With just under a year to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the best of the best head to Doha for the 2019 IAAF World Championships.
The 10-day event starts on Friday the 27th September and concludes with the 400M relays on the 6th of October. This is the first World Championships without sprint legend Usain Bolt since 2003. The Jamaican world-record holder ended his career with a bronze in the 100M at the London edition of the World Championships in 2017.
We have tips and previews for all the big events at this years Championships below.
Mens 100M – Final 8:15PM Saturday 28th September
American sprinter Christian Coleman is odds-on favourite for this race at 4/7 with Bet365. The 2017 silver-medallist has recorded the fastest time this year at 9.81 but in my opinion he is too short to back. He is the likely winner but he will not dominate races like the great Usain Bolt did for many years.
This could be closer than people expect and the better value lies with veterans Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin as well as young Canadian Andre De Grasse. 2016 Olympic silver medalist de Grasse looked set for stardom after Rio but he has regressed slightly with injury and inconsistent form hampering his progress. This Championship presents him with a chance to really cement his place in the upper echelons of the sprinting world. The gold is there for the taking if he can recapture his 2016 form.
Reigning champion Gatlin has showed no signs of slowing down and at 9/2 with Betfred, he is the second favourite. An interesting choice is 2011 champion Yohan Blake. He benefited from his compatriot Bolt’s DQ that year to win that title and his only victories at major championships since have come in the relays. The 29-year-old has ran sub-10 seconds three times this season and he is worth an each-way bet at 12/1 with Bet365.
Mens 5000M – Final 7:20PM Monday 30th September
With Mo Farah not competing on the track for the first time since 2005 this race has an open look to it. Diamond League champion Joshua Cheptegei also misses out, deciding to race in the 10000M in Doha. This leaves the door open for a number of runners. Four men (Jakob Ingebritsen, Selemon Barega, Telahun Bekele, Hagos Gebrhiwet) all enter the race listed as joint favourites at 7/2 with Bet365 which shows how tight this race will be.
2017 Bronze medalist Paul Chelimo always seems to save his best performances for the majors and he could be worth a bet at 14/1 but I can’t look past Jakob Ingebritsen for this one. Jakob, the youngest of the Ingebritsen brothers (Henrik and Filip are also set to run in this race) is Europe’s great hope. The Norwegian broke his national record this summer with a time of 13:02.03 in London and he has every chance to finish on the podium here.
Womens 200M – Final 8:35PM Wednesday 2nd October
Team GB’s shining star Dina Asher-Smith is the odds-on favourite to win this one. However there is a feeling that this could be under false pretenses. She has ripped up the circuit this season, beating all around her. That does not always translate to major championship success though and she has a heavy workload in Doha with the 100m to contend with too.
The value in this market seems to be with wily veterans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Dafne Schippers. 2017 champion Schippers hasn’t hit her usual heights in 2019 but she is another who usually lifts her performance for the majors. She will need to produce a time close to her 22.05 in 2017 if she wants a place on the podium.
32-year-old Jamaican Fraser-Pryce has had one of the best seasons of her career. She ran a 10.73 in the 100M this season, just 0.03 shy of her PB and 22.22 in the 200M. She did the double in 2013 and I wouldn’t put that past her in Doha.
Womens 100M Hurdles – Final 5:50PM Sunday 6th October
The bookies are predicting a straight shootout between 2015 champion Danielle Williams and American Kendra Harrison in the 100M hurdles. Williams’ 2015 victory was an upset but she enters this Championship as 4/9 favourite. The 27-year-old has posted the four fastest times of her career in 2019, including a Jamaican National Record of 12.32.
More importantly in terms of this race she has beaten world-record holder Harrison twice in the last few months, in Birmingham and Zurich. This is a role-reversal of early season form when Harrison beat Williams twice during a run of 10 consecutive victories.
This could be one of the closest races of the whole championship and it’s a toss-up between Harrison at 13/5 and Williams at 4/9.