Following the fantastic success of the World Para-Athletics Championships in London this month, Great Britain’s athletes will be hoping they can now recreate some of this form with the World Athletics Championships getting underway at the London Stadium tonight. The event marks the last chance for fans to see of the most famous names in the sport perform before retirement.
Most notably, the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt will be calling time on his glittering career. The eight-time Olympic champion will be hoping to defend his 100m and 4X100mrelay as he bids farewell to the sport he has dominated since bursting onto the scene at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. However, as well as offering these legendary athletics icons the opportunity to perform one last time it also gives a platform to future stars.
Bolt is not running in the 200m event meaning that there is a chance for a new name to make their name. South African Wade Van Niekerk is the favourite going into this week’s heats. Initially, Bolt had intended to retire after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but was persuaded to make London his swansong.
As well as acting as the World Athletics Championships, due to the event being held at the same venues as the London Olympics back in 2012 it offers the chance to look back at this wonderful occasion.
Sir Mo Farah is another star who will be calling time following the Championship. His 5,00m and 10,000m gold medal wins in 2012 were two of the stand out moments. He then recreated this feat in 2016 and is hoping he can do the same at the World Athletics Championships. The 10,000m final is the headline race in tonight’s opening day as he hopes to bow out on a high.
Beyond Sir Mo, Britain will also be pinning hopes on Laura Muir as she vies for the 5,000m title. After breaking both the indoor record and Dame Kelly Holmes’ 1500m record last year she then suffered a devastating foot injury in June. Given just a 1% chance to even compete she has made a remarkable recovery and is amongst the favourites for the gold.
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