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Why Budapest was possibly the best world champs ever

Why Budapest was possibly the best world champs ever

Here is a look at some of the stats from Hungary and the event’s overall success

If the aim of athletics organisers in Budapest this month was to stage the greatest ever World Championships, I think they have succeeded.

This was my 13th World Championships I have attended as a journalist and my favourite and I can’t see Tokyo topping it in 2025.

The athletics was superb with a superb mixture of great dominating champions, shock new winners and final round on the field or last 10-metre changes on the track.

The stadium was excellent – just the right size and splendid beside the Danube – and the crowds and atmosphere were helped by the Fan Zones while the city itself was superb. It was too hot, but the Hungarians did a magnificent job. Getting out of Budapest, however, proved harder for many.

The British performance
This exceeded all expectations – 10 medals equalled Britain’s best in Stuttgart 1993 and it could have been more with some near misses in fourth and the usually dependable Laura Muir and Dina Asher-Smith not quite at their very best.

It won’t be easy to repeat the same medal success in Paris. Josh Kerr was superb but Jakob Ingebrigtsen was not at his very best and even though he won the 5000m he was not in his world two miles record form. Nafi Thiam and a few other missing heptathletes should be back next year but KJT’s second day form does reconfirm what a competitor she is and could be even better in 2024.

Matt Hudson-Smith could have Steven Gardiner and Michael Norman to contend with in the 400m and USA’s women are unlikely to be disqualifed from the 4x400m in France.

The 100m field could be boosted by past championships winners Fred Kerley and Marcell Jacobs.

Josh Kerr (Getty)

Katarina Johnson-Thompson – heptathlon
Josh Kerr – 1500m

Keely Hodgkinson – 800m
Matthew Hudson-Smith – 400m
Mixed 4x400m

Women’s 4x100m
Women’s 4x400m
Men’s 4x400m
Zharnel Hughes – 100m
Ben Pattison – 800m

Charlie Dobson, Rio Mitcham, Lewis Davey, Alex Haydock-Wilson (Getty)

Men’s 4x100m
Zharnel Hughes – 200m
Morgan Lake – high jump

Daryll Neita – 200m
Jemma Reekie – 800m
Molly Caudery – pole vault

Laura Muir – 1500m

Dina Asher-Smith – 200m

Jess Warner-Judd – 10,000m
Katie Snowden – 1500m
Dina Asher-Smith – 100m

Others who made final
Neil Gourley – 1500m 9th
Anna Purchase – hammer 11th
Melissa Courtney-Bryant 1500m 12th

USA easily top the world

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