World Athletics Indoor Championships

Publication date: 23 Aug 2022

World Athletics Indoor Championships

IAAF World Athletics Indoor Championships have been held every 2 years since 1985 by the International Amateur Athletics Federation.

Spain has hosted the Championships most often in Seville (1991), in Barcelona (1995) and in Valencia (2008). 

12 of the 16 championships have been held in Europe.

Official website of the athletics championships

2023 World Athletics Indoor Championships

The 19th World Athletics Indoor Championships will be held from 17 to 19 March at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park, China. Originally scheduled to be held in 2020, the tournament was postponed and moved to 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

History of the World Athletics Indoor Championships

The first World Athletics Indoor Championships took place in Paris in 1985. Before 2003, the championships were held in odd-numbered years; since 2004 they have been held in even-numbered years.

Maria Mutola from Mozambique is one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the World Athletics Indoor Championships. She has 9 medals to her credit: 7 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.

Russian athlete Natalya Nazarova competed from 1999 to 2010. She also has 9 medals consisting of 7 gold and 2 silver.

Among the countries with the most medals are athletes from the United States (101 gold, 63 silver and 67 bronze).

Previous IAAF World Athletics Indoor Championships results

The year Venue Results / Places by country
2022 Athletic Hall (Belgrade, Serbia) 1 – Ethiopia (4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)

2 – USA (3 gold, 7 silver, 9 bronze)

3 – Belgium (2 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze)

2018 National Indoor Arena (Birmingham, USA) 1 – USA (6 gold, 10 silver, 2 bronze)

2 – Ethiopia (4 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze)

3 – Poland (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)

2016 Oregon Convention Center (Portland, USA) 1 – USA (13 gold, 6 silver, 5 bronze)

2 – Ethiopia (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)

3 – France (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships

Preliminary information suggests that the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships will be held in Glasgow, Scotland. The exact date of the Championships is still to be confirmed.

Keep an eye on the dates of the Athletics Championships and other events in our Sports Events Calendar.

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