A look ahead to the World Athletics Championships in London with Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe.
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Michael Johnson... Storming away to another gold medal...
Magnificent! That is history in the making!
Jessica Ennis-Hill is back on top of the world! A new world record!
Champion of the world... Usain Bolt...
The London Stadium in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and
this is the home of the 2017 world athletic championships. From
tomorrow the greatest world and track athletes in the world will
compete over ten days, aiming to jump further and throw further. It
is the 16th World Championships. In the history the first time it has
ever been held hooer in the UK. As we have seen since 1983 it given us
great moments and fantastic champions.
Whitbred, this is yours. Jonathan Edwards of Great Britain...
Going away and the world record has gone!
Jessica Ennis-Hill is back on top of the world!
To become champion of the world. Christine Ohuruogu is the world
champion. Oh, that's big! Oh, come on! It's going to be... Oh,
my goodness. That is history in the making. Jackson takes it.
Mo Farah, gold again. Fantastic for Farah. Usain Bolt!
Some amazing names. Some great moments there and some faces we will
see here in London trying to do it one more time. We will see, of
course, new faces, new heros will be created at these championships. It
will be a brilliant ten days. We start here on the finish line.
There'll be much talk over the next week about the end of career, in
particular Mr Usain Bolt. It is the final ever track race for Mo Farah
as well. It is great to see you guys, Denise, Paula and Michael. And
Michael, you get the feeling, it was incredible saying it is the first it
time it has been held in the UK, these championships. You sense the
IAAF will be pleased it is held in London, to come somewhere they know,
a city that can deliver and a stadium that can deliver. London
delivered in 2012, five years ago, right here in this stadium. And this
country supports athletics like no other country in the world. And so,
you know, I think this presents a great opportunity as one of the
steps, of mini-steps required to restore credibility. This could be
the start of Something Special for athletics over the next few years.
It will need it with the retirement of Bolt and all the controversy and
issues over the last few years. We will talk about him a lot over the
next hour and next ten days or so. Who are the faces you are looking
forward to seeing? The exciting new names? Well, from a domestic point
of view, we have some fantastic young athletes that are going to use
this opportunity. They will rekindle a lot of the magic that a lot of
athletes competing here, both internationally will have had.
Athletes like Shanon Hilton and Prescod. Making their mark in
athlete ticks. It is very good. That home support will be very good for
them. In a big-time stadium and big-time atmosphere. A packed
stadium, which is what we love. This is why it is important that London
does deliver. We have in the past. Record number of ticket sales.
Record number of sales and these athletes will love that. It is
incredible when you are here at the stadium the day before it is to kick
off in 24 hours' time. They are putting down the final licks of
paint. You can almost smell the glue, you can hear the noises. You
may well over the next hour or so hear an them blasting away. -- an
Anthem blasting away. We know Christine Ohuruogu is getting three
medals tomorrow. That shows where the sport is learning from its
mistakes of the past and trying to rectify the wrongs. Also, obviously
going forwards, the athletes are able, from this championships
forward, to make a commitment to a clean sport, aren't they? I think
from all sides there. It is really important that those medal
reallocations happen and they happen in a packed stadium. And that those
athletes get the chance to see, because remember the majority of
athletes are clean athletes, working very, very hard. What they want, and
the number one role, really of the Governing body, is to look after
their rights and enable them to compete on a fair and level playing
field. We cannot guarantee that people will not try and cheat the
system, but we can catch as many as possible and we can improve it and
it is giving them the moments they lost. And of course we always want
your input. Get in touch via Facebook, on twitter, #bbcathletics,
if you will. Communicate with us over the next hour or so. This is
what's coming up for you. We catch up with Usain Bolt, the
greatest of all time. He will run in a major championship for the last
time. Looking to make her mark on the
world's stage is Laura Muir. She's doubling up in the 1500 and 5,000
metres. Paula met up with her in Monaco. Laura will look for podium
places. We look at the white, red and blues best chances. Home medal
though won't be easy. That is because the very best in the world
are here. We shine the spotlight on some of those standout global stars.
As well as Usain Bolt, it is also Mo Farah's last global championships on
the track. He tells us how he's feeling as he aims for another big
race douvenlt Well, as we have said, Usain Bolt
will be signing off on the track here in a major championship for the
last time, aiming to add to his considerable haul of golds. He's in
town and ready to bid us all farewell.
I didn't know I was going to be a world record-holder growing up. I
didn't know that I would be a three-time Olympic champion. No
idea. Usain Bolt gets it! What I say to people entering sports, you have
to put your mind to it and work towards it. He has no equal. No way
to explain what I've done throughout my years. I am really proud of
myself. What I want you to do is pick one
performance that in your mind is the best performance you've ever done.
