Five unmissable weekend show-stoppers at the Worlds

The race of the championships

Mark your diary for tomorrow (2.15pm, Irish time) for the race of the championships. All eyes will be on the men’s 100m final when Usain Bolt faces Justin Gatlin in the most eagerly awaited 100m event since Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Dibaba against the rest

Genzebe Dibaba appears unstoppable in the women’s 1500m after her incredible world record of 3:50.07 in Monaco last month. But a word of warning; the Ethiopian’s championship record is shocking — finishing eighth in three previous World Championships.

Rudisha seeks 2012 magic

Three years have passed since David Rudisha’s magical victory in the 800m final at the 2012 Olympics.Though his air of invincibility has long since gone, he still has enough class to pull off another victory in an open men’s 800m, where Mark English will also be hoping to make the start line. Botswana’s Nijel Amos will be the favourite but Bosnia’s Amel Tuka caused a stir in winning the Monaco Diamond League in 1:42.51.

Clash of the titans in men’s Triple jump

Jonathan Edwards’ 20-year-old world record of 18.29m is under threat as USA’s Christian Taylor and Cuba’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo clash in the Bird’s Nest Stadium. Both have passed 18m this season.

Jager takes on the Kenyans in the Steeplechase

The men’s 3,000m steeplechase has long been the domain of the Kenyans but USA’s Evan Jager looks like a serious threat in Beijing. The 26-year-old outran the Kenyans in Paris last month before falling off the last hurdle, which cost him a win and his first sub-eight-minute time.


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