In 2012 I was lucky enough to attend an evening of Athletics at the Olympic Games in London. There I got to see some star athletes compete for the glory of becoming Olympic Champion. A year before, it was announced that London would host the World Athletics Championships in 2017 at the Olympic Stadium.
Since then, the stadium has been re-modelled and is now the home of West Ham United Football Club but has the dual use of becoming a world class Athletics Stadium in the summer months as well as a concert venue.
And so it was that I found myself at the opening night of the 2017 World Athletics Championships on 4 Aug 17. With world stars on show such as Mo Farrah and Usain Bolt, I was looking forward to a great night. Below are the best of the pictures I took that night with a small commentary for each.
The Walk up to what is now known as The London Stadium, decorated for the IAAF World Athletics Championships.
Laura Muir (GB) leads the athletes round in the first heat of the women 1500m. A picture of concentration
Britain’s CJ Utah qualifies from his heat of the 100m
Usain Bolt, probably the world’s best known athlete cruises to the finish in his 100m heat. Subsequent events revealed he is human after all!
Britain’s greatest ever endurance athlete, Mo Farrah in the 10,000m.
Just under 4 laps to go and Farrah moves to the front.
Farrah wins!!!! One of the greatest 10,000m races ever. His competitors tried to run the finish out of him by running fast surges but he was equal to all the challenges.
Mo Farrah saluting the fans and celebrates with his young family after the race