For me, it would definite I will be Beijing. The first one, actually.
200 metres. That was my dream. That was my main dream growing up. I
always wanted to become a 200-metre Olympic champion. When I broke the
world record, I didn't know I had. I was like... ! I was, there was no
planned celebration in my head. So I was just, I didn't know what to do
because I was so happy. You said at the beginning of every
season you worry and you ask yourself, am I still fast? Today,
are you? Yes. Without a doubt. How confident are you that you are in
that kind of shape right now? Come on! You guys know if I show up at a
championship I am confident to go. Do you fear for the future of
athletics? I feel it's going the right direction. I think we made
changes and I think sport hit rock bottom last season, so now, a couple
of seasons ago, now it is moving forward. I think it's going the
right direction. If they keep it up it will die and they won't have a
job. Hopefully they will understand and help let the sport move forward.
You wake up Sunday, 100 metres is done and dusted what will your
legacy be then? Usain Bolt has retired, unbeatable over individual
events. For me, that will be the headline, hopefully. That will be
the biggest headline. I unbeatable, unstoppable.
He needs to be unbeatable and unstoppable one more time in a major
championship here in London. The legend and legacy, Michael Johnson,
that is determined, isn't it? It is so difficult to imagine the sport
without him. He's given us so much joy and wonderful moments. He's such
an incredible character. I have spent so much time this week trying
to imagine that and genuinely can't. He brings out the goose bumps,
doesn't he? He does. He's been fantastic for the sport. He's been
amazing. He's one of those special athletes that come along in sport.
Not just in athletics, every, you know, every couple of decades or so.
And we just were lucky this time that athletics and athletics we got
one of them and it was Bolt. He's one of those that makes the sport
scientist and biochemist re-think what we thought was possible from
humans and performance. He's sort of redefined the sprinter in terms of,
you know, how you approach the sport, and he's able to do something
that no-one else can do. I mean, he can come out here just as he's going
to do this week, without a lot of races under his belt. Not in the
best of shape and still pull out victories. On the big stage, when it
counts, against the best in the world. That speaks of his
consistency, his talent, his level of natural ability and his
confidence in himself. Let's go back to Rio, a year ago, and that in
itself, and if anybody this week saw I Am Bolt and a following of him two
years before Rio, that seemed to be a struggle to get himself to the
line, in terms of his body, motivation. That was a final that he
really had to push himself through. He did. I mean this was a tough
final. There's Justin Gatlin over there. A huge gap. He is used to
that. Usain Bolt is confident in his ability. He gets better and better
with each round. He knows that all I have got to do, no matter what the
struggles are through the year, in terms of injury, all I've got to do
is get to the starting line. Here he is in Monaco, a few weeks ago. One
of his only races this year. He looks laboured. Not that usual burst
in pulling away from the field that we normally see. We don't see that
here. That would have given him confidence, that hey, so long as I
can get to the starting line, healthy, relatively healthy, I can
beat anyone else in the world. And that is the confidence that he has.
Now, the other guys will have something to say about it. You see
them close to him. They are not used to being in this position. You know,
and they will take some confidence from that. They will want to be the
one to hand him a loss on his way out. They see that there is a little
bit of a cink in the armoury at this point. He comes into this
championships more vulnerable than any previous championship based on
his time this year. One ten second and it's only 9.95. At the same
time, you know, the field isn't very good this year. People aren't
running as fast as they have in the past. You see Justin Gatlin not
running as fast as he has. Only 9.95 this year. So, you know, it's still
going to be, I think it will be the same thing that we have seen in the
past. He comes in, he gets better and better and better with each
round. Still, there'll be some questions to the rounds. We will see
some people close to him. See some run impressive times in other heats.
When it gets to the final I challenge anyone to bet against him,
no matter what they see in the rounds. In the year building up we
thought perhaps De Grasse may challenge him. He has announced
today he's not running, which is a great shame for athletics fans.
Chijindu Ujah, who is Great Britain's greatest chance, said some
interesting things about the race in Monaco, the fact that it was the
Usain Bolt Show out there. Those athletes will have to deal with that
here as well. It is important to know that CJ Ujah's comments were
not disrespect to Bolt. He felt that the field was disrespected by the
promoter in Monaco, making it such a show about Usain Bolt, when they are
out there to run a race. I thought he had a great perspective on it and
his coach said, hey, you are going to have to put with that in London.
