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Well, here we are, the start for the athletics program of this multi-event championships and if some of the performances that have been produced at the swimming, cycling and rowing events are anything to go by, then the athletes are primed for some pretty special efforts themselves.
Today is what is being dubbed as “Q day” by the organizers – all the events are qualifying rounds with no finals – with proceedings being started off with the men’s hammer qualifying at 3:05PM GMT. Great Britain’s Commonwealth gold medalist Nick Miller and team mate Chris Bennett will aim to get into the final tomorrow, along with the world’s # 1 and 2 this year, Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki and Pawel Fajdek, who will all be looking to go beyond the 76m auto-qualifying distance.
The men’s and women’s 100m qualification round also starts today, which is for the runners who are outside the top 12 runners in Europe according to rank this season. That means there is only one British athlete to look out for today in this round – Daryll Neita who stated in the immediate aftermath of the UK championships that she was “tired of coming 2nd to Dina”. So what can we expect from her in Berlin? Perhaps a lowering of her lifetime best?
Other athlete’s of note in this re-qualifying heats are Ireland’s Phil Healy and Gina Akpa-Moses, Ukraine’s Stuy, Poland’s Ewa Swoboda and the Netherlands Naomi Sedney in the women’s and in the men’s event you have the likes of Churandy Martina, Julian Reus, Jan Volko, Alex Wilson and Rene Martin all looking to get into semi final rounds tomorrow.
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