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IAAF World Championships London 2017: Who, what and when?

IAAF World Championships London 2017: Who, what and when?

A day-by-day guide to the action in London

A packed programme is set for the IAAF World Championships from August 4-13 as the top athletes from around the globe go for gold in the London Stadium.

Here we take a day-by-day look through the London 2017 schedule and highlight some ones to watch. Times stated are local (BST) and were correct at the time of publication.

Make sure you check out the August 3 edition of AW magazine for event-by-event previews, interviews, news, a form guide and more. Our dedicated online London 2017 section can be found here.

Day one – Friday August 4

19:00 – Men’s 100m preliminary round
19:20 – Men’s discus qualifying
19:30 – Men’s long jump qualifying
19:35 – Women’s 1500m heats
19:45 – Women’s pole vault qualifying
20:20 – Men’s 100m heats
20:45 – Men’s discus qualifying
21:20 – Men’s 10,000m final

This is set to be the last major championships for athletics superstars Usain Bolt and Mo Farah and both are in action on the first evening – Bolt in the 100m heats along with Britain’s James Dasaolu, Reece Prescod and CJ Ujah, plus Farah in the 10,000m final. Laura Muir starts her campaign towards a 1500m and 5000m double with the first round of the shorter event and she’s joined by Laura Weightman, Jessica Judd and Sarah McDonald. British record-holder Holly Bradshaw is among those in pole vault qualifying.

Day two – Saturday August 5

10:00 – Men’s shot put qualifying
10:05 – Heptathlon 100m hurdles
10:35 – Women’s hammer qualifying
10:45 – Men’s 400m heats
11:00 – Women’s triple jump qualifying
11:30 – Heptathlon high jump
11:45 – Women’s 100m heats
12:05 – Women’s hammer qualifying
12:45 – Men’s 800m heats

Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Nafissatou Thiam take to the track for the start of the heptathlon. World record-holder Wayde van Niekerk goes in the first round of the 400m as he starts his journey towards a 200m and 400m double, with Britain’s Dwayne Cowan, Matthew Hudson-Smith and Martyn Rooney in action. The women’s 100m heats will see Elaine Thompson, Desiree Henry, Daryll Neita and Asha Philip compete.

19:00 – Heptathlon shot put
19:05 – Men’s 100m semi-finals
19:26 – Men’s discus final
19:35 – Women’s 1500m semi-finals
20:05 – Men’s long jump final
20:10 – Women’s 10,000m final
21:00 – Heptathlon 200m
21:45 – Men’s 100m final

The heptathlon continues with the shot put and 200m, while British record-holder Laura Muir will be among those looking to advance to the 1500m final. The men’s long jump final, missing Greg Rutherford through injury, also takes place. The women’s 10,000m final will include Tirunesh Dibaba and Almaz Ayana, plus Britain’s Jess Martin, Beth Potter and Charlotte Taylor. Then, provided the earlier rounds have all gone to plan, Usain Bolt will line up for his last ever individual major championships final.

Day three – Sunday August 6

10:00 – Heptathlon long jump
10:05 – Men’s 3000m steeplechase heats
10:40 – Men’s pole vault qualifying
10:55 – Men’s marathon
11:05 – Men’s 400m hurdles heats
11:45 – Heptathlon javelin
11:55 – Women’s 400m heats
13:00 – Heptathlon javelin
13:15 – Men’s 110m hurdles heats
14:00 – Women’s marathon

The marathon events take place on the streets of the city, starting and finishing on Tower Bridge. Back in the London Stadium, the heptathlon resumes with the long jump and javelin, while GB has three representatives in the steeplechase in Rob Mullett, Zak Seddon and Ieuan Thomas.

