Cuba Placed 12th in World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Cuba ranked 12th in the medal table, tied with Bahrain and Sweden, in the 2019 World Athletics Championships concluded on Sunday in Doha, Qatar, where the Caribbean island accumulated one medal of each color.

Cuba’s medalists were Yaime Perez and Denia Caballero, who made the one-two in the women’s discus throw event, and Juan Miguel Echavarria, who finished third in the men’s long jump.

The United States topped the medal table with 14 gold, 11 silver and 4 bronze medals, followed by Kenya (5-2-4), Jamaica (3-5-4), China (3-3-3), Ethiopia (2-5-1), UK (2-3-0), Germany (2-0-4), Japan (2-0-1), while Holland and Uganda (2-0-0) completed the top ten.

In the points classification, Cuba also appeared 12th with 30 units, performance to which also contributed triple jumper Cristian Napoles and high jumper Luis Enrique Zayas as they both ranked fifth.

The other athlete who provided points to the Cuban cause was the young man Jordan Diaz, world U17 and U18 champion and Youth Olympic monarch, who debuted at 18 in this major senior tournament and finished eighth place in the men’s triple jump.

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR INTERNATIONAL FAIR PLAY AWARD

Following the conclusion of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, four moments have been shortlisted for the International Fair Play award.

Members of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) and the IAAF formed a jury to decide on the shortlist. This week fans can cast their votes for the shortlisted moment that they feel best exemplifies fair play. These votes will be combined with the votes from the jury to determine three finalists for the Fair Play Award. The winner will be revealed at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on 23 November.

SHORTLIST

1 Armand Duplantis, Piotr Lisek and Sam Kendricks

The pole vault medallists showed great camaraderie and respect for one another throughout the competition and during their celebrations.

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Fair Play Award nominee:@mondohoss600, @samkendricks and @LisekPiotr for their heartwarming camaraderie?

Retweet to vote for Sam, Armand and Piotr, competition closes Sunday 13th of October.

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2 Sandi Morris

Despite missing out on the gold medal, the first thing the US pole vaulter did was congratulate the winner, Anzhelika Sidorova, showing genuine delight in her success.

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Fair Play Award nominee: @sandicheekspv, despite losing out on pole vault gold the first thing she did was congratulate winner Anzhelika Sidorova?

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3 Dina Asher-Smith

In two separate races during the championships, the British sprinter went back to help injured competitors.

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Fair Play Award nominee:@dinaashersmith for her support of her competitors post race?

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4 Braima Suncar Dabo

On the final lap of his 5000m heat, the runner from Guinea Bissau helped carry fellow runner Jonathan Busby to the finish line when he was on the brink of collapsing.

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Fair Play Award nominee:

Braima Suncar Dabó for his incredible display of sportsmanship towards Jonathan Busby?

Retweet to vote for Braima, competition closes Sunday 13th of October.

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To vote, head to the respective posts on twitter and retweet your favourite moment.

The CIFP was established more than 50 years ago to promote the principles of fair play in sport – fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality and sport without doping. It honours those who respect the written and unwritten rules of sport, which include integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, and who set an example for others, on and off the field.

At the IAAF World Championships alone, eight awards have been handed out since 2003. Spanish high jumper Ruth Beitia, who consoled Italy’s Alessia Trost after she failed to qualify for the high jump final at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the end of a difficult year, was the latest recipient of an award.

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New stars emerge at IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Some of the biggest names in the sport have cemented their legendary status by adding to their career medal haul at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

But along with the established stars, several new names have emerged over the first five days of competition at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Having dominated the event on the international circuit over the past two years, USA’s Noah Lyles became the youngest ever winner of the men’s 200m at the World Championships, earning his maiden senior global title on Tuesday with a 19.83 run.

“Don't say I'm the new Bolt,” said Lyles. “I'm me. If you like me, I'll happily entertain you. It's my time.”

Earlier that evening, Lyles’ teammate and fellow 22-year-old Donavan Brazier broke the championship and North American records to win the 800m in 1:42.34.

“I've said all season that my goal was to get the gold here and to break this record, and that's what I did,” said Brazier, who had a winning margin of 1.13. “It means the world to me. To be world champion at 22 years old, I can't believe it.”

The women’s 800m had a surprise winner in the form of Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi. The 24-year-old produced the performance of her life to pass the pre-race favourites on the home straight, winning in 1:58.04. Compatriot Winnie Nanyondo, the fourth-place finisher, joined Nakaayi on a lap of honour, stopping every now and again to perform a celebratory dance.

