MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — Day three at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, is expected to provide more firework inside the Luzhniki Stadium on Monday.
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The morning session of the championships will see the opening rounds of the men’s and women’s 400m hurdles, while the women’s Heptathlon will get underway without Great Britain’s Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, who misses the event because of an injury.
Six finals, including the women’s 400m and 100m dashes are set for day three and the evening session.
Olympic champion and world-leader Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce looked easy when winning her heat on Sunday and have been drawn alongside fellow countrywoman Kerron Stewart and American Alexandria Anderson in semi-finals three.
American champion English Gardner, defending champion Carmelita Jeter and Murielle Ahoure are in a loaded second semi-finals.
Gardner went pretty much all out in a dominating performance to win her heat and she did it for a reason.
“Today just gave me a little bit more confidence,” she said. “It woke me up a little bit, let me know I’m still in the hunt, I’m still in the game, and I’m ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”
Nigerian Blessing Okagbare, a heavy favourite to win the gold medal, following her 10.79seconds performance a couple weeks ago, races in semi-finals one.
The final of the women’s 400m is also set for the third day.
Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu and Botswana’s Amantle Montsho start as the front runners for the gold medal, following impressive showings in their semis.
USA’s Francena McCorory and Jamaican Stephanie Mcpherson, who looks like she still has something in the tank, are other medal threats.
The men’s semi-finals will include defending champion Kirani James of Grenada and Americans LaShawn Merritt and Tony McQuay.