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Details announced for Olympic Stadium’s summer of world athletics

PUBLISHED: 16:32 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:32 22 April 2016

Georgie Hermitage, Sally Gunnell and Robbie Grabarz at the launch of the London 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships (picture: David Parry/PA Wire)

Georgie Hermitage, Sally Gunnell and Robbie Grabarz at the launch of the London 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships (picture: David Parry/PA Wire)

David Parry

There were plenty of world records broken at the Olympic Stadium in 2012, and next year brings the opportunity to see even more.

Dubbed the summer of world athletics, the stadium is set to host both the IAAF World Championships and the World ParaAthletics Championships.

Among those hoping to claim a medal in front of what is expected to be a packed house is high jumper Robbie Grabarz.

The 28-year-old claimed bronze in London 2012 and is looking forward to making a return.

“It’s really exciting to be back in the stadium and competing in front of a home crowd,” he said.

“It’s a really great atmosphere, it’s one of the most exciting sports to watch live.

“It’s one of the only times you can see two or three medal-winning performances side by side.”

Robbie joined fellow British athletes Sally Gunnell and Georgie Hermitage in launching the championships’ schedules and ticket pricing.

Georgie, the T37 400m world champion, said: “I was one of many that started competing again as a result of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, so having the opportunity to continue my journey from where it started will be incredible.

“I was one of 80,000 in the crowd at the Olympic Stadium cheering on the British team, and it will be a feeling like no other to have that support once again but this time as an athlete.

“It’s great to see tickets as such competitive prices and I would encourage everyone to come and see the biggest stars in the sport.”

Tickets for the ParaAthletics Championships, which take place between July 14 and 23, cost just £5 for children and from £10 for adults.

Meanwhile, two thirds of all World Championship tickets will cost £35 or less.

If you think the £9.58 children’s ticket price seems a random figure, think again: it reflects Usain Bolt’s 100m world record of 9.58 seconds.

Other ticket prices that honour records set at previous championships include £12.91 for Colin Jackson’s 100m hurdles, £18.29 for Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump and £52.74 for Sally Gunnell’s 400m hurdles.

The championships will be split into morning and evening sessions, and Robbie, who competes for Newham and Essex Beagles, hopes that the affordable pricing will attract families.

“We want people to come along and bring their children,” he said.

“They’re the future of athletics and we want to inspire a generation.”

Tickets will go on sale via a public ballot which will be open between August 1 and 22.


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