The current depth in the men’s shot put is such that someone could throw beyond 22 metres in Doha and it might not be enough for a medal.
After another nearly flawless season, Gong Lijiao arrives primed to successfully defend her title. If she succeeds, the 30-year-old Chinese star will become just the fourth woman to do so in the event.
Only once in IAAF World Championship history has the men’s discus required a 70-metre throw to strike gold, but on the evidence of what we have seen so far during a stellar year for the event, a throw beyond this distance could be a necessity to climb the top step of the podium.
On the evidence of what we have seen throughout this campaign, Sandra Perkovic will face a stiff challenge to claim a record-equalling third world discus title at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
What do Pawel Fajdek and Paula Radcliffe have in common? Obviously, the fact that when you look at their athletics CVs and get to the Olympic bit, you find that neither of these towering performers has even a bronze.
With four-time champion Anita Wlodarczyk sidelined with injury, the focus here will fall on the US trio of DeAnna Price, Brooke Andersen and Gwen Berry who occupy the top three spots on the world season's lists, a first in the event for the North American athletics juggernaut so late into a season. Indeed, hopes are high that one of the three will secure the first medal in the event for the US at a World Championships.
With four different winners from this season’s five IAAF Diamond League meetings and a combination of injuries and confusing form lines from some of the main contenders, the men’s javelin will be one of the most open field events at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Lyu Huihui heads to Doha with one of the longest winning streaks in the sport, but it may be a bit of a stretch to describe her as the overwhelming favourite for the women’s javelin title.
Formers winners Agnes Kiprop of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Aberu Mekuria will both return to the Chinese city of Hengshui to compete for the women’s title at the Hengshui Lake International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday (8).
Renée Eykens (800m), Noor Vidts (zevenkamp) en Imke Vervaet (200m) mogen naar het wereldkampioenschap atletiek in Doha (27 september - 6 oktober). De Belgische atletiekfederatie maakte vrijdag bekend dat de drie een invitatie kregen van de Internationale Atletiekfedertie IAAF. Vervaet zou sowieso naar Qatar afreizen. Zij maakt ook deel uit van het Belgische aflossingsteam voor de 4x400 meter vrouwen en de 4x400 gemengd.
De Keniaanse atletes Jackline Wambui en Linda Kageha mogen niet deelnemen aan het WK in Doha (27 september - oktober). Ze worden geweerd uit de nationale selectie nadat ze bij testen een te hoog testosterongehalte lieten noteren. Dat maakte de Keniaanse bond vrijdag bekend.
10 jaar is het geleden dat Usian Bolt zijn waanzinnige wereldrecord van 9.58 op de 100 meter liep. De Jamaïcaanse sprinter (33 jaar) is ondertussen meer dan 2 jaar gestopt, maar heeft sindsdien geen echte opvolger gekregen. En dus blijven atletiekfans hopen dat de snelste man op aarde Kim Clijsters-gewijs een comeback plant.
A year has passed since Kevin Mayer set his world record of 9126. Although he hasn’t contested a full decathlon so far in 2019, the indications are that the 27-year-old Frenchman is in even better form than last year.
Nafissatou Thiam will start a resounding favourite at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 to join combined events legends Carolina Kluft and Jessica Ennis-Hill as a back-to-back world heptathlon champion.
In one of the most wide-open events on the programme at the IAAF World Athletics Championship Doha 2019, more than a dozen men could make serious claims to challenge for the 20km race walk title.
In La Coruna a few months ago, Glenda Morejon produced one of the biggest breakthrough performances of the year.
His performance at the 2016 Olympic Games may be remembered for all the wrong reasons, but since then Yohann Diniz has barely put a foot wrong.
Much has changed in the fast-evolving world of women’s 50km race walking since Ines Henriques won the world title in London two years ago.
For neutral observers – and of course the home crowd – the men’s 4x100m final was one of the highlights of the IAAF World Championships held two years ago in London’s Olympic stadium, as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake anchored the home quartet to a surprise gold ahead of the United States.
The USA and Jamaica have ruled this event for the best part of a decade, but their dominance could be seriously challenged in Doha.