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IT IS ALMOST six years to the day since London won the right to stage the IAAF World Championships in 2017. Back then, on November 11, 2011, a British bid team led by Sebastian Coe defeated Doha during a vote in Monaco. At the time, the London Olympics and Paralympics were imminent, but the nation also captured the honour of hosting the sport’s global track and field championships in the summer of 2017.

Doha was the strong favourite, but the Qatari capital was let down by its infamously scorching temperatures, while the Middle East country’s petro-dollars were no match for British athletics’ tried-and-trusted organisational abilities and its promise of passionate, knowledgeable fans.

In 2011 a London bid team that included (below, l to r) Boris Johnson, Niels de Vos, Denise Lewis, Seb Coe, Jodie Williams, Ed Warner and Hugh Robertson beat Doha to win the right to stage the 2017 World Championships

Coe was joined by Ed Warner and Niels de Vos of UK Athletics, Olympic champion Denise Lewis and sprints talent Jodie Williams as the bidding battle reached its climax in Monaco. Sports minister Hugh Robertson and London Mayor Boris Johnson added political weight to the proceedings by supporting the bid team in the principality. This included Robertson telling IAAF officials that Britain had invested £9.3 billion in sport via London 2012 – a figure which dwarfed even the Qatari bid’s millions – and everyone’s effort ultimately paid off as London beat Doha by 16 votes to 10.

“For London and for Great Britain, there is no better way to follow the Olympics, and to build on its legacy, than by welcoming the world’s greatest athletes back to London for the 2017 World Championships,” said the then Prime Minister David Cameron, who sent handwritten letters to IAAF Council members.

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SPOTLIGHT 14 LONDON 2017 AW gets a sneak peek at preparations for next year’s World Championships – 13-page update 28 FAITH KIPYEGON Steven Mills profiles the Olympic 1500m champion ACTION 40 CROSS CHALLENGE Andy Vernon and Pippa Woolven take senior victories at Milton Keynes in series opener 46 MASTERS INTERNATIONAL Claire Martin inspires England veterans to victory in the five-way home nations tie PERFORMANCE 34 Sports science news 36 ‘Keep it simple’, urges Ross Murray 38 Products – the best sports gloves TALKING POINT 30 Mike Dagg-Jenden lays out the case for the best GB athletes of all time NEWS 6 Tributes pour in for AFD girls 8 Chris Thompson has new focus RESULTS 50 Results round-up REGULARS 32 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your knowledge 62 Dip Finish