“They will be very happy back home in Uganda, especially in the central part,” said Nakaayi. “They are dancing now. It is a historic day.”

Nakaayi’s gold medal was as much of a surprise as Tajay Gayle’s victory in the men’s long jump. The Jamaican had only just scraped through the first round as the 12th and last qualifier, but he dominated the final to win with 8.69m.

In the women’s throws, USA’s DeAnna Price and Australia’s Kelsey-Lee Barber won maiden global titles, Price winning the hammer with 77.54m and Barber launching a last-round effort of 66.56m to take the javelin.

Other medallists have emerged as a future force, too. Ethiopia’s 5000m silver medallist Selemon Barega and Ukraine’s high jump runner-up Yaroslava Mahuchikh became the first athletes born this century to win senior global medals.

“There's a really big difference between junior and senior global competitions,” observed Mahuchikh, who set a world U20 record of 2.04m. “I have competed with these girls all season, but to jump with them at the World Championships is a very special feeling.”

It’s not just the athletes breaking new ground; certain nations – such as Burkina Faso and The Gambia – have made it on to the medals and placings table for the first time in World Championships history. Already, with fewer than half of the finals having been contested, 28 nations have made it on to the medals table and 52 teams have had athletes achieve a top-eight finish.

The likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Christian Taylor may have achieved all-time great status here in Doha, but with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games just 10 months way, there appears to be many up-and-coming athletes also on the brink of super stardom.

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Report: men's pole vault - IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Another night, another mammoth jumps showdown.

This time it was the men’s pole vault where Sam Kendricks became just the second man to successfully defend a world title in the event after a captivating battle with teenaged sensation Armand Duplantis.

The pair cleared 5.97m before topping out at 6.02m after a riveting jump-for-jump battle, with Kendricks winning the second US title of the night, just minutes after Donavan Brazier’s national and championships record run in the 800m, on countback.

“I am elated, stunned and excited, all at the same time. It’s almost hard to take it in,” said Kendricks, who illustrated yet again how well he competes when the pressure is on. “To have three men over six metres all going for it --the Titans of the event this year-- made it such a memorable night. We weren’t dueling as enemies but as rivals and friends.”

Indeed, three men who had topped six metres or better this season --Kendricks 6.06m, Piotr Lisek 6.02m and Duplantis 6.00m-- were all in the field, promising and evening ripe for drama. And the sport's greatest acrobats delivered.

5.70m, the second height of the competition, reduced the field to eight, but only the big three successfully negotiated 5.80m to secure the medals early. Then the war began.

After each missed on their first attempts at 5.87m, Duplantis was the first to sail over with a massive clearance. Lisek quickly followed suit. After two modest attempts, Kendricks finally cleared on his third but found himself trailing in bronze medal position.

But as he's often done, the defending champion bounced back with a solid first attempt clearance at 5.92m after misses by Duplantis and Lisek, to retake the lead. Duplantis fell shy again on his second attempt, descending too close to the bar. Lisek chose to pass to the next height but Duplantis tried again, this time sailing well clear to move into second.

Duplantis's first go at 5.97m produced the height, but he hit the bar on his descent. Lisek, with just two attempts left, was even closer, but he too pounded the bar on his way back to earth. Meanwhile, Kendricks' maiden attempt was the farthest off the mark as he knocked it off the pegs on his ascent.

Duplantis, who let his frustration show after his first miss, showed even more of it after his second. Lisek followed but he too was out of steam, again knocking the bar off on his way down, forced to finish with bronze.

Next up, Kendricks with his second attempt, one that wasn’t especially close, directing the spotlight back on Duplantis who once again put his youthful cool on display with his best jump of the night, nudging the bar on his way down but watching it stay on as he landed.

But Kendricks immediately responded in kind, producing his best vault of the championships with a clean clearance to hold on to the lead and as it turned out, seal the win. He let out a roar as he landed, with the vociferous crowd roaring their approval in return.

6.02m proved a bar too high, thus ending the young Swede’s quest to become just the second teenager to win the world title. The youngest ever? An unknown Ukrainian by the name of Sergey Bubka, who was about three-and-a-half months shy of his 20th birthday when he took the title at the 1987 edition. He went on to win the next five. Duplantis will be around, and either approaching his peak or at it, for at least that many more.

