Borg vs McEnroe

What: Borg vs McEnroe
Where: At a cinema near you
Who: The true story of the tennis rivalry that dominated sports headlines in 1980
When: Borg vs McEnroe can now be seen anywhere in the U.S. and UK
Why: Excellent performances and a nail-biting ending

1980 was a massive year in sports. It was the year that the U.S., and other countries, boycotted the Olympic Games held in Russia. It was also the year that an unknown woman by the name of Rosie Ruiz cheated her way to the finishing line to ‘win’ the Boston Marathon. But it was also the year that Swede Bjorn Borg competed against American John McEnroe for the Wimbledon men’s championship, and what a game it was. The new film “Borg vs McEnroe” totally captures this exciting match.

Not only does the film capture, in very good detail, the match to end all matches, it also goes deep into the lives of both men, their upbringing, their careers as the world’s top tennis players, as well as their relationships with others. However, this being a Swedish production, the film mostly focuses on Borg (played by a practical look-a-like in Sverrir Gudnason). McEnroe, played by Shia LaBeouf, is also very good as the bad boy of tennis which almost mirrors LaBeouf’s offscreen behaviour.
We see Bjorg as young man (played by his own son Leo) in the city where he grew up and started playing tennis against a wall near his home; we see him as a successful tennis player, living the life of luxury, high atop a luxurious apartment building in Monaco which he shares with his partner Marianna (Tuva Novotny). She stands by his side, and allows him to stay focused on his games, even if that means him being very obsessed with the preparation of each match, and the torment by his parents who have taught him never to be second best. Borg’s relationship with his coach  Lennart (an excellent Stellan Skarsgard) is a volatile one, but it’s also like father and son. Meanwhile, McEnroe has demons of his own – his reputation precedes him, and it’s going to be a dual to the finish at the Wimdledom championships as to who’s going to come out the winner.

“Borg vs McEnroe,” a multilingual film, ends with the play by play of the 1980 men’s championship final. And if you don’t remember who won, it’s a nail-biting 20 minutes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. And it’s this finale that makes “Borg vs McEnroe” one of the best sports films since 2013’s racing car film “Rush.” Danish Director Janus Metz keeps the suspense and drama very much alive while writer Ronnie Sandahl expertly crafts the 110 minute movie to include aspects of both champions lives as well as their tennis successes. 

Photo provided by Curzon Artificial Eye
Review by Tim Baros


Amy Williams was propelled into the limelight in 2010 when she won gold in the Skeleton at the Vancouver
Winter Olympic Games. Not only did this see her become Britain’s first solo Winter Olympic champion in 30
years (and the first by a woman in 58 years), but she also set a double track record in the sport.

Originally a 400m runner, Amy’s fearless determination and love of pushing the limits of grip and speed led
her to find her calling on the Skeleton track when she tried the sport at the University of Bath. After failing to
qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Amy continued to pursue her dream and was honoured to have
been given the opportunity to represent her country at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

Following her success, Amy was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2010 and was further
honoured to become the first ever female Freeman of the City of Bath. She was short-listed for the 2010 BBC
Sports Personality of the Year, received the Daily Mail’s Ian Wooldridge Award and was also awarded
Glamour Magazine’s Sportswoman of the Year.

Amy is a regular on the BBC Ski Sunday presenting team, and 2014 saw her feature on Channel 4’s celebrity
reality show ‘The Jump’ as coach of the Skeleton event. She has since taken on several presenting roles on
shows such as 71 Degrees North, Alone in the Wild and Tour de Celeb. She also presented six series of The
Gadget Show from 2014-16 and has most recently been signed as part of the BBC commentary team for the
2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea.

Alongside presenting, Amy is an inspiring motivational speaker, giving exclusive insights into the world of
professional sport based on her vast experience, knowledge and struggles.
Having already welcomed her first child Oscar with husband Craig Ham 6-months ago, 2017 is set to continue
to be a big year for Amy, with exciting things to come as we move into 2018.

