Athletics World Championships 2013: IAAF Schedule, Event Dates and Participants

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Athletics World Championships 2013: IAAF Schedule, Event Dates and Participants
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The next Summer Olympics won't be contested until 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but Olympics nuts will be able to get their fill over the next week as the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics will be held in Moscow, Russia.

This track and field spectacle will be made up of all the events that are seen every four years at the Olympics, so it should be intriguing to see how the world's top track and field athletes have progressed since last summer in London.

Perhaps the prestige of winning a world championship doesn't quite measure up to an Olympic gold medal, but it's a huge accomplishment nonetheless.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, including when and where to watch it, a full schedule of events and analysis of which athletes you should be keeping an eye on.

 

Where: Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia

When: Saturday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 18

Watch: NBC and Universal Sports Network

Live Stream: UniversalSports.com

 

Event Schedule

Day 1

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Event Round Time (ET)
Women's Discus Qualification Group A 1:30 a.m.
Men's 100-Meter Dash Decathlon 1:35 a.m.
Men's 100-Meter Dash Preliminary Round 2:10 a.m.
Men's Pole Vault Qualification 2:15 a.m.
Men's Long Jump Decathlon 2:35 a.m.
Women's Discus Qualification Group B 2:50 a.m.
Men's 800-Meter Run Heats 3:20 a.m.
Men's Shot Put Decathlon 4:20 a.m.
Women's Marathon Final 6 a.m.
Men's High Jump Decathlon 7:30 a.m.
Men's Hammer Throw Qualification Group A 9:05 a.m.
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Heats 9:20 a.m.
Women's 400-Meter Run Heats 10:05 a.m.
Men's Hammer Throw Qualification Group B 10:35 a.m.
Men's 10,000-Meter Run Final 10:55 a.m.
Women's Long Jump Qualification 11:20 a.m.
Men's 400-Meter Run Decathlon 11:40 a.m.
Men's 100-Meter Dash Heats 12:15 p.m.

 

Day 2

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Event Round Time (ET)
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles Decathlon 1:05 a.m.
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles Heats 1:40 a.m.
Men's Discus Decathlon Group A 2 a.m.
Women's 1,500-Meter Run Heats 2:25 a.m.
Women's Shot Put Qualification 2:45 a.m.
Men's 400-Meter Run Heats 3:05 a.m.
Men's Discus Decathlon Group B 3:20 a.m.
Women's 100-Meter Dash Heats 3:55 a.m.
Men's Pole Vault Decathlon 5:05 a.m.
Men's 20-Kilometer Race Walk Final 9 a.m.
Men's Javelin Decathlon Group A 9:15 a.m.
Men's Javelin Decathlon Group B 10:30 a.m.
Women's Long Jump Final 11 a.m.
Men's 100-Meter Dash Semifinal 11:05 a.m.
Women's Pole Vault Qualification 11:10 a.m.
Men's 800-Meter Run Semifinal 11:35 a.m.
Women's 400-Meter Run Semifinal 12:05 p.m.
Women's Discus Final 12:15 p.m.
Men's 1,500-Meter Run Decathlon 12:35 p.m.
Women's 10,000-Meter Run Final 1:05 p.m.
Men's 100-Meter Dash Final 1:50 p.m.

 

Day 3

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Event Round Time (ET)
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Heptathlon 1:30 a.m.
Men's Discus Qualification Group A 1:40 a.m.
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Heats 2:10 a.m.
Women's High Jump Heptathlon 2:35 a.m.
Men's Discus Qualification Group B 3:05 a.m.
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles Heats 3:05 a.m.
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles Heats 3:50 a.m.
Women's Shot Put Heptathlon 10:45 a.m.
Men's Pole Vault Final 11 a.m.
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles Semifinal 11:05 a.m.
Women's 100-Meter Dash Semifinal 11:35 a.m.
Men's 400-Meter Run Semifinal 12:05 p.m.
Women's Shot Put Final 12:25 p.m.
Men's Hammer Throw Final 12:30 p.m.
Women's 200-Meter Dash Heptathlon 12:35 p.m.
Women's 400-Meter Run Final 1:15 p.m.
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles Final 1:30 p.m.
Women's 100-Meter Dash Final 1:50 p.m.

 

Day 4

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Event Round Time (ET)
Women's Long Jump Heptathlon 1:30 a.m.
Women's 20-Kilometer Race Walk Final 1:35 a.m.
Men's High Jump Qualification 1:50 a.m.
Men's 5,000-Meter Run Heats 2:20 a.m.
Women's Javelin Heptathlon Group A 3:10 a.m.
Women's Triple Jump Qualification 3:25 a.m.
Women's Javelin Heptathlon Group B 4:25 a.m.
Men's Discus Final 11 a.m.
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles Semifinal 11:05 a.m.
Women's Pole Vault Final 11:35 a.m.
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles Semifinal 11:40 a.m.
Women's 800-Meter Run Heptathlon 12:10 p.m.
Women's 1,500-Meter Run Semifinal 12:40 p.m.
Men's 800-Meter Run Final 1:10 p.m.
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Final 1:25 p.m.
Men's 400-Meter Run Final 1:50 p.m.