Countback at 5.70 determined the next four spots.

German Bo Kanda Lita Baehre was fourth, Olympic champion Thiago Braz fifth, with 2013 champion Raphael Holzdeppe sixth and Frenchman Valentin Lavillenie tied in sixth.

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Report: women's pole vault - IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

With a clutch third attempt clearance at 4.95m, Anzhelika Sidorova prevailed in a titanic battle over Sandi Morris to claim gold in the women's pole vault.

On a quest to secure their first major outdoor titles, Sidorova and Morris were on fire, producing perfect score cards through 4.90m, a height that only the pair managed to conquer in a competition that will be remembered as the deepest in World Championships history.

“I knew that we had to jump 4.90 to reach the podium, but it turned out we needed to go to 4.95m,” said the authorised neutral athlete, who jumped to silver at the 2014 and 2018 editions of the World Indoor Championships. “I felt confident at every height. I just focused on clearing each height on my first attempt because that was the only chance to win.”

“My first thought today, if nothing else, was just to have fun, go out and enjoy it, and I did, and that showed in the way I jumped,” said Morris, who jumped to silver medal performances at the 2016 Olympic Games and 2017 World Championships before taking world indoor gold last year. “I knew it was going to be between me and Sidorova.”

A record 17 athletes advanced to the final after topping the automatic qualifying height of 4.60m in Friday's qualification round. Illustrating the quality of the field, an opening height of 4.50m, the highest ever start at the World Championships, did nothing to winnow the field; 4.70m, the next height, eliminated just four.

But only six remained after 4.80m, where the casualties included 2015 world champion Yarisley Silva, 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr and 2017 bronze medallist Robeilys Peinado.

The medallists were decided at 4.85m. Morris and Sidorova moved on after their fourth straight clearances of the night while Katerina Stefanidi, the defending champion, sailed clear on her second. Meanwhile, Canada's Alysha Newman and Swede Angelica Bengtsson bowed out to finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Bengtsson was pleased; her third attempt clearance at 4.80m added four centimetres to her national record - after she broke a pole.

“This is the first time it has happened in my career, and I am very happy it happened,” Bengtsson said, “because I always wanted to break a pole.”

After a first miss at 4.90m, Stefanidi had the bar raised to a would-be lifetime best of 4.95m. Her first try wasn’t especially close. Neither was her second, forcing the Greek Olympic champion to settle for bronze.

Morris was up next, produced plenty of height but hit the bar on the way down. Sidorova’s jump was eerily similar. Morris produced a near identical jump on the second time of asking while Sidorova came up well short, sailing under the bar. Morris then dug deep and came tatalisingly close with her third, but brushed it with her arm on the way down.

Conversely, Sidorova’s jump was clean to mark her second career best of the night, to finally clinch global gold. Emotionally spent, she burst into tears and called it a night.

“A few weeks ago I cried when I lost the Diamond League final,” Sidorova said. “Now I’m glad I was beaten there. It made me angrier, stronger and much more focused on the main season’s goal.”

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Jamaican Gayle upsets Echevarria to take long jump gold

Tajay Gayle became the first Jamaican man to ever win a world title in a field event, upsetting favourite Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba to grab gold in the long jump at the world athletics championships on Saturday with the biggest leap of the season.

The 23-year-old sped down the runway at high speed, leaping into the air to claim a distance of 8.69 metres on his fourth attempt, recording a personal best and beating his Cuban rival's 8.65m season best.

Jeff Henderson of the United States, the 2016 Olympic champion, finished second with a jump of 8.39m, his longest effort of the year.

 Echevarria made a slow start and could not replicate his best form of 2019, taking bronze with a jump of 8.34m on his third attempt.

"I know I could have been better, but I'm happy I made it to the podium at an international competition," the 21-year-old said.

South Africa's Luvo Manyonga, the defending world champion, finished fourth with 8.28m.

 Elsewhere, Sifan Hassan displayed her remarkable versatility by producing a stunning final lap to win the women's 10,000 metres, an event she ran for the first time only in May.

The Dutchwoman overtook Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey just before the bell and powered away over the final lap to win in a season's best time of 30 minutes 17.63 seconds and claim the first world or Olympic title of her career.

Gidey, who also started to run 10,000 metres this year, was second and Kenya's Agnes Tirop third.