It is what it is. You are running in an area where the greatest of all
time is out there and people come to see him.
Focus on what's going on in your lane. Stick with that. Do the best
you can. And it may just happen for you.
Probably won't. And Ujah and the rest of the field
as well have to get through the rounds. That is what a major
championship is different to the diamond lead and we have seen Ujah
have a fantastic... Here he is in Rome, with his best time in the
season. He's coming on at the right time. He's been fairly consistent.
He needs a better start. He absolutely should not focus on Bolt.
He should focus on his own race, Andre De Grasse, an opportunity for
people like CJ Ujah. He's run some championships before. This could be
the opportunity for him to become a medallist and one of those
contenders going forward. He's been training in the States. He's got a
great coach, great training atmosphere. And he's in there. He's
won three gold in Diamond Leagues this year here's the top ten for the
year. Coleman has run sub ten seconds six
times this year. He's had a long season. He's taken time off.
You think Simbine could be the man to watch. Very consistent this year.
But Justin Gatlin has beat him this year, but he has run consistently.
It is going to be interesting. We haven't talked about Justin Gatlin.
He has won 9.95 this year and he has major experience. It's really open
and exciting. I know you're smiling because you think it is Bolt's to
lose, but it does feel like an exciting 100m field in the sense
that it is not necessarily a two horse race. Because there are some
unknowns that we have not seen before. Bolt is coming in more
vulnerable than he has been before. Some of the contenders may be
thinking there is their last opportunity. We will see if there is
a new king. This is where it will be run, of course, as they cross this
line. But so much more goes on in the athletes' heads as they are
warming up on the warm-up track, and that is where you find one of the
newer faces of our team, Ore Oduba, with one of the more familiar faces.
It is going to be a pleasure being part of the coverage for the next
ten days, not only because we have a World Championships in London, but
also because I am going to be spending quite a bit of my time with
this fabulous gentleman to my left, Colin Jackson. A pleasure, served.
So, it is the day before the championships get under way, but
those moments before the race gets under way, it's a really difficult
time for some, including yourself in the past? I didn't enjoy it too
much. I really hated it. I will be honest. It is because you're going
to be tested. You spend all the season running well, great
preparation. But when you get into the major stadium, that is when the
world's eyes are on you and you realise all the pressure is on.
You're expected to win a medal. So this bit was the awful bit, knowing
what was waiting. And in the early part of the championships, it's busy
here. It is like Oxford Street on Christmas Eve. It is lovely and, at
this moment, but there are so many athletes doing their individual
warm-ups, trying to find a bit of place on this track so that they can
get ready for their performance. It can be difficult and you always have
to remember that this is just the early rounds. If I can just get one,
I will be all right. This is the behind the scenes action that not
many get to see. What goes on in these big marquees? You can see the
letters. You can see the Irish one, and Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
Does are where the massage tents are. So if you go inside, that is
where you find the physios. We could have headed down for a massage!
Unfortunately, we are going to hit the track now and have a race. If
you want to put a bet on, he wins. Well, one man who knows how to boss
a warm-up track through all these major championships where he has
picked up so many golds is Mo Farah. We will be arguably talking about
Britain's greatest ever athlete Chalkley. But another
middle-distance runner who is also doubling up here is Laura Muir,
running in the 1500 and 5000m. She is certainly in the mix for a medal.
We will find out about her chances with Paula, who also caught up with
her in Monaco earlier in the season. Laura Muir, stretches away and comes
to win the gold medal for Great Britain! European indoor champion
and a new championship record. A new British record. Laura, things are
picking up and you are coming in off an amazing indoor season where you
did that double. She's now got two gold medals! She's the champion
again. Just contrast that, because I remember the Laura Muir that walked
out so distraught from the world indoors in 2014, and how might you
have mature than take on those huge leaps forward. You must feel in a
good place going into London. At this stage in my career, I have a
lot of championships underneath my belt and I think in 2013, I was in
good physical shape but I had to catch up with the mental side of
dealing with the pressure. Having gone through that has put me in good
stead and I feel relaxed. Coming to the championships, you missed a bit
of training with a foot injury, which are a lot of distance runners
pick up at different points in their career. Is it sometimes a good thing
to hold you back a bit? Yeah, I think it was not until I had been in
the pool for a couple of weeks, it is not until something is taken away
from you that you appreciate how much you love your sport. It can
give you a fresh mindset going back into it. I had a take to matter in
the middle of July, and it is going well. We know you are in great shape
and can cope with the physical impact of doing the double, but
mentally, is there a way you go about it? Do you think about one
event and then move onto the second one? Yeah, for me it is round by
round. I will not even think about the final until I get there. I
concentrate on the hit and the semis. And the 1500m, is that the
one you have the stronger chance in or are you thinking they are equal?
