|IAAF World Championships in Athletics|
|Genre||Athletics World championship|
The IAAF World Championships, commonly referred to as the World Championships in Athletics, is a biennial athletics event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The World Championships was started in 1976 in response to the International Olympic Committee dropping the men's 50 km walk from the Olympic athletics programme for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, despite its constant presence at the games since 1932. The IAAF chose to host its own world championship event instead, a month and a half after the Olympics. It was the first World Championships that the IAAF had hosted separate from the Olympic Games (traditionally the main championship for the sport). A second limited event was held in 1980, and a major expansion in 1983 is considered the official start of the event. It was then held every four years until 1991, when it switched to a two year cycle.
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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.
The 1976 World Championships in Athletics was the first global, international athletics competition organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Hosted on 18 September 1976 in Malmö, Sweden, it featured just one event: a men's 50 kilometres race walk contest. The course passed through the streets of the city and the start and finish points were within Malmö Stadion.
At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, 37 events were contested in athletics. There were a total number of 1005 participating athletes from 80 countries.
The 1980 World Championships in Athletics was the second global, international athletics competition organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Hosted from 14 to 16 August 1980 at the De Baandert in Sittard, Netherlands, it featured two events: the women's 400 metres hurdles and the women's 3000 metres run. West Germany's Birgit Friedmann took the first women's world title in the 3000 m, while her East German counterpart Bärbel Broschat became the first women's 400 m hurdles world champion.
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.
The inaugural 1983 World Championships in Athletics were run under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations and were held at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland between 7 and 14 August 1983.
The 9th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held from 23 August to 31 August 2003 in the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France.
There has also been a change in composition over the years, with several new events, all for women, being added. By 2005, the only differences were men's competition in the 50 km walk, and equivalent events in women's 100 m hurdles and heptathlon to men's 110 m hurdles and decathlon.
The 10th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), were held in the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland, the site of the first IAAF World Championships in 1983. One theme of the 2005 championships was paralympic events, some of which were included as exhibition events. Much of the event was played in extremely heavy rainfall.
A heptathlon is a track and field combined events contest made up of seven events. The name derives from the Greek hepta (seven) and ἄθλος. A competitor in a heptathlon is referred to as a heptathlete.
The decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events. The word "decathlon" was formed, in analogy to the word "pentathlon", from Greek δέκα and ἄθλος. Events are held over two consecutive days and the winners are determined by the combined performance in all. Performance is judged on a points system in each event, not by the position achieved. The decathlon is contested mainly by male athletes, while female athletes typically compete in the heptathlon.
The following list shows when new events were added for the first time.
|Edition||Year||City||Country||Date||Venue||Capacity||Events||Nations||Athletes||Top of the|
|-||1976||Malmö||18 Sep||Malmö Stadion||30,000||1||20||42|
|-||1980||Sittard||14 Aug – 16 Aug||De Baandert||22,000||2||21||42|
|1st||1983||Helsinki||7 Aug – 14 Aug||Olympiastadion||50,000||41||153||1,333|
|2nd||1987||Rome||28 Aug – 6 Sep||Stadio Olimpico||60,000||43||156||1,419|
|3rd||1991||Tokyo||23 Aug – 1 Sep||Olympic Stadium||48,000||43||162||1,491|
|4th||1993||Stuttgart||13 Aug – 22 Aug||Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion||70,000||44||187||1,630|
|5th||1995||Gothenburg||5 Aug – 13 Aug||Ullevi||42,000||44||190||1,755|
|6th||1997||Athens||1 Aug – 10 Aug||Olympiako Stadio||75,000||44||197||1,785|
|7th||1999||Seville||20 Aug – 29 Aug||Estadio Olímpico||70,000||46||200||1,750|
|8th||2001||Edmonton||3 Aug – 12 Aug||Commonwealth Stadium||60,000||46||189||1,677|
|9th||2003||Saint-Denis||23 Aug – 31 Aug||Stade de France||78,000||46||198||1,679|
|10th||2005||Helsinki||6 Aug – 14 Aug||Olympiastadion||45,000||47||191||1,688|
|11th||2007||Osaka||24 Aug – 2 Sep||Nagai Stadium||45,000||47||197||1,800|
|12th||2009||Berlin||15 Aug – 23 Aug||Olympiastadion||74,000||47||200||1,895|
|13th||2011||Daegu||27 Aug – 4 Sep||Daegu Stadium||65,000||47||199||1,742|
|14th||2013||Moscow||10 Aug – 18 Aug||Luzhniki Stadium||78,000||47||203||1,784|
|15th||2015||Beijing||22 Aug – 30 Aug||Beijing National Stadium||80,000||47||205||1,771|
|16th||2017||London||4 Aug – 13 Aug||London Stadium||60,000||48||205||2,036|
|17th||2019||Doha||27 Sep – 6 Oct||Khalifa International Stadium||48,000||49|
|18th||2021||Eugene||6 Aug – 15 Aug||Hayward Field||30,000||49|
|19th||2023||Budapest||12 Aug – 20 Aug||National Athletics Centre||40,000|
Updated after 2017 Championships
|Totals (101 nations)||730||738||730||2198|
In the IAAF placing table the total score is obtained from assigning eight points to the first place and so on to one point for the eight placed finalists. Points are shared in situations where a tie occurs. However, the IAAF site shows all points rounded to the nearest integer.
