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2019 World Championships in Athletics Doha, Qatar

2019 17th IAAF World Championships - Doha - Athletics Overview


28/09/2019 - 06/10/2019 Doha Khalifa International Stadium


Nations participating 206
Athletes participating 1,772

Events49 (24 men, 24 women, 1 mixed)

Officially opened byEmir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

LOC General Director: Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad Mascot: Falah (falcon)

  Khalifa International Stadium
falah doha Doha was awarded the championships by the IAAF Council at Monaco in November 2014. The voting was: first round – Doha 12, Eugene 9, Barcelona 6 (Barcelona eliminated); second round: Doha 15, Eugene 12. There are to be no morning sessions, with action taking place across a two-part evening session including marathon races starting at midnight. The renovated stadium is to include digital floodlights and air-conditioning technology among other innovations. For the first time, the logos of sponsors of national teams may appear on the kit in which their athletes compete. Other firsts for the championships: a pink track and a new event, the universal (mixed) 4x400m relay. In Jul 2019, it was announced that there would be a free WiFi service for everyone in the stadium.


File:2019 World Athletics Championships logo.svg The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships (Arabic: بطولة العالم لألعاب القوى‎) was the seventeenth edition of the biennial, global athletics competition organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), since renamed World Athletics. It was held between 27 September and 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar, at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium,but reduced to 21,000 available seats. 1,772 athletes from 206 teams competed in 49 athletics events over the ten-day competition, comprising 24 events each for men and women, plus a mixed relay.
There were 43 track and field events, 4 racewalking events, and 2 marathon road running events. The racewalking and marathon events were held in Doha Corniche.

It was the first edition of the competition under its modified name, having previously been known as the World Championships in Athletics, and the last held before the IAAF assumed its new identity as World Athletics. It was also the first time the competition was in the Middle East and also the first time it ended in October. Due to the hot climate, there were no morning sessions and events were held in the late afternoon onward. Long-distance road events were scheduled to start around midnight local time.[4] For the first time, sponsors of national teams were permitted to appear on the kit that the athletes compete in. Athletes competing in Doha criticised the lack of spectators, the flat atmosphere, the heat, and the timing of events, and they questioned why Doha was awarded the championships.

The performances at the championships were the best ever, with the average performance (per IAAF Scoring tables) surpassing that of the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. Three world records were set, and six championships records were broken. A total of 43 nations reached the medal table, and 68 nations had an athlete with a top eight finish. Based on the IAAF scoring tables, the best male and female performers were men's shot put gold medallist Joe Kovacs and women's long jump champion Malaika Mihambo.


Host selection

Three cities entered the bidding process to host the event. Assessment of the bids was carried out by the IAAF Evaluation Commission, which consisted of three IAAF Council Members (IAAF Vice President Sebastian Coe, Abby Hoffman and Katsuyuki Tanaka), three IAAF Office members (Essar Gabriel, Nick Davies, Paul Hardy) and public relations staff from Dentsu (Junko Shiota, Ryo Wakabayashi) and marketing staff from Athletics Management & Services (Nigel Swinscoe).

Both Doha and Eugene are hosts of IAAF Diamond League meetings. Doha had previously applied for and failed to win the bid for the 2017 World Championships in Athletics, and had hosted the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, led the Doha bid. The bid was part of a movement among the leaders of Qatar to make the country a destination for international sports tourism, within the framework of the Qatar National Vision 2030, which included the hosting of global sports events, such as the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m), 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and a Doha bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Eugene had hosted the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Barcelona hosted the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics and the 2010 European Athletics Championships, as well as the annual Míting Internacional d´Atletisme Ciutat de Barcelona. The final selection of the host city was carried out on 18 November 2014 in Monaco.
City Country Round 1 Round 2
Doha Qatar 12 15
Eugene United States 9 12
Barcelona Spain 6

Barcelona was eliminated in the first round of voting, receiving only six of the 27 votes, then Doha prevailed in the final round with fifteen votes to Eugene's twelve. IAAF President said that the Doha bid would develop the country and its community through sport. José María Odriozola, the president of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, said that the worst bid had won the vote and "the only thing they have there is money".

The IAAF later awarded Eugene the hosting rights for the next championships, which was later moved to 2022 without submitting to a bidding process – a move which was criticised by European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen as Gothenburg had been preparing a bid. This decision became subject to investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service. The head of the 2017 Evaluation Committee, Sebastian Coe, was investigated by the BBC for conflict of interest, as emails suggested he had lobbied IAAF President Lamine Diack in favour of the Eugene bid, while working for Nike, Inc. which was a key stakeholder in Oregon.

In 2016, the French newspaper Le Monde claimed the selection of the host would have been paid with US$3.5 million transferred between October and November 2011 according to the US tax administration, to Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine Diack (former president of the IAAF). In 2019 The Guardian reported documents showing an agreement to pay US$4.5 million to Sporting Age, a Singapore-based company linked to Papa Massata Diack, in order to transfer the value of World Championships ticket sales and sponsorship to Qatari officials. In 2019, the French prosecutors charged some protagonists for corruption: the head of beIN Sports Yousef Al-Obaidly, the former president of IAAF Lamine Diack, and the head of Paris Saint Germain Nasser Al-Khelaifi. A French judge opened investigations into Dentsu and Athletics Management & Services in 2019, on the basis that the companies (which had been involved in the host evaluation) had played key roles in the diversion of funds to Papa Massata Diack.

The selection of Doha as the host city was later criticised by numerous athletes present at the championships. Marathon fifth-placer Volha Mazuronak said organisers were disrespectful to athletes to make them compete in the conditions, and 50 km walk world champion Yohann Diniz was unhappy that the road events had not been located in the air-conditioned stadium instead. Decathlon world record holder Kevin Mayer said organisers had not prioritised athletes in respect of the climate and low spectator attendance. In response to low attendances, the stadium capacity was reduced to 21,000 for the championships, with large banners covering the empty seats, yet on the third day less than half these seats were filled despite the organisers giving free tickets to migrant workers and children. In response to the issue, IAAF Chief Executive Jon Ridgeon worked with the local organisers to take attendance-boosting measures. Ridgeon suggested that sessions were organised late in the evening for European television audiences, which meant working Qataris had gone home before the last event finals had begun (around 11 pm local time). He also said the IAAF's plan had been for the championships to serve people across the Middle East, but the Qatar diplomatic crisis had blocked people from other countries in the region from attending. Three days before the competition it was reported that 50,000 tickets had been sold for the 10-day event, signalling a 90% reduction in sales compared to the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. In response, local organisers purchased tickets and distributed them for free to ensure sizeable attendances, and also ran an initiative to allow spectators to enter the stadium and fill vacant seats left by audience members who left mid-session.

