Usain Bolt, left, and South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana
laugh after finishing a men's 200m semifinal at the
World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest
stadium in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
The stage is set for another sprint showdown between Usain
Bolt and Justin Gatlin at the world championships.
into Thursday's final of the 200 meters with the bragging
rights after he came from behind to beat his American rival
at the line in Sunday's 100, perhaps the most thrilling race
of the Jamaican great's career.
shown their best in the heats and semifinals of the 200,
raising expectations for an equally absorbing race at the
ago, Bolt started his amazing run of gold at the Beijing
Olympics and has not lost a major 200 race since. The
Jamaican, however, has been struggling with injury since
winning his third straight 200 title at the 2013 world
The 200 is
Bolt's favorite event and cruising through the rounds
literally brought a smile to his face perhaps a bad omen
for his opponents.
States' Justin Gatlin looks at the results from a
mens 200m semifinal at the World Athletics
Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing,
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
But the way
Gatlin has overcome controversy over his four-year doping
suspension midway through his career has shown that the
American has an uncanny way of focusing on the task at hand.
the world record of 19.19 seconds from six years ago, while
Gatlin has the top performance of the season at 19.57.
Also on the
track Thursday, the women's 400 will be special in itself
with Allyson Felix, a three-time 200 champion from the
United States, favored to add the 400. And in the men's
triple jump, Olympic champion Christian Taylor of the United
States is poised for a high profile confrontation with Pedro
Pablo Pichardo of Cuba after both went over the 18-meter
mark this season.
women's hammer throw, it is unlikely that anyone will be
able to challenge Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, who set the
world record of 81.08 meters this season.
action, Gezebe Dibaba proved she has it in her to meet some
very high family standards.
did she remain on track to match the two gold medals big
sister Tirunesh won at the same stadium seven years ago, she
is also shooting for her older sibling's world record, too.
morning sun at the Bird's Nest, Dibaba ran easily before
putting in a little kick for home to win her 5,000-meter
heat in 15 minutes, 20.82 seconds. That was more than a
minute behind the world record her sister set in the run-up
to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she won the 5,000-10,000
It's a time
gap that does not daunt Dibaba at all.
run faster than the current world record," said Dibaba,
who set a world record in the 1,500 last month.
wants the record in Sunday's final, she will likely have to
change the tactics she used to win her first gold in Beijing
the 1,500 when she hung back for half the race
before kicking for home.