The Athletics World Championship is a biennial sporting event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF in short. The IAAF is the leading sporting organization in charge of the development of athletics and functions as its main governing body. The IAAF World Athletics is scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, from September 27 to October 6.
The magnitude of the World Athletics Championships is matched only to the Olympic Games, and all events certainly going to catch the attention of thousands of spectators the organizers expect to see in the stands.
Apart from the sports aficionados out there, many punters and athletics pundits are focused on the predicted favourites and their current form which might tell them something about how big of a run they can make in this year’s competition. To be on top of your game, you should look into how to place bets on athletics and also how to claim your betting bonus that many bookmakers are going to offer during the championship.
This article will give you all the insight into the upcoming competition, so you can enjoy the magnificent display of sporting prowess and athleticism of world-class competitors.
The events at the IAAF World Athletics Championship are going to take place at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, also known as the National Stadium. The stadium is named after Qatar’s former Emir and represents one of the latest engineering achievements, as it carries the highest rating for sustainability out of all sporting venues in the world.
The capacity of the stadium is 40,000 seats and, since its inauguration, it has undergone 3 major renovations. The stadium is also going to be used for the FIFA World Cup in 2022, and since 1997, it has hosted the annual track and field event of the IAAF Diamond League, so it is more than suitable for the job.
The Events and Favourites
Out of 25 events scheduled, the ones that will surely attract the most attention are 100 m and 200 m, followed by hurdle races, marathon, and jumps. In this tournament edition, we will get to see a mixed 4×400 relay race, and the second edition of women’s 50 km walk.
The athletes from the United States are frequently counted among the favourites, as they usually sit at the top of the list of countries with the most medals won, and that number has exceeded 200 on several occasions.
For example, Christian Coleman from the US team is considered a top favourite for the gold medal in the 100 m race where he finished second to Gatlin and ahead of Usain Bolt in their last outing in London, in the previous edition of the Championship.
Also, you could keep an eye of Jamaica’s lady sprinters Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, as they are considered to be the fastest ladies on track.
Other than these athletes, you must not forget about the competitors from the UK, Kenya, and other countries who have a long history of winning their respective events, and champions usually find a way to win.