July 2022 will see Eugene host the World Athletics Championships. The competition will last from 15 to 24 July, bringing track and field events to Eugene and the United States for the first time.
This is not the first time Eugene has hosted world-class track and field events. In fact, Eugene has a fine reputation as a Track Town. Therefore, it will be the perfect venue to host the World Championships.
- Competition dates: July 15-24, 2022
- Participation: 190+ countries, 2,000 athletes
- Media attendees: 3,000
- Viewers: Up to 6 billion viewers
The City of Eugene will inspire the world by showcasing some of the greatest athletes on the planet. The official announcement from World Athletics claimed the importance of this event. It was essential to avoid an overlap with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (27 July-7 August 2022) and the European Championships in Munich (11-21 August 2022).
After months of talks, Sebastian Coe, the President of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), claimed that the public would now be able to appreciate six weeks of great athletics. This is thanks to the other two events in July and August 2022.
Events to look out for
If you are a sports fan, you will know that athletics events are divided into four categories:
- Track events – short distance sprints to long-distance races;
- Field events – high jump, discus and javelin;
- Road events, marathons and long-distance walks;
- Combined events – heptathlons and decathlons.
Let’s go back in time to the last world championships. How many of you remember the American athlete Christian Coleman? In the semi-final heats, he won with an astonishing time of 9.88. Hence, automatically qualifying for the final. However, the reigning champion, Justin Gatlin was not going to give up his title easily. Both got off to a great start, but it was Coleman who dominated victory with an amazing 9.76 seconds. This is just an idea of what we can expect to witness in the upcoming Athletics championships.
Uniting athletes and fans
Every two years, this event brings together millions of sports fans and athletes. On top of that, it is a major sporting event that brings out the best of the best, new names, and world records. Thus, it gives each country the chance to show off the tenacity and resilience of such incredible athletes.
There will even be tears of joy for some athletes and disappointment for others. Still, at the end of the day, we will all be able to share these magic moments and appreciate the world’s greatest athletes.