The issue of human rights in Qatar was also raised as over 6,000 migrant labourers, some involved in construction and cleaning of the host stadium, had lodged complaints over unpaid wages against Qatari companies. IAAF President Coe responded that the championships was a way to achieve social change and "rise above political structures".


The decision to hold the World Athletics Championships in the Middle East presented organisational challenges due to the hot and humid climate in Doha in September and October. In previous years the World Championships had mostly qualifying competitions in morning sessions and finals mostly in afternoon sessions. Weather conditions meant that traditional arrangement was not workable and in Doha the schedule was redesigned to have a "pre-session" in the afternoon and a "main session" in the evening. The Khalifa International Stadium used an open-air conditioning system to bring the temperature of the stadium to below 25 °C (77 °F), which was a world first for a stadium.

In collaboration with Seiko, a starting blocks camera view was broadcast from the Khalifa International Stadium's Block Cams. The intimate views from the blocks were the subject of complaint by the German Athletics Association, which said its female sprinters had not been consulted on the broadcasting of the images. The IAAF agreed to only show Block Cam images of athletes immediately prior to the starting pistol and to delete video data at other times on a daily basis. Gina Lückenkemper said the technology was "unpleasant" as it captured close images of athletes' crotches in tight clothing. The stadium also features an advanced lighting system, which was used in the introductions of some event finals, projecting coloured lines on to the lane boundaries and the competing athlete's names moving around the 400 m track. New graphical detail of athletes' performance was provided in television coverage, including top speed of athletes in the track and jumping events, angle and release speed in the throws, and the distance of each phase of a triple jump.

Non-stadium racewalking and marathon events were set on a looped course around the Doha Corniche – a 7-kilometre (4.3 mi) waterfront promenade. Organisers set the start time around midnight local time for road events to avoid the hottest conditions, although the women's marathon still began at a temperature of 32 °C (90 °F) and humidity over 70%. The IAAF and local organisers undertook preparation for the conditions by recruiting medical experts to inform their preparations, as well as increasing water and refreshments, ice baths, and medical support along the route. It sent advisory notices to all national federations in the six months before the competition with recommendations for athletes. However, postponement of the events until after the championships was deemed a last resort. The IAAF President Sebastian Coe stated his belief that the humidity was a greater challenge for runners than the temperature itself.

The Khalifa Stadium hosted the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships in April before the world event.

For training and warm-up purposes, an outdoor venue attached to the Khalifa Stadium is available for athletes in running and jumping events, while all athletes (including throwing events) have full training facilities available at the Qatar Sports Club venue near Doha Corniche. At the Aspire Zone, indoor training facilities are available for running and jumping disciplines while a separate outdoor throws training venue is also available.


The event mascot was "Falah", an anthropomorphic falcon dressed in athletic gear in the maroon colour of the flag of Qatar. The mascot was designed by a Filipino expatriate in Doha, Theodore Paul Manuel, and his design was announced as the winner of the design competition on Qatar's national sports day. Twenty-one sketches were submitted and a group of young Qataris were invited to vote on their favourite designs. Following this, the head of the Qatar Olympic Committee Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and members of the local organising committee narrowed the choices down to a shortlist of three for final voting.

Event summaries


In the men's 100 metres, the semi-finals were dominated by world leader Christian Coleman from the United States, finishing in 9.88 seconds while no other qualifiers broke 10 seconds. In the final, defending champion American Justin Gatlin got a good start to gain a step on the field, except Coleman got a better start, gaining that step on Gatlin and extending his lead to a dominating victory in 9.76 seconds, a new personal best and world-leading time for the season that becomes the 6th best in history, just 2 ticks behind Gatlin's best. Returning to form, Canada's Andre De Grasse closed and nearly caught Gatlin at the line in 9.90, a new wind-legal personal best, though he has run as fast as 9.69 wind-aided.

Middle distance

Long distance

The women's marathon began at midnight local time on 28 September with the temperature at 32 °C (90 °F) and 70 per cent humidity. By the end of the race, 28 of the 68 starters had dropped out, including all three Ethiopian runners. Five runners in a lead pack stayed together for the first 20 km (12 mi) and the pack was down to only four athletes by 35 km (22 mi), including Ruth Chepngetich and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, Bahrain's Rose Chelimo and Namibia's Helalia Johannes. Chepngetich broke out into a sprint in the final lap to finish at 2:32:43, followed by Chelimo (2:33:46) and Johannes (2:35:15).

The women's 10,000 metres began the following night with Germany's Alina Reh taking an early lead before falling back and eventually dropping out. By the ninth lap, a lead pack of three Kenyans and three Ethiopians developed. By the half-way point, the Netherlands' Sifan Hassan had latched on to back of the lead pack, headed by Kenya's Rosemary Wanjiru and Agnes Tirop. Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia surged with four laps remaining with Hassan following close behind. Hassan took the lead on the final lap and finished in 30:17.33, more than three seconds ahead of Gidey, and almost eight seconds ahead of Tirop in third place.


In the men's 400 m hurdles, most of the top ranked athletes reached the final, though world number 4 Ludvy Vaillant was eliminated.


