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Athletes compete at the World Championships

World Championships

Peter Simmons

ALTIS Brand Lead & MD of 5or6 Design & Branding

The IAAF World Athletics Championships begin on Saturday 10th August with a number of World Athletics Center athletes in Moscow representing their nations.

American record holder Brad Walker begins his campaign to win back the Gold he won in 2009 alongside his training partner at the World Athletics Center, Steve Lewis. Lewis is Great Britain’s record holder and both athletes need to clear a height of 5.70 or to finish in the top 12 to qualify for the final.

The pair have been drawn in the second Pole Vault pool on Saturday morning at 10.13am (Moscow time). Both Athletes have made steady progress in the run up to the Championships and are looking to push for a podium place.

Sunday sees America’s Olympic gold medalist and World record holder Aries Merritt take to the track for the first round of the men’s 110 meter hurdles.

Aries is looking to build on last years’ total dominance of the event which culminated in him winning the gold in London and breaking the world record in Brussels with another gold and sub 13 second performance in Russia.

Monday brings India’s current Asian champion Vikas Gowda to the competition, he competes in the Discus qualification in the morning.

The Indian record holder has already enjoyed his two most successful back-to-back seasons having broken his personal record and achieving a life long ambition to be crowned the Asian champion. He will be looking to challenge for the medals in Moscow.

Alongside the WAC regulars are Belgium’s young decathlon Thomas Van der Plaetsen and 24 year-old South African shot putter Orazio Cremona who have both attended extensive training camps in Phoenix with World Athletics Center coaches.

Hot off the back of the University Games title, Van der Plaetsen has the honour of being involved in the first track event of the competition when he lines up in the decathlon 100m on the Saturday morning. Cermona on the other hand has to wait until the 6th day of competition to get his first taste of the Luzhniki Stadium when he lines up in his Shot Put qualification round.

For a full time table be sure to check out the Championship website here.

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