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Encyclopedia > IAAF World Championships in Athletics

The World Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It is one of the largest sporting events in the world, and depending on how it is measured, possibly smaller only than the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup. Originally, it was organised every four years, but this changed in 1991, and it has since been organised biennially. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics (known in the US as track and field). It was founded in 1912 at its first Congress in Stockholm, Sweden by representatives from 17 national athletics federations as the International Amateur Athletics Federation. ... // The Olympic Games, or Olympics, is an international multi-sport event taking place every two years and alternating between Summer and Winter Games. ... The Football World Cup (official name: FIFA World Cup) is the most important competition in international football (soccer). ... Look up Biennial in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Biennial is a term referring to a period of two years, much in the same way centennial refers to 100 years. ...

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History

The idea of having an Athletics World Championships was around well before the competitions 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 1960's 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. 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1913 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics (known in the US as track and field). It was founded in 1912 at its first Congress in Stockholm, Sweden by representatives from 17 national athletics federations as the International Amateur Athletics Federation. ... // The Olympic Games, or Olympics, is an international multi-sport event taking place every two years and alternating between Summer and Winter Games. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Following bids from both Stuttgart, Germany and Helsinki, Finland, the IAAF Council awarded the inaugral competition to Helsinki, to take place in 1983 and be held in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium (where the 1952 Summer Olympics were held). Stuttgart, a city located in southern Germany, is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg with a population of approximately 600,000 as of May 2005. ... Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa District Helsinki City manager Jussi Pajunen Official languages Finnish, Swedish Area  - total  - land ranked 342nd 185. ... Categories: Buildings and structures stubs | Stadiums | Helsinki | Finnish sport ... The Games of the XV Olympiad were held in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland. ...


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 grow to 1,907 athletes from 203 countries with coverage being transmitted to 179 differnet countries. The inaugural 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 August 7 and August 14. ... The 9th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held from August 23 to August 31, 2003 in the Stade de France in Saint Denis, Paris, France. ...


There has also been a change in the schedule over the years, with several new events, mostly for women, being added. By the 2005 the schedule for men and women was all but 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 110m Hurdles and Decathlon respectively. Helsinki Olympic Stadium during 2005 World Championships in Athletics 20 km walk in Mannerheimintie street in Helsinki, August 6, 2005 The 10th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, will once again be held in the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland (August 6, 2005... 20 km walk in Mannerheimintie street in Helsinki, August 6, 2005 Race walking is a special long distance race event in athletics in which the participants must walk. ... Hurdling is running over obstacles. ... A heptathlon is a sportive contest made up of seven events (from the Greek hepta (seven) and athlon (contest)). More specifically, the term heptathlon refers to an athletic (track and field) event consisting of seven events. ... Hurdling is running over obstacles. ... A decathlon is a sportive contest made up of 10 events. ...


The following shows when new events were added for the first time.

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Championships

Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Athletes
1 1983 Helsinki Finland August 7 - August 14, 1983 Olympiastadion 1,300
2 1987 Rome Italy August 28 - September 6, 1987 Stadio Olimpico
3 1991 Tokyo Japan August 23 - September 1, 1991 National Olympic Stadium
4 1993 Stuttgart Germany August 13 - August 22, 1993 Gottlieb Daimler Stadium
5 1995 Gothenburg Sweden August 5 - August 13, 1995 Ullevi
6

1997 The inaugural 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 August 7 and August 14. ... Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa District Helsinki City manager Jussi Pajunen Official languages Finnish, Swedish Area  - total  - land ranked 342nd 185. ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... August 14 is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (227th in leap years), with 139 days remaining. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Buildings and structures stubs | Stadiums | Helsinki | Finnish sport ... The 2nd World Championships in Athletics under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations were held in the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy between August 28 and September 6. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC mythical, 1st millennium BC Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Democratici di Sinistra) Area  - City Proper  1290 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,546,807 almost 4,000,000 1... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stadio Olimpico is a stadium in Rome, Italy. ... The 3rd World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan between August 23 and September 1. ... The modern skyline of Tokyo is highly decentralized. ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Olympic Stadium is a stadium in Tokyo, that served as the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics. ... The 4th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held in the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium, Stuttgart, Germany between August 13 and August 22. ... Stuttgart, a city located in southern Germany, is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg with a population of approximately 600,000 as of May 2005. ... August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion The Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion is a stadium located in Stuttgart, Germany. ... The 1995 World Championships in Athletics under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations were held at the Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden between August 5 and August 13. ... Gothenburg viewed from Liseberg amusement park Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborg   listen? ; UN/LOCODE: SE GOT) is a city and a municipality on the western coast of Sweden, in the County of Västra Götaland. ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ullevi Stadium Ullevi Stadium, or Nya Ullevi literally New Ullevi, is a stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. ... The 6th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held at the Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece between August 1 and August 10. ...

Athens Greece August 1 - August 10, 1997 Olympiako Stadio
7 1999 Seville Spain August 20 - August 29, 1999 Estadio Olímpico de la Cartuja
8 2001 Edmonton Canada August 3 - August 12, 2001 Commonwealth Stadium
9 2003 Paris (Saint-Denis) France August 23 - August 31, 2003 Stade de France 1,907
10 2005 Helsinki Finland August 6 - August 14, 2005 Olympiastadion
11 2007 Osaka Japan Nagai Stadium
12 2009 Berlin Germany Olympiastadion

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Other Athletics World Championship events

Prior to the inaugral IAAF World Championships in Helsinki in 1983 there had been several single events and races in the years leading up to them which were considered World Championships in those events. These mostly consisted of non-Olympic events for which the Olympics didn't provide the opportunity for the holding of World Championships. Below we have the medal winners from these events.


1976 (Malmo, Sweden)

Event: Gold: Silver: Bronze:
50 km Walk Men Veniamin Soldatenko
USSR
3:54:40 Enrique Vera
Mexico
3:58:14 Reima Salonen
Finland
3:58:53

Malmö is the largest city in Scania and southern Sweden. ... 20 km walk in Mannerheimintie street in Helsinki, August 6, 2005 Race walking is a special long distance race event in athletics in which the participants must walk. ...

1980 (Sittard, Netherlands)

Event: Gold: Silver: Bronze:
3000 m Women Brigit Friedmann
East Germany
8:48.05 Karoline Nemetz
Sweden
8:50.22 Ingrid Kristiansen
Norway
8:58.80
400 m Hurdles Women Bärbel Broschat
West Germany
54.55 Ellen Neumann
West Germany
54.56 Petra Pfatt
West Germnay
55.84

Sittard-Geleen is a municipality in the southeastern Netherlands. ... Long-distance track event races requires runners to balance their energy. ... Ingrid Kristiansen (March 21, 1956 - ) was in the second half of the 1980s the world’s best female long distance runner. ... Hurdling is running over obstacles. ...

External links

  • Results of past World Championships
  • Official site of the 9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
  • Official site of the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics


IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Outdoor
1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007 | 2009
Indoor
1985 | 1987 | 1989 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2004 | 2006

  Results from FactBites:
 
IAAF World Championships in Athletics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (459 words)
The World Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Following bids from both Stuttgart, Germany and Helsinki, Finland, the IAAF Council awarded the inaugral competition to Helsinki, to take place in 1983 and be held in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium (where the 1952 Summer Olympics were held).
Prior to the inaugral IAAF World Championships in Helsinki in 1983 there had been several single events and races in the years leading up to them which were considered World Championships in those events.
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