This is Witness the Wonder, the Preview to the 2023 World Champs in Budapest for Day 33, May 20, 2023, Who will be the stars in Budapest?
For the next 12 days, RunBlogRun will be posting a story a day on the buildup to the World Athletics Outdoor Championships, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19-August 27, 2023.
Here are five stars that we need to look for in Budapest, Hungary:
Will Karsten Warholm versus Rai Benjamin come down to these two in the 400-meter hurdles? Who will be the surprises? Will CJ Allen continue to impress?
Karsten Warholm, the Viking, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering/ The Shoe Addicts
Sydney McLaughlin and Femke Bol-we have seen them over the 400m hurdles, but will it be different over the 400 meters flat? And who else will be the players in that event?
Femke Bol, congrats, Sydney McLaughlin, and Dalilah Muhammed, photo by World Athletics
Faith Kipyegon-who can compete with her? Will Athing Mu, who has a tremendous future, be sacrificed on racing at 1,500 meters too early against the finest middle-distance runner in the world? Surely, Athing Mu is destined to take the 800m WR, so why add the 1,500 meters at this time?
The battle over 800m, Athing Mu and Keely Hodgkinson, World Athletics Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA July15-26 2022, by Kevin Morris
Lamencha Girma versus Soufianne El Bakaali, Girma is faster over the 3000m flat, but can he hold up to El Bakaali’s prowess over the steeplechase. Two totally different races, and Bakaali has a superior form over the barriers, but is that enough of a difference? is this 1976 all over again, Anders Garderud versus Frank Barmgutel and Bronislaw Malinowski?
Lamecha Girma ran 7:26 for the 3000m WL in Doha on May 5, 2023, photo by Diamond League AG.
Did we see the next star in the women’s 10,000 meters? Can Mazim Adane battle Siffan Hassan over the 25 laps. What will Eilish McColgan do to shake that duo up? And who are the others? The Women’s 10,000 meters could be the most dangerous race in terms of upsets on the Budapest schedule.
Sifan Hassan, Doha 2019, photo by World Athletics
The women’s 100 meters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Aleia Hobbs, Sha’Carri Richardson, Abby Steiner, Marie Jose Ta Lou-come on, are you serious? The Women’s 100 meters will be, well, insane.
Sha’Carri Richardson took the 200m in Nairobi, Kenya, photo by KIp Keino Classic.
In the men’s 100 meters, Fred Kerley, Ferdinand Omanyala, Marcell Jacobs, Trayvon Bromell, Marvin Bracy, and there will be surprises in the Men’s 100 meters-there always a surprise!
Fred KERLEY wins in Doha 2023 with a fine of 19.92 over the 200m, MARISE NASSOUR FOR DIAMOND LEAGUE AG
To read all of our earlier stories in Witness the Wonder, numbers 1-32: