, previously known as Meeting Gaz de France
, is an annual track and field event
at the Stade de France
. Previously one of the IAAF Golden League
events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League
. It was fist organized in 1999. The record attendance was set on 1 July 2005, with a total of 70,253 spectators.
The origins of the meet date back to 1984 when Michel Zilbermann organised an athletics meeting at the Stade Auguste Delaune
. Another meeting in Paris was held annually in the Stade Sébastien Charléty
. The two meets collaborated to create a new event in the Stade de France in 1999. Following this, the two meetings officially merged to become one meet in 2000. The meeting's founder Zilbermann died in April 2008 following a long illness.. IAAF
(2009-04-28). Retrieved on 2009-04-28.
The 2009 event was marred by heavy rain but Kenenisa Bekele
, Kerron Stewart
, Sanya Richards
and Yelena Isinbayeva
all remained on target for the 2009 Golden League
jackpot. A particular highlight was Usain Bolt
's 9.79 seconds run for the 100 m meet record, which was closely followed by a national-record-breaking Daniel Bailey
. There were 46,500 people in attendance to see new French record
holder Renaud Lavillenie
win the pole vault
competition.Turner, Chris (2009-07-17). . IAAF
. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.