The world’s best track and field athletes will gather at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon to compete in the 16th International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships. More than 600 athletes representing more than 200 countries will compete at the biannual event.
The Championships will be held in March 2016, marking the first time this event has been contested on U.S. soil since the inaugural competition in Indianapolis in 1987. Athletes will compete in 13 men’s and women’s events, ranging from track events such as the 400-meter sprint to the 3,000-meter run to field events such as pole vault, shot put and triple jump. Spectators will also enjoy the men’s heptathlon and women’s pentathlon. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each event.
Team USA looks to build on their strong performance from the 2014 World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland when they won eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Team USA also set the World Indoor Championships record in the 4×400-meter relay in 2014.
Facilities at the Oregon Convention Center will include a new 200-meter IAAF-certified track and seating to accommodate more than 8,000 track and field fans. The Championships will be broadcast worldwide to an estimated 140 million global viewers.