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Feature09 May 2021

Gateshead revisited

The Wanda Diamond League will be reopening a treasure trove of world class athletics heritage when the 2021 season gets underway with Mondo Duplantis, Dina Asher-Smith and co in action at the Muller Grand Prix Gateshead in two weeks today, Sunday 23 May.

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Feature08 May 2021

Irena Szewinska: The first lady of Polish sport

Only one athlete in history has set world records at 100m, 200m and 400m: Irena Szewinska – the brightest star of Polish athletics.

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News03 May 2021

Athletics 2021 is published

'Athletics 2021 - The International Track and Field Annual’ has been published

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News01 May 2021

Szewinska souvenirs on show in Silesia

The career of Irena Szewinska – the only athlete to have set world records in the 100m, 200m and 400m – is being honoured in a heritage display in Chorzow’s Silesia Stadium during the World Athletics Relays Silesia 21.

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News19 Apr 2021

Ten years having passed, Norway celebrates the legacy of Grete Waitz

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg will today lead her nation in marking the extraordinary life of women’s running pioneer Grete Waitz (née Andersen, 1 October 1953 – 19 April 2011) who tragically lost her life to cancer ten years ago today.

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Feature18 Apr 2021

Gebrselassie vs Tergat in Sydney: a race about (almost) nothing

Remembering one of the most iconic races in Olympic history

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News16 Apr 2021

'Progression of World Athletics Records' ebook published

The latest edition of the ‘Progression of World Athletics Records’, published in 2020 by World Athletics Heritage, is now available as an ebook.

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Feature10 Apr 2021

‘A Greek! A Greek!’ 125th anniversary of the first Olympic marathon

On 10 April 1896, Spiridon Louis of Greece won the first ever marathon at an Olympic Games, ancient or modern

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Feature08 Apr 2021

Nawal El Moutawakel: the 54 seconds that changed her life

The incredible story of Nawal El Moutawakel, who inspired a generation of Arab female athletes.

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News06 Apr 2021

Stawell Gift unveils World Athletics Heritage Plaque

At the 139th Powercor Stawell Gift Carnival on Easter Monday (5), the World Athletics Heritage Plaque was unveiled jointly by The Hon. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Western Victoria, and Neil Blizzard, president of Stawell Athletic Club.

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Feature24 Mar 2021

From pigeons to Olympic participation – Centenary of the first Women's Olympiad

The clay pigeon shooting ground perched on the terraces of the Monte-Carlo Casino Gardens were in 1921 the stage for the first international athletics tournament for women.

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Press Release15 Mar 2021

World Athletics launches the world’s first 3D virtual sports museum

World Athletics has today announced the launch of a 3D virtual museum of athletics, bringing a new level of innovation and creative technologies to the world of sport.

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Feature14 Mar 2021

Evelyn Ashford: from racing the boys to four-time Olympic gold medallist

Evelyn Ashford's remarkable and unique journey has inspired female athletes around the globe

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Feature09 Mar 2021

Vaulting pioneer Dragila recalls memories of landmark global title

To have any gold medal in your trophy cabinet is rare enough, but to have the very first global one in your sport is rarer still.

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Feature07 Mar 2021

Remembering the landmark 1991 World Indoor Championships in Seville

The third edition of the World Indoor Championships, staged 30 years ago in Seville's Palacio De Los Deportes from 8-10 March 1991, proved – in terms of records – to be the best yet.

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