The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 has released its full schedule of events for the first time the event will be held in the United States, including a shuffling of the traditional dates where certain events will be staged. The event will be held July 15–24, 2022.
The 10-day schedule for the event at the new Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, has been designed for athletes wishing to contest any of the traditional doubles – the 100m and 200m, 200m and 400m, 800m and 1500m, 1500m and 5000m, 5000m and 10,000m – to do so without having to contest more than one discipline on any given day. Other possible doubles include the long jump and triple jump, and the 20km and 35km race walks.
The championships will consist of 16 stadium sessions and six road events. Medals will be decided in all evening sessions and a number of morning sessions in the stadium, as well as during all six road events, to enhance the visibility of the event across all time zones. NBC Sports plans to broadcast the event in prime time.
The first evening session will end with the mixed 4x400m final, the only event on the program in which men and women compete together for medals. The final individual event of the championships will be on Day 10 with the decathlon 1500m, a tribute to Oregon’s home-grown Olympic and world decathlon champion Ashton Eaton.
For the first time in the event’s history, the championships will end with the women’s 4x400m, fulfilling on the pledge World Athletics has made to have greater gender equality in the sport. Five of the 10 evening sessions will conclude with a women’s final.
“The design of our world championships timetable is both an art and a science, with a lot of moving parts to fit together,’’ World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said. “We’ve strived to create every opportunity for our athletes to shine, in the stadium, on the road and on screens around the world, and we’re looking forward to watching them do that in Oregon, as our flagship event is held in the United States for the first time. You won’t want to miss it.”