Almost a year ago, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah clocked 10.54 seconds at Hayward Field in Eugene, the venue for the World Championships. For the first time in years, Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 10.49 looks threatened. Griffith-Joyner’s mark dates back to 1988 and with two other Jamaicans – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson – in great form, it could be a clean sweep for sprint power. Fraser-Pryce, 35, is still going strong and has a 10.60 from last year, the third fastest time ever.
WHEN: July 18 (final), 8:20 a.m.
Peters stands in the way of Chopra
If there’s one athlete who could wrest gold from an in-form Neeraj Chopra, it’s defending champion Anderson Peters of Grenada. Peters leads the list this year with 93.07 meters. Although he had a season of ups and downs, he attributed it to a back injury. At the Diamond League in Stockholm, Peters moved into the lead and stayed there with 90.31 meters in the fourth lap to push Chopra into second place. Johannes Vetter, 2019 bronze medalist and 90m specialist, will miss the competition due to a shoulder injury. Finland’s Oliver Helander, gold medalist at the Paavo Nurmi Games, will be a dark horse.
WHEN: July 24 (final), 7:05 a.m.
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Warholm’s domination threatened?
(400 meters hurdles men)
It was one of the biggest showdowns at the Olympics as Norway’s Karsten Warholm and American Rai Benjamin set the track on fire with incredible times, both inside the previous world record. It also started a debate about whether advances in shoe technology were helping athletes too much. However, both Tokyo stars suffered setbacks – Warholm suffered a hamstring injury and Benjamin had a bout with Covid. Both will be aware of the threat of Brazilian Alison dos Santos, the fastest man this year. Warholm, undefeated for four years (except through injury), will however remain the favorite.
WHEN: July 20 (final), 8:20 a.m.
Battle of the Throwing Giants
(Men’s shot put)
This event will likely be a showdown between two American pitchers, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs. Crouser is a two-time Olympic champion, but he has yet to win World Championship gold. Crouser seems ready to realize his dream. Crouser hasn’t lost this season and has a throw of 23.12 yards, the best in the world. Kovacs will be aiming for his third straight Worlds gold medal and is second on the best list for 2022. New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, the two-time Olympic bronze medalist will also be a contender, with 22.31m being his best this season .
WHEN: July 18 (final), 6:57 a.m.
Can Duplantis go higher?
(men’s pole vault)
Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis was so dominant it’s easy to forget he didn’t win gold at the World Championships. Sam Kendricks of the United States won gold in Doha in 2019 and Duplantis finished second. Now Kendricks is out with a knee injury and Duplantis is by far the most dominant pole vaulter. The world indoor champion also holds the world record of 6.20 meters. Last month, he proved he was in fine form with 6.16 meters, an outdoor record. Chris Nilsen, the Olympic silver medalist and the only other man to jump 6 meters this year, is his only real challenger.
WHEN: July 25 (final), 5:55 a.m.
Knighton, the new Bolt?
(200 meters men)
One of the most exciting talents is American Erriyon Knighton, who broke Usain Bolt’s junior records and is set for a showdown with reigning world champion Noah Lyles. Knighton became the fourth fastest man of all time with a time of 19.49 seconds in April. Only Michael Johnson (19.32), Yohan Blake (19.26) and Usain Bolt (19.19) went faster than him. However, Lyles can produce blistering runs when it counts in major competitions. He beat Knighton on the US trails and made a pointing move as well. He later clarified that he was hitting the critics and not his main challenger. How will Knighton react?
WHEN: July 22 (final), 8:20 a.m.
All events will be live on Sony Sports Network.