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    World Athletics Chamionships 2017 [4-13 August]

    World Athletics Championships
    Venue: London Stadium
    Dates: 4-13 August


    Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt and British distance legend Mo Farah will attempt to sign off with gold at the World Championships which begins in London on Friday.

    The pair, who have 28 world and Olympic titles between them, will both retire from the track by the end of the season.

    Elsewhere, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson and Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers renew their sprint rivalry, while Britain's Laura Muir will attempt a formidable 1500m-5,000m double.

    With Bolt not defending his 200m title, 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk will attempt to double up and establish himself as one of the new figureheads for the sport.

    Fellow South African Caster Semenya is also fighting on two fronts, stepping up to 1500m as well as attempting to regain the 800m title she won in 2009 and 2011.

    The Championships begin on Friday, five years to the day since Great Britain won three Olympic gold medals in less than an hour on 'Super Saturday' at the same venue.

    Bolt draws curtain on career

    Bolt originally intended to retire in the wake of Rio 2016. However he reconsidered that plan after his sponsor suggested a London farewell a year later instead.

    Now 30, the Jamaican had a slow start to the season, dipping under 10 seconds for the first time in Monaco a fortnight ago.

    He is only the joint-seventh fastest man over 100m in 2017, but has a history of rising to the big occasion.

    Only once in seven major 100m finals has Bolt failed to win gold, and that was after a false start at the World Championships in Daegu in 2011 took him out of the race.

    Twenty-one-year-old American Christian Coleman - who ran a world-leading 9.82 in June - a 35-year-old Justin Gatlin and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake may be Bolt's biggest rivals for gold in the final on Saturday. Bolt's final race before retirement is likely to be the 4x100m relay final seven days later.

    A homecoming farewell for Farah

    Farah's 5,000m and 10,000m double was one of the defining memories of the London Olympics five years ago.

    Since then the 34-year-old has repeated the feat at World Championships in Moscow and Beijing as well as last summer's Rio Olympics, and is favourite to do so once again before shifting his focus to marathon.

    However he is facing a crop of young pretenders with Ethiopian teenager Abadi Hadis the fastest this year over 10,000m and 23-year-old compatriot Muktar Edris leading the 5,000m time charts.
    Farah's preparations have been at times sidetracked by questions over training methods however.

    Mo Farah won his first World Championship gold medal in Daegu in 2011.

    Computer hackers released documents in July that showed Farah's blood tests initially raised suspicion before later being cleared. His coach Alberto Salazar is under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, while UK Athletics staff may have failed to properly record infusions of a controversial supplement given to Farah.

    Both Farah, who has refused to speak to newspaper journalists going into the championships, and Salazar have denied any wrongdoing.

    Farah's 10,000m final headlines Friday's opening day of competition with Wednesday's 5,000m heats deciding the line-up for the final on Saturday, 12 August.

    Beyond Farah, Britain has more medal hopes than expectations.

    Muir broke Dame Kelly Holmes' 1500m record at London Stadium last year, but found the pace of Kenya's Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba too hot to handle over the final 800m in a tactical Olympic final in Rio.

    Kipyegon and Dibaba are both in the field in London along with the Netherlands' Sifan Hassan, who has the three fastest times of the year, and Semenya.

    British Athletics performance director Neil Black gave Muir only "a 1%" chance of adding the 5,000m to her schedule after she suffered a foot injury in June, but Muir is determined to pursue the longer distance after breaking the British indoor record in January.

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson will attempt to fill the void left by Jessica Ennis-Hill's retirement in the heptathlon, taking on Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam.

    Tom Bosworth broke the racewalking mile record in July and will aim to improve on his sixth-place finish in the 20km in Rio.

    Colin Jackson and Tony Jarrett are the only Britons to have gone faster over the 110m hurdles than the 13.14 seconds that Andrew Pozzi clocked in July and the 25-year-old Holly Bradshaw has broken the outdoor British record twice already this season in the pole vault. Robbie Grabarz and Sophie Hitchon are Olympic medallists and possible contenders in the high jump and hammer respectively.

    But overall, and given the absence of the injured Greg Rutherford, UK Sport's target of at least six medals looks like being a tall order.

    "Without a doubt it's doable," said Black. "If we deal with home advantage well and get a little bit of luck, then I think we meet the medal target."

    With one week to go, more than 660,000 tickets had already been sold for the 10 days of the championships.

    A small number of new tickets for all sessions were made available on Tuesday.

    While those for the men's 100m final and the 5,000m and 10,000m finals likely to feature Farah appear to have already sold out, there is still the chance to see stars such as Van Niekerk and Muir compete for medals.

    The prospect of a packed stadium for the best athletes in the world is the realisation of part of London 2012 chairman Lord Coe's promise for the Games' legacy. He insisted that track and field had to be central to the venue's future. rather than it be used exclusively for football.

    BBC One and BBC Two will show all the best of the action live from London Stadium with a punditry team that includes Olympic legend Michael Johnson and, for the first time, London 2012 gold medallist Ennis-Hill.

    A daily highlights programme on BBC Two will bring together the choice moments and all the talking points.

