World Para Athletics Championships London 2017: Top 10 Moments

Look back at 10 of the best athletes and moments from the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017.

16/08/2017 08:00

Hannah Cockroft

She came, she saw, she conquered. Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft entered the London championships in the 100m, 400m and 800m T34 events as overwhelming favourite and she didn't disappoint in her performances, clocking a world record and two championship records over the three events to take her tally of world golds to 10.

Jonnie Peacock

Jonnie Peacock's 100m T44 gold was the defining image of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and his repeat in the London Stadium at the World Para Athletic Championships was arguably again the standout memory. The sprinter took on a competitive field and produced the goods once more for the London fans.

Aled Davies

Quite possibly the star performer of the entire event was Welsh thrower Aled Davies, who complete a 'triple-double' of discus and shot put world titles. After winning the discus on the opening weekend, Davies' winning effort in the shot put of 17.52m obliterated his own previous record by nearly one-and-a-half metres.


The biggest and best ever World Para Athletics Championships saw 305,000 tickets sold across the 10 days of the championships. The total fans in attendance eclipsed all previous editions of the event combined and showed the best of the London people who consistently came in their numbers to back the Superhumans.

School days

One of the most uplifting and inspiring sights during the championships was tens of thousands of schoolchildren descending on the London Stadium for two morning sessions of athletics. The championship motto of 'See the Best, #BeTheNext' was created for moments such as these, and for young children to engage with a major sporting event in a way previously not seen is a major part of the footprint the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 will leave behind.

Teacher Cam

Of all in-stadium entertainment that fans got to experience during the World Para Athletics Championships, seeing teachers exposed and embarrassed by their pupils on the big screen was fun for all involved. Just have a watch for yourself.

Richard Whitehead

It's almost unfeasible how an athlete can continue running so fast into his forties, but Richard Whitehead continues to defy common wisdom. The T42 double-amputee sprinter lit up the opening weekend with 200m gold and following 100m bronze later in the week, Whitehead announced his intention to continue on to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Tatyana McFadden

Arguably the greatest wheelchair racer of all-time, the legendary Tatyana McFadden, brought her very best form to London and went home with four golds. The T54 racer dominates across a range of distance and proved as much with wins in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500m. 

'Runner' volunteers

Keeping the wheels turning throughout 16 hectic sessions of athletics were our championship volunteers - 'Runners'. Dressed in eye-catching pink, glowing in the often-sun-soaked Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Runners' effervescence and enthusiasm for creating a spectacle for fans to savour fostered the ultimate feel-good environment.


The championships' lovable bee was designed by Blue Peter competition-winner nine-year-old Elinor from the West Midlands, and kept crowds entertained for 10 straight days with its foolish antics in and out of the London Stadium.