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Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 13 August 2017 20:36

LONDON 2017: The 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships concludes this evening (Sunday) at the Olympic Stadium, but it has been a thrilling week of brilliant athletics action, here's some of our highlights from the week...


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We have been updating online on our Facebook & Twitter social media pages every day this week as the races unfolded. Here are some of @nathanjones1995 highlights from the 2017 championships which include:

Dyma rai o'n uchafbwyntiau ni o Bencampwriaeth Athletau Y Byd 2017 sy'n cynnwys:


Friday 4th August / Dydd Gwener 4ydd Awst

Usain Bolt got his campaign underway with first positions in the 100m heat and semi-final, however he did not have it all his own way.

Mo Farah ensured Great Britain got off to a winning start winning the 10,000m final race after a great tactical battle with his fellow competitors. With the event concluding the first days action just before 10pm in the evening, the noise created from the supporters at the end was incredible.

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Saturday 5th August / Dydd Sadwrn 5ed Awst

The night finished off with the 100m final - the build up saw everyone talking about the two main men Usain Bolt v Justin Gatlin. It was Gatlin who took the spoils this year as after a slow start out of the blocks, Bolt could not make up ground. He collected a bronze medal in the end on the line.

Sunday 6th August / Dydd Sul 6ed Awst

While the Welsh Junior League Cup Final was being held in Newport for the under 15 age group, four Welsh athletes were competing in quick succession in London within a couple of hours. Ieuan Thomas was the first to take to the track in the 3000m steeplechase and that was when Joshua Griffiths and Andrew Davies were about to get started in the World Championships marathon on the roads 45 minutes later. An unknown club runner at the start of the London Marathon, Griffiths finished as the first Brit and got selected in his second marathon to represent his country in the world's. Josh was 39th position in 2:20:06 with Davies just further ahead. Early afternoon, David Omoregie was the latest athlete out on the track, this time contesting the 110m sprints hurdles heats.

The evening finale saw a very close finish in the women's 100m - and another shock result!

Monday 7th - Friday 11th August / Dydd Llun - Dydd Gwener 7fed i 11fed Awst

Events (heats, semi-finals and finals) continued to come thick and fast in the evening sessions with the decathlon and heptathlon also taking place during this period. Great Britain came so close to podium positions but instead had to settle for a number of fourth placing's, including the 800m and 1500m for example along with one or two of the disciplines on the field. On the Wednesday evening on a terrible evening (consistent rain all day and strong winds) Farah qualified for the 5000m final with a top 5 finish in a difficult heat.

Everyone would have heard of the news of Botswana's Isaac Makwala who was denied entry to the 400m final because of an illness. However, 48 hours later he was allowed to run a time-trial against the clock by himself on Thursday which he qualified easily in 20.20. Makwala made it all the way to the final after finishing runner up in the semi final before eventually coming 7th in the final.

All week, The field events as well as the track (Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Discus, Shot, Javelin and Pole Vault) saw some championships and personal bests throughout.

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Saturday 12th August / Dydd Sadwrn 12fed Awst

Well...what's there to say??!!...Saturday Evening...What an evening to have tickets for the penultimate session! All eyes were on Team GB's men's and women's relays teams from 21:30. Easily qualifying through the heats earlier that morning, the team was looking for an improving position in the table with more medals.

Both teams did not disappoint in front of their home fans performing amazingly. The women's 4 x 100 secured silver medals behind USA with a close finish (improving from the bronze won at the previous championships in Rio), while the men's went one better against the odds to easily pass the strong USA and Jamaica sides to win in a British record time of 37.47 seconds! What team spirit between them and a packed house in the stadium certainly helped them achieve these results/wins! 2 races - 2 medals within minutes!

Elsewhere, the sport said farewell to two of the greatest of all time. Mo Farah unfortunately couldn't repeat his performance from 8 days earlier as he had to settle for silver this time round in the 5,000m final. Again staying back for the majority of the race picking up slowly, the Ethiopian athlete had too much on the home straight. Alongside the GB men's 4 x 100m team, Usain Bolt was also making his final appearance on the track to close his successful career. After taking the baton on the final leg, Bolt sadly pulled up with a cramp and was unable to finish - a sad sight to see him go out on! Nevertheless, it has been inspiring for everyone to see them in action over the years.

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Sunday 13th August / Dydd Sul 13eg Awst

The final day of a thrilling 10-day championship got underway very early on Sunday morning which saw a triple header of race walking championships take place out on the London roads around Buckingham Palace and the Mall (London Marathon finishing straight) Wales' Bethan Davies competed in the 20km Race walk at lunchtime on Sunday and came 29th on the day 1:33:10 in a race that was won by China. The other events held included the men's 20km race and the early event in the morning, the 50km Race walking championships.

Four hours later at 18:30, the final session for this year was concluded back at the Olympic Stadium with the final few events left to be completed: High Jump, Discus, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and 4 x 400m Relay finals. The 4 x 100m teams also got the opportunity to pick up their respective gold and silver medals in front of their supporters.

After Britain had finalists in most of the evening's events, the final event of the evening and championships was the 4 x 400m relays.

Trying to match their performances achieved just 24 hours earlier, The Great Britain & NI 4 x 400m teams were back out in both finals. With Jamaica pulling out due to an injury, it was no problem for the women as they comfortably secured silver medals, just like they did in the shorter sprint. The men's' race was much tighter but with enough of a lead between 3rd and 4th, Team GB came home to win bronze. 4 great relay races to finish the weekend off just like they should be!!

A finishing position of 6th for the home country with 6 medals (2 gold, 3 silver & 1 bronze) - a much better end with many young upcoming athletes performing well on the big stage. On top of the table was the USA - who dominated the podium from the first day, breaking the 30 medal barrier (10 gold, 11 silver & 9 bronze)


Officials / Swyddogion

Whilst a number of athletes from Wales were putting on a GB vest at the London 2017 IAAF World Champs, we also had a number of officials at the championships ensuring that evening is running efficiently and to the rulebook.

Dave Jessett (Swansea) received the very high honours of acting as Competition Director for the World Championships overseeing the entiretly of the competiton making certain that it was well organised and runs to plan. Dave was joined by Sue Maughan, Sue Alvey (Pembrokeshire), Carina Jones (Swansea), Amy Price, Ceri Jones, Ffion Jenkins (Swansea), Jeff Marsden along with John Chidlow and Bob and Olive Dobson who judged the final days' walks.

It was great to see so many officials being selected to officiate on top of those who also officiated at the World Para Athletics Championships.


#Inspired by 2017

As part of Welsh Athletics' "Inspired by 2017" programme, the organisation had been granted access to a limited number of tickets for the forthcoming championships. Several people, along with the volunteers in the sport were given free tickets to be able to attend, thanks to WA.

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Also up for grabs were winning tickets from competitions on the social media page (Twitter) and pictured above is Tammy and Tegan Foley, from Pembrokeshire who were one of those lucky pairs to win!


What everyone was talking about this week...those watching and on our social media followers pages!

He's been everywhere - #Herothehedgehog - "Hero" was the event mascot in London and he certainly entertained us all during the 10 days. Whether it was on the competition field or in the crowd, he brought smiles to everyone's faces!


Pictures Online from London / Lluniau ar-lein o Llundain

A number of athletes and families from Wales went up across the bridge to the English Capital to watch during the week and be in amongst the atmosphere. We've picked up on a selection of images taken for our followers back home; click the link to have a look at event shots inside and outside the competition arena that was sent to us from the Dyfed district.


For those lucky enough to have tickets for the occasion or got involved through watching the coverage on TV, the 2017 London World Athletics Championships showed the best that the sport of athletics can offer. Attracting over 700,000 people to the stadium in 10 days, it has also inspired many people whether young or senior, with the chance of achieving the top awards and honours if you work and train hard! Congratulations to all the athletes (including the 5 from Wales), officials, staff and supporters who have contributed towards a great this week!!