London Calling: City's delight to welcome back world-class Paralympians in 2017
18:35 GMT, 19 December 2012
London will hope to replicate the summer of 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in five years after being named the host city for the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships.
Just one month before the IAAF World Championships, the best paralympians in the world will take to the track and field in Stratford, as, for the first time, one city hosts the two championships side-by-side.
The bid was successful after Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, pointed to the success of the London 2012 Games, while the International Paralympic Committee hope the enthusiasm which greeted the Paralympics in August and September will be emulated in four-and-a-half years' time.
GB star: Jonnie Peacock will look to repeat his recent heroics at London 2017
Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive of the IPC, who organise the event, said: “The London 2012 Paralympic Games were some of the best we've ever seen, and we cannot wait to see Great Britain embrace the Paralympic movement once again with open arms.
“The bar has been set high for the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships, and we are eager to see the worldwide media attention they attract.”
Winner: Fans could see Hannah Cockroft return to the track at the Olympic Stadium
Johnson, who is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation and submitted a formal bid for the event last month, said: “This year London just staged the best spectacle of sport the world has seen.
“London's Paralympic Games were the first ever to sell out and these championships provide a perfect chance to build on that enthusiasm for disabled sport, bringing back the world's greatest Paralympians to the Olympic Stadium, and at the same time providing a major economic boost to the capital.”
Irish light: Jason Smyth of Ireland will be just one of world-class paralympians back in London in five years
IPC President Sir Philip Craven hailed London 2012 as the “best Games” in history with 1,134 athletes taking part in track and field events, setting 102 world and 139 Paralympic records.
The athletics events were particularly well received as British wheelchair racers David Weir and Hannah Cockroft, amputee sprinters Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead and others became household names in front of sold-out crowds of 80,000 for every session.
The IPC Athletics World Championships are the largest single-sport competition for athletes with an impairment in the world and take place on a bi-annual basis.
Spectacular: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony and spectators can expect similar pyrotechnics in 2017
Ed Warner, IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee chairperson and chair of UK Athletics, said: “The UK's capital city has already demonstrated its ability to provide an excellent experience for athletes and spectators alike.
“London 2017 will bring record crowds for an IPC World Championships, creating an ideal backdrop for athletes to break records, further raising the profile of sport for people with an impairment in the process.”
Gold: David Weir was the hero of the 2012 games and fans will be hoping to see similar British triumph in 2017
Rivals: Alan Oliveira (L) and Oscar Pistorius (R) will look to renew rivalry at London 2017.