London have well-deservedly earned the right to host the World Athletics Championships in 2017 and bring the prestigious athletics showpiece to Britain for the first time in history after a successful bid to IAAF in Monaco.

There might have been a nervous wait until the verdict of the 27-strong council came out, falling slightly behind schedule, but the British capital’s case was always the most convincing to emerge comfortable winners in the end by 16 votes to 10, as IAAF president Lamine Diack announced. The president himself does not vote save the event of a tie.

Sebastian Coe, who once again proved to be the talisman of British Athletics with his ‘Midas’ touch, said “We believe 2017 will cement the clear, unambiguous vision we offered the world in 2005, a vision that promised a real legacy through unprecedented levels of investment in our new national stadium. This is the natural continuation of the work being done on 2012.”

He was the one who initiated the presentation before teenage sprint sensation Jodie Williams and Sydney heptathon Olympic champion Denise Lewis took over for the main pieces of the bid.

The final outcome marks the effective start of a ‘Golden Age’ and a lasting legacy for athletics in the country that will savour both the Olympic Games and the World Championships within five years, a finest incentive to retain the firm upturn in the fortunes of the sport and engage more and more people on the way. So plenty to look forward to and rejoice!

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