The last place qualifier to the men's long jump final was Jamaica's Tajay Gayle with 7.89 m (25 ft 1012 in). In the final on 28 September, Gayle jumped a personal best 8.46 m (27 ft 9 in) to take the lead in the first round. No other jumper would beat that mark. World leader Juan Miguel Echevarría from Cuba jumped 8.25 m (27 ft 34 in) while giving up the entire 20 cm (7.9 in) width of the board. His jump was bettered by American Jeff Henderson with an 8.28 m (27 ft 134 in) three jumpers later. In the third round, Echevarría improved to 8.34 m (27 ft 414 in) and Henderson responded again with 8.39 m (27 ft 614 in), which ultimately settled the medal positions. In the fourth round, Gayle improved his winning jump to 8.69 m (28 ft 6 in).



With world record holder and defending champion Anita Włodarczyk absent from the women's hammer throw due to injury, world leader DeAnna Price seized the opportunity on the second throw of the competition with 76.87 m (252 ft 2 in), then a best of 77.54 m (254 ft 4 in) in the third round – no athlete could match her. The next thrower into the ring was Włodarczyk's Polish teammate Joanna Fiodorow, who threw her personal best 76.35 m (250 ft 5 in) to win the silver medal and drop Zalina Petrivskaya's first throw of the competition to third place after the first three throwers. Although Petrivskaya threw 74.33 m (243 ft 10 in) in the third round and maintained that position, China's Wang Zheng threw the hammer to 74.76 m (245 ft 3 in) to grab the bronze medal in the middle of the fifth round.


The men's 50 kilometres walk started at midnight local time on 29 September. Most walkers were wary of starting too fast; only the 20K world record holder, Japan's Yusuke Suzuki, went out fast, opening up a gap just a few minutes into the race. By 5K he had a 10-second lead over a chase pack and by 20K he had expanded the lead to two minutes. Suzuki crossed the halfway point at 2:01:07 and, by 35K, Suzuki had opened his lead up to 3:34. Suzuki first showed signs of cracking, stopping at the water station at 44K before getting back on stride. At that point he still had two minutes on China's Niu Wenbin, an additional minute on Portugal's João Vieira, with the next chaser Canada's Evan Dunfee another minute back, now ahead of China's Luo Yadong. Suzuki struggled through the final lap while Vieira and Dunfee were applying the pressure. Both passed Niu, with Dunfee closing down his gap to Vieira. Suzuki got across the finish line first, only 39 seconds ahead of Vieira, who held off Dunfee by only three seconds.

In its second appearance since the event's debut in 2017, the women's 50 kilometres walk began simultaneously with the men's. A lead quartet of China's Liang Rui and Li Maocuo with Italy's Eleonora Giorgi and Portugal's Inês Henriques crossed the 10K mark together, before Giorgi and Henriques dropped back. Liang continued to expand her lead with Li following comfortably ahead of Giogi as the athletes reached 40K mark. Liang won the race in 4:23:26, more than three minutes ahead of her teammate Li, to become the first Chinese athlete to win the world title at that distance. Giorgi finished almost four minutes behind Li to win bronze.




Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Christian Coleman
 United States (USA)
9.76 WL Justin Gatlin
 United States (USA)
9.89 Andre De Grasse
 Canada (CAN)
9.90 PB
200 metres Noah Lyles
 United States (USA)
19.83 Andre De Grasse
 Canada (CAN)
19.95 Álex Quiñónez
 Ecuador (ECU)
400 metres Steven Gardiner
 Bahamas (BAH)
43.48 NR Anthony Zambrano
 Colombia (COL)
44.15 AR Fred Kerley
 United States (USA)
800 metres Donavan Brazier
 United States (USA)
1:42.34 CR, AR Amel Tuka
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)
1:43.47 SB Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich
 Kenya (KEN)
1500 metres Timothy Cheruiyot
 Kenya (KEN)
3:29.26 Taoufik Makhloufi
 Algeria (ALG)
3:31.38 SB Marcin Lewandowski
 Poland (POL)
3:31.46 NR
5000 metres Muktar Edris
 Ethiopia (ETH)
12:58.85 SB Selemon Barega
 Ethiopia (ETH)
12:59.70 Mohamed Ahmed
 Canada (CAN)
10,000 metres Joshua Cheptegei
 Uganda (UGA)
26:48.36 WL Yomif Kejelcha
 Ethiopia (ETH)
26:49.34 PB Rhonex Kipruto
 Kenya (KEN)
Marathon Lelisa Desisa
 Ethiopia (ETH)
2:10:40 SB Mosinet Geremew
 Ethiopia (ETH)
2:10:44 Amos Kipruto
 Kenya (KEN)
110 metres hurdles Grant Holloway
 United States (USA)
13.10 Sergey Shubenkov
 Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA)
13.15 Pascal Martinot-Lagarde
 France (FRA)
Orlando Ortega
 Spain (ESP)
400 metres hurdles Karsten Warholm
 Norway (NOR)
47.42 Rai Benjamin
 United States (USA)
47.66 Abderrahman Samba
 Qatar (QAT)
3000 metres steeplechase Conseslus Kipruto
 Kenya (KEN)
8:01.35 WL Lamecha Girma
 Ethiopia (ETH)
8:01.36 NR Soufiane El Bakkali
 Morocco (MAR)
8:03.76 SB
20 kilometres walk Toshikazu Yamanishi
 Japan (JPN)
1:26.34 Vasiliy Mizinov
 Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA)
1:26.49 Perseus Karlström
 Sweden (SWE)
50 kilometres walk Yusuke Suzuki
 Japan (JPN)
4:04.20 João Vieira
 Portugal (POR)
4:04.59 Evan Dunfee
 Canada (CAN)
4 × 100 metres relay  United States (USA)
Christian Coleman
Justin Gatlin
Mike Rodgers
Noah Lyles
Cravon Gillespie*
37.10 WL  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)
Adam Gemili
Zharnel Hughes
Richard Kilty
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
37.36 AR  Japan (JPN)
Shuhei Tada
Kirara Shiraishi
Yoshihide Kiryū
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown
Yuki Koike*
37.43 AR
4 × 400 metres relay  United States (USA)
Fred Kerley
Michael Cherry
Wilbert London
Rai Benjamin
Tyrell Richard*
Vernon Norwood*
Nathan Strother*
2:56.69 WL  Jamaica (JAM)
Akeem Bloomfield
Nathon Allen
Terry Thomas
Demish Gaye
Javon Francis*
2:57.90 SB  Belgium (BEL)
Jonathan Sacoor
Robin Vanderbemden
Dylan Borlée
Kevin Borlée
Julien Watrin*
2:58.78 SB
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

