Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shericka Jackson in Tokyo 2020 and Prefontaine Classic - Oregon22
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shericka Jackson

The Oregon22 World Athletics Championships start on Friday (15 July) at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

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100 meters: A US affair with Fred Kerley in shape, Christian Coleman defending his title with a possible surprise from Bracy. The US had medal sweeps back in 1983 and 1991.

200 meters: Noah Lyles vs Knighton, or are we underestimating Kerley in this fight?

400 meters: Michael Norman and Kirani James, but how much power is left for the NCAA stars with Wade Van Niekerk back – but can he handle rounds?

800 meters: Youngsters attacking (Wanyonyi, Burgin), plus NCAA star Zahafi, but Arop looks to be in top shape.

1500 meters: Jakob ready to handle this challenge, slow or fast. Hoare and Teare are dark horses.

5000 meters: Four Ethiopians are the strong force. What is the shape of Cheptegei? We will know after the 10k, and Jakob wants to decide after the 1500.

10,000 meters: Here we have 3 Ethiopians headed by Olympic winner Barega and Cheptegei ahead of Kiplimo. Home fans will be looking for Fisher.

Steeplechase: El Bakkali vs Girma, one of the top clashes in the event. The first sub8 of the World Champs?

110-meter hurdles: We should say Grant Holloway vs Allen, but are hurdles easily predictable? For sure not. Hansle Parchment is ready too. Up and coming Cunningham, Zhoya are to be considered also.

400-meter hurdles: If Warholm’s running, he’s the one. Without him, it’s Dos Santos vs Benjamin. The first sub-47 in the history of the World Championships.

Marathon: A great course and obvious KEN vs ETH clash, but Rupp has ambitions, as does Nageeye. The 2:06:54 championship record will go.

High Jump: This could end with a surprise, but normally it should be Woo or Barshim or Tamberi. Except for the Italian star, not that many competitions among them.

Pole Vault: The question here is not who, but how high. The meet record of 6.05 is the first target for Mondo. It will be an interesting clash for other medals. Nilsen and … ?

Long Jump: Olympic winner Tentoglou is in a good mood; decathlete Ehammer could spoil the Sirtaki.

Triple Jump: This is very open, but Lazaro Martinez is unbeaten this year, indoor or outdoor. Pichardo knows how to jump 18 meters, as does Zango.

Shot Put: Crouser set for Championships record (22.91) but for sure aiming for more. Should we consider Kovacs and Walsh as sure bets for other medals? Or a surprise from Romani Belgrade-style?

Discus Throw: Ceh is 5:1 this year over Stahl. That speaks for itself. Young Alekna is a dark horse, with the meet record of 70.18 (held by Alekna senior) under threat,.

Hammer Throw: A Polish party will be the conclusion. Nowicki this year is 4:2 over Fajdek. The fight for bronze is open (Bigot, Halasz, Henriksen).

Javelin Throw: Peters wants to defend; Chopra wants 90; Vadlejch and Weber are ready.

Decathlon: Warner vs. Mayer is the clash.

20-kilometer walk: Japanese walkers are in shape; Karlstrom too, but Tokyo had a surprise winner. Here, the weather is not so dramatic as in Tokyo or Doha.

35-kilometer walk: The debut of this event. Stano is ready; Tomala was the last 50-kilometer Oly winner. Don’t count out the Japanese. A meet record of course; a world record standard 2:22.

4×100-meter relay: The US has the strongest individual speed, but we know that the quality of exchanges plays a bigger role. That is why more teams could be in the mix (ITA, GBR, JAM, CAN).

4×400-meter relay: The clear favorite here is the USA. The rest is very open, with Jamaican depth, the Borlee brothers, Dutch improvements, Poland’s relay spirit and a Dominican Republic dark horse.

WOMEN

100 meters: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce vs Elaine Thompson-Herah, how fast they can be?. It could be surprisingly close to Flo-Jo. The championship record of 10.70 will not survive.

200 meters: Here it is not only Shelly-Ann vs Elaine, as Shericka Jackson and Gabby Steiner are coming into the mix. The meet record of 21.63 should go.

400 meters: Paulino going after SMU. The bronze is open; the world lead (49.49)should be surpassed.

800 meters: Can Hodgkinson attack Mu? Is 400 speed the difference here? A sub-1:57 expected.

1500 meters: Repeat of the great Kipyegon vs Tsegay duel from Prefontaine.

5000 meters: We will know after the 10 kilometers here who will be running. For Hassan, this is the priority event, but the Ethiopian team is so strong. The championships record is 14:26.72.

10,000 meters: Gidey should be a safe bet, but Obiri is very experienced. We are not sure about Hassan. A sub-30? If so, a world lead.

Marathon: Defender Chepngetich is on the right path. Yeshaneh leads the Ethiopian team, but Israel never won a medal at Worlds in a running event (Chemtai).

Steeplechase: The Olympic winner Chemutai will have it tough as Tanui and Yavi are in better shape. It does not look good for Kenya here. Well under 9 for gold (the world lead is 8:56.55, the meet record is 8:57.84).

100-meter hurdles: Jasmine should be the choice, but there are 10 hurdles … All 3 medalists from Doha will be there.

400-m hurdles: Is Sydney on her way to another world record? Bol should be good for a European record. Is Muhammad ready? At the very least, the championship record of 52.16 should go.

High Jump: Mahuchikh is the clear choice, she just needs to handle her technique in the right way. Other medals are so wide open. More Ukrainians there?

Pole Vault: Morris and the rest. The world lead is on the table (4.82).

Long Jump: Mihambo without too much pressure is more than ready. Everything else is so open. Track & Field News goes for Brume and Bekh-Romanchuk for other medals, AW for Brume and Burks.

Triple Jump: Rojas is a mystery, but should be enough to win, including a world lead. Anyone jumping 14.80+ will be good for a medal.

Shot Put: Gong is defending; Song was in better shape, but even better through the Diamond League season were Ealey and Mitton. Could be first 20+ podium since 2003.

Discus Throw: Allman vs Perkovic for gold, Pudenz vs Perez for bronze.

Hammer Throw: Rogers could be the surprise, Andersen is the hometown hope, Kopron for a medal too. The dark horse is Fantini.

Javelin Throw: The shape of Chinese stars is not known. US athletes are improving. Kitaguchi won the only Diamond League clash. Barber is the title holder, with a world lead more than possible.

Heptathlon: If Thiam is in the right shape, there should be no question mark. Youngsters Hall and Sulek are coming. Benelux will challenge (Vidts, Vetter).

20-kilometer walk: Can somebody challenge the Chinese team? Liu Hong to defend.

35-kilometer walk: Close to say the same as in the 20-kilometer walk. Garcia and Morejon are more than ready, however. The first championships record in this event. 2:38 is the world record standard.

4×100-meter relay: What strong 100-meter PBs are on the Jamaican side! That’s a world record team. The US should be second, with a surprise from Switzerland.

4×400-meter relay: The US is so strong ­– what will be their winning time? The fastest since 2000 is 3:16.87. They can include Mu or McLaughlin at will . Jamaica is the choice for second, with Poland and Netherlands always there.

Mixed 4×400-meter relay: The second time the event will be held, with the format changed to man-woman-man-woman. Including legend Allyson Felix, the US are the favorites. Poland and the Netherlands are to be considered too and the Dominican Republic are the top team coming from behind. A new world record will be set (3:09.34).

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Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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