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History

Evan O’Hanlon Evan O’Hanlon at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. © • Getty Images

The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon will be the sixth event of its kind to be organised.

2011 – Christchurch, New Zealand

Between 21 and 30 January, Christchurch’s QEII Stadium staged the World Championships attracting over 1,000 athletes from 80 countries.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister the Rt. Hon John Key officially opened the Championships, and in the days that followed athletes broke 57 world and 173 championship records.

China topped the medals table taking home 21 gold, 22 silver and 15 bronze medals.

Further information on the Championships can be found by clicking here.

2006 – Assen, Netherlands

IPC Honorary Board member Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Margriet of the Netherlands officially opened the Championships which were held at the De Smelt Stadium.

Nine days of competition between 2 and 10 September saw 1,097 athletes from 76 countries compete in a range of medal events. Athletes broke 51 world records and China topped the medals table winning 55 medals, including 22 gold.

2002 – Lille, France

The third World Championships took place at Lille’s Metrople Stadium between 20 and 28 July with over 1,000 athletes from 75 countries taking part.

1998 Birmingham, Great Britain

Over 1,000 athletes from 61 countries participated in the Birmingham World Championships. A total of 78 world records were broken and 55 of the competing countries won at least one medal.

1994 Berlin, Germany

The German capital staged the first IPC Athletics World Championships. A total of 1,154 athletes from 63 countries took part.

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