* Indicates the athletes only competed in the preliminary heats and received medals.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump Mutaz Essa Barshim
 Qatar (QAT)
2.37 m WL Mikhail Akimenko
 Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA)
2.35 m PB Ilya Ivanyuk
 Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA)
2.35 m PB
Pole vault Sam Kendricks
 United States (USA)
5.97 m Armand Duplantis
 Sweden (SWE)
5.97 m Piotr Lisek
 Poland (POL)
5.87 m
Long jump Tajay Gayle
 Jamaica (JAM)
8.69 m WL, NR Jeff Henderson
 United States (USA)
8.39 m SB Juan Miguel Echevarría
 Cuba (CUB)
8.34 m
Triple jump Christian Taylor
 United States (USA)
17.92 m SB Will Claye
 United States (USA)
17.74 m Hugues Fabrice Zango
 Burkina Faso (BUR)
17.66 m AR
Shot put Joe Kovacs
 United States (USA)
22.91 m CR Ryan Crouser
 United States (USA)
22.90 m PB Thomas Walsh
 New Zealand (NZL)
22.90 m AR
Discus throw Daniel Ståhl
 Sweden (SWE)
67.59 m Fedrick Dacres
 Jamaica (JAM)
66.94 m Lukas Weißhaidinger
 Austria (AUT)
66.82 m
Javelin throw Anderson Peters
 Grenada (GRN)
86.89 m Magnus Kirt
 Estonia (EST)
86.21 m Johannes Vetter
 Germany (GER)
85.37 m
Hammer throw Paweł Fajdek
 Poland (POL)
80.50 m Quentin Bigot
 France (FRA)
78.19 m SB Bence Halász
 Hungary (HUN)
Wojciech Nowicki
 Poland (POL)
78.18 m
77.69 m
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Decathlon Niklas Kaul
 Germany (GER)
8691 PB Maicel Uibo
 Estonia (EST)
8604 PB Damian Warner
 Canada (CAN)
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)



Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
 Jamaica (JAM)
10.71 WL Dina Asher-Smith
 Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)
10.83 NR Marie-Josée Ta Lou
 Ivory Coast (CIV)
200 metres Dina Asher-Smith
 Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)
21.88 NR Brittany Brown
 United States (USA)
22.22 PB Mujinga Kambundji
 Switzerland (SUI)
400 metres Salwa Eid Naser
 Bahrain (BHR)
48.14 AR, WL Shaunae Miller-Uibo
 Bahamas (BAH)
48.37 AR Shericka Jackson
 Jamaica (JAM)
49.47 PB
800 metres Halimah Nakaayi
 Uganda (UGA)
1:58.04 NR Raevyn Rogers
 United States (USA)
1:58.18 SB Ajeé Wilson
 United States (USA)
1500 metres Sifan Hassan
 Netherlands (NED)
3:51.95 CR, AR Faith Kipyegon
 Kenya (KEN)
3:54.22 NR Gudaf Tsegay
 Ethiopia (ETH)
3:54.38 PB
5000 metres Hellen Obiri
 Kenya (KEN)
14:26.72 CR Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi
 Kenya (KEN)
14:27.49 PB Konstanze Klosterhalfen
 Germany (GER)
10,000 metres Sifan Hassan
 Netherlands (NED)
30:17.62 WL Letesenbet Gidey
 Ethiopia (ETH)
30:21.23 PB Agnes Jebet Tirop
 Kenya (KEN)
30:25.20 PB
Marathon Ruth Chepngetich
 Kenya (KEN)
2:32:43 Rose Chelimo
 Bahrain (BHR)
2:33:46 Helalia Johannes
 Namibia (NAM)
100 metres hurdles Nia Ali
 United States (USA)
12.34 PB Kendra Harrison
 United States (USA)
12.46 Danielle Williams
 Jamaica (JAM)
400 metres hurdles Dalilah Muhammad
 United States (USA)
52.16 WR Sydney McLaughlin
 United States (USA)
52.23 PB Rushell Clayton
 Jamaica (JAM)
53.74 PB
3000 metres steeplechase Beatrice Chepkoech
 Kenya (KEN)
8:57.84 CR Emma Coburn
 United States (USA)
9:02.35 PB Gesa Felicitas Krause
 Germany (GER)
9:03.30 NR
20 kilometres walk Liu Hong
 China (CHN)
1:32.53 Qieyang Shenjie
 China (CHN)
1:33.10 Yang Liujing
 China (CHN)
50 kilometres walk Liang Rui
 China (CHN)
4:23.26 Li Maocuo
 China (CHN)
4:26.40 Eleonora Giorgi
 Italy (ITA)
4 × 100 metres relay  Jamaica (JAM)
Natalliah Whyte
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Jonielle Smith
Shericka Jackson
Natasha Morrison*
41.44 WL  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)
Asha Philip
Dina Asher-Smith
Ashleigh Nelson
Daryll Neita
Imani-Lara Lansiquot*
41.85 SB  United States (USA)
Dezerea Bryant
Teahna Daniels
Morolake Akinosun
Kiara Parker
42.10 SB
4 × 400 metres relay  United States (USA)
Phyllis Francis
Sydney McLaughlin
Dalilah Muhammad
Wadeline Jonathas
Jessica Beard*
Allyson Felix*
Kendall Ellis*
Courtney Okolo*
3:18.92 WL  Poland (POL)
Iga Baumgart-Witan
Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz
Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik
Justyna Święty-Ersetic
Anna Kiełbasińska*
3:21.89 NR  Jamaica (JAM)
Anastasia Le-Roy
Tiffany James
Stephenie Ann McPherson
Shericka Jackson
Roneisha McGregor*
3:22.37 SB
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

* Indicates the athletes only competed in the preliminary heats and received medals.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump Mariya Lasitskene
 Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA)
2.04 m Yaroslava Mahuchikh
 Ukraine (UKR)
2.04 m WU20R Vashti Cunningham
 United States (USA)
2.00 m PB
Pole vault Anzhelika Sidorova
 Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA)
4.95 m WL, PB Sandi Morris
 United States (USA)
4.90 m Katerina Stefanidi
 Greece (GRE)
4.85 m
Long jump Malaika Mihambo
 Germany (GER)
7.30 m WL, PB Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk
 Ukraine (UKR)
6.92 m SB Ese Brume
 Nigeria (NGR)
6.91 m
Triple jump Yulimar Rojas
 Venezuela (VEN)
15.37 m Shanieka Ricketts
 Jamaica (JAM)
14.92 m Caterine Ibargüen
 Colombia (COL)
14.73 m
Shot put Gong Lijiao
 China (CHN)
19.55 m Danniel Thomas-Dodd
 Jamaica (JAM)
19.47 m Christina Schwanitz
 Germany (GER)
19.17 m
Discus throw Yaime Pérez
 Cuba (CUB)
69.17 m Denia Caballero
 Cuba (CUB)
68.44 m Sandra Perković
 Croatia (CRO)
66.72 m
Hammer throw DeAnna Price
 United States (USA)
77.54 m Joanna Fiodorow
 Poland (POL)
76.35 m PB Wang Zheng
 China (CHN)
74.76 m
Javelin throw Kelsey-Lee Barber
 Australia (AUS)
66.56 m Liu Shiying
 China (CHN)
65.88 m SB Lü Huihui
 China (CHN)
65.49 m
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Heptathlon Katarina Johnson-Thompson
 Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)
6981 WL, NR Nafissatou Thiam
 Belgium (BEL)
6677 Verena Preiner
 Austria (AUT)
WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
4 × 400 metres relay  United States (USA)
Wilbert London
Allyson Felix
Courtney Okolo
Michael Cherry
Tyrell Richard*
Jessica Beard*
Jasmine Blocker*
Obi Igbokwe*
3:09.34 WR  Jamaica (JAM)
Nathon Allen
Roneisha McGregor
Tiffany James
Javon Francis
Janieve Russell*
3:11.78 NR  Bahrain (BHR)
Musa Isah
Aminat Jamal
Salwa Eid Naser
Abbas Abubakar Abbas
3:11.82 AR

* Indicates the athletes only competed in the preliminary heats and received medals.

Daily highlights

Day one to three

One final was contested on the first day: Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich won the women's marathon in 2:32:43, beating the defending champion Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in the first ever World Championships race to start at midnight. Braima Sundar Dabo of Guinea Bissau won plaudits for assisting competitor Jonathan Busby of Aruba to the finish of the men's 5000 m heats. A record 17 athletes qualified for the women's pole vault final. Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarría's jump of 8.40 m (27 ft 612 in) was the best performance in men's long jump qualifying for ten years. Christian Coleman had the first sub-10 run of the championships in the men's 100 metres heats. Athletics Weekly noted the lack of spectators on the first day and the difficultly in travelling to the stadium, while decathlon World Champion Kevin Mayer was highly critical: "it's a disaster, there is no-one in the stands and the heat has not been adapted at all...We haven't really prioritised athletes when organising the championships here".

There were six finals on the second day of competition. DeAnna Price became the first American to win the women's hammer throw while Tajay Gayle became Jamaica's first men's long jump world champion, surprising the field by adding 37 centimetres to his personal best and improving to tenth on the all-time lists. Sifan Hassan broke the African dominance of the women's 10,000 metres that stretched back to 1997, by taking gold for the Netherlands. America's Christian Coleman won the men's 100 metres final in a time of 9.76 seconds. The qualifiers for the mixed 4 × 400 m relay resulted in the first world record of the championships, with the American quartet finishing in 3:12.42 minutes. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran the fastest time ever recorded in the heats stage of the women's 100 metres with 10.80 seconds.

On the third day, five finals were scheduled. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won her fourth world title in the women's 100 m, recording her second fastest time ever (10.71) to hold off the British record-breaking Dina Asher-Smith. In the, Christian Taylor also won a fourth title in the men's triple jump, with compatriot Will Claye finishing runner-up as he had in 2017, and Hugues Fabrice Zango winning Burkina Faso's first ever World Championships medal in third. The mixed 4 × 400 m relay final brought another world record (3:09.34) and a twelfth gold medal for Allyson Felix, taking her ahead of Usain Bolt on the all-time medal tally. Poland drew interest in the mixed relay for its choice to place men on the two middle legs – the opposite of all the other teams. Anzhelika Sidorova won her first world title in the women's pole vault final, competing as an Authorised Neutral Athlete. Liu Hong was the last winner of the day, taking her third World Championships gold in the women's 20 km walk, where Qieyang Shenjie and Yang Liujing helped make it a medal sweep for the Chinese team. Liu, Felix and Fraser-Pryce all returned victorious to the World Championships after having had children in the previous two years, and in her post-race interview Fraser-Pryce said she hoped to inspire other women to start families and return to elite sport.

Day four to six

Day four featured six gold medal events. In men's discus throw Daniel Ståhl won Sweden's first gold medal in the event, while runner-up Fedrick Dacres won Jamaica's first discus medal and Lukas Weisshaidinger became Austria's first male World Championships medallist. Mariya Lasitskene defended her title in the women's high jump, winning on countback ahead of Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who set a world under-20 record of 2.04 m (6 ft 814 in). Sprint finishes from Muktar Edris and Selemon Barega made it an Ethiopian 1–2 in the men's 5000 metres final, where the early leader Jakob Ingebrigtsen collapsed over the line and missed a medal. Beatrice Chepkoech was dominant in the women's steeplechase, establishing a significant lead on her way to a championships record of 8:57.84 minutes. In her first global final, Halimah Nakaayi surprised with a Ugandan national record of 1:58.04 minutes to win the women's 800 metres. Karsten Warholm kept the men's 400 m hurdles final to the form book by retaining his world title, while Abderrahman Samba's bronze medal added the host nation Qatar to the medal table.

