Dina Asher-Smith leads Britain’s medal hopes at the World Athletics Championships, which get underway on Friday at Doha.

More than 70 heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson two of the names and British athletes are set to compete together with sprint star Asher-Smith, during the World Championships.
Adam Gemili – that won a World Championship gold trophy in London 2017 after a breathtaking performance from the 4 x 100m relay race, is set to feature Team GB.
Ahead of what promises to become the enthralling 10 times, we’ve picked.
It’s the World Championships without Usain Bolt because 2005, however – at Warholm – we’ve got an athlete having capacity and more than enough nature to plug the gap. Karsten runs every time that the starter’s pistol sounds and faster each.
The former decathlete committed into the 400 hurdles in 2015, and has since become World, European, and Diamond League winner – that the latter courtesy of the second-fastest clocking of time in Zurich last month: 46.92.
Second in that race was three-time NCAA Champion Rai Benjamin. It’s unfathomable that the American did come off with the win, and dipped under 47 seconds.
Throw also three of those four guys, and home favourite Abderrahman Samba to the mixture to have ever broken that obstacle might be booted up in the final next week.
Warholm is your man for the event, and edging which scintillating Diamond League final – even though stuttering to the barrier – is a boost ahead of this stacked showdown.
What’s sure is that it’s going to have something really special to win the men’s 400m hurdles in Doha – quite possibly a fracture at Kevin Young’s 1992 entire listing of 46.78.
Warholm burst onto the scene along with his Munch-esque incredulity in his very own world-beating functionality in London at 2017 (search’Karsten Warholm the scream’, if you’ve overlooked the meme); all eyes will be on the Norwegian showman during the next few days, as he seems to craft a second classic.
Echevarria appears to have just cursory regard for gravity, along with talent coming from his ears. Until this year, however, he’s not looked in control of his prodigious skills and has cut at out a figure.
His 7.86m London at the previous World Championships was enough for only 15th spot at the long jump, and there were meetings when you felt he had been just as likely to filthy three times as he had been to clean the pit entirely.
Clearing the sand completely might sound ridiculous, but the Cuban jumped a wind-assisted 8.92m in Havana back in March, also at just 21, there is plenty of space for progress. In between him and an inaugural title is reigning World and Commonwealth Champion Luvo Manyonga.
The South African has not replicated his 2018 type yet this year – we had grown used to the Olympic silver medallist soaring over 8.50m – but he poses a true threat, and has much more big-meet expertise than his Cuban challenger.
Having said that, such is the skill of Echevarria that the outcome is out of Manyonga’s hands. In case the child gets it , he will leave Doha using a golden medal in the long jump. It’s that simple.
Whisper it, however, a British sprinter might actually achieve, and is gunning for, the treble at a World Championships.
At Berlin last summer, she has backed up on the global stage in this season’s Diamond League and made a gorgeous anchor leg in the 4x100m and authored both national records.
Four sub-11 clockings within the sport distance on the circuit culminated in a run at the closing in Brussels, where she beat Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from the cubes, also clinched her Diamond League title.
The women’s sprints are saturated at present, along with the two Jamaicans (Fraser-Pryce and double Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson) are both quicker on paper over 100m, but Dina has conquered both of them this season, and her composure, consistency, and aggressive instincts make her the odds-on favourite with this name.
More than 200m, just one woman looks to have the beating of Asher-Smith, and that’s the peerless Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who – thanks to scheduling that is embarrassing – is unable to attempt a 200-400 dual .
In the Bahamian’s absence, Dina seems perfectly-placed to dethrone Dafne Schippers, who’s looked decidedly off the rate so far. By the day of the Championships, Dina has the opportunity to cement her superstardom status.
Terrific Britain won silver in this event in London, also with Asher-Smith, Asha Philip, along with Daryll Neita from that quartet all in fantastic shape – also Kristal Awuah, Ashleigh Nelson, and Sky Scholar Imani-Lara Lansiquot creating a powerful sprint relay squad) – there’s a very real chance of a third trophy.
Asher-Smith is rapidly becoming the head of British Athletics – a ring she has hauled, with articulacy and appeal – and Doha is the chance to truly make history. Not because Kathy Cook at 1983 has since Britain had an individual medal in the 100m or 200m of the women, and there suddenly looks a chance in the two.
The girls 800m is without any of the three Rio medallists – Caster Semenya, Francine Niyonsaba, and Margaret Wambui – most of whom have been affected by the IAAF’s changes to eligibility rules for athletes who have differences in sexual growth.
In their absence, the USA’s Ajee Wilson is the runaway favourite: fastest in the world this year, Diamond League champion, and undefeated over the space in 2019 in each race without Semenya.
The American record-holder might be favourite for gold, but there may be an area of Great Britain’s most athletes in the podium for one. Shelayna Oskan-Clarke is a world medallist, dominating European Indoor Champion, and an racer.
She doesn’t compete much on the Diamond League circuit, however conducts sharply and astutely, and also finished in Beijing in the 2015 Worlds. Championship races that are middle-distance can be cagey affairs, and Oskan-Clarke is a safe pair of hands.
If she can navigate the heats and semi-finals with no incident, do not be surprised to see that this highly effective runner.
Keep an eye out for compatriots Lynsey Sharp, who is at a rich vein of form, also Championships debutant Alex Bell, who exhibited admirable composure to finish fifth in the Commonwealths last calendar year, and won the 800m for Team Europe in The Match.
The Olympic winner doesn’t conduct, she awakens. The Bahamian stands at 6ft 1in and can be among the most effortless competitors. If she sets up with the similarly balletic Steven Gardiner from the combined 4×400 relay, it will be a decorative delight of a race, along with a terrifyingly quick one at that.
She’s a sub-49 next quarter-miler, ran a national record of 21.74 over 200 metres in the Diamond League final in Zurich a month, and is undefeated across the board as the start of the 2018 season.
Nevertheless, it’s not all been smooth sailing ; her golden in Rio came after she controversially threw herself over the line to beat Allyson Felix; she inexplicably seized up in the last metres of the 400m at the 2017 Worlds, fading to fourth; and she seemed well shy of her best in the 200m at the exact identical event, where she finished third.
Ever since, however, she’s been scrupulous, and it’s a real shame that she’s unable to attempt the 200-400m doublecheck. There have been six runs this season, and a number of them were Miller-Uibo.
The only athlete who might challenge her is Salwa Eid Naser, the Bahraini record-holder and Diamond League Champion.
The pair have not yet met this season, and there will certainly be fireworks if they do; we have not seen two girls break the 49-second barrier at exactly the exact identical race since 1996, but that may change in Doha.
Naser will run quickly, but Miller-Uibo will operate faster. She is the Champion elect, and with so much yet to come. This should be her first, but no way her past, global title.

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