News12 Jul 2022


Media Advisory: Flyovers planned during the first nights of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22

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Hayward Field at the University of Oregon

Media Advisory: Flyovers planned during the first nights of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22

EUGENE, Ore. — With just a few days to go until the first World Athletics Championships on U.S. soil, the local organizing committee (LOC) is pleased to announce several exciting features during the first nights of the event.

The 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships will be held July 15–24 at the reimagined Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, and the opening weekend offers plenty of excitement for fans and athletes alike as Team USA takes on the world, including multiple flyovers. Tickets for WCH Oregon22 can still be purchased here. The complete schedule of events can be found here.

For the general awareness of community members, approximate flyover timings are as follows:

  • Friday, July 15 – 5 p.m. Pacific
  • Saturday, July 16 – 7:45 p.m. Pacific
  • Monday, July 18 – 5 p.m. Pacific

On opening night on Friday, July 15, a flyover will take place when the session kicks off at 5 p.m. That night features the finals of the 4x400m mixed relay that will likely include the last World Athletics Championships appearance of U.S. sprint great Allyson Felix, who is retiring after this season. Felix, who ran on the world-record setting team when the 4x400m mixed relay made its debut at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, has won 12 World Championships gold medals, the most of any athlete in history.

Speed will be the name of the game during the evening sessions on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, with the final of the men’s 100m on Saturday and the final of the women’s 100m on Sunday. Both finals will be held at 7:50 p.m. and conclude that day’s competition. On Saturday night, there will be an F-15 jet flyover right before the introduction of the athletes in the men’s 100m final.

The Saturday men’s final could feature four Americans, led by Christian Coleman, the defending champion from Doha, and Fred Kerley, who set the Hayward Field stadium record with a world-leading time of 9.76 seconds last month.

On Monday, July 18, the night belongs to women, beginning with a Women in the Spotlight presentation followed by a Black Hawk helicopter flyover at 5 p.m. The helicopter will be flown by a female pilot. The night will conclude with the women’s 1,500m. Other women’s finals on Monday night include the triple jump and the conclusion of the heptathlon, where college standout Anna Hall could end a long U.S. medal drought in the event.

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About Oregon22, LLC     

Oregon22, LLC is the local organizing committee managing the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships. The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 will be held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon and will be delivered in partnership with USA Track & Field. It is the first time the competition will take place in the United States, with 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations expected to compete July 15–24, 2022. Oregon22, LLC is committed to delivering an unmissable experience that will showcase the State of Oregon and the sport of track and field globally.

For more information, contact: media@worldchampsoregon22.com

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