Doing battle on the Pink Doha Track: By now, the IAAF world championships have already begun. Unfortunately the Women's Marathon was yesterday, but don't worry, there is plenty more action to watch this weekend. Here is a schedule of the events and here is a broadcast schedule. Why there is no document that combines those two pieces of information is beyond me.
Events to get Hyped for (Because an American Could Win)
Mens 200m - Noah Lyles who owns this year's best time in the 200 said he's been studying old Usain Bolt races, not for the running, but to examine his post race celebrations. In a hilarious interview Lyles specified that he's most interested in the way Bolt got people excited about the sport. Idk about you, but that ^gif^ gets me pretty darn excited.
Women's 800m - Ajeé Wilson might be poised for a victorious day in the Doha sun. The IAAF's decision to mandate testosterone reduction therapies for women with hyperandrogenism prevents Rio Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medalists Caster Semenya, Francine Niyonsaba, and Margaret Wambui from competing without taking hormone suppressants. The half mile could have a new queen come Monday evening.
Women's 1500m - SHELBY, JENNY, NIKKI - put their names on a t-shirt. This triple threat is ready to... threaten the podium. Nikki Hiltz, the undisputed-pro-runner-rookie-of-the-year is lethal in any tactical race; Jenny Simpson (fan of The 'Strike) has been in more world class finals than pretty much anyone; and Shelby Houlihan is elite from the 800 to the 5k. Show me the 🏅
Women's Steeplechase: Emma Coburn, Allie Ostrander, and Courtney Frerichs are a superstar team for the Stars and Stripes over the Water and Hurdles. Unfortunately the Alaskan-Assassin (Ostrander) was eliminated in the heats on friday evening. Coburn and Frerichs did a lot of hugging (after going 1-2 in 2017's world champs) - hopefully they can land another 1-2 punch this time around!
Other events to watch - Please watch as much of these world championships as possible. Every event will be full to the brim with great stories of triumph, defeat, and resilience. Supporting team USA in Doha is a great way to grow the sport and fall in love with it.
- Donovan Brazier in the men's 800 - the first American Man to win a diamond league distance title is gunning for his first worlds medal.
- Elle Purrier in the Women's 5k - Farm born, and Boston trained - Elle P is a force with which to be reckoned and a good bet if it's close with a mile to go.
- Dalilah Muhammad vs. Sydney McLaughlin in the 400m Hurdles - So you're sayin there's a chance...