19:00 – Women’s pole vault final
19:05 – Women’s javelin qualifying
19:10 – Women’s 100m semi-finals
19:40 – Men’s 400m semi-finals
20:10 – Men’s 110m hurdles semi-finals
20:30 – Women’s javelin qualifying
20:35 – Men’s shot put final
20:40 – Heptathlon 800m
21:15 – Men’s 800m semi-finals
21:50 – Women’s 100m final

After breaking the British outdoor pole vault record twice this season, Holly Bradshaw will hope to continue her fine form in the final. Athletes return for the second rounds of the men’s 400m, 110m hurdles and 800m, which will be missing Kenya’s world record-holder David Rudisha through injury. Can double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson continue her unbeaten run in the 100m final? After seven events, the heptathlon champion will be crowned and seeing the standard of the competition at the Hypo Meeting in Götzis it’s set to be a highlight.

Day four – Monday August 7

18:30 – Men’s 200m heats
18:35 – Men’s triple jump qualifying
19:00 – Women’s hammer final
19:30 – Women’s 400m hurdles heats
20:20 – Men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals
20:25 – Women’s triple jump final
20:55 – Women’s 400m semi-finals
21:30 – Men’s 110m hurdles final
21:50 – Women’s 1500m final

Can Aries Merritt mark an incredible return after a kidney transplant by adding the world 110m hurdles title to his Olympic gold from London in 2012? Britain’s Andrew Pozzi has the form to also make an impact should he progress to the final. Laura Muir will hope to make her presence felt in the first of what could be two world finals for the Scottish star as she likely faces Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon and world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba. After claiming Olympic hammer bronze in Rio last summer, Sophie Hitchon will look to further impress in front of a home crowd.

Day five – Tuesday August 8

19:20 – Women’s javelin final
19:30 – Women’s 200m heats
19:35 – Men’s pole vault final
20:35 – Women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals
20:40 – Women’s shot put qualifying
21:10 – Men’s 3000m steeplechase final
21:35 – Men’s 800m final
21:50 – Men’s 400m final

World record-holder Renaud Lavillenie has never won world pole vault gold but he claimed the Olympic title in London five years ago. The first round of the women’s 200m gets under way, with British record-holder Dina Asher-Smith joined by Shannon Hylton and Bianca Williams plus defending champion Dafne Schippers and USA’s Tori Bowie. David Rudisha is out injured and his fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Korir should start as favourite in the 800m final, while eyes will be on Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m final.

Day six – Wednesday August 9

19:05 – Women’s 3000m steeplechase heats
19:10 – Women’s long jump qualifying
19:20 – Men’s hammer qualifying
20:05 – Men’s 5000m heats
20:25 – Women’s shot put final
20:50 – Men’s hammer qualifying
20:55 – Men’s 200m semi-finals
21:33 – Men’s 400m hurdles final
21:50 – Women’s 400m final

After racing the 10,000m on Friday, Mo Farah will be back in action for the first round of the 5000m where he will be joined by team-mates Andrew Butchart and Marc Scott. Olympic champion Kerron Clement and rising star Kyron McMaster are set to go head-to-head in the 400m hurdles final, while the women’s 400m final is likely to see Allyson Felix battle with Shaunae Miller-Uibo for top spot. Valerie Adams is not competing as she is pregnant with her first child, but Michelle Carter is a favourite for shot put gold.

Day seven – Thursday August 10

18:30 – Women’s 5000m heats
19:05 – Men’s javelin qualifying
19:10 – Women’s high jump qualifying
19:25 – Women’s 800m heats
20:20 – Men’s triple jump final
20:25 – Men’s 1500m heats
20:35 – Men’s javelin qualifying
21:05 – Women’s 200m semi-finals
21:35 – Women’s 400m hurdles final
21:52 – Men’s 200m final

After contesting the 1500m, Laura Muir will be back on the track for the first round of the 5000m where she will be joined by fellow Brits Eilish McColgan and Steph Twell, plus Hellen Obiri, Genzebe Dibaba and Almaz Ayana. The standards in the men’s javelin are impressive right now and German duo Thomas Röhler and Johannes Vetter will get their campaigns under way with qualifying. Katarina Johnson-Thompson is entered for the high jump following the heptathlon and she would join Morgan Lake and Maria Lasitskene, who will be competing as a neutral athlete. Can USA’s Christian Taylor break Jonathan Edwards’ world record in the triple jump? After also racing the 1500m, Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya will be back in action as she takes on the first round in her favoured event. Eilidh Doyle is the GB team captain and will look to lead by example in the 400m hurdles final, while the 200m final will be without Usain Bolt as he concentrates on the shorter event, with Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Danny Talbot racing over the half-lap for GB and hopeful of a spot in the final.

