Steve Smythe takes a detailed look ahead to the first day of action in London
From the men’s 100m preliminary round through to the men’s 10,000m final, here’s a detailed guide to the action on day one of the IAAF World Championships in London.
Want to know what else is coming up? Check out our day-by-day guide here and see the latest edition of AW magazine for full event-by-event previews.
Times stated are local (BST) and were correct at the time of publication.
19:00 – Men’s 100m preliminary round
There are four races for the less fast runners with the first three going through to the next round later in the evening.
Heat one should be a battle between Mark Odhiambo of Kenya, Brendan Rodney of Canada and Emmanuel Matadi of Liberia, who have all run 10.18 or faster this year.
Heat two should be contested between Turkey’s Enre Barnes and Antigua’s Chavaughn Walsh who are both 10.17 runners this year.
The third heat will be a battle between Slovakian Jan Volko and Barbados’ Mario Burke who have also run 10.17 or faster this year.
Barbados’ Ramon Gittens (10.16) and New Zealand’s Warren Fraser (10.18) will be to the fore in heat four. All Britons are running in the next round.
19:20 – Men’s discus qualifying, Group A
Athletes are chasing a 64.50m throw or need to make the top 12 to make the final.
World leader Daniel Stahl, world champion Piotr Malachowski, three-time champion Robert Harting and 2015 runner-up Philip Milanov look the most likeliest finalists. No Britons compete.
19:30 – Men’s long jump qualifying, Group A and B
A surprisingly soft 8.05m or top 12 place is required to make the final.
World leader Luvo Manyonga and his South African team-mate Ruswahl Samaai should have no problem with such a distance, while Americans Jarrion Lawson, Marquis Dendy and Olympic champion Jeff Henderson.
With defending champion Greg Rutherford injured, again there are no Britons in this event.
19:35 – Women’s 1500m heats
The first six in three heats go through to the semi-finals along with the six fastest losers.
The opening heat is headed by the entry of world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba but it also contains Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, sub-4 runner Winny Chebet of Kenya and European champion Angelika Cichocka.
Britain’s Jess Judd is only the 10th fastest in terms of PBs and will need to be at her best to make the next round but you can guarantee she will give everything. Ireland’s Ciara Mageean will also have to hope for a quick race to improve her qualifying chances.
Laura Muir goes in heat two and has a much easier task than Judd. World leader Sifan Hassan, former champion Jenny Simpson and Ethiopia’s 3:59.55 performer Gudaf Tsegay should join her in the next round.
Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon heads the entries in heat three. Others who look likely to join her are Ethiopian Besu Sado and Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen.
Double Olympic finalist Laura Weightman should be among the six automatic qualifiers too. There is a second Briton in the heat and though in her best-ever shape, Sarah McDonald will need to be at her very best to get through and may be reliant on the pace being fast to advance on time.
19:45 – Women’s pole vault qualifying
A testing height of 4.60m or a top 12 place is needed to make the final.
Britain’s Holly Bradshaw should comfortably be among the qualifiers.
Defending champion Yarisley Silva of Cuba, the three Olympic medallists Ekaterini Stefanidi, Sandi Morris and Eliza McCartney, 2012 champion Jenn Suhr and Russian Anzhelika Sidorova are the others most likely to join her.
20:20 – Men’s 100m heats
The draw won’t be made until after the preliminary round and the 14 qualifiers from there join the likes of Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin and the three Britons CJ Ujah, James Dasaolu and Reece Prescod.
20:45 – Men’s discus qualifying, Group B
Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres and Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius look the best in this group. The 2007 champion Gerd Kanter could make the top 12.
The sole British competitor Nick Percy would need a big PB to make the final or top 12 and it would be good for him just to get near his 62.91m season’s best.
21:20 – Men’s 10,000m final
Sir Mo Farah goes for his third successive world 10,000m title, his fourth successive medal, his 10th global medal and ninth global gold.
The athlete most likely to challenge him is 2015 runner-up Geoffrey Kamworor, who says he has significantly improved his finishing speed this year.
World leader Abadi Hadis of Ethiopia is probably the most likely other medallist.
Olympic runner-up Paul Tanui, fellow Kenyan Bedan Karoki and Ethiopians Jemal Yimer and Andamlak Belihu are other genuine medal contenders.
» To find out what else is coming up, check out our day-by-day guide here, while our medal predictions can be found here. See the latest edition of AW magazine for full event-by-event previews, interviews, news, a form guide and more