MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt goes in search of another major championship sprinter double when he takes on a strong field in the final of the men’s 200m at the IAAF World Championships on Day 8 on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
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The Jamaican world record holder, has already captured the 100m dash and will look to join his fellow countrywoman Shelly Ann Fraser as sprint double champion after the latter achieved the feat with victory in the women’s half-lap on Friday.
Bolt will have Olympic bronze medallist and Jamaican training partner Warren Weir for company, along with with American Curtis Mitchell and Great Britain’s Adam Gemili, who both broke the 20-seconds barrier on their way to setting personal bests in the semis.
Another Jamaican, Nickel Ashmeade, has also been running well this season and is expected to fight for a medal.
Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar start favorite to win the women’s 5000m, after countrywoman Tirunesh Dibaba, the 10,000m champion was only selected to run one event.
Young Kenyan runner Mercy Cherono, teammate Viola Kibiwot and Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia are all expected to challenge Defar for the gold medal.
Also on Saturday is the final of the women’s 4x400m relay, with United States, Great Britain and Russia the favorites for the medals, with Jamaica, who started the championships as medal contender getting disqualified in the semi-final heats.
Olympic champion Sally Pearson goes in semi-final three of the women’s 100m hurdles, with American champion and world leader Brianna Rollins going in semis two.
The men’s Marathon, women’s High Jump and men’s Javelin Throw finals are all on as well.