On the fifth day, the United States team won three of the four finals. Donavan Brazier broke records that had lasted over 30 years in the men's 800 metres final with a championship record and American record of 1:42.34 minutes. Silver medallist Amel Tuka gave Bosnia and Herzegovina's best ever performance of the championships. Noah Lyles had a clear victory in the men's 200 metres final. Sam Kendricks won the men's pole vault on countback in a closely fought final – the medallists Kendricks, Armand Duplantis and Piotr Lisek celebrated together on the landing mat with a synchronised backflip. The fourth gold medallist of the evening was Australia's Kelsey-Lee Barber, who surprised China's Liu Shiying and Lü Huihui by moving up from fourth to first place with her final throw of the competition. In qualifying Amalie Iuel set a Norwegian record as the second fastest qualifier in the women's 400 m hurdles, while Abdalelah Haroun of the host nation Qatar exited the men's 400 m in the first round.

There were three finals on the sixth day. Poland's Paweł Fajdek won a record fourth straight title in the men's hammer throw final, and officials played a role in the minor medals – fourth-placer Wojciech Nowicki was also awarded a bronze medal as irregularities with Bence Halász's bronze medal-winning throw was adjudged to have disadvantaged Nowicki, while Great Britain was unsuccessful in its appeal over Nick Miller's second round throw, which looked to be good enough for a silver medal but was judged a foul. In his international debut, Grant Holloway won the gold medal in the men's 110 metres hurdles final, where defending champion Omar McLeod collapsed after hitting several hurdles. McLeod crashed into Orlando Ortega impeding the Spaniard and although the Spanish team's appeal to have the race re-run was rejected, Ortega was instead awarded an additional bronze medal. Dina Asher-Smith won the women's 200 metres final by a large margin, becoming Britain's first global champion in the women's sprints with a British record time. In the first day of combined events, thirty points separated the top three in the men's decathlon (Damian Warner, Pierce LePage and Kevin Mayer) while in the women's heptathlon Katarina Johnson-Thompson set the fourth best ever day one score for a 96-point lead over defending champion Nafissatou Thiam.

Day seven to ten

The four finals of the seventh day centred around the conclusion of the combined events. Katarina Johnson-Thompson defeated Nafi Thiam in the heptathlon with a British record score of 6981 points, which moved her up to sixth on the all-time lists. The second day of the decathlon brought surprises as world record holder Kevin Mayer dropped out and Germany's Niklas Kaul set a championship decathlon best in the javelin to help him surge from eleventh place to the gold medal, making him the youngest winner of the title at age 21. The women's 400 metres final was among the fastest ever with five women under 50 seconds for the first time at the championships – 21-year-old Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain seized the lead early on and crossed the line in 48.14 seconds for the third fastest time ever, leaving the Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo in second place with 48.37 seconds (becoming the sixth fastest athlete ever). China's Gong Lijiao defended her women's shot put title, reaching the podium for a sixth straight championships, while silver medallist Danniel Thomas-Dodd made history as Jamaica's first woman to win a global medal in the throws.

Among the six finals of the eighth day, the men's high jump final helped fill out the stadium for the first time as Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim won a high quality contest for the host nation. Barshim, Mikhail Akimenko and Ilya Ivanyuk all cleared 2.35 m (7 ft 812 in) before the home athlete topped 2.37 m (7 ft 914 in) to win his country's first gold of the event. In the women's 400 metres hurdles final, Americans Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin turned the race into a duel which resulted in Olympic champion Muhammad setting a world record of 52.16 seconds to hold off 20-year-old McLaughlin, who ran the third fastest time ever. Ethiopian Lamecha Girma attempted to break Kenya's winning streak in the men's steeplechase final but was edged out on the line by Kenya's defending champion Conseslus Kipruto, with one hundredth of a second separating the two. Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas had a dominant run to win the men's 400 metres final, finishing over half a second ahead of the field and setting a Bahamian record of 43.48 seconds. Gardiner's presence was only possible due to a public fund-raising campaign for his national team, as Hurricane Dorian had devastated the Caribbean nation just one month earlier. The women's discus final was a Cuban affair between Yaime Pérez and Denia Caballero, with Pérez ultimately winning the gold with a fifth round effort of 69.17 m (226 ft 11 in). The first round of the men's and women's 4 × 100 metres relay saw athletes run an African record, a South American record and three national records. Toshikazu Yamanishi took the gold medal in the men's 20 km walk in the overnight session.

Six finals were scheduled for the ninth day. The men's shot put final saw four men surpass the previous championships record. Only one centimetre separated medallists Tom Walsh, Ryan Crouser, and Joe Kovacs, with Kovacs getting the win in 22.91 m (75 ft 134 in) – the best performance in nearly three decades. Yulimar Rojas was dominant in the women's triple jump final, taking the gold medal with a mark of 15.37 m (50 ft 5 in) – the fourth best jump ever. Sifan Hassan became the first woman to achieve a 1500/10,000 m double at the championships, and her winning time of 3:51.95 minutes was a championship and European record. Hassan gave an emotional post-race interview, defending herself against doping accusations which had arisen due to the four-year doping ban of her coach Alberto Salazar in the previous days. Hellen Obiri defended her title in the women's 5000 metres final and ran a championship record of 14:26.72 minutes in order to do so. The men's 4 × 100 metres relay final brought a slew of records with the United States winning with a national record time of 37.10 seconds (the third fastest ever) and Great Britain, Japan and Brazil setting continental area records for the next three places. Lelisa Desisa and Mosinet Geremew made it a 1–2 for Ethiopia in the late-night men's marathon, held in easier weather conditions than the women's race.

On the tenth and final day of the championships, seven finals were held. Malaika Mihambo of Germany won a clear gold in the women's long jump final by producing the twelfth best ever performance of 7.30 m (23 ft 1114 in). In the men's 1500 metres final Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot set a quick pace and surged at the end to take the gold medal. Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda held off Yomif Kejelcha in the men's 10,000 metres final to claim his second world of the year, having already topped the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships podium. Anderson Peters of Grenada upset a field of more decorated European athletes in the men's javelin throw final as no one bettered his opening throw of 86.89 m (285 ft 34 in), while silver medallist Magnus Kirt of Estonia injured himself in the effort to beat his rival. Nia Ali of the United States surprised in the women's 100 metres hurdles final by winning gold in 12.34 seconds, making herself the ninth fastest of all-time and pushing the more favoured Danielle Williams and Kendra Harrison into the minor medals. The championships was brought to a close with the men's and women's 4 × 400 metres relay finals. The United States won both in world leading times to finish as the medal leader – its haul of 29 medals and 14 gold medals was almost three times that of second-placed Kenya (five golds and eleven medals). Jamaica ranked third on the medal table with three golds and twelve medals – its final bronze coming from the women's 4 × 400 metres relay after a successful appeal against an initial disqualification.