Parallel London heads to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 3 September 

The world’s first fully accessible fun run/push, Parallel London heads to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 3 September for a second year, alongside the inaugural Free Family Festival with ten zones of entertainment.
Copyright 2016© Parallel London at Queen Elizabeth Park, London.
Disabled and able-bodied people of all ages and abilities can join the run side-by-side, running, walking, pushing or being pushed with no cut-off times and the choice of 10km, 5km, 1km or 100m challenges.
They can also opt for the Super Sensory 1km course, full of multi-sensory experiences, from sound and scent to textures and colour including smell and light tunnels, bubbles, a ribbon canopy, parachute and wind chimes.

The sensory stimulation supports memory, which is useful for those with late-stage dementia or specific brain damage. And it’s been specially designed for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum, who primarily engage with the world in a sensory way.
A spokesperson said: “The festival is an ambitious and colourful celebration of inclusivity and the Mayor of London has pledged his support to it for the next five years.” 
The event also features:
Active Lifestyle Zone
Wheelchari football-With wheelchairs for able-bodied guests, so everybody can play side-by-side and blind Cricket with glasses which replicate blindness; Wheelchair Rugby; Wheelchair Dance; World’s Strongest Disabled Man; Surfability offering surf lessons to those with special needs; Commando Active providing rehab, health, exercise and performance pathways and Disability Snowsport UK
Innovation Culture Zone
Newham Music’s free music-making activity, a Wac Arts movie-making workshop with green screen technology and digital orchestra and the interactiveElectric Umbrella Orchestra

Family Zone
Loyn Toys offers handmade toys which promote sensory educationBuild your own #Desmond’s Dragon, hear the story and get the book signed; Pongathon Ping-Pong masterclasses, tournaments and competitions; Angus Baskerville using magic to overcome his ADHD and autism
Workshop Zone 
Funtastic Tales bringing stories to life; Burlexecise IT classes; theatrical performances by the deaf and hearing DH Ensemble; Heal & Relax wellness workshops; Train Body Brain combines fitness, mindfulness and positive mantras; The Include Choir invites everybody to get involved with unifying and uplifting music.
Personal Development Zone 
Wildcats Academy is a fully inclusive theatre school offering performances and workshopsDisability Sports Coach showcasing its award-winning programme; The Sensory Project’s tent to challenge seven of your sensory systems.

Autism Barbers Assemble helping special needs children tackle the fear of haircuts.
Technology Zone
Robosavvy showcasing the Double 2 Telepresence robota11YHacks Treasure Hunt, Website Accessibility Experience and Coding Activities; Barclays Access All Areas demonstrates how they’re harnessing digital technology to eliminate barriers to accessibility; Playchimp’s quick game coding sessions; Blatchfords unveil their orthotics specialist seating and prostheses
Food & Drink Zone 
Festimex Mexican; Lowe Powe NoodlesValencia PaellaStrawberries & Greens smoothies, porridge, flapjack and soups.
Travel & Leisure Zone 
Limitless Travel provides amazing holidays, tours, accommodation and travel for people living with disability
Mobility Zone
Showcasing the NOMAD, which attaches to your own wheelchair for greater access to soft or rough terrain

Livability Community Zone
Livability is a disability and community engagement charity, which tackles barriers in community life that cause disabled and vulnerable people to become socially isolated
There will also be two stages, with the Parallel Beats stage featuring a series of inspiring talks about people’s own journeys and beliefs about inclusion and the world of disability, and the Main Stacomparedred by MTV‘s The Mandeville sisters and featuring headliner JJ Rosa and a vibrant mix of theatre and music.

A Fitter Frame for a Fitter Brain

Can’t remember the last time you went to the gym? Well your lack of exercise may well account for that, in more ways than you might think.

New research from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has found that those who are more aerobically fit are more likely to have better memories.

So here are 5 ways to notch your aerobic exercise up a gear, for both a fitter frame and a fitter brain!

Firstly, what counts as aerobic exercise?

Aerobic exercises are ones typically performed at moderate levels on intensity for extended periods of time, which can help to maintain an increased heart rate.  These can include running, boxing, yoga and swimming.

How does exercise help your memory? The experts explain….

“We all know that exercise is important for our general health. However, it is also important for mental and cognitive health – not only does it promote feel-good factors, but (along with a healthy, well- balanced diet) it helps prevent weight gain.

