Adhemar da Silva
An initial 12 athletes have been honoured as inaugural members of the newly created IAAF Hall Of Fame as announced by IAAF President Lamine Diack in Istanbul, Turkey today in conjunction with the holding of IAAF World Indoor Championships from 9 to 11 of March.
This announcement is to mark the 100-year anniversary of IAAF on July 17.
Another 12 athletes whose names will be announced through the year will complete the inaugural class. The official induction ceremony will be held at the IAAF Centenary Gala on Nov. 24 in Barcelona.
The criteria for entry into the IAAF Hall Of Fame includes having won at least 2 gold medals in the Olympics or world championships, beating a world record and in retirement for a minimum of 10 years.
The initial 12 outstanding athletes named as members are:
Jesse Owens (USA) [posthumous]
1936 : 100/200/LJ + WR 100, 200 & LJ (25 years)
Carl Lewis (USA)
1984 : 100/200/LJ & 1988/1992/1996 LJ + WR 100 + 5 world titles
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)
1988 : LJ/Hep & 1992 Hep + WR LJ & Hep (since 1988) + 4 world titles
Abebe Bikila (ETH)
1960, 1964 Oly MAR + WR
Paavo Nurmi (FIN)
1920 10,000, 1924 1500/5000 & 1928 10,000 + WR 1500, Mile, 3000, 5000 & 10,000
Emil Zatopek (TCH)
1948 10,000 & 1952 5000/10,000/Mar + WR 5000 & 10,000
Al Oerter (USA)
1956/1960/1964/1968 DT + WR DT
Adhemar da Silva (BRA)
1952/1956 TJ + WR TJ
Edwin Moses (USA)
1976/1984 400H + WR 400H (16 years) + 2 world titles
Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED)
1948 100/200/80H + WR 100, 80H, HJ, LJ & Pen
Betty Cuthbert (AUS)
1956 100/200 & 1964 400 + WR 200
Wang Junxia (CHN)
1996 Oly 5000 & 93 World 10,000 + Current WR (since 1993) - 3000 & 10,000