 DeAnna Price won the women's hammer to become the first US athlete to claim the title.

Price, who led qualifying with 73.77 metres, threw 77.54 metres with her third attempt as she took advantage of the absence of four-times world champion Anita Wlodarczyk who was sidelined with injury.

The 26-year-old, who celebrated in front of fans with an American flag draped around her shoulders, had emerged as favourite after setting the season's best and North American record of 78.24 metres to win the U.S. title in late July.

Joana Fiodorow was second with a personal best of 76.35 and China's Wang Zheng took bronze with 74.76.

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Guinea-Bissau runner makes a name at IAAF World Championships with selfless assistance of stricken opponent

With all three of the big names in the men’s 400 metres hurdles winning their opening heats, the main focus on the opening day of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships here fell upon the opening heat of the men’s 5,000m, which saw Guinea-Bissau’s Braima Suncar Dabo stop running to assist a stricken opponent, 33-year-old Jonathan Busby of Aruba, in finishing.

The latter, twice-lapped, struggled badly as he entered the back straight for the final time, despite the fact that air conditioning had drastically lowered the temperature within the arena.

When Dabo, who had also been twice-lapped,  reached him, he stopped running and helped his opponent to his feet before supporting him around the final 200m in an affecting scenario that brought to mind other selfless acts on the track down the years.

The clearest parallel was when Britain’s Derek Redmond was helped home by his father Jim over the final part of his 400m semi-final at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona after he had stuttered to an agonised halt in the back straight with a hamstring injury.

But the incident also recalled to mind the way in which two women taking part in another 5,000m heat, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, made headlines around the world in similar circumstances.

With 2,000m left to go, New Zealand athlete Nikki Hamblin tripped and fell, accidentally tripping up Abbey D’Agostino of the United States.

The American soon got up and instead of running helped Hamblin before faltering on a clearly injured foot.

D’Agostino later fell down again and so Hamblin helped her up and the two began to run the race together before embracing at the finish line.

The selfless display in the men's 5000m heats today called to mind a similar incident at the 1992 Barcelona Games when Britain's injured 400m runner Derek Redmond was helped home by his father, Jim ©Getty Images
The selfless display in the men's 5000m heats today called to mind a similar incident at the 1992 Barcelona Games when Britain's injured 400m runner Derek Redmond was helped home by his father, Jim ©Getty Images

"My main goal here was to represent my country and improve my personal best," said the 26-year-old Dabo, who studies and trains in Portugal.

"When I realised I could not achieve my goal it made no sense to me to overtake him.

"We could both finish the race and represent our respective countries.

"I did not pay attention to the reaction from the crowd.

"I just focused on helping him cross the finish line."

Despite his actions, Dabo, who had also been lapped, still finished with a personal best of 18min 10.87sec in a race won in ominously easy fashion by Ethiopia’s 19-year-old world indoor silver medallist Selemon Barega in 13:24.69.

Barega’s contemporary, Norway’s European champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, punched the air in satisfaction after coming through to take one of the five automatic qualifying places for the final.

The European 1500 and 5,000m champion’s satisfaction was short-lived as he was disqualified for stepping onto the infield earlier in the race, but he was reinstated on appeal.

He thus joins his elder brothers, Henrik and Jakob, who both preceded him European 1500m champion and who both followed him in qualifying from heat two.

Qatar's Abderrahman Samba was in good form in the opening round of the 400m hurdles on his return to the event following an injury lay-off as he clocked the fastest time ©Getty Images
Qatar's Abderrahman Samba was in good form in the opening round of the 400m hurdles on his return to the event following an injury lay-off as he clocked the fastest time ©Getty Images

Despite his long lay-off from hurdling, home athlete Abderrahman Samba - whose 2018 time of 46.98sec is now only the equal third fastest time ever - finished as fastest qualifier in the 400m hurdles in 49.08.

Norway’s defending champion Karsten Warholm, winner of this season’s IAAF Diamond League title in 46.92, the fastest ever run behind the world record of 46.78 set by Kevin Young of the United States in winning the 1992 Olympic title, was third fastest on the night, winning his opening heat in 49.27.

Young’s compatriot Rai Benjamin, who followed Warholm home the Diamond League final in 46.98, won his heat in 49.62.

Defending triple jump champion Christian Taylor required one effort to qualify for the final on Sunday (September 29) with an effort of 16.99 metres that was third furthest on the night behind the 17.38m of Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo and the 17.17m reached by Burundi’s Hugues Zango.

