Published on August 4th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Born to Run
Today sees the start of the World Athletics Championships in London. This is the first major sporting event to take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park since the London Olympics in 2012.
Taking place over 10 days and reaching its conclusion on 13th August, the IAAF World Championships in London will be the sixteenth in the event’s 34-year history. It is set to be one of the highlights of the sporting year.
Usain Bolt Says Farewell
On this first day of action, the crowd will see their first glimpse of arguably one of the greatest athletes ever to grace the running track, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. In his final championships, this legend of the 100 metres is hoping to end his career in style with another gold in the event he has dominated, for nearly ten years.
Whilst Bolt will not be defending his 200 metres title, he will also be part of Jamaica’s 4 x 100m relay squad at the end of the championships.
British Athletic Hopes
Team GB will be hoping to replicate their great success of London 2012. Although Jessica Ennis-Hill has now retired, she will still be making an appearance to collect a belated gold medal from the 2011 championships in a special awards ceremony. However, British heptathlon hopes are still strong with Katrina Johnson-Thompson.
Other medal hopes in the British team include Laura Muir who is taking part in both the 1,500 metres and 5,000 metres. The veterinary student has already achieved success earlier this year winning gold in the 1,500 metres and 3,00 metres at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.
Meanwhile, Mo Farah will be hoping to defend his 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres World Championship titles. The omens are good for “Mo-Bot”, this stadium is where he won his first two Olympic gold medals five years ago. Who can forget that Super Saturday at London 2012 which saw Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all w0n gold in the space of a couple of hours?
Unfortunately, due to injury, Greg Rutherford will not be competing in the Men’s Long Jump this year.
Sporting Memorabilia at the Post Office Shop
Here at the Post Office Shop we are proud to celebrate all types of British success.
Included in this collection is this London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Memories Stamp Cover signed by double Olympic gold medalist, Dame Kelly Holmes.