The World Championships gets under way in South Korea a week tomorrow when Britain’s athletes will pit themselves against the best on the planet. Here, we look at some unforgettable moments from past competitions.
ECSTATIC ENNIS: Jessica Ennis saw her lap of honour halted due to the start of the 100m final won by Bolt, but the Sheffielder had no complaints after leading from start to finish to win the heptathlon title a year after a potentially career-threatening injury.
BRILLIANT BOLT: Usain Bolt stormed to victory in the 100 metres with a world record of 9.58 seconds, added another gold and world record of 19.19secs in the 200m, and then added a 4x100m relay gold.
BOUNCING BEKELE: Also in Berlin, Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele created history by becoming the first man to complete the World Championship double over 5,000 and 10,000m, repeating his feat from Beijing 12 months earlier.
EDWARDS SHINES IN SWEDEN: Jonathan Edwards began the 1995 championships by setting a new world record with his first jump. He surpassed that feat with his next effort, leaping 18.29m, a record which stands today.
REDEMPTION FOR JACKSON: Colin Jackson was favourite for gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but had to settle for seventh place. The following summer in Stuttgart, though, the Welshman roared to World Championship glory in a world record time.
PUSHY POWELL: Mike Powell went into the long jump final in Tokyo in 1991 having never beaten great rival Carl Lewis, who had a 10-year winning streak. Lewis looked set for victory with a jump of 8.91m, but Powell leapt 8.95m to break Bob Beamon’s 23-year-old world record.
LEWIS WINS GREATEST EVER 100M: Carl Lewis claimed the 100m world title in Tokyo in 1991 in a new world record of 9.86s as six men went under 10s. Linford Christie’s Euro record of 9.92s was only enough for fourth.
JOHNSON’S PERFECT LAP: Reigning Olympic and world champion Michael Johnson set a new world record of 43.18s in Seville, in 1999.
RELAY GLORY: The US were favourites for the 4x400m in Japan, in 1991. But after great work by Roger Black, Derek Redmond and John Regis, Kriss Akabusi snatched victory on the line.