World Athletics Championships 2013: Top Athletes to Watch on Day 7

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 11:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Several athletes took center stage at the 2013 World Athletics Championships on Day 6 as six gold medals were handed out in Moscow, Russia. However, Day 7 will feature even more star power as some of Track and Field's marquee stars will be in action.

Day 7 (Friday, Aug. 16.) will see six more gold medals handed out. The afternoon session features finals in men's shot put, long jump, 5,000-meter and 4x400-meter relay. Meanwhile the women will hold finals in the hammer throw and 200-meter. 

The World Championships might not have the same rarefied allure of the Olympics, but it's still the biggest stage of the year for the sport's best athletes to shine. Here are the top athletes that you won't want to miss put their best foot forward in Moscow. The full schedule and list of athletes participating in each event can be found at 


Usain Bolt

Anytime Usain Bolt is running he's a must-see attraction. 

The six-time Olympic gold medal winner will begin his quest for a second gold medal at these World Championship games as the heats for the 200-meter are scheduled for the morning session. 

Bolt already took the gold medal in the 100-meter dash with a time of 9.77 seconds on Day 2. Now he'll have the opportunity to emphasize the fact that he's the world's fastest human by adding the 200-meter to his mantel. 

The record-setting Jamaican should have no issue winning his heat, but it will be interesting to see how he stacks up against the other heat winners. Three other runners have broken the 20 second mark this season including Americans Curtis Mitchell and Isiah Young and Bolt's fellow countryman, Warren Weir. 


Mo Farah

Great Britain's Mo Farah may be the odds-on favorite to win the 5,000-meter gold medal on Friday, but he has some serious detractors saying it can't be done. 

Farah will be looking to display his greatness at the games by winning both the 10,000-meter (which he won on Day 1) and the 5,000-meter race. Although it's a feat that he accomplished at the 2012 Olympics, the man who has looked after Farah throughout his career, Barry Fudge, believes the quick turnaround will be too much, per The Guardian

His opponents are going to go hard and he's done a 10km and a 5km already. As much as anything it's the damage to the legs from the Mondo track. It's incredibly hard. It is a long shot when you're doubling up. You don't know how your body's going to respond. You do all the training, all the prep, but the human body is one of those things. You just hope that it will be all right.

Farah will definitely be pushing his body to the limits with just six days between the events. If he can score another gold medal it will be a testament to his incredible abilities, but beating a field of fresh winners less than a week after winning the 10,000-meter is no easy task. 


Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix burst onto the scene in the 2012 Summer Games by racking up an incredible four gold medals. Now she'll look to put her own stamp on the World Championships in Moscow. 

The American will be taking center stage when the women's 200-meter final takes place during the afternoon session. 

Felix should have the confidence of knowing she ran the fastest time in the semifinals, winning her heat with a time of 22.30. However, Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast wasn't far behind in the first semifinal heat with a time of 22.46. 

Ahoure already proved that she's emerging as a legitimate threat in the 100-meter. Despite no Olympic medals on her resume, she edged out American Carmelita Jeter for the silver medal with a time of 10.93. 

Running alongside Felix might be just the motivation she needs to pull off the upset and win the gold medal.