I don't know. I'm inexperienced in the 5K, but I still think I can have
good shot at it. And the competition is very strong just now. The girls
are running fast. In the top three, you have Hassan and Kipyegon. And
Laura Muir, with strong home support. That is a big advantage.
Can you enjoy some of that? I hope so. The atmosphere in there is
always brilliant. The crowds there have been the best. It is one of my
career highlights. Laura Muir will be clock watching all the way down
here. Laura Muir, the new British record. Kelly Holmes has been
obliterated! I hate running against former athletes, because they always
pull it out of the bag on the day. We have loved seeing Laura Muir over
the last year or so really step up. She has been smashing personal bests
and smashing long held records. But it's important to iterate that this
is one of the races of the championship. The 1500m is loaded
with talent. It's going to be very tough to fight for a medal. It will
be exciting for us to watch. It's almost going to be one of the races
of the championships. You got Faith Kipyegon, Hassan, Genzebe Dibaba,
Laura Muir, Jenny Simpson. There are so many, I have probably missed
somebody. That is how loaded it is. It is a completely different Laura
Muir that we are seeing coming into the championships, but it is a
different kettle of fish to what we were watching during the winter in
Belgrade, where she was able to double up and make it look easy. It
will not be easy here, and she will be focusing on one race at a time
not making mistakes. She said not even focusing on one race, but the
whole championship, not even thinking beyond each heat. So will
it come down to who races the smartest? I think so, and who is
absolutely right. Laura has had a few injury problems this year. She
isn't coming into its 100%. She is feeling her way into it. She ran
well here in the Anniversary Games, and she ran a personal best in the
3000m in Monaco, but not as fast as she would have liked to have done.
But hopefully, she has time to work into it through the heats. She will
have learned from so many races. Last year in Rio, it is hard to say
she did anything wrong. She raced for the gold. But she got into a bit
of a contest with Kipyegon in the semifinals and in the final, she
went hard against Genzebe Dibaba and attacked. It was just a bit too
quick and cheap paper that in the closing stages. At the time, we
talked about whether it was the right tactic and what else she could
have done. Did she know how to raise any other way and with hindsight,
would you still say that she did what she felt was the best way for
her to get a medal? Yeah, and we will still see her race like that,
because that is the way she raced in Paris when she went out after the
disciplined of Rio, and really stand her authority on that by running her
race and running hard. It was just a tiny bit too fast in that lap in
Rio. But to judge that when you are caught up in the racing is really
hard, so I would not criticise her for how she raced in Rio. That is
how she runs. But I think she learned from that not to get into
the contest. It is important that she races how she is naturally best,
and that helps her confidence. That is a site we would love to see in
London, Laura Muir crossing the line first, raising her hands with joy,
because she responds to a home crowd. And if she does, she will
join a very elite band of brothers and sisters who have topped the
podium in World Championship since they began in 1983. So we decided to
put them all together in one great big montage for you and believe me,
it is a montage. Run the tape. Cram wins the World Championship!
Steve Cram, world champion. Daley Thompson. He's clear! I always like
to improve. That is a very big throw, about 76.5m. Fatima Whitbread
is the world champion. Liz McColgan, a mother in the last few months, but
this has been a display of confidence, courage and self-belief.
For me, that was the greatest run in the history of British distance
running. Akabusi has a go, and Akabusi has made it! Akabusi, gold
for Britain. Jackson at the first hurdle. Jackson
is going away! Jackson takes it, and I make that a new world record for
Colin Jackson. Here is Jonathan in the first round. Oh, it's massive!
My goodness, that is fantastic. 18.16m, a world record. Jonathan
Edwards of Great Britain. It's a tough act to follow, but he's done
it. There is going to be a big smile on that face any minute now.
Jonathan Edwards has made history again. And Colin Jackson is the
champion of the world! Jonathan Edwards, the world record-holder,
with one of the longest jumps in history. Jonathan Edwards is the
world champion. This is the moment that Paula Radcliffe has waited so
long for. It's going to be a gold medal the Great Britain. Paula
Radcliffe becomes the world champion at last. Christine Ohuruogu coming.
Can it be a British athlete? Christine Ohuruogu is going to get
there. Christine Ohuruogu wins the Gold! She is the world champion Matt
a sensational story. You are the world champion, Christine Ohuruogu.