Updated after 2015 Championships (30 June 2017)
Boldface denotes active athletes and highest medal count among all athletes (including these who not included in these tables) per type.
|1||Usain Bolt||100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay||2007||2017||11||2||1||14|
|2||LaShawn Merritt||400 m / 4 × 400 m relay||2005||2015||8 *||3||-||11 *|
|3||Carl Lewis||100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay / Long jump||1983||1993||8||1||1||10|
|4||Michael Johnson||200 m / 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay||1991||1999||8||-||-||8|
|5||Mo Farah||5000 m / 10,000 m||2011||2017||6||2||-||8|
|6||Sergey Bubka||Pole vault||1983||1997||6||-||-||6|
|7||Jeremy Wariner||400 m / 4 × 400 m relay||2005||2009||5||1||-||6|
|8||Kenenisa Bekele||5000 m / 10,000 m||2003||2009||5||-||1||6|
|Lars Riedel||Discus throw||1991||2001||5||-||1||6|
|10||Maurice Greene||100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay||1997||2001||5||-||-||5|
* including one medal in the relay event in which he participated in the heats only
|1||Usain Bolt||100 m / 200 m||2007||2017||7||1||1||9|
|2||Mo Farah||5000 m / 10,000 m||2011||2017||6||2||-||8|
|3||Sergey Bubka||Pole vault||1983||1997||6||-||-||6|
|Michael Johnson||200 m / 400 m||1991||1999||6||-||-||6|
|5||Carl Lewis||100 m / 200 m / Long jump||1983||1993||5||1||1||7|
|6||Kenenisa Bekele||5000 m / 10,000 m||2003||2009||5||-||1||6|
|Lars Riedel||Discus throw||1991||2001||5||-||1||6|
|8||Ezekiel Kemboi||3000 m steeplechase||2003||2015||4||3||-||7|
|9||Haile Gebrselassie||5000 m / 10,000 m||1993||2003||4||2||1||7|
|10||Hicham El Guerrouj||1500 m / 5000 m||1995||2003||4||2||-||6|
|1||Allyson Felix||200 m / 400 m / 4 × 100 m relay / 4 × 400 m relay||2005||2017||11||3||2||16|
|2||Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce||100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay||2007||2015||7||2 *||-||9 *|
|3||Gail Devers||100 m / 100 m hurdles / 4 × 100 m relay||1991||2001||5||3||-||8|
|4||Sanya Richards-Ross||400 m / 4 × 400 m relay||2003||2015||5||2||-||7|
|5||Tirunesh Dibaba||5000 m / 10,000 m||2003||2017||5||1||-||6|
|Natasha Hastings||4 × 400 m relay||2007||2017||5 ****||1||-||6 ****|
|7||Jearl Miles Clark||400 m / 4 × 400 m relay||1993||2003||4||3||2||9|
|8||Valerie Adams (Vili)||Shot put||2005||2013||4||1||-||5|
|Vivian Cheruiyot||5000 m / 10,000 m||2007||2015||4||1||-||5|
|10||Jackie Joyner-Kersee||Heptathlon / Long jump||1987||1993||4||-||-||4|
|Brittney Reese||Long jump||2009||2017||4||-||-||4|
|Anita Włodarczyk||Hammer throw||2009||2017||4||-||-||4|
* including one medal in the relay event in which she participated in the heats only
**** including four medals in the relay events in which she participated in the heats only
|1||Tirunesh Dibaba||5000 m / 10,000 m||2003||2017||5||1||-||6|
|2||Gail Devers||100 m / 100 m hurdles||1991||2001||4||2||-||6|
|3||Allyson Felix||200 m / 400 m||2005||2017||4||1||2||7|
|4||Valerie Adams (Vili)||Shot put||2005||2013||4||1||-||5|
|Vivian Cheruiyot||5000 m / 10,000 m||2007||2015||4||1||-||5|
|6||Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce||100 m / 200 m||2009||2015||4||-||-||4|
|Jackie Joyner-Kersee||Heptathlon / Long jump||1987||1993||4||-||-||4|
|Brittney Reese||Long jump||2009||2017||4||-||-||4|
|Anita Włodarczyk||Hammer throw||2009||2017||4||-||-||4|
|10||Maria Mutola||800 m||1993||2003||3||1||1||5|
There are 53 athletes that have competed in at least eight editions.
