IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017: Wayde Van Niekerk, Elaine Thompson and Indians in action on Day 3

In an anti-climax that not many saw coming, Usain Bolt was unable to clinch a gold in his farewell run at the IAAF World Athletics Championship 2017 on Saturday, instead finishing with a bronze, behind Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin.

And now on Day 3, Wayde Van Niekerk, the man seeking to succeed Bolt as the sport’s best athlete, sets off for double gold at the world championships in the 400 metres. The defending champion will face tough competition from Isaac Makwala of Botswana and Fred Kerley of the United States.

Swapna Barman Elaine Thompson, Wayde van Niekerk and Johnson-Thompson. AP

Swapna Barman, Elaine Thompson, Wayde van Niekerk and Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Agencies

Another athlete that the world will be looking at on Day 3 would be Katarina Johnson-Thompson, whose medal hopes in Heptathlon have suffered a hit following her collapse in the high-jump event. With four events still remaining to be played in the seven-event Heptathlon, the British athlete would look to put her best foot forward on Day 3.

Jamaican Elaine Thompson would look to add another gold after her win in Olympics last year when she turns up for Women’s 100 m event, which will be the last event of Day 3.

From the Indian perspective, the athletes to watch out for will include Swapna Barman in Heptathlon, Siddhanth Thingalaya in 110m hurdles, Gopi Thonakal in the marathon, Monika Athare in marathon and Nirmala Sheoran in Women’s 400m.

Here is the full schedule for Day 3 –

Morning Session

14:30 – Heptathlon long jump*

14:35 – Men’s 3,000m steeplechase first round

15:10 – Men’s pole vault qualifying

15:25 – Men’s marathon*

15:35 – Men’s 400m hurdles first round

16:15 – Heptathlon javelin qualifying*

16:25 – Women’s 400m first round*

17:30 – Heptathlon javelin*

17:45 – Men’s 110m hurdles first round*

18:30 – Women’s marathon*

Evening session

23:30 – Women’s pole vault final

23:35 – Women’s javelin qualifying

23:40 – Women’s 100m semi-finals

00:10 (7 August) – Men’s 400m semi-finals*

00:40 (7 August) – Men’s 100m hurdles semi-finals

01:00 (7 August) – Women’s javelin qualifying

01:05 (7 August) – Men’s shot put final

01:10 (7 August) – Heptathlon 800m (final event)

01:45 (7 August) – Men’s 800m semi-finals

02:20 (7 August) – Women’s 100m final

With inputs from AP

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Published Date: Aug 06, 2017 01:32 pm | Updated Date: Aug 06, 2017 01:32 pm

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