Come on. Oh, yes! Oh, yes! That could be the biggest jump of
Phillips Idowu's career. Great Britain has found another great
star. The girl from the city of steel, hunting for gold, and she's
done it. Here is a chance to seize the moment. Green wins, but what a
performance from Mo Farah! This Mo Farah is going to get there! She
might just make it! She never gives up. I feel like I'm in a dream. Mo
Farah is sprinting from gold. He's running for greatness, Mo Farah is
going to get there again! Farah wins it! Another incredible performance
from Mo Farah. He's looking to extend his lead.
That is a huge jump. Rutherford takes gold.
Unbelievable! They have thrown everything at him! It is not hard
enough. Mo Farah is best. He's the world champion again. And now she
comes back to win the 800 metres, Jessica Ennis-Hill is back on top of
the world. They've got nothing on him. Mo Farah
streaking away. It's a fantastic... To be able to continue and be in the
same category as is amazing. I told you it was a long montage.
What a montage. A great piece of TV. I could watch it all day long. We
hope to get many more special moments in the stadium. We have
relocated here to our studio. You will see a lot of this over the next
ten days and plenty of this our TV, where Michael Johnson will be doing
his stuff. He's busy, hard at it at the moment. That looks good,
Michael. Carry on! He's always doing his homework up here. We have
invested in some new cushions. Some familiar faces on those as well. We
might auction them for charity or throw them over the edge. It is rare
you boys get inside. Enjoy your moment up here. We will chat to you
about plenty of performances we have to look forward to, British and
international. Inspired by some of those golden moments there. Phil
Jones has been looking at the best of British prospects for a medal
here in London. Picture perfect, nailed on British
medals, look no further. It could be gold and gold again for marvellous
Mo. We have heard of Laura Muir's double. Brave and bold strokes. Run
under ten seconds and Chijindu Ujah, a Diamond League contender, could
find himself in the 100 metres frame, chasing the retiring, but
never shy Usain Bolt. He has been unbeaten, but you know, you cannot
write these things before it has happened. I will go on the line and
we've all got a chance. We start from zero.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson's new best has inspired belief in a heptathlon
placing. For Andrew Pozzi belief has never
been the issue. Arriving at a major with his body in tact. If he's fit
and firing, he'll be in the mix. I am looking forward to standing on
the line and hearing a supportive crowd. That is something that will
certainly give me a lot of energy. I am looking forward to that.
Recent British form suggests her near missed days in outdoor majors
could be over. Getting the baton round, avoiding
disqualification, now that is a fine art. If GB's relay teams do it
successful, all four can contend. In the women's relay that could mean
more medal success for Asher-Smith, just months after breaking her foot.
I am happy to be here. There was a point earlier in the year where I
thought, oh, I have to learn to walk again, never mind qualifying for
London 2017. Others plan to jump far, run long. Sophie Hitchon, eager
to replicate the final flourish. The captain serves to inspire them all,
with words and deeds. It is more special knows my fellow
team-mates have voted me to be it. It is lovely being here and people
coming up to me saying, I am really glad you are the team captain. It
means so much to me. Creating a team which hopes to create a masterpiece
on a London canvass. Will they create artistry in this
stadium? I have to talk to you about the comments reported today in the
press about your gripes with the British athletics over the last few
years and decisions made, what is your problem? It is more about
opinion. I was asked by a journalist that the opinion has been made by Ed
That it's in a better place. He is the chairman of British athletics.
If you look at his ten years we've had ?72 million from the lottery. If
you look at the championships here, 50% of the men's field events don't
have representedives in it. That is the long jump, the shot put and
javelin. We have a great history in javelin. A lot is down to the lack
of investment in coaching, coaches. I don't think they are coached well
and we see the number of athletes moving abroad for better coaches.
They would say for coaches are being trained and athletes funded, is
their counter argument? You are right, athletes are being funded,
but are the coaches funded? . I think the sad answer is, no they are
not. It is a story which has been riding for years. Even when I was
competing it with us the same problem. Yes, there's been more
investment into the sport. Correct. However, you know, as well as I do,
it is about firstly about the athletes. To kind of, I think as
chairman it is not his responsibility. We know the problems
are far and reaching. It starts from grass routeds. There is a big
disconnect between grass roots and elite. Until the conversations are
brought to how you can bring athletes from a young age through
the sport, I think that's... That's the challenge. The infrastructure is
volunteers. The whole sport from the grass roots up is based around
thousands of coaches who volunteer time free of charge. When you get to
the top level, you know, when does it change? When does it become... We
want the time of the experts. It should be rewarded. It is a great
discussion to be had. All I would say, from this point of view is, the
chairman, the buck stops with the chairman, the Governing body is
about the sport from grass roots to the elite end. There's no focus on
this. We have got a great championships here and that is to be
commended. Let's look at the sport top to bottom. One of the athletes
we hope will shine is Katarina Johnson-Thompson has proved abroad
to further her progress in the sport. She's had a brilliant year.
