashova, URS 67.44
    BRONZE Maria Vergova-Petkova, BUL 66.44

  • Shot Put
    GOLD Helena Fibingerova, TCH 21.05
    SILVER Helma Knorscheidt, GDR 20.70
    BRONZE Ilona Slupianek-Briesenick, GDR 20.56

  • Javelin Throw
    GOLD Tiina Lillak, FIN 70.82
    SILVER Fatima Whitbread, GBR 69.14
    BRONZE Anna Verouli, GRE 65.72

  • Long Jump
    GOLD Heike Daute-Drechsler, GDR 7.27
    SILVER Anisoara Cusmir-Stanciu, ROM 7.15
    BRONZE Carol Lewis, USA 7.04

  • High Jump
    GOLD Tamara Bykova, URS 2.01
    SILVER Ulrike Meyfarth, FRG 1.99
    BRONZE Louise Ritter, USA 1.95

  • Heptathlon
    GOLD Ramona Neubert, GDR 6714
    SILVER Sabine Paetz-John, GDR 6662
    BRONZE Anke Vater-Behmer, GDR 6532

  • 4 x 100-meter Relay
    GOLD East Germany (Silke Gladisch-Moller, Marita Koch, Ingrid Auerswald-Lange, Marlies Oelsner-Gohr), 41.76
    SILVER Great Britain, 42.71
    BRONZE Jamaica, 42.73

  • 4 x 400-meter Relay
    GOLD East Germany (Gesine Walther, Sabine Busch, Marita Koch, Dagmar Rubsam-Neubauer), 3:19.73
    SILVER Czechoslovakia, 3:20.32
    BRONZE Soviet Union, 3:21.16

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