You will know that it is important for your general health and wellbeing that you are not overweight but it is just as important specifically for your brain function. Your brain could age ten years faster if you are overweight when you are middle aged compared with someone of a normal weight at that age,” explains Dr. Marilyn Glenville, one of the UK’s leading nutritionists and author of Natural Solution for Dementia and Alzheimer’s (

Ways to boost your exercise game…

  1. Have a well timed snack

Nutritionist Cassandra Brans explains, “It can be tricky to know when and what to eat before you work out. You want to have energy and avoid hunger pangs but avoid feeling full and uncomfortable while exercising. If you’re feeling hungry – or your last meal was more than three hours earlier – then have a healthy carbohydrate-based snack about half an hour before your workout. This could be a piece of fruit, a small slice of wholemeal toast, or a couple of oatcakes with a teaspoon of nut butter. It can be best at this time to avoid foods that are more difficult to digest, such as meat, cheese or whole nuts – apart from in very small amounts. “


  1. Unwind with Yoga

20 minutes before bed try ditching the Netflix for the Namaste as a way to help you unwind, squeeze in a relaxing workout at the end of your day and boost your brain power.

Dr. Glenville explains, “Yoga has been shown to be more effective at improving memory than brain training. In the study  people over the age of 55 who had problem with their memory, including not being able to remember faces and names, were split into two groups. One group was given one hour’s brain training a week, while the other practiced one hour of yoga a week and meditation for 20 minutes a day. Both brain training and yoga improve verbal memory, but the yoga had the added benefit of improving visual–spatial memory, too. This is the memory that helps with remembering locations.”

  1. Partner that power circuit

If you’re struggling to motivate yourself to start moving, it might be worth finding a fitness buddy who will start making you accountable for those gym sessions! Not only can it make you work harder, with a bit of healthy competition, but it can also be a more enjoyable experience, encouraging you to keep going.


  1. Give your green smoothie a protein twist

If you need a little extra boost after hitting the gym, try giving your regular smoothie a twist by adding a scoop of organic protein powder, “Sunflower protein contains all the 9 essential amino acids with a BCAA content of almost 20% making it a perfect choice for lean muscles, nitric oxide production and strength.” explains Martina Della Veda, nutritionist at Nature’s Plus.

Try Nature’s Plus Organic Sunflower Protein [RRP £22.50,]


  1. Drift into Dreamland

“This may seem obvious, but you’re probably not going to make the most of your workouts if you’re surviving on four or five hours sleep a night. Good sleep is not only vital for optimal energy, but also for recovery and repair after exercise, so you’re in tip-top form for your next session,” advises Cassandra.

If you’re struggling, to fall asleep in the evenings, try aiding your relaxation with a natural supplement. Cassandra explains, “Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles. It is also vital for the function of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter that your brain requires to switch off, try taking a supplement, such as Synergistic Magnesium by Quest Vitamins (, £6.25).”


  • World record ticket sales, historic firsts, entertaining presentation and fun spectator experience lead to hugely successful IAAF World Championships London 2017
  • Organisers set an official Guinness World Record for number of ticket sales for an IAAF World Championships with over 705,000 sold
  • Marathons and race walks broke new ground for the Championships with iconic locations and historic moments; over 150,000 people lined marathon course
  • Official mascot Hero the Hedgehog dubbed the best Championship mascot ever after ten days of antics

World record ticket sales, historic firsts, entertaining presentation and a fun spectator experience have all combined to help make the IAAF World Championships London 2017 a hugely successful event.

Held in the UK for the first time ever, 2,200 athletes from 203 nations travelled to London while fans from across Britain and the globe poured into the London Stadium and onto the capital’s streets to make history.

The Championships will go down as the best ever for ticket sales after organisers were awarded an official Guinness World Record for the number of tickets sold for an IAAF World Championships in front of a packed London Stadium on the closing night.

The figure recorded on the official Guinness World Record certificate is 701,889 but with that taken two days before the end of the Championships, it will be updated to reflect the over 705,000 eventually sold. Session 12 on the morning of Saturday 12 August was the best ticketed session at 56,620.

The London Stadium was not the sole focus for the Championships with the men’s and women’s marathons, held on the same day of the Championships (Sunday 6 August) for the first time ever, and attracting 150,000 spectators around its landmark filled 10km loop course.

With a backdrop of Buckingham Palace, crowds also flocked to The Mall in their thousands to witness the first ever Festival of Race Walks today (Sunday 13 August), which saw all four races held on a single day for the first time ever.

