The 100 metres men’s race (August 11th, 18:50 CET) and the marathon (August 17th, 12:30 CET) are usually the most awaited events.
In the 100 metres Usain Bolt was supposed to have the fierce competition of USA’ Tyson Gay that recently proved to be in his best form. He won the 100m US Trials with a world-leading time of 9.75 seconds (equaling the 10th-fastest performance of all-time) and also took the 200m also in a world-leading 19.74. Gay completed his first sweep of the 100m and the 200m national titles since 2007, when he was elected as male World Athlete of the Year. But in the end he got caught in a USADA (that also caught Lance Armstrong) Doping Trial held last May 16th which results were communicated last July 12th and will be out of the Moscow World Championships.
In the Marathon favourites are among Ethiopian and Kenyan Athletes, such as Lelisa Desisa (Eth), Tsegaye Kedebe (Eth), Dennis Kimeto (Ken), Michael Kipyego (Ken), Mica Kogo (Ken), and Wilson Kipsang (Ken), with Uganda’s Sthepen Kiprotich also on the run for medals. The current World Record holder – Patrik Makau (Ken) with 2:03:38 (Berlin Marathon) – is currently in a poor form as shown by his result outside Top 10 in the 2013 London Marathon), 8 minutes behind the winner and 10 minutes out of pace of his world record. He will probably not be on the run for medals.
The 4×100 metres men’s relay (the last event of the competition, August 18th at 16:40 CET) also promises to be thrilling race with Jamaica and USA certainly fighting for gold. Jamaica beat the World Record in last London Olympics with the amazing time of 36:84, the first time below 37 seconds!
You can check the full calendar in the IAAF’s website in the link below and follow all the action on Eurosport.