LONDON, Sporting Alert — The 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, begins on Friday 4 August with Usain Bolt among the highlighted athletes on the schedule to compete on the first day.
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Among the event listed on the schedule for Day 1 is the heats of the men’s 100m, where defending champion and sprint icon Bolt will start his hunt for a fourth world title in the event.
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Despite not having his best season, having run just one sub-10 seconds time so far this season, Bolt is confident about bowing out on a winning note.
“I show up at a championships I’m fully confident,” he said at his press conference. “My coach is confident and I’m ready to go. I’m fully confident, 100-percent.”
Bolt’s pedestrian campaign leading up the championships has entertained a significant amount doubter, but the Jamaican who turns 31 later this month isn’t too worried.
“I’m the underdog, for some reason,” he said. “That’s what I keep reading. That’s what my team keeps telling me… I’ve got to prove myself once more.
“My last race was 9.95, which shows I’m going in the right direction. The two rounds [heats and semis] always helps me. I’m always going forward.
“At championships it’s about who keeps their nerve. I’ve been here before. It’s time to go. It’s ‘go’ time.”
Before that though, the preliminaries of the 100m will take place early in the afternoon session where 14 athletes will move on to take on the likes of Bolt, Justin Gatlin, Christian Coleman and Yohan Blake.
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The qualifying round of the men’s discus throw is also on the schedule for Day 1, with world-leader Daniel Stahl of Sweden and Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres among the throwers surprise veterans Robert Harting of Germany and Piotr Malachowski of Poland.
The heats of the women’s 1500m, with world-leader Sifan Hassan, Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya and world champion and world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, the three medallists two-years-ago, hoping to book places in the final.
Mo Farah will race in the men’s 10,000m, the only final of Day 1 and the Great Britain star man will seek to win his third successive title in that event.
The men’s Long Jump and women’s Pole Vault qualifying rounds are also set to get underway on the opening day in London.