Day eight – Friday August 11

10:00 – Decathlon 100m
10:10 – Women’s discus qualifying
10:45 – Women’s 100m hurdles heats
11:05 – Decathlon long jump
11:15 – Men’s high jump qualifying
11:35 – Women’s discus qualifying
12:55 – Decathlon shot put

Friday marks the start of 10 events in two days, with Kevin Mayer, Damian Warner and Britain’s Ashley Bryant among those in decathlon action. After missing last year’s Olympics, world record-holder Kendra Harrison will be looking to make an impact on the global stage and the first round of the 100m hurdles gets under way on day eight, with Alicia Barrett and Tiffany Porter racing for the host nation. Robbie Grabarz goes in high jump qualifying in the same stadium in which he claimed Olympic bronze.

17:00 – Decathlon high jump
19:05 – Women’s 100m hurdles semi-finals
19:10 – Women’s long jump final
19:35 – Women’s 800m semi-finals
20:10 – Men’s 1500m semi-finals
20:30 – Men’s hammer final
20:45 – Decathlon 400m
21:25 – Women’s 3000m steeplechase final
21:50 – Women’s 200m final

Shara Proctor, Jazmin Sawyers and Lorraine Ugen will be seeking success in front of home fans in the long jump final, while Dafne Schippers will hope to retain her 200m title.

Day nine – Saturday August 12

10:00 – Decathlon 110m hurdles
10:35 – Women’s 4x100m heats
10:55 – Men’s 4x100m heats
11:00 – Decathlon discus
11:20 – Women’s 4x400m heats
11:50 – Men’s 4x400m heats
12:20 – Decathlon discus
13:30 – Decathlon pole vault
14:15 – Decathlon pole vault

It’s a morning of decathlon and relay action as the 110m hurdles, discus and pole vault take place while teams battle for 4x100m and 4x400m finals places.

17:30 – Decathlon javelin
18:55 – Decathlon javelin
19:05 – Women’s high jump final
20:05 – Women’s 100m hurdles final
20:15 – Men’s javelin final
20:20 – Men’s 5000m final
20:45 – Decathlon 1500m
21:30 – Women’s 4x100m final
21:50 – Men’s 4x100m final

Usain Bolt and Mo Farah will both bid farewell to major championships track competition as they are set to race in the 4x100m and 5000m respectively. A new decathlon champion will be crowned following the retirement of world record-holder Ashton Eaton. Maria Lasitskene and Kendra Harrison will be looking to live up to their status as favourites in the high jump and 100m hurdles respectively.

Day 10 – Sunday August 13

07:45 – Men’s and women’s 50km race walks
12:20 – Women’s 20km race walk
14:20 – Men’s 20km race walk

A ‘Festival of Race Walks’ takes world championships action out to The Mall, with Britain’s Tom Bosworth among the athletes contesting the 20km event in the penultimate session of the championships.

19:00 – Men’s high jump final
19:10 – Women’s discus final
19:35 – Women’s 5000m final
20:10 – Women’s 800m final
20:30 – Men’s 1500m final
20:55 – Women’s 4x400m final
21:15 – Men’s 4x400m final

The final session of London 2017 is set to see Caster Semenya go for a third world 800m title, while Laura Muir will look to complete a successful 1500m and 5000m double. Kenyan domination is expected in the men’s 1500m final, with Ronald Kwemoi looking to be the favourite. Will the high jump final be a replay of the Rio Olympics, with Derek Drouin, Mutaz Essa Barshim and Bohdan Bondarenko battling it out? The championships comes to a close with the 4x400m relays.

» Check out the 96-page August 3 edition of AW magazine for an in-depth look ahead to the IAAF World Championships, including event-by-event previews, interviews, news, a form guide and more. Our dedicated online London 2017 section can be found here

» Fans in the UK can watch the action live on the BBC and British Eurosport. See this week’s AW magazine for more on TV coverage

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