19th World Athletics Indoor Championships
Dates17-19 March 2023
Host cityNanjing, China
VenueNanjing's Cube at Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park
Events26
Participation403 athletes

The 19th World Athletics Indoor Championships is scheduled to be held from 17 to 19 March 2023 in Nanjing, People's Republic of China at the newly built Nanjing's Cube gymnasium at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park. In January 2020, the event was postponed until March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] This would be the city's first hosting of the event. In December 2020, the event was postponed until March 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bidding process

Nanjing won the bid for the Championships. Delegations from the three candidate cities made their presentations to Council in the following order (after the drawing of lots): Nanjing (CHN), Belgrade (SRB) and Toruń (POL).[2]

Portland was selected unanimously to host the 2016 event with Birmingham being the only other bidder.[3] With Portland then out of the running for the 2018 event Birmingham was selected as the host of the 2018 event.[4] The reason Portland was selected for 2016 and Birmingham being selected in 2018 is that the IAAF wanted more time between events in the UK with London hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics as well as the 2017 World Championships in Athletics along with Cardiff hosting the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.[5] Portland would become the beginning of a similar sequence for the US, with the 2021 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon and the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Planning

The event was originally scheduled for 13 – 15 March 2020. On 29 January 2020 World Athletics announced that the event would be postponed to March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] On 12 March 2020 it was announced that the championships would take place on 19–21 March in 2021, with the event timetable being the same as originally announced.[6]

Venue

The facility, a brand new purpose-built gymnasium at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park known as Nanjing's Cube will be the centrepiece of the event. Construction started in September 2017 and is due to be completed in time for the event. The venue for track and field and swimming are located in Block A of the park and to the east is the Yangtze River complex. It will provide catering and hotels as well as security work for the event.[7]

Entry standards

The qualification period for all events runs from 1 January 2019 to 2 March 2020 (midnight Monaco time), except for the Combined Events. Twelve athletes will be invited in the Heptathlon and in the Pentathlon as follows: the winner of the 2019 Combined Events Challenge, the five best athletes from the 2019 Outdoor Lists (as at 31 December 2019), limited to a maximum of one per country and the five best athletes from the 2020 Indoor Lists (as at 24 February 2020). One athlete may be invited at the discretion of the IAAF. In total no more than two male and two female athletes from any one Member will be invited for the combined events.[8] The winners of the World Indoor tour received wildcards to the championships, allowing nations with wildcards to enter up to 3 athletes into individual events.[9][10]

Event Men Women Athletes
Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor
60 metres 6.63 10.10 100m 7.30 11.15 100m 56
400 metres 46.50 45.00 52.90 51.00 30
800 metres 1:46.70 1:44.00 2:01.50 1:58.00 18
1500 metres 3:40.00 3:33.00 1500m 4:09.00 4:02.00 1500m 18
3:55.00 Mile 4:28.50 Mile
3000 metres 7:50.00 7:40.00 3000m 8:49.00 8:30.00 3000m Men 24
Women 15
13:10.00 5000m 14:50.00 5000m
60 metres hurdles 7.70 13.40 110mh 8.16 12.85 100mh 48
High jump 2.34 m (7 ft 8 in) 1.95 m (6 ft 4+34 in) 12
Pole vault 5.80 m (19 ft 14 in) 4.70 m (15 ft 5 in) 12
Long jump 8.20 m (26 ft 10+34 in) 6.75 m (22 ft 1+12 in) 16
Triple jump 16.90 m (55 ft 5+14 in) 14.30 m (46 ft 10+34 in) 16
Shot put 20.95 m (68 ft 8+34 in) 18.30 m (60 ft 14 in) 16
4 × 400 metres relay No Standard No Standard 12
Indoor heptathlon / Indoor pentathlon Limited to a maximum of one per country 12

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Medal summary

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 metres
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400 metres
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800 metres
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1500 metres
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3000 metres
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60 metres hurdles
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4 × 400 metres relay
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High jump
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Pole vault
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Long jump
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Triple jump
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Shot put
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Heptathlon
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Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 metres
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400 metres
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800 metres
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1500 metres
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3000 metres
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60 metres hurdles
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4 × 400 metres relay
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High jump
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Pole vault
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Long jump
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Triple jump
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Shot put
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Pentathlon
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References

  1. ^ a b "World Athletics to postpone World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing 2020". World Athletics. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Nanjing is Awarded 2020 World Indoor Championships – IAAF Council, Day 2". IAAF. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ Red Shannon (17 November 2013). "Portland, Ore., Wins Bid for 2016 World Indoor Championships: Why It Matters". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Portland, Ore., to hold IAAF 2016 world indoors". ESPN. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  5. ^ Gambaccini, Peter (15 November 2013). "Portland Will Host 2016 World Indoor Championships | Runner's World". Runnersworld.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ "New dates agreed for World Indoor Championships in Nanjing" (Press release). World Athletics. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  7. ^ "World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing 2020 Organising Committee". www.worldathleticsnanjing2020.com.
  8. ^ IAAF World Indoor Championships Nanjing 2020 Qualification System and Entry Standards Published 15 May 2017 IAAF
  9. ^ "IAAF World Indoor Tour Winners Secure Wildcards for Nanjing". 21 February 2019.
  10. ^ "2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour winners secure wildcards for Nanjing".
  11. ^ World Athletics Indoor Championships Entry standards and qualification system World Athletics