    There will also be full coverage on BBC Radio 5 live led by correspondent Mike Costello and Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell.

    You can access both radio and television coverage right here on the BBC Sport website and app, alongside text commentary featuring rolling highlights and analysis.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/40807684
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    A number of Olympic champions will be returning to the venue where they sealed gold five years ago at London 2012, although two famous winners have already pulled out with injury.

    A series of injuries have forced home favourite Greg Rutherford, who was part of the "Super Saturday" triumphs with Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, to withdraw from competition.
    And 800m world record holder David Rudisha, who set the fastest ever time on his way to London 2012 gold, also revealed a quad strain just hours before the Kenyan team were due to fly into the UK.

    Opening ceremony

    It's not quite on the scale of the Danny Boyle-directed extravaganza that opened the 2012 Olympics but if the performance that opened the Worlds in China two years ago is anything to go by, this should be a rather fun way to start proceedings.

    Men’s 100m preliminary

    The main draw of these championships is Usain Bolt's swan-song - the legendary Jamaican sprinter retires after them. He will not be running the 200m so let's hope he makes no mistake on the start-line in the 100m.

    CJ Ujah, with his season best of 9.98, is Britian's likely best outside hope of a medal.

    Men’s discus qualifying

    Robert Harting and Piotr Malachowski have shared the last four world discus titles with the Pole in London to defend his world title.

    But Daniel Stahl moved to ninth in the all-time list when he threw his personal best 71.29m at the end of June and won the Diamond League meeting here earlier this year. Qualifying will go a long way to showing us who is in the best form ahead of Saturday's final.

    Men’s long jump qualifying

    Rutherford wouldn't have been favourite to take gold but as defending champion, his absence certainly opens up the competition.

    South Africa's Luvo Manyonga missed out on Olympic gold in Rio by just one centimetre to American Jeff Henderson. However, Manyonga has a personal best of 8.65m which he produced in April and has four other jumps over 8.60m - no-one else has passed 8.50m this year and the 26-year-old is a strong favourite.

    Women’s 1500m qualifying

    Britain's Laura Muir is running the 5,000m as well in an unusual double but her first race is over the shorter distance, where she is the reigning European Indoor champion.

    The only worry is that she has only just recovered from a stress fracture in her foot, sustained in June.

    Women’s pole vault qualifying

    Ekaterina Stefanidi won Olympic gold in Rio, European in Amsterdam and European Indoor in Belgrade in March.

    Here, she starts her quest for a first ever world senior medal with the final taking place on Sunday evening.

    Men’s 100m first round

    The second instalment of Bolt's retirement tour.

    Men’s discuss qualifying

    Men’s 10,000m


    The Mo-Bot returns. Mo Farah is already one of the greatest British sportsmen of all-time and is looking to seal his place in history with a fifth 5,000m -10,000m double, repeating his two Olympic and two world feats in the last five years.

    The Ethiopian trio of Abadi Hadis, Jemal Yimer and teenager Anduamlak Belihu will likely work together to beat Farah, hoping to break him before the last lap and leave him unable to produce his signature turn of speed in the closing stages.

    http://www.express.co.uk/sport/other...o-Farah-racing


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    I wonder if any Pakistani athletes will be there?



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    Already seen a couple of sprinters from Afghanistan and Bangladesh.



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    Gold again for SIR Mo Farah.


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    What a legend, he's just done it again.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40833730

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    What a run by Farah yesterday. His tactics are always spot on. Legend.

    Bolt just lot the semi-final to USA's Coleman which sets it up nicely for the final later.



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    World Championships 2017: Usain Bolt beaten by Justin Gatlin in 100m final

    Justin Gatlin won his second world 100m title 12 years after his first to ruin eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt's final individual race.

    Bolt, who retires after next week's 4x100m relay, was third behind American Gatlin, who clocked 9.92 seconds, and Christian Coleman (9.94).

    Bolt's 9.95 seconds equalled his best effort of 2017 but he always trailed.

    Gatlin - banned twice for doping - was booed before the race and celebrated wildly, holding his hands to his ears.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/40839202


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    Such a shame Bolt couldn't win the gold but great race by Gatlin.


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    Should've retired after the Olympics. He'd been underwhelming leading up to the championship. The conditioning, intensity and desire to win just wasn't there. De Grasse missed out here. Gold was there for the taking.


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    Sad that such a legendary carrier ends this way,he deserves the gold for everything he had done so far

    Nevertheless that was brilliant race from gatlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post

    This is another testimony of lengendary status of Bolt. What impressed me the most in the manner he won, so far ahead of everybody else, winning like others are school boys at biggest stage. I don't see any sprinter can reach his level in next 50 years or so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yasir View Post
    This is another testimony of lengendary status of Bolt. What impressed me the most in the manner he won, so far ahead of everybody else, winning like others are school boys at biggest stage. I don't see any sprinter can reach his level in next 50 years or so...
    He has cemented his status as the GOAT of athletics..

    He stands next to Pele, Federer, Ali as true global sporting legends..

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    Britain is fine booing Justin Gatlin, but what about closer to home?

