World Athletics Championships 2013: Complete Schedule of Events on Day 7
Day 7 of the World Championships could prove to be one of the most monumental and memorable days in athletics history.
A day that will forever be remembered should one man do one thing. Something that all want him to do. Something that all think he will do.
Day 7 of the World Championships is all about Mo Farah, as the world waits in anticipation to see if he can claim a historic 5000m gold medal.
Farah became the first ever British athlete to claim the 10,000-metre gold title on Saturday. The 30-year-old pipped Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan—the man who beat him in the same race at Daegu in 2011—to the post in a thrilling race, as the BBC reported.
And just six days after that triumph, the Brit is at it again.
Should Farah claim the title of 5,000-metre world champion, he will become only the second man ever to hold 10,000-metre and 5,000-metre Olympic and World titles, following Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele.
A victory will also cement Farah's place as Britain's greatest ever long distance athlete.
As well as the 5,000-metre, five other gold medals will be on offer across events such as the women's 200-metre final and the men's 4x400-metre relay final.
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|06:45||W||100 Metre Hurdles||Heats|
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Women's Hammer Throw
Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk goes into the final as the hot favourite after throwing a hugely impressive 76.18 metres—over one metre further than any of the other finalists—during her qualification.
Home favourite Tatyana Lysenko will be one to watch out for, however. Despite her relatively modest qualifying throw of 74.60 metres, she holds the longest personal best throw out of any of the 12 finalists with a score of 78.51 metres.
Britain's hopes of a hammer throw medalist came crashing down on Wednesday, as Sophie Hitchon failed to make the final 12, notching a throw of just 68.56 metres.
Men's Long Jump
American Dwight Phillips, who usually enters events as one of the favourites, has suffered some poor form this season, so he will be an outside contender for the long jump final. But he's not someone you can ever rule out. The American qualified with a season's best jump of 7.95 metres—the ninth best score of the 12 competitors who will line up in Friday's final.
Spaniard Eusebio Caceres could be the man to watch with the man in the form of his life, jumping an 8.25 metres with a dead wind to qualify top of the pack.
Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford failed to even qualify for the final. The Brit has suffered an injury hit season, managing a disappointing 7.87 metres in the qualification round.
Men's 5,000-Metre Final
Although not the final event of the day, the men's 5,000-metre is the event that everybody will be eager to see on Friday.
Farah's bid to achieve double Olympic and World golds in the 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre comes to a climax at 17:45 GMT.
The British runner faces a tough field, with usual contenders from Ethiopia and Kenya occupying six of the 15 berths.
Ethiopians Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yenew Alamirew and Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech are the main contenders whom Farah will battle it out with as he bids for an unprecedented second gold. The three have personal bests of 12:47.53, 12:48.77 and 12:48.64 respectively—all around five seconds quicker than Farah's personal best.
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