Ahead of the Beijing World Championship which start on Saturday, we bring you a whole load of numbers to help you get your head round the athletic feast in store.


Volunteers recruited to help ensure that the championships run smooth like butter.


Youth (17 and under) athletes on the preliminary start lists for Beijing.


Number of times Jan Železný would have to execute his championship record javelin throw of 92.80m to span the 880m length of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Javelin Stat ()


World Championship gold medals won by both Allyson Felix and Usain Bolt, who are the most decorated athletes competing in Beijing.


Gold medal events taking place across the nine days of competition.

47 Golds Stat ()


Countries that will be represented in the men’s 100m. With 75 athletes entered, it has the largest field of any individual event.


IAAF nations sending athletes to the World Championships.


Total number of athletes (including reserves) entered to compete – 1043 men and 893 women.

1936 Athletes ()


Individual world record holders due to compete. Can you name them?


World Championship medals won by China. Their total of 10 golds is on a par with France, Morocco and Australia.


Consecutive marathons it would take to cover the length of the Great Wall of China.

Great Wall Stat ()


Male high jumpers due to compete in Beijing with career bests of 2.40m or higher. Only two athletes (Bohdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Essa Barshim) had cleared that height going in to Moscow 2013.


Different countries have produced medal-winning athletes in the past 14 world championships.

Bottles Stats ()

1.116 million

Bottles of water on hand to keep the athletes hydrated through throughout the championships.


Age gap, in years, between 50km race walkers Jesus Angel Garcia, of Spain, and Luis Angel Sanchez, of Guatemala.