MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — The 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships continues on Sunday with day two action from the inside the Luzhniki Stadium here in Moscow, Russia.
Sunday: Aug. 11 – 1:00 – 5:00 a.m. LIVE, Day Session on Universal Sports – Eastern Time
Sunday: Aug. 11 – 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Evening Session on NBC – Eastern Time
Sunday: Aug. 11 – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Evening Session (Re-Air) on Universal Sports – Eastern Time
Following the opening day action, which was highlighted by Great Britain’s Mo Farah winning the men’s 10,000m finals and Edna Kiplagat defending her World Championships marathon title, five more finals are set for Sunday.
World record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica, after a relaxing run to win his heat over the 100m, goes in semi-finals three and he will have American Mike Rodgers, Churandy Martina of the Netherlands and Trinidad and Tobago’s Keston Bledman for company.
Olympic Games bronze medallist Justin Gatlin of USA and Jamaican relay gold medallist Nesta Carter are in the first semis, while Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica and Britain’s Dwain Chambers and James Dasaolu are in the other loaded semi-finals.
Meanwhile, after surviving a scare in the qualifying round, defending champion Britney Reese of USA hopes for a better series of jumps in the women’s long jump final.
All eyes though will be on Nigerian star Blessing Okagbare, who will also race in the sprints.
Elsewhere on Sunday, the women 10,000m finals and women’s Discus Throw final are also on the schedule.
Home hero Yelena Isinbayeva goes in the qualifying round of the women’s pole vault and the legendary Sergey Bubka hopes the Russian star will be celebrating with the gold in front of her home supporters on Tuesday.
“Isinbayeva’s appearing here is a very interesting and great story,” Bubka told reporters. “This could be the highlight of her career.
“To perform in front of her home supporters and in Moscow at a world championships is wonderful.
“Performing in front of one’s home crowd is different, you need extra guts.
“I think she’s positive, happy and ready to perform really well.”
The men’s Decathlon will also conclude on Sunday with World record holder Ashton Eaton of USA hoping to win another major championships gold medal.