Dina Asher-Smith leads Britain’s medal hopes at the World Athletics Championships, which get underway in Doha on Friday.
Over 70 athletes are set to compete with sprint celebrity Asher-Smith, throughout the World Championships and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson just two of the names in activity, along with long-time runner Laura Muir.
Adam Gemili – who won a World Championship gold trophy in London 2017 after a performance in the 4 x 100m relay race, which is set to feature for Team GB.
Of what claims to become the enthralling 10 times ahead, we have picked.
It is the first World Championships without Usain Bolt since 2005, however – in Warholm – we’ve got an athlete with capacity and personality to plug the gap. Karsten runs faster each and every time that the starter’s pistol sounds.
The former decathlete dedicated to the 400 hurdles in 2015, and has since become World, European, and also Diamond League champion – that the latter courtesy of the second-fastest clocking of time in Zurich a month: 46.92.
Secondly in that race was NCAA Champion Rai Benjamin. It is unfathomable that the American did come off with the win, and dipped below 47 moments.
Throw home favorite Abderrahman Samba into the mix, and a few of those four men to have broken that barrier would be lining up in the week.
Warholm is the man for the big occasion, and edging which scintillating Diamond League final – even though stuttering badly into the penultimate barrier – will be a real boost before this stacked showdown.
What’s certain is the fact that it’s going to take something really special to win the men’s 400m hurdles in Doha – quite possibly a fracture in Kevin Young’s 1992 world listing of 46.78.
Warholm burst onto the scene along with his Munch-esque incredulity at his very own world-beating functionality in London at 2017 (search’Karsten Warholm the scream’, if you have missed the meme); all eyes will be on the Norwegian showman over the upcoming few days, as he seems to craft another classic.
Echevarria appears to have just cursory regard for gravity, and talent coming from his ears. Until this year, however, he’s not always seemed in control of his skills and has cut at at a figure that was frustratingly inconsistent.
His 7.86m at London in the last World Championships was enough for just 15th place at the long jump, and there were meetings once you felt he was just as likely to filthy 3 occasions as he was to clean the pit entirely.
Clearing the sand entirely might seem absurd, but the Cuban jumped a wind-assisted 8.92m Havana back in March, and in just 21, there’s lots of space for progress. In between an inaugural name and him is reigning World and Commonwealth Champion Luvo Manyonga.
The South African has not replicated his 2018 sort yet this year – we’d grown used to the Olympic silver medallist soaring over 8.50m but he poses a real threat, and contains more big-meet experience than his Cuban challenger.
That said, this really is the skill of Echevarria that the outcome is from the hands of Manyonga on. He’ll leave a golden medal in the long jump to Doha In case the kid gets it . It’s that simple.
Whisper it, but a British sprinter may actually achieve, and is currently gunning for, the treble at a World Championships.
Back in Berlin last summer, she has backed up on the stage in this season’s Diamond League and created a stunning anchor leg in the 4x100m and authored both individual national records.
Four sub-11 clockings within the blue-riband distance on the circuit of the sport culminated in a seriously remarkable run in the final in Brussels, where she clinched her maiden Diamond League name, also overcome Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce out of the cubes.
The women’s sprints are saturated at present, along with the two Jamaicans (Fraser-Pryce and twice Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson) are both faster on newspaper over 100m, however, Dina has conquered them this season, and her composure, consistency, and competitive instincts make her the odds-on favourite for this name.
More than 200m, only 1 woman really looks to get the beating of Asher-Smith, and that’s the peerless Shaunae Miller-Uibo, that – thanks to embarrassing scheduling – is unable to try a dual that is 200-400 .
In the Bahamian’s lack, Dina looks perfectly-placed into dethrone Dafne Schippers, who is looked off the rate so far. By the penultimate day of the Championships, Dina gets the opportunity to cement her superstardom status in the relay.
Excellent Britain won silver in this event in London, and – with Asher-Smith, Asha Philip, along with Daryll Neita from this quartet all in excellent form – also Kristal Awuah, Ashleigh Nelson, and Sky Scholar Imani-Lara Lansiquot creating a formidable sprint relay group ) – there is a very real prospect of a third decoration.
Asher-Smith is becoming the surface of British Athletics – a teenager she has hauled, with articulacy and allure – and Doha is her opportunity to truly make history. Not since Kathy Cook at 1983 has Britain had an individual medal at the women’s 100m or 200m, and there suddenly appears a chance at both.
The girls 800m is without any of the three Rio medallists – Caster Semenya, Francine Niyonsaba, and Margaret Wambui – all of whom were influenced from the IAAF’s modifications to eligibility guidelines for athletes with differences in sexual development.
In their absence, the USA’s Ajee Wilson is the runaway favourite: fastest in the world this season, Diamond League champion, and undefeated over the space in 2019 in every race without Semenya.
The might be favourite for gold, but there might be a place of Great Britain’s most underrated athletes on the podium for one. Shelayna Oskan-Clarke is a world medallist, dominating European Indoor Champion, and an racer.
She doesn’t compete much but runs astutely and aggressively, and finished in Beijing. Championship middle-distance races could be cagey, strategic events, and also Oskan-Clarke is a safe pair of hands.
If she can navigate the heats and semi-finals without incident, don’t be surprised to see that this runner.
Keep an eye out for compatriots Lynsey Sharp, who’s at a rich vein of form, also Championships debutant Alex Bell, that exhibited admirable composure to finish fifth in the Commonwealths last calendar year, and recently won the 800m for Team Europe at The Match.
The champion doesn’t run, she glides. The Bahamian can be still among the most effortless opponents and stands at 6ft 1in. When she teams up with the similarly balletic Steven Gardiner in the mixed 4×400 relay, then it will be an aesthetic pleasure of a race, and a terrifyingly fast one at that.
She is a sub-49 next quarter-miler, ran a national set of 21.74 over 200 metres in the Diamond League final in Zurich a month, also is undefeated across the board because the start of this 2018 year old.
Having said that, it’s not all been smooth sailing in Championships; her golden in Rio came after she controversially hauled herself over the line to beat Allyson Felix; she inexplicably captured up in the final metres of the 400m in the 2017 Worlds, fading to fourth; and she seemed well shy of her best in the 200m in the exact same occasion, in which she finished third.
Ever since, however, she’s been scrupulous, and it is a real shame that she’s unable to attempt the 200-400m doublecheck. There have been six runs this year, and each of them were by Miller-Uibo.
The only athlete who might challenge her is Salwa Eid Naser, the Bahraini record-holder and Diamond League Champion.
The pair haven’t yet met this season, and there’ll certainly be fireworks when they dowe haven’t seen two women violate the 49-second barrier in exactly the identical race since 1996, but that could change in Doha.
Naser will run quickly, but Miller-Uibo will operate faster. She’s the Champion select, and so much to come. This ought to be her first, but no manner her past, title that is global.