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Russia: World's top athletes unite for IAAF championships00:47

Russia: World's top athletes unite for IAAF championships

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 8, 2013 at 12:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: World's top athletes unite for IAAF championships

An unofficial but symbolic ceremony was held for the opening of the 2013 Moscow IAAF World Championship in Athletics on Thursday. The ceremony took place in the heart of Moscow, in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square. Moscow is this years host of the World Championship at Luzhniki Stadium, which will be held from August 10 to August 18.

Famous Olympic and world champions like Usain Bolt (Jamaica), Allyson Felix (USA), Ashton Eaton (USA), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) and Anna Chicherova (Russia), took part in the short photo session. Among the officials representing the International Association of Athletics Federations, was Sergey Bubka, former Soviet pole vaulter and the current vice-president of IAAF.

The last time Russia hosted the event was in 2006, where the US and Ethiopia dominated the medal tables.

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Russia: World's top athletes unite for IAAF championships

An unofficial but symbolic ceremony was held for the opening of the 2013 Moscow IAAF World Championship in Athletics on Thursday. The ceremony took place in the heart of Moscow, in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square. Moscow is this years host of the World Championship at Luzhniki Stadium, which will be held from August 10 to August 18.

Famous Olympic and world champions like Usain Bolt (Jamaica), Allyson Felix (USA), Ashton Eaton (USA), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) and Anna Chicherova (Russia), took part in the short photo session. Among the officials representing the International Association of Athletics Federations, was Sergey Bubka, former Soviet pole vaulter and the current vice-president of IAAF.

The last time Russia hosted the event was in 2006, where the US and Ethiopia dominated the medal tables.