Finnish Javelin thrower Tero Pitkämäki and hammer thrower Olli-Pekka Karjalainen won their events and beat the Olympic Champions Andreas Thorkildsen (JT) and Szymon Ziólkowski (HT).
Tommi Evilä jumped 822 in the men's long jump and got 2nd to the Olympic Champion Dwight Phillipis. Evilä exceeded the 39 year old Finnish Record of Rainer Stenius, but because of the too strong tail wind the result was not recordable.
There were more than 12 000 paying spectators watching the event in the renewed Helsinki Olympic Stadium, in the eve of the Helsinki 2005 World Championships.
Helsinki Grand Prix was not organized as the Olympic Stadium was under reparation for the World Championships in 2005.
An American Darvis Patton won a great 100-meter-run, where Eric Nkansah came second with the same time. The gold winner of the Olympic Games in Athens in 200 meters, Shawn Crawford was the third, Justin Catlin, who won the gold medal in Athens in 100 meters became fourth and the Namibian Grand Old Man Frank Fredericks was the fifth.
Heli Koivula jumped the triple-jump with a result of 14,36 that only remained 3 cm from the Finnish record. Given birth to a baby daughter only five months earlier, Kirsi Valasti surprised everyone by winning women’s 3000-meters in a Nordic match.
Samuli Vasala surprised a bunch of the world’s best runners in the men’s 3000 meters by making a sprint to the victory with his own personal record, 7.46,95. Sergei Makarov broke Seppo Räty’s stadium record with a result of 89,98meters. The world record holder Colin Jackson won the Olympic winner Allen Johnson in 110 meters hurdles.
It was raining through the whole competition. Jan Zelezny threw men’s javelin nearly to 87 meters despite the rain and the Cuban Osleidys Menendez the women’s javelin nearly 67 meters. A young Swede Christian Olsson surprised the world record holder Jonathan Edwards in men’s triple jump.
The world record holder Maurice Green suffered a loss in the men’s 100 meters to his fellow countryman Brian Lewis. Mika Halvari won the shot put with a result of 21,04 meters. Aki Parviainen lost the game by a narrow margin to a Greek Kosta Gatsioudis with a result of 88,74meters.
Haile Gebreselassie won 3000 meters brilliantly with a time of 7.26,03. The best athlete’s price was however, given to Marion Jones, who run 200 meters under 22 seconds. Sergei Makarov won the javelin, where 5 men threw over 85 meters, among them Aki Parviainen and young Matti Närhi.
There were four times as many spectators as there had been 2 years ago. Finnish athletes Aki Parviainen, Mika Halvari and Mikaela Ingberg won three tough sports and the icing of the evening was Haile Gebreselassie’s new world record in the men’s 5000 meters, 12.39,36.
The Olympic winner and world record holder Ján Zelesný was only the fourth in the men’s exciting javelin competition after Steve Backley, Aki Parviainen and Harri Hakkarainen. A world champion Trine Hattestad won the women’s javelin with the world’s best seasonal result of 69,66.
The Games were competed for the last time under the name of the World Games in very cold circumstances. Game’s stars included Frank Fredericks, who ran in 10 degrees weather 9.87. His time remained only 0,02 seconds behind Leroy Burrell’s world record. The world-record holder in triple-jump Jonathan Edwards jumped a new competition record, 17.82. World record holder Fernanda Ribeiro in women’s 5000-meters won 5000 meters with a good time of 14.52,66 and a 19-year-old Annemari Sandell reached the second place.
Geir Moen, who was the favourite of the previous year’s European Championships, was the Games superhero in the men’s 200 meters.
A Namibian world champion Frank Fredericks won the 100 meters.
A Jamaican Marlene Ottey won the women’s 100 meters. Despite the cold weather her time remained only 0,001 seconds behind the Game’s record and she was rewarded with the best athlete’s price.
No World Games were held in Helsinki as the Olympic Stadium was under reparation before the European Championships.
The World Champion Seppo Räty threw his javelin to 87,12 meters and took home the Trophy as the first Finn since Arto Bryggare got it in 1993.
The best athlete’s reward went to an Algerian world-record holder Noureddine Morceli, who ran 1500 meters in 3.31,00. Tuuli Merikoski-Silius run the 800 meters in a national record time 2.00,59 that still holds and was rewarded the Fighter’s price.
A very high-quality high jump competition was performed at the Stadium. An American Hollis Conway won it with a result of 2,37m. The only Finnish winner was a javelin thrower Marko Hyytiäinen from the organizing sport-club, Helsingin Kisa-Veikot.
Best athlete’s reward was given to Salvatore Antibo from Italy. He won the 10 000 meters with a top-time, 27.16,50. The only Finnish winner was Seppo Räty, who then won his first of his four World Games victories.
Oleg Protsenko from ex-Soviet Union jumped triple-jump 17,68m. The Fighter’s Trophy was given to Ari Suhonen who won the 800 meters, but Juha Pyy showed most stamina by sharing the first place in 400 meters.
A Moroccan Said Aouita run a mile to a time of 3.46,76 which is still the best result ever run in Finland. Only 0,34 seconds were missing from the new world record.
Although the Olympic Winner Juri Sedyh had an excellent result of 84,14m in the hammer throwing, it was not enough for him to win the best athlete’s reward, because Tom Petranoff threw a new world record 85,38m in javelin with a javelin type that was in use for the first time.
IAAF’s GP-series started and the World Games came along from the start. An American triple-jumper Willie Banks with his walkmans warmed the audience to clap their hands rhythmically and won the best athlete’s reward.
Igor Nikulin from the ex-Soviet Union threw hammer over 80 meters and was rewarded the best athlete’s price. For the first time a new prize “ the Fighter’s Trophy” was rewarded to an athlete who made the most memorable performance. The prize was given to a 1500-meter-runner Antti Loikkanen.
The World Games were organized for the last time as a two-day-competition and Tiina Lillak broke the world record of women’s javelin with a result of 72,40 meters.
China, who had been out of the International Athletic Organization, returned to the sports arena. They were especially successful in different jumps – the Chinese won both long jump and triple jump.
Brian Oldfied, who has just received back his amateur rights, put the shot in a rainy weather to 21,19 meters.
An American Mac Wilkins threw discuss brilliantly to 70,98 meters. This is still the Olympic Stadium record.
World Games were founding the present Euro meetings organization that was a predecessor of the present Grand Prix-tour. The brightest star of the Games was “Mr Oily Hip” Renaldo Nehemiah, who had previously within the same season improved the world record of the 110-meter-hurdles in the time, 13.00.
Just before the World Games a Kenyan runner Henry Rono ran his fourth world-record and won clearly the 3000-meter-steeplechase, although he did not break the world record.
An unknown Kenyan called Samson Kimobwa ran with his bouncing style to become a new record holder in the 10 000 meters.
Instead of organizing the World Games every other year from this year on they were held yearly. The highlights of this year’s Games’ were Lasse Viren breaking the time limit required for the Olympic Games in 10 000 meters and Seppo Hovi’s javelin throw 93,54 meters that nearly was a new national record.
The World Games Challenge Cup was won another time in a row by a steeplechase runner, when a Polish Bronislaw Malinowski run a time of 8.13,66. Had this been run a day before, it would have been a new world record. In this year the women’s number of different sports equalled the men’s number of sports.
A Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho had made a new world record in the men’s 3000-meter-steeplechase just a few years before he became a professional runner in a team that only lived for a short while.
Raimo Vilén run a new Finnish record in the 200 meters, 20,80, Pekka Vasala did the same in the 1500 meters, 3,38.60 and Ari Salin made a new Finnish record in 400 meters hurdles, 49,60. An American Ralph Mann, who beat Slain with a time of 48,90 was rewarded the best athlete’s price of the World Games.
Just before the World Games Jorma Kinnunen had thrown a new world record of 92,70 meters in Tampere. In the Games he threw nearly 90 meters winning the price of the best athlete of the Games.
Finns became aware of the women’s sports when an Australian Judy Polock was chosen as the best athlete of the World Games. She broke the world record of 800-meters by running 2.10,00.
In a brilliant 5000-meter-run eight national records were broken and Jorma Kinnunen won the javelin with the result that was over 85 meters.
A long-jumper Pentti Eskola was the first Finn ever to jump over 8 meters. Eskola’s Finnish record 804 meters remained as a World Games record until 1987.
51 783 spectators, the record of all times, watched the World Games. The Romanian Jolanda Bales known as “Aunt Long Legs” won the women’s high jump. She had been unbeatable for many years in her own sport.
46 000 spectators followed the first 2-day World Games at the stadium. A South African world record holder of 400-meter-hurdels, Gerhardus Potgieter won the Challenge Cup for being the best athlete of the Games. The Cup was donated by Apu-magazine and designed by Timo Sarpaneva.