IAAF World Championships in Athletics
|No. of teams||200 (2007), 202 (2009), 204 (2011), 206 (2013)|
|Most recent champion(s)||Last winners lists|
SBS Two (Australia)|
NBC Universal (United States)
The World Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Originally, it was planned to be held every four years, but this changed after the third edition in 1991, and it has since been run biennially.
The idea of having an Athletics World Championships was around well before the competition's first event in 1983. In 1913, the IAAF decided that the Olympic Games would serve as the World Championships for athletics. This was considered suitable for over 50 years until in the late 1960s the desire of many IAAF members to have their own World Championships began to grow. In 1976 at the IAAF Council Meeting in Puerto Rico an Athletics World Championships separate from the Olympic Games was approved.
Following bids from both Stuttgart, West Germany and Helsinki, Finland, the IAAF Council awarded the inaugural competition to Helsinki, to take place in 1983 and be held in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium (where the 1952 Summer Olympics had been held).
Two IAAF world championship events preceded the inaugural edition of the World Championships in Athletics in 1983. The 1976 World Championships had just one event – the men's 50 kilometres walk which was dropped from the Olympic programme for the 1976 Summer Olympics and the IAAF responded by setting up their own contest. Four years later, the 1980 World Championships contained only two newly approved women's events, (400 metres hurdles and 3000 metres), neither of which featured on the programme for the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Over the years the competition has grown in size. In 1983 an estimated 1,300 athletes from 154 countries participated. By the 2003 competition, in Paris, it had grown to 1,907 athletes from 203 countries with coverage being transmitted to 179 different countries.
There has also been a change in composition over the years, with several new events, all for women, being added. By 2005 the schedule for men and women was almost equal. The only differences being the men had the extra event of the 50 km walk, while women competed in the 100 m hurdles and heptathlon compared to the men in the 110 m hurdles and decathlon respectively.
The following list shows when new events were added for the first time.
- 1987, women's 10,000 m and 10 km walk were added.
- 1993, women's triple jump was added.
- 1995, women's 5000 m was added, replacing the 3000 m race.
- 1999, women's pole vault and hammer were added and the women's 20 km walk replaced the 10 km walk.
- 2005, women's 3000 m steeplechase was added.
|Edition||Year||City||Country||Date||Venue|| No. of
| No. of|
|1st||1983 ()||Helsinki||23x15px Finland||7 Aug – 14 Aug||Olympiastadion||41||1,355|
|2nd||1987 ()||Rome||23x15px Italy||28 Aug – 6 Sep||Stadio Olimpico||43||1,451|
|3rd||1991 ()||Tokyo||Template:Country data Japan||23 Aug – 1 Sep||National Olympic Stadium||43||1,517|
|4th||1993 ()||Stuttgart||23x15px Germany||13 Aug – 22 Aug||Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion||44||1,689|
|5th||1995 ()||Gothenburg||23x15px Sweden||5 Aug – 13 Aug||Ullevi||44||1,804|
|6th||1997 ()||Athens||22x20px Greece||1 Aug – 10 Aug||Olympiako Stadio||44||1,882|
|7th||1999 ()||Seville||23x15px Spain||20 Aug – 29 Aug||Estadio Olímpico de la Cartuja||46||1,821|
|8th||2001 ()||Edmonton||23x15px Canada||3 Aug – 12 Aug||Commonwealth Stadium||46||1,677|
|9th||2003 ()||Saint-Denis||23x15px France||23 Aug – 31 Aug||Stade de France||46||1,679|
|10th||2005 ()||Helsinki||23x15px Finland||6 Aug – 14 Aug||Olympiastadion||47||1,688|
|11th||2007 ()||Osaka||Template:Country data Japan||24 Aug – 2 Sep||Nagai Stadium||47||1,800|
|12th||2009 ()||Berlin||23x15px Germany||15 Aug – 23 Aug||Olympiastadion||47||1,895|
|13th||2011 ()||Daegu||Template:Country data South Korea||27 Aug – 4 Sep||Daegu Stadium||47||1,867|
|14th||2013 ()||Moscow||23x15px Russia||10 Aug – 18 Aug||Luzhniki Stadium||47||1,970|
|15th||2015 ()||Beijing||23x15px China||22 Aug – 30 Aug||Beijing National Stadium|
|16th||2017 ()||London||23x15px United Kingdom||5 Aug – 13 Aug||Olympic Stadium|
|17th||2019 ()||Doha||23x15px Qatar||28 Sep – 6 Oct||Khalifa International Stadium|
|18th||2021 ()||Eugene||23x15px United States||14 Aug - 22 Aug (unofficial)||Hayward Field|
Medal totals since 1983
Updated after 2013 Championships
- NOTE: Germany refers both to the former West Germany (1983–90) and the unified Federal Republic of Germany (1990–present).