Arguably the unexpected star of the Championships was the official mascot Hero the Hedgehog, who brought laughter for those watching live in the stadium or at home during every appearance. Created by nine-year-old Elinor after a nationwide competition hosted by organisers and Blue Peter, Hero’s highlights can be viewed HERE.

With over three times the amount of applications to places available, it took the help of 4,500 volunteers, known as Runners, to stage the Championships. The Runners brought with them fluency in more than 65 different languages, helping spectators enjoy an engaging experience.

Niels de Vos, Championship Director and CEO of UK Athletics, said: “As the organising committee of the IAAF World Championships London 2017, we are extremely proud to have delivered a Championships that has received such great support from the athletes and the public, whether watching in the stadium or at home.

“Over ten days of world-class athletics both in Stratford and across central London, we have witnessed the world’s top sportsmen and women perform at their very best. The response has truly shown the impact athletics continues to have on the UK and beyond.

“From our record-breaking ticket sales to the fantastic dedication of our Runners and even to our official mascot Hero, it has been a pleasure to stage these Championships for every single one of the 2,200 athletes from 203 nations involved.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The IAAF World Athletics Championships really captured the spirit of London and will live long in the memory as another chapter in an unforgettable summer of sport in our great city. We’ve seen medals won and personal bests smashed, and there’s no better honour for London than staging the final championship races of legends Mo Farah and Usain Bolt.

“More than 700,000 people filled the London Stadium, beating all previous attendance records, while millions around the globe have been watching what has been a truly memorable World Athletics Championships. I am so proud London was the first city to host both the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Athletics Championships in the same year, proving once again that London really is the sporting capital of the world.”

Simon Morton, COO of UK Sport and London 2017 Board member, said: “The World Athletics Championships has broken records and brought back the spirit of London 2012 to London and the UK.

“From our enthusiastic crowds, dedicated volunteers and of course this spectacular venue, we have once again shown why the UK is the best place in the world to host major sporting events.

“This wouldn’t be possible without National Lottery players’ support for our major events programme at UK Sport, and we look forward to continuing to bring events like this one to the UK for many years to come to inspire the nation.”


IAAF World Championships London 2017 Daily Update Day 10

Day 10
13 August 2017

Session 14 ticketed at: 55,520

Today marks the first ever Festival of Race Walks in IAAF World Championships history, with four races: the men’s and women’s 50km and the men’s and women’s 20km all staged.

The women’s 50km race walk is taking place for the first time ever at a Championships bringing parity with men’s events.

The races are binge staged on The Mall with Buckingham Palace used as an iconic backdrop. Like the marathon, the medal ceremonies for the walks will all take place outside of the main stadium for the first time ever.


H: 22
L: 13

The Championships will be seen off with periods of bright sunshine partnered by a light, refreshing breeze.

The men’s 4x100m relay final was full of drama as the penultimate night of the Championships came to a close. Britain took gold in a world leading time with USA second and Japan third as Usain Bolt pulled up injured on the home straight for Jamaica.

The men’s 5000m final was also a spectacle with Ethiopian Muktar Edris taking the gold ahead of the home hope Mo Farah, who in turn managed to hold American Paul Chelimo off to take silver.

In the women’s 100m hurdles final London 2012 Olympic champion Sally Pearson couldn’t believe she had taken victory ahead of Dawn Harper Nelson in second and Pamela Dutkiewicz of Germany in third.

Johannes Vetter was emotional as he sealed gold for Germany in the men’s javelin final. One of three Germans in the medal showdown, but Czech Republic took silver and bronze through Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych respectively.

Going into the evening session, Kevin Mayer had lead the decathlon and did enough to win gold. Two Germans followed in Rico Freimuth with silver and Kai Kazmirek.

The women’s high jump was the first final off and Maria Lasitskene took the gold with a jump of 2:03, Yuliia Levchenko the silver and Kamila Licwinko the bronze.


USA and Britain were on both relay medal podiums. USA took gold ahead of Britain in the women’s 4x100m relay final with Jamaica claiming bronze. The men’s and women’s 4x400m heats went off in the morning session with USA fastest through to the final in both.

