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The International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships were inaugurated as the World Indoor Games in 1985 in Paris, France and were subsequently renamed in 1987 as they are known today.

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History

They have been held every two years except for when they were held in consecutive years 2003 and 2004 to facilitate the need for them to be held in alternate years to the main IAAF World Championships (outdoors) in the future.

Championships

Year City Country Date Venue
1 1985 Paris  France 18 January - 19 January 1985 Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
2 1987 Indianapolis  United States 6 March - 8 March 1987 Hoosier Dome
3 1989 Budapest  Hungary 3 March - 5 March 1989 Budapest Sports Arena
4 1991 Seville  Spain 8 March - 10 March 1991 Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo
5 1993 Toronto  Canada 12 March - 14 March 1993 SkyDome
6 1995 Barcelona  Spain 10 March - 12 March 1995 Palau Sant Jordi
7 1997 Paris  France 7 March - 9 March 1997 Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy [1]
8 1999 Maebashi  Japan 5 March - 7 March 1999 Green Dome Maebashi
9 2001 Lisbon  Portugal 9 March - 11 March 2001 Pavilhão Atlântico
10 2003 Birmingham  United Kingdom 14 March - 16 March 2003 National Indoor Arena
11 2004 Budapest  Hungary 5 March - 7 March 2004 Budapest Sports Arena
12 2006 Moscow  Russia 10 March - 12 March 2006 Olimpiysky Stadium
13 2008 Valencia  Spain 7 March - 9 March 2008 Luis Puig Palace
14 2010 Doha  Qatar 12 March - 14 March 2010 ASPIRE Dome
15 2012 Istanbul  Turkey 9 March - 11 March 2012 Sinan Erdem Dome

Events

The events held have remained more or less the same since they originated with the main alterations coming in the earlier years.

The 4 x 400 m relay race for both men and women was added to the full schedule in 1991 as was the women's triple jump, but only as an exhibition event before gaining full status at the following championships.

1993 saw the last of the racewalking events included and a 1600 m medley relay was tried but dropped for future games. This same year a men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon were successfully introduced as non-championship events and have remained in place since.

In 1997 the women's pole vault entered the fray – two years before it made an appearance at the games' outdoor counterpart.

The 200 m was absent from the 2006 championships in Moscow, as in recent years it has become too predictable. Because of the tight bends involved, athletes not drawn in one of the outside lanes have next to no chance of winning.

Outstanding achievements

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Seven gold medals

Mozambique's Maria de Lurdes Mutola won seven gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the women's 800 m from 1993 to 2008.

Natalya Nazarova has won seven gold and one silver medal from 1999 to 2008 in the 400 m and 4x400m relay.

Five gold medals

Cuban Iván Pedroso won five straight golds in the men's long jump from 1993-2001.
Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria won five gold medals in the women's high jump.

Four gold medals

Championship records

Men

Event Record Athlete Country Venue Date
60 m 6.42 Maurice Greene  United States Maebashi 7 March 1999
200 m 20.10* Frank Fredericks  Namibia Maebashi 6 March 1999
400 m 45.26 Harry Reynolds  United States Toronto 14 March 1993
800 m 1:42.67 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark Paris 9 March 1997
1500 m 3:33.77 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia Maebashi 7 March 1999
3000 m 7:34.71 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia Paris 9 March 1997
60 m hurdles 7.34 Dayron Robles  Cuba Doha 14 March 2010
High jump 2.43 m Javier Sotomayor  Cuba Budapest 4 March 1989
Pole vault 6.01 m Steven Hooker  Australia Doha 13 March 2010
Long jump 8.62 m Iván Pedroso  Cuba Maebashi 7 March 1999
Triple jump 17.90 m Teddy Tamgho  France Doha 14 March 2010
Shot put 22.24 m Ulf Timmermann  East Germany Indianapolis 7 March 1987
Heptathlon 6476 pts Dan O'Brien  United States Toronto 14 March 1993
5000 m walk 18:23.55* Mikhail Shchennikov  Soviet Union Sevilla 10 March 1991
4 x 400 m 3:02.83 Andre Morris,
Dameon Johnson,
Deon Minor,
Milton Campbell
 United States Maebashi 7 March 1999

Women

Event Record Athlete Country Venue Date
60 m 6.95 Gail Devers  United States Toronto 12 March 1993
200 m 22.15* Irina Privalova  Russia Toronto 14 March 1993
400 m 50.04 Olesya Forsheva  Russia Moscow 12 March 2006
800 m 1:56.90 Ludmila Formanová  Czech Republic Maebashi 7 March 1999
1500 m 3:59.41 Yuliya Fomenko  Russia Valencia 9 March 2008
3000 m 8:33.82 Elly van Hulst  Netherlands Budapest 4 March 1989
60 m hurdles 7.72 Lolo Jones  United States Doha 13 March 2010
High jump 2.05 m Stefka Kostadinova  Bulgaria Indianapolis 8 March 1987
Pole vault 4.86 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia Budapest 6 March 2004
Long jump 7.10 m Heike Drechsler  East Germany Indianapolis 7 March 1987
Triple jump 15.36 m Tatyana Lebedeva  Russia Budapest 6 March 2004
Shot put 20.85 m Nadzeya Ostapchuk  Belarus Doha 14 March 2010
Pentathlon 4937 pts Jessica Ennis  United Kingdom Doha 13 March 2010
3000 m walk 11:49.73* Yelena Nikolayeva  Russia Toronto 12 March 1993
4 x 400 m 3:23.88 Olesya Forsheva
Olga Kotlyarova
Tatyana Levina
Natalya Nazarova
 Russia Birmingham 7 March 2004

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