2017 IAAF World Championships: the complete guide

August 3, 2017

 

Day one: Friday 4 August

Usain Bolt starts the countdown to his retirement in the men’s 100m heats while Laura Muir runs in the 1500m heats. The showpiece of the opening day is Sir Mo Farah’s 10,000m final as he bids to sign off from the track in style.

One to watch:

USAIN BOLT men’s 100m

How can the Jamaican be ignored? It will be his swan song after a glittering career, and Bolt is expected to bow out in style. The eight-times Olympic champion is at home in the capital having defended his 100m and 200m Olympic titles in London in this stadium five years ago. This time he will look to retain the 100m and 4x100m golds he won in Beijing two years ago. He will not defend his 200m crown. Athletics will not be the same without Bolt, so dominant since hisfirst Olympic triumphs in Beijing nine years ago, and he will want to go out with a bang.

 

Evening session

7pm Men’s 100m preliminary

7.20 Men’s discus qualifying

7.30 Men’s long jump qualifying

7.35 Women’s 1500m qualifying

7.45 Women’s pole vault qualifying

8.20 Men’s 100m first round

8.45 Men’s discus qualifying

9.20 Men’s 10,000m final

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be expecting to win her first world medal in the heptathlon this summer

Day two: Saturday 5 August

Bolt looks to complete the first of his goals in the 100m final while Katarina Johnson-Thompson begins her heptathlon challenge and Muir is due to run in the 1500m semi-final.

One to watch:

With the retirement of Jessica Ennis-Hill and Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Johnson-Thompson is hoping to win her first world medal in the heptathlon. She set a new British record of 1.98m in the long jump at the Olympics last year before tailing off and finishing sixth. But she moved to France earlier this year to work under new coach Jean-Yves Cochand in Montpellier.

 

Morning session

10am Men’s shot put qualifying

10.05 – Heptathlon 100m

10.35 – Women’s hammer qualifying

10.45 – Men’s 400m first round

11.00 – Women’s triple jump qualifying

11.45 – Women’s 100m first round

12.05 – Women’s hammer qualifying

12.45 – Men’s 800m first round

 

Evening session

7pm – Men’s 100m semi-finals

7.25 – Men’s discus final

7.35 – Women’s 1500m semi-finals

8.05 – Men’s long jump final

8.10 – Women’s 10,000m final

9.00 – Heptathlon 200m

9.45 – Men’s 100m final

Day three: Sunday 6 August

Johnson-Thompson returns for the culmination of the heptathlon,European indoor champion Andrew Pozzi begins his 110m hurdles bid and Asha Philip will aim to reach the women’s 100m final which rounds off the evening on the track.

 

One to watch:

ELAINE THOMPSON Women’s 100m

The Jamaican sprint queen is the reigning Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m and is favourite to claim the 100m. She has run the two fastest times of 2017 – clocking 10.71 and 10.78. She finished second in the 200m in Beijing two years ago, but is focusing on the 100m this year.

Morning session

10am Heptathlon long jump

10.05 Men’s 3,000m st’chase first round

10.40 Men’s pole vault qualifying

10.55 Men’s marathon

11.05 Men’s 400m hurdles first round

11.55 Women’s 400m first round

12.55 Men’s 110m hurdles first round

2.00 Women’s marathon

 

Evening session

7pm Women’s pole vault final

7.05 Women’s javelin qualifying

7.10 Women’s 100m semi-finals

7.40 Men’s 400m semi-finals

8.10 Men’s 100m hurdles semi-finals

8.30 Women’s javelin qualifying

8.35 Men’s shot put final

8.40 Heptathlon 800m (final event)

9.15 Men’s 800m semi-finals

9.50 Women’s 100m final

Day four: Monday 7th August

Muir is likely to battle Faith Kipyegon and Genzebe Dibaba for a 1500m medal in the final at 9.50pm after her seventh place at the Olympics last year.