The closing night of the Championships is predictably the most lucrative with the last 11 finals scheduled throughout the day. It is an early start with the Festival of Race Walks having already begun on the Mall.

The men’s and women’s 50km events, the latter a new addition to the Championship schedule, kicked off at 07:45 with French world record-holder Yohann Diniz and Portuguese world record-holder Inês Henriques among the favourites respectively.

In the men’s 20km at 14:20, Tom Bosworth will be the centre of home attention but China’s Wang Kaihua goes in as world leader. In the women’s 20km beforehand at 12:20, Chinese trio Lu Xiuzhi, Wang Na and Yang Jiayu will be ones to watch.

The evening session at the London Stadium kicks off with the men’s high jump final at 19:10 in which Mutaz Essa Barshim was the best in qualifying. The women’s discus wraps up the field events at the Championships from 19:10 with Sandra Perkovic expected to contend after leading convincing in qualifying.

The women’s 5,000m begins the last of the track action at 19:35 with Hellen Obiri out to win her first world title outdoors. The women’s 800m follows at 20:10 where Ajee Wilson, Caster Semenya and Margaret Wambui lead the battle for medals.


The men’s 1500m is the last individual final off at 20:30, Jakub Holusa the quickest qualifier before the 4x400m relays close proceedings. The women are up first at 20:55 and the men at 21:15 with the USA the nation to beat in both.

“I was in the call room and I literally started bawling my eyes out, I had so many memories coming back [she was a kit carrier at the London 2012 Olympics] and I knew my dreams were about to come true. The whole way round the crowd were keeping that adrenaline in me and I just wanted to set these girls up well.”

– Laviai Nielsen (GBR), Women’s 4x400m Relay Heats


Isabelle Hartley
Tribune Team Member
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Fun Fact: 
Isabelle’s favourite athlete is Jessica Ennis-Hill because she thinks she’s such a great role model for young athletes.




Not able to take home a medal? Go for gold instead with the official IAAF World Championships London 2017 keyring. Also available in silver, both £6.

Inika McPherson (USA) arrives in style ahead of the final of the women’s high jump



  • First ever Festival of Race Walks in IAAF World Championships history with four races all to be staged on the same day
  • The women’s 50km race walk will take place for the first time ever at a Championships bringing parity with men’s events
  • Races will be staged on The Mall with Buckingham Palace used as an iconic backdrop
  • Similar to the marathon, the medal ceremonies for the walks will all take place outside of the main stadium for the first time ever.

Organisers of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 will continue their ground-breaking ways on Sunday with all four race walk events set to be hosted on the same day for the first time in championship history.

The ‘Festival of Race Walks’ comprising the men’s and women’s 50km and 20km events will take place on one of the most famous roads in the world in The Mall with a 2km loop course between Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch one of the most iconic settings for the event at a Championships ever.

The introduction of the women’s 50km race walk brings the number of medal events at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 to an even 48 making the event the first ever gender equal IAAF World Championships.

Much like the marathon before it, the Festival of Race Walks is free for fans and spectators to enjoy in one of the most recognisable parts of the capital.

The Mall’s smooth red surface is claimed to emulate a red carpet leading up to the gates of Buckingham Palace. The turnaround points on each lap of the walks are the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace and just in front of Admiralty Arch. For a video overview of the course click here.

The start/finish line of the 2km loop is located approximately half way down the course, which offers plenty of key vantage points for spectators and fans to watch from. Like the marathon, the medal ceremonies for the walks will all take place outside of the main stadium for the first time ever.

Niels de Vos, Championship Director, said: “The Festival of Race Walks is a first for an IAAF World Championships so it’s only fitting that we stage the walks in a unique setting, not just for spectators, but for the athletes taking part. We know they are looking forward to racing on The Mall. It is such a great location because it means that fans of athletics and passers-by alike will be able to see almost all of the course at once because it is so flat and be able to cheer on those in action.”

The Festival of Race Walks sees four race walks take place on Sunday 13 August with the men’s and women’s 50km starting at the same time at 07:45. The women’s 20km will start at 12:20 and the men’s 20km at 14:20 with the medal ceremonies for all getting underway at 16:00.

With 14 track and field sessions also taking place in the London Stadium, the Championships is the biggest event staged at the venue since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with 2,200 athletes from 203 nations competing this week.

