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Doha gets 2019 World Track and Field Championships over Eugene, Barcelona

Lamine Diack

The 2019 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships were awarded to Doha, Qatar, which beat out Eugene, Ore., and Barcelona in a vote Tuesday.

Doha, which held the 2010 World Indoor Championships, will host the World Outdoor Championships for the first time.

Eugene, site of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, was bidding to become the first U.S. city to host the biennial World Outdoor Championships.

Eugene sent a team including four-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix and Moroccan mile world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj to present its bid to track and field’s international governing body (IAAF) in Monaco.

By 2019, the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships will have been staged 16 times since their 1983 debut, including once in North America, in Edmonton in 2001. The 2015 World Championships are in Beijing. The 2017 World Championships are in London.

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