IAAF World Championships 2013: Previewing Day 5 Schedule from Moscow

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 13, 2016

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24:  Jared Tallent of AIS celebrates after competing in the Men 20000 Meters Race Walk during the Oceania and Australian 20km Race Walking Championships on February 24, 2013 in Hobart, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
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If the first four days of the IAAF World Championships are any indication, no one will want to miss a moment of the remaining action from Moscow. 

From Edna Kiplagat's history making to Mo Farah's triumph to Usain Bolt's continued domination to Pawel Fajdek's upset win in the hammer throw, we have already been treated to a slew of memorable moments—and we're only halfway through the competition.

Let's take a look at what's in store for Wednesday.

 

Day 5 Schedule 

Note: A complete look at the schedule, results and participants can be found here at IAAF.com 

 

Event to Watch: Men's 50K Race Walk

It may not be the most exciting event out there for the casual fans but it's the only one that will award a medal on Wednesday—and with London gold medalist and two-time world champion Sergey Kirdyapkin pulling out of the race, we are guaranteed a new champion.

The three to watch will be Australia's Jared Tallent, China's Si Tianfeng and Ireland's Robert Heffernan, who finished second, third and fourth at London, respectively. 

For Tallent, it was his second Olympic silver medal in the 50K, while he also took home bronze at the 2011 Worlds. Although he has yet to win a medal of this magnitude at this event, the 28-year-old has to be seen as favorite to cross the finish line first with his main competition out of the way. 

In addition to Si and Heffernan, there will be several others in the mix for a medal. Yohann Diniz of France has the fastest time this year, while Mikhail Ryzhov and Ivan Noskov will be extremely difficult to beat on their home soil.

Simply put, this race is set up for lots of theatrics.

 

Athlete to Watch: Aleksandr Menkov, Long Jump

One of Russia's best hopes for home success, Aleksandr Menkov will enter this competition with lots of pressure—but he looks up to the task.

You might look at Menkov's 11th-place finish at last year's Olympic Games and dismiss him as a pretender but that would be a massive mistake. The kid is still just 22 years old and seemingly getting better by the day. 

In 2013, he has gone unbeaten in four competitions during the indoor season, most notably winning gold at the European Indoor Championships with a personal best jump of 8.31 meters.

Then he broke his personal best again at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, jumping 8.39 meters for another win.

Then he broke his personal best again with a jump of 8.42 meters at the World University Games, but only won silver for his efforts.

Still, Menkov is on fire right now and in front of a home crowd, he has a chance to do something special against a stacked field that includes London gold medalist and UK national hero Greg Rutherford.