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World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 ends on a high | PRESS-RELEASES | WIC 22 – World Athletics

Three world records on the final day of competition, combined with a record number of countries qualifying for finals, ensured that the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 ended on a high.

Over the three days of thrilling action in Belgrade, Serbia, from 18-20 March, 129 teams competed and athletes from 59 countries lined up in finals (57 countries contended for medals in 2017). Seven championship records and 17 area records were set. 

A total of 31 countries won medals, 20 of those claiming gold, including the host nation as long jump star Ivana Vuleta’s victory sent the 6800-strong crowd into raptures on the final night.

This is the first World Athletics championship event with spectators since the pandemic began in 2020, and more than 20,000 spectators attended across the three days, despite a reduced stadium capacity due to Covid restrictions.

Additionally, some 2500 fans attended the Museum of World Athletics (MOWA) exhibition at the arena and merchandise available onsite was sold out, with the event logo T-shirt and mascots being the top sellers for international and domestic fans, athletes and their family and friends.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said: “The World Indoor Championships in Belgrade had everything – three world records, an unforgettable home victory, an emotional gold medal for Ukraine which epitomised the exceptional spirit of the Ukrainian team, brilliant rivalries, close racing and the appearance of athletes from 59 different countries in the finals, again proving that athletics is the most global of all sports.

“The fans in Belgrade were loud, passionate and generous, welcoming athletes from all over the world. They created an outstanding atmosphere for our athletes, who responded by giving their all and making history. Belgrade has hosted a most successful and memorable championships. Thank you.”

The first of Sunday’s world records came in the women’s triple jump, as Yulimar Rojas added to her legend with a sensational 15.74m* – an outright world record that improves on the 15.67m that she jumped outdoors to win the Olympic title in Tokyo last summer, and her previous indoor best of 15.43m recorded in Madrid in February 2020. With her win, the Venezuelan became the first athlete to claim three world indoor triple jump titles.

But there was still so much to come. As action resumed for the afternoon session, USA’s Grant Holloway secured his spot in the men’s 60m hurdles final in superb style, equalling his own world record of 7.29. The world 110m hurdles champion’s 56th consecutive 60m hurdles winning time matched the mark he established as the world record in Madrid in February 2021. Just an hour later he returned to the track to win his second world title in 7.39.

Then the spotlight moved to the men’s pole vault. Returning to the scene of his 6.19m world record set in the same arena on 7 March, Sweden’s Olympic champion Mondo Duplantis was intent on going even higher and after winning his first senior world title with a 6.05m clearance, he again duly delivered. After two years and 54 attempts at 6.19m, his improvement to 6.20m* took just two weeks and three attempts as he soared clear on his final try.

Ethiopia topped the medal table for the first time at the World Indoor Championships with four gold, three silver and two bronze, while United States – who will host the much-anticipated World Athletics Championships Oregon22 in July – finished second with a total of 19 medals (three gold).

Teams from five different areas won gold medals: Africa (4), Asia (1), Europe (11), NACAC (8) and …….

Source: https://www.worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-indoor-championships/belgrade22/news/press-releases/world-athletics-indoor-championships-belgrade-22-ends-on-high

Three world records on the final day of competition, combined with a record number of countries qualifying for finals, ensured that the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 ended on a high.

Over the three days of thrilling action in Belgrade, Serbia, from 18-20 March, 129 teams competed and athletes from 59 countries lined up in finals (57 countries contended for medals in 2017). Seven championship records and 17 area records were set. 

A total of 31 countries won medals, 20 of those claiming gold, including the host nation as long jump star Ivana Vuleta’s victory sent the 6800-strong crowd into raptures on the final night.

This is the first World Athl…….

Three world records on the final day of competition, combined with a record number of countries qualifying for finals, ensured that the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 ended on a high.

Over the three days of thrilling action in Belgrade, Serbia, from 18-20 March, 129 teams competed and athletes from 59 countries lined up in finals (57 countries contended for medals in 2017). Seven championship records and 17 area records were set. 

A total of 31 countries won medals, 20 of those claiming gold, including the host nation as long jump star Ivana Vuleta’s victory sent the 6800-strong crowd into raptures on the final night.

This is the first World Athl…….

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