Aries Merritt
Aries Merritt won the 110m hurdles at the Muller Anniversary Games

One to watch:

The American has made a comeback from a kidney transplant in 2015 and returns to the London Stadium for a major championships for the first time since winning Olympic gold in 2012. The 32-year-old remains the world record holder for the 110m hurdles – clocking 12.80sec in 2012 – and won his Anniversary Games race in July. It followed his Diamond League victory in Rome and he will be aiming to top the bronze medal he secured in Beijing two years ago – just four days before his kidney surgery. Merritt has gradually got quicker since his comeback and his season’s best of 13.09 is the joint fourth fastest in the world this year.

 

Evening session

6.35pm Men’s triple jump qualifying

7.00 Women’s hammer final

7.15 Women’s 400m hurdles first round

8.20 Men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals

8.25 Women’s triple jump final

8.55 Women’s 400m semi-finals

9.30 Men’s 110m hurdles, final

9.50 Women’s 1500m final

Day five: Tuesday 8 August

Wayde van Niekerk will look to successfully defend the 400m title while there will be British interest in the opening rounds of the 200m featuring Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Danny Talbot and Zharnel Hughes.

One to watch:

WAYDE VAN NIEKERK Men’s 400m

The defending champion after his breakthrough gold in Beijing two years ago, Van Niekerk’s performance in Rio last summer demanded even more attention when he broke Michael Johnson’s 400m world record which had stood for 17 years with a time of 43.03sec to take his first Olympic gold. Few would bet against him winning another world title, while Britain’s Martyn Rooney will be hoping to make the final after his disastrous Olympics when he bowed out in the heats, as will Matt Hudson-Smith.

 

Evening session

6.30pm Women’s 3,000m steeplechase first round

7.20 Women’s javelin final

7.30 Men’s 200m first round

7.35 Men’s pole vault final

7.35 Women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals

8:40 Women’s shot put qualifying

9.10 Men’s 3,000m steeplechase final

9.35 Men’s 800m final

9.50 Men’s 400m final

Wayde van Niekerk
Princess Charlene of Monaco gives a medal to her fellow South African Wayde van Niekerk after his victory in the 400m on 21 July

Day six: Wednesday 9 August

The men’s 200m semi-finals take place – although Bolt will not be involved – while the women’s 400m final rounds off the evening, and Mo Farah will be on the track in the opening round of the 5,000m he is looking to win for the fourth time.

One to watch:

ALLYSON FELIX Women’s 400m

The defending 400m champion is the fastest woman in the world over the distance this year. Felix, a six-times Olympic champion and the joint most decorated woman in Olympic track and field history, set a new world lead time for the year in London in July by clocking 49.65 at the Anniversary Games. She surpassed the previous best time this year of 49.72 set by fellow American Quanera Hayes. It could be 31-year-old Felix’s final world championships – she has already won nine golds, four of them individual and five in relays.

 

Evening session

7.05 Women’s 200m first round

7.10 Women’s long jump qualifying

7.20 Men’s hammer throw qualifying

8.05 Men’s 5,000m first round

8.25 Women’s shot put final

8.50 Men’s hammer throw qualifying

8.55 Men’s 200m semi-finals

9.30 Men’s 400m hurdles final

9.50 Women’s 400m final

Day seven: Thursday 10 August

A new world champion will be crowned in the men’s 200m final in the absence of Bolt, while Muir returns for the 5,000m heats and the double Olympic and reigning world champion Christian Taylor goes in the men’s triple jump.

Laura Muir
Laura Muir is set to be one of the leading lights of the summer after her double European gold in March

One to watch:

LAURA MUIR Women’s 5,000m

The 24-year-old is set to be one of the leading lights of the summer after herdouble European indoor gold in March. Muir blitzed the field in Belgrade to take the 1500 metres and 3,000 metres crowns, her first senior titles. She is eyeing wins in the 1500m and 5,000m here after her victories earlier in the year convinced her to try for the double, having shaken off a disappointing seventh place in the 1500m final in Rio.

