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DAY 5: 23 August, Wednesday

MORNING Session

 

Swedish pole vault star Mondo Duplantis will be making his first appearance but could jump just once in the qualifying round as he looks to advance without trouble. 

 

Then it is the turn of the 200m to take the sprint spotlight, with day five featuring the first rounds in the women’s and men’s events. In the women’s heats, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson could be back in action, joined by multiple global 400m gold medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo. In the men’s event we could see 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton, the world U20 record-holder who has been declared the new Usain Bolt. But he will have to take on the third-fastest of all time, Noah Lyles, who is the defending champion.

 

If they decide to double up, the women’s 5000m heats could see the return of Sifan Hassan, Gudaf Tsegay,  and Beatrice Chebet as well.

 

In the women’s javelin, the two young Europeans Adriana Vilagos of Serbia and Elina Tzengko from Greece could make another step towards becoming star athletes.

 

In the women’s 800m, three amazing talents will hope to take to the track. Athing Mu, Keely Hodgkinson and Mary Moraa will all be looking for an easy first round.

 

Leading athletes: 

 

Women’s 800m heats:

Athing Mu, Olympic and world champion • Keely Hodgkinson, European champion, world and Olympic silver medallist • Mary Moraa, world bronze medallist

 

Men’s pole vault qualification:

Mondo Duplantis, world record-holder, Olympic and world champion, two-time European champion • Chris Nilsen, world and Olympic silver medallist

 

Women’s javelin qualification: 

Kelsey-Lee Barber, two-time world champion • Liu Shiying, Olympic champion • Elina Tzengko, European champion • Adriana Vilagos, European silver medallist, two-time world U20 champion

 

Women’s 5000m heats: 

Sifan Hassan, Olympic and European champion • Gudaf Tsegay, world champion • Beatrice Chebet, world silver medallist

 

Men’s long jump qualification: 

Miltiadis Tentoglou, Olympic champion, world indoor champion, two-time European champion • Simon Ehammer, world bronze medallist

 

Women's 200m heats:

Shericka Jackson, world champion • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, three-time Olympic champion, 10-time world champion • Elaine Thompson-Herah, five-time Olympic champion • Shaunae Miller-Uibo, world and two-time Olympic 400m champion, world 200m bronze medallist • Mujinga Kambundji, European champion • Dina Asher-Smith, 2019 world champion • Abby Steiner, two-time world relay champion • Christine Mboma, Olympic silver medallist, world U20 record-holder

 

Men's 200m heats:

Noah Lyles, three-time world champion • Kenny Bednarek, world and Olympic silver medallist • Erriyon Knighton, world bronze medallist • Andre De Grasse, Olympic champion

 

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