She's furthered her PB. Interesting comments she made, she did she
didn't realise everybody else in the world would turn up and make it a
tougher competition of all time. The event is in great nick, isn't it? It
is. Moving on, I think people will wonder where will the next talent
come from. Kat has set PBs. She's in a transition, making that decision
to train in France wasn't easy. But she's had to work on so many
different areas of her technique, her strength and conditioning. She
jumped indoors, once. But looking forward. I think it was really good
for her. She needed that to bolster her confidence and to be
injury-free. It is important that she takes a real strugglehold on the
competition from the get-go. We know her long jumps, hurdles and 200 are
the events. It is the throws where she's not been up there with the
leaders and pointeds. I read comments saying there's no point me
trying to think I can spend months and months on those and get an extra
half a metre in the javelin. I will try and get better at the events I
am good at. Should that be commended? She looks content. She
looks happier. Maybe coming to terms with the event she's not a thrower,
but it is part of her event. Experts next to me in multi-eventing. As a
thrower it is awkward to say, I have to say. She has to cope with it. It
is two of oh the seven events, very, very weak. How she deals with those.
I want to see her throw caution to the wind and trust her abilities. I
think she can do that when she's happy and content. In terms of
throwing ability, Sophie Hitchon shows us with the Bronze Medal in
the hammer, she's not just obviously achieved there, but enormous
potential. Her coach said this is not all it's about. This is a
four-year cycle and for her, the bronze but don't guys think this
will be a given that she'll get a meed until this World Championships
-- a medal in this World Championships. Do you agree? Sophie
Hitchon is the only British junior who year on year has produced a
personal best every year she's competed. She's based in California,
doing really well. I would say that is dumbing it down a little bit.
She's a competitor. This environment will suit her. She'll be, hopefully,
fingers crossed, so long as she gets through the qualifying, she's in the
mix. That was my favourite moment of the Rio Olympics. A British record
for Sophie. She can do it when the pressure's on. On home soil, I am
really optimistic. It she's the most outright favourite of all events
across the 19 disciplines at the World Championships. That may be a
given. Another possibly, a silver, but she will take a medal here.
Sophie Hitchon, really optimistic. As would Holly Bradshaw. She set a
new PB, looking fantastic. There's inconsistency because they are not
achieving that in a Diamond League. Where will she feel her chances are?
She's got to be confident. You hit the nail on the head about
inconsistencies being the biggest problems for her. She knows how to
jump high. She's up amongst it. The sport has not, that event has not
moved en masse sievely. If she can get -- modded en masse sievely. If
she doesn't put too much fres pressure on herself. She can nail
that, she's in the mix. Steve, we have a very mouth-watering prospect
- the German duo. Three Germans in fact. Vetter and Rohler. Thomas
Rohler, the Olympic champion, through 93 metres. The second
longest throw ever early earlier in the season. Only to see his
team-mate throw 94 metres. They are heady distances. 10 metres beyond
what the Olympic was won in this stadium. It is going to go possibly
over 90 metres. It will be a real great competition. As many of the
field events are. And the high jump. One lady out there above everybody
else, Lesitskene, who had 17 months not competing because she's
competing under a neutral flag here because of the systematic doping
issues and the ban that happened to Russia. She's here as the leading
jumper in the world. Could it go here in London? That's a big ask. A
big ask. You know, she's one athlete that has been really consistent. If
anyone will do it, it will be her. The crowd will get behind her as
they have all the athletes. We are looking forward to so many brilliant
contests. Thank you for the moment. I will see what Michael's homework
has been up to. Your first opportunity to let yourself lose on
the screen. The analysis screen, Michael. We start with Wayde van
Niekerk. He took your record in Rio and has been improving the last year
and he gets here attempting that double. You know all about the
challenges that poses. Is he going to be able to handle that amount of
races in a short period of time? That will be a very interesting
prospect. He has an opportunity here to complete the 200, 400-metre
double. Only three rounds for each race. It was four when I was
running. It was harder when you did it. You said it. I didn't say it!
He's got the 200-metre preliminaries and the rest day before he gets to
the 400-metre final. Let's look at what he does here and what makes him
so great. He had a fantastic season last year. He's off to a cracking
start this year. PB in the 100 metres. Personal best in 200 metres.