    Before we begin in semi-earnest, a word on “serving one’s time” in the athletics ban sense of the term. I am all for doing one’s time and that being an end to it, but it does seem worth acknowledging what this means in any other place of work.

    Say you worked at a building society, and were eventually discovered to have been cheating it out of funds, not to mention stealing from your colleagues’ wallets too. You’re out, you’re disgraced, you “do your time”, whatever form that may take. And at that point, your debt to society is paid and you should of course be allowed to get on with life. However, no one seriously expects the building society to have to welcome you back to your old job. And if it were somehow obligated to do so, not too many of us would begrudge the other employees – or the customers – their pursed lips. Or, indeed, their boos.

    And so to Justin Gatlin, whose victory in the 100m at the London Stadium on Saturday has inevitably been marked by various people who watch athletics once every two years explaining that you can actually learn a lot from poor old Justin. Perhaps, but why would you want to? I mean, I’m trying to watch some athletics here. I’ve written before about the modern mania for all sport to be a learning experience, as opposed something to be enjoyed in purely sporting terms. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t really want to “learn” anything when I’m watching the 100m final. I’d far rather see amazing athletics I can actually believe in, and leave the prodigal son cobblers for religious education class. (Which I am pleased to no longer have to take). “Learning” from Justin Gatlin, or whoever it is next time, is sport for people who don’t actually like sport. I can’t help feeling that if they had their way, we’d eventually find phonelines flashed up on the screen during competitions. Have you been affected by any of the issues raised in this 100m final?

    Still, to hear the boos ring out around the London Stadium as Gatlin won was to be reminded of how lucky we are that British athletes don’t cheat. Historically, this sceptred isle has been a place where athletes can get really good as they approach their mid-30s – a place where even people suffering from asthma or other performance unenhancing ailments can, with the right medication, realise their potential as champions.

    Sure, much of the rest of the world bafflingly declines to accept this exceptionalism without a raised eyebrow – but the rest of the world would, wouldn’t it? The questions that have dogged two of our most recently ennobled sports stars - Sir Bradley Wiggins and Sir Mo Farah – have been discounted by many of the most ardent home fans of the sports they represent. And we must hope this fundamental belief in our own probity is permitted to continue, because you have to wonder if Britain could take the alternative, at this most delicate stage in its post-imperial journey.

    Increasingly, though, I find myself gripped by a perhaps irrational, yet powerful suspicion that a big revelation is indeed in the post. Unlike various other countries, Britain has hitherto managed to escape the trauma of one of its most nationally treasured household names being revealed as a cheat. Linford Christie’s second failed test came two years after his retirement, and Dwain Chambers wasn’t big enough.

    That was then. The fall of any idol would be felt far more acutely now, at a time when so many of the stories Britain has enjoyed telling itself seem to be hanging by a thread. Discovering one of our major sporting heroes wasn’t what we thought they were would feel, well, a bit … Brexitty, perhaps.

    For those who believe that Britain is suddenly about to be found out on all sorts of fronts, there would be a certain narrative cohesion to athletic virtue being yet another one of those. Across the board, a nation that has been getting away with it for a long time may be about to rub up against a reckoning. I suspect sporting rectitude may be a part of all that, so perhaps one-eyed fans should enjoy their booing while they still can. The spirit of our times feels best summed up in that old line about how you go bankrupt: slowly, and then all at once.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/bl...letics-britain


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    Indian athletes, Sri Lankan, Afghan and Bangladeshi runners.

    Doesn't look like there are any Pakistani runners. Such a shame that there is no 'in-fighting' event, otherwise Pakistan would win Gold



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    Brilliant run in the 200m final by the Turkish guy to win gold.

    Meanwhile Indian guy doing well to qualify for the javelin final.



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    What is ANA in World Athletics Championships 2017?

    Watching world athletic championship and there are some people with country as ANA can someone explain the background for this and what exactly does this mean?

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    Mo Farah finishes second in final major race on track

    World Championships 2017: Mo Farah misses out on fifth consecutive distance double

    Mo Farah missed out on a fifth major championships distance double in a row as he finished second in the 5,000m at the World Athletics Championships.

    The 34-year-old, who won 10,000m gold eight days ago, was swamped by his rivals in the final lap and Ethiopia's Muktar Edris broke clear to win gold.

    Britain's Farah kicked again to take silver at the London Stadium in his final major track championships.

    "It's been a long journey but it's been incredible," he told BBC Sport.

    "It didn't quite hit home until after I crossed the line and had a couple of moments to myself when I realised - this is it.

    "I gave it all - I didn't have a single bit left at the end."

    Four-time Olympic champion Farah will finish his track career with a record of 10 golds and two silvers in major championships.

    He is set to focus on marathons after his final track appearance at the 5,000m Diamond League final in Zurich on 24 August.

    Great Britain have now won two medals at London 2017, with Farah taking both, as the hosts look set to fall short of UK Sport's target of six to eight.

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt will race for the final time in his career in the men's 4x100m relay final from 21:50 BST, with the British team hopeful of winning a medal.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/40913661


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    Sad ending for Bolt's career.. I guess the only thing missing in his career was a mistake which he did at his last race ever..

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