— Published 28 August 2023

Budapest went through the roof

No time to lose. As soon as the curtain falls on the World Athletics Championships in Budapest (August 19 to 27), World Athletics has drawn up its accounts. They are impressive. The world event brought together a record 2,100 athletes from 195 countries (plus the team of refugee athletes) in the Hungarian capital. It attracted over 400,000 spectators to the new National Athletics Center in Budapest. It was marked by the fall of a world record (4×400 m mixed), an under-20 world record, seven championship records, 11 continental records and 73 national records. With almost a million visitors a day to the official Worlds website, Budapest 2023 surpassed the number of visitors recorded at the 2022 Worlds in Eugene, USA. During the nine days of the competition, 14,000 press articles were published, reaching an estimated cumulative audience of 28.5 billion people. Finally, broadcasters recorded very high audience peaks, particularly in Germany, the UK, France and Finland. In Japan, TBS reported that its coverage of the first weekend reached 28 million people.