Budapest, 28 August (HS). The World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 came to an end on Sunday (27) after an exciting nine days, during which veteran athletes made their mark while many youngsters emerged as global champions.
A record total of 2100 athletes from 195 countries (as well as athlete refugee teams) competed in the Hungarian capital, which was watched by over 400,000 ticketed spectators from 120 countries. The tournament saw one world record, one world under-20 record, seven championship records, 11 field records and 73 national records.
Meanwhile, American sprinters Noah Lyles and Sha’kari Richardson, Kenyan middle-distance diva Faith Kipyegon, Dutch 400-meter hurdles specialist Famke Boll and leading Spanish walkers Alvaro Martin and Maria Perez won multiple gold medals.
Lyles won two gold medals in the 100 m and 200 m and led the USA men’s 4×100 m relay team to victory, while Richardson ran a championship record time of 10.65 s to win her first global title in the 100 m, then the women’s. Helped the USA team set another championship record in the 4×100 m relay.
This year saw Kipyegon achieve a historic double, becoming the first woman to win both the 1500m and 5000m at the World Athletics Championships.
Martin (20 km and 35 km race walk) and Perez (20 km and 35 km race walk) won gold medals to give Spain a golden success in both the women’s and men’s race walk events.
Boll ended the nine-day tournament by leading the Dutch women’s 4×400m team to a last-gasp victory in the final event. He then won his first individual world title in the 400 m hurdles.
Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela won her fourth world triple jump title, while Lyles (200m), Kipyegon (1500m), Joshua Cheptegei (10,000m), Grant Holloway (110m hurdles) and Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles) Has won three titles.
In the men’s javelin throw event, Indian star athlete Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal to win the first gold medal for India, while Nadeem of Pakistan won the silver medal.
With so many stupendous achievements, this edition of the championship will go down as one of the most exciting editions in the history of the game.
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