 

Day 5

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Event Round Time (ET)
Men's 50-Kilometer Race Walk Final 12:30 a.m.
Women's Hammer Throw Qualification Group A 1:30 a.m.
Women's 5,000-Meter Run Heats 1:40 a.m.
Men's Long Jump Qualification 2:25 a.m.
Men's 1,500-Meter Run Heats 2:35 a.m.
Women's Hammer Throw Qualification Group B 3:10 a.m.

 

Day 6

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Event Round Time (ET)
Men's Javelin Qualification Group A 1:30 a.m.
Women's High Jump Qualification 1:40 a.m.
Women's 800-Meter Run Heats 1:55 a.m.
Men's Shot Put Qualification 2:20 a.m.
Women's 200-Meter Dash Heats 2:55 a.m.
Men's Javelin Qualification Group B 3 a.m.
Men's High Jump Final 11 a.m.
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay Heats 11:05 a.m.
Women's Triple Jump Final 11:40 a.m.
Women's 200-Meter Dash Semifinal 11:45 a.m.
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Final 12:20 p.m.
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles Final 12:45 p.m.
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles Final 1 p.m.
Women's 1,500-Meter Run Final 1:20 p.m.

 

Day 7

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Event Round Time (ET)
Women's Javelin Qualification Group A 1:30 a.m.
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Heats 1:45 a.m.
Men's Triple Jump Qualification 2 a.m.
Men's 200-Meter Dash Heats 2:35 a.m.
Women's Javelin Qualification Group B 2:55 a.m.
Women's 4x400-Meter Relay Heats 3:30 a.m.
Women's Hammer Throw Final 11 a.m.
Men's 1,500-Meter Run Semifinal 11:05 a.m.
Men's Long Jump Final 11:30 a.m.
Men's 200-Meter Dash Semifinal 11:40 a.m.
Men's Shot Put Final 12:10 p.m.
Women's 800-Meter Run Semifinal 12:15 p.m.
Men's 5,000-Meter Run Final 12:45 p.m.
Women's 200-Meter Dash Final 1:15 p.m.
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay Final 1:30 p.m.

 

Day 8

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Event Round Time (ET)
Men's Marathon Final 7:30 a.m.
Women's High Jump Final 10 a.m.
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Semifinal 10:20 a.m.
Men's Javelin Final 10:35 a.m.
Women's 5,000-Meter Run Final 10:55 a.m.
Women's 4x400-Meter Relay Final 11:30 a.m.
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Final 11:50 a.m.
Men's 200-Meter Dash Final 12:10 p.m.

 

Day 9

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Event Round Time (ET)
Women's Javelin Final 8 a.m.
Women's 4x100-Meter Relay Heats 8:15 a.m.
Men's Triple Jump Final 8:45 a.m.
Men's 4x100-Meter Relay Heats 8:50 a.m.
Men's 1,500-Meter Run Final 9:25 a.m.
Women's 800-Meter Run Final 9:50 a.m.
Women's 4x100-Meter Relay Final 10:10 a.m.
Men's 4x100-Meter Relay Final 10:40 a.m.

 

Athletes to Watch

Usain Bolt

Few track-and-field athletes have captivated fans across the world like Jamaican star Usain Bolt in recent years. Bolt was a triple gold medalist at both the Beijing and London Olympics, and he is widely regarded as the fastest man on Earth.

While that may be true, Bolt has revenge on his mind heading into Moscow. Bolt won gold in the 200-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay in 2011's World Championships, but he failed to medal in his specialty, the 100-meter dash, as he was disqualified due to a false start. According to BBC Sport, Bolt intends to prove that his slip-up two years ago was a fluke:

Bolt truly seemed to erase all doubt surrounding him at the Olympics last year, so there is no question that he will be the overwhelming favorite to win gold in each of his three events. If is unable to do so for whatever reason, it will surely make headlines across the globe.

 

Allyson Felix

Few American athletes had more success than Allyson Felix at the 2012 Summer Olympics as she came away with gold medals in the 200-meter dash as well as the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. The 200-meter dash has always been considered Felix's specialty, but she finished second in the Athens and Beijing Olympics, so finally coming out on top in London was huge for her.

Rather than focusing on a number of different races, Felix will only be competing in the 200-meter dash in Moscow. Felix already has three 200-meter gold medals to her credit in the World Championships, and a fourth would put her in elite company. Felix is already in Moscow, and she certainly seems ready to dominate the race as she finished a disappointing third in 2011.

Felix made some big strides from the 2011 World Championships to the 2012 Olympics, and it would be a pretty big surprise if she failed to come away with gold in Moscow.

 

Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton is arguably the greatest athlete in the world as he excelled across 10 disciplines last year at the London Olympics in winning the gold medal in decathlon. Eaton turned in a dominant performance, outlasting American teammate Trey Hardee to win his first career gold medal in decathlon across major international competitions.

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Not surprisingly, Eaton is the odds-on favorite to turn the trick again in Moscow. Like Bolt and Felix, though, Eaton is on the hunt for redemption as he came away with only a silver medal in Daegu, South Korea two years ago. Eaton was edged out by Hardee in that event, so there should be a spirited competition between them once again this year.

Eaton is far from a lock to win, but he has emerged as the best decathlete in the world over the past couple years. A World Championships gold medal is the one thing missing from his trophy case, so he'll do everything in his power to get one this year.

 

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