Armand Duplantis and the household names of Jamaican sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah have been given the chance to be even further in the limelight.
This quartet as well as other track and field stars will reach an extended audience at the 2023 World Athletics Championships. The prestigious meet at Budapest will be broadcast live, following a television deal between Warner Bros. Discovery and World Athletics rights-holders Eurovision Sport and ESPN.
Next year’s nine-day event will appear on its channels – Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2 and the Eurosport app – including its Discovery platform, on a non-exclusive basis in over 45 European countries. Eurovision Sport and ESPN jointly hold and distribute World Athletics media rights in Europe and Africa for 2023.
American-born pole vault world record-holder Duplantis is a massive draw, with the exciting Jamaican female trio of Fraser-Pryce, Jackson and Thompson-Herah injecting both some glamour and remarkable speeds.
Sebastian Coe, the World Athletics president, enthused: “I’m delighted to welcome Warner Bros. Discovery back into the high-powered portfolio of our World Championships broadcast partners.
“Eurosport has a long tradition of offering outstanding athletics coverage. This agreement will be welcomed by our fans across Europe, as it will give them even more opportunities to watch every amazing moment of the World Athletics Championships [Budapest 2023].”
Budapest’s brand-new National Athletics Centre will host the 2023 World Athletics Championships between 19-27 August. This will be the first-ever time that the illustrious event will be competed in central Europe. Already it has got fans buzzing about the talents on show.
Duplantis is a massive name and seems indomitable. He was named Male Athlete of the Year, selected from a panel of nominees by nearly 10 million voters, earlier this month at the esteemed World Athletics Awards 2022.
The Louisiana-born 23-year-old scooped the same award in 2020, but he was unable to attend any celebrations because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.
He holds the world pole vault record (6.21m) on top of being the reigning Olympic and world outdoor and indoor champion, the current world outdoor and indoor record holder, the current European outdoor and indoor champion as well as the current Diamond League champion.
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