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World Athletics Championships 2013: Athletes Who Will Shine on Day 6

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Allyson Felix of the United States celebrates winning in the Women's 200m during day two of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - IAAF Diamond League 2013 at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 27, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIAugust 14, 2013

The top track and field competitors in the world are taking center stage at the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships. With some of the biggest names in the athletics world taking center stage, including Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, there are certain to be fireworks.

The question is, which athletes will shine in the events held on day six?

Certain athletes are hoping to build upon their superstar status and dominate the competition in their respective races. Others have less notable names but will use this event to join the ranks of the elite.

Here's who you should know heading into day six.

 

Abeba Aregawi, Sweden (1500-Meter Run)

If you're unfamiliar with Abeba Aregawi, just give it time and she will become a household name. The 23-year-old Swedish runner is one of the fastest rising stars in track and field, shining specifically in the 1500-meter run.

That's the event that she will be hoping to win on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Aregawi burst onto the scene at the 2013 European Indoor Championships, winning gold in the 1500-meter run. She won the race in 4:04.47, which marked a 6.56 second improvement from the time she posted for a fifth-place finish at the 2012 London Olympics.

If anyone has momentum on their side, it's Aregawi.

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya, Yekaterina Sharmina of Russia and Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia are the most likely candidates to keep Aregawi off of the podium. Jennifer Simpson of the U.S. and Hellen Onsando Obiri of Kenya are also candidates to medal.

With that being said, Aregawi holds the top personal best and has a new level of confidence after winning at the 2013 European Indoor Championships. She's your runner to watch in this race.

 

Allyson Felix, USA (200-Meter Dash)

Allyson Felix is one of the most decorated athletes in the world. She's won four Olympic gold medals, two silvers and an additional eight golds at the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

On Day 6, she'll go through the heat and semifinal races for the 200-meter dash.

History is in Felix's corner, as she won the gold medal for the 200-meter dash at the 2012 London Olympics. She also has two silver medals from the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and holds three golds from past World Athletics Championships competitions.

Something tells us she'll be just fine during the heats and semifinals.

Notable runners in Felix's heat group are Anneisha McLaughlin of Jamaica, Elizaveta Savlinis of Russia and Myriam Soumare of France. All three women have personal bests in this race below the 22.65 second mark, which makes them prime competitors to pull out an upset and eliminate Felix early.

Unfortunately for those three women, Felix has a career best of 21.69 in this race—a full 0.63 ahead of the fastest mark posted by any of her competitors.

 

Michael Tinsley, USA (400-Meter Hurdles)

Let the rivalry resume.

Michael Tinsley of the USA and Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic are two of the best 40-meter hurdlers in the world. They were all but neck-and-neck during the 2012 London Olympics until Sanchez broke away to take home the gold by .28 seconds.

Expect Tinsley to exact a measure of revenge.

Tinsley has proven capable of running a time below 48.00 seconds, following up his personal best of 47.91 in London with a season best of 47.96. Sanchez will be a threat, and countless others will give him a run for his money, but Tinsley has something to prove.

He may not be alone, but a second-place finish is the ultimate form of motivation for an athlete striving for gold.

Other notable names are Omar Cisneros of Cuba, Kerron Clement of the U.S. and Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago. All three men have posted sub 48.00 personal bests, with Cisneros running the fastest time of the season amongst the involved competitors.

Just don't be surprised to see Tinsley pass them all.

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