2009 World Championships in Athletics

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2009 World Championships in Athletics
Leichtathletik-Weltmeisterschaften 2009
2009 World Championships in Athletics logo.svg
Host city Germany Berlin, Germany
Nations participating 202
Athletes participating 2101
Events 47
Dates 15–23 August
Main venue Olympiastadion
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The 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (German: 12. IAAF Leichtathletik WM Berlin 2009) were held in Berlin, Germany from 15–23 August 2009. The majority of events took place in the Olympiastadion, while the marathon and racewalking events started and finished at the Brandenburg Gate.

Organisation[edit]

Bidding process[edit]

Berlin was announced the winning bidder by the IAAF on 6 December 2004 beating out bids from Split (Croatia), Valencia (Spain), Brisbane (Australia), Brussels (Belgium), Delhi (India), Casablanca (Morocco) and Daegu (South Korea).[1] The city of Berlin and the Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (German Athletics Association) are responsible for the organisation of the event. The Berlin Organising Committee 2009 GmbH, a corporation established by the DLV in 2005, will supervise the operative organisation of the competition.[2]

Costs[edit]

Building upon Germany's history of successful athletics events, including the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cup the 1993 World Championships in Athletics, the 1936 and 1972 Summer Olympics, IAAF president Lamine Diack was confident of a well organised competition.[3] The organizers announced a budget of €49.8 million to stage the event, which includes the travel and accommodation costs for all participating athletes.[4] Revenues include €17 million from ticketing and €7 million from marketing.[citation needed] The city of Berlin will cover a deficit up to €20 million.[citation needed] The organising committee secured 9000 rooms in the city to account for accommodation, with the hope that the booking of the Hotel Estrel (950 rooms) and Hotel Berlin (650 rooms) for athletes would create an atmosphere similar to an Olympic Village.[5]

Overall, the event was an economic success for the capital. A total of 417,156 tickets were sold over the nine-day period, and estimates placed the total visitor spend in the city at around €120 million, as a result, Berlin's mayor, Klaus Wowereit, stated that the city would consider applying to host another athletics event in the future, such as the 2016 European Athletics Championships.[6]

Media and marketing[edit]

Mascot "Berlino"

A limited edition 10 coin was produced for the event by the German government, which was only the third occasion that they had done so for a sporting event,[7] the organising committee held a contest to decide the name of its mascot, a running anthropomorphic bear, and the name "Berlino" was chosen.[8] The colour scheme of the event, including the official logo, advertising, and the Olympiastadion's track and field, was blue and green, the committee stated that blue represented reliability while green represented the event's environmental ambitions.[5] The event featured a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, including: free public transport with every ticket sold, efforts to reduce energy usage, considerations for waste and recycling management, and environmentally conscious construction and building management. Furthermore, as part of the United Nations Environment Programme, forty-seven trees (one for each athletics event) were planted to create an "Avenue of Champions" in Berlin.[9] The official song for the event was "Foot of the Mountain" by Norwegian group a-ha.[10]

The broadcasting rights for the Championships were sold to 213 countries, a new high for the event.[10] ARD and ZDF were the host broadcasting TV networks and producers of the TV signal, and they founded a company named BERTA which provided the signal in high-resolution HDTV for TV stations around the world.[11] The average viewing figures in Germany were 5 million with peaks of 9.9 and 8.6 million for the men's 100 metres final and the women's high jump, respectively. The average audience figures in France were 3.5–4 million, 2.5–3.5 million in the United Kingdom and 4–5 million in Japan.[12] The IAAF website received a record number of page hits and unique users: having around 1 million unique users accessing the website on days five and six,[12][13] and a total of over 90 million page views over the course of the nine days of the competition.[14] Around 3500 media representatives were estimated to have attended the event.[2]

To provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the event, the local organizers also conducted a Champions Run 10K on 22 August between the scheduled time for the men's and women's marathons, using a portion of the official marathon course which passes various Berlin landmarks with a finish at the Brandenburg Gate. The field was limited to 10,000 runners.[15]