For further information on the Festival of Race Walks, including a video overview of the course and a map, visit the official Championships website here.

For the latest travel news and advise relating to the Festival of Race Walks visit the Transport for London website here.

IAAF World Championships London 2017 Daily Update Day 8

Day 8
11 August 2017

Session 10 ticketed at: 22,020

Session 11 ticketed at: 50,220

Session 9 of the Championships was the biggest ticketed session so far at 56,290. It was the sixth time a session had been ticketed at over 50,000 with the cumulative figure so far in excess of 460,000 with five sessions still to go in the London Stadium.

Organisers announced a week before the Championships kicked off that the event would be the best ever in terms of ticket sales. The average attendance across the nine sessions staged so far is over 51,000.

There are four special ‘Legend Tickets’ inspired by worlds records set at previous World Championships by Colin Jackson, £12.91, Jonathan Edwards, £18.29 and Sally Gunnell £52.74 while all children’s tickets are priced at £9.58 in honour of Usain Bolt’s current 100m record.

H: 21
L: 16

Dry with some sunny spells through the morning and into the early afternoon, but turning cloudier from the west later in the afternoon, with some some patchy rain. Breezier later.

The evening closed with Ramil Guliyev seeing off the challenge from 400m champion Wayde Van Niekerk to claim his first world title in the men’s 200m final. It went down to one thousandth of a second to separate Niekerk with Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards, the South African narrowly picking up silver.

With the world record remaining untouched, USA’s Christian Taylor snatched the men’s triple jump title with a best of 17.68m. Teammate Will Claye was just five centimetres down, taking silver, with Nelson Evora of Portugal picking up bronze.

USA picked up further honours in the women’s 400m hurdles final, with Kori Carter and Dalilah Muhammad going one-two. It took a personal best of 53.74 seconds for Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey to take the final podium spot.

Dafne Schippers and Shaunae Miller-Uibo both stopped the clock at 22:49 in the women’s 200m semi-finals, with Marie-Josée Ta Lou only a hundredth behind for third overall.

A strong two heats in the women’s 5,000m heats saw Hellen Obiri sail through as quickest qualifier. The only man to surpass 90m, Johannes Vetter lead the way in the men’s javelin qualifications.

Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson returned to the women’s high jump after finishing fifth in the heptathlon, clearing 1.92m to qualify for Saturday’s final. Kamila Licwinko, Maria Lasitskene and Yuliia Levchenko join her.

Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi sped to a swift victory in the final of six women’s 800m heats. 1500m bronze medallist Caster Semenya is also through to the semi-finals.

Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop could be on track for his fourth men’s 1500m title after qualifying for tonight’s semi-final. Luke Mathews of Australia was fastest of the 41 finishers in last night’s heats.

There are two sessions today: the morning session started at 10:00 while the evening session starts at 17:00.

Concluding the day’s action is the final of the women’s 200m at 21:50. Last night’s semi-finals saw strong performances from Dafne Schippers, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Marie-Josée Ta Lou of Ivory Coast.

The women’s long jump competition will be decided from 19:10. Darya Klishina led the field through qualification with a jump of 6.66m.

Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech was the fastest through the rain in the Women’s 3000m steeplechase qualifiers and will hope to lead the field again in tonight’s final at 21:25.

Pawel Fajdek of Poland trailed his compatriot Wojciech Nowicki by three centimetres in the qualification of the men’s hammer. The two will be among the favourites in the final from 20:30.

Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba will be ones to watch again after strong efforts in the 800m heats last night and will run again in the semi-finals which take place at 19:35. The decathlon gets underway this morning at 10:00 with the 100m. The long jump (11:05), shot put (12:55), high jump (17:00), and 400m (20:45) follow throughout the day.

The men’s 1500m semi-finals will take place at 20:10. Luke Mathews the fastest through the heats last night. The morning will see qualification for the women’s discus throw (10:10/11:35), the men’s high jump (11:15), and the women’s 100m hurdles (10:45). The qualifying hurdlers will run again in the semi-finals at 19:05.


“This is not a shock but this does not feel real. I am so proud. This title means a lot.”

– Ramil Guliyev (TUR), Men’s 200m World Champion


Philip Latchford
Sports Team Member
Brentwood, Essex

Fun Fact:
Philip is a volunteering veteran, having helped out at London 2012 and the Tour de France in 2014.




