The decathlon begins and it will bring a clash of the gladiators of athletics. Olympic champion Damian Warner was forced to withdraw midway through the last World Championships, where world record-holder Kevin Mayer won his second world gold medal after London in 2017. We should also keep an eye on Switzerland's Simon Ehammer. It could be a very interesting battle between them, extending over two days and four sessions.
Ukraine's high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh, one of the biggest stars of the morning, will also be in qualification action. She has competed throughout 2022 in the shadow of war and has achieved great success,s winning the European Championships and the World Indoor Championships, all at the age of 20. With a personal best of 2.06m, she could take another step towards the world record of 2.09m in Budapest. Among her challengers will be Australia’s Eleanor Patterson, who triumphedat the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.
Also looking to advance will be some of the world’s best javelin throwers, with Neeraj Chopra, Anderson Peters and Johannes Vetter among the athletes who could feature.
Damian Warner, Olympic champion, heptathlon world indoor champion • Simon Ehammer, heptathlon world indoor silver medallist • Kevin Mayer, world record-holder, two-time world champion
Men’s javelin qualification:
Neeraj Chopra, Olympic champion • Johannes Vetter, 2017 world champion • Anderson Peters, two-time world champion • Jakub Vadlejch, Olympic, world and European silver medallist
Women's high jump qualification:
Yaroslava Mahuchikh, European champion, world indoor champion • Eleanor Patterson, world champion • Elena Vallortigara, world bronze medallist • Nicola Olyslagers, Olympic silver medallist