Glasgow kick starts busy year

Edwin  - CEO March 5, 2024
Updated 2024/03/05 at 12:42 PM
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The women's 4x400m final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24 (© Dan Vernon)/World Athletics
The women's 4x400m final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24 (© Dan Vernon)/World Athletics

Global Athletics action set in style

Curtain comes down on fantastic World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2024


As World Athletics reports, the World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24 concluded on Sunday (3) after three days of thrilling action that kicked off a busy year of top-level competition.


The event in the Scottish city was the first of five World Athletics Series events in 2024, a year that will include the Olympic Games in Paris in August.


A total of 586 athletes from 128 countries across all six continental areas competed in Glasgow, watched by more than 22,000 ticketed spectators from 37 countries. The event produced two world records, five championship records, 10 area records, and 54 national records.


Femke Bol broke the weekend’s first world record, improving her 400m mark to 49.17 to win her first world indoor title on Saturday. She doubled her medal haul in Glasgow by anchoring the Netherlands to 4x400m gold on the final day.


Devynne Charlton of The Bahamas also made history in the Glasgow Arena, taking 0.02 off her world 60m hurdles record with a storming 7.65 run on Sunday.


There were a number of other significant firsts, further highlighting the sport’s unmatched universality. Julien Alfred and Thea LaFond won their nation’s first-ever global gold athletics medals. Alfred claimed the women’s 60m crown for St Lucia and LaFond, leaping to the women’s triple jump title for Dominica. Hugues Fabrice Zango won a maiden world indoor title for Burkina Faso in the men’s triple jump, while Noelie Yarigo’s women’s 800m bronze was a global medal first for Benin.


Like Bol, Belgium’s Alexander Doom I also completed a golden double in Glasgow, becoming the first man to win gold in the 400m and 4x400m at the same World Indoor Championships.


Some of the stars from the World Championships in Budapest also shone on the indoor stage: Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis retaining his pole vault title, USA’s Grant Holloway equalling his championship record to retain his 60m hurdles title, Netherlands’ Bol adding world indoor 400m gold to her world 400m hurdles title, Great Britain’s Josh Kerr getting the 3000m title to go with his 1500m crown in front of home fans, USA’s Ryan Crouser throwing a championship record to win his first world indoor gold in the shot put, Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece completing an indoor and outdoor double in the men’s long jump and Burkina Faso’s Zango doing the same in the men’s triple jump.


Away from the field of play, 8600 articles were published by the world’s media for an overall reach of 60 billion.


Regarding press on site, 300 members of the media were in attendance, including 116 accredited photographers—a record number of photographers for a World Indoor Championships. The Media Development Programme also took place, with seven participants from five countries: Italy, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK.


Millions of fans from around the world tuned in to watch the action. Viewing figures around Europe were notably strong, consistently bringing in more than 1 million fans from markets such as Finland, Italy, and Spain. But the Belgium fans were watching in huge numbers, with more than 4.5 million people tuning in. At the same time, there were some 5 million viewers across the UK throughout the weekend and half a million across the Republic of Ireland – all proving that the World Indoor Championships has strong interest worldwide.


Traffic to the World Athletics website indicates at least a 40% increase compared with figures for the previous edition of the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in 2022, demonstrating the steady rise in interest in athletics and the sport’s overall health.


More than 180,000 athlete performance measures were collected, analyzed, and shared on television and digital channels during the championships, while some 5000 fans engaged in the Predict the Podium game.


The MOWA Indoor Athletics Exhibition Glasgow 24 welcomed more than 16,000 people to its activations in the St Enoch Centre shopping mall and Glasgow Arena, while more than 400 people attended the Coaches’ Club, which World Athletics organized in cooperation with the Global Athletics Coaching Academy (GACA).


Regarding sustainability, the local organizing committee (LOC) had Platinum-level ambitions against the Athletics for a Better World Standard, the certification system implemented by World Athletics in January that evaluates an event’s achievement in sustainable delivery. While the audit is not yet complete, it is evident that the World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24 will set a very high bar for future editions of these championships.


Efforts to include social impact and environmental sustainability in the delivery and legacy of the championships were a strong focus, and the LOC delivered several pioneering initiatives. More than 800 staff and volunteers received mental health training to help provide a mentally healthy event for themselves, athletes, officials, and spectators. The project, developed by the event’s charity partner, the Scottish Action for Mental Health (SAMH), was the first of its kind for an event in Scotland. Organizers also partnered with a food bank in the city’s east end to redistribute all excess food from the event. This partnership will now be implemented in all future events hosted by the Glasgow Arena.


Reflecting on another successful edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “Glasgow has delivered a World Indoor Championships for the ages. Glasgow and Scotland always serve us well with their welcoming, passionate, and knowledgeable crowd.


“The level of competition was nothing short of outstanding. We saw sumptuous athletics and men and women of equal stature bringing the fans in. With two world records and multiple championship, area, and national records broken in Glasgow this weekend, our athletes put on a show that leaves no doubt why athletics is the No.1 Olympic sport.


“Thank you to Glasgow for a fantastic event.”

Other World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24 statistics


Two world indoor records: Femke Bol (NED) 49.17 in 400m. Devynne Charlton (BAH) 7.65 in 60m hurdles.
Five championship records: Femke Bol (NED) 49.17 in 400m. Devynne Charlton (BAH) 7.65 in 60m hurdles. Ryan Crouser (USA) 22.77m in shot put. Grant Holloway (USA) 7.29 in 60m hurdles. Elle St Pierre (USA) 8:20.87 in 3000m.
10 area records: Femke Bol (NED) 49.17 in 400m for Europe. Devynne Charlton (BAH) 7.65 in 60m hurdles for NACAC. Zoe Hobbs (NZL) 7.09 and 7.06 in 60m for Oceania. Jessica Hull (AUS) 8:24.39 in 3000m for Oceania. Kenya 3:06.96 and 3:06.71 in 4x400m for Africa. Hamish Kerr (NZL) 2.36m in high jump for Oceania. Elle St Pierre (USA) 8:20.87 in 3000m for NACAC. Nozomi Tanaka (JPN) 8:36.03 in 3000m for Asia.
54 national records
14 world-leading performances



15 countries won gold medals
15 countries won silver medals
17 countries won bronze medals
32 countries won medals
49 countries finished in top eight


Countries from four areas won gold medals:
Africa – 3 golds from 2 countries
Europe – 10 golds from 6 countries
NACAC – 10 golds from 5 countries
Oceania – 3 golds from 2 countries


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