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World Championships Doha 2019 predictions – women’s events

Steve Smythe highlights who could claim the top eight spots in each of the women’s events over the next 10 days

Here are our women’s event predictions for the IAAF World Championships in Doha. Generally, we have gone with the rankings and form book and if a Briton is ranked 20th, we won’t predict a medal even if we have a sneaking suspicion that she might do much better than the rankings suggest.

We list a possible top eight and what we think the winning mark might be.

Click here for our men’s event predictions.

Whether you agree or disagree with our predictions, get vocal on Twitter and Facebook and let us know! Make sure you check out the September 26 edition of AW magazine for our full guide to the action, including rankings, news, interviews, facts, stats and more. A digital edition is available to buy and download here.

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100m

Defending champion: Tori Bowie (USA) 10.85
Olympic champion: Elaine Thompson (JAM) 10.71
The last two Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson are joint top in the rankings with 10.73 and should battle out for the gold medal. The battle for bronze should see European champion Dina Asher-Smith to the fore.
Prediction: 1 E Thompson (JAM); 2 S Fraser-Pryce (JAM); 3 Asher-Smith (GBR); 4 M Ta Lou (CIV); 5 T Bowie (USA); 6 M Kambundji (SUI); 7 D Schippers (NED); 8 T Daniels (USA). Winning mark: 10.75

200m

Defending champion: Dafne Schippers (NED) 22.05
Olympic champion: Elaine Thompson (JAM) 21.78
If she can replicate her 2015 or 2016 form then Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is the favourite but based on 2019 form, and the absence of Shaunae Miller-Uibo, then Asher-Smith looks to hold the edge. Blessing Okagbare would be a factor on her 22.05 Stanford form but the double world champion Dafne Schippers looks well short of her 2015 and 2017 form.
Prediction: 1 E Thompson (JAM); 2 D Asher-Smith (GBR); 3 A Annelus (USA); 4 M Kambundji (SUI); 5 D Schippers (NED); 6 B Okagbare (NGR); 7 A Fraser-Pryce (JAM); 8 M Ta Lou (CIV). Winning mark: 21.90

400m

Defending champion: Phyllis Francis (USA) 49.92
Olympic champion: Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH) 49.44
Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo would be a huge favourite at 200m if the programme allowed it but she is even more clear cut at 400m though she will be keen to make up for her inexplicable fourth at London. Salwa Eid Nasser is an equally obvious second. Shericka Jackson should match her Olympic third and shock 2017 winner Phyllis Francis does not look a likely medallist this time.
Prediction: 1 S Miller-Uibo (BAH); 2 S Eid Nasser (BRN); 3 S Jackson (JAM); 4 S Wimbley (USA); 5 S McPherson (JAM); 6 P Francis (USA); 7 K Ellis (USA); 8 W Jonathas (USA). Winning mark: 48.65

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800m

Defending champion: Caster Semenya (RSA) 1:55.16
Olympic champion: Caster Semenya (RSA) 1:55.28
With world no.1 Caster Semenya absent there will be a new champion and 2017 bronze medallist Ajee’ Wilson is a clear favourite. The other medals look open but there could be an US clean sweep with Americans Hanna Green and Raevyn Rogers also in good form. 2013 champion Eunice Sum could be close to a medal again as could the three British runners.
Prediction: 1 A Wilson (USA); 2 H Green (USA); 3 N Goule (JAM); 4 E Sum (KEN); 5 L Sharp (GBR); 6 R Rogers (USA); 7 S Oskan-Clarke (GBR); 8 C Bisset (AUS) Winning mark: 1:56.65

1500m

Defending champion: Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 4:02.59
Olympic champion: Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 4:08.92
Should she run this instead of the 5000m, then world mile record-holder Sifan Hassan would be favourite but defending world and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon has the best competitive record. European champion Laura Muir would have a good chance of being their equal if she was fully fit but she has not raced for 10 weeks and since her London victory.
Prediction: 1 F Kipyegon (KEN); 2 S Hassan (NED); 3 G Tsegay (ETH); 4 L Muir (GBR); 5 S Houlihan (USA); 6 J Simpson (USA); 7 R Arrafi (MAR); 8 W Chebet (KEN). Winning mark: 4:08.98

