World Para Athletics Championships to be shown live
By World Intellectual Impairment Sport and World Para Athletics
World Para Athletics has announced that all 10 days of action from the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, Great Britain, will be livestreamed at www.worldparaathletics.org.
Around 1,300 athletes from 100 countries are expected to compete at London 2017 between 14-23 July, contesting 213 medal events.
The event is the first major gathering of international stars since the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where athletes set a staggering 69 world records.
Big names set to line-up on the track for hosts Great Britain include Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft, Richard Whitehead and Georgina Hermitage, who between them have won 13 world and 11 Paralympic titles.
In the field British medal hopes lie with four-time world champion Aled Davies, and Paralympic champions Joanna Butterfield and Hollie Arnold. In the F20 category for athletes with intellectual impairments, Sabrina Fortune will get to experience the roar of a home crowd as the women’s shot put Rio 2016 bronze medallist.
International stars who will light-up the iconic London Stadium include Australia’s men’s shot put F20 world champion Todd Hodgetts, the USA’s women’s 400m T20 Paralympic title-holder Breanna Clark and men’s 1,500m T20 Paralympic and Worlds gold medallist teammate Michael Brannigan.
Dutch sprinter Marlou van Rhijn, Canadian wheelchair ace Brent Lakatos and German long jump sensation Markus Rehm are also expected. The world’s fastest male and female Para athletes – Ireland’s Jason Smyth and Cuba’s Omara Durand – will look to lower their own 100m world records on a track they know well from London 2012.
Craig Spence, the International Paralympic Committee’s Director of Media and Communications, said: “London 2017 is promising to be the best World Para Athletics Championships to date with athletes continuing their outstanding from last September’s Paralympic Games.
“Already this year we have seen many of the sport’s leading stars in record breaking form and I expect many more to records fall during 10 days of exhilarating competition.
“Following the phenomenal success of London 2012, the iconic London stadium holds a very special place in the heart of many Para athletes, many of whom will be eager to defend or win world titles in the British capital. The action is not to be missed, so we’re glad to be showing all 54 hours of coverage via our website.”
All morning and evening sessions will be streamed live during the event and expert commentary will be provided by Will Downing and Tulsen Tollett. German Paralympic long jump champion Vanessa Low will join the pair to provide in-depth analysis.
In addition to live streaming all 54 hours of coverage, and providing daily highlights and clips of all races and events, live results will also be provided here.
*Please note the coverage will be geoblocked in certain territories.