Day three of the World Championships in Athletics starts early and ends late, with must-see races (the men’s marathon and the women’s 100m final) rounding out the action.
But you won’t want to stray far from noon either; otherwise, you’ll miss the always thrilling men’s 10,000 meters final. (Fingers crossed matches the excitement of Saturday’s women’s final.) There are also plenty of key qualifying races for the finals later in the week.
Here’s a quick guide to the day’s key events.
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Races to watch today
When: 6:15 a.m. PDT/9:15 a.m. EDT
Diffusion: Peacock, NBC Sports
Imagine that you are one of the best marathon runners in the history of the United States and the course of the world championship will pass through your college town. You’d be pretty excited, right?
That’s the situation Sunday for former University of Oregon and two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp. His preparation for this once-in-a-lifetime race is far from ideal – he dropped out of his most recent race, the New York City Half in March, due to a herniated disc, and had COVID in June. Nevertheless, the second-fastest American in history told us earlier this month that he was confident about his fitness and would fight, as usual, for victory or the podium too. long as possible.
He will need confidence, fitness and a bit of luck to achieve this goal. Among his competitors: the Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, double champion of the New York marathon; reigning Olympic silver and bronze medalists (training partners Abdi Nagayee of the Netherlands and Basher Abdi of Belgium); reigning world champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia; and the compatriots of Desisa Mosinet Geremew (second at the 2019 Worlds and holder of the best PR in the field) and Seifu Tura (who relegated Rupp second in Chicago last October).
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And these are just the biggest of the big names. Still, a podium appearance from Rupp is possible. He and the rest of the field had some luck before the race when Boston 2019 winner Lawrence Cherono of Kenya was given a provisional suspension for doping on Saturday. Additionally, World Championship marathons tend to have a lot of dropouts. If a top marathon runner is having a bad day, it can be tempting to cut their losses and aim for one of the lucrative fall marathons. (Prize money for all events at the World Championships is paid out eight times, with $70,000 for first and $5,000 for eighth, but there is no appearance fee.) The Eugene Course is good for this type of DNF. It’s three 14K loops, so giving up after two circuits gives you a tough run but easy to bounce back.
The course is also flat, and the weather forecast is favorable (temperatures in the 50s, with slight humidity). Times could be quick. Unlike the hotter summer Marathon World Championships, top contenders should have less incentive to hang around and thus open up opportunities for slower entrants.
Rounding out the US team are Army First Lieutenant Elkanah Kibet and financial analyst Colin Mickow, both of whom are training for demanding job responsibilities. Especially during the first World Championships on American soil, they will, like Rupp, be very motivated to drop everything on the streets of Eugene.
Men’s 10,000 meters final
When: 1:00 p.m. PDT/4:00 p.m. EDT
Diffusion: NBC Sports, Peacock
Grant Fisher’s American record of 26:33 is the fastest time in the world this year. Fifth at the Olympics last year, Fisher is a legitimate threat to be the first American to medal in this event at a world championship. In most of his races this year, he has honed his ability to run nearly 4:00 miles for the final laps at an already fast pace.
Of course, Fisher isn’t the only man on the court who can shut down like that. World 10k titles are almost always won by runners who can also sprint ahead of their rivals in the final 200 meters. To get on the podium, Fisher will need to have one or more Olympic medalists from last year (Selemon Berega of Ethiopia, world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda and half marathon world record holder Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda), as well as his training partner Mo Ahmed from Canada, who won Olympic silver in the 5K last year. Ethiopian leader Berihu Aregawi will likely help maintain an honest pace early on.
If Fisher falters, fellow American Joe Klecker is ready and able to take over. In fact, Klecker edged out Fisher for the US title in May. In a more tactical race, Klecker has the wheels to upset plenty of men with faster PR.
Women’s 100m final
When: 7:50 p.m. PDT/10:50 p.m. EDT
Diffusion: NBC Sports, Peacock
The field for the bragging rights of the fastest woman in the world will not be defined until the semifinals earlier in the evening (5:33 p.m. PDT / 8:33 p.m. EDT). But we’re not going to take any chances saying expect a final full of Jamaicans and Americans, and the Jamaicans are likely to dominate – their four-woman squad has won a total of 21 Olympic titles. and global! US champion Melissa Jefferson will lead the attempt to prevent a Jamaican sweep.
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