|12||Jesús Ángel García Bragado||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15||50 km walk|
|11||Susana Feitor||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||10 km walk / 20 km walk|
|10||Franka Dietzsch||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||Discus throw|
|Nicoleta Grasu||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||Discus throw|
|Virgilijus Alekna||95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||Discus throw|
|Kim Collins||95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 15||100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m|
|João Vieira||99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17||20 km walk / 50 km walk|
|9||Laverne Eve||87, 91, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||Javelin throw|
|Tim Berrett||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||20 km walk / 50 km walk|
|Jackie Edwards||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||Long Jump / Triple Jump|
|Maria Mutola||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||800 m|
|Elisângela Adriano||91, 93, 97, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||Shot put / Discus throw|
|Venelina Veneva||91, 95, 99, 01, 03, 05, 09, 11, 15||High Jump|
|Danny McFarlane||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||400 m / 400 m hurdles / 4x400 m|
|Hatem Ghoula||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 13||20 km walk|
|Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie||95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 07, 09, 11, 13||100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m|
|Nicola Vizzoni||97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||Hammer throw|
|Chris Brown||99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15||400 m / 4x400 m|
|Zhang Wenxiu||01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17||Hammer throw|
|8||Merlene Ottey||83, 87, 91, 93, 95, 97, 03, 07||100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m|
|Jan Železný||87, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03||Javelin throw|
|Yelena Nikolayeva||87, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05||10 km walk / 20 km walk|
|Fiona May||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05||Long Jump|
|Beverly McDonald||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05||100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m|
|Lars Riedel||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05||Discus throw|
|Dragutin Topić||91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 05, 07, 09||High Jump|
|Iryna Yatchenko||91, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 07, 09||Discus throw|
|Eunice Barber||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||Heptathlon / Long Jump / 100 m hurdles|
|Kevin Sullivan||93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07||1500 m|
|Manuel Martínez||93, 95, 97, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||Shot put|
|Steffi Nerius||93, 95, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||Javelin throw|
|Amy Acuff||95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||High Jump|
|Chandra Sturrup||95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m|
|Aleksander Tammert||95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09||Discus throw|
|María Vasco||95, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||10 km walk / 20 km walk|
|Koji Murofushi||95, 97, 99, 01, 03, 07, 11, 13||Hammer throw|
|Szymon Ziółkowski||95, 99, 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||Hammer throw|
|Marlon Devonish||97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||100 m / 200 m / 4x100 m|
|Nadine Kleinert||97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||Shot put|
|Sergey Makarov||97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||Javelin throw|
|Ēriks Rags||97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||Javelin throw|
|Roman Šebrle||97, 99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11||Decathlon|
|Omar Zepeda||97, 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 17||20 km walk / 50 km walk|
|Mario Pestano||99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||Discus throw|
|Félix Sánchez||99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||400 m hurdles / 4x400 m|
|Bouabdellah Tahri||99, 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13||1500 m / 3000 m steeplechase|
|Inês Henriques||01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17||20 km walk / 50 km walk|
|Zoltán Kővágó||01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 15, 17||Discus throw|
|Ruth Beitia||03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17||High Jump|
|Allyson Felix||03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17||200 m / 400 m / 4x100 m / 4x400 m|
|Gerd Kanter||03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17||Discus throw|
|Ezekiel Kemboi||03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17||3000 m steeplechase|
|Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od||03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17||Marathon|
* At the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart, Germany, Dragutin Topić completed as Individual World Championship Participant (IWP) as Athletic Federation of Yugoslavia was suspended by IAAF due to United Nations sanctions stemming from the Yugoslav wars.
