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|2011 in athletics|
Daegu Stadium played host to the World Championships
|Major world events||2011 World Championships|
|World records set||13|
|IAAF Athletes of the Year||Usain Bolt
|World Marathon Majors winners||Emmanuel Mutai
|New competitions||African XC Championships|
The 2011 season marked the re-establishment of the African Cross Country Championships, an event created in response to the change of the World Cross Championships from an annual to a biennial format. It was also the first year since 1992 that the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was not held, as that competition also switched to a two-year schedule.
|12–13 February||Austrian Indoor Championships||Linz|
|12–13 February||Latvian Indoor Championships||Kuldīga|
|18–19 February||Lithuanian Indoor Championships||Klaipėda |
|19–21 April||Tonga Championships||Nuku’alofa|
|30–31 May||Armenian Championships||Artashat|
|10–12 June||Japanese Championships||Kumagaya |
|23–26 June||USA Championships||Eugene|
|24–25 June||Bahamian Championships||Freeport |
|25–26 June||Italian Championships||Turin |
|23–24 July||German Championships||Kassel|
|23–24 July||Lithuanian Championships||Kaunas |
|30–31 July||Latvian Championships|||
|6–7 August||Spanish Championshios||Málaga |
|11–13 August||Polish Championships||Bydgoszcz|
|Indoor heptathlon||Ashton Eaton||United States||6568 pts||International Indoor Combined Events Meeting||Tallinn, Estonia||5–6 February|
|Triple jump (indoor)||Teddy Tamgho||France||17.91 m||French Indoor Championships||Aubière, France||20 February|
|European Indoor Championships||Paris, France||6 March|
|50,000 m track walk||Yohann Diniz||France||3:35:27.20 hours||N/A||Reims, France||12 March|
|25,000 metres (track)
30,000 metres (track)
|Prefontaine Classic||Eugene, Oregon, USA||4 June|
|4 × 100 metres relay||Nesta Carter
|Jamaica||37.04||World Championships in Athletics||Daegu, South Korea||4 September|
|30 km (road)||Peter Cheruiyot Kirui||Kenya||1:27:37||2011 Berlin Marathon||Berlin, Germany||25 September|
|20 km road||Mary Keitany||Kenya||1:02:36+||Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon||Ras Al Khaimah, UAE||18 February|
|4×800 m relay (indoor)||Team Moscow
|Russia||8:06.24||Russian Indoor Championships||Moscow, Russia||18 February|
|20 km road walk||Vera Sokolova||Russia||1:25:08||Russian Race Walking Championships||Sochi, Russia||26 February|
|Hammer throw||Betty Heidler||Germany||79.42 m||International Throwing Meeting||Halle, Germany||21 May|
- † = Croatia's Sandra Perković had a throw of 69.99 m in June in Varaždin, but this was annulled after she later failed a drug test.
|IAAF World Athlete of the Year||Usain Bolt (JAM)|
|Track & Field Athlete of the Year||David Rudisha (KEN)|
|European Athlete of the Year Trophy||Mo Farah (GBR)|
|European Athletics Rising Star||David Storl (GER)|
|IAAF World Athlete of the Year||Sally Pearson (AUS)|
|Track & Field Athlete of the Year||Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)|
|European Athlete of the Year Trophy||Mariya Savinova (RUS)|
|European Athletics Rising Star||Jodie Williams (GBR)|
- 3 January – Zbigniew Jaremski (61), 400 m relay silver medallist at the 1976 Olympics
- 16 January – Stefka Yordanova (64), 1973 European indoor champion over 800 m
- 3 February – Robert Young (95), 400 m relay silver medallist at the 1936 Olympics
- 5 February – Albert Yator (17), Kenyan world junior steeplechase medalist
- 13 February – Inese Jaunzeme (78), javelin thrower and Latvia's first Olympic champion
- 19 February – Ollie Matson (70), 400 m runner and 1952 Olympic medallist
- 25 February – Peter Hildreth (82), 1950 European Championships medallist in the hurdles
- 14 March – Eduard Gushchin (60), 1968 Olympic medallist in the shot put 
- 19 April – Grete Waitz (57), distance runner and world champion and record holder in the marathon
- 16 May – Samuel Wanjiru (24), first Kenyan to win the Olympic marathon and a former half marathon world record holder
- 28 May – Romuald Klim (78), 1964 Olympic champion and former world record holder in the hammer throw
- 30 May - Ricky Bruch, (64) former world record holder in the discus throw
- 6 June – Benjamín González (53), World and European indoor medallist over 400 and 800 metres
- 10 June – Cosimo Caliandro (29), 3000 metres gold medallist at the 2007 European Indoors
- 10 July – Ragnar Lundberg (86), pole vaulter and 1950 European champion
- 12 July – Kurt Lundquist (85), 400 m runner and 1948 Olympic relay medallist
- 17 August – Pierre Quinon (49), 1984 Olympic pole vault champion
- 2 October – Vera Popkova (68), 1971 European indoor champion over 400 metres
- 13 October – Abdoulaye Seye (77), sprinter and 1960 Olympic medallist over 200 m
- 12 December – Sunday Bada (42), 1997 World indoor champion over 400 metres and Olympic relay gold medallist
- Austrian Indoor Championships
- Latvian Championships
- Lithuanian Championships
- Tonga Championships
- Armenian Championships
- Japanese Championships
- Bahamian Championships
- Italian Championships
- "111. Deutsche Leichtathletik-Meisterschaften". Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (in German). 24 July 2011.
