This weekend will see a whole host of talented athletes flock to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the very stadium that witnessed British athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah charge to victory. They will all be ready to perform, excite and excel at this year’s IAAF World Championships. The world will be transfixed on the ten-day competition and nationalism will truly come into its own as the world’s best athletes perform on the global stage. After a thirty-four year history, the first IAAF World Championships having been hosted in Helsinki in 1983, this will be the 16th event and first time Britain is hosting. These London World Championships is expected to be the best-attended one yet, with more than 700,000 fans pouring in, launching it into the position of the biggest global sporting event this year.
Bewitching the whole of Britain during the event’s ten-day duration is four-time Olympic gold medallist and most decorated British athlete, Mo Farah. With nine global titles, Farah returns to London’s Olympic Park, the place he made UK sporting history with the hopes of once again storming through to gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m. It would make it his third consecutive double win of the two longest track distances, having achieved this at London 2012 and Rio 2016. His first race on the opening Friday night comes before his final ever track appearance in Zurich, on the 24th August for the Diamond League final. With plans on retiring in order to focus on marathons, Farah’s last race in Britain is to take place at the Birmingham Grand Prix on 20th August. An icon and and inspiration, the IAAF Championships is where Mo Farah will take a memorable last bow on his legendary London appearances.
Also in the spotlight and ones to watch this IAAF Championships are our female British athletes, Dina Asher-Smith, Katerina Johnson-Thompson and Laura Muir. With Asher-Smith being the fastest British woman of all time across the 100m and 200m distances, she’ll now be working to push even further than her bronze in Rio 2016 all the way to gold. Surging ahead after Jessica Ennis-Hill’s retirement and a worthy successor is Johnson-Thompson. After placing 6th at the Rio 2016 Heptathlon, jumping a staggering 1.98m in the high jump, she is certainly among the medal contenders this year. Also longing to secure a place on the podium is Scottish distance runner, Muir, falling just short at both the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympics. However, in the next few days on familiar ground and with a home crowd behind her, Muir hopes to have the power to go all the way.
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