It was in 2001 that North America welcomed the IAAF World Championships. For the first time in IAAF history the event traveled overseas, and was welcomed in Edmonton, Canada the capital of Alberta.
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The Commonwealth Stadium was chosen as the host venue for this edition of the Championships. As the second largest stadium in the nation, the 60,000 seat multi-purpose stadium built in 1978 as the home stadium of Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. This stadium also welcomed the 1983 Summer Universiade.
This event was a great success as 1,677 athletes competed in the 46 events (Men’s 24, Women’s 22) of the Championships. Perhaps the most exiting event was the rivalry showdown of teammates Maurice Greene (USA) and Tim Montgomery (USA), as both athletes were thought to be strong competitors for the title of World Champion. In the Women’s 100m the world was on pins and needles to see if USA’s Marion Jones would earn her third consecutive gold medals in Women’s 100m.
In regards to the Men’s 100m, Maurice Greene came out on top as he achieved his third consecutive title as World Champion, and though Tim Montgomery finished in second place, he was later disqualified was disqualified although he was second in 100m.
This year Korea sent another hopeful, but this time in the Men’s Marathon. Edmonton welcomed Boston Marathon winner Bong-Ju Lee. Sadly was not able to finish the race but the 1996 Olympic Silver medalist is still regarded as a national hero in Korea.
That’s it for see you next time in Paris, France!