Venues[edit]

The Olympiastadion hosting its first major athletics event: the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Olympiastadion hosting the 1936 Summer Olympics.
The Olympiastadion with its new blue race track
The Olympiastadion with its new blue race track

The Championships were staged in the 74,845-seat Olympiastadion, which underwent a 242 million renovation ahead of the 2006 Football World Cup.[4] The marathon races, as well as the racewalking events, had their start and finish at the Brandenburg Gate,[16] with the race walks routed along the Unter den Linden boulevard and the marathon passing through Pariser Platz and going past Berlin's other points of interest.[17] An estimated 400,000 tickets were sold by the event organisers for the event.[12] In memory of their historic Olympic achievements at the Olympiastadion in 1936, a meeting took place between the families of Luz Long and Jesse Owens. Long's long jump advice to rival Owens remains a prominent example of sportsmanship and friendship in athletics.[18] A reward of US$100,000 was given to any athlete who broke a world record at the competition.[19]

Anti-doping program[edit]

The event featured one of the most comprehensive anti-doping initiatives ever undertaken by the IAAF. A total of 1000 samples were collected from athletes and tested at labs accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and additional educational anti-doping activities were available. Diack stressed that samples are retained for future analysis, thus currently undetectable drugs could be tested for in the future, preventing athletes from flouting the anti-doping rules.[20]

Two athletes failed anti-doping tests during the championships: Moroccan steeplechaser Jamel Chatbi tested positive for the stimulant clenbuterol and Nigerian hurdler Amaka Ogoegbunam was found to have Metenolone, an anabolic steroid, in her sample.[21] Another Nigerian hurdler, Olutoyin Augustus, was banned from the championships for having abnormal levels of testosterone.[22]

Event schedule[edit]

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H Heats Q Qualifiers ½ Semi-finals F Final

Men's results[edit]

Track[edit]

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Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Usain Bolt
 Jamaica
9.58
WR
Tyson Gay
 United States
9.71
NR
Asafa Powell
 Jamaica
9.84
SB
200 metres
details
Usain Bolt
 Jamaica
19.19
WR
Alonso Edward
 Panama
19.81
AR
Wallace Spearmon
 United States
19.85
SB
400 metres
details
LaShawn Merritt
 United States
44.06
WL
Jeremy Wariner
 United States
44.60
SB
Renny Quow
 Trinidad and Tobago
45.02
800 metres
details
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi
 South Africa
1:45.29 Alfred Kirwa Yego
 Kenya
1:45.35 Yusuf Saad Kamel
 Bahrain
1:45.35
1500 metres
details
Yusuf Saad Kamel
 Bahrain
3:35.93 Deresse Mekonnen
 Ethiopia
3:36.01 Bernard Lagat
 United States
3:36.20
5000 metres
details
Kenenisa Bekele
 Ethiopia
13:17.09 Bernard Lagat
 United States
13:17.33 James Kwalia C'Kurui
 Qatar
13:17.78
10,000 metres
details
Kenenisa Bekele
 Ethiopia
26:46.31
CR
Zersenay Tadese
 Eritrea
26:50.12
SB
Moses Ndiema Masai
 Kenya
26:57.39
SB
Marathon
details
Abel Kirui
 Kenya
2:06:54
CR
Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai
 Kenya
2:07:48 Tsegay Kebede
 Ethiopia
2:08:35
110 metres hurdles
details
Ryan Brathwaite
 Barbados
13.14
NR
Terrence Trammell
 United States
13.15 David Payne
 United States
13.15
400 metres hurdles
details
Kerron Clement
 United States
47.91
WL
Javier Culson
 Puerto Rico
48.09
PB
Bershawn Jackson
 United States
48.23
3000 metres steeplechase
details
Ezekiel Kemboi
 Kenya
8:00.43
CR
Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong
 Kenya
8:00.89
PB
Bouabdellah Tahri
 France
8:01.18
AR
20 kilometres walk
details
Wang Hao
 China
1:19:06
PB
Eder Sánchez
 Mexico
1:19:22
SB
Giorgio Rubino
 Italy
1:19:50
50 kilometres walk
details
Trond Nymark
 Norway
3:41:16
NR
Jesús Ángel García
 Spain
3:41:37
SB
Grzegorz Sudoł
 Poland
3:42:34
PB
4x100 metres relay
details
 Jamaica
Steve Mullings
Michael Frater
Usain Bolt
Asafa Powell
Dwight Thomas*
Lerone Clarke*
37.31
CR
 Trinidad and Tobago
Darrel Brown
Marc Burns
Emmanuel Callander
Richard Thompson
Keston Bledman*
37.62
NR
 Great Britain
Simeon Williamson
Tyrone Edgar
Marlon Devonish
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
38.02
SB
4x400 metres relay
details
 United States
Angelo Taylor
Jeremy Wariner
Kerron Clement
LaShawn Merritt
Lionel Larry*
Bershawn Jackson*
2:57.86
WL
 Great Britain
Conrad Williams
Michael Bingham
Robert Tobin
Martyn Rooney
Dai Greene*
3:00.53
SB
 Australia
John Steffensen
Ben Offereins
Tristan Thomas
Sean Wroe
Joel Milburn*
3:00.90
SB

