GOLDEN LEAGUE: Down to the wire


30 August 2006

Monte-Carlo - Next Sunday (3 Sep) the six meeting series of the IAAF Golden League 2006 concludes in Berlin’s Olympic stadium with the DKB-ISTAF Berlin, the 65th anniversary of this famous one-day German festival of athletics.

In terms of the $1 Million IAAF Golden League Jackpot, with five meetings worked out, four athletes have already secured five Golden League victories in 2006 - Asafa Powell (100m), Jeremy Wariner (400m), Sanya Richards (women’s 400m), and Tirunesh Dibaba (women’s 5000m) - and so have acquired a slice of a $500,000 purse. In Berlin they will try and snatch something from an ADDITIONAL pot of $500,000 which is on offer for those achieving a perfect series of six wins.

Two other athletes, Kenenisa Bekele (5000m) and Irving Saladino (LJ), have completed four wins this Golden League summer, and should they also be victorious in Berlin will take a share of the first $500,000 which is already split four-ways.

NB. Jackpot winners must* compete at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart on 9 – 10 September 2006 to be eligible for their prize.

Who stands to win, and what prize money?

5 out of 6 GL wins (US $ 500,000)

Contenders: Asafa Powell (JAM), Sanya Richards (USA), Jeremy Wariner (USA), Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH), Kenenisa Bekele (ETH), Irving Saladino (PAN).

Number winning 5 times
Prize Money per each athlete

SIX athletes

FIVE athletes

FOUR athletes



6 out of 6 GL wins (US $ 500,000)

Contenders: Asafa Powell (JAM), Sanya Richards (USA), Jeremy Wariner (USA), Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH).

Number winning 6 times
Prize Money per each athlete

FOUR athletes

THREE athletes

TWO athletes

ONE athlete

No athletes

Examples of the highest and lowest possible Jackpot prize:

Lowest Jackpot Prize Scenario - If only Bekele and Saladino win in Berlin, then all six athletes will each win a total jackpot prize of $83,333.

Highest Jackpot Prize Scenario - If Bekele and Saladino, and three of the four athletes in contention for six wins are unsuccessful in Berlin, then the one athlete who is victorious at all six meets would win a total prize of $625,000 ($125,000 + $500,000).

2006 IAAF Golden League Events:
Men: 100m, 400m, 1500m, 3000/5000m, Long Jump, Javelin Throw
Women: 100m, 400m, 3000/5000m, 100m Hurdles, High Jump

IAAF Golden League - Dates and venues in 2006:
Friday 2 June, OSLO, NOR
Saturday 8 July, PARIS, FRA
Friday 14 July, ROME, ITA
Friday 18 August, ZURICH, SUI
Friday 25 August, BRUSSELS, BEL
Sunday 3 September, BERLIN, GER

*undergo and clear the usual anti-doping procedures