By Duncan Mackay

World Athletics Championships 2009 BerlinJune 29 - Berlin looks set to be awarded the 2018 European Athletics Championships after it was confirmed that they are the only bidders. 

The German Athletics Federation (DLV) presented their bid to European Athletics in February. 

Berlin hosted one of the best-ever International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in 2009 with 417,156 tickets sold to watch the event at the Olympiastadion.

The economic impact to the German capital was estimated to be €120 million (£103 million/$156 million).

Usain Bolt with BerlinoUsain Bolt (right) and Berlino (left) both lit up the 2009 World Championships in Berlin

The highlights included Jamaica's Usain Bolt setting world records in the 100 and 200 metres and Britain's Jessica Ennis winning the heptathlon, while the mascot Berlino also proved to be a massive hit.

European Athletics last year switched the schedule so that its flagship Championships is now held every two years instead of every four.

The 2012 European Championships were staged in Helsinki - when 50 countries competed - while 2014 is scheduled for Zurich and 2016 for Amsterdam. 

The decision to award the 2018 European Athletics Championships is due to be made at the European Athletics Council meeting in Zurich on November 2.

Berlin give over bid documents for 2018 European Athletics ChampionshipsDLV general secretary Frank Hensel presented Berlin's to host the 2018 European Championships to European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz in Frankfurt earlier this year

"We are on the final straight before the awarding of the European Athletics Championships," said Frank Hensel, the DLV general secretary, who is also a European Athletics Council member.

"Only a few months remain before the decision is taken.

"We will use this remaining time to prepare an excellent presentation for the Council meeting."

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