If all the action has inspired you to pound the streets then look no further than the official Championships running vest. Available for £40 in both a men and women’s fit at the Superstore.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Hero the Hedgehog stands along side the band during day seven of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

IAAF World Championships London 2017 Daily Update Day 7

Day 7
10 August 2017

Session 9 ticketed at: 56,290

The IAAF World Championships London 2017 has a special digital toolkit for spectators and fans to use as they watch the action unfold live in the stadium or at home.

Spectators and fans around the world are encouraged to share their experiences by using #BeTheNext and by downloading the official Championships app for free.

In addition, in a Championships first and to commemorate Usain Bolt’s farewell from the track, an emoji of the Jamaican’s trademark ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose will follow #BeTheNext on Twitter.

Similar to Bolt, Sir Mo Farah will also compete on the track at a major championship for the last time in London and will too have his own event emoji with his famous ‘Mobot’ being activated on Twitter by #MoFarah.

H: 21°C
L: 14°C

Yesterday’s rain should give way to a largely dry day. Bright spells are expected to punctuate the thick cloud cover.

There were three gold medals decided on the sixth night of the Championships with the finals of the women’s shot put, men’s 400m hurdles and women’s 400m finals all scheduled.

The women’s 400m rounded off the night with American Phyllis Francis overtaking Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the last ten metres for gold. Miller-Uibo would finish fourth as Salwa Eid Naser took silver and Francis’ American teammate Allyson Felix silver.

The men’s 400m hurdles final was clinched by Norwegian Karsten Warholm who led from the start to finish strongly. Yasmani Copello came home in second for silver while Olympic champion Kerron Clement picked up bronze.

In the women’s shot put final China’s Lijiao Gong triumphed to take the gold by almost half a metre over Anita Marton while there was another American in third as Michelle Carter took bronze.

The women’s 3000m steeplechase went over three heats and safely saw European champion Gesa Felicitas Krause through along with Beatrice Chepkoech and Ruth Jebet as the two fastest.

In women’s long jump qualifying, Darya Klishina and Tianna Bartoletta progressed to the final with the first and second best leaps respectively. The men’s 200m semi-finals saw Isiah Young, Jereem Richards and Isaac Makwala qualify for the final as the three fastest in that order.

The men’s hammer throw qualifying took place with Wojciech Nowicki battling wet conditions to advance to the final in first with an effort of 76.85m. The two men’s 5,000m heats saw Selemon Barega and Yomif Kejelcha Kejelcha victorious with defending champion and 10,000m winner in London Mo Farah also safely through.

There are a further three finals taking place this evening, starting with the men’s triple jump at 20:20. USA duo Christian Taylor and Chris Benard line up after solid qualifying performances from the USA athletes with the former seeking a hat-trick of world titles in the event.

Zuzana Hejnova has her eye on the women’s 400m hurdles title at 21:35 having clocked the quickest time in the semi-finals. Closing the evening action at 21:52 is the men’s 200m final, where Isiah Young of USA, Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago and Botswana’s Isaac Makwala all go head to head.

Having amassed a total of 24 consecutive victories coming into the Championships, Maria Lasitskene is expected comfortably negotiate the women’s high jump qualification at 19:10. Lithuania’s Airine Palsyte also starts her campaign, the only other athlete having jumped over two metres this season.

Expect a German dominance in the men’s javelin qualification rounds, taking place at 19:05 and 20:35. Johannes Vetter and Thomas Rohler have each thrown five metres further than their nearest rival, compatriot Andreas Hofmann, this season.

There are heats in the women’s 5,000m at 18:30, featuring Kenyan Hellen Obiri alongside all three podium athletes from the previous championships, Ethiopian trio Almaz Ayana, Senbere Teferi and Genzebe Dibaba.

Caster Semenya looks to add to the 1500m bronze she picked up on Monday in the women’s 800m heats at 19:25. Asbel Kiprop lines up in the first round of the men’s 1500m at 20:25.

After missing out on a 400m medal last night, Shaunae Miller-Uibo will start in the 200m semi-finals alongside Dafne Schippers, who was quickest in the heats, at 21:05.

