London never fails when it comes to hosting a major sporting event and the city boasts success with the Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup and London Marathon (just to name a few).
It’s no secret that athletes from around the world love competing in our capital city (all expect perhaps Justin Gatlin). Arguably, this is down to Londoners embracing events creating a carnival atmosphere and the British public’s enthusiasm for sport.
The IAAF World Championships was no different and London proved again its success at putting on an excellent show with the return to the Stadium.
The Championship was dramatic to say the least. The villain won and the hero bowed out defeated. The East Africans finally worked out how to beat the unstoppable Farah. The Americans dominated. An outbreak of Norovirus led to Isaac Makwala being quarantined from competing and the BBC having a cringe worthy roast of the IAAF lead medic. 4th became British Athletics magic number. A hedgehog took the limelight. But the biggest surprise was the 4 x 100m relay boys finally getting the baton round and clinching the gold.
There has been various amounts of debate about the success of the championship. However, despite the results, no one can deny there has been some incredible races and exciting competition.
I was lucky enough to watch numerous events at the championship including the marathon, the women’s 1500m final, men’s 5000m’s, the 4 x 100m relays and the women’s steeplechase. Spectating your sport is important as an athlete and you can learn a lot from being up in the stands (or in my case, up with the gods with binoculars!). But most of all, it provides inspiration and a hunger to pursue your sporting dreams, whatever they may be. The women’s marathon did exactly that and I felt incredibly inspired by the performances of Aly, Charlie and Tracy. Knowing about some of their journeys and their years of hard work gives me hope that maybe I could do the same one day.
Despite athletics being in a fragile state lately and even more so with Usain Bolt departing the sport, London proved that athletics can still draw in the crowds. I hope that the IAAF can strive to put the sport in a better place with cleaning it up, adding some innovation and finding a new hero, other than hero the hedgehog.
A quick update from me.
I am really excited to join the Saucony Hurricanes racing team and have Forte Sports Management represent me. It’s great to be building a team around me that is there to support me and I am really thankful to everyone at Saucony and Forte for believing in me and taking me on.
It’s 9 weeks to go until my England marathon debut and the build up has been throwing a few curve balls along the way. The greatest journeys are never the smoothest and I’m learning a lot in the process. I remain positive and look forward to the Copenhagen Half Marathon in a month’s time.
“We have never had as many people at a World Championships and we have never had as many people supporting athletics. Britain have found it tough – but it is tough in the world.