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London Athletics World Championships set to be biggest ever

London Athletics World Championships set to be biggest ever

More than 660,000 tickets have been sold for the London 2017 IAAF Athletics World Championships, beating the previous record set at Berlin 2009.

It is expected that around a quarter of a million people will enter the London Stadium this weekend for the first three days of the event (August 5th-7th), which will see Usain Bolt defend his 100m title as Mo Farah hopes for a sixth world title in the 10,000m contest.

Organisers have confirmed that the last batch of remaining tickets for the event will be available from tomorrow (August 1st) as a result of changes in stadium requirements.

It offers a great opportunity to see world-class athletics for anyone who missed the historic 2012 games in the capital, with the big attendance set to create a magical atmosphere.

As part of the first three nights of competition, special ceremonies will take place to reallocate medals initially awarded to cheats. Jessica Ennis-Hill will receive the 2011 world heptathlon gold as part of this, after Russia’s Tatyana Chernova was found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs. 

Ennis-Hill explained: “I’m honoured that the IAAF and the organisers of the London World Championships have offered me the chance to receive my medal in front of the British fans.

“The London Stadium is where I won Olympic gold in 2012 and I never thought I would be back in the stadium receiving another gold.”

Ms Ennis-Hill added that she has fond memories of the Olympic stadium and hopes to add more during the tournament.

British 4x400m relay quartets will also be handed medals from 2009, 2011 and 2013 after they originally lost the events to drugs cheats. 

How can I get to the World Championships?

With thousands of people expected to visit the capital for the World Championships, getting to London could be extremely difficult. 

Rather than relying on last-minute expensive transport arrangements, it is best to book your journey well in advance. This way, you can benefit from lower prices and better value.

Train services can be extremely busy and costly, especially if they are booked on the day of travel, while travelling by car could mean paying excessive parking fees. 

On the other hand, coaches provide an affordable and straightforward way to reach the event. With services offering a guaranteed seat, ample luggage space and choice over departure times, you’re sure to enjoy a comfortable journey.

Tickets are available for great value and you can be dropped off right outside of London Stadium, giving you more time to soak up the electric atmosphere. 

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