2001 World Championships in Athletics

The 8th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between 3 August and 12 August and was the first time the event had visited North America. The music for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies was composed by Canadian composers Jan Randall and Cassius Khan. The ceremonies also featured a 1000 voice choir, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

8th World Championships in Athletics
Host cityEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nations participating189
Athletes participating1677
DatesAugust 3–12, 2001
Officially opened byPrime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien
Main venueCommonwealth Stadium