Athletics World Championships 2013: Schedule's Must-See Weekend Events

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Athletics World Championships 2013: Schedule's Must-See Weekend Events
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It's been a thrilling World Athletics Championships so far.

We've seen Usain Bolt reclaim his 100m title after false starting in Daegu, Yelena Isinbayeva seal an emotional gold on home soil in the pole vault and LaShawn Merritt blow away the 400m field to take gold.

Let's take a look at the full weekend schedule before breaking down the key events from the weekend.

Saturday (Day 8) Schedule

Event Round Time
Men's Marathon Final 12:30 p.m. (BST)/ 7:30 a.m. (ET)
Women's High Jump Final 3 p.m. (BST)/ 10 a.m. (ET)
Women's 100 Metre Hurdles Semifinal 3:20 p.m. (BST)/ 10:20 a.m. (ET)
Men's Javelin Final 3:35 p.m. (BST)/ 10:35 a.m. (ET)
Women's 5,000 Metres Final 3:55 p.m. (BST)/ 10:55 a.m. (ET)
Women's 4x400 Metres Relay Final 4:30 p.m. (BST)/ 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Women's 100 Metre Hurdles Final 4:50 p.m. (BST)/ 11:50 a.m. (ET)
Men's 200 Metres Final 5:10 p.m. (BST)/ 12:10 p.m. (ET)

Sunday (Day 9 Schedule)

Event Round Time
Women's Javelin Final 1 p.m. (BST)/ 8 a.m. (ET)
Women's 4x100 Metre Relay Heats 1:15 p.m. (BST)/ 8:15 a.m. (ET)
Men's Triple Jump Final 1:45 p.m. (BST)/ 8:45 a.m. (ET)
Men's 4x100 Metre Relay Heats 1:50 p.m. (BST)/ 8:50 a.m. (ET)
Men's 1,500 Metres Final 2:25 p.m. (BST)/ 9:25 a.m. (ET)
Women's 800 Metres Final 2:50 p.m. (BST)/ 9:50 a.m. (ET)
Women's 4x100 Metre Relay Final 3:10 p.m. (BST)/ 10:10 a.m. (ET)
Men's 4x100 Metre Relay Final 3:40 p.m. (BST)/ 10:40 a.m. (ET)

Key Events

Men's 200 Metres

Yet another world title beckons for Usain Bolt. There is no one in the field capable of rivalling the Jamaican, assuming he waits for the gun, with a severe lack of sub-20-second athletes in the event.

Don’t expect a world record, but Bolt always puts on a show and this will be no different as he seeks to add to his haul of gold medals. He's looked slightly subdued in Moscow, perhaps focusing solely on avoiding another false start blip on his record, but now the 100 metres is out the way we can look forward to his spontaneous showmanship.

Contenders for the other spots on the podium are Jamaican pair Warren Weir and Nickel Ashmeade as well as American duo Wallace Spearmon and Isiah Young.

Women’s 100 Metre Hurdles

Can Sally Pearson retain her world title? The Australian stormed to gold in Daegu before following it up with success at the London Olympics.

To do so she’ll have to fend off four quality Americans—Nia Ali, Queen Harrison, Dawn Harper and Brianna Rollins—and put an indifferent 2013 season to the back of her mind.

Britain’s Tiffany Porter would desperately like to add an outdoor international medal to her list of achievements, but with such strong competition, simply making the final would represent a decent achievement. A high-profile early casualty is practically inevitable.

Women’s High Jump

The women’s high jump is set to be hotly contested, with just 12 centimetres separating the entire field’s personal bests.

Russian Anna Chicherova is perhaps the favourite, and if she creates the same energy Isinbayeva orchestrated during the pole vault then a gold medal is possible.  American Brigetta Barrett will also fancy her chances given that she holds the highest season best out of everyone with 2.04 metres.

But with no name standing out from the competition, it could be the chance for a relative unknown to take glory. Every single athlete in the final can realistically harbour medal ambitions.

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