Organizers of the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships have revealed that more than a million people have applied for tickets for next year’s games in London where track and field legend Usain Bolt and British distance runner Mo Farah will compete for the final time on the track.
Bolt, who completed an unprecedented triple-triple of winning gold medals in 100, 200 and 4×100 metres relay at last month’s Olympics, and Farah, who retained the 5,000 and 10,000 titles in Rio, have both said next year’s championships will be their last.
Bolt plans to hang up his spikes after the event while Farah intends to switch his focus from the track to the marathon.
Unlike in Rio, where empty seats were a feature of the recent Games, demand for tickets for London 2017 has been fierce, with applications vastly outnumbering the 700,000 available places.
According to organisers, 1,047,000 tickets have been applied for with applications flooding in from 92 countries.
Bolt’s swan-song in the 100m final has attracted more than 200,000 ticket applications with the stadium capacity around 50,000 per session.