19.84. And a world best in the 300. How does he do it? He's got
incredible speed. At this point of the race, he can run the first 200
metres faster than all the rest of these guys. That is why he's able
to. He's making up the stag on the guy on the outside of him. He knows
he's got this weapon. What makes him special is he doesn't have the sort
of strength we have seen in 400-metre runners in the past. He's
not very tall. He doesn't have a long stride. What he has is the
ability, right here, 300 metres to go in the race. Let's look at him as
he comes down the home stretch. He can hold the speed much longer than
anyone else. There's no change in what we saw in
the first 200 metres as to what we see in the second 200 metres.
Technically he's not that great, a little bit of rocking back and
forth. . He has the ability to hold the speed longer than anyone else.
He has the opportunity here, because the 200m is very weak. No one can
run with him in the 400m, in my opinion. We have been talking about
the end of Usain Bolt's legacy. A few Jamaican athletes have been in
his shadow. If Elaine Thompson one of those who has not had the credit
he deserves? I think Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce hasn't had the credit
she deserves. But Elaine Thompson took the title from her last year.
Let's look at her here. She is at 10.70 already, not far off her
personal best. She is third from your right, and have a power and
speed somewhat like Usain Bolt, able to pull away from the field.
Confidence is what she has, and that shows in this race at the
Anniversary Games. Not a great start here, but still able to win. So she
is one of those unique athletes over 100m who can win it from anywhere,
from behind, from front. She is not Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with the
bullets start out of the blocks. She usually gets a decent start, but not
the greatest. But regardless, she has the power and speed. But her
most unique weapon is her confidence. She can be patient when
she is not winning halfway through and still catch up. I don't know if
you have this anecdotally dashed back if you heard this anecdotally
in her flat. She still ran 10.8, come on. We will see her in action
over the next ten days on that track, which is empty at the moment.
We saw Ore and Colin earlier out there on the warm-up track, telling
us about the psychology and preparation that goes on. I think
they are using their all access pass to very good use. This time
tomorrow, we will not have this kind of access, so Colin and I are
enjoying a moment on the track. This is the height of the hurdle that you
did, and which the elite men are jumping. My belt isn't even that
high. That is crazy high. Let's take a walk, Colin. This is obviously
where the business will be happening. In London, we saw some
records tumble. It is famously quite a fast track. Yes, we have already
seen the women's 100m world record being one on this track. When
athletes go on tracks and they prepare, they look at other
athletes' performances and if they see them running fast, they get that
extra boost where you are thinking, they are doing it, so I can. And
they start to believe the track is fast. But I believe it is the
athlete who is fast. That tends to be the way. Do you think we will see
records tumbling? Is there anyone to keep an eye out for? We should
certainly look at Kenny. She's going to have good competition. Because
she knows this track so well, she will feel like she can improve her
personal best. It is going to be exciting. I am visualising crossing
this finishing line. It is never going to happen. You can't dip me.
No. Well, down there on that track in just over 24 hours' time, Mo
Farah will be warming up, getting ready to go for his fifth global
double in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres. He has been getting himself
into great shape, as he always does in France, preparing for the
championships. Darren Campbell went to find out how he is feeling.
Sir no, when you look back, does it feel crazy? It feels mad. It is hard
to think that when you are so young, you don't imagine yourself at that
level and to have won what I won has been incredible. In your early
years, was it difficult to think that you could get up there with the
best in the world? When I was a kid, I remember watching the Olympics,
seeing the 10,000 metres was incredible, how it came down to the
last two metres. From that point, I told myself, I want to become an
Olympic champion. It was something I would dream of. I went to Daegu.
That was my first senior World Championships and where I got my
first silver medal in the 10,000 metres. I narrowly got beaten, but
the better man won on the day. For me, it was all about experience and
learning from that race and understanding, I ain't going to make
that mistake again. World domination for Farah! Since then, it has been
double, double, double. To be able to maintain that level is difficult,
because when you are up there, you have a target on your back and every
year, people are throwing things that you left, right and centre. You
have is to just be smart in how you respond and what you do and knowing
what counts. It's been hard over the years. They succumb to the
inevitable, bow to his superiority! Mo Farah wins the gold! I'm excited
to be competing in my last major championship on the track in London.