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

* Runners who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Field[edit]

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007 | 2009 | 2011 | 2013 | 2015 | 2017

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
details
Yaroslav Rybakov
 Russia
2.32 Kyriakos Ioannou
 Cyprus
2.32 Sylwester Bednarek
 Poland
2.32
Raúl Spank
 Germany
2.32
Pole vault
details
Steven Hooker
 Australia
5.90 Romain Mesnil
 France
5.85 Renaud Lavillenie
 France
5.80
Long jump
details
Dwight Phillips
 United States
8.54 Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
 South Africa
8.47 Mitchell Watt
 Australia
8.37
Triple jump
details
Phillips Idowu
 Great Britain
17.73
WL
Nelson Évora
 Portugal
17.55 Alexis Copello
 Cuba
17.36
Shot put
details
Christian Cantwell
 United States
22.03
WL
Tomasz Majewski
 Poland
21.91 Ralf Bartels
 Germany
21.37
PB
Discus throw
details
Robert Harting
 Germany
69.43
PB
Piotr Malachowski
 Poland
69.15
NR
Gerd Kanter
 Estonia
66.88
Javelin throw
details
Andreas Thorkildsen
 Norway
89.59
SB
Guillermo Martinez
 Cuba
86.41
SB
Yukifumi Murakami
 Japan
82.97
Hammer throw
details
Primož Kozmus
 Slovenia
80.84
SB
Szymon Ziółkowski
 Poland
79.30
SB
Aleksey Zagornyi
 Russia
78.09
Decathlon
details
Trey Hardee
 United States
8790
WL
Leonel Suárez
 Cuba
8640
Aleksandr Pogorelov
 Russia
8528
PB

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Women's results[edit]

Track[edit]

