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Weather Delay at the 2023 World Athletics Championships: Day 1

The start of the events at the 2023 World Athletics Championships has been delayed by one hour because of the weather conditions in the stadium this morning.

World Athletics Championships 2023 Stadium
World Athletics Championships 2023 Stadium

BUDAPEST, Hungary (August 19) — Inclement weather conditions at the stadium have prompted a delay in the commencement of events at the 2023 World Athletics Championships this morning. As rain continues to pour, organizers remain optimistic, projecting a start in approximately one hour.

Originally slated for a 4:30 a.m. ET kickoff, the men’s Shot Put qualification has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. ET. The persistent rainfall has left the ring drenched, necessitating efforts not only for drainage but also to ensure it remains as dry as possible.

This is crucial to avoid potential mishaps, especially for the throwers who employ a spinning technique.

At the moment, the race walkers are in action, but the conditions are not great for competition with several of the athletes slipping a bit and having to constantly checking their steps.

Viewers can catch live streaming of Day 1 events across multiple platforms, including CNBC, NBC, USA Network, and Peacock TV. For a comprehensive schedule, US viewers can click here, while the global audience can access the worldwide schedule by just clicking here.

Stay tuned to World-Track for daily updates, results, and in-depth reports on featured events over the upcoming nine days.

Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for He has over 20 years of running experience, as well as 12 years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, European Athletics, Cayman Net News, AFP, and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of and Smith holds a degree in Communication and Journalism. Twitter | LinkedIn | News Break Writer

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