5000m

Defending champion: Hellen Obiri (KEN) 14:34.86
Olympic champion: Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 14:26.17
Sifan Hassan might run this and if she does, again a Kenyan will probably give her biggest challenge. Defending champion Hellen Obiri stands in her way and has experience of outkicking the Dutch athlete, though might have the 10,000m in her legs for the first time. Konstanze Klosterhalfen is also entered for both and would appear to have a much better chance in this event.
Prediction: 1 H Obiri (KEN); 2 K Klosterhalfen (GER); 3 L Gidey (ETH); 4 M Kipkemboi (KEN); 5 H Feysa (ETH); 6 L Weightman (GBR); 7 E McColgan (GBR): 8 T Worku (ETH). Winning mark: 14:48.65

10,000m

Defending champion: Almaz Ayana (ETH) 30:16.32
Olympic champion: Almaz Ayana (ETH) 29:17.45
While she is only ranked ninth of those entered and it’s only her third best event, Sifan Hassan is almost certain to run her first major 25-lap race and her biggest danger could be another big race debutante, Hellen Obiri. The Ethiopian trio Letesenbet Gidey, Netsanet Gudeta and Senbere Teferi top the world rankings though and could follow the two bigger names home.
Prediction: 1 S Hassan (NED); 2 H Obiri (KEN); 3 L Gidey (ETH); 4 S Teferi (ETH); 5 N Gudeta (ETH); 6 M Huddle (USA); 7 R Wanjiru (KEN); 8 A Tirop (KEN). Winning mark: 31:06.54

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Marathon

Defending champion: Rose Chelimo (BRN) 2:27:11
Olympic champion: Jemima Sumgong (KEN) 2:24:04
The third fastest marathoner in history Ruth Chepngetich can also boast fast times at half-marathon and is the obvious favourite though the heat may be of a factor than form. Israel’s European 10,000m champion Lonah Salpeter and Ethiopian Ruth Aga look likely medallists. It looks unlikely that Edna Kiplagat, who is chasing her fifth successive medal, or defending champion Rose Chelimo will be at their best.
Prediction: 1 R Chepngetich (KEN); 2 L Salpeter (ISR); 3 R Aga (ETH); 4 S Demise (ETH); 5 R Dereje (ETH); 6 O Mazuronak (BLR); 7 S Eshaye (BRN); 8 E Kiplagat (KEN). Winning mark: 2:30:45

3000m steeplechase

Defending champion: Emma Coburn (USA) 9:02.58
Olympic champion: Ruth Jebet (BRN) 8:59.75
World record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech was only fourth in the last two global championships but she has looked a class apart the last two seasons. There should be a close race for second with the two past champions Hyvin Jepkemoi and Emma Coburn and world junior champion Celiphine Chespol and European champion Gesa-Felicitas Krause all in with a shout.
Prediction: 1 B Chepkoech (KEN); 2 E Coburn (USA); 3 G Krause (GER); 4 H Jepkemoi (KEN); 5 C Chespol (KEN); 6 C Frerichs (USA); 7 W Yavi (BRN); 8 C Quigley (USA). Winning mark: 8:55.55

100m hurdles

Defending champion: Sally Pearson (AUS) 12.59
Olympic champion: Brianna McNeal (USA) 12.48
The 2015 world champion Danielle Williams is at a much higher level than she was four years ago and is a clear favourite. World record-holder Kendra Harrison and fellow Americans Nia Ali and Brianna McNeal should be her nearest challengers.
Prediction: 1 D Williams (USA); 2 K Harrison (USA); 3 N Ali (USA); 4 B McNeal (USA); 5 J Brown (JAM); 6 T Amusan NGR); 7 E German (BLR); 8 C Roleder (GER). Winning mark: 12.31

400m hurdles

Defending champion: Kori Carter (USA) 53.07
Olympic champion: Dalilah Muhammad (USA) 53.13
The Olympic champion and world record-holder Dalilah Muhammad might have a hard battle against the multi-talented world junior record-holder Sydney McLaughlin, who is expected to eventually inherit the record. Olympic bronze medallist Ashley Spencer looks a clear third on form and it should be a US sweep of the medals though defending champion Kori Carter is unlikely to be a factor.
Prediction: 1 Sydney McLaughlin (USA); 2 Dalilah Muhammad (USA); A Spencer (USA); 4 Z Hejnova (CZE); 5 R Clayton (JAM); 6 L Sprunger (SUI); 7 S Carter (USA); 8 A Ryzhykova (UKR). Winning mark: 52.40

