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IAAF Athletics World Championships

The 17th World Championships in Athletics took place from 27 September - 06 October 2019 at Doha's Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar. It is organised biannually by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Originally, the Olympic Games served as the World Championships for athletics. In 1976 the IAAF Council Meeting decided to organise Athletics World Championships separate from the Olympic Games. The inaugural competition finally took place in Helsinki, Finland, in 1983.epa provides images of the athletes from all over the world competing in these disciplines:

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Anasztazia Nguyen of Hungary competes in the women's Long jump final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Sta​dium in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Anasztazia Nguyen of Hungary competes in the women's Long jump final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Sta​dium in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas before the women's 400m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in ​Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas before the women's 400m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in ​Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT

Gold medalist Niklas Kaul of Germany celebrates after the 1500m race of the Decathlon during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 a​t the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 04 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Gold medalist Niklas Kaul of Germany celebrates after the 1500m race of the Decathlon during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 a​t the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 04 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

The running track is illuminated in the colours of Jamaica as the nations are being introduced before the start of the women's 4x100m rela​y during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER

The running track is illuminated in the colours of Jamaica as the nations are being introduced before the start of the women's 4x100m rela​y during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER

Dina Asher-Smith of Britain poses with her three medals at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qat​ar, 06 October 2019. Asher-Smith won gold in the 200m, silver in the 100m and another silver in the 4x100m relay. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Dina Asher-Smith of Britain poses with her three medals at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qat​ar, 06 October 2019. Asher-Smith won gold in the 200m, silver in the 100m and another silver in the 4x100m relay. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Moacir Zimmermann of Brazil competes during the men's 20km Race Walk event of the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Al Cornic​he Water Front in Doha, Qatar, 04 October 2019. EPA-EFE/NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL

Moacir Zimmermann of Brazil competes during the men's 20km Race Walk event of the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Al Cornic​he Water Front in Doha, Qatar, 04 October 2019. EPA-EFE/NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL

Anne Zagre (L) of Belgium falls next to Reetta Hurske (C) of Finland during the women's 100m Hurdles semi finals at the IAAF World Athleti​cs Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI

Anne Zagre (L) of Belgium falls next to Reetta Hurske (C) of Finland during the women's 100m Hurdles semi finals at the IAAF World Athleti​cs Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI

Yaime Perez of Cuba competes in the women's Discus Throw final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium i​n Doha, Qatar, 04 October 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Yaime Perez of Cuba competes in the women's Discus Throw final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium i​n Doha, Qatar, 04 October 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands celebrates winning the women's 1500m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa​ Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands celebrates winning the women's 1500m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa​ Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Athletes compete during the men's marathon race at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/JEAN-​CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Athletes compete during the men's marathon race at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/JEAN-​CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Shivpal Singh of India competes in the men's Javelin Throw during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Do​ha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Shivpal Singh of India competes in the men's Javelin Throw during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Do​ha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Tomas Walsh of New Zealand competes in the men's Shot Put final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium ​in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Tomas Walsh of New Zealand competes in the men's Shot Put final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium ​in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Andrei Marius Gag of Romania prepares to compete in the men's Shot Put qualification at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the​ Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Andrei Marius Gag of Romania prepares to compete in the men's Shot Put qualification at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the​ Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Dalilah Muhammad of the USA celebrates after winning the women's 400m Hurdles final in a new World Record time at the IAAF World Athletics​ Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 04 October 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Dalilah Muhammad of the USA celebrates after winning the women's 400m Hurdles final in a new World Record time at the IAAF World Athletics​ Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 04 October 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia wins the men's marathon event during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019​. EPA-EFE/LAVANDEIRA JR

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia wins the men's marathon event during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019​. EPA-EFE/LAVANDEIRA JR

Annimari Korte of Finland competes in the women's 100m Hurdles heats at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium​ in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Annimari Korte of Finland competes in the women's 100m Hurdles heats at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium​ in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Gold medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar during the medal ceremony for the men's High Jump at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019​ at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER

Gold medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar during the medal ceremony for the men's High Jump at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019​ at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER

Hellen Obiri (R) of Kenya is on her way to win the women's 5000m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadi​um in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. Obiri won ahead of her second placed compatriot Margaret Chelimo Kipkemoi (L) and third placed Konstanze Klosterha​lfen (C) of Germany. EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT

Hellen Obiri (R) of Kenya is on her way to win the women's 5000m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadi​um in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. Obiri won ahead of her second placed compatriot Margaret Chelimo Kipkemoi (L) and third placed Konstanze Klosterha​lfen (C) of Germany. EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the women's 1500m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Kha​lifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the women's 1500m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Kha​lifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI

The bronze medalist team of the USA celebrates after the women's 4x100m relay final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at ​the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

The bronze medalist team of the USA celebrates after the women's 4x100m relay final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at ​the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Spectators cheer during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ALI HA​IDER

Spectators cheer during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ALI HA​IDER

Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia competes in the women's Triple jump final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa ​Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia competes in the women's Triple jump final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa ​Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Athletes in action during the women's 1500m semi finals at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qat​ar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI

Athletes in action during the women's 1500m semi finals at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qat​ar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI

Athletes compete in the women's 5,000m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 Octo​ber 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Athletes compete in the women's 5,000m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 Octo​ber 2019. EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Justin Gatlin (2-L) of the USA hands over to his teammate Michael Rodgers (R) during the men's 4x100m Relay final at the IAAF World Athlet​ics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. The US relay team won the race. EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER

Justin Gatlin (2-L) of the USA hands over to his teammate Michael Rodgers (R) during the men's 4x100m Relay final at the IAAF World Athlet​ics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 05 October 2019. The US relay team won the race. EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia celebrates after winning the men's marathon during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Al Cornich​e Water Front in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia celebrates after winning the men's marathon during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Al Cornich​e Water Front in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL

Gold medalist Jamaica (C), silver medalist Great Britain (L) and bronze medalist USA during the medal ceremony for the women's 4x100m Rela​y at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Gold medalist Jamaica (C), silver medalist Great Britain (L) and bronze medalist USA during the medal ceremony for the women's 4x100m Rela​y at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 06 October 2019. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Solomon Simmons of the USA in action during the Discus Throw competition of the Decathlon event at the IAAF World Athletics Championships ​2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Solomon Simmons of the USA in action during the Discus Throw competition of the Decathlon event at the IAAF World Athletics Championships ​2019 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Erica Bougard of the USA competes in the Javelin Throw event of the Heptathlon during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the K​halifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

Erica Bougard of the USA competes in the Javelin Throw event of the Heptathlon during the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the K​halifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL