Over the next 10 days, London will be rekindling the spark of the 2012 Olympic Games and hosting the World Athletics Championships. Not normally an athletics fan? Well, this is the perfect event to get started, with historic moments expected around every corner.
If you want a VIP seat to all the action – and to avoid the wind and the rain! – we recommend tuning in to the BBC’s comprehensive coverage from 4 – 13 August. This includes a highlights programme on BBC Two at the end of every day. Expert analysis is provided by the London 2012 gold medallist and three-time world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and Olympic legend Michael Johnson.
Day one: Friday 4 August
The championships will open with heats in the men’s 100m, where it’s expected that Usain Bolt will stroll through to the finals. For those seeking something a bit different, check out the qualifying event for the ancient sport of discus (19:20). Watch out for German Robert Harting’s Incredible Hulk style celebration!
Sir Mo Farrah, 10,000m
One of Britain’s greatest athletes, Sir Mo Farrah, is competing in his last ever track event. The five-time world champion will take part in the 5,000m and 10,000m (tonight). A firm favourite, Sir Mo will be expecting to add another couple of gold medals to his trophy cabinet and to send his fans home happy.
21:20 – Men’s 10,000m final
Day two: Saturday 5 August
The first event of the women’s heptathlon, the 100m, will take place in the morning session (10:05). Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be aiming to win her first world medal, and to emulate the success of the retired Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Usain Bolt, 100m
Usain Bolt is also drawing a close to his remarkable career and competing in his last ever event. The man who IAAF President Lord Coe described as a ‘genius’ is in a confident mood as usual. However, will fellow countryman Yohan Blake – the second fastest man of the year – step up and spoil Usain’s retirement party?
19:25 – Men’s discus final
20:05 – Men’s long jump final
20:10 – Women’s 10,000m final
21:45 – Men’s 100m final
Day three: Sunday 6 August
There’s no chance of a lazy Sunday for several of Great Britain’s athletes, including European indoor hurdling champion Andrew Pozzi and Olympic bronze medallist Asha Philip, who’ll be hoping to make the final of the women’s 100m.
Holly Bradshaw, pole vault
A British record holder and bronze medallist at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, Holly Bradshaw has had to overcome four surgeries in the past four years. However, this event could be her time to shine and make up for the disappointment of a 6th place finish in the 2012 London Olympics.
10:55 – Men’s marathon
14:00 – Women’s marathon
19:00 – Women’s pole vault final
20:35 – Men’s shot put final
20:40 – Heptathlon 800m (final event)
21:50 – Women’s 100m final
Day four: Monday 7 August
Defending champion Sergey Shubenkov will have a tough time holding onto his 110m hurdles title, with Jamaican Omar McLeod looking to not only win the title but also set a new world record.
Laura Muir, 1500m
A double gold medal winner at the 2017 European Indoor Championships, Laura Muir, is one of Britain’s main medal contenders. She’ll hope to be in the Women’s 1,500m final, and will also compete in the 5,000m.
19:00 – Women’s hammer throw final
20:25 – Women’s triple jump final
21:30 – Men’s 110m hurdles final
21:50 – Women’s 1,500m final
Day five: Tuesday 8 August
Britain’s hopes rest with Matt Hudson-Smith, Dwayne Cowan and Martyn Rooney, who’ll all be hoping they can at least make the 400m final.
Wayde van Niekerk, 400m
The South African sprinter will be looking to do the double and win both the 200m and his 400m title. He came to prominence at the Rio Olympics by breaking Michael Johnson’s world record, which hadn’t been beaten in 17 years.
19:20 – Women’s javelin final
19:35 – Men’s pole vault final
21:10 – Men’s 3,000m steeplechase final
21:35 – Men’s 800m final
21:50 – Men’s 400m final
Day six: Wednesday 9 August
The Olympic Stadium is likely to be packed as Sir Mo starts his journey to the 5,000m final (20:05).
Kerron Clement, 400m hurdles
US hurdler Kerron Clement will be hoping he can recapture the form which led to him beating Michael Johnson’s world indoor 400m record 12 years ago. However, Kyron McMaster – a part time truck driver from the Virgin Islands – has clocked up a surprise world leading time and is also in with a chance of winning.
20:25 – Women’s shot put final
21:30 – Men’s 400m hurdles final
21:50 – Women’s 400m final
Day seven: Thursday 10 August
Laura Muir will be starting her 5,000m campaign at the beginning of the day’s evening session (18:30). And Wayde van Niekerk will be hoping he can replace Usain Bolt as the new 200m champion.
Dalilah Muhammad, 400m hurdles
Women’s 400m hurdles is an event dominated by the US. But the leader of the pack is 2016 Olympic gold medallist Dalilah Muhammad. She’ll need to be at her best though – maybe even pushing to another level – as her Olympic time would only have guaranteed her fifth in the US championships in June.
20:20 – Men’s triple jump final
21:35 – Women’s 400m hurdles final
21:50 – Men’s 200m final
Day eight: Friday 11 August
British record holder, Lorraine Ugen, will be hoping she can pick up a medal in the Women’s long jump final.
Daphne Shippers, 200m
The Dutch sprinter – who also competes in the heptathlon – will be determined to defend the 200m title she won in Beijing. She holds the European record and is the third fastest woman in the world. Her successes on the track have led to her home town of Utrecht naming a bridge after her – The Dafne Schippersbrug. If she wins again, who knows what else they’ll name after her!
19:10 – Women’s long jump final
20:30 – Men’s hammer final
21:25 – Women’s 3,000m steeplechase final
21:50 – Women’s 200m final
Day nine: Saturday 12 August
A fantastic end to the evening session will see both women’s and men’s 4x100m relay finals. This will be your last chance to see Usain Bolt as he competes for Jamaica. Great Britain, including London-born Adam Gemili, will be hoping they can stop him in his tracks. Although Team GB will need to get passed the morning qualifiers first (10:55).
Sir Mo Farrah, 5,000m
In what could be an emotional farewell, Sir Mo will likely compete in his last ever track final. His achievements will have encouraged a generation to take up athletics – as well as try Quorn!
19:05 – Women’s high jump final
20:05 – Women’s 100m hurdles final
20:15 – Men’s javelin throw final
20:20 – Men’s 5,000m final
20:45 – Decathlon 1,500m (final event)
21:30 – Women’s 4x100m relay final
21:50 – Men’s 4x100m relay final
Day 10: Sunday 13 August
It’s medals galore as we reach the final day of the championships. However, before the finals begin, why not turn your attention to the race walks. Follow British record holder Tom Bosworth as he tries to make the podium.
Caster Semenya, 800m
An athlete whose career has been surrounded by a media focus on athletes’ testosterone levels, Caster will be looking to focus her attention to the track and win the 800m – an event which saw her win gold in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Olympic champion hasn’t lost an 800m event since 2015, so the odds are definitely in her favour.
07:55 – Men’s and women’s 50km race walks
12:20 – Women’s 20km race walk
14:20 – Men’s 20km race walk
19.00 – Men’s high jump final
19.10 – Women’s discus final
19.35 – Women’s 5,000m final
20.10 – Women’s 800m final
20.30 – Men’s 1,500m final
20.55 – Women’s 4x400m relay final
21.15 – Men’s 4x400m relay final