High jump

Defending champion: Mariya Lasitskene (RUS) 2.03m
Olympic champion: Ruth Beitia (ESP) 1.97m
Though she suffered a rare loss in The Match, Mariya Lasitskene has a huge advantage over her competitors and should comfortably defend her title. Her conqueror in Minsk, Yulia Levchenko, could match her 2017 second. The other three 2.00m jumpers this year – Vashti Cunningham, Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Karina Demidik – could dispute the bronze.
Prediction: 1 M Lasitskene (ANA); 2 Y Levchenko (UKR); 3 V Cunningham (USA); 4 K Demidik (BLR); 5 Y Mahuchikh (UKR); 6 A Palsyte (LTU); 7 M Demireva (BUL); 8 I Herashchenko (UKR). Winning mark: 2.03m

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Pole vault

Defending champion: Katerina Stefanidi (GRE) 4.91m
Olympic champion: Katerina Stefanidi (GRE) 4.85m
World and European champion Katerina Stefanidi has not been as dominant in 2019 but has the best competitive record by far.
Jenn Suhr, Anzhelika Sidorova and Sandi Morris are the athletes in form, however. Katie Nageotte, Alysha Newman and Holly Bradshaw are other possible medallists.
Prediction: 1 A Sidorova (ANA); 2 S Morris (USA); 3 E Stefanidi (GRE); 4 J Suhr (USA); 5 A Newman (CAN); 6 H Bradshaw (GBR); 7 Y Silva (CUB); 8 K Nageotte (USA). Winning mark: 4.80m

Long jump

Defending champion: Brittney Reese (USA) 7.02m
Olympic champion: Tianna Bartoletti (USA) 7.17m
European champion Malaika Mihambo stands out as the clear favourite. Defending champion Brittney Reese is a great competitor and could be her biggest challenger.
Prediction: 1 M Mihambo (GER); 2 B Reese (USA); 3 A Mironchik-Ivanova (BLR); 4 E Brume (NGR); 5 C Ibarguen (COL); 6 A Rotaru (ROM); 7 M Bekh-Romanchuk (UKR). Winning mark: 7.45m

Triple jump

Defending champion: Yulimar Rojas (VEN) 14.91m
Olympic champion: Caterine Ibarguen (COL) 15.17m
Defending champion Yulimar Rojas, a possible world record-setter, is favourite but will have to see off the challenge of three-time global winner Caterine Ibarguen, with Shanieka Ricketts also a medal threat.
Prediction: 1 Y Rojas (VEN); 2 C Ibarguen (COL); 3 S Ricketts (JAM); 4 K Orji (USA); 5 L Povea (CUB); 6 K Williams (JAM); 7 O Saladukha (UKR); 8 A Peleteiro (ESP). Winning mark: 15.50m

Shot

Defending champion: Gong Lijiao (CHN) 19.94m
Olympic champion: Michelle Carter (USA) 20.63m
Gong Lijiao is the only 20-metre thrower this year and the defending champion chases her ninth successive top four slot in a global outdoor championship since 2008. The 2015 champion Christina Schwanitz and American Chase Ealey could be her biggest opponents.
Prediction: 1 Gong Lijiao (CHN); 2 C Schanwitz (GER); 3 C Ealey (USA); 4 D Thomas-Dodd (JAM); 5 M Carter (USA); 6 F Roos (SWE); 7 P Guba (POL); 8 A Marton (HUN). Winning mark: 19.98m

Discus

Defending champion: Sandra Perkovic (CRO) 70.31m
Olympic champion: Sandra Perkovic (CRO) 69.21m
Sandra Perkovic is trying to win her eighth global title though so far in 2019 has struggled against the Cuban pair of Yaime Perez and Denia Caballero. These three look way ahead of the rest.
Prediction: 1 S Perkovic (CRO); 2 D Caballero (CUB); 3 Y Perez (CUB); 4 Feng Bin (CHN); 5 V Allman (USA); 6 C Vita (GER); 7 Chen Yang (CHN); 8 N Muller (GER). Winning mark: 69.84m

