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10 things to know about the IAAF World Championships London 2017

London’s Olympic Park is the scenario for 2017’s IAAF World Championships, where the best athletes in the world will compete for the maximum glory. The UK already hosted the 2012 Olympic Games, and with a similar euphoria, the capital city returns to host the summer athletic games of the year.

If you’re interested in knowing a bit more of the competition, here are the top 10 things you need to know of the promising sporting event:

1. What is the IAAF?

IAAF means International Association of Athletics Federations, which is the international government of athletic sports. It has its headquarters in Monaco, France.

2. Where is the sporting event taking place?

The championships are set in the former Olympic Stadium inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The summer athletics will run from August 4 to August 13, 207.

U.K. constructed the Olympic Stadium, also known as London Stadium, for London 2012 Olympic Games, but it hasn’t seen much use since then.

3. Where can I get the tickets?

The organizers sold over one million tickets in advance for the biggest sporting competition of 2017. The tickets were available from August 1 to August 22, 2016.

The IAFF World Championships London 2017’s ticket application reached 92 countries in all five continents, including Armenia, Thailand, Uruguay, and Jamaica.

Further passes are sold via the official page of the IAFF committee, but there are not much left. Other official retailers include:

  • · British Athletics Supporters Club (BASC members only)
  • · Various IAAF Member Federations
  • · Various IAAF Member Federations via their local agents
  • · UK Sport
  • · UK Athletics

London authorities recommend buying tickets on official retailers only, as resells are susceptible to scams and robbery.

4. How many athletes will participate?

According to IAAF’s first Official Bulletin, there will be 2,000 athletes from over 200 nations all around the world gathering within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park next summer.

It will be one of the biggest global sporting championships in history.

5. What are the key events?

The main event is the 100m sprint competition. Elite athlete Usain Bolt is the current record holder (9.6 seconds). London 2017 committee will celebrate the occasion selling tickets at £9.58 for the 100m final in recognition of the Jamaican runner.

Mo Farah, the legend of the Team GB, will end his track career in the World Championships, although he has said he would continue competing in the occasional marathon.

Farah will be running the 10,000m and 5,000m races, and he’s the stro+ng favorite to win the title in front of his UK fans.

6. Who are the top athletes?

Usain Bolt remains as the most recognized and successful athlete in the world, right next to swimmer Michael Phelps. 2017 games may see the sprint runner either surpassing his own record, losing the title to someone else, or crowning himself as the absolute winner of the category.

One of the top female athletes is the Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayala. On 2016, she won the Olympic title in her category by breaking the 1993 10,000m world record

She topped the Chinese runner Wang Junxia by completing the 10,000meter race in 29:17:45, 14 seconds less than her predecessor.

7. Is there a category for para-athletes?

Yes: the World ParaAthetics Championships London 2017 takes place on the same scenario but on a different schedule. Said event will be running from July 13 to July 23

8. When are the finals?

The schedule for the IAAF World Championship finals, available at the official web page of the sporting event, is a follows:

  • Saturday 5 August:
  • The 10,000 meters (masculine) finals at 21:20
  • The men’s discus throw finals at 19:25
  • Men’s long jump finals at 20:05
  • 10,000 meters (feminine) finals at 21:45
  • Sunday 6 August:
  • Pole vault (f) finals at 19:00
  • Shot put (m) finals at 20:35
  • 800 meters heptathlon (f) finals at 20:40
  • 10 meters (f) at 21:50

  • Monday 7 August
  • Hammer throw (w) at 19:00
  • Triple jump (f) at 20:25
  • 110 meters hurdles (m) at 21:30
  • 1,500 meters (f) at 21:50
  • 1,500 meters (f) at 21:50

  • Tuesday 8 August
  • Javelin throw (f) at 19:20
  • Pole vault (f) ar 19:35
  • 3,000 meters steeplechase (m) at 21:30
  • 800 meters run (m) at 21:35
  • 400 meters run (m) at 21:50

  • Wednesday 9 August
  • Shot put (w) at 20:25
  • 400 meters hurdles (m) at 21:30
  • 400 meters hurdles (f) at 21:50

  • Thursday 10 August
  • Triple jump (m) at 20:0
  • 200 meters hurdles (f) at 21:35
  • 200 meters hurdles (m) at 21:50

  • Friday 11 August
  • Long jump (f) at 19:10
  • Hammer throw (m) at 20:30
  • 3,000 meters steeplechase (f) at 21:25
  • 200 meters sprint (f) at 21:50

  • Saturday 12 August
  • High jump (f) at 19:05
  • 100 meters hurdles (f) at 20:05
  • Javelin throw (f) at 20:15
  • 5,000 meters (m) at 20:20
  • 1,500 meters decathlon (m) at 20:45
  • 4 x 100m relay (f) at 21:30
  • 4 x 100 meters relay (m) at 21:50

9. Where can I see the event?

British channel BBC and U.S. network NBCUniversal holds the entire TV rights of the sporting event. BBC is a public channel in most European countries, so Europeans wouldn’t need a paid service to access the media coverage.

On the other hand, NBCUniversal will broadcast the Championship through the NBC Sports Network, which includes channels NBCCSN and NBC. You can check the entire coverage schedule through their official webpage.

10. Severe anti-doping policy

UK’s athletic authorities declared London 2017 as the “cleanest games ever” as they believe they will have the same kind of success as London 2012’s Olympic Games.

It means a policy of no drugs will be the main goals of the Championship as they will try to leave the bad memory of Rio 2016 Olympics, which were full of doping scandals afflicting the athletes.

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