206 out of the 214 member federations of the IAAF participated in the Championships, as well as an Athlete Refugee Team, for a total of 1,772 athletes out of 1,972 originally entered. Due to the IAAF suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation, confirmed on 23 September by the IAAF Council, Russian athletes competed as Authorised Neutral Athletes. A total of 101 federations entered one athlete only (25 of those athletes were women). IAAF members that did not enter any athletes were Libya, Liechtenstein, Montserrat, Norfolk Island, and Tuvalu, while Central African Republic, Dominica, Sudan, and United Arab Emirates originally entered athletes but those did not start for various reasons.

The gender split between the preliminary entrants was 53% male and 47% female, and IAAF President Sebastian Coe noted after a meeting with the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee that the organisation was looking to extend gender equality to its governing structures also.
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Medal table

  *   Host nation (Qatar)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 14 11 4 29
2  Kenya (KEN) 5 2 4 11
3  Jamaica (JAM) 3 5 4 12
4  China (CHN) 3 3 3 9
5  Ethiopia (ETH) 2 5 1 8
6  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 2 3 1 6
 Russia (RUS) 2 3 1 6
8  Germany (GER) 2 0 4 6
9  Japan (JPN) 2 0 1 3
10  Netherlands (NED) 2 0 0 2
 Uganda (UGA) 2 0 0 2
12  Poland (POL) 1 2 3 6
13  Bahrain (BHR) 1 1 1 3
 Cuba (CUB) 1 1 1 3
 Sweden (SWE) 1 1 1 3
16  Bahamas (BAH) 1 1 0 2
17  Qatar (QAT)* 1 0 1 2
18  Australia (AUS) 1 0 0 1
 Grenada (GRN) 1 0 0 1
 Norway (NOR) 1 0 0 1
 Venezuela (VEN) 1 0 0 1
22  Estonia (EST) 0 2 0 2
 Ukraine (UKR) 0 2 0 2
24  Canada (CAN) 0 1 4 5
25  Belgium (BEL) 0 1 1 2
 Colombia (COL) 0 1 1 2
 France (FRA) 0 1 1 2
28  Algeria (ALG) 0 1 0 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 0 1 0 1
 Portugal (POR) 0 1 0 1
31  Austria (AUT) 0 0 2 2
32  Burkina Faso (BUR) 0 0 1 1
 Croatia (CRO) 0 0 1 1
 Ecuador (ECU) 0 0 1 1
 Greece (GRE) 0 0 1 1
 Hungary (HUN) 0 0 1 1
 Italy (ITA) 0 0 1 1
 Ivory Coast (CIV) 0 0 1 1
 Morocco (MAR) 0 0 1 1
 Namibia (NAM) 0 0 1 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 0 0 1 1
 Nigeria (NGR) 0 0 1 1
 Spain (ESP) 0 0 1 1
 Switzerland (SUI) 0 0 1 1
Totals (44 nations) 49 49 52 150

^[1] IAAF does not include the medals won by athletes competing as Authorised Neutral Athletes in their official medal table.

Placing Table 

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Fourth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth Points
1 UNITED STATES UNITED STATES 14 11 4 7 6 4 9 8 310
2 KENYA KENYA 5 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 122
3 JAMAICA JAMAICA 3 5 4 3 1 3 1 2 115
4 PR OF CHINA PR OF CHINA 3 3 3 2 4 2 1 2 99
5 ETHIOPIA ETHIOPIA 2 5 1 3 1 2 0 1 83
6 GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. 2 3 0 5 2 2 3 0 82
7 GERMANY GERMANY 2 0 4 3 1 2 1 2 69
8 POLAND POLAND 1 2 3 0 2 1 2 1 56
9 CANADA CANADA 0 1 4 0 2 3 2 3 55
10 UKRAINE UKRAINE 0 2 0 2 3 2 1 0 44
11 JAPAN JAPAN 2 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 33
12 CUBA CUBA 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 30
12 NETHERLANDS NETHERLANDS 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 30
14 BAHRAIN BAHRAIN 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 28
15 BELARUS BELARUS 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 1 25
15 BRAZIL BRAZIL 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 1 25
15 FRANCE FRANCE 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 25
15 SWEDEN SWEDEN 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 25
15 UGANDA UGANDA 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 25
20 COLOMBIA COLOMBIA 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 22
20 SOUTH AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 22
22 BELGIUM BELGIUM 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 20
22 NORWAY NORWAY 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 20
24 SPAIN SPAIN 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 3 19
25 ESTONIA ESTONIA 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 17
26 BAHAMAS BAHAMAS 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 16
26 ITALY ITALY 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 16
26 SWITZERLAND SWITZERLAND 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 16
29 AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 14
29 QATAR QATAR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14
31 PORTUGAL PORTUGAL 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 13
32 AUSTRIA AUSTRIA 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12
32 GRENADA GRENADA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12
32 NIGERIA NIGERIA 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 12
35 TURKEY TURKEY 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 11
36 COTE D'IVOIRE COTE D'IVOIRE 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 10
36 CROATIA CROATIA 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 10
36 HUNGARY HUNGARY 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 10
36 VENEZUELA VENEZUELA 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10
41 MOROCCO MOROCCO 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 9
42 ALGERIA ALGERIA 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8
42 ECUADOR ECUADOR 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 8
42 NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 8
42 ROMANIA ROMANIA 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 8
48 BURKINA FASO BURKINA FASO 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
48 GREECE GREECE 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
48 NAMIBIA NAMIBIA 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
51 CYPRUS CYPRUS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
51 FINLAND FINLAND 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
51 MOLDOVA MOLDOVA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
55 AZERBAIJAN AZERBAIJAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4
55 COSTA RICA COSTA RICA 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
55 PUERTO RICO PUERTO RICO 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
58 BARBADOS BARBADOS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
58 ERITREA ERITREA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
58 THE GAMBIA THE GAMBIA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
58 INDIA INDIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3
58 IRELAND IRELAND 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
63 BULGARIA BULGARIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
63 DENMARK DENMARK 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
66 BENIN BENIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
66 MALAYSIA MALAYSIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
66 DPR OF KOREA DPR OF KOREA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Testosterone rule