The opening and closing ceremonies of the 8th IAAF World Championships held in Edmonton in 2001 were broadcast live to over 200 countries. The event included the men's marathon, and featured a thousand voice choir and original music by The Second City alumni Jan Randall.
There are fourteen athletes who have won at least six medals.
|Usain Bolt||Template:Country data Jamaica||8||2||0||10|
|Carl Lewis||23x15px United States||8||1||1||10|
|Michael Johnson||23x15px United States||8||0||0||8|
|LaShawn Merritt||23x15px United States||6||2||0||8|
|Haile Gebrselassie||23x15px Ethiopia||4||2||1||7|
|Sergey Bubka||23x15px Soviet Union / 23x15px Ukraine||6||0||0||6|
|Jeremy Wariner||23x15px United States||5||1||0||6|
|Kenenisa Bekele||23x15px Ethiopia||5||0||1||6|
|Lars Riedel||23x15px Germany||5||0||1||6|
|Hicham El Guerrouj||23x15px Morocco||4||2||0||6|
|Ezekiel Kemboi||Template:Country data Kenya||3||3||0||6|
|Butch Reynolds||23x15px United States||3||2||1||6|
|Bernard Lagat||23x15px United States / Template:Country data Kenya||2||3||1||6|
|Greg Haughton||Template:Country data Jamaica||0||3||3||6|
There are twelve athletes who have won at least six medals.
|Merlene Ottey||Template:Country data Jamaica / 23x15px Slovenia||3||4||7||14|
|Allyson Felix||23x15px United States||8||1||1||10|
|Jearl Miles Clark||23x15px United States||4||3||2||9|
|Veronica Campbell-Brown||Template:Country data Jamaica||2||7||0||9|
|Gail Devers||23x15px United States||5||3||0||8|
|Gwen Torrence||23x15px United States||3||4||1||8|
|Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce||Template:Country data Jamaica||5||2||0||7|
|Yuliya Pechonkina||23x15px Russia||2||3||2||7|
|Beverly McDonald||Template:Country data Jamaica||1||4||2||7|
|Lorraine Graham||Template:Country data Jamaica||1||3||3||7|
|Carmelita Jeter||23x15px United States||3||1||3||7|
|Sanya Richards-Ross||23x15px United States||5||1||0||6|
Athletes with most appearances
There are fifteen athletes that competed in at least eight editions.
|11||Susana Feitor||23x15px Portugal||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||10 km walk / 20 km walk|
|Jesús Ángel García||23x15px Spain||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||50 km walk|
|10||Franka Dietzsch||23x15px Germany||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||Discus throw|
|9||Tim Berrett||23x15px Canada||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||20 km walk / 50 km walk|
|Maria Mutola||23x15px Mozambique||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||800 m|
|Danny McFarlane||Template:Country data Jamaica||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||400 m / 400 m hurdles / 4x400 m|
|Nicola Vizzoni||23x15px Italy||97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||Hammer throw|
|8||Jan Železný||23x15px Czechoslovakia / 23x15px Czech Republic||87, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03||Javelin throw|
|Lars Riedel||23x15px Germany||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05||Discus throw|
|Hatem Ghoula||23x15px Tunisia||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||20 km walk|
|Merlene Ottey||Template:Country data Jamaica / 23x15px Slovenia||83, 87, 91, 93, 95, 97, 03, 07||100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m|
|Kevin Sullivan||23x15px Canada||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||1500 m|
|Sergey Makarov||23x15px Russia||97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||Javelin throw|
|Venelina Veneva||23x15px Bulgaria||91, 95, 99, 01, 03, 05, 09, 11||High Jump|
|Aleksander Tammert||23x15px Estonia||95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||Discus throw|
- IAAF Hall of Fame
- IAAF Athlete of the Year
- International Athletics Championships and Games
- IPC Athletics World Championships
- List of World Championships in Athletics medalists (men)
- List of World Championships in Athletics medalists (women)
- IAAF World Championships in Athletics. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2013-09-08.
- Archive of Past Events. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-09-08.
- "First World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki a landmark for track & field." Usatf.org. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
- Statistics book, Moscow 2013
|40x40px||Wikimedia Commons has media related to World Championships in Athletics.|
- Results of past World Championships
- Official Site of the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics - Daegu
- Track and Field Results Almanac
- Top medalists from World Athletics Championships
Lua error in Module:Authority_control at line 346: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).