By Marcus Leach

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has hailed the capital's success in the race to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships as a major milestone towards delivering the capital's legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In a tight race with Doha the decision by members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to award the Championships to London means one of the most prestigious events on the world athletics calendar, will be staged in London’s Olympic Stadium in less than six years time.

The decision was taken at the IAAF's World Athletics Gala in Monaco following a final presentation to its members by London's bid team including the Mayor, Sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP, IAAF Vice-President and LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe and UK Athletics chair Ed Warner.

"Despite an excellent challenge from Doha, the London team put together a cracking bid which has paid off with this fantastic news today. With the 2017 championships now in the diary next summer’s London Games is just the start of a long and active life for our magnificent stadium," The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said.

“In addition to athletics it will host a variety of sports competitions including football as well as a range of other events from major concerts to community activities. I am absolutely thrilled for London."

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