The three 2016 Olympic medallists in the women's 800 metres were all excluded from the 2019 World Athletics Championships under the IAAF's testosterone rules. Caster Semenya, Francine Niyonsaba and Margaret Wambui all acknowledged they had a difference in sex development (DSD) which resulted in their bodies producing levels of testosterone above the limits set by the IAAF for women's competition. The IAAF rules stipulate such athletes must take testosterone-reducing medication in order to compete in women's races. Caster Semenya's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against this rule was ongoing at the time of the World Championships. All three athletes declined to adhere to the IAAF's ruling and thus could not compete. CAS had previously made a decision in May 2019 to uphold the IAAF's rules on the grounds that they were discriminatory to athletes with a DSD, but that discriminatory action was "a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the legitimate objective of ensuring fair competition in female athletics".Kenyan athletes, 800 m national champion Jackline Wambui and Linda Kageha, who was in the mixed relay team, were excluded from selection for Kenya as they refused to submit to a testosterone test. Because of the testosterone rule, 400 metres world No. 3 Aminatou Seyni competed in the women's 200 metres instead of women's 400 metres.


Working alongside the Local Organising Committee and the Qatar Anti-Doping Commission, the IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit oversaw an anti-doping programme at the World Championships for the second time, having been created two years earlier. The 2019 World Championships was the first in which national federations were obligated to ensure all athletes they selected had been subject to three out-of-competition tests and one in-competition test prior to the competition. This rule resulted in the exclusion of two Kenyan runners, Michael Kibet and Daniel Simiyu, who had not failed a test but had not been tested sufficiently before Doha. At the host venue, around 700 athletes' blood samples were collected as part of the biological passport scheme designed to identify the use of steroids, EPO or human growth hormone. A further 500 in-competition tests are due to take place, mostly urine-based. Samples taken at the World Championships will be transferred to a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory outside of the host country, in order to remove conflicts of interest that had affected prior events. In collaboration with the IAAF Athletes' Commission, an athlete education and support site was set up in Doha: the Athletics Integrity Hub. The hub provided information on anti-doping and also support for reporting of illegal gambling, bribery and corruption, harassment and abuse.

The Russian Athletics Federation was excluded from the World Championships for a second time running as it remained suspended by the IAAF due to systemic doping. The Russian Federation had failed to gain reinstatement that year because tests from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's Moscow laboratory indicated evidence of manipulation. Russian athletes had to apply to the IAAF to compete under the Authorised Neutral Athlete scheme. Although not nationally suspended, Kenya came under scrutiny for a culture of doping, with Brett Clothier of the Athletics Integrity Unit stating that "EPO is readily available and everyone knows where to get it and how to use it" in a documentary released by German broadcaster ZDF shortly before the World Championships.

The world leader in the men's 100 metres, Christian Coleman, was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after missing three out-of-competition tests within a 12-month period, but successfully appealed a ban on a technicality of the test dates and gained entry to the competition. During the championships, the USADA issued a four-year ban for doping violations to Alberto Salazar, head coach of the Nike Oregon Project – a training group that included several athletes who would go on to medal at the championships.

Dilshod Nazarov, the reigning Olympic champion in the men's hammer throw and also president of the Tajikistan Athletics Federation, was banned shortly before the competition, after retesting of a sample from the 2011 World Championships in Athletics showed metabolites of Turinabol. Other athletes suspended on anti-doping grounds shortly before the championships were the 2015 women's 800 m world champion Maryna Arzamasova, 2019 Pan American Games women's discus silver medallist Andressa de Morais, the 2018 Commonwealth Games women's 100 m champion Michelle-Lee Ahye, African sprint medallist Carina Horn and Asian long-distance medallist Albert Rop.

Due to the re-analysis of samples taken from previous championships, 13 current and former athletes received their world championship medals during the championships. Marija Šestak received her triple jump bronze medal from the 2007 World Championships. Oleksiy Kasyanov, Antonietta Di Martino and Naide Gomes received their bronze medals from the 2009 World Championships. Habiba Ghribi received her 3000-meter steeplechase gold medal from the 2011 World Championships. Race walkers Jared Tallent and Kim Hyun-sub collected their silver and bronze medals respectively, whilst the 2019 world champion Gong Lijiao received her shot put bronze medal and javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen received her silver medal. 800 meter runners Janeth Jepkosgei and Alysia Montaño collected their silver and bronze medals. Montano also collected her bronze medal from the 2013 World Championships as her teammate Brenda Martinez collected the silver. Hammer thrower Anita Włodarczyk also collected her gold medal from the 2013 championships.

Entry standards

The IAAF announced that athletes would qualify by their IAAF World Rankings position, wildcard (reigning world champion or 2019 IAAF Diamond League champion) or by achieving the entry standard. Following criticism that the qualification method was biased the IAAF reverted to their traditional qualifying method. The qualification period for the 10,000 metres, marathon, race walks, relays, and combined events ran from 7 March 2018 to 6 September 2019. For all other events, the qualification period runs from 7 September 2018 to 6 September 2019. Wild Card as:

  • Reigning World Outdoor Champion
  • Winner of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League
  • Leader (as at closing date of the qualification period):
    • IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge
    • IAAF Race Walking Challenge
    • IAAF Combined Events Challenge

Countries who have no male and/or no female athletes who have achieved the Entry Standard or considered as having achieved the entry standard (see above) or qualified relay team, may enter one unqualified male athlete OR one unqualified female athlete in one event of the championships (except the road events and field events, combined events, 10,000 m and 3000 m steeplechase).

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