The key female stars to watch out for in this year’s Athletics World Championship!
We’re very excited to say that the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 will be begin this Friday, showcasing the best talent in Athletics from across the world in a range of disciplines including discus, hammer, high jump, hurdle, javelin and pole vault to name a few.
Following on from the last championship, which was held in London, 2017, this year’s event will be held in Doha, Qatar, from 27th September to 6th October and play host to a plethora of incredible sportspeople from across the globe, so we thought we’d share some of the key female players to watch out for for this year’s event!
For the inaugural World Championships in 1983, the furthest track event for women to enter was the 3000m; there was no 3000m steeplechase, pole vault, triple jump or hammer events available for entry for female athletes, so it’s amazing to see how this has changed over the years, and the incredible female talent that has graced the stage recently!
Ethiopian-Dutch middle and long-distance runner, Sifan Hassan has showed incredible strength and talent throughout her running career and will be entering the 5000m race for the Championships, something which she would not have been able to take part in back in the 80s! At the age of 26, she is a European champion with a fantastic range of ability, winning the under-23 2013 European Cross Country Championships and 2016 1500m indoor World championships to name a few. She is also in great form at the moment, smashing world mile, European 3000m and 5000m records respectively.
We love to hear about home-grown talent at Love Leggings, and sprinter Dina Asher-Smith is set to smash the 100m and 200m races as part of team GB. At 23, Dina has already won the 2016 and 2018 European championships for the 200 metres, and European Champion for last year for the 100 metres too. Being a winner at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games too, we’re sure she’ll be on top form for the 2019 event, but is currently pacing herself due to the length of the season.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson also hails from Great Britain and is taking on the Heptathlon for the 2019 Championships. She currently holds the World and European Indoor and Commonwealth top titles, and her incredible victory Götzis in May will hopefully give her the edge to take on the rest of the World’s top talent.
One of the youngest competitors to grace the world stage is Sydney McLaughlin, who hails from the US, and will be taking on the 400m hurdles as part of her championship effort this year. At the age of 16 she had already made the US Olympic team and has already landed a spot on the top of the 2019 world rankings, but was pipped to the top spot behind a World-Record run. We’re sure she’s one to watch over the next few years!
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