This year the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) is celebrating its 100th anniversary! After 100 years of athletics excellence, the IAAF is embarking on its second century with drive and determination.
Athletics, a sport that was founded in the ancient past, has continued to adapt through the centuries, offering a dynamic, life-enhancing sport which is ready for the exciting challenges of the next 100 years.
The IAAF was founded in 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden, following the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in the Swedish capital, the International Amateur Athletic Federation (as it was called then) was founded as the world governing body for the sport of track and field athletics.
During the 10 decades that followed, athletics underwent many changes that reflected the many changes that the world was experiencing during that time. The organization even changed its name to reflect these changes. It went from an organization promoting amateur athletes to one embracing the growth of the professional sports world.
The 15th World Championships that ended this weekend in Beijing, China, hosted 206 IAAF countries and territories. Forty-three countries medaled, with the U.S. bringing home the most, 18 (6 gold, 6 silver, 6 bronze). The American women captured half of the total. Here is the breakdown:
- Allyson Felix – Gold medal in the 400 meters
- Shamier Little – Silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles
- Tianna Bartoletta – Silver medal in the long jump
- U.S. Women’s Relay Team – Silver medal in both the 4×100 and the 4×400 meter relays
- Michelle Carter – Bronze medal in the shot put
- Emily Infield – Bronze medal in 10,000 meters
- Tori Bowie – Bronze medal in the 100 meters
- Cassandra Tate – Bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdles
Some of the athletes felt that their performance was sub-par and that we should have garnered more medals, especially gold, but having topped the field is an amazing accomplishment!