 

Evening session

6.30pm Women’s 5,000m first round

7.05 Men’s javelin qualifying

7.10 Women’s high jump qualifying

7.25 Women’s 800m qualifying

8.20 Men’s triple jump final

8.25 Men’s 1500m qualifying

8.35 Men’s javelin qualifying

9.05 Women’s 200m qualifying

9.35 Women’s 400m hurdles final

9.50 Men’s 200m final

Day eight: Friday 11 August

The women’s 200m final ends the day’s competition with Dafne Schippers one of the favourites, while the day also includes the final of the women’s long jump and 3,000m steeplechase.

One to watch:

DAFNE SCHIPPERS Women’s 200m

Schippers will aim to defend the 200m title she won in Beijing two years ago in a personal-best time of 22.63. Schippers finished second behind Elaine Thompson at the Anniversary Games in July, as she did in the Olympic final in Rio last year. With the Jamaican not running the 200m, the Dutch sprinter will be aiming to strike gold again.

Dafne Schippers
Dafne Schippers is one of the favourites to win the 200m

 

Morning session

10am Decathlon 100m

10.10 Women’s discus qualifying

10.45 Women’s 100m hurdles qualifying

11.05 Decathlon long jump

11.15 Men’s high jump qualifying

11.35 Women’s discus qualifying

12:55 Decathlon shot put

 

Evening session

5pm Decathlon high jump

7.05 Women’s 100m hurdles qualifying

19:10 Women’s long jump final

19:35 Women’s 800m qualifying

8.10 Men’s 1500m qualifying

8.30 Men’s hammer throw qualifying

8.45 Decathlon 400m

9.25 Women’s 3,000m st’chase final

9.50 Women’s 200m final

Day nine: Saturday 12 August

Farah runs in the 5,000m final as his track career edges to a close and the men’s 4x100m relay also takes centre stage in what should be Bolt’s final race.

One to watch:

MO FARAH Men’s 5,000m

All eyes will be on Farah as the five-times world champion retires from the track to focus on road racing after these championships. The scene is set for the 34-year-old to go out on a high at the scene of his first two Olympic gold medals in 2012. His double defence in Rio last yearcemented Farah as one of the world’s best ever and having done the same in Beijing a year earlier he has now not been beaten in a global final since the world championship 10,000m in 2011.

Mo Farah
Mo Farah will race for the final time on the track at a major championship when he bids to defend his world 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles in London

 

Morning session

10.35 Women’s 4x100m relay qualifying

10.55 Men’s 4x100m relay qualifying

11.00 Decathlon discus

11.20 Women’s 4x400m relay qualifying

11.50 Men’s 4x400m relay qualifying

2.15pm Decathlon pole vault

 

Evening session

5.30pm Decathlon javelin

7.05 Women’s high jump final

8.05 Women’s 100m hurdles final

8.15 Men’s javelin throw final

8.20 Men’s 5,000m final

8.45 Decathlon 1500m (final event)

9.30 Women’s 4x100m relay final

9.50 Men’s 4x100m relay final

Day 10: Sunday 13 August

The final day and the final chance for Muir to add to her European Indoor medals from Belgrade, in the 5,000m. The women’s 800m final and 4x400m men and women’s relay finals end the championships.

One to watch:

CASTER SEMENYA Women’s 800m

Although the South African has doubled up in the 1500m, it is the 800m where she is expected to excel having returned to form to take gold in Rio last summer. She already has two world golds in this event, won in Daegu in 2011 and in 2009 when the then 18-year-old stunned the athletics world with her victory in Berlin. However, she then spent almost a year off the track following the furore that surrounded the gender test she had been asked to undergo during the world championships, a controversy that has continued to dog the 26-year-old throughout her career.

 

Morning session

7.55am Men’s and women’s 50km race walks (at the Mall, St James’ Park)

12.20 Women’s 20km race walk

14.20 Men’s 20km race walk

 

Evening session

19.00 Men’s high jump final

19.10 Women’s discus final

19.35 Women’s 5,000m final

20.10 Women’s 800m final

20.30 Men’s 1500m final

20.55 Women’s 4x400m relay final

21.15 Men’s 4x400m relay final

 

SOURCE: theguardian.co.uk


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