The IAAF (International
Amateur Athletic Federation) unified in 1998 the most prestigious athletic
meetings to create the Golden League that includes,
as well as Memorial Ivo Van Damme, the meetings of Oslo, Paris, Rome,
Zurich and Berlin.
The athletes, that win their discipline at the time of six meetings, can
claim a share of the jackpot which, this year, is 1 million dollars.
For the first edition, Marion Jones, Haile Gebreselassie
and Hicham El Guerrouj shared in the jackpot. In 1999,
there are only two lucky athletes, Gabriela Szabo and
Wilson Kipketer, they claimed 25 kilo of gold each. In
2000, five athletes have achieved their final aim : Gail Devers,
Maurice Greene, Tatjana Kotova, Trine
Solberg-Hattestad and Hicham El Guerrouj, who won for the second time. Hicham El Guerrouj is also one of winners in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, André Bucher, Allen
Johnson, Marion Jones, Violeta Bedea-Skezely
and Olga Yegorova were the others beneficiaries and in
2002, Felix Sanchez, Marion Jones and Ana Guevera
completed the podium.
Meetings Golden League: