The World Athletics Championships is the biennial world championship of Athletics, started in 1976 in response to the men’s 50 km walk being removed from the Olympic programme ahead of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
The first Championships were held just a month and a half after the Olympics in Malmö, Sweden with a second event held in Sittard, Netherlands in 1980. The World Athletics Championship was officially inaugurated by the IAAF in 1983, with this event held at the Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland consider the first official competition.
Although Athletics at the Olympics is considered one of the most prestigious and watchable sports, the World Athletics Championships is still held in high regards and has seen a number of World Records broken. The United States are the most successful nation, winning over double the number of medals of any other country.
Which events are held at the World Athletics Championships?
There are 49 athletics Men’s, Women’s and Mixed events held at the World Athletics Championships including:
- 100 metres
- 4 x 100 metre relay
- 200 metres
- 400 metres
- 4 x 400 metre relay
- 4 x 400 metre relay (mixed)
- 800 metres
- 1500 metres
- 5000 metres
- 10,000 metres
- 3000 metres steeplechase
- 110 metre (men)/100 metre (women) hurdles
- 400 metre hurdles
- High Jump
- Pole Vault
- Long Jump
- Triple Jump
- Shot Put
- Discus Throw
- Hammer Throw
- Javelin Throw
- Decathlon (Men)/Heptathlon (Women)
- 20km race walk
- 50km race walk
When is the World Athletics Championships?
The IAAF World Athletics Championships originally took place every 4 years but since 1991 takes place every two years, usually in August or September.
The next edition was due to be held between the 6th and 15th August 2021, however this was moved back by a year following the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The 2022 World Athletics Championships will therefore take place between the 15th and 24th July 2022.
This now means that World Athletics Championships will take place in subsequent years, with the 2023 World Athletics Championships taking place between the 19th and 27th August 2023.
Where are the World Athletics Championships?
The World Athletics Championships are held in a different host city for each championship, with the events focusing on one venue. The 2022 World Athletics Championships are to be held at Hayward Field in the city of Eugene in Oregon, USA.
The 2023 World Athletics Championships will be held at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest, Hungary.
Previous hosts of the World Athletics Championships include:
- 1976 – Malmö Stadion (Malmö, Sweden)
- 1980 – De Baandert (Sittard, Netherlands)
- 1983 – Olympiastadion (Helsinki, Finland)
- 1987 – Stadio Olimpico (Rome, Italy)
- 1991 – National Stadium (Tokyo, Japan)
- 1993 – Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion (Stuttgart, Germany)
- 1995 – Ullevi (Gothenburg, Sweden)
- 1997 – Olympiako Stadio (Athens, Greece)
- 1999 – Estadio Olimpico (Seville, Spain)
- 2001 – Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton, Canada)
- 2003 – Stade de France (Paris, France)
- 2005 – Olympiastadion (Helsinki, Finland)
- 2007 – Nagai Stadium (Osaka, Japan)
- 2009 – Olympiastadion (Berlin, Germany)
- 2011 – Daegu Stadium (Daegu, South Korea)
- 2013 – Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow, Russia)
- 2015 – Beijing National Stadium (Beijing, China)
- 2017 – London Stadium (London, United Kingdom)
- 2019 – Khalifa International Stadium (Doha, Qatar)
How do I get to the World Athletics Championships?
Hayward Field is located on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Eugene Airport is located approximately 10 miles from downtown Eugene and the University of Oregon. The airport has domestic flights to US destinations such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Portland as well as others.
The closest international airport is Portland International Airport, the largest airport in Oregon. The airport is approximately 2 hours north of Eugene, with direct international flights to destinations such as Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
Driving directions from Eugene Airport – Follow Highway 99 until it becomes West Seventh Avenue. Get in the right lane and follow West Seventh Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and right again onto East Thirteenth Avenue.
Driving directions from Portland and the North – From I-5 South, take Exit 194B onto I-105 West. Take Exit 2, keep left and follow the signs to the UO. Proceed in the left lane over the Ferry Street Bridge, exiting onto Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and right again onto East Thirteenth Avenue.
Driving directions from Ashland and the South – From I-5 North, take Exit 192 for OR-99/Franklin Boulevard toward Eugene. Continue under the I-5 bridge and merge onto Franklin Boulevard OR-99/126.
Driving directions from the Oregon Coast – Take Highway 126 East until it becomes West Eleventh Avenue. Follow West Eleventh Avenue to Garfield Street and turn left. Take Garfield to West Seventh Avenue and turn right. Get in the right lane and follow West Seventh Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and right again onto East Thirteenth Avenue.
Driving directions from Bend and the East – Take Highway 126 West through Springfield which becomes I-105 in Eugene after you cross over I-5. Take Exit 2, the Coburg Road exit ramp; keep left at the fork in the ramp. Go straight onto southbound Coburg Road, which becomes the Ferry Street Bridge. Stay in the left lane on the bridge, exiting onto Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and right again onto East Thirteenth Avenue.
Where to stay in Eugene
How do I get tickets to the World Athletics Championship?
Tickets have yet to go on sale for the 2022 World Athletics Championships, however the latest information will be available on the official website. You can register on the website to stay up to date with the latest updates.