It will be nice to finish and I hide. Why not do it where it all
started in London, where I became a limping champion? That was what
changed me as an athlete. When you come back years later to the World
Championships, you are like, I am going to end it at that track. Mo
Farah, who always lights up the crowds wherever he goes and races
with such huge enthusiasm for the sport. He's been an incredible
ambassador. Steve Cram has joined Michael here on the server. I have a
cushion here for you, Steve. And it is in colour. You know how
passionate he is about the sport and how he has managed to maintain his
fitness and get to these championships in shape to win for so
many years, which in itself is a phenomenon. It is. That is where he
has a lot of parallels with Bolt. The difference between him and Bolt
is that he has other events where he has been beaten, like indoors and
the odd track race. But whenever you come to major championships, since
2011 he has been unbeatable, meaning no one has found a way to beat him
with the tactics he can employ. He can employ those tactics because he
gets himself right for the games. He can run a sub one half marathon.
Like Bolt, he's not quite as good as he was, but the opposition isn't as
good as either. So he comes, again, with us expecting him to win. But
there is with a butt. I don't want to go into the Butts, because we
want to be positive about Mo, but it could be hard for him. But my big
but is that he will win! But maybe not as comfortably as before? I
think he will try to control it in exactly the same way. Mo has never
won by more than six tenths of a second. That is not much in 10,000
metres. So he never gives us much to enjoy in the last 200m. So it will
be that tight again, I'm sure. Each of the last three major 10,000
races, he has won slightly slower in the last lap. So if you are the
opposition, there are things to look at to think about. But if I am
thinking who could run a 2.25 last 1000m, could one of them? I doubt
it. They have failed to do that for the last ten years or so. But what
has been impressive about him is the parallel with Bolt, how he has kept
himself in incredible peak physical condition. He seems to have skated
around injuries. And that is one of the things we haven't talked about
much. There are some people who are not here who are great champions. If
you look at people like Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, not only do they show up
and produce at the right time when it counts, but they are able to keep
their bodies together. Mo has a fantastic team around him of experts
that help him keep himself healthy. We have seen how committed he is to
his craft. It is an incredible sacrifice. That is what allows an
athlete like Mo to get to these championships healthy. He puts in a
lot of mileage and a tonne of work, which takes its toll. But he gets
here healthy because of the commitment. Here is an interesting
one. That commitment involves rest. The thing about Bolt and Mo Farah,
people might be surprised at how at times of the year, how low-level
their training is to enable them to build up to the major championships
again. We know that with Mo. That is a discipline in itself. That is a
confidence thing. I can take time to rest and bring my training down to a
level and then come back. If people go at it hard all the time, you will
get a few years, but you will fall apart at some point. Those two have
kept their longevity partly by resting as well. And to manage the
other things, the expectations that come from being the champions that
they are. You saw him today at the track, tweeting and enjoying his
sport and savouring this moment. The first of those moments will be
tomorrow night at 9.20, and we will cover every step. I hope Steve will
begin us another iconic line. I just hope Brendan doesn't cry. I tried to
get him to cry in that documentary. Some big news came out of Russia
today. It is the first time we have seen anything of this kind of tone
coming from the rat athletics Federation, an apology from the
president of the Federation -- from the Russian athletics Federation.
That is a positive statement, Michael. It is a positive sign. It
is not quite an admission which is what we have been looking for. But
it is the first time they have apologised and even taken any sort
of responsibility. And that is a positive sign. But this fight is
going to be long and tough and we as athletics fans and the Federation
have to know that it is going to be a long fight and it is not going to
happen at once. It is just another reminder of how important these
championships are to restore confidence. Absolutely. We want it
to be a positive championships. London was fabulous. We know about
all the issues still hanging, but we can fight that as best we can. Let's
hope we can focus on the athletics here, because it will be great. I
hope you can have had your appetite whetted. I can't wait for things to
start. Join us tomorrow at six o'clock on BBC Two at the opening
ceremony which will be on BBC One. At ten p:m., we switch back to BBC
Two. All the coverage available on the BBC Sport website and the
listing supplements. It is certainly more than just Bolt and Mo Farah,
but they are a huge part of what will be an incredible ten days.
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Gabby Logan looks ahead to the World Athletics Championships with Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe. Following on from the huge success of the 2012 Olympic Games, London is again the host city as the world's finest athletes gather for fierce competition on track and field.
The greatest sprinter of all time, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, is expected to make his final appearance at these championships as the eight-times Olympic champion and fastest man on the planet goes for yet more glory in the 100m and 4x100m relay. Other superstars on show include Britain's finest-ever distance runner Mo Farah, who attempts to add to his historic 'quad-double' in the 5,000m and 10,000m after winning both races at London 2012, the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and 2016 Rio Olympics.