Records went tumbling at the just concluded world athletics championships in Eugene , Oregon where world athletics US. partner NBC reported with three days of ratings still to be reported that the Championships had reached more viewers – 13.7 million – than any previous edition.
This as the USA topped the medal tally with a championship record 13 gold, nine silver and 11 bronze.
Ethiopia was next with four gold, four silver and two bronze, ahead of Jamaica, who won two gold, seven silver and a bronze, and Kenya, who secured two gold, five silver and three bronze.
A record 29 countries won at least one gold medal, up from 26 in 2017………….and a total of 45 countries featured in the medals table, with six – Barbados, the Czech Republic, Israel, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Switzerland – earning one bronze.
More than 1,700 athletes from 179 countries, plus the athlete refugee team, competed in Oregon, watched by almost 150,000 ticketed spectators.
There were three world records at the championships and there has also been a record in terms of the number of countries with athletes reaching finals.
The list of 81 countries is up from 76 countries in Doha in 2019, with Liberia, Niger, Pakistan, Samoa, Philippines and Guatemala reaching a final for the first time in world championships history.