- Spanish Championships
- 87 Mistrzostwa Polski
- Lindmae, Maris (2011-02-06). Eaton sets new World record in Tallinn with 6568 points. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-12.
- Tamgho triples to 17.91m World indoor record in Aubiere. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
- Ramsak, Bob (2011-03-06). Tamgho twice (!) triples 17.92m World record in Paris as European Indoor Champs conclude. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
- Warburton, Paul (2011-03-12). Rolling Stones and champagne accompany World 50,000m race walk track record for Diniz. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
- Martin, Dave (2011-06-04). Mosop rips apart World records for 25,000 and 30,000m in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-05.
- Ramsak, Bob (2011-09-04). Daegu 2011 - Day 9 SUMMARY - 4 September. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-14.
- Butcher, Pat (2011-09-25). Makau stuns with 2:03:38 Marathon World record in Berlin! - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-05.
- Hutchings, Tim (2011-02-18). Keitany smashes Half Marathon World record in Ras Al Khaimah - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
- Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-02-19). Women’s World 4x800m Relay record falls in Moscow – Russian indoor champs wrap. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
- Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-02-26). Sokolova heads off Kirdyapkina to clock 1:25:08 World record - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
- Wenig, Jorg (2011-05-21). 79.42m - Heidler breaks World Hammer Throw record in Halle - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.
- Discus Throw 2011. IAAF (2011-12-15). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Bolt and Pearson are World Athletes of the Year – 2011 World Athletics Gala. IAAF (2011-11-12). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Farah and Savinova named European Athletes of the Year. IAAF/European Athletics (2011-10-05). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Stars of Europe honoured during the Awards Night in Arona. European Athletics (2011-10-05). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Zbigniew Jaremski. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Former European 800m indoor champion Yordanova dies. European Athletics (2011-01-19). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Bob Young. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Albert Yator cause of death confirmed. Athletics Weekly (2011-02-09). Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
- Pergament, Alan (2011-02-22). Matson obituary: protecting the NFL? Still Talkin' TV (wnymedia.net). Retrieved 2011-12-17.
- 1950 European Athletics Championships medallist Peter Hildreth dies. European Athletics (2011-02-27). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- 1968 Olympic medallist Eduard Gushchin dies. European Athletics (2011-03-15). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Distance running legend Grete Waitz passes away, memorial tribute to be held on 11 May. IAAF (2011-04-19). Retrieved on 2011-05-01.
- Ramsak, Bob (2011-05-16). Samuel Wanjiru, Olympic Marathon champion, dies at 24. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-05-18.
- Klim, Olympic Hammer Throw champion, passes away. IAAF (2011-06-02). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
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- Spain’s 1982 European Athletics Indoor Championships medallist Benjamin Gonzalez dies. European Athletics (2011-06-09). Retrieved on 2011-06-11.
- Italy’s 2007 European indoor championships Cosimo Caliandro killed. European Athletics (2011-06-11). Retrieved on 2011-06-11.
- Ragnar Lundberg. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Kurt Lundquist. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- French Pole Vault ace Pierre Quinon has died. IAAF (2011-08-18). Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
- Former European indoor 400m champion Vera Popkova passes away. European Athletics (2011-10-04). Retrieved on 2011-10-05.
- Abdoulaye Seye, 1960 Olympic bronze medallist, passes away. IAAF (2011-10-14). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- 1997 World Indoor champion Sunday Bada dies. IAAF (2011-12-13). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
Annual season reviews from IAAF by A. Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava: