2017 IAAF World Championships was the 16th edition of the IAAF World Championships, and was held in London from 4th to 13th August 2017.
- The championships were held in the London Stadiumin Stratford, London, which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- An anthropomorphic hedgehog named Hero the Hedgehog was a Mascot(symbol) of 2017 IAAF World Championships and Whizbee the Bee was the Mascot(symbol) for the Para Athletics.
USA topped the table with 30 medals
The U.S. topped 2017 IAAF World Championships claiming 30 total medals. Kenya finished a distant second with 11 total medals.
- It was the best-ever performance for the U.S. at worlds. The previous U.S. record was 26 total medals, set in 1991, 2007 and 2011.
- 30 medals matched East Germany’s record from 1987 for the most total medals at a single world championship.
2017 IAAF World Championships Medals table – Top 5
Davinder singh kang’s performance in IAAF World Championship
i. Davinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw at World Championships.
- Kang,who was competing in the qualification round of Group B qualified for the finals.
- Kang’s best effort of 84.22m placed him in the 7thposition among the other qualifiers for the final round.
ii. Davinder Singh Kang finishes 12th in javelin final
Davinder Singh Kang finished at 12th spot in the men’s javelin’s throw final at the World Athletics Championships in London.
- Kang, who had become the first Indian to have qualified for the final round in javelin throw in a World Championship, came up with a best throw of 80.02m in his third attempt to end 12th in a 13-man field.
- He began with a 75.40m and then fouled his second attempt before throwing 80.02 in his third throw. He was eliminated after three throws while the top eight continued the competition.
Justin Gatlin wins men’s 100m gold
Justin Gatlin of US, who served a doping ban between 2006-10 and won silvers behind Usain Bolt at the last two world championships, clocked 9.92 seconds to win gold medal in men’s 100m at World Athletics Championships.
- This was Usain Bolt’s final individual 100m race in which he won bronze medal.
- Christian Coleman of US won the Silver medal in this race.
Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt Retires
The greatest sprinter of modern times, Usain Bolt said good bye to the Athletics world on August 13, 2017.
- But the farewell ended in agony as he injured himself while running the last lap of the men’s 4x100m relay race in the World Athletics Championships in London.
- Running the final race of his career, the 30-year-old Bolt, after taking the baton from his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, suffered cramps on his left hamstring.
Allyson Felix became the most decorated athlete in World Championships history
Allyson Felix earned a second gold medal on August 13, 2017 and highlighted the overwhelming performance of the United States at the 10-day world championships.
- In doing so, Felix became the most decorated athlete in the history of the event.
- Felix won gold in the 4×400-metre relay a day after winning gold medal in the 4×100 relay.
- She also earned a bronze medal in the 400-metre race to give her 16 in her career.
High jump champion Ruth Beitia of Spain receives Fair Play Award
Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia of Spain received the International Fair Play award from The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the IAAF, at a ceremony in London on August 13, 2017.
- Beitia was recognised for her efforts to console Alessia Trost of Italy after she failed to qualify for the final in the women’s high jump at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.
- The presentation took place at The London Stadium after the final session of the IAAF World Championships London 2017. The award was presented by IAAF President Sebastian Coe.
India’s Report Card
- Davinder Singh Kang (Javelin)
At London: 84.22 m (Qualification)
80.02 (Final — 12th place)
Season Best: 84.57
Personal Best: 84.57
- Swapna Burman (Heptathlon)
At London: 5431 points (26th)
Season Best: 5942
Personal Best: 5942
- Thonakal Gopi (Marathon)
At London: 2 hrs 17:13 (Finished 28th in a field of 71 athletes)
Season Best: 2:15:37
Personal Best: 2:15:25
- Anu Rani (Javelin)
At London: 59.93m (did not reach final; 19th overall in qualifying)
Season Best: 61.86
Personal Best: 61.86
- Dutee Chand (100m)
At London: 12.07 seconds
(32nd in the heats)
Season Best: 11.30
Personal Best: 11.24
- Neeraj Chopra (Javelin)
At London: 82.26m (15th overall in qualifying)
Season Best: 85.63
Personal Best: 86.48
- Monica Athare (Marathon)
At London: 2 hrs 49:54 (64th in a field of 78)
Season Best: 2:39:08
Personal Best: 2:39:08
- Siddhanth Thingalaya (110m Hurdles)
At London: 13.64 sec (did not advance from the heats)
Season Best: 13.48
Personal Best: 13.48
- Muhammed Anas (400m)
At London: 45.98 sec
(overall 30th in heats)
Season Best: 45.32
Personal Best: 45.32