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World Athletics Championships 2013: Previewing Key Events on Day 6

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya celebrates winning gold in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Joe StrangeContributor IAugust 14, 2013

Day 6 of the World Athletics Championships gets underway on Thursday, with six major finals set to take place.

The morning session sees heats and qualifications aplenty, with the men's javelin and shot put, and women's high jump, 800 metres and 200 metres all taking place.

Thursday's afternoon session is packed with medal clashes, with fans visiting the Luzhniki Stadium certain to be entertained by some of the world's best athletes.

Here we take a look at three of the most eagerly anticipated finals.

 

All competitor information, scheduling and results courtesy of www.IAAF.org.

 

Men's High Jump Final, 4 p.m. BST

In what is likely to be one of the most tightly contested finals of the World Championships, let alone Thursday, the most talented men's high jumpers do battle for a place on the podium.

Reigning Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov easily qualified for the final and has a good chance to add another gold to his growing collection.

The Russian has only managed 2.30 metres this season but with a personal best of 2.40 metres, he has the ability to go higher than most other men in the field.

Great Britain's Robbie Grabarz will be looking to challenge after picking up a bronze at London 2012, although American Erik Kynard, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and the in-form Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine will also expect a medal around their necks at the end of the competition.

 

Women's Triple Jump Final, 4.40 p.m. BST

With last year's Olympic champion Olga Rypakova missing from the competition, the women's triple jump final promises to be an exciting part of Thursday afternoon's schedule.

Caterine Ibarguen, who finished second to Rypakova in London, looks to be the favourite after leading qualifying with a jump of 14.52 metres.

The Colombian is capable of much better though, with a season's best of 14.83 metres and personal best of 14.99 metres to her name.

Her main competition will come in the form of Ukrainian Olha Saladuha, who won bronze at London 2012 and has jumped 14.88 metres this season already.

 

Men's 3000-Metres Steeplechase Final, 5.20p.m. BST

In what looks certain to be an exciting race, the world's top steeplechasers go head-to-head over 3000 metres.

With 15 athletes taking part, competition is sure to be fierce towards the latter stages but Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya should be strong enough to add gold to the Olympic title he won last year.

His season's best of 7:59.03 is noticeably quicker than almost everyone else in the field, although his teammates Paul Kipsiele Koech, Conseslus Kipruto and Abel Kiprop Mutai will be a threat if they get their race tactics correct.

 

 

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