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IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017: How Hero the Hedgehog, mischievous official mascot, set stage alight

While the retirement of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah has ensured that the IAAF World Championships has never been short of worthy moments, the crowd also enjoyed some action off the field as well. In a competition featuring the best of athletes from across the world, surprisingly, a mascot has become the crowd favourite in London.

It has shown its love to TV anchors and athletes alike, keeping everyone guessing on what's going on in Hero's head.

Known as Hero the Hedgehog, the mascot is built by nine-year-old Elinor in a bid to drive home the importance of the depleting specie, the mascot has surely amassed a large assembly of fans all around the world, thanks to its mischievous activities throughout the Championships, bringing a huge smile on everyone's faces.

In between, Hero the Hedgehog has thrown in some words of wisdom for us.

Someone who doesn't seem to care much for the ocassion,surrounding or even the threat of being hit, Hero seems to be chilling out with the whole world watching on keenly.

And if you doubt its athletic skills, its water sliding abilities will surely convince you that a gold medal is not far away.

We surely consider Hero the Hedgehog one of the best mascots ever. What about you?

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Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017 13:28:25 IST

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