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Eugene bidding to become first US city to host IAAF World Championships

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Eugene will attempt to be the first city in the United States of America to host the IAAF World Championships as it plans its bid for the 2019 competition.

The city, situated in the state of Oregon in the north-west of the country, will be up against Barcelona and Doha in the bidding process.

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Despite hosting the summer Olympic Games a record number of four times, the world indoor championships are the only major global athletic event to have been held in the nation when Indianapolis staged the 1987 edition.

Prefontaine Classic

Eugene, however, is no stranger to hosting more minor athletic competitions, including the annual Prefontaine Classic - a recognised Diamond League meet - as well as the past two US Olympic trials.

The world indoor championships are also scheduled to take place in Portland, Oregon, displaying the location's hosting capabilities.

Rivals

The other city's in the running have both hosted major athletics events, too, though, with Barcelona staging the 1992 Olympics and the 1995 world indoors, while Doha hosted the same competition in 2010 and has an annual Diamond League meeting of its own.

If the city, nicknamed TrackTown USA, does win the rights to host the championships, then it will follow on from Beijing and London, where the respective 2015 and 2017 editions will be held.

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