The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships kicked off in Doha, Qatar on September 27th, 2019 and was the 17th edition of the biennial, global athletics competition organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation. The games concluded on September 6th, 2019 with the U.S. and Qatar offering an impressive showing on the world sports stage.
The U.S. took home 29 total medals at the world championships: 14 gold, 11 silver, and 4 bronze while USA’s 200m winner Noah Lyles became the youngest ever world champion in the event.
Host country Qatar took home the gold medal in the high jump event and a bronze medal in the 400 meters hurdles. Congratulations to Qatar and the United States on their well-earned victories!
IAAF President Sebastian Coe has described the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 as the best in history in terms of the quality and depth of performances produced by the athletes of more than 200 nations.
Speaking after the final day of the games, Coe noted that six championship records had been set, 43 countries had won medals, and athletes from 68 different nations had achieved at least one top-eight placing. There have been 21 area records – double the number from 2017 – and 86 national records have been broken, underlining the global reach of the sport.
“For those who follow our sport closely, you will know that we rank our championships on the performances of the athletes,” Coe said. “It is how we, the athletes and the coaches measure our success.”
He then went on to say that “the world’s athletes have put on the best show in the history of the IAAF World Athletics Championships, according to the competition performance rankings which are used as an objective measure of the quality of international competition. Qatar was praised by the IAAF for its excellent hosting efforts and state of the art facilities. President Coe noted that “these performances are incredible but credit must also go to the facilities and conditions provided by the host country. Doha has created conditions on the field of play and in the warm up that are unsurpassed.”
The innovations – including light shows, new camera angles and increased engagement with athletes – have helped the sport reach a younger audience around the world.
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