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Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Shelly-Ann Fraser
 Jamaica
10.73
WL
Kerron Stewart
 Jamaica
10.75
PB
Carmelita Jeter
 United States
10.90
200 metres
details
Allyson Felix
 United States
22.02 Veronica Campbell-Brown
 Jamaica
22.35 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
 Bahamas
22.41
400 metres
details
Sanya Richards
 United States
49.00
WL
Shericka Williams
 Jamaica
49.32
PB
Antonina Krivoshapka
 Russia
49.71
800 metres
details
Caster Semenya
 South Africa
1:55.45
WL
Janeth Jepkosgei
 Kenya
1:57.90
SB
Jenny Meadows
 Great Britain
1:57.93
PB
1500 metres
details
Maryam Yusuf Jamal
 Bahrain
4:03.74 Lisa Dobriskey
 Great Britain
4:03.75 Shannon Rowbury
 United States
4:04.18
5000 metres
details
Vivian Cheruiyot
 Kenya
14:57.97
Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet
 Kenya
14:58.33
Meseret Defar
 Ethiopia
14:58.41
10,000 metres
details
Linet Chepkwemoi Masai
 Kenya
30:51.24
SB
Meselech Melkamu
 Ethiopia
30:51.34 Wude Ayalew
 Ethiopia
30:51.95
Marathon
details
Bai Xue
 China
2:25:15 Yoshimi Ozaki
 Japan
2:25:25 Aselefech Mergia
 Ethiopia
2:25:32
100 metres hurdles
details
Brigitte Foster-Hylton
 Jamaica
12.51
SB
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep
 Canada
12.54 Delloreen Ennis-London
 Jamaica
12.55
SB
400 metres hurdles
details
Melaine Walker
 Jamaica
52.42
CR
Lashinda Demus
 United States
52.96 Josanne Lucas
 Trinidad and Tobago
53.20
3000 metres steeplechase
details
Yuliya Zarudneva
 Russia
9:08.39
PB
Milcah Chemos Cheywa
 Kenya
9:08.57
PB
Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
 Russia
9:11.09
SB
20 kilometres walk
details
Olive Loughnane
 Ireland
1:28:58
SB
Liu Hong
 China
1:29:10
SB
Anisya Kirdyapkina
 Russia
1:30:09
4x100 metres relay
details
 Jamaica
Simone Facey
Shelly-Ann Fraser
Aleen Bailey
Kerron Stewart
42.06
 Bahamas
Sheniqua Ferguson
Chandra Sturrup
Christine Amertil
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
42.29
SB
 Germany
Marion Wagner
Anne Möllinger
Cathleen Tschirch
Verena Sailer
42.87
SB
4x400 metres relay
details
 United States
Debbie Dunn
Allyson Felix
Lashinda Demus
Sanya Richards
Natasha Hastings*
Jessica Beard*
3:17.83
WL
 Jamaica
Rosemarie Whyte
Novlene Williams-Mills
Shereefa Lloyd
Shericka Williams
Kaliese Spencer*
3:21.15
SB
 Great Britain
Lee McConnell
Christine Ohuruogu
Vicki Barr
Nicola Sanders
3:25.16[25][26]

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

* Runners who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Field[edit]

1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007 | 2009 | 2011 | 2013 | 2015 | 2017

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
details
Blanka Vlašić
 Croatia
2.04 Anna Chicherova
 Russia
2.02 Ariane Friedrich
 Germany
2.02
Pole vault
details
Anna Rogowska
 Poland
4.75 Monika Pyrek
 Poland
4.65
Not awarded
Chelsea Johnson
 United States (SB)
Long jump
details
Brittney Reese
 United States
7.10
WL
Tatyana Lebedeva
 Russia
6.97
SB
Karin Mey Melis
 Turkey
6.80
Triple jump
details
Yargelis Savigne
 Cuba
14.95 Mabel Gay
 Cuba
14.61
SB
Anna Pyatykh
 Russia
14.58
Shot put
details
Valerie Vili
 New Zealand
20.44 Nadine Kleinert
 Germany
20.20
PB
Gong Lijiao
 China
19.89
PB
Discus throw
details
Dani Samuels
 Australia
65.44
PB
Yarelis Barrios
 Cuba
65.31
SB
Nicoleta Grasu
 Romania
65.20
SB
Javelin throw
details
Steffi Nerius
 Germany
67.30
SB
Barbora Špotáková
 Czech Republic
66.42 Mariya Abakumova
 Russia
66.06
Hammer throw
details
Anita Włodarczyk
 Poland
77.96
WR
Betty Heidler
 Germany
77.12
NR
Martina Hrasnova
 Slovakia
74.49
Heptathlon
details
Jessica Ennis
 Great Britain
6731
WL
Jennifer Oeser
 Germany
6493
PB
Kamila Chudzik
 Poland
6471
SB

