The World Athletics Championships in Doha have arrived and despite being surrounded by various controversies for ethical and environmental concerns to athlete welfare and spectator interest, they still promise to be a very exciting champs! Laura Muir, Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
These three women pose possibly our strongest chances of medals, may be of the gold variety too! Laura Muir hasn't raced since July, citing a calf injury and chose not to join the rest of the British and Northern Ireland team in Dubai but rather work on her recovery in South Africa. Whether she is fit is the big question and we will probably only find out on race day unfortunately, otherwise she'd be a very strong contender for Gold and her first major world outdoor title!
Dina has been in fine form on the global stage all year and has set a standard in today's 100m heats whilst qualifying third fastest. She has beaten every single competitor this year but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce always has something to offer in a major and she too looks to be in world beating form so hold onto your hats people.
Finally, KJT, she's begun emerging into the mature athlete she is now, over the last two years Katarina has truly taken control of her athlete mindset and I really feel this year she could push the Belgium athlete, Nafissatou Thiam all the way through to the final event of the Heptathlon, the 800m, which interestingly is a stronger event for KJT. Despite the event opening off the back of Christian Coleman's revoked suspension for 3 missed drug tests and the serious doping allegations against Kenya from the German Documentary makers, these Championships prove to be incredibly exciting. The amount of talent emerging combined with several head to heads suggests that although athletics has it's troubles, the stars of the show, the athletes are determined to move the sport forwards! Who to watch out for
In addition to those names I've mentioned above, the Mens 400 hurdles really excite me, led by the character is Karsten Warholm as he faces Rai Benjamin, Abderrahman Samba and Yasmani Copello. Don't miss the Womens 400 Hurdles either because the American duel between Delilah Muhammad and track prodigy Sydney Mclaughlin with records possible ready to tumble! Pay attention to Sifan Hassan as she has her opportunity to seal a fantastic couple of seasons at the top of every middle distance event and with entries in the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m, although the schedule doesn't allow her to race all three, if she opts for the 1500m/10,000m double and medals, she'll secure a historical first! The mens triple jump is again poised to push Jonathon Edwards world record although it's felt like that for quite some time, don't miss Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the 400m, it's just a shame the schedule again doesn't allow her to do the double in the 200m as well.
Finally, I'm excited to see Noah Lyles lay down his true major event performance as he has threatened to take Usain Bolt's world record but he's got some way to go just yet!
Want to learn more, then go and watch our FNTC TV World Champs Episode on YouTube HERE.
For now, I'm out but you Train Hard!