“I am a train driver and would like to thank my employer, SNCF, our national railway company, for their flexibility. I drive trains between Metz and Valenciennes. it helps me to be balanced.”

– Quentin Bigot (FRA), Hammer, Qualification


Barbara Stagg
Communications Team Member

Fun Fact:
The slick organisation of London 2012 made Barbara proud to be British. She now wants to help make the IAAF World Championships a success.


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Karsten Warholm celebrates a stunning 400m hurdles win with a trip in the sandpit

IAAF World Championships London 2017 Daily Update Day 6

Day 6
9 August 2017

Session 8 ticketed at: 51,130

The official volunteers of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 are called Runners. Over 15,000 people applied to be a Runner and 4,500 were chosen to help stage the Summer of World Athletics.

The Runners range in age from 18 to 84, are fluent in more than 65 different languages and originate from 24 different countries. 250 volunteers have declared a disability and the organising committee has been officially recognised as a Disability Confident leader.


Thundery showers with a risk of prolonged, heavy rain spreading slowly south through the day. Though some sunny spells at times, becoming breezy here later.

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk claimed the first of what he will hope is a golden double at the Championships as he took the 400m title in assured style, leading down the home straight relatively unchallenged. Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas and Abdalelah Haroun followed for silver and bronze respectively.

The men’s 800m final was a hotly contested race with Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse holding off a horde of challengers to win gold. Adam Kszczot of Poland put in a season’s best performance to take silver over Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett.

The first medal of the evening was won in the women’s javelin by world record holder Barbora Spotakova with a throw of 66.76m. She beat Chinese athletes Lingwei Li and Huihui Lyu to the gold. American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks was the only athlete to clear 5.95m in the final as he took gold with Piotr Lisek of Poland second and Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie third.

In the men’s 3000m steeplechase final, a group of three broke away with two laps to go. Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto felt he had enough in the tank to celebrate the win metres before the line despite pressure from Soufiane Elbakkali of Morocco. Evan Jager of USA just held on for bronze.

There were few surprises in the heats of the women’s 200m with Dafne Schippers leading into the semi-finals. In the qualification of the women’s shot put, Hungary’s Anita Marton was the only athlete to progress with her first throw. She did so with the largest of the competition, 18.76m.

Favourite Dalilah Muhammad of the USA cruised to victory in the final semi-final of the women’s 400m hurdles. However, the first semi was the fastest of the three as Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnová clocked 54.59 seconds.

Three finals are scheduled for Session 8 on Day 6 of the Championships with medals set to be decided in the women’s shot put, men’s 400m hurdles and men’s 400m.

The USA will be hoping for another golden night with Kerron Clement the fastest going into in the men’s 400m hurdles final at 21:30. Allyson Felix is second quickest into the women’s 400m final with only Salwa Eid Naser ahead of her. That medal showdown closes the night at 21:50.

The women’s shot putters are out for the final at 20:25, 24 hours after qualification, which saw China’s Lijiao Gong place first with an effort of 18.97m and American Michelle Carter second. Session 8 kicks off with medal ceremonies for the women’s javelin followed by the men’s 800m and men’s 400m. The medals for the men’s pole vault and women’s shot put follow later in the evening.

The heats of the women’s 3000m steeplechase kick off the action for the evening at 19:05 with Ruth Jebet and 18-year-old Celliphine Chepteek Chespol among the favourites. The event of the session for the home crowd will be the men’s 5,000m heats as Britain’s Mo Farah gets his bid for a second medal underway at 20:05 after 10,000m glory on the opening night.

The men’s 200m moves to the semi-finals with Wayde van Niekerk in action the night after his success over double the distance at 20:55. Women’s long jump qualification also takes place, starting at 19:10 and featuring Ivana Spanovic. There are also two groups of women’s hammer throw qualification at 19:20 and 20:50.

“I’m in a dream. I’m in a dream. Am I dreaming? I am a gambler, I love going to the casino. And I just gambled, I put everything on the red, even my last Euro. So hopefully, this is also for luck in love.!

– Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (FRA), Men’s 800m, Gold


Maria Andrews
Protocol Team Member
Enfield, London

Fun Fact:
Maria is always astonished that the sprinters are able to travel 100m in ten seconds.



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Barbora Spotakova celebrates in style after taking the women’s javelin title