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Medal table[edit]

  Host nation (Germany)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 10 6 6 22
2  Jamaica 7 4 2 13
3  Kenya 4 6 1 11
4  Poland 2 4 3 9
5  Germany 2 3 4 9
6  Russia 2 2 7 11
7  Ethiopia 2 2 4 8
8  Great Britain 2 2 3 7
9  China 2 1 1 4
10  South Africa 2 1 0 3
11  Australia 2 0 2 4
12  Bahrain 2 0 1 3
13  Norway 2 0 0 2
14  Cuba 1 4 1 6
15  Barbados 1 0 0 1
15  Croatia 1 0 0 1
15  Ireland 1 0 0 1
15  New Zealand 1 0 0 1
15  Slovenia 1 0 0 1
20  France 0 1 2 3
20  Trinidad and Tobago 0 1 2 3
22  Bahamas 0 1 1 2
22  Japan 0 1 1 2
24  Canada 0 1 0 1
24  Cyprus 0 1 0 1
24  Czech Republic 0 1 0 1
24  Eritrea 0 1 0 1
24  Mexico 0 1 0 1
24  Panama 0 1 0 1
24  Portugal 0 1 0 1
24  Puerto Rico 0 1 0 1
24  Spain 0* 1 0 1*
33  Estonia 0 0 1 1
33  Italy 0 0 1 1
33  Qatar 0 0 1 1
33  Romania 0 0 1 1
33  Slovakia 0 0 1 1
33  Turkey 0 0 1 1
Total 47 48 47 142

All Information taken from IAAF's website.[27]

* Number of gold medals for Spain reduced due to disqualification of Marta Domínguez.[28]

Highlights[edit]

Records[edit]

At the competition, three world records, nine Championship records, eight area records and 57 national records were broken.[12]

Day 1 (15th)[edit]

Valeriy Borchin of Russia won gold in the men's 20 km race walk in a time of 1:18:41, Hao Wang of China won silver and Eder Sanchez of Mexico won bronze.[29] Linet Chepkwemoi Masai of Kenya won gold in the women's 10,000m in 30:51.24, Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia won silver and the bronze medal went to Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia.[30] In the men's shot put, Christian Cantwell of the United States won gold with a mark of 22.03m. Tomasz Majewski of Poland took silver and Ralf Bartels of Germany took bronze.[31]

Day 2 (16th)[edit]

In the women's 20 km race walk, the Olympic champion from last years games, Olga Kaniskina, took an expectant win by almost a full minute.[32] In the women's shot put, the Olympic gold medallist from last years games and defending world champion, Valerie Vili, won with a throw of 20.44.[33] In the men's 100 metres dash, Usain Bolt broke his own 100 metres sprint world record with a time of 9.58.[34] The defending world champion, Tyson Gay finished second with a time of 9.71, a US national record.[35] Britain's Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon title with a world-leading points score of 6731.[36]

Day 3 (17th)[edit]

In the men's hammer throw, the Olympic champion Primož Kozmus of Slovenia, pulled off the win with a throw of 80.84m, which is a seasonal best. Szymon Ziółkowski of Poland achieved a result of 79.30m earning him a silver medal and the Russian athlete Aleksey Zagornyi earned third place with a throw of 78.09m.

In the men's 10,000 m final, Kenenisa Bekele won with a time of 26:43:31, which is a Championship record. Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea earned the silver medal with a time of 26:50:12 and Moses Ndiema Masai of Kenya took the bronze with a time of 26:57:39.

In women's 100 metres, Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica triumphed with the time of 10.73s. Kerron Stewart finished second with a time of 10.75s and American Carmelita Jeter took the bronze medal with a time of 10.90s.