A total of 29 world records have been set or equalled at the competition, 17 by men and 12 by women.
The first world record to be set at the World Championships was by Jarmila Kratochvílová of Czechoslovakia, who ran 47.99 seconds to win the women's 400 m final.
A peak of five world records came at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics. The most recent world record was in the women's 50 kilometres race walk, which Portugal's Inês Henriques finished in 4:05:56 in 2017. World records have become less common as the history of the event has expanded, with no world records set in the 1997, 2001, 2007 and 2013 editions.
American athletes have been the most successful with ten world records set by that nation in total, followed by Jamaica and Great Britain on four each. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has broken the most world records at the competition, at four, one more than American Carl Lewis. Jonathan Edwards holds the distinction of breaking the world record twice in one championships – improving upon his own newly-set world record in the 1995 men's triple jump final. The men's 4 × 100 metres relay has yielded the most world records, with five set between 1983 and 2011.
Ben Johnson's time of 9.83 seconds at the 1987 World Championships men's 100 m final was initially considered a world record, but this was later rescinded after Johnson admitted to steroid use between 1981 and 1988.
Also, a doping disqualification has led to a performance being retrospectively recognised as a world record: the 2009 Jamaican men's 4 × 100 metres relay team time of 37.31 seconds was taken as the world record after the team's time of 37.10 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was rescinded due to the disqualification of Nesta Carter (not present in the World Championships team).
|Men||4 × 100 metres relay||37.86|| Emmit King |
|Women||400 metres||47.99||Jarmila Kratochvílová||10 August||1983|
|Women||High jump||2.09 m||Stefka Kostadinova||30 August||1987|
|Men||100 metres||9.86||Carl Lewis||25 August||1991|
|Men||Long jump||8.95 m||Mike Powell||30 August||1991|
|Men||4 × 100 metres relay||37.50|| Andre Cason |
|Men||110 metres hurdles||12.91||Colin Jackson||20 August||1993|
|Men||4 × 100 metres relay||37.40|| Jon Drummond |
|Men||4 × 400 metres relay||2:54.29|| Andrew Valmon |
|Women||400 metres hurdles||52.74||Sally Gunnell||19 August||1993|
|Women||Triple jump||15.09 m||Anna Biryukova||21 August||1993|
|Men||Triple jump||18.16 m||Jonathan Edwards||7 August||1995|
|Men||Triple jump||18.29 m||Jonathan Edwards||7 August||1995|
|Women||400 metres hurdles||52.61||Kim Batten||11 August||1995|
|Women||Triple jump||15.50 m||Inessa Kravets||10 August||1995|
|Men||400 metres||43.18||Michael Johnson||26 August||1999|
|Women||Pole vault||4.60 m||Stacy Dragila||21 August||1999|
|Men||20 kilometres race walk||1:17:21||Jefferson Pérez||23 August||2003|
|Men||50 kilometres race walk||3:36:03||Robert Korzeniowski||27 August||2003|
|Women||Pole vault||5.01 m||Yelena Isinbaeva||12 August||2005|
|Women||Javelin throw||71.70 m||Osleidys Menéndez||14 August||2005|
|Women||20 kilometres walk||1:25:41||Olimpiada Ivanova||7 August||2005|
|Men||100 metres||9.58||Usain Bolt||16 August||2009|
|Men||200 metres||19.19||Usain Bolt||20 August||2009|
|Men||4 × 100 metres relay||37.31|| Steve Mullings |
|Women||Hammer throw||77.96 m||Anita Włodarczyk||22 August||2009|
|Men||4 × 100 metres relay||37.04|| Nesta Carter |
|Men||Decathlon||9045 pts||Ashton Eaton||29 August||2015|
|Women||50 kilometres race walk||4:05:56||Inês Henriques||13 August||2017|
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The United States has competed at every edition of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics since its inception in 1983. It has been the most successful nation at the global competition for track and field. By the end of the 2017 World Championships in Athletics its athletes had won a total of 352 medals, 155 of them gold – more than double that of the most successful nation Kenya, as well as more than the combined total of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet states. It has been the top nation in the championships medal table at every edition bar 1983 and 1987, 2001 (Russia) and 2015 (Kenya). It also ranks number one on points in the national placing tables. As one of the foremost nations in the sport internationally, its delegations for the championships are among the largest.