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Hammer

Defending champion: Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) 77.90m
Olympic champion: Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) 76.63m
With the defending champion absent, this looks more open than normal. The Americans dominate the rankings with the top three placings but the trio do not have a top eight global place between them. The other medallists from London, Wang Zheng and Malwina Kopron, could also be a factor
Prediction: 1 D Price (USA); 2 Wang Zheng (CHN); 3 G Berry (USA); 4 M Kopron (POL); 5 A Tavernier (FRA); 6 J Fiodorow (POL); 7 B Andersen (USA); 8 H Malyshik (BLR). Winning mark: 75.98m

Javelin

Defending champion: Barbora Spotakova (CZE) 66.76m
Olympic champion: Sara Kolak (CRO) 66.18m
China’s Lu Huihui goes for her third successive medal and has been the best so far in 2019 but there is little between her, Kelsey-Lee Barber, Tatyana Kholodovich and Nikola Ogrodnikova on their best marks. Olympic winner Sara Kolak and European champion Christin Hussong are other potential winners.
Prediction: 1 Lu Huihui (CHN); 2 S Kolak (CRO); 3 C Hussong (GER); 4 K Barber (AUS); 5 T Kholodovich (BLR); 6 N Ogrodnikova (CZE); 7 B Spotakova (CZE); 8 Liu Shiying (CHN). Winning mark: 68.20m

Heptathlon

Defending champion: Nafissatou Thiam (BEL) 6784
Olympic champion: Nafissatou Thiam (BEL) 6810
Only six points cover the top two in the rankings but Olympic and defending champion Nafissatou Thiam should have a huge advantage in the throws and will benefit from her improved long jump which saw her win in London in the individual event. Katarina Johnson-Thompson has the ability to beat Thiam if not at her best and should be a clear second if she competes to form and makes no glaring errors. American Erica Bougard should improve on her lowly 18th in 2017.
Prediction: 1 N Thiam (BEL); 2 K Johnson-Thompson (GBR); 3 E Bougard (USA); 4 K Williams (USA); 5 A Vetter (NED); 6 X Krizsan (HUN); 7 V Preiner (AUT); 8 I Dadic (AUT). Winning mark: 7018

20km walk

Defending champion: Yang Jiayu (CHN) 1:26:18
Olympic champion: Liu Hong (CHN) 1:38:35
Ecuador’s teenager Glenda Morejon tops the rankings but the Chinese, headed by the world and Olympic champions Yang Jiayu and Liu Hong, will start as favourites.
Prediction: 1 Liu Hong (CHN); 2 Yang Jiayu (CHN); 3 G Morejon (ECU); 4 Qieyang Shenjie (CHN); 5 A Palmisano (ITA); 6 Yang Liujing (CHN); 7 S Arenas (COL); 8 E de Sena (BRA). Winning mark: 1:28:50

50km walk

Defending champion: Ines Henriques (POR) 4:05:56
Defending and European champion Ines Henriques has a hard task to keep her winning run going in the new event, though the two fastest of 2019 are absent. The quickest remaining, Li Maocuo, has yet to win a major race but new European record-holder Elenora Giorgi looks a likely winner.
Prediction: 1 E Giorgi (ITA); 2 J Takacs (ESP); 3 I Henriques (POR); 4 Li Maocuo (CHN); 5 Ma Faying (CHN); 6 Liang Rui (CHN); 7 V Myronchuk (BLR); 8 P Perez (ECU). Winning mark: 4:10:23

4x100m

Defending champion: USA 41.82
Olympic champion: USA 41.01
USA are the reigning champions but Jamaica look to have the most firepower. Britain will certainly be a factor if Dina Asher-Smith is at her best still but it is Germany who easily top the world rankings but only been fourth or fifth in the last five global events.
Prediction: 1 JAM; 2 USA; 3 GER; 4 GBR; 5 CHN; 6 NED; 7 SUI; 8 FRA). Winning mark: 41.45

4x400m

Defending champion: USA 3:19.02
Olympic champion: USA 3:19.06
This again should be a straight shoot-out between Jamaica and USA with the Americans favourites. European champions Poland look a clear bet for third.
Prediction: 1 JAM; 2 USA; 3 Pol; 4 GBR; 5 CAN; 6 ITA; 7 FRA; 8 NGR). Winning mark: 3:19.45

Mixed 4x400m

This inaugural event is difficult to predict, with few countries having used their best athletes. It comes before the individual events and clashes with the 400m hurdles.
Prediction: 1 USA; 2 POL; 3 GER; 4 JAM; 5 GBR; 6 CAN; 7 UKR; 8 FRA. Winning mark: 3:12.45

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