In women's pole vault final, the biggest surprise of the day was the Olympic champion and current world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva, failing to clear any height. Anna Rogowska of Poland earned the gold with the result of 4.75m. Monika Pyrek and Chelsea Johnson shared second place with the result of 4.65m. As a result, for the first time in history of World Championships in Athletics, two Polish athletes took gold and silver medal in the same event. Poland is 16th nation to win gold and silver in the same event in the history of World Championships in Athletics, the previous 15 nations were: Canada, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Jamaica, Kenya, Romania, Russia, Spain, United States and also Soviet Union and East Germany.

In women's triple jump final, Yargelis Savigne won the gold and Mabel Gay took second place. Both of the Cuban athletes did not cross the line of 15m.

In the women's 3000m steeplechase, Marta Dominguez of Spain won the gold with a time of 9:07:32. Yuliya Zarudneva won the silver and Milcah Chemos Cheywa earned the bronze medal.

Day 4 (18th)[edit]

In men's Triple Jump, Phillips Idowu of Great Britain, produced a world leading distance of 17.73m earning him a gold medal. Nelson Évora of Portugal achieved a result of 17.55m earning him a silver medal and the Cuban athlete Alexis Copello earned third place with a jump of 17.36m.

Day 5 (19th)[edit]

In the discus final, Robert Harting of Germany won gold in front of a home crowd, trowing 69.43 metres. Piotr Malachowski of Poland and Gerd Kanter of Estonia winning silver and bronze, respectively. Jamaican Brigitte Foster-Hylton ran a season's best of 12.51 in the Women's 100m hurdles to take gold. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada (12.54) took silver and Jamaica's Delloreen Ennis-London won bronze.

Day 6 (20th)[edit]

In the men's 200 metres, Usain Bolt broke his own world record with a time of 19.19 seconds. Alonso Edward of Panama won silver with a national record of 19.81. Wallace Spearmon of the USA won bronze, in 19.85. In the women's 400m Hurdles, Melaine Walker of Jamaica won in 52.42sec, eight hundredths of a second outside Yulia Pechonkina’s World record (52.34). Trey Hardee of the USA had won the Decathlon, but Leonel Suárez of Cuba reversed positions on Aleksandr Pogorelov in the final event.

Day 7 (21st)[edit]

In the 200m, Allyson Felix of the USA crossed the line first in 22.02 seconds with Double Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown from Jamaican coming second with 22.35. In the 400m men final, LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner battled it out with Merritt securing gold with 44.06. Wariner ran a season's best of 44.60, winning the silver medal.

Day 8 (22nd)[edit]

In the women's hammer throw, Anita Włodarczyk of Poland won gold medal with a distance of 77.96m, which is a new world record. Dwight Phillips, USA, won the men's world long jump title for the third time with a jump of 8.54 metres. Phillips received his gold medal from Jesse Owens' granddaughter Marlene Dortch. Godfrey Khotso Mokoena of South Africa won silver (8.47m). Jamaica's 4 × 100 m relay teams highlighted the day by capturing the gold medal in both disciplines.

Day 9 (23rd)[edit]

Bai Xue of China wins gold in the women's marathon, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia took the 5,000 metres world title, and Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway won the men's javelin with a throw of 89.59 metres. Brittney Reese won the women's long jump with 7.10 metres, beating defending champion Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia. In the last two events of the Championships, the United States won both 4 × 400 m relays.

Participating nations[edit]

The entry list released on the IAAF Website before the championships contained 2098 athletes from 202 countries and territories.[37][38][39] Out of these athletes, a total of 1984 competed (1086 male, and 898 female) at the championships, with 201 of the 213 IAAF National Member Federations represented,[12][40] the number of athletes competing at the event broke the previous championship record of 1,821 athletes set at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville. The 100 metres race attracted 100 entries, while the Marathon race listed 101 athletes for competition.[41]

The event was expected to be the largest sports gathering in 2009, continuing in the vein of the World Championships in Athletics being the third largest sports event after the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.[42]


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